January 21, 2014 | Issue No. 20

​In This Issue:
Important Upcoming Dates
January 23: Strings Concert
January 24: Family Skate Night
January 25: Talent Show
January 29: Enrichment Classes Registration Opens at Noon
January 30 & 31: Student Holidays

Enrichment Classes Are Back!

Planning is well underway for Mantua PTA's Spring Enrichment session, a series of weekly hour-long classes that help students build new skills and interests while supporting Mantua ES's core subjects! Our courses will run for 10 weeks (February 24-May 15) and are taught by professional instructors with a passion for their curriculum.
Registration will open on January 29th at 12:00 noon and close on February 5th at 9:00 p.m. We understand that these times may not be convenient for everyone - and, we apologize if registration is difficult for you as a result. However, we feel it’s important to open registration during MemberPlanet’s technical support hours in an attempt to provide the smoothest user experience possible in registration's early hours. 
For more information on this exciting program including class descriptions and how to register, please visit http://mantuapta.org/programs/enrichment.html. Email Shannon Murphy at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com with any questions.

Family Skate Night THIS Friday
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.

Talent Show THIS Saturday Night!
The Mantua PTA is proud to present the 2014 Mantua Talent Show this coming Saturday, January 25th at 5:30 p.m. in the Mantua Gym. Come see 76 of Mantua's Most Talented perform in 44 separate acts! Your Master of Ceremonies will be Mrs. Fernandez. And, admission is only $3 (performers are free, of course!) Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be available starting at 5:15 p.m., so bring the family for dinner and some talent!

Also, we are in need of baked goods to sell - cookies, brownies, cake pops, Rice Krispies treats, etc. Please deliver your individually wrapped baked goods to the concessions area at the back of the gym by 5:15 p.m. on Saturday. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the show!

Order Yearbooks Before Price Increases
Time is running out to purchase your yearbook for $25. Beginning on February 1st, the price of the yearbook will increase to $30. To order your yearbook, go to http://www.jostens.com/apps/shop/yrbk_catalog.asp?cid=238074&pfid=2013071004300304774!

We are still collecting candid class pictures from parents and teachers to include on our class pages. We have to submit all class pages for printing by February 10th. Send your child’s class pictures to mantuayearbooks@gmail.com.

Box Tops Contest
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

Spring Fling: Save the Date!
The Mantua Spring Fling will be held this year on Saturday, March 29th (with a rain date of Sunday, March 30th) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is a new twist on the old carnival with huge inflatables, carnival amusements, food vendors, games, a silent auction, and a marketplace! There will be something for everyone. Come on out, bring the whole family, have a fun day, and support Mantua at the same time!

If you are interested in getting involved with this fun event, please contact merifarling@hotmail.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.

Used Candles Needed for Colonial Day
Do you have any used candles that you'd like to get rid of? We're collecting all unwanted and used candles for a Colonial Day project. There will be a box in the front lobby if you'd like to contribute to our cause. Thank you!

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

Virginia PTA Citizenship Essay Contest
The Virginia PTA is sponsoring the Citizenship Essay Contest again this year. This contest is open to all 6th graders. This year's theme is "Effecting Change...Starting with ME." This essay project allows students to express their views and opinions on “Character or Citizenship.” Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children—tomorrow’s leaders. Visit their website to access the application package for this contest:  http://www.vapta.org. Essays are due to the Mantua PTA mailbox in the front office by Wednesday, January 29th. If you have any questions, contact Julie Middleton, PTA Secretary, at gmandjm@verizon.net

Nominate a Super Teacher Today!
The Virginia PTA is proud to partner with the Virginia Lottery and The Supply Room Companies for the 7th Annual Super Teacher Awards. Nominations will be accepted from anyone 18 and older through Friday, February 14th. Eight teachers from across the state will win $2,000 cash from the Virginia Lottery and a $2,000 credit from the Supply Room Companies. This year, one lucky Teacher will also win a vacation valued at $5,000. To nominate a teacher, visit www.vasuperteacher.com. In addition, please share your nomination with Assistant Principal Amy Alley so that she can announce the nomination to our community. You can reach Ms. Alley at AVAlley@fcps.edu

Woodson HS Dance Camp
Are you looking for something fun for your K-8th grade child to do during teacher work days? Let the Woodson Dance Team provide a fun, safe, healthy experience for them! The dance camp will be held on Thursday, January 30th and Friday, January 31st from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (You can drop off at 8:30 a.m. for an additional $15.) Participation costs $50 for one day, $75 for both days. Campers should bring lunch, snack, and a water bottle. If you have any questions or would like to register, email dancecamp11@yahoo.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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