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Annual APS Multicultural Parent Conference Set for May 7

From Arlington Public Schools:

 

APS reminds parents that the sixth annual Multicultural Parent Conference is scheduled for Sat, May 7 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. atKenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd.)

Workshops will focus on parent involvement and strengthening support for student success. Interpretation will be provided in English, Arabic, Amharic, Bengali, Mongolian, and Spanish for the opening session and some workshops.

The conference is free and open to the public. Lunch with selections representing multiple cultures will be provided. Childcare is also available.

For more on the conference, including the program, click here.

Final George Washington University Commencement Line-Up Announced

From GWU:

 

WASHINGTON – New York City’s mayor, owner of the Washington Nationals and Arlington County’s teacher of the year will be among the 12 speakers addressing graduates at George Washington University Commencement ceremonies May 13-15. 

 

Home Built by 90 FCPS Students is Part of this Weekend's Parade of Homes

Home Built by 90 FCPS Students is Part of this Weekend's Parade of Homes

For 40 years, students in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) residential construction program have been building houses as part of the partnership between FCPS and the Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc. (FATE). This weekend, the 18th house in the series will be part of the Northern Virginia Parade of Homes. Parade homes are open from 1-5 p.m. on April 30 and again on May 1. 

Stratford University, Falls Church Campus Hosts Spring Career Fair 2011

Stratford University, Falls Church Campus Hosts Spring Career Fair 2011

Stratford University, Falls Church Campus
Hosts Spring Career Fair 2011

WHO:          
Stratford University community; prospective and current students; graduates
                       
WHAT:         
Spring Career Fair 2011

Join Stratford University’s Falls Church campus for its annual Spring 2011 career fair. Attendees will be able to meet with local employers to learn about job opportunities, as well as learn about various programs the university offers including Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality Management.

Admission is free of charge and open to the public.

Some of the companies in attendance:

Arlington Students Invited to White House Easter Egg Roll

Arlington Students Invited to White House Easter Egg Roll

From Arlington Public Schools:

Students from Arlington Traditional School, Glebe, Jamestown, McKinley and Taylor elementary schools will have a chance to visit the Easter Bunny on the South Lawn of the White House during the annual Easter Egg Roll on Mon, April 25.

Thanks to a generous donation by the Department of Education and the White House, 250 students will take part in the annual White House event.

This year’s theme, “Get Up and Go!” promotes health and wellness. The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and the traditional Easter egg roll. All of the activities encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity.

Each of the five elementary schools will receive 50 tickets each to participate in the Easter Egg Roll.

Cutting Calories Just Got Easier with Fresh Healthy Vending

 Cutting Calories Just Got Easier with Fresh Healthy Vending

When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, calories in versus calories burned is everything! Losing simply comes down to using more calories than you take in. But did you realize that taking in just 50 calories less per day can lead to an effortless five-pound weight loss per year? It’s true! A pound is equal to 3,500 calories, so if you use 50 calories less per day than you take in, you will drop a pound approximately every two months. And cutting calories on the go just got a lot easier!

“A lot of people are looking for ways to cut calories and get healthy, and now we have an option that will support them in doing so,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Our machines offer the healthy snack and drink options that people want but have had a difficult time finding on the go, up until now.”

How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

??B 4 u rd any further grab ur kid’s cell & hide it. (LOL). You may not have to resort to such dire tactics but an October 6, 2010 article in The Week titled,” How Writing by Hand Makes Kids Smarter” indicated that handwriting can improve your child’s IQ.

The article notes a study by University of Wisconsin psychologist Virginia Berninger, who found that writing activated sequential finger movements, which engaged short-term memory, thought and language sectors of the brain.

On a superficial level, those with excellent penmanship were also deemed smarter than those with illegible handwriting, according to Steve Graham, a professor of education at Vanderbilt University. He also noted that neatly written essays on standardized tests like the SAT merited higher scores as well.

On the flipside, technology has made it all too easy to become lax in constructing a sentence and even spelling a simple word. Many cellphones and computers now do the work for us.