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Falls Church Summertime News

American Soccer Academy to Host Summer Camp

American Soccer Academy, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier youth soccer education organization, has announced that it will be hosting a community soccer camp from Aug. 18 to 22 at Idylwood Park (7713 Virginia Lane, Falls Church). The camp is open to boys and girls, ages 3-14 years, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day during that week.

ASA’s innovative coaching methods, teach young players the techniques and tactics of soccer through fun and innovative practices and games.

Orientation for New Kindergarten Students

Bailey’s Elementary School invites parents to “Come experience kindergarten!” this Thursday, Aug. 21. The school is hosting two introductory sessions for parents, available either in the morning or afternoon. To register for one of these sessions, call 703-575-6800.

PTA Volunteers Needed for Two Art Reach Projects

Bailey’s Elementary School needs visual artists who can mentor a class on creating a mural for the second annual mural arts project. This year the school is launching a cloth story project and needs volunteers experienced with sewing, appliqué or embroidery. Students will also be interviewing their families on stories of perseverance, and volunteers will teach the children how to turn their stories into works of art in cloth. For more information or to lend a hand, call 703-575-6800 or send an e-mail to

Community Picnic at Kingsley Commons

At the beginning of each school year, Graham Road Elementary School hosts a community picnic. Families, business partners, local officials and members of the school’s surrounding community are invited to attend. There are activities and games, too. This year’s picnic will be Saturday, Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kingsley Commons, Falls Church. For more information, contact the school at 571-226-2700.

Last ‘Community CPT Conversation’ Scheduled Next Week

Arlington Public Schools presents the last of three “Community CPT Conversations,” allowing APS staff and area residents to review the Crowding Project Team Report, which looks into developing boundary and non-boundary options to further reduce crowding in targeted elementary schools. The last session meets on Monday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. in Rooms 101/102 of the Arlington Education Center (1426 N. Quincy St.). For more information, call 703-228-8633 or e-mail

Arlington Citizens Invited to Superintendent Chats

Arlington Public Schools is providing two more informal discussions with APS Superintendent Dr. Robert G. Smith. The chats offer a chance for residents to discuss school-related issues in a small setting. Interested attendees are asked to RSVP directly with the host family, as space is limited to the size of the host’s home. The next two sessions run from 7 – 9 p.m.: Monday, Aug. 18, hosted by Brian Butler and Kathleen Bragaw at 705 S. Wayne St., call 703-685-7024 to RSVP; and Wednesday, Aug. 20, hosted by John and Melissa Hinkson at 1101 S. Quinn St., call 703-892-9380 to RSVP. For more information about the program, contact APS Community Outreach Specialist Dawn Willard at 703-228-2581 or e-mail at

McLean High School Needs Student Volunteers

McLean High School is preparing student information packets in the school library on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 8 a.m. Student volunteers are needed to assist packing, and volunteered time can be counted toward community service hours. For more information, call 703-714-5700.

Kenwood School Heads to Skate ‘N Fun Zone

Summer day campers at Kenwood School (4955 Sunset Ln., Annandale) will strap on their skates and rollerblades at Skate ‘N Fun in Manassas, Va. for their weekend outing. Kenwood accepts applications throughout the spring and summer seasons as long as their are still spots for the week of interest. Campers at Kenwood go on daily field trips to water parks, mini golf, roller skating as well as many other recreational places within the region. Call 703-256-4711 to register your child.