School News & Notes

Thomas Jefferson H.S. Hosts Benefit Gift Show

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will host a craft festival, titled the “TJ Gift Show,” which will feature handmade crafts, art, inventions and upbeat music.

Proceeds from the Gift Show will go to support the Thomas Jefferson High School crew team, which has consistently won state championships and went as far as Henley, England in the quarterfinals two years ago.

The show will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Thomas Jefferson High School (6560 Braddock Rd., Alexandria). Admission is free.

Corpus Christi to Hold Annual Open House

The Corpus Christi School in Falls Church will hold its annual Fall Open House from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the Early Childhood Center (7506 St. Philips Court, Falls Church) and from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Elementary Campus (3301 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church) on Monday, Nov. 17.

Corpus Christi offers preschool through eighth grade; year-round day care; part and full-time preschool; all day kindergarten; extra curricular activities like band, choir and newspaper; Catholic Youth Organization sports; before and after-school care; advanced Spanish classes and advanced math programs.

For more information, call Tina Doak at 703-820-7450 ext. 16 or visit

J.E.B Stuart Choral Boosters Meeting

The J.E.B. Stuart High School Choral Boosters will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Choral Room of the school (3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church).

The J.E.B. Stuart High School Choral Boosters provide financial assistance and services, aid in developing student interest, promote student leadership and responsibilities and support the curriculum and activities of the Stuart choral program.

Highlander Band Regional Concert

The McLean High School Highlander Band will perform a Senior Regional Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at West Potomac High School (6500 Quander Rd., Alexandria). The program offers opportunities for beginner, intermediate and advanced musicians.

The Highlander Band consists of a 90-member concert band, a 20-member percussion ensemble, 20 Jazz Ensemble musicians, 120 marching band members, 10 color guard members and a 70-member symphonic band.

Ft. Hunt Preschool Hosts Fall Festival

Fort Hunt Preschool (1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria) will host a Fall Festival from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the school. Enjoy a raffle and silent auction while sampling German bratwurst, German beer, Gluhwein (hot, spiced red wine), Japanese curry rice, hot dogs and baked goods. A moon bounce, calligraphy, truck touch, games, crafts and storytelling will be available for kids. The event is free. For more information, call 703-768-7584.

George Mason High School M.U.S.I.C. Days

Students in the George Mason Music Department are volunteering their time by performing instrumental music, helping out with birthday or other parties, babysitting, doing yard work, housekeeping or other odd jobs to raise money for a trip to New York City where the students will attend professional workshops to improve their performance skills. Mason invites the public to sign up for student work on Nov. 15 or 22 or Dec. 1. A minimum of two students will work within a home or place of business.

There is no set fee for students’ work, but the volunteer group suggests compensation that is fair for the contracted labor. For more information or to make a work reservation, contact Lisa Ensign or Ann Divecha at or call Mary Jo Webster at 703-248-5500 ext. 3019.

McLean Choral Parents Association Meeting

The Choral Parents Association of McLean High School will have its executive meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at McLean High School (1633 Davidson Rd., McLean). The Choral Parents Association keeps parents informed through newsletters, e-mail and their web site; fundraises; plans trips for students; chaperones students to concerts, rehearsals and on trips; provides a directory of all choral students and parents and organizes the Boar’s Head Feast, among other duties.

Trinity Hosts “Chilly” Chili Cook-Off

Trinity School at Meadow View (2849 Meadow View Rd., Falls Church) will host a “Chilly” Chili Cook-Off, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Nov. 15 where guests can sample various homemade chili dishes and vote for their favorites by placing donations in the jars next to the chili. Past winners have included both meat and vegetarian chili. The event is free and open to the public, and all proceeds benefit the Lepers in Vietnam organization.

Chuck-E-Cheese School Fundraiser

Pine Spring Elementary School (near Fair City Mall and Pickett Road in Fairfax) will host a Fall Fundraiser at the Chuck-E-Cheese in Fairfax (9404 Main St., Fairfax). To participate, come to the restaurant any time from 3 – 9 p.m. on Nov. 17, and let the cashier know of your support for Pine Spring. Chuck-E-Cheese will donate 15 percent of the proceeds from the event to Pine Spring Elementary. For more information, call the restaurant at 703-978-5755 or Jerusha Mitchell, Pine Spring’s restaurant fundraiser chair, at 703-849-1978.

G.M.H.S. Scholastic Bowl Travels to Clarke County

From 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, the George Mason High School Scholastic Bowl Co-ed Varsity team will challenge Clarke County High School in an away match-up.

It’s Academic/Scholastic Bowl teams compete in a number of different academic subjects. During the 2007-08 season last year, the George Mason team, which is in the top Group A bracket, tied at fifth place with Auburn High School.

Falls Church High School P.E. Chair Recognized

Congratulations to Heather Woodson, the Health and Physical Education department chairman at Falls Church High School, who was recently highlighted for her work with children’s health and phsyical well-being in the Nov. 9 issue of The Washington Post Magazine. The recognition commended Woodson’s efforts to engage children in improving their own physical health.

Marshall High School I.B. Information Session

From 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, George C. Marshall High School invites parents and students in grades 7-10 to attend an International Baccalaureate Orientation Program.

The schedule for the event features current and graduate Marshall I.B. students, parents, Principal Jay Pearson, Director of Student Services Cindy Blakeley and I.B. program co-coordinators Jeffrey Litz and Carlota Bernal Shewchuk.

For more information about the event, contact the school’s main office at 703-714-5400.