Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Police investigate obscene, vulgar graffiti discovered across town Wednesday morning.
Like she does every day, Vienna Elementary School custodian Angela Bedoya arrived to open the building Wednesday long before students and teachers came to start the school day. But the scene she found was unlike anything the school has seen before. Vulgar phrases and images were scrawled across windows, doors, and playground signs in blue and black ink, reaching across the pillars that anchor the front of the building and around the corner towards the Patrick Henry Public Library. It continues around the side of the cafeteria, the back library windows, the SACC doors and the playground, school media specialist Terry Love told Patch. It then moves onto the bridge spanning the small creek connecting the school grounds to the W&OD Trail. The…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
In fifth year, week-long pledge between seven of Vienna's elementary schools prepares for biggest turnout yet.
Karen Marlo has always had an interest in keeping kids active. But the odds seemed stacked against making fitness a part of her children's most fundamental routine: going to and from school. Marlo, a working mom, has two kids in two different schools. Her son takes the bus to Westbriar Elementary in part because it's the safest route: There aren't sidewalks between the family's home in Northeast Vienna and the school just off of Old Courthouse Road, a busy commuter cut-through. But last year, Marlo recommitted to the effort, finding a safe route to bike to school with her son and scheduling the trip with enough time to return home and head to work. Soon, it was their new routine. "Having to find the time isn't easy," she said. "It's part …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The awards recognize high-achieving schools.
Five Vienna schools were honored this week as Gov. Bob McDonnell and the Virgina Board of Education announced recipients of the 2013 Virginia Index of Performance awards. Some 151 schools in Virginia were recognized across several categories. How did Vienna schools stack up? Four schools won the Board of Education Excellence Award, "the second-tier honor in the VIP program. These schools "met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board." Vienna Elementary won the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award, one of "98 schools that met all state and federal …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Students read 449, 214 minutes in their 2013 Read-A-Thon in honor of Read Across America Day.
Vienna Elementary School students surpassed their 2012 Read-A-Thon by more than 100,000 minutes this year. The students read a total of 449,214 minutes in their 2013 event, an improvement of about 122,000 minutes. The annual event challenges students to track minutes read outside of school in honor of Read Across America Day ("Dr. Seuss Day"), which was officially observed on Saturday. To read more about the students' success, click here for the full announcement. Want your announcement on Vienna Patch? Get started here.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Volunteers are needed for the space shared by the town and VES.
Last April, Vienna officials broke ground on a new community garden — a partnership between the Town of Vienna, Vienna Elementary School and two local businesses that's the first of its kind in town and across much of the county. Ten months later, the garden is getting ready for its second season, and it's going to need help. The garden is divided into two 35 by 75 foot plots: the first cared for by the Vienna Elementary School PTA and the second by the town. It's has already drawn the support of several community groups and businesses — including Whole Foods Market and Maple Avenue Market, whose owners, Chris and Sara Guerre, have already done much of the plowing and farm work to get the garden off the ground. Resident Laura Goyer, who …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Explosive device was real, Vienna police say, but its internal components had been removed.
The Vienna Police Department said Wednesday it is continuing to investigate an inert grenade left earlier this morning in the parking lot of Merchant Tire on Maple Avenue. Police received a call around 7:14 a.m. about the grenade outside the main entrance to the tire shop, located at 141 Maple Ave W. Officers shut down the road between Center Street and Lawyers Road for more than two hours, directing rush hour traffic onto side streets as the Fairfax County Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit worked to remove the device. Once the device was removed to a safer location, the unit discovered the grenate was real but "its internal components had been removed, making it inoperable," police said. Police also evacuated several local businesses, …
Monday, December 17, 2012
After shootings in Newtown, Conn., FCPS says move is for community reassurance, not a specific threat; Vienna schools focus on making resources available to students.
When children return to school on Monday, families should expect to see an increased police presence at all Fairfax County Public Schools. The move is a reaction to Friday's shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 schoolchildren and six teachers, according to police. The gunman also killed his mother at her nearby home. On Sunday, Superintendent Jack Dale wrote in a message posted to the schools' website that "this is not in response to any specific threat but rather a police initiative to enhance safety and security around the schools and to help alleviate the understandably high levels of anxiety. Police patrols will be increased throughout the school day from the opening of schools to dismissal. As …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Have a used bike? Bring it to Bikes @ Vienna on Saturday for a child in need.
It's around this time of year families often start to notice the clutter in their garages: the extra toys, the boxes from houses past, and especially for families with multiple children, the old stack of outgrown or unused bicycles that haven't been ridden in months (or years). The Committee for Helping Others (CHO), along with local elementary schools, are asking residents to give those extra bikes this holiday season to kids in need through a donation drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bikes @ Vienna. Bikes @ Vienna owner Tim Fricker, who has volunteered his services again this year to repair bikes collected by the groups, says he helps out to help give local children the same experience many residents had in their own younger …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Vienna Elementary hosts musical trio Nada Brahma
Vienna Elementary welcomed trio Nada Brahma to perform "The World Music Concert" at an assembly before the school Sept. 21. This fantastic musical trio circumnavigated the globe, exploring the vital role that music plays in a variety of world cultures. The students and staff participated in the concert and experienced the sights and sounds of musical instruments from several regions of the world, including the Andes Mountains, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Australian Outback and beyond. As a celebration of diversity, this highly interactive assembly offered a wonderful foundation for cross-cultural learning. The association with this group will continue throughout this fall, culminating in the winter concert where the students will perform some…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Fallen trees hit playground, miss classroom windows by a couple feet.
The severe weather expected late Tuesday across Northern Virginia has already made a mark in Vienna, knocking trees into the Vienna Elementary School playground that barely missed the building and classroom windows. Terry Love, the school's library media specialist, said the trees fell around 9:30 a.m. this morning, blocking jungle gym equipment along with the door that leads from the back of the school onto the playground. The trees missed the building and classroom windows by "a couple feet," Love said, coming the closest to the 6th grade classroom. At this time, it doesn't appear as if there is any damage to the equipment or the grounds. A crew from Fairfax County Public Schools is currently removing tree limbs and cleaning up debris. …