Legalizing Marijuana: A Good Idea or Bad Idea?
The legalization of marijuana has been in the news lately, with states changing the laws to make medical use and, in some states, the recreational use of marijuana legal. But, is this a good idea?
The Arlington Committee of 100 will meet on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gerald Phelan Hall at Marymount University, located at 2807 Glebe Road in Arlington. Join the discussion to hear from those in favor of changing the marijuana laws, those who think this is not such a good idea, and those concerned about what the change will bring to the local drug use scene. For more information, contact the Arlington Committee of 100
MHS Book Discussion: Teach Your Children Well by Dr. Madeline Levine
Principal Ellen Reilly of McLean High School is inviting any interested parents and teachers to read Dr. Levine’s book, Teach Your Children Well, and join her in a discussion about how we can make the suggestions in the book actionable in the McLean community. The discussion will be facilitated by Principal Reilly along with student achievement and mental health professionals on March 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the MHS Lecture Hall.
Marijuana Harmless? Think Again.
The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County will present “Marijuana Harmless? Think Again” on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church located at 9019 Little River Turnpike.
The forum will feature personal stories and local professionals talking about how marijuana impacts the teen brain, academics and wellness. Registration is required by March 26th. For more information visit UPC’s website.
We, as a community, are all grieving the tragedies which have recently occurred at McLean and Langley High Schools. We also sympathize with our neighboring communities as we hear of similar tragedies. The Fairfax County Youth Survey results show that an important protective factor for teens is having a trusted adult to discuss problems. Parents, teachers, coaches and employers can be that trusted adult and help avert further tragedy. In addition, parent support groups are being formed to assist with parenting issues and help identify a teen who may need assistance.
McLean High School PTSA Mental Health Concerns Committee is forming a parent support group. Contact Marcia O’Toole for more information.
Old Firehouse Teen Center is forming Parent Nights to meet quarterly to share and gain insights and tips from parents with children of all ages in the community. For more information and to register to attend, please contact Ryan Brookes..
SCC is excited to join the OFTC in its mission for this program by facilitating and building a stronger, more unified parent community, providing a neutral, safe space for local parents to come together in an open environment of support and compassion, sharing, and networking.
Langley High School Senior Ethics Forum — Adult Volunteers Needed!!
Thanks to the ongoing generosity of Gannett/USA Today and the Safe Community Coalition, the Langley Senior Ethics Forum will be held at Gannett headquarters in McLean on Wednesday, May 21. The Langley Class of 2014, the PTSA and other community organizations join Gannett in sponsoring this event in which all seniors participate. We need table leaders to work with groups of students to facilitate small group discussion and to help students rotate through modules. The time commitment includes a brief evening training session on Tuesday, May 13, in addition to the forum at Gannett on May 21, 7:45 am – 2 pm. Please contact Amy Hunt if you are willing to volunteer.
TJ Celebrates Pi Day
Thomas Jefferson HSST is joining retailers and restaurants in the Mosaic District to celebrate Pi Day on Friday, March 14, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wear TJ spirit wear and view a video of the satellite launch of a Minotaur I rocket – the first satellite in history built by high school students – along with films, student performances and fundraisers for student groups. This celebration of accomplishments and support for future projects can be enjoyed by all. Contact Grace Becker for more information.
Run to Remember Josh
Join the Josh Anderson Foundation on March 15, 2014 for the 5th Annual Run to Remember Josh. They will join the Rock-n-Roll Marathon in downtown Washington, D.C. in an event to remember Josh and other teen suicide victims and provide funds for their continued work in our community. It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year. Help them raise awareness about this issue. Visit the Josh Anderson Foundation website for more information.
Taco Night At Code 20: Proceed to Improv
The Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC) 2013-2014 Teen Council will hold a Taco Night fundraiser on Thursday, March 13, from 6:30-8:45 p.m. at OFTC (1440 Chain Bridge Rd.) All proceeds from the night will go toward future Teen Council projects.
During the fundraiser, guests can purchase a taco dinner (3 Tacos, beans and rice) for $6 and enjoy a performance of Code 20: Proceed to Improv by The Alden’s Studio Rep Company.
Code 20 attendees will be led through improv games and participate in the show by joining the games or performing in the open mic portion of the evening. Professional improv teams will join the fun and Fluffy Thoughts is providing concessions. Contact Jeff Virchow to learn more.
Perils of the College Drinking Culture
Please join the Langley High School PTSA Family Network Committee on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7:00pm for “HAZE: The Perils of the College Drinking Culture.” The event will be held in the Langley High School Auditorium. This is a free must-see event open to ALL high school juniors, seniors, and their parents. No reservation is necessary.
The event features a screening of the award-winning documentary, HAZE, looking at the crisis of binge drinking and hazing on college campuses. It is followed by a panel discussion with key experts. Presented by the Unified Prevention Coalition in collaboration with the Fairfax County Police Department, Safe Community Coalition, and others.
For further information, please contact Betsy Shomaker or visit the Unified Prevention Coalition website.