May 6, 2014 | Issue No. 34

​In This Issue:
Important Dates
Important Upcoming Dates
May 5-9: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 10: Raccoon Run
May 13: SOL Testing Begins (see full schedule bel0w)
May 13: Spring Band Concert, 7:00 p.m.
May 19: Kindergarten Orientation, 2:00 p.m.
​May 26: School Closed for Memorial Day
May 29: Spring Strings Concert, 7:00 p.m., Woodson HS

Teacher Appreciation: May 5-9!
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

Raccoon Run is THIS Saturday, 8:00 a.m.
Come out this Saturday, May 10th and join Rocky, the Kids Care Club, and Woodson Young Hearts for this fabulous community event supporting Life with Cancer. There will be a Health Fair with local vendors and this year a real treat: The School of Rock Band in Vienna will play with Mantua alum, Connor McClain. The band is part of the international charity bringing awareness to the bone marrow registry! Check it out at

Here are the race details:
1. Packet Pickup/Registration—Friday, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at school. Also on race day until 8:00 a.m.
2.  Fun Run—8:00 a.m. The starting line is on Colesbury Place. Arrive early and look for Rocky!
3.  5K—8:30 a.m.  The starting line is at the Kiss & Ride.
4.  Great prizes—Turn in your pledge packets.
5. Pizza party—For the class with the most participants. Teachers count double.                                                                                    
Register and for more info: If you have questions and/or would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer Lewis-Cooper at or 703-966-8304. Thanks again for your support. See you on Race Day!

SOL Test Schedule for Mantua
May 13– 3rd grade Reading part 1
May 14– 3rd grade Reading part 2
May 15 – 5th grade Reading
May 16 – 6th grade Reading
May 20 – 4th grade Reading
May 22 – 5th grade Science
May 23 – 6th grade Math
May 28 – 4th grade Math
May 30 – 3rd grade Social Studies
June 3 – 3rd grade Science
June 4 – 4th grade Virginia History
June 5 – 5th grade Math
June 6 – 6th grade U.S. History
June 10 – 3rd grade Math

Yearbooks Still Available to Order
There are only 200 copies of this year’s Mantua Yearbook available for purchase! If your student is one of the over 600 students who has not yet pre-ordered, than you have to hurry and place you order. Once all the yearbooks are sold, no more will be printed.

Compared to previous years, the 2014 Mantua Yearbook has a laminated cover and is larger in size. It has three times more pictures on every class page and is just FULL OF MEMORIES! If you would like your child to have a yearbook on the last day of school, please hurry! You can order your $30 yearbook online at

The Yearbook Committee appreciates all who have contributed pictures for this year. Since the final copy is set for printing, they cannot accept any more photos. Thank you!

6th Grade Party – Aloha, Mantua!
Committees are formed and plans are underway for this year's Sixth Grade Party, "Aloha, Mantua!" The party is scheduled for Friday, June 20th, following the Sixth Grade Awards Ceremony (more details to follow in upcoming Alert News editions.) We've received some generous donations from our wonderful sixth grade parents, and others have asked about donating or sponsoring party items. If you're interested in donating a party item or contributing in some additional way to the cost of the party, please contact Lesley Kowalski or Margaret Scheele. Looking forward to a great event!

Counselor's Corner
Grief Camp for Children and Adults-June 28th
The Camp will be held on Saturday, June 28th at the Alexandria Country Day School, 2400 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA. The Camp will be held from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. There is no charge for the program. It is for children ages 6-14 years of age and their parents who have lost a loved one in the last 18 months. The children's camp and the adult program will be at the same location but will be separate programs.  Both offer a combination of group discussion, expressive art, and music/recreational activities. Their goal is to help children and adults create friendships, while addressing feelings and memories related to the death of a family member. Children are welcome with or without an attending parent. For more information, contact Celia Fruchterman, LCSW, Grief Counselor, Capital Caring (Hospice) at 703-333-6960, ext. 8511

FCPS Families in Free Meals Program May Be Eligible for Low-Cost Internet Program
Fairfax County Public Schools families who are enrolled in the free meals program may be eligible for Cox Communications’ new Connect2Compete program, which provides broadband Internet connectivity to low-income families. Connect2Compete supplies broadband Internet access to low-income, unconnected families who live in Fairfax County, enabling children to have Internet access at home for homework help, online educational materials, and job searches. Qualifying families—those who are eligible for free meals and who meet other criteria—will be offered Internet service for $9.95 per month, a free modem rental, free installation, and a price guarantee for two years. For more information about the program, call 1-855-222-3252 or visit Families who live in areas served by Comcast may be able to get low-cost Internet and computers through the Comcast Internet Essentials program. Call 1-855-846-8376 or visit

Announcing the PTA Mantua Homes Tour!
Explore beautiful Mantua homes with inspiring renovations and additions! Gather new and exciting ideas for your own home. Rediscover what makes our neighborhood one of the best places on earth to live! Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 8th. Tickets will be available for sale soon and will cost just $20 per person.
Do you have a project that you would like to share? We are looking for inspiring renovations and home owners who would like to share their experiences. For more information, please contact

Woodson High School Girls Basketball Camp
This summer, girls ages 8-14 can be a part of the Woodson High School Basketball Camp. The camp will be held at Woodson from July 14-18, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The camp will strive for a fun learning experience to help each player improve her skill and knowledge of the game. Cost of the camp is $175, and each camper will receive a camp t-shirt and basketball. For more information and to register, please visit You can also contact Coach Bob Fall, WT Woodson’s Girls Varsity, at

Costa Rican Adventure 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, 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 $2395 – which includes all meals, lodging, 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. 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.
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 FCPS 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 their website ( and consider this fantastic opportunity. If you are interested in hearing more, please email Ms. Warner at!


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.
  • 혹시 한국어로 번역된 자료가 필요하시면 좌승관씨에게 연락주세요( If you need to have a document translated into Korean, please contact Seungkwan Jwa

We are still looking for a Vietnamese translator 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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