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Coming Up in May 2024: Community Engagement and Calendar Reminders

Coming Up in May 2024: Community Engagement and Calendar Reminders
Learn about calendar reminders and upcoming community events for May. Find out when the ACPS Community Outreach team will be in your neighborhood!

Improve your English Speaking Skills! (Beginner and intermediate conversation)

Weekly sessions at different library locations.

The Alexandria Library invites all interested to join a conversation group to practice English and gain confidence. No registration is needed. Just come!

ACPS Annual Poetry Ceremony

Wed. May 1, 6 p.m.

ACHS Minnie Howard Auditorium (3801 West Braddock Road)

All ACPS families and staff are invited to our annual Poetry Ceremony where we will be honoring overall winners from each school, division grade-level winners and more! Alexandria City’s Poet Laureate will also be presenting.

RecFest 2024

Sat. May 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Armistead L. Boothe Park (520 Cameron Station Boulevard)

The City of Alexandria presents RecFest! All ages can attend this free event full of family fun, with activities representing the City’s fitness, sports, enrichment, arts, nature, out-of-school time and summer camp programs. Enjoy demos, meet instructors and staff and register for programs and camps on-site.

Pre-K-8 Summer Learning Registration Deadline

Sun., May 5, 11:59 p.m.

We are looking forward to providing another hands-on summer learning experience for our students that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in grades K-5 and Career Exploration in grades 6-8. Current students in grade eight will also have the opportunity to participate in Music, Theatre and Dance and/or Health/PE Nine in-person camps. High school in-person summer learning is only for students who need credit recovery courses. Visit the ACPS Summer Learning webpage for details.

Community Cookouts

Various dates and locations (see below)

The Alexandria Police Department is hosting 12 community cookouts throughout the city between April and July. The cookouts are sponsored by various nonprofits and city agencies.
The following cookouts in May will be held 6-7:30 p.m.

Days of Remembrance

Mon., May 6, 12 - 2 p.m.

Marketplace Square (301 King Street)

Mayor Justin Wilson and members of City Council will light a candelabrum that the late Holocaust survivor Charlene Schiff and her husband, Ed, donated to the City. The 54-inch high, solid brass candelabrum was donated in memory of Charlene Schiff’s parents and sister, and the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust. The Schiff candelabrum is also made available to schools and civic groups studying the Holocaust.

Fallen Officer Wreath Laying Ceremony

Tues., May. 7, 9 - 10 a.m.

Waterfront Park (1 Prince Street)

During National Correctional Officers and Employees Week and in honor of National Police Week, the Alexandria Retired Police, Fire and Sheriff Association, the Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the fallen law enforcement officer memorial at Waterfront Park at The Strand and Prince Street.

Navigating EdPlan Connect in VA IEP (Virtual)

Thurs. May 9, 12-1 p.m.

The Special Education Parent Resource Center invites families to a virtual workshop to learn how to use EdPlan Connect to help manage their child’s special education documents. Register online to receive a link to the webinar. For more information, contact the Parent Resource Center at (703)-831-7865.

Eco-City Festival

Sat. May 11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Nova Community College (5000 Dawes Avenue)

The Eco-City Festival is a free, family-friendly event where you can take part in fun games and activities to learn more about environmentally friendly practices and interesting programs happening in our community!

Title I Division Spring Family Meeting (Virtual)

Tue., May 14, 6 - 7 p.m.

The Office of Professional Learning and Federal Programs is seeking two to three representatives from each Title I school to review the proposed 2024-25 Title I budget and provide feedback on the use of funds during the spring meeting. A Zoom link will be sent to all those who sign up online.

Preparing for Your Future: Transition Fair

Wed., May 15, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Alexandria City High School (3330 King Street)

The Office of Specialized Instruction invites ACPS students with individual education plans (IEPs) and their families to its 2024 Transition Fair. Starting at 5:30 p.m., learn about community partners and resources over pizza and ice cream. Then at 6:30 p.m., participate in important mini-workshops on supporting the transitions from middle school to high school and from high school to life, college and career. Families of students with IEPs can register at

ALIVE! Pop-Up Food Distributions

Various dates and locations (see below)

ALIVE! is a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency and basic needs support to children, families and individuals living in poverty and with hunger in the City of Alexandria. ALIVE! will distribute bags of food to Alexandria City residents. No ID is required. Make sure to check out the ALIVE website for more information about the Food Hubs.
  • Thurs., May 16, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Francis C. Hammond Middle School (4646 Seminary Road)

  • Sat., May 18, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Avenue)

William Ramsay Recreation Center (5650 Sanger Avenue)


Pool Opening Day

Sat., May 25

The City’s three outdoor pools will provide scheduled programming and recreational open swim and lap swimming opportunities at the locations below. Learn about about pool hours, programs and more at
  • Old Town Pool (1609 Cameron Street)
  • Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe Street)
  • Warwick Pool (3301 Landover Street)

Memorial Day Holiday

Mon., May 27

All ACPS schools and offices are closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Family Game Night

Fri., May 31, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe Street)

Join the Charles Houston Recreation Center for free food, family-friendly competition and quality time together. A variety of activities are available for families to enjoy together including board games, gym games and the game room.

Cultural Observance Days

On weekdays, these are regular school days. However, these days should not have assessments, sporting events, and other school sponsored special activities. Any missed assignments due to student absences on these days can be made up without penalty.
  • Fri., May 3 – Orthodox Good Friday
  • Sun., May 5 – Orthodox Easter

Upcoming School Board Meetings

Thurs., May 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Thurs., May 23 at 6:30 p.m.
The regularly scheduled School Board meeting will take place.
School board meetings are held in person in the School Board Meeting Room at 1340 Braddock Place unless noted otherwise. Members of the public may attend in person or via Zoom. Please visit the School Board webpage for any updates to the meeting schedule.
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