September 17, 2013 | Issue No. 4
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Please forward this newsletter on to new families with students at Mantua Elementary. The PTA is experiencing a delay in obtaining student contact information this year, and this email may not be reaching everyone. Thank you.

Back to School Nights

Tuesday, September 17th: For grades 4-6
Thursday, September 19th: For grades K-3

Don't miss the opportunity to meet your child's teacher and learn more about Mantua and all it has to offer. Come at 6:30pm and meet with the Specialists (Art, Music, PE, etc.) in the cafeteria. Visit the library and check out the new and improved Parent Resource Center, or meet with your child’s Special Education teacher. Stop by the Reading Room to meet the Reading teachers and sign up for Parent View. During this same 30 minutes you can also visit the PTA tables in the gym, join the PTA, and find out about upcoming school events.

The Specialists’ session and PTA tables will conclude at 7:00 p.m. Our Principal, Mrs. Fernandez, will begin speaking in the Gym at 7:05 p.m. Following the presentation in the gym, parents will proceed to the classroom to meet the teachers. There will be two 30-minute sessions to allow for parents to visit more than one classroom.

Please remember that Back to School Night is a parents-only event. There will be no child care provided.

Picture Day
Fall Picture Day will be on Wednesday, October 2nd. Picture order envelopes will be sent home the week before.

If the pictures are not paid for on picture day, a proof will be sent home and parents can order online. Picture make up day will be November 6th.

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Online Back to School Packet
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)

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Enrichment Programs Registration Begins Today!
Registration for fall enrichment classes will begin today, Tuesday, September 17th at 6:00 a.m. Registration is first come, first served.

Everyone will register through Member Planet. The link to online registration is You can also go to website. The link to online registration will be posted at 6:00 a.m.

If you have any questions please contact Shannon Murphy.

Chat ‘n’ Chew
Attention Book Lovers! Mantua's popular lunchtime book club, Chat 'n' Chew, is returning this fall. All 3rd-6th graders are invited to participate. The club will meet once a month, December through March, during the students' lunch and recess time, and books will be provided. The cost is $25 for PTA members and $30 for non-members. We are also looking for parent volunteers to host the discussion groups each month. This is an amazing opportunity to spend quality time with kids discussing great books. Sign up is now available through Member Planet at and closes on September 30th. Contact Kathy Phillips at with any questions.

Advertise in the Mantua Directory
Please go to if you or your business would like to advertise in the PTA Student Directory or contact for a form. Ad fees help us cover the cost of printing the directory and start at $45. Know a business that may be interested? Please pass along their info to Monika and she'll reach out to them! 

Registration is Now Open for Foreign Languages
The Mantua PTA in conjunction with FCPS is pleased to offer a foreign language program before and after school. Languages will be taught through conversation using games, songs, drama, drills, dialogues, maps, and culturally-related activities. Please sign up at The deadline is Friday, October 4th. If you need assistance or require a paper registration, please e-mail Jennifer Rade at

Classes will begin the week of October 14th and continue for 15 weeks. You will receive a class confirmation notice and room assignment one week before classes begin. Classes must have a minimum of 8 students, so ask your friends to sign up so the class will take place! Tuition is $199.

CLASS       COURSE     SECTION #      DAY / TIME        GRADES
German 1    FP06115          0002                  Thurs 8-9am                  3-6
Spanish 1    FP08115          0001                   Fri 8-9am                       1-3
Spanish 1    FP08115          0002                  Tues 8-9am                    4-6
Chinese 1   FP04115          0001                  Thurs 4-5pm                  K-3
Chinese 3* FP07704        0001                   Fri 4-5pm                       1-6
*This course is for native speakers or children who have completed a Level 2 Flex Chinese course.

Drama Club Registration
We are excited about the Drama Club Program this year, which will be run by DramaWorks for students in grades 3-6! There will be an Information Meeting on Monday, September 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at Mantua. Parents and students are encouraged to attend in order to get more information, sign up to volunteer, and even vote on which production the Drama Club will be working on this year!

Please register for Drama Club by 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27th at
If you have questions, please contact Teresa at

Spirit Wear
New spirit wear for the 2013-14 school year is now on sale! Samples will be on display at the Back to School Nights. T-shirts, polo shirts, performance shirts, hoodies, sweat pants, basketball shorts, and pajama bottoms are available in many colors and sizes. Look for order forms in this week's Tuesday folders. Please return the forms with payment to the PTA mailbox by Friday, October 11th and allow three weeks for delivery. All purchased items will be sent home in your child's backpack. Contact Kathleen DeCarlo at with any questions. Show your school spirit and order something today!

Box Tops Contest
The Fall Box Tops Contest is under way! Please send in your box tops through Friday, October 18th. 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. Please contact Sandy Spector at 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

Grocery Club Cards
It's time to renew our Grocery Club cards to benefit  Mantua! You can renew in one of two ways. Fill out the grocery flyer that went home last week, send it back to school, and we'll do the renewing for you.  Or, there are links for Giant, Harris Teeter, and Safeway on under the "About the PTA" tab. Happy shopping!

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

September Cub Scouts Meeting on Wednesday, September 18
Pack 1533 will hold its September Pack Meeting on Wednesday, September 18th* in the Mantua Cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. All new scouts are welcome. Please encourage your son to bring a friend who might want to join the pack. Contact Missy Greene at to get an application and to drop off your check, made out to Pack 1533.
*This is a one-time change due to Back to School Night on Thursday, September 19th.

Reflections 2013!
It's time to Dream, Believe and Inspire! If you want to showcase your talent in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts, then the PTA Arts Reflections program is for you! Take some time to reflect on the theme - "Dream.  Believe.  Inspire" - then let your creative juices flow! All entries must be submitted to the PTA mail room no later than November 7th. To obtain an entry form  and participation rules visit the Mantua PTA website. If you have additional questions, please contact 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 Wednesday, September 18th. 30 spaces will be filled with past Raccoon Runner participants first, then a lottery for the remaining spaces. If you have any questions, please contact Meri Farling at

Registration Open for Mantua Basketball
All Mantua students in 3rd-6th are eligible to register for the PTA basketball league. Early registration: $50 for PTA members, $55 for nonmembers. Late registration (October 1-11): $60 for PTA members, $65 for nonmembers. Registrations cannot be accepted after Friday, October 11th.

Find more information at the Mantua Basketball website at Contact Dan Lash at with any questions.

Counselor’s Corner
Welcome Back! This year Ms. Kim and Mrs. Warren will be making a small change in the grade levels that they cover for groups, lessons, and check-ins. Please feel free to email with any questions.
Ms. Kim:
Families 2 and 3, Grades 3 and 5

Mrs. Warren:
Family 1, Grades 4 and 6

Upcoming Events
STEM Careers Fair - Contacts:  Beth Downey, 571-423-4526, and   Scott Settar, 571-423-4815,
U.S. Representative Frank Wolf and The National Science Foundation are sponsoring a Science & Engineering Careers Fair on September 27-28 at the Dulles Town Center. There has been a strong interest in STEM education and STEM-based careers from parents and students in our community and this is a great opportunity to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This event will feature exhibitors with dynamic hands-on activities that demonstrate the many careers in which today’s students can change the world and shape the future. For more information, please visit:

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.

CogAt for Students in Grades 3-6
All new students to Fairfax County Public Schools that are attending Mantua will be administered the CogAt test during the testing window of October 15th-25th. If you are interested in re-testing for possible acceptance to AAP Center, please contact Eva Bousbouras at by Friday, September 27th.

Woodson High School "Feeder Night" Football Game
The Woodson High School “Feeder Night” Football game will be held this Friday, September 20th at 7:30 p.m. All the students from the Woodson Pyramid are admitted to the game with a flyer that will be sent home in this week’s Tuesday Folder and when accompanied by a paying adult.

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Important Upcoming Dates
September 17: Back to School Night for Grades 4-6, 6:30 p.m.
September 18: Raccoon Runners Registration Deadline
September 19: Back to School Night for Grades K-3, 6:30 p.m.
September 23: Drama Club Interest Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
September 24: Take Home Reading Training, 10:30 a.m.
September 30: Chat 'n' Chew Registration Deadline
October 2: School Picture Day
October 4: FLEX Classes Registration Deadline
October 11: Basketball Registration Deadline
October 11: Spirit Wear Orders Due

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