January 14, 2014 | Issue No. 19

​In This Issue:
Important Upcoming Dates
January 15: Restaurant Night
January 15: Band Concert
January 20: MLK, Jr. Day - Student Holiday
January 23: Strings Concert
January 24: Family Skate Night
January 25: Talent Show

Restaurant Night THIS Wednesday
The Mantua PTA will host a Family Fun Night Out at Chipotle Mexican Grill at 9506 Main Street in the Pickett Shopping Center this Wednesday, January 15th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Come and dine-in or takeout. Order Chipotle's delicious burritos, tacos and salads, or choose from a kid's menu that includes tacos or quesadillas served with chips and a drink. Present the Mantua PTA Chipotle flyer at the time of purchase for the school to receive 50% of the evening's proceeds. Flyers are coming home in Tuesday folders or can be found at  http://mantuapta.org/documents/chipolte2014.pdf. It will be a fun time for all. Buen provecho!

Enrichment Classes are Back!
It's time for enrichment again! This time around the PTA is offering a 10-week session straddling winter and spring. The sessions will run from approximately February 24th through May 15th. Look for more information about classes and registration in next Tuesday's Alert News, but plan that registration will begin sometime during the last week of January.  If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Murphy at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com.

Family Fun Skate Night
Back by popular demand:  Mantua Skate Night! Mark your calendars for this family fun evening at Fairfax Ice Arena on Friday, January 24th from 4:45 to 6:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend this event, but for those who ice skate, there is a discounted admission fee of $5.50 at the door when mentioning Mantua Elementary School PTA. Skate rental is an additional $3.00. Don't hesitate to come if you are a beginner on the ice. The PTA has hired a skating buddy to instruct the first 30 beginners who come and sign up. There will be a sign up sheet for a lesson available in the Mantua hospitality room located behind the ice floor in the arena. Remember to dress for cool temperatures. Jacket, pants, hat, and gloves are suggested along with a bike helmet for novices. This is a fun event not to miss! Contact Kathleen DeCarlo at kdecarlo@verizon.net with any questions. 

Spring Box Tops Contest Begins!
The Spring Box Tops Contest is under way! Please send in your box tops through Friday, February 14th. Our goal is to raise $1,500.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.

The winning class will be announced early March.
A list of participating products can be found on: www.boxtops4education.com and www.labelsforeducation.com. Ask your neighbors, co-workers, and local businesses to help you collect. Note that we collect BOTH Box Tops & Labels for Education! If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Spector at sandy.spector@gmail.com

Sixth Grade Party Chair Needed!
At the end of the school year, the 6th graders have a wonderful end of year party together following the Award Ceremony. The party has been done for many years, and there is an extensive notebook of details on food, entertainment, decorations, etc. The jobs are broken down so the entire party doesn't rest on one parent's shoulders; however, we do need one or two parents to co-chair this event. If you are interested in chairing the Sixth Grade End of Year Party, please contact Teresa at teresalemair@aol.com

Web Master Needed
The Mantua PTA is in need of a Web Master to update and maintain the PTA website as needed throughout the year. Please contact Paige Rushing at paigerushing@gmail.com for details.

Spring Fling!
New this year! The Mantua Spring Fling will be held (in leiu of our traditional Carnival) on Saturday, March 29th, with the rain date of Sunday, March 30th. We are still in the planning stages for this new event, trying to create a day of fun that joins some new activities and games with some of our carnival traditions. If you would like to be involved and/or take a committee chair position, please contact Meri Farling at merifarling@hotmail.com.

Spaces Left in the Division A Science Olympiad Team
If you missed the Academic Competitions meeting in October, Mantua's Division A Science Olympiad Team still has a few openings for 3rd-5th graders interested in competing in the spring. Families interested in participating should peruse the manual with their child to select events of interest and fill out the registration form by Thursday, January 16th.

Please click here to view the Manual.

Please click here to  Sign Up!

There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Tuesday, January 21st at 6:00 p.m. in the Mantua library to finalize event selections. Questions? Please e-mail mantuaolympiaddiva@gmail.com.

AAP Referral Forms 
Advanced Academics Level IV Referral Forms are due on Monday, February 3rd for students in grades 2-6. Fairfax County Public Schools provides a continuum of gifted services for students. While some levels of these services are provided to all students, other students must be considered eligible through a school/district committee. If you wish to refer your child for consideration for these additional services, the deadline is Monday, February 3rd for submitting the form to the Mantua office. More information and a link to the referral form can be found at http://www.fcps.edu/is/aap/index.shtml. If you wish to have a paper copy of the referral, please contact the school office. Please submit any questions to Mantua’s Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Eva Bousbouras. at Vaitsa.Bousbouras@fcps.edu.  

Counselor's Corner
SAVE THE DATES – Important Dates for 6th Grade Parents
At Mantua: 6th Grade Parent Workshop – Transitioning to Middle School
February 26th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria (Frost parents) and Library (Luther Jackson parents)
Meet Middle School Counselors, learn more about the process, and ask any additional questions you may have.
At Frost MS: Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation
February 20th (Snow date: February 27th)
Main Session - 6:15 p.m.
At Luther Jackson MS: Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night
February 24th
*Check back for more information on important dates and activities in coming weeks. Information will also be sent home in Tuesday folders
Mantua’s Peer Mediation Program
Mantua offers Peer Mediation as an option for students to resolve conflicts. Select 6th graders have been trained in brief conflict resolution and the mediation process (introductions, going over the ground rules, getting each student’s side of the story, finding out what each student needs, brainstorming solutions, and coming up with an agreement that both sides are happy with). Parents, teachers, or students may make a referral by contacting Mantua’s Mediation Coordinator, Allison Warren. Both students must be willing to attend Mediation and agree to solve the conflict. All Mediations are supervised by Mrs. Warren. If the issue involves more than 2 students or a violation of the SR&R, Mediation would not be appropriate. If you would like to opt your child out of these services or if you have any questions, please email Allison.Warren@fcps.edu

Virginia PTA Citizenship Essay Contest
The 2013-14 theme is “Effecting Change…Starting with ME”. This essay project is for students in grades 6-12. The deadline is February 1, 2014. Prizes include: $1,000 savings bond for 1st place; $500 savings bond for 2nd; $250 savings bond for 3rd. Application Forms are available on the Virginia PTA website: www.vapta.org. Contact info@vapta.org or phone 804-264-1234 for more information.

Mantua Directories Are In!
The Mantua school directories are in.   If you are a PTA member and did not get one or are interested in getting a copy, please contact Meri Farling at merifarling@hotmail.com

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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