May 27, 2014 | Issue No. 37

​In This Issue:
Important Dates
Important Upcoming Dates
Now-June 10: SOL Testing​ Continues
May 29: Spring Strings Concert, 7:00 p.m., Woodson HS
May 31: Deadline to Order Yearbooks
June 8: Mantua Homes Tour
June 10, 11, 12: Field Days
June 12: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
June 14: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program Celebration Lunch
June 20: Sixth Grade Award Ceremony and Party
June 25: Last Day of School

Input from Parents in Regards to 2014-15 Class Placements
This summer will be a very busy one for the administration as they finalize staff and prepare for the new school year. If you have specific information that you feel they would not already be aware of that would make a difference in placing your child, please send a succinct email to
Just a reminder, it is not helpful to state the desire for a specific teacher. Ironically, over the years, they have noted that parents do not always pick the best match for their children. They do not have the benefit of knowing the different teacher’s personalities and teaching styles, as the administrators do. The administrators work many days to thoughtfully complete class placements. Parent requests for specific teachers can often throw off the dynamics of this process and cause a classroom to be filled with too many students with similar needs.
Please do not feel that it is critical to send an email. Every classroom teacher fills out cards on each student at the end of the school year. However, if you do feel the need to send information about your child for placement purposes, please send it electronically by Monday, June 30th.

Field Day at Mantua
Field Day is coming up! This is such a fun day for Mantua students. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, June 10th: K-2nd Grade
Wednesday, June 11th:  3rd-4th Grade
Thursday, June 12th: 5th-6th Grade
Important information:

  • There are two sessions for each field day (9:30-11:00 a.m.) and (1:00-3:00 p.m.)
  • Students should bring a towel to keep in the classroom.
  • Water will be provided, but we suggest students bring their own water bottles.
  • Students must wear sneakers - not flip flops or Crocs.
  • Use sunscreen; most activities are outdoors.
  • We suggest students bring a bag lunch on their field day to help alleviate the number of students buying lunch at the same time.

Flyers will be going home in Tuesday folders. Please check for details.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Celebration
You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating 40 wonderful years of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program at Mantua Elementary. In the fall, the Deaf Program will be moving to a new location, but before they go we want to take the opportunity to celebrate the history, memories, and families that have made this program so special.
Please join us on Saturday, June 14th, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Mantua Elementary School. A light lunch will be provided as well as fun and games for the children. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear from Mrs. Fernandez, the Principal, as she shares her memories of the last 19 years. RSVP to Tina Tingler, Assistant Principal, at

SOL Testing Schedule
The remaining SOL schedule is as follows:
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! 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 go to the following link

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 2014-15 year. To apply for a position as an anchor or technician, students must complete an application and have it turned in to Ms. Dunfee 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

PTA Mantua Homes Tour
The Mantua Homes Tour is almost here! Explore beautiful 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 cost just $20 per person. Look for more information on a flyer going out this week as well. Check your Tuesday Folder for options to purchase tickets.
In addition to enjoying the fun day, we are looking for volunteers at our Host Homes.  To sign up, please go to:

Jewelry Plus Sale for Next Year
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Jewelry Plus sales in the past. The sales were always very successful due to your generosity! Though the PTA was unable to hold the sale this year, there will be one again next school year. The theme for next year’s sale is Jewelry Plus Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies. If you have beads left over from making jewelry, extra yarn, or a kit for making a model boat that never got made, please set aside a bag or box now to collect your donations for next year. We will start taking donations in January.

We are seeking an additional volunteer to help with the sale next year. If you are someone who enjoys sorting and has room right now for a number of items already collected, please contact Karen Gaughan at

Raccoon Run Winners
Again, thank you to all who supported the 14th annual Raccoon Run. Everyone was a winner on race day because $7,000 was raised for Life with Cancer in memory of Mantua's teacher, Roberta Romano. Here are some special winners:

Congratulations to Ms. Warner's class for the most participants! The class wins a Pizza/Ice Cream celebration.

A big thank you and congratulations to those who participated in the Pledge program and raised the most in donations: 1st place: Ian Conner; 2nd place: Meghan Vemuri; and 3rd place: Jonah Oxman. The raffle winner is Lydia Falardeau.

Thank you everyone who made this year's race a huge success. Check out for race results. See you in 2015!


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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