May 20, 2014 | Issue No. 36

​In This Issue:
Important Dates
Important Upcoming Dates
Now-June 10: SOL Testing​
May 26: School Closed for Memorial Day
May 29: Spring Strings Concert, 7:00 p.m., Woodson HS
May 31: Deadline to Order Yearbooks

SOL Testing Schedule
SOL testing began last week. The remaining SOL schedule is as follows:
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

Yearbook Order Deadline May 31st
The final deadline for placing online order for yearbook is May 31st! Don't wait until the last week of school when chaos reigns. Ordering now ensures that your child gets their yearbook in an orderly fashion and makes it easier for us to organize the distribution. Remaining 100+ copies can be reserved at Just $30 buys a full year worth of memories!

Attention Sixth Grade Parents!
The Sixth Grade Awards Ceremony and End of the Year Party are fast approaching! This year, the awards ceremony will be held on Friday, June 20th in the morning (more details from teachers and school administrators to follow.) After the ceremony, the celebration will commence!
The students will return to their classrooms, change into casual party attire, and enjoy pizza and drinks with their friends. At approximately 12:30 p.m., the kids will head outside with their teachers for a soccer tournament. Our DJ will officially kick off the party at 1:30 p.m. in the gym. The kids will enjoy fun music, hula lessons, a hula hoop contest, limbo, a photo booth, volleyball, aloha basketball, coconut bowling, a class photos montage, an ice cream cart, class cake and snacks, candy leis and great crafts, and other fun surprises and treats! To make all this happen we need several volunteers for the big day! If you are able to help out on June 20th, please visit the following link and donate your time and talents:
Questions about the party? Contact Lesley Kowalski at or Margaret Scheele at

Good Morning Mantua Crew for Next SchoolYear
The Good Morning Mantua (GMM) News Show is looking for applicants for crew positions for the 2014-2015 year. To apply for a position as an anchor or technician, students must complete an application and have it turned in to Ms. Dunfee in the DLC as soon as possible. They must obtain a recommendation from two teachers/specialists and a parent or guardian. Students applying to be anchors are asked to write a paragraph on two or three different themes they would use as content while anchoring.  Only 6th graders can apply for anchor positions, but both 5th and 6th graders can apply to be technicians.
An anchor or technician makes a commitment to:

  • Maintain all classroom academic responsibilities
  • Notify homeroom teacher prior to each turn as technician or anchor
  • Arrive at the Distance Learning Center (room 246) at 8:45 a.m. each day of the week you are assigned
  • Develop the script for each day during lunch time of the week you are assigned (anchors only)
  • Work cooperatively with all members involved in producing GMM each morning
  • Be flexible, creative, and have a good sense of humor

Counselor's Corner
FCPS Parent Resource Center - Register for Upcoming Workshops
Do you need NEW ideas to keep your child happy and learning all summer long? Attend this free, interactive workshop for parents of children with special needs. Too Much Vacation will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services. Register online and download the flyer.
A complete list of upcoming events, workshops, and activities can be found at: Contact the FCPS Parent Resource Center with questions at 703-204-3941 or
Grief Camp for Children and Adults
The Camp will be held on Saturday, June 28th at the Alexandria Country Day School in 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. Our 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.
If you have any questions, contact Celia Fruchterman, LCSW, Grief Counselor, Capital Caring (Hospice), 5568 General Washington Drive Suite A215, Alexandria, VA 22312
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
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:

Congratulations Science Olympiad Team!
Mantua's 2014 Science Olympiad's Div. A team competed in the Olympiad held on May 10th at Kilmer Middle School and placed in almost all the events they participated in. Twenty five schools and over 600 students competed in 18 events. The first 10 places were awarded medals.
Mantua's team was represented by 3rd graders Lilie Puck-Karam, Saina Shibli, Sai Shriya Seenuthoju, Kenan Theeke, Pascal Lu, Ellen Wang Andera, Aryan Rajput, and Amelia Ehlers; 4th graders Ted Tran, Suruthikha Vijay, Luke Eister, Hari Naicker, Eleanor Kim, Clara McAllister, Ashwin Rajesh, Andre Basin, and Abhiram Srivastera; and 5th graders Aadhava Kugarajah, Akash Seenuthoju, Alexandra Cooper, Avi Rosenblum, Bradley Brewington, Devika Mittal, Frankie Frazier, Khang Duong, Nolan Theeke, Riley Skinner, and Ritvik Annadi.
Mantua was awarded: 
1st place: Straw Egg Drop - Alexandra Cooper and Suruthikha Vijay 
3rd place: Mesozoic Paleontology - Abhiram Srivastera and Pascal Lu and Kool Kinematics - Alexandra Cooper and Suruthikha Vijay

4th place: Weather or Not - Ellen Wang Andera and Suruthikha Vijay

5th place: Hello Cytologists! - Eleanor Kim and Suruthikha Vijay

6th place: Mesozoic Paleontology - Clara McAllister and Suruthikha Vijay

7th place: Write It- Do It -Alexandra Cooper and Khang Duong

8th place: Enigma Engineering - Aadhava Kugarajah and Khang Duong

9th place: A Case of Nerves - Ashwin Rajesh and Hari Naicker

​10th place: Virginia Zoologist - Abhiram Srivastera and Khang Duong

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Was a HUGE Success! 
Thanks to all the parents for their generous donations of food and gift cards. Almost every teacher went home with something special! This event would not have been possible if it hadn't been for a few special participants. Thank you to Robert Silkowitz for MCing the event again and keeping smiles on all those who attended. Thank you to Cathy Poungmalai for helping to sponsor the event. Your generosity was appreciated by all. And last, a very special thank you to The Meat House in Fairfax for preparing the wonderful food and being so generous to the Mantua PTA. If you haven't had a chance to stop by, do so! It's a great local business that will be supporting our school for years to come.

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. For more information, please contact


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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