April 22, 2014 | Issue No. 32

​In This Issue:
Important Upcoming Dates
April 23: Spring Picture Day
April 26: All-County Chorus Festival, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Hayfield Secondary School
May 5: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
May 5-9: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 10: Raccoon Run

Raccoon Run

Spring is here, and the RACCOON RUN is just around the corner! The 14th annual 5K and Mile Fun Run is Saturday, May 10th at 8:00 a.m. Please visit www.raccoonrun.org for more information and to register. 

Students are encouraged to collect donations from family and friends to support their participation. Turn in Pledge envelopes to the office or on race day. All proceeds benefit Life with Cancer. In addition, the class with the most registered for the run will win a free pizza and ice cream party!! 

Volunteers are needed on Race Day to make this our 14th year another success. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer Lewis-Cooper at jalcooper@aol.com or 703.966.8304.

Thanks again for your support. See you on Race Day!!

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 5-9th!
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5th-May 9th! It is the perfect opportunity to show our teachers just how much we appreciate all of their hard work and dedication to the class. Over the years, it has become a tradition at Mantua to do a “little something” each day for our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week (SHHH, it's a surprise.) Each thing is totally voluntary; you can do none, some, or all!

Also, don’t forget our wonderful specialists – PE, Art, Italian, IA’s, Reading Teachers, etc. We have so many wonderful staff members at Mantua that are deserving of some recognition.

 Bring in ONE flower (not one bouquet, one flower.) You can buy this flower, but you can also send in something from your garden.
Tuesday – Bring in a card (handmade or bought) or picture or crafty handmade item.
Wednesday – Bring in one sweet treat:  one Hershey’s Kiss, one homemade cookie, etc.
Thursday – Bring in one school supply: Post it notes, a Sharpie, disinfecting wipes, stickers, etc.
Friday - Bring in one piece of fruit.

Some room parents may be sending out additional information for your classroom. If you have questions, please contact Teresa at teresalemair@aol.com.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
To honor our wonderful educators, the Mantua PTA will host the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon in the library on Monday, May 5th, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Teachers will enjoy delicious food courtesy of the grateful Mantua parents. 

To do this we will need LOTS OF HELP! Please consider providing the food items assigned to your child's grade or family as follows:

Family 1: Desserts! Cookies, brownies, cakes and pies - you bake it, we'll take it!
Family 2: Bottled water, sparkling water, and bottled iced tea
Family 3: Cut fresh fruit and berries
3rd Grade: Cut fresh fruit and berries
4th Grade: Salad dressings
5th Grade: Cut fresh vegetables
6th Grade: Bags of salad and salad dressings

If you are interested in providing a pasta dish for the buffet, please contact Meri Farling or Deanna Firth-Freemyer.

Please note: Food dishes and items not requiring refrigeration should be brought to the library starting at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 5th or sent to school with your child. We'll have baker's racks set up to receive your items at the school entrance. Items that require refrigeration should be brought directly to the library before 12:30 p.m. or contact one of us and we'll make arrangements.

If possible, use disposable containers and utensils. If you need your container returned, please label it with your full name. Dishes will be held in the office for you to pick up.

Volunteers are also needed to help with set up, clean up, and to provide a helping hand during the luncheon. If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to be a volunteer, please contact the PTA Hospitality co-chairs, Meri Farling at 703-354-5750 or merifarling@hotmail.com or Deanna Firth-Freemyer at firthfreemyer@yahoo.com

PTA Executive Board for 2014-15
Thank you to all the nominees for the 2014-15 PTA Board Slate. We are happy to announce the following parent leadership for Mantua ES PTA:

President: Julie Middleton
Vice President Programs Co-Chairs:  Lisa Libby & Ellen Lemieux
Vice President Fundraising:  Meri Farling
Treasurer:  no nominees yet
Secretary:  Teresa LeMair

As per the bylaws, nominations for all positions will be accepted from the floor during elections in June.

The Treasurer job description includes:

  • Process all receipts including cash and checks from all functions; assist with and sign off on cash counting at functions involving cash
  • Process all payables including 100 (approx.) teacher/admin checks in September, reimbursements and vendor payments
  • Renew insurance, tax exempt certification and PTA affiliation annually
  • Maintain and present income statement at each meeting; respond to questions about current transactions and prior year activities as needed
  • Create budget each year with input from the board and maintain actual to budget comparison throughout the year
  • Complete and submit taxes each year (July) for non-profit - very time consuming and helps if you have some knowledge of tax
  • Prepare reports and documentation for annual audit

Note - we will process approximately $150k this school year

If you have any questions and/or are interested in the Treasurer position, 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.

Counselor's Corner
Camp Invention
Camp Invention, a Nationally Acclaimed Summer Enrichment Program, Kicks Off the Summer by Inspiring Young Minds. The camp is for Rising Students in Grades 1-6. The sessions are at

  • Waynewood Elementary School: July 7 - July 11
  • Fort Hunt Elementary: August 4 - August 8

Camp Invention is the only nationally educational program recognized for fostering innovative-thinking, real-world problem solving, and the spirit of invention. The weeklong day camp experience for students entering grades 1-6 encourages inventive young minds through "Morphed!" curriculum. This curriculum immerses students in hands-on activities, such as building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle, and disassembling electronics to build an insect-themed pinball machine. Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in those communities. Link for additional information, or to find the nearest location for registration:  www.campinvention.org.
Month of the Military Child Local Events
April is MONTH 0F THE MILITARY CHILD. All events are free and open to all branches of services on and off the Fort Belvoir installation. Download calendar of events at:  www.BelvoirMWR.com. For additional information, contact Megan O'Day, School Liaison Officer, School Support Services, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir at 703-805-9119.
STEM Camps for Elementary and Middle School Girls
The non-profit, Girls Inspired & Ready to Lead, Inc., has partnered with George Mason University College of Science to host two STEM camps this summer, one for middle school girls of color (rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders) and the other for boys and girls in elementary school (rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.)For additional information, contact Danielle Blunt, Founder/Director, Girls Inspired & Ready to Lead, Inc. at 571-224-4287, www.girlsinspiredinc.org, Facebook.com/girlsinspiredinc, or Twitter: @girlsinspired2.
 ABA Workshop for Parents of Student with Autism-April 23
This workshop is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, or Physical Disabilities. Download flier at  http://www.fcps.edu/dss/sei/ABA. To register, contact Liane Sprunk at 571-423-4110 or lsprunk@fcps.edu and provide your name and contact information (phone number and/or email) in case we need to contact you. For questions: Contact Tina Wilkerson at (571) 423-4156 or at twilkerson@fcps.edu.

Summer Arts Enrichment Programs
Please look at information found at the links below about the Summer Arts Enrichment Programs being held at Robinson High School in July.
Elementary Institute for the Arts
Institute for the Arts
All Summer Programs

USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo
The 'Super Bowl' of Science: Don’t Miss the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo April 26-27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center – FREE OF CHARGE!

Imagine chatting with Marie Curie and Ben Franklin, flying a simulated jet fighter, creating your own inventions using the latest in DIY and 3D printing technology, building an underwater robot, learning from science advisers of such hit TV shows as Breaking Bad and The Big Bang Theory, hanging out with basketball great and science motivator Kareem Abdul Jabbar, exploring the science behind extreme sports and Hollywood movie stunts, and being wowed by planetary science heroes, best-selling authors, science celebrities, magicians and comedians.

These are just a few of the over 3,000 interactive exhibits and live performances planned for the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, http://www.usasciencefestival.org/ April 26-27 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC.

Bring your entire family to the Festival’s Finale Expo and give them the experience of a lifetime!  


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.
  • 혹시 한국어로 번역된 자료가 필요하시면 좌승관씨에게 연락주세요(skjwa7@gmail.com).

We are still looking for a Vietnamese translator 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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