June 10, 2014 | Issue No. 39

​In This Issue:
Important Dates
Important Upcoming Dates
June 10: SOL Testing​ Ends
June 10, 11, 12: Field Days (see important information below)
June 11: All Library Books Due!
June 11: Lego League Interest Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
June 12: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
June 14: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program Celebration, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
June 20: Sixth Grade Award Ceremony and Party
June 25: Last Day of School, Students Dismiss at 11:40 a.m.

PTA Meeting THIS Thursday
The last PTA meeting of the school year will be held on Thursday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the library. Come to the meeting to hear about end of the year activities, vote on the principal's wish list, and to participate in important decisions for next year, including our PTA Board Elections. We hope to see you there!

Elections for the PTA Executive Board will be held at the meeting. The slate for the next school year is
President: Julie Middleton
Vice President 1 (Programs): Ellen Lemieux and Lisa Libby
Vice President 2 (Fundraising and Membership): Meri Farling
Treasurer: Nicole Willis
Secretary: Teresa Willebeek-LeMair

Field Day: Volunteers Needed!
Field Days will be held the second week of June! We will need lots of volunteers to help. Field Days are:
Kindergarten-2nd Grades:  Tuesday, June 10th
3rd-4th Grades:  Wednesday, June 11th
5th-6th Grades:  Thursday, June 12th

The morning volunteer shift is 9:15 a.m.-12:00 noon and the afternoon volunteer shift is 12:45-3:15 p.m. Volunteers will sign in at the front office, and then report to the gym, where the PE teachers will give instructions for the day. Students will come to the gym and get their instructions and the fun of Field Day will begin! Volunteers escort students from station to station, keep teams together, make sure students understand the station, and keep score.
You can sign up to volunteer for Field Day 2014 at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080E45AEA82F4-mantua. Please consider helping! If you have questions, please contact Teresa at teresalemair@aol.com or 703-862-8702.

Important Field Day Information for Students:
  • 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.

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 tjtingler@fcps.edu

Please note: We are in need of desserts for our party! If you can help by sending something brownies, cupcakes, cookies, etc in, please deliver it to Lorri Fowlkes in the front office on Friday June 13th or bring to the party. Thanks in advance for your contribution!

Notes from the Library
Please note that all library books are due on Wednesday, June 11th. Also, parents should check their children’s Tuesday folders on June 17th for information about Mantua’s summer reading program called Read Around the World.

Interest in Lego League?
Interested in learning more about Lego League? Come to an interest meeting on Wednesday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. This meeting is open to all students and their parents who want to learn more about this program. The Lego League has its competition in November so waiting until the next school year to get started is too late. A special guest who has been coaching a Lego League team for a few years will be here to guide students and parents on what is involved in this particular competition. Please contact Lesley Kowalski at kowalskifamily4@verizon.net if you have any questions.

A Few Yearbooks Left to Order
There are a limited number of yearbooks left to purchase. If you are interested in ordering a yearbook for your child, please send a $30 check made out to Mantua PTA. Please put the check in an envelope, and be sure to mark the envelope with your child’s name, grade, and teacher’s name. Drop it off at the front office with Mergie Kakouris. All orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Yearbooks will be distributed on the last day of school.

Attention 6th 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. After the ceremony, the celebration will commence!
To make the afternoon party a success, we need several volunteers for the big day! If you are able to help out on June 20th, please go to the following link
: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4DADA7229-aloha.

Questions about the party? Contact Lesley Kowalski at kowalskifamily4@verizon.net or Margaret Scheele at Margaret_Scheele@yahoo.com.

Mantua Homes Tour
The 1st Annual Mantua Homes Tour was a huge success! The amazing team of ladies who put this creative and sophisticated event together was led by Sharon Schechtel and included Chrissy Boylan, Lori Recher, Lori Prendergast, and Lisa Libby. Thank you to all the volunteers who stepped in to help make this event an amazing success and a special thank you to the Mantua families who opened their homes to the neighborhood!

Mantua Cub Scout Pack 1533 Night at the Park
All Mantua students and families are invited to join Pack 1533 for their 3rd annual family night at Washington Nationals Park as the Nationals battle the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, June 21st at 7:05 p.m.! Tickets are a great value—only $10 each! Purchasing is easy. Simply email Patrick Clifford at pclifford.va@gmail.com by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13th to reserve your seats and obtain payment and pickup instructions.


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). If you need to have a document translated into Korean, please contact Seungkwan Jwa

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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