May 13, 2014 | Issue No. 35

​In This Issue:
Important Dates
Important Upcoming Dates
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

SOL Testing Begins
Students in grades 3-8 will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning Tests beginning this week. It will be very helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school during this time period. Also, it will help your child perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night's rest, a healthy breakfast, and comes to school with a positive attitude. The SOL schedule is as follows:

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

Counselor's Corner
2014 NOVA STEM Career Festival on May 17th
In an effort to encourage students to pursue careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, the Mount Vernon High School Pyramid, the NOVA STEM Alliance, and the Alexandria-Fairfax Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., are sponsoring the 2014 NOVA STEM Career Festival on Saturday, May 17th, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon High School, a Fairfax County public school. Students aged 9 to 18 and their parents are welcome to attend the free NOVA STEM Career Festival to meet STEM professionals, engage in STEM activities, and learn more about opportunities in the STEM fields. Students can participate in tech demonstrations and experiments while STEM practitioners provide parents, teachers, and community leaders with strategies for promoting STEM and its career opportunities. Students interested in attending are encouraged to register for the NOVA STEM Career Festival online.
Representatives from the following organizations will participate in this year's festival:

  • Alexandria-Fairfax Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.
  • U.S. Patent and Trade Office.
  • D.C. Department of Transportation.
  • Art Way Alliance.
  • National Institutes of Health.
  • iSTEMS Inc.
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Comcast.
  • Friends of Arlington's Planetarium.
  • Northern Virginia Community College.
  • Software Theoretic.

Note: Mount Vernon High School is located at 8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd. in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. For more information, contact Marcel Anderson, NOVA STEM Alliance coordinator, Alexandria-Fairfax Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., STEM Committee Chairman, at

Free Financial Counseling
Our Daily Bread (ODB) is offering one hour of free one-on-one financial counseling at their Financial Counseling Clinics (FCCs) in Herndon and Alexandria.  ODB also offers Thrifty Thursday/Shape Up Your Finances budgeting classes and financial mentoring program. At these clinics clients have the opportunity to pull a free credit report and meet one-on-one with a certified financial planner for up to an hour.
Locations: Next clinic is Wednesday, May 14th at Sacramento Neighborhood Center, 8792-E Sacramento Drive, Alexandria, 22309. Call 571-255-8968 to pre-register.
Thrifty Thursday Budgeting Classes: Free, small budgeting classes offered on various dates at three locations in Fairfax County (Annandale, Alexandria, and Chantilly.) Call: 703-273-8829 for dates and to pre-register.
REC-PAC Summer Program Registration
REC-PAC Summer Program registration time is here! There are scholarships available (parents will need Free & Reduced Meal Acceptance letter.) If you are not familiar with REC-PAC, please become so by visiting:
Camp Invention
Camp Invention is the only national 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.
For additional information and to register, go to
Session Dates/Locations:
Waynewood Elementary School: July 7 - July 11
Fort Hunt Elementary: August 4 - August 8

Raccoon Run Wrap Up 
Thank you all for making this 14th annual Raccoon Run another successful race! Over 300 runners, a looming balloon arch with raccoon ears, Rocky giving hugs, and lovely weather all made for a perfect race day through the neighborhood streets of Mantua.

Again, thank you to all who participated, donated, volunteered, cheered, and most of all supported Life with Cancer in memory of Mantua's teacher, Roberta Romano. The preliminary total to be donated to LWC is $7,000 which will help victims and their families with the challenges of cancer.

Here are some special winners:
For the 5K, Reuben Hemmerdinger and Daphne Felt placed 1st in the under 11 group, and Jack Lemiux and Jesse Silkowitz placed 1st in the 11-14 year old age group. For the Fun Run, 2nd grader Jack Garwood was the first to cross the finish line, followed closely by fellow 2nd grade classmate, Ansley Jones. The Awesome Class Participation Award goes to Ms Warner's 4th grade class with a special thanks to Ms. Warner for participating in the Run, which made the difference as she counted twice. The class wins a Pizza/Ice Cream celebration!

We’d also like to give a big thank you and congratulations to those who participated in the Pledge program and raised special donations to LWC. We will have those totals next week. Please turn in your pledge packets this week.

Thank you to Mrs. Fernandez, the PE staff, the front office staff, the Kids Care Club, the Woodson Young Hearts, the many volunteers, our sponsors, the runners, and everyone else who made this year's race a huge success! Check out for race results. See you in 2015!

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


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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