February 18, 2014 | Issue No. 24

​In This Issue:
Important Upcoming Dates
February 19: Box Tops Contest Ends
February 20: Deadline to Purchase Candy Grams
February 21: Colonial Day for 4th Graders
February 21: FLEX Registration Deadline

February 26: Transition to Middle School Mtg for Parents, 7:00 p.m.
March 7: PTA Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
​March 10: Raccoon Runners Program Begins
March 29: Spring Fling, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Next PTA Meeting: March 7th
The PTA meeting scheduled for February 13th had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. We will convene again on Friday, March 7th at 9:30 a.m.

Colonial Day THIS Friday: Many Volunteers Still Needed!
Colonial Day is fast approaching! We are all getting very excited! This Friday, February 21st, Mantua 4th graders have a whole day of fun at school. To make the day a success, we need several parent volunteers. You do not need to volunteer all day!

There are 3 options for volunteering: 
1. Class Chaperone: Volunteers will travel with your child’s class to the other classrooms for activities.  This has a morning or an afternoon option.

2. Classroom Activity: You’ll assist a teacher helping classes with one of several fun activities, such as making rag rugs, candle making, and quilting. This has a morning or an afternoon option.

3. Lunch Servers: Volunteers will help set up and serve lunch for the 4th grade classes from 11:00-1:15.

If you are available to volunteer, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E45AEA9229-colonial.

Please consider signing up to help our 4th graders on this memorable day! If you have any questions, you can contact your child’s classroom teacher. Thank you!

Box Tops Contest Extended!
The Spring Box Tops Contest is coming to a close! Please send in your box tops through this Wednesday, February 19th. 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.

Candy Gram Deadline Extended!
The deadline to turn in SCA Candy Gram orders is extended until Thursday, February 20th. If your child needs additional order forms, please send them to Ms. Kim (Room 252.) Thank you!

Mantua Spring Fling is Coming!
Save the Date! The Mantua Elementary School 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, the jewelry PLUS sale, and a marketplace! In addition, the Silent Auction will be held during the Spring Fling, featuring all of the teacher-donated items. There will be something for everyone! So come on out, bring the whole family, have a good time and support your elementary school at the same time. For information on being a part of this FUNdraising event, contact merifarling@hotmail.com.

Raccoon Runners Program
The Mantua Raccoon Runners is a positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-6th grades. This program, sponsored by the Mantua PTA, will empower young girls to be true to themselves through lessons in positive body image, health and nutrition and social awareness. This will all be done while we strengthen ourselves through various fitness activities as we train for a 5k run. Any girl in grades 3-6 is eligible to participate.

 The Raccoon Runners is a six-week program that will meet before school Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:00- 9:00 a.m. in the gym starting on Monday, March 10th. We will start our mornings with some sort of physical activity. Exercise will consist of a variety of activities from yoga to strength training and flexibility to 5k conditioning. After our workout and stretch, the girls will have a healthy snack while we cover our lesson for the day. There will be a new lesson each time we meet. Lessons will cover a variety of subjects including health and nutrition, safety, hygiene, emotions, team building, self-esteem, gratitude, social issues for girls and many others.

At the end of the program, the Raccoon Runners will participate in the Raccoon Run 5k on Saturday, May 10th. The permission slip can be found on the PTA website at http://mantuapta.org/documents/rrpermission.pdf.

 If you have any questions, please contact Meri Farling at merifarling@hotmail.com.

FLEX Classes
FLEX classes are now open for registration! FLEX is a world language enrichment program sponsored by FCPS for elementary school children. All classes will run for 10 weeks and cost $159. Classes must have a minimum of 8 students, so sign up today before registration ends on February 21st! Please visit http://www.mantuapta.org/programs/flex.html to register or click on the links below. There may be multiple classes listed, **Be sure to select the class at Mantua Elementary**

Class                      Level                     Day / Time                          Start Date            Grades
Chinese                1                              Thurs 4-5pm                       March 13th           K-3
Chinese                3*                           Fri 4-5pm                             March 14th           1-6
Spanish                1                              Fri 8-9am                             March 21st           1-6

*This course is for native speakers or children who have completed a Level 2 FLEX Chinese course.
Please contact Jennifer Rade at radejk@gmail.com with any questions.

Frost Family Bingo Night
Save the Date for Frost Bingo: Friday, February 21st! Pizza and drinks starting at 6:30 p.m., BINGO starts at 7:00 p.m. Come play for fun and prizes including $100 grand prize, gift cards,movie passes and more! This is Frost PTA's biggest fundraiser of the year so be ready to call BINGO! Questions? Email Miriam Smolen at miriam.smolen@gmail.com. Bingo Order form is on the Frost PTA website. You can pre-order your BINGO tickets and pizza!

First Annual Regional Science Fair for Elementary Students 
Northern Virginia's First Annual Regional Science Fair for Elementary and Middle Schools will take place at George Mason University on Saturday, April 5th. Mantua has signed up to participate. Participation is open to students in grades 1-6, but the number of children who can be sent to the fair from each school is limited. In the likely event that the number of Mantua students who want to participate exceeds our quota, Mantua will hold its own judged science fair the week of March 10th to select the children who are sent on to the Regional Fair.
To find out more about these events, please read the information sheet, then sign up your child here if he/she is interested in participating. If you have any questions, please e-mail mantuasciencefair@gmail.com.

Special Education Conference
The 9th Annual Special Education Conference: Parents + Educators + Students = Success will be held on Saturday, March 1st at Woodson High School from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parents can register online http://www.fcps.edu/dss/conference/ or by phone at 703-204-3941. 

• List of Conference workshops http://www.fcps.edu/dss/conference/2014/workshops.pdf
• Download the conference flier http://www.fcps.edu/dss/conference/2014/flier/ConferenceFlyer.pdf

Strategies for Secondary School Success
This workshop, held on February 24th and March 18th, is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, or Physical Disabilities attending or transitioning to middle or high school. To register download flier and registration form at: http://www.fcps.edu/dss/sei/ABA/index.shtml.
Topics Include:
•          Instructional programming at the secondary level
•          Behavioral programming at the secondary level
•          Moving towards independence
•          Establishing home school routines
•          Planning your child’s transition to middle school/high school

Additional questions, contact:  Liane Sprunk at (571) 423-4110 or lsprunk@fcps.edu or Tina Wilkerson at (571) 423-4156 or twilkerson@fcps.edu

Teenage Drug Use in Fairfax County
The Family Counseling Center of Greater Washington (FCCGW) will hold a FREE seminar with the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness for parents and guardians of adolescent about alcohol & other drugs in Korean. You may have a chance to take a look of real drugs and tools.

When : Tuesday, February 25th at 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Where : The Family Counseling Center of Greater Washington;  1952 Gallows Rd. 3rd floor Conference Room, Vienna, VA 22182
Instructors : Mariam Suqi (FCPS  ATOD Seminar Instructor), Monica Lee, M.S. & M.Ed. (Director of marriage and family counseling), and Yurim Cha, Ph.D. (Senior Researcher)
Contact : 703-761-2225, 2226 / counseling@fccgw.org

​Costa Rica Trip with Ms. Warner
Do you want to be a part of an amazing experience this summer? Do you want to explore what makes our earth so special? If so, come join Ms. Warner on a Costa Rican adventure! There will be an interest meeting on 
Tuesday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the school library.
This summer, Ms. Warner will be leader of the fabulous Costa Rica Trip sponsored by Earth Explore, and she’s inviting all rising 5th, 6th, and 7th graders to join her! Earth Explore is a national program designed to offer 5th - 8th grade students the opportunity to explore their world through travel and hands-on discovery. This amazing trip is currently priced at $2,395 – which includes all meals, all lodging, all ground transportation, and all educational lessons/activities/guides (airfare cost TBD).
The group will leave in late June for travel to Costa Rica. Throughout the trip, students will have the opportunity to see rich landscape and wildlife of this country. You will explore Tortuguero National Park, raft the Rio Pejivalle River, watch a sea turtle lay eggs, visit a local school, go down a zip line in the jungle, hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, go on a horseback ride, and climb to a forest Sky Walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest. During many of these activities, you will view various wildlife species such as sloths, toucans, ocelot, and iguanas.
Please note that Ms. Warner is not doing this as a 4th grade teacher from Mantua but as someone who loves learning, enjoys being outdoors, and wants to have an adventure. This event is not sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools or Mantua Elementary School. This is solely Ms. Warner working with Earth Explore to offer an incredible opportunity to students.
Please take some time to read the information from Earth Explore, visit their website (www.earthexplore.com), and consider this fantastic opportunity. If you want to hear more about the trip before (or after!) signing up, there will be an information session for anyone interested on Tuesday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. If possible, please contact Ms. Warner to let her know if you will attend! You can email Ms. Warner at costaricajune2014@gmail.com. She would appreciate hearing from all of you – interested, thinking, or not interested – so she can get an idea of numbers of students who may join her for this 7-day Costa Rican adventure!

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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