Alexandrians who tuned into watch the School Board adopt a fiscal year 2011-2016 Capital Improvement Program on Dec. 16, were disappointed. Instead, the Board approved a new timeline for budget discussion and adoption. Now, they will present their budget request to the mayor and City Council after City Manager Jim Hartmann has presented his recommendations.
ACPS schools and offices are closed for winter break through Jan. 1, 2010. However you celebrate the season, enjoy this special time with family and friends. These words of wisdom from outdoor writer Hal Borland (1900-1978) seem appropriate for ringing out 2009 and ringing in 2010: “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” See you next year!
In celebration of National Haiku Poetry Day, the Daily Digest offers the following:
Snow lies all around
Blanketed sidewalks, iced streets
Students have no school.
Snow, and lots of it, is on the way! Try to view it through the eyes of Scottish poet William Sharp (1855-1905): “There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.” Have a safe, warm and fun weekend!
Today is Bill of Rights Day, proclaimed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on Dec. 15, 1941, 150 years after the signing of the Bill of Rights. How many of the 10 rights named in the bill can your children name? For more information about this Charter of Freedom, visit http://archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html .
Be the first on your block to know
When schools are closed because of snow
Call the ACPS Hotline at 703-866-5300
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
- Anne Bradstreet, 17th Century English-American writer
On Thursday night, Alexandria City Public Schools’ Superintendent Morton Sherman and his staff presented the 2009 Advanced Placement results, which showed a decline in the number of test-takers and the number of tests taken from 2008 but an increase in the number of passing scores.
The Model United Nations Club at T. C. Williams High School is small but the members are determined to attend the 2010 Boston University United Nations Conference. All they need is $10,000.
Pearl Harbor Day commemorates the Japanese air attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, killing more than 2,300 Americans, which took place on this date in 1941. Read more about the “Day of Infamy” at the Library of Congress “Today in History” page, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/dec07.html .