April 1, 2014 | Issue No. 30


​In This Issue:
Important Upcoming Dates
April 3: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
April 4: Third Grading Period Ends
​April 7: Snow Make Up Day (full day)
April 9: Restaurant Night at Elevation Burger, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
April 10: Heritage Showcase & Literacy Night, 6:00-8:00 p.m.



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 Thursday
Please join us this week for the monthly PTA meeting on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. There is no better place to learn about upcoming PTA events and hear from our principal Ms. Fernandez about hot school topics.


Literacy Night/Heritage Night on April 10th
Please join us on Thursday, April 10th for Literacy Night. Parents are invited to accompany their children to learn about literacy at Mantua Elementary. Your child will be your tour guide. Begin the evening in the gym at 6:00 p.m. for our school's Heritage Showcase. Following that, you can go to your child's classroom at 7:00 p.m. when Literacy Night begins. We hope to see you there!


Restaurant Night on April 9th
Mark your calendar for a dinner out with the Mantua PTA on Wednesday, April 9th between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Elevation Burger in the Pickett Shopping Center. Bring your family and join friends for a fun night out. We will dine on burgers, fries and shakes. Only 100% USDA certified organic, grass fed, free range beef is used for burgers.  All menu items are fresh and flavorful. Visit www.elevationburger.com for a complete menu. And, 10% of ALL sales during the event will go to the Mantua PTA! No flyers will be required at the time of purchase. Bon appetit!


PTA Executive Board Openings
What are your interests, how can you support PTA programs and Mantua families? Mantua PTA is recruiting for next year and is looking for nominees for the PTA Executive Board positions of President, Vice President of Programs and Vice President of Fundraising, Treasurer and Secretary. We are also looking for new committee chairs. We have many seasoned volunteers that can answer your questions about the position responsibilities and time commitment. We have continuity books, calendar of events and lots of helping hands willing to get you started and help you along the way if you need. It just takes you to see if there is something that fits your interest and talent and then reach out to one of us. There are many ways to serve and there is something for everyone no matter where you are in your volunteer career. Please consider sharing your time and talents on the PTA Board.

Contact the Nominating Committee of
Monica Cameron at monica.cameron@cox.net,
Shannon Murphy at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com,
Lisa Libby at lisa.a.libby@gmail.com, and
Liz Schatzman at lizschatzman@gmail.com.



The Spring Fling Was A GO!
In spite of the weather (snow on March 30th???), the Mantua PTA put together a Spring Fling to be remembered! Thanks to all who braved the elements and came out and joined us for a fun filled day. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who gave of their time so we could have this fun event. A very special THANK YOU to Anne and Sarah Harrington, Judy Wonus, Mary Thyfault Clark, Cindy Pungmalai, and Tom Zoukas for helping to sponsor our event. And last, to Lori Recher, Teresa LeMair, Julie Middleton, Avril Donat, and most especially Meri Farling who gave of their time so selflessly, thank YOU!


Congratulations to Destination Imagination Teams!
Mantua was well represented at the recent Destination Imagination Northern Virginia Regional Tournament in Stafford, VA with seven teams. Three Mantua teams are advancing to the State Competition. Participants included:
 

  • Amazingly Energetic Artists: Sarah Hasson, Sophie Labys, Eden Lankford. Received 1st place in the Fine Arts Challenge and a special recognition, the Renaissance Award.
  • Awesome Builder Beavers: Sydney Cui, Akash Jagadeesh, Arjun Jagadeesh, Clara McAllister. Received 2nd place in the Structural Challenge.
  • Couch of Chocolate: Austin Cui, Andre Mao, Veera Pala. Participated in the Rising Stars Challenge.
  • E.E.E. – Europa Extreme Explorers: Ellen Wang Andera, Maggie Clarke, Alexandra Cooper, Hari Naicker, Ashwin Rajesh, Abhiram Srivastava, Suruthikha Vijay. Received 1st place in the Scientific Category.
  • Freezing Friends: Benjamin Hall, Vyochana Mamillapalli, Audrey Reese, Diya Sarah Selvan, Krishna Swaminathan, Valli Swaminathan. Competed in the Scientific Challenge.
  • Friendly Warrior Girls: Diya Maria Antony, Myrah Katari, Sri Hasini Naicker, Kalyani Srivastava, Saketha Vijay. Participated in the Rising Stars Challenge.​
  • Muffin Men: Jack Klein, Alex Klein, Walter Kowalski, Joseph Kratz, Jay Sorkin, Neil Sorkin. Competed in the Scientific Challenge.



Costa Rica Trip
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!
 
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 trip will be from July 26th-August 2nd. Throughout the trip, students will have the opportunity to see rich landscape and wildlife of this country. We 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, the group will view various wildlife species such as sloths, toucans, ocelot, and iguanas.
 
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 Taylor Warner working with Earth Explore to offer an incredible opportunity to students.
 
Please take some time to read the information from Earth Explore, visit www.earthexplore.com, and consider this fantastic opportunity. If you are interested in hearing more, please email Ms. Warner at costaricajune2014@gmail.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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