September 11, 2017 | Issue no. 3

Important Upcoming Dates
September 12 (Tuesday): Back-to-School Night, Grades 4-6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
September 19 (Tuesday): Back-to-School Night, Grades K-3, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
September 22 (Friday): Teacher training day, School Closed. Woodson feeder night.
September 26 (Tuesday): Take Home Reading Training, 9:30 a.m. Room 30. Last day to r
equest CogAt retest from grades 3-6.
September 27 (Wednesday): Girl Scout Troop Formation & Information Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

Transportation Changes Reminder!

Any changes to your student’s afternoon transportation must be requested by 1:00 p.m. on the specified day. Fairfax County Public Schools requires the office to know of any changes to your student’s transportation. Please  communicate this via:
  • Call the attendance line at (703) 645-6363.

Please include the following:
  • date of the change
  • student’s name
  • teacher
  • what the change is

Example: Please excuse Johnny Smith in Mrs. Jones’s class to Kiss and Ride today, June 20, 2099.

Fall Enrichment Registration Update
Registration continues through Friday, September 15th at noon. Late registration is available beginning 1PM on 9/15 through midnight on 9/18 for an additional $40. We have 259 registrations with 16 confirmed classes! The remaining classes need just a few more registrations to confirm.
  • ​Apprentice Marine Engineering - needs 1 registrant
  • Digital Art - needs 10 Pottery - needs 2 registrants
  • Robotics Workshop - needs 5 registrants
  • Stop Motion Experience - needs 1 registrant
  • A second Minecraft class was opened to accommodate the large wait list. There are still SIX remaining spots open.
Program information and registration at: 
Questions, email Heather Hill and Tara Kelly at

Parents of Students in Grades 3-6
All new students to Fairfax County Public Schools that are attending Mantua will be administered the CogAt test during the testing window of October 10th-October 20th. 

If you are interested in a one-time retest for possible acceptance to AAP Center, please contact Eva Bousbouras at by Tuesday, September 26th.

Box Top Contest
It's Box Top Contest time! Please turn in all Box Top collection sheets and/or baggies labeled with your teacher's name by OCTOBER 25, to your teacher or the collection box in the front hallway.  
Classroom winner chooses pizza, popsicles or ice cream to celebrate!

Chat n Chew Registration Opens September 6
If your child likes to read and discuss good books with their friends, the Chat 'n' Chew program is for them! Chat 'n' Chew is a book club for 3rd-6th graders that meets once per month (December through March) by grade level. Books are provided by the PTA and the students meet during lunch/recess in groups of approximately 6 kids, with a parent volunteer, to discuss the books. Cost is $35 to register (with a $10 discount for PTA members). Registration is through MemberPlanet, beginning on September 6 and ending on September 22. Questions, contact Kathy Phillips,

Girl Scout Troop Formation & Information Meeting
Be Amazing -- Join Girl Scouts! Discover how your family can become a Girl Scout Family. Parents and guardians can learn about troop opportunities and newly forming troops for girls in grades K through 6 by attending Mantua ES Troop Formation & Information Night: Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. For more information contact Susanne Fitch at

Mantua PTA Basketball League:  Registration Open

Mantua PTA’s basketball league is celebrating almost 50 years of continuous operation at Mantua Elementary School.  The program embraces students with a wide variety of skill levels and emphasizes teamwork, skill development and sportsmanship.  All eligible third through sixth grade, male and female students are encouraged to sign-up for this fun, supportive, community-based, basketball league that promotes sportsmanship and a love of the game.
 Third through sixth grade students are eligible to register starting September 5, 2017.  Late registration will begin October 6, 2017, and end October 11, 2017.  NO registrations will be accepted after October 11, 2017.  All eligible Mantua ES students are encouraged to register at starting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Look for more information in the Tuesday Folders of Third through Sixth graders, future PTA Action Alerts, and  Contact Eric Fleming at if you have any questions or would like to volunteer with Mantua PTA Basketball.​

School-Wide Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed in many areas outside of your child's classroom. You can give as little or as much time as you wish. Our volunteers make Mantua Elementary a very special school and all of our children benefit from any amount of time you can give! Sign up at
or contact Volunteer Coordinator Jenn Ross at

Raccoon Runners Fall 2017

Boys Raccoon Runners
Join us this fall for the Boys Raccoon Runners group. We meet Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:00-9:00 starting Oct. 4. This is an 8-week program focused on building strength both physically and mentally through the joy of running. The coaches incorporate strength training and stretching on non running days. After each work out we have a snack and discuss issues relevant to their peer group. Registration closes on Sept. 27 or after 20 participants, whichever comes first. Registration is through the Mantua PTA website and is $70. This covers the cost of two races, a t-shirt, and post run snacks. Registration at  Mantua PTA website. For questions please contact

Girls Raccoon Runners
Join us this fall for the Girls Raccoon Runners group. We meet Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:00-9:00 starting Oct. 4. This is an 8-week program focused on building strength both physically and mentally through the joy of running. The coaches incorporate strength training and stretching on non running days. After each work out we have a snack and discuss issues relevant to their peer group. Registration closes on Sept. 27 or after 35 participants, whichever comes first. Registration at  Mantua PTA website. For questions please contact

AnchorGlobal Plus World Language Classes
Learn a World Language at Mantua through GLOBAL PLUS The Mantua PTA offers extracurricular world language classes through FCPS's GLOBAL PLUS Language Program. The goal of the GLOBAL PLUS program is to offer high quality language classes to elementary students when they are at the optimal age for language acquisition. The GLOBAL PLUS curriculum delivers a strong focus on communication. This focus will provide children with skills to establish meaningful connections as they become GLOBAL citizens of our diverse yet interconnected world. Mantua students are invited to enroll in one-hour language classes held before or after school. Classes begin in October and continue for 20 weeks. The tuition cost is $349 and includes materials and instruction. Registration is currently underway. Register early (before 9/29) to save $20! (Use promo code GLOBAL20 for discount). Sibling discounts are also available. Call 703-658-1201.
  • GP03220-0002: Chinese for Grades 4-6, Fridays after school starting on 10/20.
  • GP05220-0002: German for Grades 4-6, Thursdays before school starting 10/19.
  • GP07120-0002: Spanish for Grades 1-3, Thursdays before school starting 10/19.

Questions, contact Susanne Fitch, PTA Representative, at

Take Home Reading Program - Training
New Date for Take Home Reading Training! The Take Home Reading program’s parent training session will take place on Tuesday, September 26th at 9:30 am in room 30. Parents of kindergarteners and first-graders: What is Take Home Reading? THR is a program coordinated by our reading specialist with the teachers that provides an opportunity for every child to read a book one on one with an adult volunteer. Your child then borrows that book to bring home and show off their new skills! THR is a GREAT volunteer opportunity, as you’ll get to know your child’s classmates while you read with them individually. You can volunteer as much or as little as works for your schedule. Even if you have volunteered for the program in the past, join us to refresh your memory and to meet Ms. Grice, Mantua’s Reading Resource teacher. If you have any questions, please email Kristina Clarke at RSVPs are appreciated to the same address.

Drama Camp at Fairfax High School 2017/2018
Fairfax High School will be holding a 1-Day Drama Camp on November 7th from 9am to 3:30pm for students in grades 1-8. Cost is $50 ($30 for FCPS employees). Our theme is COMIC-CON. Each age group will follow its own schedule of activities-such as acting, musical theater, props, costumes, and dance. Parents are invited to watch the campers perform what they've learned in the Auditorium at 3:00. On-line registration is available at or complete the attached registration and emergency forms and mail with payment to FHS Theatre Boosters Club, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030. Hope to see you there!
Registration details available on this form. Questions contact . 

Subscribing and Unsubscribing from the Alert News
Mantua PTA distributes paper copies of the Alert News to all families for the first month of school only. If you aren't receiving your copy by email, complete this form:
so we can add you to our distribution list. If you do not have a valid email address access to a computer, you will continue to receive the newsletter in each week's Tuesday Folder.
If your student has graduated and/or you have moved away from the Mantua ES community, you can help us to maintain a current distribution list by unsubscribing from the Alert News list. It is as simple as clicking on the word "unsubscribe" at the very bottom of this newsletter. Thank you for your assistance!

Shopping Online?
Anyone (parents, family and friends) who shops on Amazon can effortlessly earn money for Mantua ES by simply using a special Amazon link on Mantua PTA website.  No sign-ups or codes required, no loyalty cards to manage - just click, shop, and watch the contributions to Mantua ES come in! Help us cast a wider net by sharing the links with friends and family. Go to and click either Amazon or eScrip before begging your shopping and these organizations will donate to our school. ​​​​​

Mason Game & Technology Academy
Hello! The George Mason University Computer Game Design Program's Mason Game & Technology Academy has programs for students grades 3-12 in Game Design, Programming, Minecraft Modding with Java, and more. Each Fall and Spring, we contact Fairfax County Schools in order to be part of their community distribution, and we have programs in the summer, fall, and spring. For more information visit

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 email
  • 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.
  • 혹시 한국어로 번역된 자료가 필요하시면 좌승관씨에게 연락주세요( If you need to have a document translated into Korean, please contact Lisa Libby.
  • Para obtener una copia en Espanol favor de contactar a Lisa Libby at If you need to have a document translated into Spanish, please contact Lisa Libby.
Email Lisa Libby at if you have any questions or would like to volunteer as an ambassador or translator with Mantua ES’s Community Building Network.​
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