March 11, 2014 | Issue No. 27

​In This Issue:
Important Upcoming Dates
March 11: 6th Grade Party Volunteer Meeting, 9:15 a.m.
March 12: 3rd/4th Grade Basketball Championship Games
March 13: 5th/6th Grade Basketball Championship Games
March 14: XSTEM Science Expo, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
March 17: Group Photos for Yearbook (bring uniforms)
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)

Yearbook Group Photos on Monday!
All school group photos will be taken on Monday, March 17th. If your child is in any school clubs or groups, they will be called to have their group photos taken during the school day. Students are encouraged to wear their basketball jerseys, Girl Scout/Boy Scout uniforms, safety patrol belts, etc. Please have your child bring appropriate uniforms to school on Monday.

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 Basketball Championship Games THIS Week
The PTA Basketball program is holding championship games this Wednesday and Thursday night. The Wednesday night games include the 3rd and 4th grade Girls at 5:50 p.m. and the Boys at 7:30 p.m. Thursday nights’ games include the 5th and 6th grade Girls at 5:50 p.m. and the Boys at 7:30 p.m. All games are held in the Gym. We hope to see you there!

Parent Opinion Survey
As part of Mrs. Fernandez’s evaluation, a random sample of parents will receive a Parent Opinion Survey in the mail. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) administers this survey as part of the principal evaluation process. For those parents who receive this survey, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and return it to the Office of Student Testing in the enclosed postage-paid envelope. The Parent Opinion Survey is completely anonymous. The survey must be returned by Friday, April 4th.

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. You can find all the information you need about the Spring Fling right HERE!

Volunteers Needed - Can You Help?
As with any of our PTA events, we cannot have a successful Spring Fling without the help of volunteers. Can you volunteer to help for one hour? Please visit our VOLUNTEER SITE to see how you can help. Contact Meri Farling 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

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

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.
Parent Training on ADHD in Spanish
This program is sponsored by CHADD of Northern Virginia. Some of the benefits to families are:

  • Gain valuable information and tools to meet difficult challenges
  • Learning to be an effective advocate for child, teen or adult
  • Preserve family relationships
  • Learn to manage treatment
  • Forming new relationships

Dates: Thursday, March 13th, Friday, March 14th, Saturday, March 15th, Friday, March 21st, and Saturday, March 22nd
Location: Willston Multicultural Center, 6131 Willston Drive, Falls Church, VA 22044
Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m. on weeknights; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Fee for classes: $53.00 per family or caregivers (includes one year membership in CHADD) Fee payable to CHADD NoVADC; Contact for more information and registration form: Corina Urdaneta at (240)385-7077 or email Catherine Adams at

Identifying and Navigating Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources  
A 2-evening panel discussion for parents of children, adolescents, and young adults with Asperger's syndrome and related disorders. Click HERE for more information. Register for one or both sessions today! Click HERE to register.
A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders for Children and Adolescents, Tuesday, April 1st; 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Launching Your Young Adult - Transition Strategies, Wednesday, April 2nd; 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Location: JSSA - Ina Kay Building; 200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville, MD 20850
Cost: $15 suggested donation to JSSA per person/couple per session
Meet Mr. Tingley

My name is Brian Tingley and I am a second year student in the School Counseling master’s program at Gallaudet University out of Washington, DC. I will be working with Mrs. Warren at Mantua Elementary school Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m and am involved with the after-school program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students on Thursday evenings. I am originally from Binghamton, NY which is considered upstate. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a minor in Psychology. I have had the opportunity to work with both elementary and high school students in my undergraduate internship. I enjoy going spinning, reading John Grisham books, love to attend state or national counseling conferences, and playing PlayStation 3 with anyone that wants to challenge my winning streak (lost track) in NCAA Football! I am looking forward to working with students, faculty, and staff at Mantua and possibly meeting some families and friends along the way. GO RACCOONS!


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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