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January 2020 Newsletter

posted Jan 15, 2020, 5:44 PM by c traband

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

1.  Arlington County Civic Federation:
January Meeting:  featured members of the Arlington County Board. Although the video of the meeting has not yet been posted, go to to view when posted.

February Meeting:  February 18, 6.30 pm, Virginia Hospital Center, Hazel Auditorium
Arlington Public School Board Round Table.  Following the School Board will be a Public Services panel to discuss mental health related to youth.

2.  Arlington County News:
Breaking Down the Budget: WATCH VIDEO of the process (and don't miss your chance to play budget director!)

Receive a Large Water Bill Recently? Read a message from Arlington Director of Environmental Services Greg Emanuel


How Should We Charge for Water? We're reviewing the current rate structure for water and wastewater services  

County Recommendations on How to Dispose of Fats, Grease and Oil:  Not Down the Drain

The Joint Facilities Advisory Commission's (JFAC) Scoping Committee:  Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting location is the Bozman Government Center, Cherry/Dogwood Rooms (2100 Clarendon Blvd., Lobby Level). 

The Scoping Committee will discuss the content that the upcoming Public Facilities Plan will cover and the public engagement process for developing the plan.

 Please contact Matt Ladd if you have any questions prior to the meeting. 


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service:  January 20, 10 am - 12 noon.  Join EcoAction Arlington for a cleanup.  Celebrate the day with volunteers cleaning up trash and debris from Four Mile Run and surrounding streets. Everyone is welcome. 

Families, individuals, groups, students and businesses are invited to join in.  This is a very special event, and more than 200 people may contribute to the goal of removing litter from Four Mile Run, Barcroft Park.  4200 S. Four Mile Run drive. More information and registration.


Other volunteer opportunities for Martin Luther King, Jr Day


3.  Arlington Public Schools:
MLK Tribute:  Arlington will celebrate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s life and legacy on Sunday, January 19, 5-6:30 p.m. at Wakefield High School through the story of the four young students from Arlington’s Halls Hill neighborhood who entered Stratford Junior High School in 1959 and became the first students to desegregate a public school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Come join in for a thoughtful evening of music, dance and spoken word. Visit for program details.

Williamsburg Middle School Science Fair JudgesSaturday, January 25, 8-11:30.

WMS is looking for judges for their Science Fair.   For more information, and to sign up, click here . Questions? Contact WMS science teachers  Christy Zarroor Latanja Thomas .

Kindergarten Information Night, Mon. Jan. 27, 7 – 9:00 p.m. (Snow date: Feb. 3), Washington-Liberty High School, 1301 N. Stafford St. 22201 (Parking lot/garage and street parking) For more information, see and

Summer Activities Fair, Fri. Feb. 7, 6 - 8:00 p.m., (Snow Date: Feb 14), Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. 22204. The summer activities fair features over 100 summer program exhibitors, including APS Summer School, Arlington Aquatics, and Arlington County Parks and Recreation. For more information on this free event, see

School Board Meeting, Public Hearing on Elementary School Planning for 2021, Thu. Jan. 30, 7:00 p.m. (Snow date Feb. 6), Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd. 22204 (parking garage and street parking)

School Board Meeting, Action on Elementary School Planning for 2021, Thurs., Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m., Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd. 22204 (parking garage and street parking)


For links and details on current Arlington Public Schools initiatives such as the new Superintendent search, school boundary planning, the APS proposed 2010 budget, and more, see

New Yorktown HS Principal:  Dr. Kevin Clark has been appointed Principal of YHS. He will take over for Bridget Loft who was recently named APS Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. For details on these two new School Board appointments, see
and superintendent-of-teaching-and-learning/

4.  Lee Highway Alliance:  How do you imagine living, working and doing business on Lee Highway in 2050?  In 2020 LHA is moving into Phase 2 of the four-phase process. The process involves Developing Ideas

• Develop/evaluate land use scenarios and recommendations

• Refine goal

Community Workshop: Washington-Liberty High School (1301 N. Stafford St.)

  • Friday, Jan. 31, 6:30-8 p.m.

  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 8:30 a.m.-4 pm 

5. Fun Things to Do:
Keeping Warm Campfire:   Saturday, Jan. 18, 6 - 7pm, Gulf Branch  Families ages 3 and up. Spend a chilly evening by the warmth of a campfire while making S'mores.  You will learn how animals have adapted to stay warm and survive winter outdoors. $5. #622850-H

Ice Skating:  MedStar Capitals IceplexPublic sessions are available for skating.  Check the schedule for times.
Adults 13 & over:  $9 ; Children 12 & under:  $8; Seniors 55 & over: $6; Skate Rental:  $5

Pentagon Outdoor Ice Rink:
Friday Noon - 11pm

Saturday 10am - 11pm
Sunday 10am - 10pm      
Monday to Thursday Noon - 10pm

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