Community Engagement Opportunities – May/June 2023

Dear Friends of APS,

The Arlington School Board adopted its FY 2024 budget totaling $804,392,800 at its May 11 meeting. The FY24 budget prioritizes resources to foster student well-being and academic success. It also invests in compensation and the school division’s commitment to hire and retain high quality staff to serve diverse student needs and improves operational efficiencyRead more about the FY24 budget online.

Upcoming APS Community Engagement Opportunities:

Share Your Feedback on School Board Policies Available for Public Comment: Family & Community Engagement, Gifts to Employees, School Year 2024-25 Calendar by May 19
Review and comment on draft APS policies that are available for public comment on the School Board Policies for Revision and Amendment webpage.

Thu. May 18       CANCELED Work Session on the Library Services Program Evaluation

Tue. May 23       Celebration of Excellence: Employees of the Year
5:30 p.m.            Washington-Liberty High School, 1301 N Stafford St. 22201

Thu. May 25       School Board Meeting: Recognition of Scholastics, Latin Exam, & Music Honors; Social-Emotional Learning & Wellness Update
7:00 p.m.            Watch School Board meetings live online, on Comcast Channel 70, Verizon Ch. 41 or at Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd. 22204

Wed. May 31     Equity Profile Dashboard Community Conversation: Engaged Workforce, hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
6:30 p.m.            Virtual event. Register here.

Thu. June 8         School Board Meeting: Recognition of the Arlington Career Center Space Force Junior ROTC Cadets Corps & the Multicultural Student Achievement Network (MSAN); Professional Learning Update; FY 2023 3rd Quarter Fiscal Monitoring Report
7:00 p.m.            Watch School Board meetings live online, on Comcast Channel 70, Verizon Ch. 41 or at Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd. 22204

Tue. June 13       Arlington County Civic Federation Meeting with the School Board
7:00 p.m.            Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 N George Mason Dr. 22204

Tue. June 20      School Board Work Session on the Pre-Planning for the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
6:30 p.m.            Watch Work Sessions Live here or at Syphax Education Center, Rooms 254-258

Arlington Community Events:

Leadership Arlington applications due May 26
The deadline for LCE Class of 2024 programs Leadership Arlington (for established leaders) and Ignite Young Professionals (for emerging leaders) are due May 26, 2023
Questions? Contact Hannah at

Thu. May 18       2023 Leadership Summit followed by Alumni Networking Reception (5:30-7 p.m.), hosted by the Leadership Center for Excellence
1 – 5:30 p.m.      Register here. Marymount Ballston Campus, 1000 N Glebe Rd. 22201

Fri. May 19         Bike to Work Day, FREE event with snacks and beverages at various pit stops
Morning              Register by May 12 to receive a free t-shirt and entry into the Bike Raffle

Sat. May 20        Monthly Drive-Thru Food Giveaway (Walk-ups accepted), sponsored by Mount Olive Baptist Church in partnership with Capital Area Food Bank
10:00 a.m.          Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1601 S 13th Rd. 22204

Sat. May 20       Arlington View Neighborhood Day. Meet representatives from the FBI, Arlington Police, Sheriff’s and Fire Departments, and others.
10 am -3 pm       Carver Community Center / Hoffman-Boston Elementary

Mon. May 22     Blood Drive. There is a national shortage of blood needed for the continuum of patient care. It takes less than an hour to donate.
1 – 6:00 p.m.      Schedule your donation appointment here. Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, 3159 Row Street, Falls Church, 22044

Tue. May 23       Brunch and Business: Honoring Asian Entrepreneurship, hosted by BizLaunch/Arlington Economic Development
11 am – 1 pm     Register here. Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Richmond Hwy. 22202

Tue. May 23       ACE Interface Community Conversation. Learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences & how to counter the effects of childhood trauma.
6 – 7:00 p.m.       Virtual on Zoom, or in-person at 2120 Washington Blvd, Room 112 (En español: 31 de mayo, 6 a 7:00 p.m.)

Thu. May 25       Thursday Morning with Friends Book Club: “Crying in H Mart“, AAPI Heritage event hosted by Arlington Central Library
10:30 am – 12    Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St. 22201

Sat. June 3          Latina Labs STEAM Virtual Program for Middle School Students, hosted by Latinas Leading Tomorrow
10:30 am-1 pm  Virtual event. Apply here by May 15. (held every Saturday in June)

Sat. June 3          36th annual Festival Argentino celebrates cultural freedom & 200 yrs. of US-Argentina diplomatic relations, co-sponsored by StayArlington & the Embassy of Argentina
3:30 – 8:45 pm  Tickets here. Kenmore Middle School, 200 S Carlin Springs Rd. 22204

Thu. June 8         Pride Celebration with food, fun, games, music, and a proclamation presentation hosted by OUTstanding, an Arlington County ERG.
3-5:00 p.m.        Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. 22201

Thu. June 8         Arlington County Board Candidate Forum, hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce
5:30 p.m.            Register here. George Mason University – Van Metre Hall, 3351 Fairfax Dr. 22201

Fri. June 16         Second annual Pride Prom: New York State of Mind, hosted by Safe Space NOVA to support LGBTQIA+ youth
7 – 11:00 p.m.   Sign up to chaperone or Purchase tickets. Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria 22314

Sat. June 17     17th annual Gang Prevention Soccer Tournament, hosted by Arlington County
11 am-6 pm      Register by 6/9 to or 571-274-2699 ($9 fee incl T-shirt & lunch). Washington-Liberty High School, 1301 N Stafford St. 22201

Sat. June 17        26th annual Blues Festival, “Arlington’s Best Block Party”, Free event hosted by the Columbia Pike Partnership
1 – 8:30 p.m.      Intersection of S Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike

2023 Historical Essay ContestThe Arlington Historical Society and Cherrydale-Columbia Masonic Lodge 42, host essay contest for students gr. 8-12. The topic this year focuses on the significance of the Arlington House estate. More information hereDeadline Fri. June 30

iRide SmarTrip Card for StudentsAfter April 30, all students must have an iRide SmarTrip Card to ride ART bus for FREE, all year. Learn more about iRide SmarTrip Cards and how to get on at

Scholarships for military-connected students. Learn about various Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Scholarships for students here. Contact AUSA Member Support at or 1-855-246-6269

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