June 20, 2013 | Issue No. 1
​In This Issue:
AnchorWelcome Back to School!
Dear Mantua ES Parents,

It's almost time for school to begin. The Mantua ES PTA sends out a warm welcome to our new families and a welcome-back to our returning ones! Please take a few minutes to read about some upcoming calendar items and important notes.

AnchorHelp and Contributions Needed for Teacher/Staff Welcome Back Breakfast!
The Mantua PTA will host a Welcome Back Breakfast on Tuesday, August 27th at 9:00 a.m. 

We need parents to help with:
* Set-up/clean-up

We need parents to bring:
* Juices
* Pre-cut bagels, muffins, pastries, croissants, and danish
* Fresh fruit (sliced melon, berries, grapes, etc.)
* Yogurts
* Cream cheese, butter/margarine, jelly

Please have your items delivered to the Mantua Cafeteria by 8:30 a.m. Bring your item in a dish that is disposable, and include a disposable serving utensil, if possible. If your item can't be in a disposable dish, please mark it carefully with your name. All unclaimed containers will be brought to the Office.

Please contact either Deanna Firth-Freemyer or Meri Farling to let us know if you can help out and what you will be bringing. Thank you!

AnchorOpen House: August 29th
Mantua ES's Open House will be held on Thursday, August 29th. Doors open to the gym at 1:30 p.m. Come find out your student's teacher, join the PTA, and discover what is planned for the school year. Classrooms are open from 2:00-3:00 p.m. See you there!
AnchorBe on the Lookout for our Member Planet Email!

We have hired MemberPlanet.com, a secure group communication platform, to consolidate and simplify many of the services Mantua families and PTA members enjoy each year, such as: 

  • Alert News (Mantua's weekly school and PTA e-newsletter), 
  • Mantua ES's printed PTA Student Directory,
  • PTA membership drive,
  • online registration and payment for enrichment and FLEX programs, 
  • volunteer signup, and
  • Mantua ES's events calendar.
Please sign up for MemberPlanet when the invitation arrives via email later this week. Confirm, update, or add your contact information ASAP so that we may begin work on directories! Remember: even if you do not plan to join the PTA, information collected and corrected on MemberPlanet will be shared with Mantua ES. If you have any questions or concerns about MemberPlanet, email Paige Rushing.

AnchorBack to School Ice Cream & Pizza Social
Come join your classmates and teachers after the first of school at Mantua's Back to School Ice Cream and Pizza Social! It will be held at the school playground on Tuesday, September 3rd from 5:30-7:30 p.m. You can buy tickets for $1 each and use them to buy ice cream sundaes and pizza (for $2) and water bottles and glow necklaces (for $2.) If you would like to help, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084CADAB2F4-back. Contact Denise Gavilan with any questions.

AnchorOpen House Folder Stuffing
Join us on Wednesday August 28th at 4:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. It's a great way to socialize while preparing the student Open House folders. For more information, please contact Teresa LeMair.

We are still looking for Arabic, Korean and Vietnamese translators for 2013-14. Email Shoshi Kalderon if you would like to volunteer as a translator with Mantua ES's Community Building Network.
Mantua Elementary School PTA
9107 Horner Court | Fairfax, Virginia 22031
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