Community Engagement Opportunities – Feb 2023

Dear Friends of APS:

February is Black History Month. APS celebrates the contributions African Americans have made to our nation, and especially to Arlington and our schools. Watch video of APS staff and students sharing what Black history means to them. The School Board will honor student leaders and school-based staff at the Feb. 2 School Board meeting. Learn More.

The Arlington School Board invites you to nominate outstanding community members for the 2023 Honored Citizens Award. Individuals must meet selection criteria and be committed volunteers who have gone above and beyond in supporting our students and schools. Nomination forms are due by 5 p.m. on March 13.

Upcoming APS Community Engagement Opportunities:

Thu. Feb. 2         Virtual presentation for interested PreK Families for the 2023-24 School Year on how to apply for Preschool. Available online here on Feb 2.

Thu. Feb. 2         School Board Meeting: Recognition of Black History Month; Strategic Plan Status Update
7:00 p.m.            Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Ch. 41 or in person at Syphax Education Center 2nd FL School Board Room

Sat. Feb. 4           Black History Month panel with public historians and museum curators, co-hosted by the Columbia Pike Partnership and the Embassy of Switzerland.
2:30 – 5 p.m.      Reserve a spot. Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr. 22204

Tue. Feb. 7         Video presentation for parents interested in exploring Montessori programs for the 2023-24 School Year. Available online here.

Tue. Feb. 7         School Board Work Session on Career Technical Education
6:30-8:30 p.m.   Watch Work Sessions Live here or at Syphax Education Center, Rooms 254-258

Wed. Feb. 15      Office of English Learners Five-Year Strategic Action Plan Public Webinar
7 – 8:00 p.m.      Save-the-date

Thu. Feb 16         Summer Activities Fair presents local and regional opportunities for students of all ages in academic, cultural, outdoor adventure, sports, exploration, and virtual activities.
6 – 8 p.m.            Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. 22204

Thu. Feb. 16       School Board Meeting: Recognition of National Board Certified Teachers; FY 2023 Mid-Year Fiscal Monitoring Report
7:00 p.m.            Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Ch. 41 or in person at Syphax Education Center 2nd FL

Thu. Feb. 23       School Board Meeting: Recognition of School Board Appreciation Month; Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2024 Budget Presentation
7:00 p.m.            Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70, Verizon Ch. 41 or in person at Syphax Education Center 2nd FL

Thu. Feb. 23       School Board Budget Work Session #1 (immediately following the School Board meeting)
~8:00 p.m.          Watch Work Sessions Live here or at Syphax Education Center, Rooms 254-258

Arlington Community Events:

The Arlington Community Foundation is seeking volunteers to participate in its virtual Community Scholarship Review. Register by Feb. 21. Review March 1-15, 2023.

Scholarship Deadlines:
Feb 1 –                 
DREAM Project Scholarship for immigrant high school and college students in Virginia – $3,000 in renewable college scholarships to 100 high-achieving students whose immigration status creates barriers to higher education. More information here.
Feb 6 –                  Arlington Community Foundation has opened applications for student aid. Arlington seniors have an opportunity to compete for more than $600,000 in student aid. Only one application is required to be considered for all scholarships. Applications are due by February 6, 2023. Learn More.
Mar 1 –                 NAACP Scholarships for high school seniors who are Arlington residents or active members of a civic or faith-based organization in Arlington

Wed. Feb. 8        Faith & Housing Community Conversations about the Missing Middle Housing proposal, co-sponsored by the Alliance for Housing Solutions, Arlington Coalition of Black Clergy, and the NAACP Arlington Branch
7 – 8:30 p.m.      Calloway United Methodist Church, 5000 Langston Blvd. 22207

Wed. Feb. 15      Tax Basics virtual class in partnership with Arlington Central Library
6:30-7:30 p.m.   Registration is required. Virtual

Tue. Feb. 28        Share the Love: Family-friendly fundraising, including for scholarship fund, hosted by the Leadership Center for Excellence
5:30–7:30 p.m.  Purchase tickets. Bowlero in Crystal City

Library Services Family Survey – APS is conducting a survey to collect feedback from families about how students use their school’s library to improve the delivery of services and resources. All survey responses will be kept confidential. For additional information, visit the Library Services Family Survey webpage. Complete the survey by Feb. 10.

Share Your Feedback on School Board Policies Available for Public Comment
Review and comment on draft APS policies that are available for public comment on the School Board Policies for Revision and Amendment webpage.

FLU/COVID-19/RSV PCR TESTVisit this link for more information on locations and/or scheduling COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments.

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Thank you.

Dulce Carrillo
Supervisor of Public Engagement  |  School and Community Relations
Follow me on Twitter @dulceAPS