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November 2020 Newsletter

posted Nov 17, 2020, 11:06 AM by c traband   [ updated Nov 17, 2020, 11:11 AM ]
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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.


From RSCA Board:  Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Note from RSCA Board:  We are looking for some help with the preparation of this monthly newsletter.  If you would be interested in assisting, please email

1.  COVID-19:  If you need information about guidelines for visitors to Arlington for the holidays, please see:

Arlington Public Health Urges Quarantine Compliance: 
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arlington, the Northern Region and Virginia, Arlington County’s Public Health Division is reminding everyone of what should happen under quarantine.
2.  Arlington County Items
Dialogues on Race and Equity
:  Arlington launches new effort to address racial equity and disparities. Sign up here for small interactive virtual conversations.

How Can You Respond Best to Emergencies?  Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Life-threatening emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. Emergency responders may not be nearby to help. It's important to learn how to care for yourself and for others until they arrive.

Join your neighbors for a free virtual "Until Help Arrives" training offered by Arlington CERT members. Learn how to respond to injuries and life-threatening emergencies to help those around you until first responders arrive. The skills you will learn in this class are useful in countless emergency situations, such as traumatic injuries from a car collision, household injury, or events like an active shooting. Register online here!

How should Arlington steward its trees and natural resources?  Arlington is developing its Forestry and Natural Resources Plan, which will provide strategies to support current conditions and future possibilities to advance Arlington’s stewardship of its trees and natural resources. Share your perceptions, interests and aspirations about the county’s conservation and maintenance of our ecosystems over the next year to inform the development of this plan and bring your priorities to life. Sign up for updates.  Share your thoughts at

Holiday Toy-Giving Opportunities:
Arlington Police Sponsor Fill the Cruiser:  Friday, Nov 20, from 6 - 8 p.m. Lee Harrison Shopping Center
Help spread joy this holiday season by donating new, unwrapped toys during the Arlington County Police Department’s (ACPD) sixth annual Fill the Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive. This year, with families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for donations may be greater than ever and your generosity helps ensure the holidays are bright for some of our most vulnerable community members – children in need.  Officers will collect new, unwrapped toys for children ages newborn to 17.  Toys will be distributed by the Police Department to community organizations throughout the month of December.

Upon arrival, participants should stay in their vehicle until they reach the unloading areas, where officers will be on hand to remove donations from their vehicle. A separate area will be available for those arriving by bike or foot. Due to COVID-19 considerations, we will only be accepting toys at predetermined dates and locations

Donate to DHS Secret Santa Program:  By Dec 18:
You can help Arlington families impacted by COVID and economic hardship by donating to the Department of Human Services’ Secret Santa Program! Gift cards are distributed to clients engaged in Department of Human Services safety net programs and other programs for low-income residents, including COVID-impacted households, children in foster care, people with disabilities, seniors with low incomes, teen parents, and families with low incomes. Learn more or make a donation here!

3.  Arlington Public Schools
Confused about the description of synchronous and asynchronous instruction?

Have questions about the current school and winter sports situation?  Here is the November 10 Update from the Superintendent:

Tu. Nov. 17  School Board Meeting: Superintendent presents School Year 2020-21 Update. Information on School Year 2020-21 Calendar proposal and on Barcroft Elementary Calendar Alignment proposal.
7:00 p.m.     Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

 Tu. Dec. 1   School Board Work Session on Special Education
5:15 p.m.    Watch Work Sessions live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

 Tu. Dec. 1   Public Hearing on Elementary School Boundaries
7:30 p.m.     Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

 Th. Dec. 3   School Board Meeting: Superintendent presents School Year 2020-21 Update. Action on Elementary School Boundaries. Action on School Year 2020-21 Calendar and on Barcroft Elementary Calendar Alignment.
7:00 p.m.     Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

 4.  Arlington Parks:  Need to get out and get some fresh air?   See information on Arlington parks and their amenities/facilities:

Programs in the Park and Virtual Programs:   Parks and Rec has many programs this fall.  See the full schedule of programs in Arlington parks (exercise, art, bicycling, etc. for children, teens and adults at

Outdoor SkateSaturdays Oct. 24 through Nov. 21. Family skate is 2-3 p.m. or 3:15-4:15 p.m. and tweens/teens-only skate is 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Quincy parking deck.

5.  Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights:  Winter Walk of Lights will open for the season on Wednesday Nov. 11 and run through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. The gardens will be illuminated for visitors to follow a one-way half-mile route. Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Nov. 11 to Dec. 11 and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Dec. 12 to Jan. 3. The last admission time is 9:15 p.m.

For more information and tickets, visit


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