Despta.firstname.lastname@example.org Volume 20, Issue 8 April 2009 www.fcps.k12.va.us/dranesvillees
Nancy’s Notes… Great Wall of Art!!!
Please get your order forms turned in with payment for
our special 20th anniversary Great Wall of Art as soon
as possible. We want every student's artwork in-
cluded!! A sample tile is in the office with extra order
I hope this newsletter finds you relaxed and refreshed or at forms as well as photos of some examples.
least well on your way; we all need a Spring Break. Don't miss out on your child's chance to leave a lasting
I want to plead with you to offer your services to DES in memory at Dranesville, this is especially important for
one of the many roles the PTA has to offer. With a strong the 6th graders!! Don't forget that funding will be avail-
group of volunteers, the PTA really runs smoothly and the able if you need assistance and please contact the
work is dispersed out. We all know many hands makes for office.
light work. Offering your time to the PTA shows your Additional tiles may be purchased at a cost of $7.00
child you care about their education and your commu- each. Please fill out a separate order form for per-
nity. In today’s world, there is often little time to do your sonal orders of tiles. You can write one check for the
civic duty. You have an opportunity through your child’s total with the order forms stapled together.
school to perform some civic time. It is not hard; we have
Square 1 Art offers additional products that can be
positions ranging in time commitment. Contact myself or made with your child's artwork. Contact Barb Dennis
any other board member to find out what you can do for for more information or visit Square 1 Art to view
your school. options in their Product Catalog. We will need vol-
Don’t forget the Silent Auction is rapidly approaching. If unteers to help with a variety of tasks so please call or
you have any items to donate (silly or serious) please get email Barb at email@example.com and
(703)404-0225 if you can help from home or at school.
them into the school ASAP. This fun event is a major
source of enjoyment for our kids and teachers alike. Be
sure to come early and bid late!
We are entering the 4th quarter of the school year! Can you
believe how quickly this year has passed? On ward and
Nancy Fehrle, PTA President
The 6th grade Girl Scout Troop 1339 will provide free babysitting at
the PTA meetings. No reservation is required. There will be games
and activities for all ages. Parents may email or call Lisa Cullen with
any questions at 703-481-1606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us for the next PTA meeting on
Tuesday, April 14 at 7 pm.
Dranesville’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
May 15th, 2009
Mark your calendars!!!! Friday, May 15th is the day!!!
We will be celebrating Dranesville’s 20th Anniversary and we will have our Silent Auction.
A huge Thank You to all that have already contributed and donated to the Class Baskets and volunteered
to help with the Class Projects!
The last week of April will be busy! We need your help assembling the Class Baskets. Please let us know
if you are interested in helping out.
There will be an Auction Meeting at Pat’s house on Tuesday, April 14th at 10am. We will also discuss
all the plans at the PTA Meeting that night.
1308 Boulder Crest Court
Please consider coming along. We can always use new ideas and help!!!
Julie Saylor – email@example.com
Pat Ennis – Iamgoingnuts@cox.net
Box Tops for Education Recipe of the Month (Please send in the resulting Box Top for Education!)
Lemon Drop Cake Prep Time: 25 min; start to finish: 3 hr. 15 min. Makes 12 servings.
1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist® lemon cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box.
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
1 container Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy lemon frosting
Lemon drop candies, crushed, if desired
1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Line 2 (8-inch) square pans with foil, letting foil hang 2 inches
over 2 opposite sides of pans. Grease bottoms and sides of foil with shortening or cooking spray.
2. Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Pour into pans. Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until toothpick
inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes.
3. In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and lemon juice. Poke top of warm cake every 1/2 inch with long-tined fork, wiping
fork occasionally to reduce sticking. Drizzle and spread lemon mixture over top of cake. Refrigerate about 2 hours or
until chilled. Remove cakes from pans by lifting with foil; peel away foil.
4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave frosting uncovered on High 15 seconds. On serving plate, place 1 cake, rounded
side down; trim if necessary so layer rests flat. Spread with half of frosting. Top with second cake, rounded side up.
Frost top of cake with remaining frosting. Garnish with lemon drop candies, if desired. Store loosely covered at room
SACC CALL TO ACTION—Make a difference!
Remember the days when your children would go to SACC and they could learn Chinese, do yoga, sew a
pillow, plant a garden and learn all while in SACC? Oh wait—that is what’s happening today, but if you
don’t act now you’ll be saying, “remember when” in the very near future if the County Executive gets
The County Executive has proposed a SACC pilot program which will take place in two schools this
year, the new Coppermine and Laurel Hill Elementary Schools. Will there be 30, 40, 50, 80, 100 or 130
SACC children in these schools? That part is unknown, and being kept awfully secretive. Will it be as
enriching as SACC is today? Not likely. Will you see the same SACC teachers you’ve gotten to know
and trust? Again, not likely. Think back to your children being in daycare or preschool and the regular
turnover of the unskilled, unmotivated staff you encountered.
You can make a difference, but you will need to make a call, send an email, write a letter or send a fax to
our County Supervisor. Make it clear that you are very pleased with SACC, as it is the benchmark for
after school programs around the country. It has extremely low turnover, is affordable and is fully-
funded by the parents of the SACC students. Our County Supervisor is John W. Foust. He can be
reached at 703-356-0551 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go to
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/government/budget/fy2010/ and add a comment about how you feel. I have
done this and I hope you will join me.
What is really needed at this time is the involvement of parents and the community to create a ground
swell of support to keep the SACC we know, and our children know and the community knows and
You know the alternatives—that’s why you choose SACC.
Please share this with all those you know that use SACC or are on the waiting list for SACC.
Thank you for helping keep SACC the great program that we know and love.
SACC Parent Advisor Council Representative for Dranesville Elementary School
Reflections Program Ceremony
The 2008-2009 PTA Reflections Program is pleased to announce the display of children’s art and literature during
the week of April 20-24 in the front foyer of DES.
Please join us in celebrating your child’s artistic achievement on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in DES’s Library at 3:40 for light refresh-
ments and honors awarded.
Any questions, please call or e-mail
Trudie Goff at 571.434.0993 or email@example.com
Hope to see you there!
BRING DAD 2 SCHOOL DAY!!
May 1, 2009
ALL DADS, GRAND-DADS, UNCLES and FATHER FIGURES
Come to school and spend a portion of the day or even all day!!
-”do lunch” with your child
-assist in your child’s classroom
-participate in the New Games events and have some fun!!
Make your child’s day!! Register today!!
Registration forms sent home in the Tuesday Folder. Additional forms lo-
cated on PTA webpage and school’s office.
Looking for a volunteer willing to Chair event next year! Short time commit-
ment, mostly from home. Contact Sandra Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or
3 Student Holiday
6-10 Spring Vacation
14 PTA Meeting
16 Shahidi & Krupica field trip to Colvin Run Mill
17 Ms. Bowen ’ s Class field trip to Colvin Run Mill
1 New Games Day/Bring Dad 2 School Day
15 Silent Auction
25 Memorial Day holiday
18 Last Day of School
The Last Word…
Please submit all articles for the May newsletter by Friday, May 1st to email@example.com.
Since my daughter will be graduating from Dranesville this year, this will be my last year doing the newsletter and
Box Tops for Education. If you would like to learn how to use Microsoft Publisher and take over the newsletter for
the next school year, please let me know.