2018 – 19 Student Events & Activities

September 24 to 25 – Icing Art:

Our student offered to bring in mom’s Russian “icing tips” and show us how to do icing art. Parents are welcome! Required:6 cupcakes upon which your child will practice. THEN, we decorate the giant cake that we will all eat on Wednesday, Sept. 26, potluck.

September 26 – Cortona Academy’s 1st Monthly Potluck:

We will honor all September Birthdays, plus 1st month AWARDS! Bring your entire family, aunties, uncles, grannies…everyone supporting you and your child.

September 27 at 12 pm – French Art Lecture:

This will be attended by the entire student body (whether or not students are attending the field trip the following day) and any parents who wish to join us for this lecture by our on-site art historian.  Open to the public, please register online.

September 28 – National Gallery of Art Field Trip:

As a follow up to the French art lecture, Cortona students will embark on a Guided tour on French Art by a museum docent at 10:30 am. We will have lunch in the museum cafeteria. Parents encouraged to attend. Open only to Cortona Academy students.

October 5 – Once in a Lifetime Observation of a Heart Operation:

For the past 20 years, Cortona Academy is one of the few schools in the country to regularly attend the Dome Experience, a live heart operation at Fairfax Hospital. We will meet inside the INOVA Heart & Vascular Institute Building on 3300 Gallows Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042. Open only to Cortona Academy students.

October 15 to 18 – Revolving Art Gallery:

Cortona places a high value on culture and art, supported by our on-going Smithsonian art education. This month, one of our art history professors is showing her grandfather’s artwork which gathers inspiration from various landscape art styles. Cortona aims to spread knowledge, awareness and art appreciation to our students through our on-site exhibitions, field trips and guest artists. All art exhibitions are open to the public.

October 17 – Annual Chili Cook-off:

Our young chefs bring in their homemade chili, and we all vote for the winners! Vegetarian or gluten-free chili’s are greatly welcome. If students are not cooking, they too can participate by bringing in any toppings, whatever they and their family love on their chili. This event brings out the friendly competitive spirit in students while creating the opportunity to bond over some delicious chili! Open to the public, please register online.

October 19 – Washington National Opera “La Traviata” by Verdi:

Verdi based “La Traviata” on a play by Alexander Dumas. (Remember the book, Three Musketeers? This is the same Alexander Dumas.) Students will attend Kennedy Center’s musical performance expressing a story of fate and sacrifice. They will also have the opportunity to directly engage with the artists. Open only to our current Cortona Academy families.

October 29 to November 1 – Spirit Week:

We pride ourselves in our superior, personalized education and this transfers over to our students in the form of school pride. Spirit Week gives students an entire week of themed fun and a chance to demonstrate their personal expression. At Cortona, all students are given a voice with the power of choice. THEY choose events. Giving choice equals building strong self-esteem.

October 31 – Halloween Party:

Cortona’s monthly luncheons are times for our Cortona community and families to gather, share a meal together and hear incredible speakers. October’s luncheon falls on Halloween, so students will sport their best costumes for a chance to win a prize! Open to prospective parents – Join us!

November 9 – Basilica of the National Shrine Tour & Catholic University Tour:

Students receive a tour of the Basilica for a late 19th century art and architecture experience, while admiring the Romanesque-Byzantine style art and architecture. Students also have the opportunity to visit the campus of Catholic University of America, an institution established in 1887 with over 170 acres of land, 48 designated university buildings and a library boasting over 1.4 millions of volumes.

November 30 – National Geographic Museum Field Trip:

Students ventured to D.C.’s National Geographic Museum for two extremely interesting exhibitions, the interactive Tomb of Christ Exhibition and the Titanic’s Untold Story Exhibition. For the Tomb of Christ, students were virtually transported to Jerusalem through a 3-D experience, learning about the history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and its mysteries. The Untold Story Exhibition revealed the amazing and once classified details behind the Titanic’s historic discovery by renowned oceanographer and explorer, Robert Ballard, and his team.

December 6 – Operation Gratitude:

Each year Cortona Academy students participate in writing personal letters of appreciation to our nation’s heroes. This year has involved participating in the Operation Gratitude campaign which sends over 250,000 Care Packages to our Deployed Troops, Veterans and First Responders. Cortona Academy’s goal for this year is to reach the 300 letter mark to be included in the Care Packages.

December 9 – Adopt-A-Family:

The Cortona Academy community is home to a very strong humanitarian spirit. Each year Cortona Academy “adopts” low-income families in the area during the holiday season. ALL Cortona students participate in various activities from logistics, gathering donations, taking inventory, shopping, gift-wrapping, and more. This fun experience is one of the many programs that shape the humanitarian spirit of our students.

December 12 – Holiday Luncheon:

Before students and their families head off on their winter breaks, Cortona Academy holds their last big party of the year. Students, their families and Cortona staff enjoy delicious food together and hold the “White elephant gift swap.” The gift swap is a time to choose or “steal” a surprise gift from student to student.

December 12 – Soup Cook-Off:

Cortona Academy’s bake-off and cook-off traditions continue into the new year. January is the honorary month for a soup cook-off! Students prepare their best soup recipes for a friendly competition of some of the best home-made soup!

January 30 – Potluck & Gold Medal Winner Speaker:

A special speaker joins Cortona Academy students, parents and staff during a potluck event. The speaker recounts the ins and outs, the challenges and the glory’s of earning their gold medal, as well as the paperwork involved.

Events for Prospective Families

Weekly Information Session (Open House):

Thursdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. These are wonderful chances for prospective parents to get to know our program, meet current staff members, students and parents. We’ll introduce you and your family to  stress-free learning that is challenging, inspirational and motivational, and unsurpassed in the DC Metro area

Weekly Breakfast with the Director:

Analyze the positives of private education. All programs look good on the internet, learn to distinguish the hype from reality to get the best, reliable, STRESS-FREE education for your child

Monthly Hi-Tech Cortona Information Dinners:

Open to ALL PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS. Dinners are held on the second Wednesday of each month. The focus is for prospective clients and students to meet the faculty and learn more about our high tech labs. We provide the food!  Bring the whole family! We will have our 3D printers in operation, and will show you how the New Industrial Revolution can motivate your child to achieve in ALL COURSES! RSVP three days ahead by calling 703-464-0034 or using the online contact form.

Monthly Luncheon with the Director:

Monthly from 12 – 2 pm. Join Cortona Academy at our private club, for a Gourmet luncheon on any of the following dates: October 19, November 16, December 7. Hear how we have changed the lives of over 2,000 students since 1992. Open to adults only. RSVP three days ahead by calling 703-464-0034 or using the online contact form.

Programs Open to the Public (Parents)

Weekly Seminar – Early College Preparation & Planning:

Proper Junior and Senior High School Preparation and Planning for parents of 6th to 11th graders who want College Education PAID FOR!

Monthly Seminar – Pushing the Frontiers of ADHD & Dyslexia:

Monthly seminar scheduled for November 14 and December 12, from 6 – 7:30 pm.  Join us at Cortona’s campus for our monthly Parent Support Seminar for parents of students, grades 6 – 12. Topics covered will include, “The Urgency of Knowing: Going Beyond the IEP.” Why parents need to fully understand the limitations of the IEP, especially when considering homework and study techniques. When and how to seek other professional help will also be discussed, including the emotional happiness and well-being of the child.

Programs Open to the Public (Students)

SAT/ACT Prep & TJ/AOS Prep:

Cortona Academy has over 25 years of experience providing beneficial, game-changing strategies to get the test scores YOU want. These course are designed to build the skills and confidence needed for students to score well in the Math, Reading, Writing, and/or Essay portions of the standardized admissions, and placement tests.

College Essay Boot Camp:

Complete Your College Essay in One Week! Learn helpful skills that will make your essay stand out from the rest.

High-Tech Study Skills Seminar:

Harness the power of your technology! Gain Study Skills, Stay on Task, and Get Organized.