September 3, 2013 | Issue No. 2
Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school! Please take some time to read through our first Alert News of the year. There is a lot of information about upcoming school and PTA events. We hope you will join us at the first PTA meeting on Friday, September 13th at 9:30 a.m. in the school library. Check out the bottom of this message for other Important Dates coming up in September. Have a great year!

Back to School Ice Cream & Pizza Social
Come join your classmates and teachers after the first day 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.) Volunteers still needed! If you would like to help, please sign up at Contact Denise Gavilan with any questions.

Volunteer Information Meeting September 13th
The volunteers at Mantua Elementary are one of the reasons why our school is so special! Want more information about how you can get involved with volunteering at Mantua? Join us for the Volunteer Information Meeting on Friday, September 13th, starting as soon as the PTA meeting is over. Classroom and School-Wide Volunteer Jobs will be reviewed and questions will be answered. If you can't make it to the meeting, but have a question or comment, please email Teresa LeMair at
Join the PTA
Please support our children and teachers by joining the Mantua PTA. Family membership is $15. Your membership dues fund many things in our school, including library resources, new computers and software, teacher education, and many after school activities. Please complete the membership envelope you received in your child’s back to school folder or new this year: join MemberPlanet by clicking this link and you can become a PTA member online! Email Paige Rushing at if you have any questions about MemberPlanet.

Remember: PTA members will receive a $5 reduction per child for registration for these PTA programs: after-school enrichment, basketball, drama club, and Chat and Chew book club. In addition, each family will receive one copy of the PTA student directory.

Sign Up for MemberPlanet!
We have hired, 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 secure online payment for enrichment and FLEX programs, and
  • Mantua ES's events calendar.
Please sign up for MemberPlanet by clicking through the links on the invitation we emailed you. Please answer the member questions as they will help us update our parent/student database. Remember: even if you do not plan to join the PTA, information collected through  MemberPlanet will be shared with Mantua ES administrators, teachers, and staff. Email Paige Rushing, our MemberPlanet liaison, at if you did not receive the invitation or if you have any questions or concerns about MemberPlanet.

Check Out the PTA on Facebook
The Mantua PTA has created a new closed group page to keep you informed of all the happenings at school this year. All Mantua parents are welcome to join this page. Please go to to join. The current public Facebook page will be closing soon.

Good Morning Mantua Needs More Anchors!
The Good Morning Mantua (GMM) News Show is looking for more 6th graders to serve as anchors for the 2013-14 year. If your student is interest, please visit to complete the form and return it to Ms. Dunfee in Room 246.

Registration Open for Mantua Basketball
Is your student interested in shooting hoops? Do you want to mentor a group of students through basketball? All Mantua students in 3rd-6th are eligible to register in September and October for the PTA basketball league, which embraces students with a wide variety of skill levels and emphasizes teamwork, skill development and sportsmanship.

Early registration (beginning in September): $50 for PTA members and $55 for nonmembers. Late registration (October 1-11): $60 for PTA members and $65 for nonmembers. Registrations cannot be accepted after October 11th.

The league is organized into four divisions: 3rd and 4th grade boys, 3rd and 4th grade girls, 5th and 6th grade boys, and 5th and 6th grade girls. Teams meet twice a week for a weekday evening practice session and a weekend game—all held in the school gym.

Our league relies exclusively on volunteers at all levels: division commissioners, parent coaches, and referees. Training is provided for coaches and referees. Please consider volunteering. Find more information at the Mantua Basketball website at Contact Dan Lash at if you have any questions about the league or would like to volunteer.

Join The Girl Scouts or Cub Scouts!
If you have a daughter in Kindergarten or 1st grade who is interested in Daisies, please contact Martha Moore at  If you have a daughter in 2nd-5th grade who is interested in Brownies or Juniors, please contact Julie Gerock at

Looking for a great activity for boys and their families in 1st-5th grades? Contact Missy Greene with any questions at 703-407-5767 or

Reflections 2013!
Is your child creative in the areas of dance choreography, photography, film production, literature, visual arts or musical composition? Then, the Art Reflections program is for them! This year’s theme is “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” All your child needs to do is ‘reflect’ on the theme, create and submit an original work based on the theme and they will be judged and awarded. The program is open to grades K-6 and offers students a wonderful opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition.  The due date for submissions will be in early October. For more information, contact the Mantua Art Reflections Rep, Lori Prendergast, at  
Raccoon Runners!
The Mantua Raccoon Runners is a positive youth development program for girls in third through sixth grades. This program, sponsored by the Mantua PTA, will empower young girls to be true to themselves through lessons in positive body image, health and nutrition and social awareness. This will all be done while we strengthen ourselves through various fitness activities as we train for a 5k run. Any girl in grades 3-6 is eligible to participate.

Go to for registration form and a more detailed explanation of the program.
Deadline for registration is Monday, September 16th. 30 spaces will be filled with past Raccoon Runner participants first, then a lottery for the remaining spaces.

You can visit these links to get information about the 5K race for our Raccoon Runners: and
If you have any questions, please contact

Advanced Academic Programs Parent Conference
This conference will be held on Saturday, October 26th at West Springfield High School (Time: TBD.) The topics covered will include Levels of AAP Services, Identification, Creative & Critical Thinking Lessons, Parent Forum, and more.
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Para obtener una copia en Espanol favor de contactar a Ana Castelan. If you need to have a document translated into Spanish, please email Ana Castelan

We are still looking for Arabic, Korean and Vietnamese translators for 2013-14. Email Shoshi Kalderon at if you would like to volunteer as a translator with Mantua ES's Community Building Network.

Important Upcoming Dates
September 3: First Day of School, 9:10 a.m.
September 3: Pizza and Ice Cream Social, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
September 13: PTA Meeting, 9:30 a.m. and Volunteer Interest Meeting, 10:30 a.m. - Mantua ES Library
September 17: Back to School Night for Grades 4-6, 6:30 p.m.
September 19: Back to School Night for Grades K-3, 6:30 p.m.


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