Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Friday, October 16, 2015

Retired Flags

Girl Scout Troop 3966 will be collecting American Flags in need of retirement through November 5th. 
You can bring your flags that are tattered, torn, sun-faded or worse for the wear to any of the following collection boxes, to ensure that they are retired properly. 

The flag retirement will be done at the Girl Scout campout over Veteran's Day weekend.

Collection locations:
Saturday, October 17 at the 
     Del Ray Farmer's Market
October 17 - November 5 at the following locations:
     Bean Creative, 2213 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
     Del Ray Variety, 203 E Custis Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Halloween Party Ideas

Looking for something to do with your child's class?  or just want to do play a few games with your are a few ideas

  • play hot pumpkin
  • pass the fake/rubber eyeball on the spoon
  • touch feel gross things -- 
    • carrot = finger
    • jello = liver
    • cooked pasta = intestines
    • peeled grapes =  eye balls
    • popcorn kernels = teeth
    • apricot = tongue
    • soft tomato = heart
  • wrap someone in toilet paper to make a mummy
  • make a scarecrow (you can use newspaper and fill newspaper bags for ams & legs) 
  • guess the # of candy corn in a container
  • make popcorn hands 
    • use plastic/clear gloves (the kind used in kitchens/bakeries) 
    • fill with candy corn for finger nails
    • fill with popcorn
  • undo a spider web - have each child get an end of yarn and follow it to undo a "web" 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halloween Books for Children

Scary, Scary Halloween 
In the Haunted House
The 13 Nights of Halloween
BIG Pumpkin
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Rattlebone Rock
The Halo-Weiner
On Halloween Night
The Perfectly Horrible Halloween
The Teeny Tiny Ghost
There was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat
I'm Not Afraid of This Haunted House
The Pumpkin Fair
Two Little Witches
Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet
One Witch
Miss Fiona's Stupendous Pumpkin Pie

for beginner or early readers --- 
The Ghoul Brothers
Ready Freddy
Horrible Harry
Nate The Great
The Best/Worst Halloween Ever
The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches
Creepy Crawly Critters


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium Seeks Volunteers

The Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC) is seeking volunteers to help kindergarten and first grade students in ACPS acquire literacy skills. The ATC is a nonprofit with a mission to have all students reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. If you have a love of children, a love of reading and are dependable, we invite you to tutor with ATC.

Volunteers receive training and an orientation to the school before before they begin tutoring. For tutors of first graders in Book Buddies, lesson plans and materials targeted at your child's reading needs are provided by ATC coordinators. For tutors of kindergartners in Reading Readiness, goals and materials to use to reach those goals are provided by ATC coordinators.

For more information, contact Gwen Mullen at 703-549-6670 ext. (119) or visit the ATC's website at:

To register, visit: