March 4, 2014 | Issue No. 26

​In This Issue:
Important Upcoming Dates
March 3-7: Spirit Week (see themes below)
March 7: PTA Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
March 7: LEGO Family Fun Night, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
​March 10: Raccoon Runners Program Begins
March 11: 6th Grade Party Volunteer Meeting, 9:15 a.m.
March 14: XSTEM Science Expo, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
March 18: 6th Grade Party Volunteer Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
March 29: Spring Fling, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
​April 7: Snow Make Up Day (full day)

Snow Make Up Day
The next snow make up day will be Monday, April 7th, which was originally a teacher work day. Like the last snow make up day, it will be a full day of school – 9:10 a.m.-3:50 p.m.

Also, please note: for that make up day, we will follow a Wednesday Week 2 schedule. Students who have band or strings on that scheduled day should bring their instruments.

PTA Meeting THIS Friday
Please join us for this month's PTA meeting on Friday, March 7th at 9:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. There is no better place to learn about upcoming PTA events and hear from our principal Ms. Fernandez about hot school topics.

LEGO Family Night THIS Friday!
Mark your calendar for the Mantua PTA's annual Family Fun LEGO Night this Friday, March 7th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Brian Meny of Brixalot will return with his millions of LEGO and DUPLO pieces to lead the group in building projects. Come with your family and build with us. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no cost to attend.  Contact Kathleen DeCarlo at with any questions.

Mantua XSTEM Science Expo
Want to build a roller coaster, have a balloon race, discover the identity of some mystery powders, make things disappear, create an explosion of colors, create toothpaste for an elephant, be named the Science King or Queen for a day and take part in many more fun hands-on science experiments? Join us at the Mantua XSTEM Science Expo on Friday, March 14th, 4:30-5:30 p.m. to put your gray cells to work. Registration is first come, first served and limited to 30 kids. We will send a confirmation with the venue to families prior to the event. Please sign up HERE! Questions or concerns? Please e-mail

Mantua Spring Fling is Coming!
The Mantua Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, March 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Grab the whole family and come to the school for more fun than you can imagine! There will be gigantic inflatable amusements, carnival activities, games and prizes for everyone as well as local food vendors, a marketplace, and a silent auction featuring prizes from all your favorite teachers and Mantua staff! Don't miss this fun-filled afternoon and a great way to support your school.

As with any of our PTA events, we cannot have a successful day without the help of volunteers. Please visit our VOLUNTEER SITE to see how you can help. Contact Meri Farling at with any questions. 

News about the Jewelry PLUS Sale: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Jewelry PLUS sale has been cancelled. If you have donated items and would like them back, please contact Adele Logan-Galen at If you think you might be interested in taking over this event in the future, please contact Meri Farling at

Box Tops Contest Winner
The winner of the Spring 2014 Box Tops Contest is Ms. Payne's class! Congrats! They have won a pizza party. Thanks to everyone at Mantua for submitting their box tops. In the 2013-14 school year, we raised a total of $1,900! Keep collecting for the next school year when the contest resumes in the fall. Any questions, please contact Sandy Spector at

Read Across America Spirit Week
The SCA would like everyone to participate in Read Across America Week. There are scheduled events through the remainder of this week. Please see the list below to plan your participation:
Wednesday, March 5: Wacky Wednesday – Wear a mismatched outfit!
Thursday, March 6: Zoo Day – Bring a stuffed animal!
Friday, March 7: Pajama Day – Wear your pajamas!

Sixth Grade Graduation Party
Our 6th graders will end this year with the Sixth Grade Award Ceremony followed by a fantastic party! A team of parents transforms the gym into a themed party room. The kids will eat (pizza, cake, etc.) enjoy games and music, and more! This takes lots of planning, so... Volunteer information meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 11th at 9:15 a.m. in the cafeteria and Tuesday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m. in the library (pick one!) to discuss party details and to sign up to help. For more information and to help out, please contact Lesley Kowalski at or Margaret Scheele at

To cover the cost of the party and a 2014 graduate T-shirt, we are collecting $20 from each student. Students wear their T-shirts on their field trip to Gettysburg and for other end of year celebrations. Please send your order form and payment of $20 in cash or a check payable to Mantua PTA to your child's teacher by Friday, March 7th. You can find the order form at

Questions about T-shirts? Contact Shannon Murphy at or Tracy Stickley at

Counselor's Corner
FCPS Opens Registration for 2014 Summer Programs
Registration is now open for Fairfax County Public Schools summer camps as well as the new Robinson Extended Day Adult and Community Education (ACE) Enrichment program. The new enrichment program will provide continuity to the existing camps for a full-day option of academically-focused programs for students. Parents can now register their children for the Institute for the Arts (IFTA), Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), STEM Camp, and Tech Adventure Camp online. Click HERE for more information.
Handling Strong Emotions (Your Children’s and Your Own) Evening Seminar on March 4th
For more information on this parent workshop go to
Welcome Mr. Tingley
Mrs. Warren has a Counseling Intern for the Spring. Brian Tingley is a graduate student at Gallaudet University and will be working assisting with some small groups and classroom lessons through May of this year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact  
Meteorologist Visit
Amelia Segal from News Channel 4 came to talk with 4th grade students about her job as a meteorologist. She also reinforced the topics 4th graders have learned this year. Interested in being a speaker? Have an expertise or career you’d like to share? Email


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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