September 10, 2013 | Issue No. 3
 
First PTA Meeting
Come to the kick-off PTA meeting on Friday, September 13th at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Meet the Board, hear from Principal Mrs. Fernandez, and get a bead on upcoming activities.

 
Volunteer Information Meeting
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 teresalemair@aol.com.


Join MemberPlanet
... and save the world as well as your sanity - one piece of paper at a time! MP allows us to share important forms, waivers, and sign ups electronically--which you can sign and submit using any computer or smart device without ever leaving your favorite chair.

Can't find your invitation? No problem! Email Paige Rushing at PaigeRushing@gmail.com for another one.

We know what you're thinking: yes, it IS that easy!



Online Back to School Packet
Remember those online forms, waivers, and signups we mentioned earlier? The ones that are so easy to complete that they practically submit themselves?

Linked below is our back-to-school packet, oozing with fun and important stuff like an activity-wide permission slip, a directory release, fall enrichment information, and so much more. We're affectionately calling this packet: "Business in the Front."

1. Log into MemberPlanet if you have an account (if you don't you can still fill the form out, but your known information won't auto-populate)

2. Click this link:
memberplanet.com/packetview/mantuaelementaryschoolpta/welcomebacktoschoolmantua

3. Complete the pages, submit, and smile.



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.

Pay your annual dues effortlessly by clicking:
http://www.memberplanet.com/packetview/mantuaelementaryschoolpta/ptamembershipandsupport1

Technophobic? Don't worry; we've got your back! You can still join old-school style by completing the membership envelope you received in your child’s back-to-school folder.

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.




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 www.facebook.com/groups/203202259856490/ to join. The current public Facebook page will be closing soon.


Enrichment Programs Registration Coming Next Week!
In this week's online Back to School Packet, we have the class schedule and descriptions for our Fall Enrichment Program. In next week's Alert News, parents can find the link to register online for the before and after school classes. Registration is all first come first serve, so please look for the link next week! If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Murphy at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com.



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 Friday, 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. Typically, the divisions are broken down further into 8-10 teams, which have one evening practice each week and one game each weekend—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 http://www.mantuabasketball.org. Contact Dan Lash at commissioner@mantuabasketball.org if you have any questions about the league or would like to volunteer.

 
 
Box Tops Contest
The Fall Box Tops Contest is under way! Please send in your box tops through Friday, October 18th. Our goal is to raise $2,000. Send in Box Tops and Labels for Education labels in a plastic zip bag with your teacher's name and grade on it. Labels should be dropped in the collection box by the front office. Please do not send in expired labels.  A special prize will be awarded for the class bringing in the most labels. Winning class will be announced early November.

A list of participating products can be found on: www.boxtops4education.com and www.labelsforeducation.com. Ask your neighbors, co-workers, and local businesses to help you collect. Note that we collect BOTH Box Tops & Labels for Education!

Please contact Sandy Spector at sandy.spector@gmail.com with any questions.



Attention: Take Home Reading Volunteers!
Training will be held on Tuesday, September 24th at 10:30 a.m. in Room 30, which is the Reading Room. If you're interested in the THR program for grades K-1 but have not yet signed up, it's not too late! If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for the training, please contact Lori Recher at lorirecher@hotmail.com.
 


Grocery Club Cards
It's time to renew our Grocery Club cards to benefit  Mantua! You can renew in one of two ways. Look for the Grocery Club flyer in the next Tuesday Folder. Fill it out, send it back to school, and we'll do the renewing for you.  Or, there are links for Giant, Harris Teeter, and Safeway on www.mantuapta.org under the 'About the PTA' tab. Happy shopping!



Junior Chess Club
Anyone out there interested in forming a junior chess club? If you have an interested student in grades K-3, email Paige Rushing at paigerushing@gmail.com.

 
Spring Carnival
Are you looking for a way to get involved? Do you enjoy a BIG party? The PTA is looking for a few parents who are interested in Co-Chairing this year's Spring Carnival. If you are interested - or just a little curious - please contact Meri Farling at merifarling@hotmail.com.



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 him or her! This year’s theme is “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” All your child needs to do is ‘reflect’ on the theme, and 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 loripren@yahoo.com
 
 
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 www.mantuapta.org/activities/raccoonrunners.php 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: http://www.cffdfirefighterfund.com/Portals/0/Documents/Public/FCFD_5K_RegistrationForm_Final.pdf and  
http://www.cffdfirefighterfund.com/Portals/0/Documents/Public/2013%20Race%20Flyer.pdf
If you have any questions, please contact Meri Farling at merifarling@hotmail.com.
 

 
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Students and staff will now be able to access our wireless network with their personal devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones, etc.) during the school day. If your student is going to bring a digital device to school for learning purposes, it needs to be registered annually with the school system. Your student must bring a form fully filled out for our technology specialist to register it. The form can be found at http://www.fcps.edu/otherlanguages/translations/PDF_FILES/forms/percompdevices/english.pdf. During the month of September registration will be on Wednesday and Friday mornings. After September, it will only be on Wednesday mornings.  Please have your student bring their form to Mr. Ehrlich in the tech room.

 

Blackboard Accounts for Parents:  What is Parent View?
Parents can now create their own account for FCPS 24-7 Learning. After registering and having their account validated at one of their children’s schools, parents will have their own username and password to access all of their children's available courses, their middle school students’ Academic and Career Planning, their high school students’ career and college planning through Family Connection and will be able to update their children’s emergency information through weCare@school. Updating weCare@school with the correct email address will ensure better communication via Keep in Touch. For more information, go to http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtmlYou’ll also find other helpful information regarding Blackboard and your student’s use of this technology. 

We will have laptops available at both Back to School Nights to assist you with signing up.



 
Good Morning Mantua!
Mantua produces a daily live TV show each morning.  We have room available for any 6th grader who would be interested in participating.  Please contact Ms. Dunfee at PJDunfee@fcps.edu for an application.

 
Google Apps for Education
Beginning the week of September 9th, Mantua 4th-6th graders will begin using Google Apps in Education. This provides them with an account that allows them to create and share a variety of documents.  A letter will be going home in their Tuesday Folder. For more information, go to http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/googleapps/.


Advanced Academic Programs Parent Conference
This conference will be held on Saturday, October 26th at West Springfield High School. The topics covered will include Levels of AAP Services, Identification, Creative & Critical Thinking Lessons, Parent Forum, and more.
 
 
Translators
如果你需要把文件翻译成中文,请联系冯敏。她的电子邮件是mmfeng@hotmail.com. If you need to have a document translated into Chinese, please email Min Feng at mmfeng@hotmail.com.

Если вам необходимо перевести документ на русский язык, пожалуйста обращайтесь к Анне Жердецкой или Виктору Жердецкому по электронной почте: hannaz74@gmail.com или ViktarZ@gmail.com. If you need to have a document translated into Russian, please contact Hanna Zhardzetskaya athannaz74@gmail.com and Viktar Zhardzetski at ViktarZ@gmail.com.

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 atacastelan25@gmail.com.

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



Fun Ice Cream Social!
The PTA would like to give a BIG “thank you” to Suyoung Iversen and Denise Gavilan for organizing and running another terrific Ice Cream Social. Everyone had a great time, and Mr. Collins kept the crowd happy with music and games. Thanks to all the volunteers and everyone who came out to support the school!

 
Important Upcoming Dates
September 13: PTA Meeting, 9:30 a.m. and Volunteer Interest Meeting, 10:30 a.m.
September 16: Deadline to register for Raccoon Runners
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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