What's New:   Academic Teams | Harvest Hop | Meals Tax | Clubs | Volunteer |  Movie Night

Academic Competition Teams


Learn more about the fun and exciting academic team opportunities at Colvin Run here, including:

  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Science Olympiad (grades 3-6)
  • First Lego League & Jr. First Lego League (ages 6 and up)
  • MathCounts (grade 6)
  • Math League (grades 4-6)
  • AMC (grade 6)

Harvest HopHarvest Hop

Tickets for the Harvest Hop are now available online. Each ticket includes pizza, cookie and water. $9 online; $11 at the door.


When: Friday, October 21, 2016
Times: 4:05-5:00 Grades 1-3, 5:20-6:20 Grades 4-6
Where: CRES Gymnasium


Meals Tax: What Parents Need to Know

The Board of Supervisors voted on June 7 to place a meals tax referendum on the November 8 ballot in order to reduce the county’s dependence on real estate taxes. 70% of the net proceeds would be dedicated to Fairfax County Public Schools; 30% would be dedicated to county services, capital improvements and property tax relief.

On a $5 meal, the meals tax would be $.20. On a $50 meal, the meals tax would be $2

The meals tax referendum authorizes a tax of up to 4% to be applied to prepared food and beverages sold at restaurants and similar establishments. It would apply to beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, that are served with a meal.  It would not apply to groceries.  Grocery and convenience stores would only collect the tax on ready-to-eat foods, like foods from the delicatessen.

The meals tax would give the county a new source of revenue, which would help diversify its revenue base.  At the maximum 4% tax rate, a meals tax would generate an estimated $99 million per year. This would generate approximately $69 million dollars for county schools without additional real estate tax increases.

Several local areas already have meals taxes in place: Alexandria (4%), Arlington (4%), and District of Columbia (10% but exempt from sales tax for a net of 4.25%)

Additional Information for Added Context

  • Some local restaurants and opponents of the referendum have widely publicized misleading information that the proposed rate is 10% and applies to all food items. This is not accurate. The frequently cited figure combines the 4% meal tax with the existing 6% sales tax for inflammatory effect.
  • Real estate taxes fund nearly 65% of the county’s general fund. Almost 90% of Fairfax County non-property tax revenues are capped, limited or controlled by the state.
  • Unlike state-controlled revenue streams, the proceeds of this tax will stay in Fairfax County and benefit local citizens.
  • At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year FCPS had a record 200 vacant teaching positions. Arlington had none; Alexandria, 4; and Montgomery County, 11.
  • An independent market survey of regional teacher compensation conducted by Segal Waters found that FCPS teacher compensation falls substantially below regional market averages for experienced teachers.

Learn more

Meals Tax Ballot Question on the Fairfax County Website
On the Menu: Washington Post Endorses Meals Tax
Public Schools Compensation Study by Segal Waters Consulting


Clubs: Chess and Run Club Start Soon

Chess Club

This program combines instruction with friendly competition to provide players at all levels a fun way experience chess. Players are selected throughout the year to represent Colvin Run in local tournaments. Our coach, Mr. Mehler, is one of four nationally-certified professional chess coaches in the country. Download the program flier.


Grades 2-6  |  Tuesdays 4:15-5:45pm | Classes run September 27-February 7  | $210




Math ClubRun Club

Start your day running at Colvin Run. Each week RunClub members will stretch and run before school with Mrs. Abernathy, Ms Seiler and Mrs. Bunch. The club is open to boys and girls looking for an opportunity to run with friends, strengthen for spring sports or even train for a 5K.


Grades 3-6  |  Thursdays 8:15-9:00am  | October 6-December 1 | $125




Volunteers Needed!


Classroom Volunteer Opportunities

Our fabulous room parents have been busy coordinating with the teachers to plan upcoming activities. Be sure to watch your email for links to the SignUp Genius page for your child's class.

Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteers

Every year the CRES Clinic conducts vision and hearing screening tests for kindergarten, 3rd grade and students new to the county. Kindergarten screenings will be October 25th from 9:30 to 11:30 am; 3rd grade screenings will be October 26th from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The team needs a dozen volunteers for each session - please help if you can.

SignUp Genius for Vision and Hearing Volunteers

Food Rescue

CRES students will once again be collecting leftover, unopened food and beverages from lunch to donate to Cornerstones Emergency Self-Sufficiency Services. Located in Reston, VA just 12 minutes from CRES, Cornerstones provides healthy food and supportive services to homeless and low income individuals and families, enabling them to work toward a goal of self-sufficiency.

While the 4th graders will be responsible for collecting the unopened items in the cafeteria, we need parent volunteers -- from all grades -- to assist with delivering the rescued food every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of the school year.

Volunteers will be taking food from the CRES Cafeteria via provided or personal coolers and bags anytime between the specified time frames, delivering them to the Cornerstones Pantry and completing a donation form. Volunteers using CRES provided coolers and bags are requested to return them the following day.
Please contact Tonia Powell, the CRES Food Rescue coordinator for more information.

Signup Genius for Food Rescue


CRES Movie Night 2016


Thanks so much to everyone who made Movie Night a huge success this year!


More than 200 families turned out to enjoy Inside Out with the CRES community. Special thanks to Jeannie Nehring, Jenn Plourde, and Gina Dell'Atti for all their work planning such a fun night out.


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