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Neighborhood Expert: Back to school celebrations

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or

Teachers are already back to work at FCPS and gearing up for #FirstDayFairfax. Hard to believe it’s only one week away!

Some kids are excited, others are nervous and some are sad to see summer go. Regardless of how your kids feel, why not plan a celebration for them (and you!) for the first day of school!

Just a tip — especially if you have a kindergartner or maybe you moved to a new school — plan something for yourself for the first day of school if you don’t have work to distract you so you’re not worrying about them all day!

Here are some suggestions on ways to celebrate the return to school:

Card My Yard: Whether it’s at your home or at the school (looking at you, PTA), it’s a fun little thing to make a great photo op or fun walking destination.

Sweet Treats: What kid doesn’t love an afternoon treat?

  • Crumbl Cookies
  • Nothing Bundt Cake
  • Kiln & Co. custard
  • Ben and Jerry’s
  • Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard (opens this Friday!)
  • Milkshakes at Social Burger or Elevation Burger
  • Pie Gourmet
  • Magnolia Dessert Bar

Parents: if you have the ability, why not schedule a mimosa break after drop off to celebrate the start of school? Or a coffee date with a friend.

Or, if you’re like me and go on a cleaning rampage once they’re out, next week I’ll have a highlight of places to donate toys, clothes, etc.

Enjoy your last week of summer!

Fairfax County school bus (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

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