January 28, 2014 | Issue No. 21


​In This Issue:
Important Upcoming Dates
January 29: Enrichment Class Registration Opens at Noon
January 30 & 31: Student Holidays
February 5: Enrichment Class Registration Closes at 9:00 p.m.
February 6: Colonial Day Volunteer Interest Mtg, 4:15 p.m.
February 7: AAP Referral Deadline (new date)
February 13: PTA Meeting
February 14: Box Tops Contest Ends
February 17: School is Open; Make-Up for Jan 2nd Snow Day
February 21: Colonial Day for 4th Graders


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 THIS Wednesday, 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.



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.



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


Webmaster 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.


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




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!


Colonial Day Volunteer Interest Meeting
Colonial Day will be held on Friday, February 21st. We need parent volunteers to make the day a success for our 4th graders. Volunteers can help all day, part of the day, or by supplying donations. Please come to a short volunteer interest meeting on Thursday, February 6th at 4:15 p.m. in Ms. Warner's classroom (room 14.)



AAP Referral Forms 
Due to school closings and mail delays, the Advanced Academics Level IV Referral Forms are now due on Friday, February 7th 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.


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's Dessert on Broadway!
Join us THIS WEEK for the Woodson High School's blockbuster musical revue, DESSERT ON BROADWAY! Enjoy a showcase of song and dance, as Woodson choral students display their impressive talents. Indulge in dessert and coffee at your elegant table in a posh cabaret setting -- complete with dazzling skyline view! Location: W.T. Woodson High School Cavalier Hall 9525 Main Street Fairfax VA 22031. Showtimes: Thursday, January 30th, 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 31st, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 1st, 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Arrive early for dessert and beverages! To order your tickets, visit www.woodsonchorus.org


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
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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