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February 2020 Newsletter

posted Feb 18, 2020, 6:15 AM by c traband

This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  County Items:
Arlington County Civic Federation:  Next Meeting:  Tonight: Thursday, February 18, Refreshments at 6.30p, meeting at 7p. Hazel Auditorium, Virginia Hospital Center

Engage: Vision Zero Goals & Values:  The nationally-recognized Vision Zero Network defines Vision Zero as, “a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.”

The Vision Zero goals, informed by community values, will shape and focus the actions to be developed and implemented as part of this Action Plan.  Before getting into the actions needed for Vision Zero, it is important to define the values and goals that will underpin our collaborative approach to safe transportation.

Help define what Vision Zero in Arlington will prioritize by responding to the four (4) short questionnaires.

Missing Middle Study:  The Missing Middle Housing Study will explore how new housing types could help address Arlington’s shortfall in housing supply and gaps in housing choices.

What does “missing middle’ really mean?  Why are we going to study it? What will the study include?

On the new study website a narrated webinar provides an overview of the study basis and  scoping document. The Draft Scope of Work outlines three phases of study in detail.   It includes background, goals, key considerations, a proposed community-engagement framework and timeline.

Before the study kicks off, you’re invited to provide feedback on the study's scope. A brief, five-minute survey is posted to collect your input.

Plan Lee Highway Digital Community Workshop:  open now through February 24.

If you missed the in-person workshop last weekend, you can still share your voice online! How do you imagine living, working and doing business on Lee Highway in 2050? Give your feedback online with the Plan Lee Highway Digital Community Workshop:

2.  Arlington Public Schools:
2020 Arlington “Your Voice Matters” survey deadline, February 28:  Arlington Public Schools families, students in grades 4-12, staff, and teachers. Topics include safety (school and community climate), health and well-being, voice, and engagement.  All individual responses are confidential. APS families, students in grades 4-12, staff & teachers have received an email from Panorama Education with web link to the biannual survey.  APS families with no email address on file have been sent a paper survey by mail.  Contact with questions. Survey reports will be available this spring.

APS Elementary School Planning for 2021 – See for information on elementary planning for 2021.

APS Career Center Expansion – See for information and updates.

APS School Year 2021 Calendar - On February 6, 2020, the School Board approved the 2020-2021 School Year calendar, including a pre-Labor Day start to school.    For details see

Arlington School Board news, updates, calendar, contact information, past and future meetings, and more at

Thu. Feb. 27

School Board Meeting: The Superintendent presents FY 2021 Proposed Budget 

School Board Budget Work Session** #1

7:00 p.m.

Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd. 22204

Jamestown Elementary School Play: March 12-13

3.  Things to Do
Winter Bird Hike to the Potomac:  Saturday, February 22, 9 - 10:30 a.m.  Families ages 8 and up. Explore the forest in search of winter birds, including Brown Creeper, Winter Wren and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Then hike to the Potomac River to search for waterfowl. One-mile round trip over irregular terrain with creek crossings. Birders of all experience levels can participate and loaner binoculars are available. For information: 703-228-3403.

Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center.  3608 Military Road. Registration Required: Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult.  More informationRegister online or call 703-228-4747. Activity #: 622850-M

Salt Management Strategy
Winter salt use has many benefits in a storm, but also some negative impacts later. That’s why Arlington and neighbors are taking part in SaMS, a Salt Management Strategy working to balance benefits and impacts. Learn more and sign up to get informed.

Plot Against Hunger Spring Garden Kick-off 2020:  Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Arlington County Library-Central

Plot Against Hunger presents the 7th Annual Spring Garden Kick-off featuring speakers, knowledgeable practitioners, free seeds, and demonstrations of garden techniques.  The kick-off is a great way to learn about how to start a garden for AFAC, how to donate produce to AFAC, and hear from community garden coordinators and others about lessons learned.

  • Learn about AFAC’s Plot Against Hunger gardens in Arlington

  • Sessions for beginners to advanced gardeners

  • Join an AFAC garden team; sign up to help harvest bamboo for garden structures

  • Learn from our community partners Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture, Northern Virginia Master Gardeners, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and more!

Finalized topics and presenters will be announced as we get closer to the event. Light refreshments will be available. All are welcome. Click here for the PDF flyer for the event.

Please fill out the form below to RSVP (or click here).

Rain Barrel Workshop:  Saturday, March 7, 10:30 am - 12, Walter Reed Community Center.
Rain barrels purchased from retail sources can be expensive. As part of a regional initiative, Arlington offers build-your-own rain barrel workshops and distributes low-cost rain barrels to Arlington County citizens. You will learn how to install and maintain a rain barrel and take one homeREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RAIN BARREL WORKSHOPS. REGISTER HERE.  Registration closes 3-4 days prior to the event. The fee per barrel is $55 for build-your-own workshops, $65 per barrel for distribution events. Only two rain barrels will fit in most vehicles.

Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt