December 17, 2013 | Issue No. 17

​In This Issue:
Important Upcoming Dates
December 16-20 Spirit Week - see themes listed below
December 19: Last Day of SCA Mittens Drive
December 21-January 5: School Closed for Winter Break
January 6: Talent Show Auditions (and Video Auditions)
January 10: PTA Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
January 15: Restaurant Night
January 15: Band Concert
January 23: Strings Concert
January 25: Talent Show

School Office Will Be Closed Over Winter Break
Mantua's main office will be closed over Winter Break and will reopen Monday, January 6th at 8:00 a.m. when students return.

Winter Sing-Along
We have had many calls from parents and family inquiring about the upcoming Winter Sing-Along. As much as we would love everyone to join us, this is the only event we have all 970 students together in one room which greatly limits any additional space. We thank you for understanding that the gym's capacity does not allow us to have parents and families join us on December 20th. Have a wonderful winter break!

Mantua Talent Show 2014

The Mantua PTA is proud to present the 2014 Mantua Talent Show, which will be held on Saturday, January 25th at 5:30 p.m. in the Mantua Gym. (Doors open at 5:00 PM.) Last year we had over 100 kids participating in 59 separate acts! Admission is $3, and your Master of Ceremonies will be Mrs. Fernandez!  New this year, students are invited to submit video auditions by Monday, January 6th or to audition live on January 6th in the Mantua Cafeteria from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Details can be found in your child's Tuesday folder or at If you have any questions, email Ted Donat at Hope to see you there!

Winter Spirit Week
Please see this list for the remainder of Winter Spirit Week.
Tuesday, 12/17: Crazy Winter Themed Hat Day - Wear your craziest cold weather hat
Wednesday, 12/18: White Out - Wear the color of snow from head to toe
Thursday, 12/19: Actively Caring - Wear Green and bring your favorite stuffed animal
Friday, 12/20: Pajama Day and Winter Sing Along

SCA Mittens Drive
The SCA will be collecting new or gently used mittens, hats, and scarves until Thursday, December 19th. All items collected will be distributed to students in need around Fairfax County Public Schools. If you are donating gently used mittens, please pair up the mittens in a ziploc bag. (One pair of mittens per ziploc bag.) Please make sure the mittens are in good condition and clean. If you are donating new mittens, no ziploc bags needed. Please leave the tags on. Place donation items in the specially labeled box by the front office.

Order Your Yearbook Now
Remember: you still have time to place your order for a yearbook. This year's yearbook 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! All orders must be made online at
If you have any questions, please contact us at


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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9107 Horner Court | Fairfax, Virginia 22031
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