APS School Talk - Update on the High School Refinement Process

posted Oct 21, 2016, 5:50 AM by Lilly Mancilla


Arlington Public Schools issued the following news release today:


Update on the High School Refinement Process
Boundary Tool Closes at Noon on Mon, Oct. 24

Arlington Public Schools has completed all of the “Getting Started” community meetings on refinements to the high school attendance zone boundaries. If families and community members were unable to attend any of the meetings, you can still watch the video online at (click on “Meetings and What We’ve Heard” in the left column).


An updated list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) has been posted online. More than 30 additional questions and answers have been added, covering a wide range of topics including information about IB, residency, capacity and enrollment, and sibling preferences.


At this point, no decisions have been made and community feedback is still encouraged and welcomed. The community can provide their feedback in a number of ways:

Once the Boundary Refinement Tool closes, staff will begin compiling feedback to develop a set of options for the School Board to consider in November.


Next Steps
APS will host a “What We Heard” community meeting at 7 p.m. on Thu, Oct. 27 at Washington-Lee High School in the cafeteria. During that meeting, staff will share what they have heard from the community and ask for additional suggestions to help inform the options that will be presented to the School Board on November 3. The meeting will be Live Streamed for those who cannot attend. A link will be posted on the Boundaries webpageand the APS homepage.


After the Superintendent presents the options to the School Board on Nov. 3, the School Board will meet in a Work Session on Wed, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Wakefield High School cafeteria.  At the next School Board meeting on Tue, Nov. 15, the Board has scheduled time for a public hearing which will begin at 6:30 p.m.


The Board will approve the high school boundary refinements on Thu, Dec. 1 so that the refinements can be shared with families at the High School Information Night on Mon, Dec. 12.


For more information, visit or call 703-228-6310.

Oct 2016: Arlington High School Boundary Community Meeting

posted Oct 12, 2016, 8:58 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Reminder about Tonight's High School Boundary Community Meeting

APS reminds all families about tonight's "Getting Started" Community Meeting on High School Boundaries. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Washington-Lee High School cafeteria (1301 N. Stafford St). There is an optional tour of Washington-Lee beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Please bring a personal device such as a laptop, iPad, tablet, etc. if you have one as staff will go over the online boundary tool.

For those families that can't make tonight's meeting, it will be live streamed at

For more information about this process visit:

Sept 2016: Arlington Mill Civic Association Meeting

posted Sep 16, 2016, 9:21 AM by Lilly Mancilla

WHAT:  Arlington Mill Civic Association Meeting

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:00 pm

WHERE: Arlington Mill Community Center - Senior Lounge -

                 second floor at Dinwiddie Street entrance


                                    Proposed Agenda

Tyrol Hill Park Upgrade.  Last phase of the master plan on the western side of the park.  Josh Serck, Arlington County's Department of Parks and Recreation, will give a presentation on proposed upgrades.

Presentation on Columbia Pike Multimodal ImprovementsThis fall, pre-construction work will begin on the west end of Columbia Pike between the Arlington/Fairfax County line and Four Mile Run. The work is part of the County's Columbia Pike Multimodal Project to make Columbia Pike a safer, more accessible route for all users, which includes upgrading and undergrounding utilities and improving the streetscape.

 Please pass the word around.  We look forward to seeing you

CPRO’s events This Fall

posted Sep 16, 2016, 6:41 AM by Lilly Mancilla

An update about CPRO’s events and other activities along Columbia Pike, Arlington’s newest and oldest Main Street.


Events! Events! Events!


Save the Date! Columbia Pike's Fall Wine & Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, October 8
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Adams Street at Columbia Pike

Sample Columbia Pike’s UNIQUE wines and RARE craft beers at this 2nd annual FAMILY-FRIENDLY, ticketed event! Also enjoy a taste of Pike restaurant fare!


The Sports Junkies LIVE from Columbia Pike!

Sunday, September 18 • 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, September 25 • 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, October 1 • 10:00 a.m.

William Jeffrey's Tavern

Ready for some football? William Jeffrey’s Tavern  (WJT) is!

The Sports Junkies are broadcasting their  #1 Redskins Pregame Show LIVE from WJT for the next three Sundays!

WJT’s “NFL Sunday Brunch” will feature a Bottomless Omelette & Waffle Bar, a DIY Bloody Mary Bar and much more. 

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. The Sports Junkies broadcast begins at 11:00 a.m. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.

WJT also will be showing all other NFL games at 4:00 p.m., 4:25 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 

Come enjoy a libation and irreverent sports commentary – LIVE FROM THE PIKE!


Summertime Movie Series Ends

"He Named Me Malala" 

Thursday, September 15 • 7:30 p.m. 
Arlington Mill Community Center (info)
"He Named Me Malala" is sponsored byNaked Juice and Capital Bikeshare Fiesta.


Saturday, September 17 • 7:30 p.m. 
Penrose Square 
"Water" is sponsored by Orr Partners andMMA & SPORTS REHAB Physical Therapy Clinic.

"Moulin Rouge"

Friday, September 23 • 7:30 p.m. 
Penrose Square 
*Rain date from originally-scheduled time.*

CPRO's Movie Nights program is underwritten by the Washington Forrest Foundation, B.M. Smith and the Penrose Square Association. Call the CPRO office for sponsorship opportunities. 



Celebrate on Columbia Pike with concerts and cooking class!

How to Prepare Mexican Cuisine

Saturday, September 17 • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Columbia Pike Branch Library, Multipurpose Room

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by learning how to prepare quesadillas and fajitas. Samples provided by Cantina Mexicana Restaurant. Space is limited andregistration is required.

U.S. Army Blues/Latin Jazz Combo in Concert

Friday, September 23 • 6:00 p.m.
Arlington Mill Community Center 

Featuring music from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, with special guest artist SSG Juan Quinones of the West Point Band. Free and open to the public.


Farmers Market

Sunday, September 18 • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pike Park

Recipes for You is coming to the Columbia Pike Farmers Market! Make your own cookbook from 12 pages about Columbia Pike’s diverse restauranteurs: a cherished recipe on one side, the personal journey of the owners and chefs on the reverse. 

SNAP Tour of the Market will also be held on the 18th. Come learn about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program!

Smith Meadows Farm is now taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. Reserve yoursbefore they sell out!

Finally, remember that September is AFAC’s Hunger Action Month. Find out how to help!


Funshine Fundraiser at Macedonia Baptist Church

Tuesday, September 20 • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Macedonia Baptist Church • 3412 22nd Street South

Join Katie Cristol, Rev. Leonard Hamlin and the event sponsors to learn about Funshine, plans to revitalize the community center and how you can get involved. To help the cause, make a tax deductible donation.
RSVP if you plan on attending.


Support Randolph Elementary School at the Columbia Pike Farmers Market!

Sunday, September 25 • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pike Park

Located on Quincy Street in the Douglas Park community, Randolph Elementary School is an APS neighborhood school that serves an extraordinarily diverse population of nearly 500 students. Many Randolph students are from countries around the globe and are English language learners; many others are from low-income families.

On Sunday, September 25th, the Randolph PTA will have a booth at the Columbia Pike Farmers Market. The PTA works hard to raise funds to support literacy, arts and sports activities for the children. They invite Pike residents to link their Harris Teeter, Giant and Amazon accounts to help direct funds from those companies’ fundraising programs to help support the school.


Pike Restaurants


Marble & Rye
Woodfire Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

2501 Columbia Pike – At Penrose Square
Arlington, VA  22204

Marble & Rye is an intimate whiskey bar and restaurant with a focus on:
• Great Spirits
• Great Cocktails
• Great Burgers
• 20 Craft Beers on Draft
• Neapolitan Pizzas

Open Mic Night Every Sunday:
• Sign up at 4:30 p.m.
• Music at 5:00 p.m.
• Featured Artists at 6:00 p.m.

Free Parking in the Giant parking garage. Ask your server for validation.

Pike Businesses


Pike 3400 Apartments

3400 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA  22204

Now Leasing Studio, 1- and 2- Bedroom Floorplans!

  • Modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops
  • Full-size washer/dryer in every apartment

Onsite retail:  ChipotleSugar Shack Donuts1000 Degrees PizzaSuper Cuts,Cycle Bar, and more! 

Check out Pike 3400 Apartments or call for an appointment.


Pike Places


Wandering the Pike with Graham Coreil-Allen

Sunday, September 18 • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Columbia Pike Farmers Market (look for the "Come Wander" sign)

All visionaries are invited to go “Wandering the Pike” with public artist Graham Coreil-Allen. Explore and re-imagine the urban and suburban space of Columbia Pike with this alternative walking tour. Reservations are not required but encouraged. RSVP to Paul Shortt at:

Touring the Pike with Virginia’s City Planners 

September 30 – October 1
Pentagon City Sheraton

City planners from across the state will be right on Columbia Pike at the Virginia Statewide Neighborhood (VSNC) Conference  September 30th – October 1st at the Pentagon City Sheraton. Attendees can take a mobile tour of the Pike and Crystal City area, with CPRO president John Snyder taking the honors as tour guide for the Columbia Pike leg of the trip.


CPRO Notes


September 12–16 are the County’s Street Sweeping days, from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Check the neighborhoodschedule for more information.

September 19–23 is Try Transit Week. Discover new alternatives to your commute – how to get around while saving time, money and energy.

Sign Up for Arlington Alert, now featuring Zika updates.

Be sure to "Like" the CPRO Facebook page to keep us in your newsfeed and stay up to date on all the activities on Columbia Pike.

The Arlington Fun Ride - a great family-friendly bike ride

posted Sep 16, 2016, 6:39 AM by Lilly Mancilla

The Arlington Fun Ride is a great family-friendly bike ride coming up on October 1st.  Pick the ride length that matches you or your child's ability - do anything from the 3 mile "Kidical Mass" loop to the full 16 mile Arlington loop.  All rides end at a Family Fitness Festival featuring a bicycle obstacle course, inflatables, face painting and more!  All proceeds benefit the awesome youth programs at Phoenix Bikes.

Oct 15 2016: One Stop Shop for Housing and Health information

posted Sep 16, 2016, 6:38 AM by Lilly Mancilla


Click for transportation information





Food & Music

Family Friendly Fun!


Save the Date!

Oct 15, 10a.m.-4p.m.


Live-In Arlington Info-FairHousing - Health and Wellness

* Free admission and parking *

(4 hrs. free parking)



Arlington Mill Community Center 

909 S. Dinwiddie Street 
Arlington, VA 22204

 Free Seminars & Workshops!

See the list of classes in the LAIF webpage or click the blue logo. Limited seating, first come first served!


Registration is needed for ”The Condo Seminar”  
Call us at 
703-228-3765 to register! 


 One Stop Shop for  Housing and Health information:

  • Realtors, mortgage companies, banks, nonprofit organizations and Arlington County housing and health representatives!
  • From workshops for Tenant’s Rights to First-Time home buyers to Free Flu and Health screeningthe Arlington Info-Fair has something for everyone!

 For more information:


Call the Housing Division at 703-228-3765 or the LAIF team at  at 202-599-0665





Exhibitor registration





Arlington Community High School

posted Sep 16, 2016, 6:37 AM by Lilly Mancilla

All Invited to Sat Sept 24 @ 9:00 - 11:30 AM 

This is the program that was formerly known as Arlington Mill High School. There is a brief history on their website.

Outdoor Movie Night - The Peanuts Movie at AMCC Plaza - 8:30 pm

posted Aug 31, 2016, 7:58 AM by Stephen Finafrock   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 8:07 AM ]

TOMORROW NIGHT - September 1, 2016 at 8:30 pm - The Peanuts Movie 


Come and join your neighbors on the Plaza at AMCC (909 S. DInwiddie St, Arlington, VA 22204)

Summer outdoor movie sponsored by CPRO on the Plaza at AMCC. 

Limited seating is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are encouraged to bring your own chair. 

In case of inclement weather please check this page, CPRO's Facebook page or Twitter feed to find about a potential cancellation of a screening. We make that call typically at 3pm on the day of every screening.

Outdoor Movie Night - The Sandlot at AMCC Plaza - 8:30 pm

posted Aug 25, 2016, 11:49 AM by Stephen Finafrock

Tonight - August 25th, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Come and join your neighbors tonight on the Plaza at AMCC (909 S. DInwiddie St, Arlington, VA 22204)

Summer outdoor movie sponsored by CPRO on the Plaza at AMCC. 

Limited seating is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are encouraged to bring your own chair. 

In case of inclement weather please check this page, CPRO's Facebook page or Twitter feed to find about a potential cancellation of a screening. We make that call typically at 3pm on the day of every screening.

The 2016 ACPD Block Party is at Kenmore Middle School on August 27, 2016

posted Aug 2, 2016, 9:40 AM by Lilly Mancilla   [ updated Aug 2, 2016, 9:41 AM ]

Community members,

It is less than a month until our big event!  The Arlington County Police Department is hosting the 2016 ACPD Block Party on August 27, 2016.  The event will take place at Kenmore Middle School200 South Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, Virginia, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Attractions that do not have a specified time frame below will be available for the entire duration of the event.
Planned attractions include:
    - 15 Minutes Behind the Badge (9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
       Participants will receive a brief training from police instructors on police tactics, attend a simulated Roll Call to gather
       information, and play the role of a police officer in two live scenarios.
    - ACPD KidZone
      The ACPD KidZone is an area inside the school featuring kid-friendly activities like trying on police equipment, learning
       about fingerprints, exercising, and playing video games.
    - Vehicle VIN-etching (10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
       A free service offered by the Virginia State Police which etches the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the vehicle's
       windows as a deterrent to auto theft.
    - Distracted Driving Simulator
       Participants will drive a golf cart through a cone course while being distracted by various methods including the use of
       special goggles.  This event highlights the dangerous effects of distracted driving.
    - Police Vehicle Expo
       Police specialty vehicles will be on display, including a police motorcycle, the Mobile Command Vehicle, the Chooser
       Cruiser, and a SWAT Armored Personnel Carrier.
    - Police K-9 Demonstrations (Performances scheduled at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm)
       K-9 handlers will discuss and demonstrate some of the capabilities of their canine partners.
    - Police Motorcycle Demonstrations (Performances scheduled at noon and 2:00 pm)
       Motorcycle officers will demonstrate some of the riding skills needed to perform their work. 
    - Bicycle Registration
       This free service registers bicycles with the County so it is possible to identify and recover them if they are stolen.
    - Child Safety Seat Inspection
       A certified child safety seat inspector will verify that child safety seats are properly installed to best protect children.
    - Inflatable attractions
      A moon bounce and similar activities will be available for kids.
    - Free food and drinks
       Rockland's BBQ and Grilling Company is providing free food.  Free cold drinks will also be available due to the
       generosity of Coca-Cola.
    - Music (11:00 am to 4:00 pm)
      There will be a live DJ from HOT 99.5 providing entertainment.
    - Various information tables
       There will be a variety of County and private organizations with information tables and free giveaway items.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to interact with Arlington County public safety personnel!

Please let me know if you have any questions.  If you do not wish to receive further information about this event, let me know and I will remove you from the distribution list.

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