Newsletter of the Rose Hill Civic Association
January 2005

President's Message

Kingstowne Coming Attractions Include 16-Screen Movie Complex

If you have been to Kingstowne lately, you no doubt have noticed the massive construction behind the Giant. The new building will include a 16-screen theatre, 150,000 square feet of office space and a two-level garage that can accommodate 1,000 cars. The complex is expected to open in late summer.

The cinemas will be operated by Consolidated Theatres of North Carolina, the firm that recently opened a similar facility in downtown Silver Spring, MD. Consolidated has 20 other locations throughout the South.

The theatres will open onto the existing plaza. Alongside will be a number of small eateries and shops that also face the plaza. Currently, there is a Popeye’s and an ice cream shop on the existing side of the plaza.

The existing large office building behind the Town Center shops is almost entirely leased. Government contractors wishing to be close to Fort Belvoir are locating in the Kingstowne. Another large office building and a parking garage have been approved for the same area but not constructed.

Also, I am sure you have noticed that South Van Dorn Street has been extended from Kingstowne to Telegraph Road. However, the intersection at Telegraph as not been restriped to accommodate the new traffic. Hopefully, everything will be ready by early spring. A gas station and car wash facility located on the new South Van Dorn near Kohl’s has been approved but not constructed.

It is hoped the new road will divert traffic from Rose Hill Drive. Traffic coming from the Van Dorn exit on Beltway headed to Telegraph now must use Franconia Road and Rose Hill Drive to reach their destination. With the new road, they will have a straight shot without using either Franconia or Rose Hill.

What remains to be seen is how the traffic lights on Telegraph at South King’s Highway and Lake Devereaux/Tartan Village interact with the new ones at South Van Dorn and Telegraph. Could be interesting.

Holiday Decoration Winners

Congratulations to the Mayos at the corner of Leewood Drive and Rose Hill Drive for providing the most extensive and pleasing display. We particularly thank them for remembering our troops as part of an outstanding display of holiday cheer. They are our overall grand prizewinners for 2004.

Not far behind was the Dillon home on Winston Place. Like the Mayos, you had to stop and look closely so you would not miss any of the featured items. By the way, Winston Place and Dew Grass Drive were full of holiday cheer and those residents are to be applauded for their holiday spirit.

The Downey home on Telegraph Road once again was a beacon of holiday and religious cheer. Having long ago retired the top prize, the Downy home now has its own category—Hall of Fame award. Cynthia Johnson-Cavey on Eastchester Circle once again came up with an outstanding treatment of her entrance.

The Palmers on Apple Tree Drive, the Sheldons on Dew Grass, and Tom Strah at the corner of Bee Street and Rose Hill Drive all had exceptional displays. You could not miss the tree at the Luginbills on Rose Hill Drive. The Dodsons on Wayside Drive and the Eppolitos on Driftwood Drive also had outstanding outdoor trees.

All of the winners are now on-line. Just click on 2004 Holiday Decoration Winners for a complete listing.  Certificates will be available to be picked up at the January 25 meeting.

If, after reading the list, you believe the judges missed anyone, please give us a call. The lights may not have been on when the judges made their rounds or they might have missed someone you think is worthy of receiving of an award. Also, give us a call if we have the wrong name or have misspelled the name.

By the way, Bob Kohn of Carriage Drive reports that one a wayward reindeer showed up at his front door one night during the holidays. Apparently it wandered away from someone else’s display. RHCA checked with Santa and learned that all his reindeer, including Rudolph, made it safely back to the North Pole. If you are missing a reindeer from your display, contact the Kohns. Do not worry, Bob and Elizabeth have provided excellent care for your reindeer!

First-Hand Iraq Report

RHCA members who attended our meting last November got an eyewitness and first-hand report on Iraq from Sgt. Christopher Boyd, who spent a year there with an advance combat medical unit. Sgt. Boyd, now stationed at Walter Reed, volunteered to visit Rose Hill and report on his experiences. He also thanked those of you who provided items needed at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed. Needless to say it was a far different report than you read in the newspapers or hear on the evening news. A native of Halifax, VA, Sgt. Boyd is a 17-year member of the Army. He spoke of the heroism of our troops and their compassionate help for the Iraqi people he met and treated, who by and large were grateful after they got over their initial fear and misconceptions about Americans. Too bad everyone could not hear Sgt. Boyd’s remarks. If you had, you would be even more proud of our volunteer servicemen and women in all branches of the service.

Inoperable Vehicles

Rose Hill residents are reminded that Chapter 110 of the Fairfax County code makes it unlawful to keep any inoperable motor vehicle, trailer, or semi-trailer on any property zoned for residential unless such vehicle is kept within a fully enclosed building or structure and is kept completely screened or shielded from view.

This includes cars that are inoperable or do not have valid license plates, or a valid inspection decal, or an inspection decal that has been expired for more than 60 days. The ordinance permits the Impoundment Office of the Fairfax County Police to order the towing of inoperable vehicles if they are not removed within 10 days after receiving a violation notice.

RHCA is cooperating with the Impoundment Officer to remove the large number of illegal vehicles throughout the community. If you have a car on your property that meets the above criteria, we strongly suggest you remove it before the County does it for you. It could be costly for you if the County becomes involved.

Section III Update

As of this writing (January 13), work continues on the test drilling for Rose Hill Park Section III. That is the area west of Cottonwood Drive and North of Carriage Drive. The access is at Wayside Place off Rose Hill Drive. The potential developer is providing more soil studies to the County engineers at the County’s request. After the information is compiled, the County will review it. RHCA will follow the process. The current work is being done because RHCA has asked the County to go the extra mile to make sure existing homes are not disturbed by construction of the new roads, extension of utilities, and construction of the new homes. We will keep you advised.

Odds & Ends

We are happy to report the issue of our meeting dates at John Marshall Library has been resolved. The Library has agreed to set aside the fourth Tuesday of January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, and November on a permanent basis. Previously, the Library decided that RHCA needed to renew its schedule every six months. RHCA, which has been meeting at the Library since it opened, and, in the interest of continuity, wished to be assured that arrangement would continue.

The Dillons on Winston Place report their property was invaded by what turned out to be a rabid raccoon last month. The critter was captured and removed by Animal Control. As a result, the Dillon dogs were quarantined for 45 days. They suggest other Rose Hill residents who border woods keep a sharp eye out for raccoons and make sure their animals have all the necessary shots.

Supervisor Kaufman has advised that he has forwarded RHCA’s request for a traffic study to the County transportation staff and the Virginia Department of Transportation. He will update us when he receives a response. VDOT traffic survey personnel have been spotted in Rose Hill, so work is progressing. If you would like to read the details of our request, go to myrosehill.com and click on the transportation link on the main page.

As a result of the article in the November Rambler concerning the posting of building permits, we received a call that pointed out that County staff had advised such posting were no longer required. Well…apparently the County staff had not read the Building Code. RHCA had, and it plainly states that the permits must be posted in public view. After hearing from RHCA, the County reversed its policy and building permits MUST be posted.

Touché.

Carl Sell

RHCA Members Receive Thanks for Support from Area Groups

In recent weeks, the Rose Hill Civic Association has received letters and expressions of thanks from the organizers of Edison High School’s All-Night Graduation Party, Koinonia, our own Granny Squares group, and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee of the Franconia District Police Station. RHCA contributed to the good work of all four groups during 2004.

The Edison group provides a non-alcoholic all-night party at Lee District Park each graduation night, Koinonia makes life easier for the less fortunate among us all year long, the CAC provides a Christmas Eve buffet for those who protect us that night, and the Granny Squares provided Christmas cheer for the family of a service member stationed in Iraq.

All of the contributions were made possible by YOUR membership in RHCA. We currently are staging our membership drive for 2005 so we can continue helping those organizations.

Your membership dues also provides the funds necessary for the printing of The Rambler as well as the coveted ‘Rose Hill Beauty’ signs awarded each spring. Remember, only RHCA members are eligible to receive a sign.

In addition, RHCA solicits donations to maintain the plantings around the entrance sign at Rose Hill Drive and Franconia Road. This year, we are asking for contributions toward the beautification of the flowerbed facing Rose Hill Drive at the John Marshall Library.

Contributions to the General Fund will help us meet unforeseen obligations. For example, last year we had enough money to repair the entrance sign. The Rose Hill Apartments helped with a contribution toward that effort. The apartment personnel also maintain the median on Rose Hill Drive.

Please take the time to fill out the membership form and mail it along with your check to RHCA at P.O. Box 10891, Franconia, VA 22310. We’ll add your name to the list in next month’s Rambler.

Thanks to the residents below who already have joined for 2005.

2005 RHCA Members as of January 13, 2005

Frank & Rayma Bale 6315 Willowood Lane Donald Krause 6300 Rose Hill Drive
J. Bauserman 4531 RoundhillRoad Mildred Lane 6410 May Boulevard
Connie Beatty 6428 Rose Hill Drive Wellington & Anna Machmer 6200 Willowood Lane
Donald Bise 4423 Roundhill Road K&M Mann 6107 Leewood Drive
Philip & Carol Bishop 6310 Climbhill Road Melvin Martin 6211 Redwood Lane
Bob Brown 4526 Apple Tree Drive George & Susan McKittrick 6113 Clovergrass Drive
Pearl Butler 6401 Cottonwood Drive Lou & Marnie Messinger 6603 Cottonwood Driver
Walter Calhoun 4523 Apple Tree Drive But The Nguyen 6512 Rose Hill Drive
Ralph & Altha Carrico 6112 Leewood Drive Dave & Linda Nichols 6416 Rose Hill Drive
Raul & Kelly Castillo 6413 Willowood Lane Cloteal Norris 6012 Leewood Drive
Bev & Norm Cherkis 6300 Saddle Tree Drive Lucy & Larry Pettit 6501 Carriage Drive
Roger & Carol Christiansen 6409 Maryview Street Anna Pulman 6510 Haystack Rd.
Robert Ciccotelli 6511 Haystack Road Nick & Vivian Rashidi 6506 Rose Hill Drive
Lois Corbin 6221 Blossom Lane Gopal & Krishna Ray 6412 Willowood Lane
Virginia Dalghren 6611 Cottonwood Drive James Richey 4402 Roundhill Road
Robin & David Dodson 6400 Wayside Place James Ridgell 6513 Cottonwood Drive
Steve & Holly Dougherty 4522 Roundhill Road James & Marie Sherfey 6415 Rose Hill Drive
Tom Felleisen 6406 Hayfield Place Michael Smith/Ratri Friend 6111 Leewood Drive
Joseph Finnegan 6409 Hayfield Place Fred & Mary Stinnette 4520 Appletree Drive
Helen Flahive 6416 Cottonwood Drive Tom Strah 6421 Rose Hill Drive
Gordon & Cheryl Flockhart 6223 Driftwood Drive Don & Tinker Szamborski 4615 Winston Place
Ed & Shirley Gailliot 4801 Apple Tree Drive Alberta Taylor 6308 Cottonwood Drive
Helen Hass 6304 Cottonwood Drive Jean Thomson 6302 Cottonwood Drive
Alice and Elmer Haupt 6208 Thornwood Drive Don & Nina Weber 6120 Dew Grass Drive
Fredy & Maxine Heyer 4704 Flower Lane Karen Wheeless 6709 Greendale Road
Emilie Hood 5012 Treetop Lane Jeff & Katie Whitney 6705 Greendale Road
Tri Huynh 6423 Carriage Drive A. Wilder & T. Mangum 6413 Rose Hill Drive
Jim & Lynda Kandul 6218 Blossom Lane Jeffrey Williams 6121 Dew Grass Court
Audrey Kick 4517Sturbridge Place Charley Worley 4513 Roundhill Road

Pertussis Fact Sheet (Whooping Cough)

Over the past month, the Fairfax County Health Department has been investigating cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in certain schools. We continue to receive reports of additional cases in the community. While pertussis is occurring more than expected in the county, the increase is consistent with state and national trends.

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that can easily spread through the air from a sick person during talking, sneezing or coughing. The disease affects people of all ages and can be a very serious disease, particularly for infants less than one year of age. Whooping cough starts with symptoms similar to a common cold – with a runny nose, sneezing, low grade fever and cough. The cough may last one to two weeks then worsen to uncontrolled coughing spells, especially at night. In children, the cough may be accompanied by a high pitched "whoop" sound. The "whoop" is a sign that the person is struggling to breathe between coughs. Adolescents and adults tend to have less severe disease and may not develop the whoop.

Cold weather and holiday gatherings present opportunities for increased risk for transmission. To help control the spread of pertussis and reduce exposure to infants, and very young children:

Parents are encouraged to keep infants away from individuals with cough illness since they are at particularly high risk for developing severe disease.

Anyone with a cough lasting more than two weeks should contact their physician for evaluation. If appropriate, antibiotics can shorten the duration of illness and lower the chances of spreading the disease to others. Infants with a cough illness of any duration should be promptly evaluated by their doctor. Individuals with cough illness should avoid public gatherings, such as school, sporting events and social activities until they have been evaluated by a physician.

Check your children’s shot records to be sure they have received all their shots. If unsure whether your child has been completely immunized against pertussis, we recommend you talk to your family doctor or the health department about bringing your child’s immunizations up to date as soon as possible. Pertussis vaccine is only given to children under 7 years of age.

Encourage the use of tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands regularly and avoid sharing drinks and eating utensils.

A fact sheet on pertussis is attached for your information. If you have any questions, please contact the Health Department’s Communicable Disease unit at 703-246-2411.

Gloria Addo-Ayensu, MD
Director of Health

Pertussis Fact Sheet (Whooping Cough)

What is pertussis (whooping cough)? Pertussis is a respiratory disease caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. The disease can be very serious in infants (less than 1 year old) where it can lead to pneumonia and, less often, seizures or inflammation of the brain. In rare cases (1 out of 200), pertussis can result in death (especially in children less than 1 year of age).

Who gets pertussis? Pertussis affects people all over the world and can occur at any age. It is most commonly found in young children but can also occur in older children and adults, where it usually causes a milder illness that is often not diagnosed. Young children can get the disease from an older brother or sister or an adult with the mild form of the disease.

How is pertussis spread? The bacteria that causes pertussis is found in the nasopharyngeal region of the nose in infected people. The bacteria are spread through the air in droplets produced during sneezing and/or coughing. Persons in the early stage of illness are the most contagious. Antibiotics will shorten the length of time the illness can be spread. Children with pertussis who are in day care should be kept out of day care until they have been treated with antibiotics for at least 5 days or longer and are medically well enough to return.

How soon after exposure do symptoms appear? The appearance of symptoms is usually 6 to 20 days after exposure. If a person is exposed to pertussis, certain antibiotics may help prevent or lessen the disease.

What are the symptoms of pertussis? The symptoms of pertussis usually occur in stages. The first stage begins like a cold, with a runny nose, sneezing, low grade fever and cough. The cough lasts one to two weeks and then becomes worse. The second stage of pertussis includes uncontrolled coughing spells followed by a whooping noise when a person breaths in air. During these severe coughing spells, a person may vomit, or their lips or face may look blue from a lack of oxygen. Between coughing spells a person may appear well. This stage may last four to six weeks. The last stage is the recovery stage where the symptoms begin to disappear.

How is pertussis diagnosed? A physician may suspect pertussis when someone has the symptoms described above. To confirm the diagnosis, a culture must be done where a swab of the back of the nose, taken during the early stage of the illness, is tested for growth of the Bordetella pertussis bacteria.

What is the treatment for pertussis? Certain antibiotics may make the illness less severe if started in the early stage of the disease but infants younger than 6 months of age and persons with severe cases may need to be hospitalized. Severe cases may require oxygen and mild sedation to help control the coughing spells.

How can pertussis be prevented? Pertussis can be prevented by immunizing children in early infancy. Pertussis vaccine is given at 2, 4, 6, and 15 months of age, and again when a child enters school. At least 4 doses are necessary to protect a child from pertussis. Household members and close contacts (such as other children in day care settings) of a person with pertussis should be treated with antibiotics, whether or not they have been immunized. If started early enough, this should either prevent illness or make it less severe. Close contacts less than 7 years old who are either not immunized or who have received fewer than four doses of the pertussis vaccine should begin the immunization process immediately. Children who develop respiratory symptoms within 20 days of exposure should see a physician immediately and be tested for pertussis.

Immersion Program

The two-way immersion kindergarten program and the first grade partial-immersion program in Spanish are currently offered at Rose Hill. Enrollment is now open to rising kindergarten students and rising first graders for the 2005-2006 school year. You can apply to the program online after January14 at www.fcps.edu/DIS/OHSICS/forlang/partial.htm or you can obtain an application form in the office. You do not need to reapply if your child is currently in the two-way immersion program or in the partial-immersion program you must apply for a younger sibling. A letter with more information will be sent home January 14.

An informational meeting will be held at Rose Hill January 27 at 7:00 pm. In case of inclement weather the makeup date is February 17. Computers will be available at the meeting for parents to complete applications.

Programa de Inmersión

El programa de inmersión bilingüe de kindergarten y el de inmersión parcial en español se ofrece en la escuela Rose Hill. El periodo de inscripción para ambos programas ya ha sido abierto para los alumnos promovidos a kindergarten y los promovidos al primer grado. Usted puede aplicar para el programa en el internet después del 14 de enero a la dirección www.fcps.edu/DIS/OHSICS/forlang/partial.htm ó puede obtener una aplicación en la oficina de la escuela. Usted no necesita reaplicar si su hija/hijo participa en este momento en el programa pero si necesita aplicar para un hermano/a más pequeño. Una carta con más información le será enviada a casa el 14 de enero.

Una reunion informativa tendrá lugar el 27 de enero a las 7:00 pm en la escuela Rose Hill. En caso de que la reunión tenga que ser cancelada por mal tiempo esta se llevara acabo el 17 de febrero. Computadoras estarán disponibles durante la reunión para aquellos padres que quieran completar la aplicación.

Teacher Job Fairs

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the largest school system in Virginia, is searching for teachers and counselors with a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference in the lives of students.

Pre-register and Apply:

Call 703-750-8533 weekdays between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM to register. Submit resume at Career Quest http://www.fcps.edu/DHR/careerquest. To meet the growing need for excellent teachers, the Office of Employment Services will host the upcoming teacher job fairs:

Elementary Education
January 29, 2005
Oakton High School
2900 Sutton Rd.
Vienna, VA 22181
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Registration: January 6 - January 24, 2005
Snow date: February 5, 2005

Secondary Education
February 26, 2005
Oakton High School
2900 Sutton Rd.
Vienna, VA 22181
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Registration: February 7 - February 22, 2005

Snow date: March 5, 2005

The job fairs will focus on hiring for the 2005 – 2006 school year. Teachers, especially critical field teachers, identified through a selective process may be offered early contracts. The critical fields for the 2005 – 2006 school year are:

Chemistry
Elementary Language Immersion
Family & Consumer Sciences
Industrial Technology
Mathematics
Physics
Spanish
Special Education (All areas)

Rose Hill Community Calendar

Alexandria Calendar

January 12, 19 & 26. Civil War Dance Classes. In preparation for the January 29 Civil War Ball, learn the waltz, polka, Virginia reel and more! Led by expert dance master Corky Palmer. 7:30-9:30pm. $12 per class, $30 for the series. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. www.gadsbystavern.org or 703.838.4242.

January 29. "Red Badge of Courage." The classic film is shown 2pm in the Fort Ward Museum library, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Free! Reservations suggested. 703.838.4848.

January 29. Civil War Ball. Enjoy an evening of history, dancing to live period music. Dance Master Corky Palmer leads in waltzes, polkas, reels, and more. 8pm-11pm. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. $30 per person in advance, $40 at the door. Deserts and cash bar. "After five" or 1860’s attire. www.gadsbystavern.org or 703.838.4242.

February 3-5. "Das Barbecu." A musical-comedy inspired by Wagner by way of a Texas barbecue at the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St. Shows at 8pm Wed.-Sat., 3pm Sun. Tickets $17-$20 at www.thelittlethreatre.com or 703.683.0496.

February 3, 10, and 17. 18th Century Dance Classes. In preparation for the George Washington Birthnight Ball, learn the dances popular in his era! Led by expert dance master Corky Palmer. 7:30-9:30pm, $12 per class, $30 for the series. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. www.gadsbystavern.org or 703.838.4242.

February 4, 11, 18, and 25. U.S. Air Force Band. The band performs at 8pm every Friday through February at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Free! www.gwmemorial.org or 703.683.2007.

February 5. Swordsmen’s Rendezvous. Lively discussions and demonstrations of 18th century swordplay. Tours hourly 11am.-4pm at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Tickets $5; reservations required. www.gadsbystavern.org or 703.838.4242.

February 6, 13, 20, and 27. Walking With Washington. Take this free, 90-minute walking tour to learn about Alexandria’s favorite son. Leaves at 1:30pm from the fountain in Market Square, 301 King St. For more information, call Alexandria Archaeology at 703.838.4399.

February 12. Symposium on George Washington. This year, this annual event looks at the years shortly after Washington was triumphant in the Revolutionary War and features noted author Joel Achenback. 8:30am.-4pm at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr. Tickets $35 including lunch, with discounts for students. www.washingtonbirthday.net or 703.991.4474.

February 12. Alexandria Symphony - "Inspired By Nature." The acclaimed local orchestra performs works by Vivaldi, Ives, and Beethoven at 8pm the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Tickets available at www.alexsym.org or 703.548.0885.

February 13. "Abe Lincoln’s Hat." Children ages 4-8 learn humorous, true stories about Lincoln as a young man that tell something about him when he became president at 2pm at Ford Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Free but reservations suggested. (Parents encouraged to bring cameras to capture their children with a life-size hat.) www.fortward.org or 703.838.4848.

February 19-21. George Washington Birthday Celebration! A city-wide celebration for Alexandria’s favorite son. Check out www.washingtonbirthday.net.

February 19. George Washington Classic 10-K Race. 8:30am, Eisenhower Avenue east of the Holiday Inn. $20 in advance; $22 the day of. 703.991.4474.

Birthnight Banquet and Ball. Tavern fare, toasts to George Washington, and 18th-century dancing, 5:30-11:00pm at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. $75 for banquet and ball; $30 for ball only; advance reservations required. Tickets available at www.gadsbystavern.org or 703.838.4242.

February 19-20. Breakfast With George Washington. Join Gen. Washington for a sample of his favorite breakfast, "hoecakes swimming in butter and honey," while supplies last at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. 9am.-4pm. Free with regular admission of $9, $8.50 seniors, $4.50 children 6-11. www.mountvernon.org or 703.780.2000.

February 20. Revolutionary War Encampment. Living history presentation with authentic skirmish at 2pm at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. 10am.-4pm. Free! 703.838.4848.

February 20. Sumi Guitar Duo. This brother-and-sister duo from Japan perform at 4pm at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 S. Fairfax St. Admission by donation to benefit Bienvenidos, a program for Latino students at TC Williams High. 703.549.6670 or www.opmh.org.

February 21. Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon. Admission is free to George Washington’s home with a wreath-lying ceremony at 10am followed by musical performances. 9am.-4pm. www.mountvernon.org or 703.780.2000

Open House at the Friendship Firehouse. Established in 1774, the Friendship Fire Company now is housed in a firehouse that was built in 1871. Come view the exhibitions and historic firefighting equipment at 107 S. Alfred St. 10am.-4pm. Free! 703.838.3891.

Open House at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Celebrate George Washington’s birthday in the same tavern where he celebrated it at 134 N. Royal St. 11am.-4pm. Free! 703.838.4242.

Open House at Carlyle House. Tour this beautiful and historic home while you are in Alexandria for the birthday celebrations. 121 N. Fairfax St. 11am.-4pm. Free! 703.549.2997.

Open House at The Lyceum. Learn about George Washington’s hometown at the city’s history museum, 201 S. Washington St. 11am.-4pm. Free!

Ceremony Honoring the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution. Ceremony held at the grave of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 S. Fairfax St. 11am. Free! 703.549.6670.

George Washington Birthday Parade. The largest parade honoring the first president and Alexandria’s hometown hero features marching bands, floats, military and reenactment units, Masonic groups, equestrian entries, antique cars, and of course, George and Martha Washington throughout Old Town Alexandria. 1pm. Free! www.washingtonbirthday.net or 703.991.4474.

Huntley Meadows Winter Calendar

Huntley Meadows Park and Visitor Center
3701 Lockheed Blvd. Alexandria, VA 22306
703-768-2525

Fairfax County Park Authority’s largest park (1,428 acres) includes wetlands, forests, meadows, streams and ponds. It has resident deer, beaver, heron and other animals. Facilities include a visitor center, auditorium, exhibits and an interpretive trail with boardwalk and observation platforms. Programs for groups by reservation. In December the Visitor Center is open 9am-5pm, Monday, Wednesday-Friday; noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. In January and February, the Visitor Center is open 9am-2pm, Monday, Wednesday-Friday; noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. The Visitor Center is closed Tuesday. Grounds open dawn to dusk.

Friday, January 28, 7-9:30pm. Café Cattail. Welcome to Huntley Meadows’ very own coffeehouse! Enjoy a relaxing evening applauding our community’s talents. Musicians, dancers and poets are encouraged to share their arts with a nature theme. Reservations required for performers only. Sponsored by FOHMP. Free.

Monday, January 31, 10am-1pm. Winter Chills and Thrills. 5-10 yrs. What a fun way to spend the day off from school. Drop in to play games, make crafts and explore self-guided activities. Discover how wildlife copes with winter. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by FOHMP. $2/child.

Tuesday, February 1, 10am-1pm. Winter Chills and Thrills. 5-10 yrs. See 1/31.

Saturday, February 12, 1-3:30pm. Winter Tree Trek. 16 yrs. & up. Learn to use keys and other tools to identify winter trees from such clues as shapes, twigs and bark. Then explore the winter woods to practice your skills. Participants will receive a Tree Finder book. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations.

Saturday, February 19, and Sunday, February 20, 1-3pm. Sherlock Bones. Skulls, skeletons and self-guided activities will be set up in the classroom to bring out the Sherlock in you. Free.

Saturday, February 26, 8-10am. Winter Birds and Bagels. Adults. Enjoy the winter season during this morning search for resident birds. Following the walk, warm up with hot chocolate and fresh bagels. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $5.

Saturday, February 26, and Sunday, February 27, 1-3pm. Sherlock Bones. See 2/19.

Lee District RECenter Calendar

Lee District RECenter
6601 Telegraph Road
Franconia, VA, 703.922.9841

Lee District RECenter, approximately 83,600 square feet, is comprised of three major areas; Natatorium, Gymnasium and Fitness Center.

The Natatorium includes a heated, indoor 50-meter by 25-yard pool, a Superslide, three diving boards, spa, spectator seating, locker rooms, family changing room, saunas, and showers and an outdoor sun deck and grassed sunbathing area.

The 20,400 square foot gymnasium includes one regulation size basketball court, or is convertible to two half courts, or two volleyball courts. Also included are electronic scoreboards, spectator seating, boxing equipment, volleyball nets and a three-lane, 1/10 mile running track.

The Fitness Center is well equipped with Cybex VR2 machines connected to the FitLinxx network, a wide selection of cardiovascular equipment, free-weights, and a stretching area.

In addition to these main features, the RECenter also contains racquetball/wallyball courts, two mirrored dance rooms, three multi-purpose rooms, a mezzanine, preschool, and a soft play room.

The surrounding 193 acre park has one soccer field with two overlay T-Ball fields, two football fields with two overlay softball fields, four basketball courts, an amphitheater, four picnic areas (one sheltered), horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, a playground and tot lot, four lighted tennis courts, a tennis practice wall, walking trails, and a carrousel.

Hours of Operation:

Facility Pool
Mon. - Thu. 5am - 9:30pm Mon. - Thu. 6am - 9:30pm
Fri. 5am - 9pm Fri. 6am - 8pm
Sat. 8am - 6pm Sat. 9am - 6pm
Sun. Noon - 8pm Sun. Noon - 6pm

Rose Hill Elementary School Calendar

Monday, January 31. Student Holiday
Monday, February 21. Washington’s Birthday Holiday

Mark Twain Calendar

In case of an unplanned change in schedule, the table below shows the options for change, what time the public announcement will be made by, and the hours affected by the change.

Schedule Change Public Announcement Revised Hours of Operation:

1 hour LATE Opening Before 6:00am Monday – Friday 8:40am – 2:30pm
2 hour LATE Opening Before 6:00am Monday – Friday 9:40am – 2:30pm
CLOSED Before 6:00am NO SCHOOL
1 hour EARLY Closing Before 10:30am Monday – Friday 1:30pm
2 hours EARLY Closing Before 10:30am 12:30 PM

Career Exploration. Guidance counselors will soon begin providing Choices Explorer Training to 7th and 8th grade students in the computer lab. Choices Explorer is a career exploration and planning guide via the Internet. This program not only allows students to browse over 850 career profiles including new or unusual careers, but also provides personal inventories to enrich students’ awareness. One of the features of the online program is the portfolio; this gives students a place to keep school-to-career information and start a resume. If you would like more information on the Choices Explorer software, please contact Gisela de la Peña in the Guidance Department at 703.313.3716.

Students should not arrive at school prior to 7:15am. There is no adult supervision before that time. This will help us keep all students safe and supervised in the morning. Students should be picked up promptly after all school activities.

Late Buses run Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. (Departure times vary for late buses according to traffic congestion, weather, etc.) Remember students must make prior arrangements with a teacher and secure a pass each day to ride the late bus. Students must also have permission from a parent/guardian to stay after school.

Edison Calendar

Library Closed January 10-21. SOL tests will be administered in the library from January 10 through January 21. During the school day, the library will be closed. The library will be open after school those days from 3-5 p.m.

Early Dismissal January 28. Due to staff development activities, Edison High School will be dismissing students at 11:15 am on Friday, January 28, 2005. Click Here for the Bell Schedule for the 28th.

SOL and Final Exam Information. SOL Testing Schedule. From Jan. 10 – 21, Edison High School will be administering SOL exams to students in first semester SOL classes. The bell schedule will remain the same for the week. All classes will be meeting as usual. Only students in SOL classes will be affected on their test days. Click Here for SOL testing schedule.

Final Exam Schedule. Final exams will be given January 24 through January 28. Click Here for the Final Exam Schedule.

2003-2004 Yearbook Sale. The yearbook staff has approximately 40 yearbooks remaining from the 2003-04 school year. We are selling them for a reduced price of $20. Students and faculty members may purchase a 2004 yearbook in Room 247. First come--first served!!

Travel to Spain This Summer. It’s not too late to join the group heading to Spain this summer. Ms. Jenkins and Mrs. Leedom are taking a group of students to Spain in July and they would like to have at least four more students join the group. The more the merrier!! See either teacher for a cost analysis and trip details.

Math Honor Society. The Math Honor Society recently competed in round two of a nation wide math competition. Tied for the best score at Edison were Tien Truong and Jennifer Benison. Congratulations to our top students.

Seniors, UVA Applications Still Accepted. Did you think you were too late to apply the the University of Virginia? Think again. Because they have just introduced a fantastic financial aid program for low and middle income students, they have extended their application deadline until January 24--to encourage more of these students to apply. Take advantage of this opportunity!

Tsunami Relief Fundraiser. People to People International is selling "I Care for Tsunami Victims" Awareness Ribbons to raise money to send to relief efforts. Ribbons will be sold in Room 248 and by People to People Fairfax Chapter members. Other monetary donations are also welcomed. Please see Jessica Gray or Ms. Jenkins if you have any questions.

Support Edison Drama. Support Edison Drama by purchasing items you actually want with Amazon.com. Simply go to http://www.edisondrama.com and click on the Amazon.com link and make a purchase. A portion of your purchase will go directly to Edison Drama. Be sure to access Amazon.com through the Edison Drama site to ensure EHS gets the credit.

Senior Class Candy Sale. The senior class candy sale is in progress. You will earn profit for your prom and All Night Grad Party tickets. Pick up candy to sell in room 130 from Mrs. Meinholdt. The sale ends Jan. 28.

The next Rambler deadline is January 14, 2004.
The next delivery weekend is January 22-23, 2004.

Advertising in the Rambler

We have recently received several inquiries concerning advertising in the Rambler. While a listing in the Business Directory is free to Rose Hill residents who own their business, placing an actual advertisement is open to all with rates as follows per month:

Business Card size 3 1/2" x 2" $10
Quarter page size 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" $25
Half page size 7 1/2" x 4 3/4" $50
Full page size 7 1/2" x 9 3/4" $100

Ads may be bought for either one month only, month-to-month, or as many months in advance as desired. Our newsletter is published nine times a year, excluding July, August and December.

Advertising in the Rambler is an excellent way to reach the 700+ homes in our community. In addition, the ads each month are placed on our website www.MyRoseHill.com for the world to see.

Anyone interested in placing an ad may call me at 703-924-7192. Artwork can be sent to marty@fabrications.us in tiff or jpeg format or hardcopy mailed to P.O. Box 10891, Alexandria, VA 22310. Checks made out to RHCA should be included with ads and sent to the P.O. Box.

Marty Williams

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