November 19, 2013 | Issue No. 13

​In This Issue:
AnchorImportant Upcoming Dates
November 18-22: Book Fair
November 19: AMC-8 Mathematics Exam at Mantua
November 20 & 21: Thanksgiving Feast
November 22 & 23: Drama Club Presentation
November 27: Early Release for Students
November 28 & 29: School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
November 29-December 5: The 5-Below Fundraiser

AnchorThe Book Fair is HERE!
Book Fair week is finally here! All proceeds from the Book Fair benefit the library. The hours for the Book Fair are as follows:

Monday: 8:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:45 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, and Thursday: 8:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Calling all Book Fair Volunteers!
We still need volunteers to help make the Book Fair a success - especially during the Thanksgiving Luncheons. To signup, please go to: Thank you!

AnchorDrama Club Presents Keeper of the Tales
Keeper of the Tales, written by Tim Wright, invites you to the bazaar, where a wise old beggar will set your imagination on a magic carpet ride through tales filled with laughter, love and life lessons. When a spoiled young princess comes across the storytelling beggar in the marketplace, she gets more than what she came for... and is forever changed by it. Featuring lesser-known stories such as “The Husband and the Parrot,” “The Donkey Driver and the Two Thieves” and “The Fisherman and the Genie” among others, the beggar skillfully brings the stories alive, highlighting the unique morals of each. Be whisked away with the princess to explore tales filled with talking animals, light-hearted comedy, spectacular miracles and timeless lessons for audiences of all ages.

Join us Friday, November 22nd at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at Mantua ES for this wonderful production. Tickets at the door: $8 adults, $5 children.

Anchor5-Below Fundraiser!
5-Below has everything for your holiday shopping needs and the best part is that EVERYTHING is $5 or less! Even better, from Black Friday, November 29th -Sunday, December 8th, 5-Below in Fair City Mall is giving back 10% of every dollar purchased to the Mantua PTA. All you have to do is print this flyer and bring it in with you: Please note: you must have the flyer with you for Mantua to receive the 10%!

For more holiday shopping ideas that benefit our school, see the next section below.

What Happened to the Link?
For all of you who have missed the easy link to the Mantua PTA Amazon account, it is back and very easy to find!

Simply go to , and you will find the Amazon link on the front page of the Mantua PTA website. From there, you can shop to your heart's content, and the Mantua PTA will get a percentage of all sales. Don't just stop at, you can shop at multiple stores through the BookBenefit link, including Bob's Shoes and many educational websites. Holiday shopping just got easier and you will be giving back to our school with every dollar you spend!

MATHCOUNTS Resumes on December 5th
Please note: There will be no MATHCOUNTS meetings on Thursday, November 21st or 28th. Meetings will resume on December 5th at 7:30 p.m. in room 242.

Spirit Wear
The PTA Spirit Wear Sale has ended for the 2013-14 school year. All orders have been delivered. If you have not received your order please contact Kathleen DeCarlo at If you missed the sale, then it may not be too late. There are a few unsold items for sale to include t-shirts, hoodies, sweat pants, basketball shorts and pajama pants varying in colors and sizes. They will be on sale during the Thanksgiving luncheons on Wednesday, November 20th and Thursday, November 21st outside the cafeteria. Come and take a look. There may be something for you. The next sale is scheduled for the fall 2014.

AnchorMantua Yearbooks
The Mantua Yearbook coordinators are happy to inform you that it's time to place an order for your 2013-14 yearbook! Our yearbook this year will be slightly bigger, with more candid photos for each class. It will have a soft laminated cover as well – and, all of it for the same price as last year's book - only $25!

Please note that in order to cut costs, you may place your orders ONLINE only. Keep an eye out for an email from Jostens with the instructions on how to place your order on their website. If you experience any difficulty, please contact us. We encourage you order your yearbook in the next couple of weeks. Your prompt response will assure that it gets printed and shipped to your child on time at the end of the year and that you will avoid an additional late-order charge of $10. The Jostens website is

Also, please remember to take pictures during your student’s class parties, outings, and other school events and submit them to us at the email address listed below. Please be sure to put your teacher's name in the subject line.

If you would like an additional copy of the yearbook from last year or the year before, the PTA has extra copies still available for purchase - $15. If you have any questions, please contact us at or call Yelena Jones at 703-501-9597.

STEM Newsletter
Issue #7 of the Elementary and Middle School STEM Times newsletter is now available: Students can learn how to extract DNA from just about anything, how a teenager in California made a huge scientific discovery, and how a cucumber becomes a pickle.  Find out how a Western Kentucky University professor has taken his interest in the universe to new heights. Meet a junior whose decision to attend TJ has opened up a new world within the human brain.   This and much more is available through our STEM Resources Section at, where students can find older editions of our newsletter, online STEM activities, STEM events in the area, and clubs/competitions to explore science, technology, engineering, and math.

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: If you need to have a document translated into Arabic, please
  • 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。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: или 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 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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