October 29, 2013 | Issue No. 10

​In This Issue:
Important Upcoming Dates
October 28-November 1: Red Ribbon Spirit Week
October 31: Spirit Parade, 2:30 p.m.
November 1: PTA Meeting, 9:30 a.m. (Note: change of date)
November 1: Reflections Program Deadline
November 1: 1st Grading Period Ends
November 4-5: Student Holidays
November 6: Picture Make Up Day
November 7: Next MATHCOUNTS Meeting


 

November General PTA Meeting

The monthly PTA meeting will be held on Friday, November 1st at 9:30 a.m. in the Mantua Elementary cafeteria. (Please note that this is a change of date from the originally published date.) The PTA will continue to alternate its monthly meeting schedule between day and evening meetings to help accommodate varying parent schedules. There is no better place to learn from Ms. Fernandez about today's hot school topics. Come say hello to our school principal and our assistant principals, Ms. Tingler and Ms. Alley.

Late or Tardy Arrivals

For the safety of all students, any child who is being dropped off at school late enough in the morning that they will not be able to be in their class by 9:10 a.m. must be brought directly to the office by a parent. If the Kiss & Ride monitors are not outside, that is a signal that the student must be brought to the office. The parent will sign the student “in”, the student will receive a tardy pass, and someone from the office will escort the student to their classroom.

The procedure is the same for students arriving late due to doctor’s appointments later in the day. Parents must escort the students into the office and sign them in. Please call the attendance line at (703) 645-6363 to keep the office posted on arranged late arrivals.

Spirit Parade

The spirit parade will be on Thursday, October 31st at 2:30 p.m. All the children will be on the field by Kiss & Ride. Parents are welcome to join us to watch the school-wide parade.

Picture Make Up Day

Picture make up day will be Wednesday, November 6th. Students will be called up by grade or family. The retakes will be on the stage and will only last until 12:00 p.m. If you want your child’s picture taken again, please send them in with the old packet on picture day. If you did not order pictures on picture day, but would like to order them on retake day, please contact the front office for an order envelope.


 

Run for Rocky!

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out for our first ever Run for Rocky fundraiser! The weather was great, Mr. Collins kept us hopping with great music, and Rocky cheered all the kids on! Congratulations to Leah Meyer. She was last week's winner of the final MP3 player. A BIG congratulations to Layla Middleton and Carissa Haughey for winning the two Kindle Fires! Ms. Morrison's class was the big winner for having the most students participate in this terrific event. They will be celebrating with a popsicle party. A very special thank you to Anne and Sarah Harrington for being the sponsors of this great event. And, a HUGE thank you to Meri Farling for starting this fun tradition at Mantua!



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Student Directory: Verify Your Contact Information by 10/30
Work on our coveted PTA Student Directory is almost complete! 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. 

Note: You have until October 30th to update your contact information in order for changes to be reflected in the printed directory

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



New Information for MATHCOUNTS Program
Calling all 6th graders: It's not too late join MATHCOUNTS! We had a great first meeting and would love to see more faces at the next meeting. Note: there's no meeting this Thursday, October 31st. Our meetings will resume Thursday, November 7th in Room 242 (lower pod) from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. For more information, contact Eli Lifland at elidL98@yahoo.com.


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.

Calling all Book Fair Volunteers!
Mantua's annual Book Fair is coming soon, and it takes many hands to make the Book Fair a success. If you'd like to volunteer, please go to
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080E45AEA92F4-book/538269 to sign up. Thank you!

Looking for a Fun Event for the Family?

The Raccoon Runners of Mantua Elementary will be running in the City of Fairfax Fire Departments annual 5k run/walk in Old Town Fairfax on Sunday, November 3rd. This is a great family-friendly event for all ages with proceeds from the event going to help our local fire department. Register for the event at:  http://www.cffdfirefighterfund.com/Fundraising/5KRace.aspx


Counselor's Corner
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

 

AAP Information Meeting at Mantua

An Advanced Academics Parent Information Meeting will be held at Mantua Elementary School on Wednesday, November 13th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in room 257. The Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Eva Bousbouras, will provide information about levels of service at Mantua, as well as explain and answer questions about the screening processes for Level IV services. The meeting is open to all 2nd-6th grade base school parents.



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.

Woodson High School Craft Fair

W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax will host the 21st Annual Holiday Happenings Craft Show on Saturday, November 9th from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. This exceptional show features juried handmade arts and crafts. We'll offer a diverse selection that includes: fine arts, jewelry, fiber arts, wood, photography, pottery, giftware, pet accessories, stress relief items & hundreds of holiday collectibles/decorations. There will be approximately 100 exhibitors, and admission is FREE for shoppers.



Translators
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 الإيميل: bkafala@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 почте: hannaz74@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 contactar a Ana 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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