October 15, 2013 | Issue No. 8
​In This Issue:
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!

Important Upcoming Dates
October 17: First Kids Care Club Meeting, 4:00 p.m.
October 18: Fall Box Tops Contest Ends
October 18: Pokemon & Trading Card Night, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
October 24: Parent Coffee-Bullying Prevention, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
October 25: Deadline to Sign Up for AMC-8 Math Exam
October 26: Run for Rocky, 9:00 a.m.
October 28-November 1: Spirit Week (see Counselor's Corner below for more details!)
November 1: PTA Meeting, 9:30 a.m. (this is a change from the originally publicized date!)

Rocky Needs Your Help!
With just two weeks left to our Run for Rocky, we have not met even half our goal! Please go to the Mantua PTA webpage and download the form to register now for our fall fundraiser! We still have great prizes to give away - including 2 Kindle Fires.

Congratulations to Margaret Stephan in Ms. Andersen's class. She was last week's big winner of the MP3 player with video. We still have two more to raffle off! Check your child's Tuesday folder for more information about participating in this fun fall fundraiser! Contact Meri Farling at merifarling@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

For general information about the event, go to  http://www.mantuapta.org/documents/run4rocky.pdfYou can find registration information and forms at http://www.mantuapta.org/documents/run4rockyreg.pdf.

Get friends and family to help you reach your fundraising goals by sharing this link!  https://www.memberplanet.com/s/mantuaelementaryschoolpta/run4rockydonor.

Be a Run for Rocky Volunteer
Please help with Run for Rocky 2013. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/RSZCFp.
  2. Enter your email address. You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot.
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Meri Farling at merifarling@hotmail.com to sign up.

Parent Education Chair Needed!
Each year, the Mantua PTA sponsors two evening parent education events for our parents to learn about topics like positive discipline, how to help with homework, internet safety, etc. The PTA is looking for a Parent Education Chair to work with the counselors to choose the speakers, coordinate dates and send the information out to families. If you are interested in being the Parent Education Chair or have questions about the position, please email Teresa LeMair at teresalemair@aol.com.

New Family Welcome Committee Chair Needed!
As new families join us, and they register in the front office, they get a New Family Welcome Packet that is loaded with valuable information, to include how to get a sponsor family. That family might answer questions like "What are the class parties like?", "Where do I get more information about the enrichment programs at Mantua?", or "What is the Thanksgiving Luncheon like?" The New Family Welcome Chair handles matching up new families with sponsors. In addition, he/she also sets the dates and advertises for our summer playdates for new families, and updates the Welcome Packet each Spring. If you like welcoming new friends to Mantua Elementary, we need you to be our New Family Welcome Chair! Please email Teresa LeMair at teresalemair@aol.com if you are interested in this position.

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? Email Paige Rushing at PaigeRushing@gmail.com for another one.

Verify Your Contact Information
Work on our coveted PTA Student Directory is in full swing! Please help us out by completing the back-to-school packet (linked below), which allows you to update your contact info and contains important stuff like an activity-wide permission slip, a directory release, and so much more. 

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:

Advertise in the Mantua Directory
If you or your business would like to advertise in the PTA Student Directory, please go to memberplanet.com/packetview/mantuaelementaryschoolpta/busads  or contact monika.brenner@dhs.gov 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! Note: if there were errors in your family's entry in last year's directory, please bring them to Monika's attention.

Pokemon and Other Trading Card Family Fun Night
Join us for Mantua's annual PTA Family Fun Pokemon and Other Trading Cards Game Night this Friday, October 18th from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Pack up your Pokemon cards or other trading cards and bring them for an evening of card trading and game playing with friends. If you are new to Pokemon then learn how to play the game with our expert game guide, Tim Foley and his staff. There is no fee to attend, however children must be accompanied by an adult to attend. Contact Kathleen DeCarlo at kdecarlo@verizon.net with any questions.

MATHCOUNTS Program at Mantua
Mantua alumnae Eli Lifland and Abhishek Bhargava , now sophomores at TJHSST, are running a MATHCOUNTS program for 6th graders under Mr. Malc's supervision. MATHCOUNTS is a national program that involves improving your math skills and representing your school in competition. More details will be given at the first weekly MATHCOUNTS meeting at Mantua on Thursday, October 24th at 7:30 p.m. in Mrs. Sottolano’s classroom. The meetings will last approximately 1 ½ hours and will be spent learning how to solve math problems similar to those that will appear in the actual competition. 

A link to Mathcounts can be found on the Mantua PTA website. You can email elidL98@yahoo.com or paul.malc@fcps.edu with any questions about the Mantua MATHCOUNTS program.

Kids Care Club
The Kids Care Club is open to all children in Kindergarten-6th grade and is run by parent volunteers. We meet after school on the third Thursday of the month in the upper pod from 4:00-4:45 p.m. The first meeting is planned for this Thursday, October 17th. To sign up, please use the following link to MemberPlanet: https://memberplanet.com/packetview/mantuaelementaryschoolpta/registrationptaclassesclubs. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Smith at ndbames@gmail.com or 703-383-5808.

Fall Box Tops Contest - Ends Friday, October 18th!
The Fall Box Tops Contest is almost over! Please send in your box tops by 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. The winning class will be announced by the end of October. Please contact Sandy Spector at sandy.spector@gmail.com with any questions.

AMC-8 Mathematics Exam to Be Administered at Mantua
Is your child a mathematics lover? If so you may want to learn about the American Mathematics Competitions 8 (AMC-8) examination.  As a parent initiative, the test will be administered on Tuesday, November 19th at Mantua Elementary School.

The AMC-8 exam is a challenge appropriate for students very interested in mathematics that are enrolled in 6th grade, as well as 5th grade students capable of solving at least half the questions on an previous AMC-8 exam. The exam format is 25 multiple choice questions during a 40 minute period and is administered by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). For additional information about the exam and a list of sample questions, go to http://www.maa.org/math-competitions.

If you are interested in taking the test or have further questions, please contact Mantua parents Jin Kang at jinkang1997@yahoo.com or László Péntek at Mr_Laszlo_2@yahoo.com or telephone (703) 725-3818. Please contact Mr. Kang or Mr. Pentek no later than Friday, October 25th to sign up for the test. Also each participating student’s parent is encouraged (but voluntarily) to donate $5. We will collect it and give it to PTA as an appreciation of its support.

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 1st. To obtain an entry form  and participation rules visit the Mantua PTA website. If you have additional questions, please contact Lori Prendergast at loripren@yahoo.com.

Counselor's Corner
Mantua Elementary Student Services Team Presents: Parent Coffee Series – Bullying Prevention
When:  Thursday, October 24th, 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Where:  Reading Room (across from the library)
What:  October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal is to raise awareness and educate the community on the impact of bullying. Parents play an integral role in preventing verbal, social, physical, and cyber bullying. Mantua’s School Counselors, School Social Worker, and School Psychologist will share what is taught at Mantua, what to look out for at home, and invite parents to join in the discussion.
How to register:  Online at http://goo.gl/QVCfaa or by phone: 703-645-6384

Mantua will celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 28 - November 1 with a Spirit Week to reinforce the theme “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.”

Monday, 10/28: Wear Red or Mantua Spirit Wear to support Red Ribbon Week
Tuesday, 10/29Sock it to Drugs & Alcohol - Show off your favorite socks
Wednesday, 10/30Turn Your Back on Drugs & Alcohol - Turn your clothes around & wear them backwards
Thursday, 10/31: Spirit Parade - Dress in grade-level themes
Friday, 11/1: Too Bright for Drugs and Alcohol - Wear  neon colors
Teen Journey through Grief Workshop – October 28th
Do you know a teen who has suffered a loss in the last year or so who needs support and information about grief? Check out this FREE upcoming opportunity on October 28th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Haven of Northern Virginia. Open to Teens recovering from grief and loss.  To register: parent/guardian call Haven at 703-924-8469.

Meet and Greet Dr. Garza
You are welcome to attend an Informal “Meet and Greet” with FCPS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Garza, Tuesday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the Frost Middle School Cafeteria, hosted by the Fairfax County Association for the Gifted (FCAG). For more information and to RSVP, go to www.fcag.org.

Advanced Academic Programs Parent Conference
This conference will be held on Saturday, October 26th at West Springfield High School. The time of the conference is 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The topics covered will include Levels of AAP Services, Identification, Creative & Critical Thinking Lessons, Parent Forum, and more.

Translators comprise another vital part of our outreach efforts. We want every Mantua ES family to feel included and connected—should families need to have a document translated into their native language, our volunteers are here to help!

  • للحصول على نسخة مترجمة للغة العربية، نرجو الإتصال بالأخت بدرية كفالة على هذا الإيميلbkafala@gmail.com. If you need to have a document translated into Arabic, please emailbkafala@gmail.com.
  • 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 emailMin Feng.
  • Если вам необходимо перевести документ на русский язык, пожалуйста обращайтесь к Анне Жердецкой или Виктору Жердецкому по электронной почтеhannaz74@gmail.com или ViktarZ@gmail.com. If you need to have a document translated into Russian, please contact Hanna Zhardzetskaya and Viktar Zhardzetski.
  • Para obtener una copia en Espanol favor de contactarAna Castelan. If you need to have a document translated into Spanish, please email Ana Castelan.
  • We are still looking for Korean and Vietnamese translators for 2013-14.

Email Shoshi Kalderon at shoshi.kalderon@yahoo.com if you have any questions about or would like to volunteer as an ambassador or translator with Mantua ES’s Community Building Network.

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