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$50 for 50 Years of TCW

Titan 50 for 50 smallIn honor of the 50th anniversary of T.C Williams High School, the T.C. Williams PTSA has launched a $50 for 50 years campaign. Please help us celebrate this milestone by raising $5,000 for teacher grants and student programs.  Your $50 (or more) gift will help support creative educational activities and supplies that our teachers at T.C. have requested. The PTA also donates thousands of dollars to the All Night Grad Party to lower the cost of the event for all students and to provide tickets for those who cannot afford them. For more than 25 years, this event has allowed our seniors to celebrate in a fun and safe way.

To donate, send a check payable to T.C. Williams PTSA to 3330 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.  You can also donate online.

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Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Performs Family Holiday Concert on Dec. 20

Alexandria’s very own symphony orchestra will present a holiday concert on Sunday, December 20, at the historic St. Paul’s Church (228 S. Pitt Street in Old Town).

This annual tradition is an affordable way to introduce children of all ages to exceptional-quality symphonic music performed by professional musicians. An adult ticket ($20) is less than the price of parking at the Kennedy Center! Tickets for youth (18 and under) are only $5.ASOflyer

In addition to holiday favorites such as music from Duke Ellington’s The Nutcracker Suite, there will be a family sing-along, cookies and other refreshments, and pictures with Santa.

Proceeds from this and other ASO events help to support ASO Sympatico, the orchestra’s education program that provides before- and after-school music instruction to 100 students in five ensembles at John Adams Elementary School. (Watch a video of Sympatico students performing the world premiere of “A Hero’s Journey,” which was created entirely by the students during a recent week-long seminar and performed at Schlesinger Hall in early November.)

You can purchase tickets online or call the ASO at 703 548 0885. Individual tickets will also be sold on the day of the concert at St. Paul’s Church starting at 1:45 p.m.

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Understanding the IEP Process

The ACPS Parent Resource Center will present a workshop on Monday, December 7, that’s designed to give parents who are new to ACPS Special Education services a basic understanding of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room 134 at the T.C. Williams Minnie Howard campus.

To register, contact Janet Reese, Parent Support Specialist, at janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or Courtney Davis, Parent Resource Center Coordinator, at courtney.davis@acps.k12.va.us, or call 703 824 0129. Registration closes on November 30.

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Redistricting Review Committee Seeks Timeline Extension

The School Board is scheduled to vote on Tuesday, November 23, to approve extending the deadline for a Redistricting Review Committee recommendation from February 2016 to late Spring 2016 or possibly later. The revised timeline means that new school boundaries would not go into place until the 2017-2018 school year and that Superintendent Crawley will be seeking temporary solutions to ease capacity issues, particularly on the West End, for the coming school year.

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