Archive for July, 2008


Maserati of Baltimore and Jack Davis from Ferrari of Washington Support the 4th Annual Children’s Guild Car Show in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor… and is HAPPY to Suggest the Event as a COOL DAY TRIP for Dulles Technology Corridor Residents

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Press release excerpt from April 15, 2008


Harbor East hosts The Children’s Guild’s marquee Italian car show

Baltimore—More than 100 Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Fiats, Alfa Romeos, Ducatis and other marquee Italian cars and motorcycles will line the streets of Harbor East on Sept. 28, 2008. The car show, the Concours D’Elegance, lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a downtown festival atmosphere with food and shopping. The public can attend for free.

A champagne hors d’oeuvres reception, live and silent auctions, and awards presentation will also lead the show’s activities at Harbor East. Touching the Inner Harbor at the intersection of South President Street and Aliceanna Street, Harbor East ranks among Baltimore’s finest streetscapes.

Proceeds from the Concours D’Elegance will benefit The Children’s Guild and its more than 700 needy children and teenagers throughout Maryland. The Children’s Guild helps youth with emotional, mental and behavioral conditions, including autism and other learning and developmental disabilities.

For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact The Children’s Guild at 410-444-3804 x130 or e-mail Event details and car registration information can be found at or at (courtesy of Maserati of Baltimore and MOB EXOTIC CAR GALLERY).



The Children’s Guild is a not-for-profit organization that has existed for more than 50 years to meet the needs of children with emotional and behavioral challenges through providing unique educational programs, stimulating environments, and integrated approaches to helping children build successful lives. The Children’s Guild has campuses in Annapolis, Baltimore and Prince Georges County [Maryland] as well as several group homes [in the surrounding Baltimore Washington Metropolitan areas].


Dog Owners in Loudoun County LOVE this modern concept of a neighborhood Pet PLAY area: Leesburg Canine Country Club’s Web Link Helps Plan Face to Face NETWORKING

Friday, July 25, 2008

Excerpt from the Brambleton Friday Flash eblast…

Leesburg Canine Country Club – An off-leash social club for dog lovers & their best friends, the Club is hosted by a 26-acre private park in Loudoun County, Virginia (Falcon Ridge Recreation Center) with 10 acres of fenced dog-friendly areas: two large dog areas (5 acres & 4 acres); a medium dog area (0.5 acre); a purse puppy area (0.20 acre); and three lighted winter areas. Falcon Ridge Recreation Center is right next to Brambleton, minutes from Sterling, the town of Leesburg, and South Riding. Please visit their website for information on annual membership fees and special events.


Loudoun County Public School Calendar 2008/2009

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Looking for links information about Loudoun County Public Schools for the 2008/2009 school year? Look no further.

Compliments of Tri-Ed Tutoring, we have got them right here. Whether you are getting ready to register your student just coming in to the Dulles Technology Corridor area, or you have lived in and around Ashburn, Leesburg, or any other town in Loudoun County, we have the right high-tech links directly to the correct pages of official LCPS and VDE approved websites to help you.

View the LCPS Calendar by clicking HERE

Find out more about LCPS Registration Process by clicking HERE

Check your student’s BUS SCHEDULE by clicking HERE

Request LCPS School Records for outbound, moving, or graduating students by clicking HERE

See Virginia Department of Health Public School Immunization Requirements required for incoming or ongoing enrollment by clicking HERE

Learn more about Homeschool Options in Virginia by clicking HERE

Free and Reduced Price Meal Program

Loudoun County Public Schools administers its meal program without consideration of race, ethnic background, gender, or religious affiliation. In participation with the Federal school meal program, children from households that meet Federal Income Guidelines are eligible for either reduced price or free meals (See Guidelines and Print Application Form available in English or en Espanol ).

Free kindergarten snack may also be available.


Looking for Something for DC Metro Kids to DO this Summer? Think about hiring a PRIVATE TUTOR to help them get ahead in the 2008-2009 School Year

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


One-on-One Summer School Tutoring

In a class of 25 students, it can be easy to get lost. One-on-one tutoring gives your student the individualized instruction he or she needs to succeed. Tri-Ed Tutoring, LLC offers one-on-one tutoring services for grades K-12 in a variety of subjects including basic study skills, homework help, math, science, english, and social studies.

Our tutoring services help young students with their current classroom curriculum by helping them understand the lessons and prepare for tests and quizzes, including helping kids understand the goals and contents of the SOL Grade 3 and SOL Grade 5 exams. By decoding the test questions, even the youngest of children can learn effective test taking strategies to help them through middle school, high school, and college!

Middle School students get the benefit of having additional help with their research and writing skills, extra math practice that will help them prepare for Pre-Algebra and Geometry, and practice with science concepts, too. Reading skills are stressed, and the SOL Grade 8 exams question structure is examined, too.

High School students love to work with Tri-Ed tutors over the summer because it gives them time to review basic skills in reading, writing, and math without the deadline of homework and projects due. They can participate in enrichment studies with our tutors, such as by delving into a history or literature project, or can focus all their study time working diligently and uninteruppted on the concepts so vital to improving scores on the S.A.T. Many of our students choose to use summer tutoring time to write reflective journals that will help them prepare their college application essays.

Bottom line, summer tutoring can be as fun, productive, or time consuming as parents and students would like it to be.

Learning how to “STUDY SMART” never comes too late or too early.

We also work to improve students’ overall study skills, so that “ideally” by the time they have completed elementary school, they are ready to meet middle school teacher demands. High School students who have somehow fallen through the cracks over the years are delighted to learn how to study smarter–not harder–too.

Elementary students generally do the best studying on weekend mornings or after a healthy snack when they retrun home from school. We work with your child’s availability and schedule to find a time and location that is convenient for you. Our tutors can meet in your home, at local libraries, or other public locations (such as a quiet restaurant near you). Middle school kids work well in mid-day hours. High school students tend to favor the later day or early evening hours when they are typically accustomed to completing their homework projects, leaving days open for their own personal activities and recreation.

Sessions for elementary students last between 1 and 2 hours, but our tutors rotate through a variety of subjects and different study techniques during that time frame so kids can enjoy their studies and exercise their creativity, too. We follow the same model for middle school, only we can increase the time based upon the students interests and projects. High school students typically benefit from longer classes in English (which give them the opportunity to write) or 2 hour bi-weekly math sessions.

Find out more about “One-on-One Private Tutoring Services” or summer tutoring options by visiting or email a request for information that includes your student’s age, grade, and special needs to We’ll be happy to help you.

Until then, our Private Tutors will look forward to meeting you soon.


Ashburn Kids Looking Ahead to College Help Form Loudoun County Study Groups

Sunday, July 20, 2008



Contact Tri-Ed Tutoring at for more information on private tutoring options and homeschool classes ongoing in DC, Virginia, and Maryland. Whether you prefer to work alone with a tutor, in a small group class, or in a larger “book club” discussion group format, all opportunities for students to head towrds the academic stars are open with Tri-Ed Tutors.  When it comes to reading literature with advanced vocabulary, having a friend or group to read along together a few chapters a week and then discuss the nuances of the book is a tremendous help to native English speakers and to ESL students, too. It’s a great way to ensure SAT Reading Comprehension grades will improve!

Sample Reading List for the College Bound Student

article excerpt from

This reading list for college-bound students is a combination of many lists compiled by colleges and universities for high school reading. College professors expect incoming students to be familiar with these works; in many cases they will be reread and studied in more depth in college. Students not planning to attend university should not shy away from this list, however, if reading abilities, comprehension skills, and maturity levels are adequate. Expand, exceed, excel and read on:

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin, James. Go Tell It on the Mountain
Bellow, Saul. Humboldt’s Gift
Camus, Albert. The Stranger
Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote
Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness
Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage
Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield; Tale of Two Cities
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment
Eliot, George. Adam Bede
Ralph Ellison. Invisible Man
Faulkner, William. The Unvanquished; Intruder in the Dust
Fielding, Henry. Joseph Andrews
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary
Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas. The Return of the Native
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter
Hemmingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms; The Nick Adams Stories
James, Henry. The Portrait of a Lady
Joyce, James. Dubliners
Kafka, Franz. The Trial
Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt; Arrowsmith
Malamud, Bernard. The Complete Stories: The Magic Barrel
Melville, Herman. Moby Dick
Orwell, George. 1984; Animal Farm
Paton, Alan. Cry the Beloved Country
Poe, Edgar Allan. The Complete Stories: The Tell-Tale Heart; The Black Cat; The Pit and the Pendulum
Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye
Scott, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath
Stendhal. The Red and the Black
Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels
Thackeray, William. Vanity Fair
Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Innocents Abroad
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse Five
Waugh, Evelyn. A Handful of Dust
Wright, Richard. Native Son
This list provided by The Center for Applied Research in Education.

INTERESTED IN YOUR TEEN JOINING A STUDY GROUP? Contact Tri-Ed Tutoring for more information on homeschool classes in Virginia and Maryland. ~ ~


Local Brambleton News: Ashburn Can Add Mid-Summer COOL Events to the Dulles Technology Corridor Neighborhood

Friday, July 18, 2008

excerpt from eblast to Brambletonians

Brambleton’s FRIDAY FLASH

July 18, 2008 Issue 58


Brambleton’s Wildlife There have been recent sightings of various types of wildlife around Brambleton. Sightings of bears, copperhead snakes (both poisonous and non-poisonous) and other wildlife have been reported. All residents are reminded to remain alert and take proper precautions when traveling in or near Brambleton’s natural areas or adjacent undeveloped properties.

Sit Rover, Sit – Puppy obedience training and basic dog obedience training will begin on Saturday, July 26th. (Puppy Obedience Training, 8 – 9am, $90; Basic Dog Obedience, 9 – 10am, $90) Classes run one hour weekly for seven (7) consecutive weeks and will meet at the Brambleton Community Center back parking lot. The instructor, Kevin Kealy, is the retired Police K-9 instructor for the Ocean City, MD Police Department and has overseen the Police K-9 training for 31 law enforcement agencies in MD, DE and VA. He has also spent two years as the Country K-9 trainer in Iraq supplying K-9 teams to the U.S. Army. If you are interested in registering for the course, please log onto the Brambleton Intranet and go to Resident Resources/Forms-Online/Dog Obedience Training Classes.

Calling all Crafters, Artists, and Home-Based Businesses! – The Brambleton Community Association will be hosting its 4th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 25th from 2 – 7pm. We are looking for vendors that would like to participate at the Home & Garden Marketplace. For more information and/or to register, please contact Christine Elansary or call 703-542-6263.

2nd Grand Opening – Asian Spice Cafe’s hosting another Grand Opening Special this Saturday from 11:30am-2pm. They will be offering free samples, so head on over to the town center for a taste!

Playing By the Rules The Property Maintenance Standards for Brambleton require that any dead plants, shrubs or trees should be immediately removed. For the best results, plans to replant the material using a similar size and species should be carried out in the fall. Also please note that all tree stakes and wires should be removed after one full growing season from the initial planting.

Summer Movie on the Lawn – Please join your neighbors for the next Summer Movie on the Lawn next Saturday, July 26th at dusk. The feature presentation is National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. A concession stand will be set up with juices, sodas, water and candy for sale. There will also be free popcorn.


Excellence in Financial Reporting – Loudoun County has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). For more information, please see the news release.

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS: Keeping Children Safe In, On, and Around the Water

  • Maintain constant supervision. Watch children around any water environment (pool, stream, lake, tub, toilet, bucket of water), no matter what skills your child has acquired and no matter how shallow the water. For younger children, practice “Reach Supervision” by staying within an arm’s length reach.
  • Don’t rely on substitutes. The use of flotation devices and inflatable toys cannot replace parental supervision. Such devices could suddenly shift position, lose air, or slip out from underneath, leaving the child in a dangerous situation.
  • Enroll children in a water safety course or Learn-to-Swim classes. Your decision to provide your child with an early aquatic experience is a gift that will have infinite rewards. These courses encourage safe practices.
  • Parents should take a CPR course. Knowing these skills can be important around the water and you will expand your capabilities in providing care for your child. You can contact your local Red Cross to enroll in a CPR course.


Tri-Ed Tutoring offers Summer School Options to Virginia Students Heading into the 2008/2009 School Year in Loudoun and Fairfax County Public Schools

Monday, July 14, 2008

An open letter from Tri-Ed Tutoring of Northern Virginia to residents and students of the Dulles Technology Corridor:

Welcome to Summer School (the better way).

TIME. It is the end of another long classwork unit, long semester, or long school year. Your student has sat through countless weeks and hours of lessons, listened earnestly to his teachers, worked in teams in the class environment, and dutifully studied and worked on their homework until late hours of the night at home. With each graded assignment and quiz that has returned, the scored have been disappointingly low. Then–the final blow. With mid-terms finished and all the content read, reviewed, and done you have received the final exam grade and overall score for the class… and you failed to pass with the grade point average that the elementary school, middle school, high school, or college tells you that your student needs or that you personally want. Yikes. The teachers at your school have mentioned summer school remediation, but you are not sure what to do. Do you teach them yourself or do you send them back for more of the same sitting all summer long in the closed walls in yet another filled classroom of the public school?

TASK. That’s when Tri-Ed Tutoring can come to the summer time rescue. Our teachers and tutors can work with your student to help remediate or “re-teach” those difficult concepts in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies. We can help students understand a chapter, unit, semester, or entire course that they already had during the school year. We can help ESL and Special Education students get extra help on difficult areas from Language Arts, can work to help your student improve their conversational English, critical reading skills, and formal academic writing. We also have teachers available to help your child work back through just about any chapter of a public school foreign language program. If your son or daughter struggles academically throughout the school year, we are out here waiting to become their private tutor for one simple reason: because we know one on one tutoring can change the experience of the education world for you. It just takes a summer commitment and a call to one of our Education Specialists to get started with it all.

TALENT. Our tutors at Tri-Ed Tutoring don’t just work with students who struggle in school. We also work with gifted students to bring their grades up in trouble areas. By helping students master difficult standards of learning and benchmarks, we can improve student’s over all self esteem and self confidence as it relates to the classroom. Standardized testing scores always tend to improve in targeted areas, whether on the SOL for Virginia, the achievement tests for Maryland, any exam in DC. Students with a wide range of talents and academic backgrounds are lifting scores and point values on achievement exams like the SAT or ACT by working with private tutoring. The difference a few points here and there makes–well, for the serious student we don’t really need to tell you… A higher score in any subject helps to improve grade point average (G.P.A.) and a higher point value on any standardized achievement exam might mean the difference between winning a scholarship or getting accepted at the college you really want to attend. And once you have been accepted to the university of your choice, we can continue to help you by making sure thesis writing projects for all your college classes do and say what they need to to keep grades high for you.

TUTORING. Whatever your motivation for thinking of starting Remedial Tutoring with a Tri-Ed tutor, we’ve got the rest of the traditional summer school month of June, July, and August available and in front of us to spend time planning out individual curriculum plans that actually target trouble areas. We promise not to waste unnecessary time following pre-packaged and generic study kits like so many of the learning centers or teacher classroom do. All parents and students are welcome to email for more confidential information about summer tutoring options. We have special discount rates available for bulk hours and small group tutoring (if you decide to enlist our services for all the students in your family or you have a few friends in mind who might like to join you).

TRAVEL. Many students and parents enjoy working with our tutors during the summer because our tutors come to you. That means we can work from your home, a parent’s office conference room, bookstore (like Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million), a public library, or even a WIFI friendly coffehouse or restaurant location (like Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, or Panera Bread Company). Where we tutor is based on each student’s unique learning style–so basically, it’s a family decision made in conjunction with the advice of an academic advisor–but unlike a corporate learning center with a prescribed location, the study environment we create for your child is ultimately up to you. Our tutors are constantly on the road traveling to tutoring meetings all over the DC Metro and Mid-Atlantic region to help make the education process fun and enlightening for every student they work with, including providing tutoring service in a way that is better for the parents, too.

Expand. Exceed. Excel.