Chess Club starts tomorrow, September 28th!

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No registration needed for this fun before school meet-up one to students in 2nd through 6th grade.  For more information visit the Chess Club page





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Find out more about each course by clicking HERE

If you have any questions please email Missy Dixon at


Running with the Stars registration is open NOW!



The first session beings Monday, September 19th.  Click here to register!


Fall Enrichment Program sign-up starts next Tuesday, Sept. 20th

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Open Enrollment starts 9/20/16!

Programs offered include:



·     Chess Club

·    Little Scholars Newspaper Writing

·    KidKeys Piano

·    FineArtsMatter Guitar


Physical Fitness

·       Fitness Warriors

·       Running with the Stars (Registration now open! Classes begin 9/18/16)


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

·       Green Team

·       Roman’s Robots: Robot Wars

·       Roman’s Robots: Into to Tot Bots

·       Roman’s Robots: Jr. Chem Lab

·       Stem exCEL: 3D Printing

·       Stem exCEL: Minecraft Modding

·       Stem exCEL: Electronics with Minecraft Redstone


Did You Know:

The MRES PTA offers scholarships for 75% of the cost of the program for families who qualify. To find out if you qualify for one of these scholarships, contact Heather Hazard in the front office at All scholarship requests are kept confidential.


Some of our programs require parent volunteers, and parents may receive discounts on the enrichment programs in which they volunteer. To find out if the program you are interested in provides volunteer discounts, please email

Find out more about each course by clicking HERE:



If you have any questions please email Missy Dixon at


New Learning Model at FCPS

FCPS is introducing a new learning model. To learn more about the change in the focus of education in Fairfax County, watch the video.



Join us for the Welcome Back Ice Cream Social!

Join us for the Welcome Back Ice Cream Social on Monday, September 12, 6pm to 7:30pm. The PTA invites all students and their families to join us on the MRES basketball courts (rain or shine) as we kick off another great year at MRES!!

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Assist with Teacher Welcome Back Breakfast

Please help us welcome our incredible teachers back from the summer break with a Welcome Back Breakfast.  The breakfast will be held this Friday, August 26th.  Please use this Sign-up Genius link to indicate how you can help.  Food may be dropped off between 7:45-8:00 am with a PTA member who will collect your items as you drive through the bus lane.  Principal Heiges will begin a meeting with the teachers at 8:15 am so we need food delivered and setup assistance in advance.  Thank you for your help!


Book Your Summer

This year FCPS is endorsing a district-wide summer reading program called Book Your Summer. The program involves filling out and handing in a BINGO board “READ! Card” (which includes different reading tasks) and also some pretty great prizes.

This is a district-wide program and FCPS is giving out the following prizes – 1 student per grade level will win $50 in books and 1 student in the school will win a laptop!!

At MRES, we are also giving out spirit sticks to ALL participants!!

·         Students must fill out and hand in completed READ! Cards (like a BINGO board) to participate

·         READ! Cards must be handed in by September 7th (can be submitted online or in person)

For more details visit:


Order School Supplies for 2016-17 School Year

Want to check off an item on your summer to-do list? School supply ordering for next year is available online now! Click here to order your child’s supplies for the 2016-17 school year. Our school code is MAR000 (MAR and 3 zeros).
Orders placed by July 15 will be sent to Marshall Road and will be waiting for your child in their classroom during Open House. This is a convenient service provided by the PTA and not a fundraiser.


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Spring Concerts June 7th and June 16th

Spring Concerts:

June 7th at 7pm (Band and Strings)*

June 16th at 7pm (Chorus and Picks and Sticks) 

*Please walk through the cafeteria before or after the June 7th concert to see art work your student has created through the Art Smart program.  Classroom art class projects will be on display throughout the hallways.  




New Visitor/Volunteer Check-in System

A message from MARSHALL ROAD ES

Dear Marshall Road Families,
Beginning Monday, May 23rd MRES will start using the new FCPS Visitor/Volunteer Management System. You will need a valid driver’s license or another state or federally issued ID (such as a passport) to sign in. We are excited about this new system because it will provide one more layer of security for our students.
Although the new system has many upgrades including a “touch screen”, you will not be able to sign your child IN or OUT for an appointment using the new system yet. If you need to sign your child IN or OUT, please continue to use our computer sign-in/sign-out for your child.
It may take a day or two for us to become proficient in this new system, so please be patient with us as we learn a new way of doing business.


2016-17 PTA Board Nominees



Many thanks to Cindy Iwan, Anna Moore, Urvi Desai for agreeing to serve on the PTA Board for the 2016-17 school year.  Also many thanks to Andrea Kramer who will continue in her role as Treasurer on the Board.  To read more about all the candidates please click here.  The role of Secretary is still open. The job description is as follows:

-Records the minutes of all meetings of the PTA
-Keeps official copies and files of PTA bylaws and business
-May act as a member ex officio of any committee

If you are interested in serving in this role please contact Missy Dixon or Cindy Iwan at


Food4Thought End of Year Update!

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Food 4 Thought has had a great year with quite a few Churches donating on a monthly basis, which has really kept us going this year. We have prepared on average 60 bags per week for an approximate total of 2,300 bags, or 9,200 meals! We could not have done it without the generous donations of the following groups:

Ephiphany Episcopal Church– monthly donations of 100 bags!

Christ Church — monthly donations of needed items

Christian Science of Fairfax (Sunday School)– 20 bags per month

Jack and Jill of Reston –2 separate drop-offs of bags

Oakton United Methodist Church — regular delivery of items

St. Marks Spirit Team –one-time 13 bags

Brownie Troop — one-time 21 bags

Chesterbrook Elem 6th graders — one-time delivery of bags

Thoreau student (Kashav)– one-time delivery 12 bags

St. Marks confirmation class –making delivery October 2016

As you can see we have a variety of groups that have helped us out this year, so if you are involved with an organization that you think might be able to work with us next year please get in touch with Kristen Wilson, PTA liaison or Jean Wyman, MRES social worker.

We also did a few food drives within the school but because of these generous donations we didn’t have the need to do too much of our own food-raising this year.

Summer plans: the past two years we have been able to provide each family with 2 boxes of food and other supplies, in July and August to help get them through the summer. We do not have that finalized at this time but have a few groups that have helped out in the past who we are hoping will help again this summer.

This year we started off the very first week of school, so we hope to be able to do that again this September.


Kristen Wilson

Chair, Food4Thought


Thank you!!!!


Thank you to ALL the volunteers and businesses that made this a Teacher Appreciation Week that the teachers, staff and students at Marshall Road Elementary won’t forget for a LONG time.

HUGE thanks to Danielle Cook who was this year’s Chair and Mastermind for the event. She took on one of the biggest events of the year and this is her first year at our school (she is a preant of a Kindergartner!!!). Thank you to Tanya McClelland who worked her magic on the bulletin boards and helped to turn Room 110 into a 50’s Drive-in Movie. Thank you to Coleen McDermott Chapman who coordinated the breakfast and transformed the library into the ‘Breakfast Club’ and thank you to all the parents who donated food and drinks for the breakfast. Many thanks to Kim Philpott helped turn the Teacher Lounge into a 90’s Coffeeshop. Thank you to Mona Kamel who worked both the Monday and Friday events and at the last minute coordinated getting food for the Friday food “tasting” so we could turn it in to a full lunch for the teachers. The Friday International lunch would not have been possible without Eun Joo Kim, Eung Ji Kim, Sanghee Jeon, Younsun Hur, Eunjoo Lee, Hyunsuk Jung, Emily Eunyoung Kim and Sinah kim. These volunteers brought an enormous amount of delicious Korean food. Thank you to Asha Desai for the Indian samsoas for the lunch and thank you to the MRES Office Staff and Administration who not only hosted an ice cream sundae bar for the teachers on Friday but ran out in the rain and purchased and picked up food for the International Lunch. We couldn’t do anything without the support of Carol, Karlen, and Heather in the office. Also, thank you to Elizabeth Terry-Humen, Chitra Sharma, Seth Kaplan, and Melissa Kreiling for chipping in and tackling so many projects.


Lastly, many thanks to our own Kindergraten teacher , Janne Hudner, who sercured so many of the gift cards from busineeses that were raffled throughout the week. At the end of the week the PTA purchased a small amount of $5 Starbucks gift cards so EVERY single teacher won something during Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you to Beth Eachus who took that on at the last minute!


Thank you to all the businesses that donated gift cards or items

for this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week:

Born 2 Dance

Tysons Eyebrows

Chase the Submarine


Great Harvest Bread

Pazzo Pomodoro

Skorpios Maggio’s

Maplewood Grill

Joe’s Pizza and Pasta

Sweet Ginger


Norm’s Beer and Wine

Foster’s Grille

Massage Envy

Central Nails

Glory Days

Pie Gourmet

Elevation Burger

Pure Pasty

Sweet City Desserts

Carraige House Bakery

Freddy’s of Fairfax (donation of food for 50’s Drive-in movie)

Bawadi Mediterranean Grill and Sweets Café (discount for food)

Caffe Amouri (discount for coffee order)



Field Day June 9

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Teacher Appreciation Week is this week!!!

May 2nd-May 6th

The MRES Administration, PTA and Room Parents are all gearing up for Teacher Appreciation Week with “Teaching Through the Decades”.

1950’s (Monday): The PTA is hosting the teachers to a 1950’s Drive-in Movie lunch. Freddy’s of Fairfax has generously donated burgers, chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers and hot dogs for our teachers.

171216_feelin'_groovy_book_fair_clip_art_flowers1960’s and 70’s (Tuesday): Room Parents will be delivering the star messages students prepared for the teachers and the MRES Administration hospitality cart will be visiting each teachers room with special goodies from the 60’s and 70’s.

1980’s (Wednesday):  Teachers receive detention slips and will report to the library for the “Breakfast Club”. Thank you to all the parents who have donated food and drinks for this breakfast.9b83a650e4de12b62189027cc576362c-3


1990’s (Thursday) The Roadrunner Coffee shop opens for business in the Teacher Lounge. It’s not the Central Perk but will be a place for “Friends” to meet and relax.

2000’s (Friday): We end the week and welcome in the present day and celebrate our teachers with an International Lunch and an afternoon Ice Cream social hosted by the MRES office staff.


In addition to all the daily themed events, including student and teacher dressing up based on the decade, the teachers will have a chance to win some amazing raffles prizes, thanks to the generosity of our local Vienna/Oakton businesses. Starting next week please check out the PTA website and FB page for a full list of those contributors, along with lots of pictures from teacher appreciation week.


If you would like to know how you can be involved in this exciting week please contact your Room Parent or Danielle Cook at


Teacher Appreciation Project!

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6th, and this year the MRES Administration and PTA have once again collaborated by planning lots of fun events for our teachers.  This year’s theme is “Teaching through the Decades”!

A Teacher Appreciation Week handout came home in last week’s Tuesday folder. Your student will get to recognize four MRES teachers who make a difference in their day by writing on “stars of appreciation” (handout-link attached below). In addition to our classroom teachers, , please remember our specials teachers and any resource teachers your student works with at school. These notes of thanks mean so much to them! Additional stars will also be available at Spring Family Fun night on the evening of April 29th.

Please complete the stars of appreciation handout and return it to school as soon as possible, no later than Wednesday, April 27th! You can return it in this weeks’s Tuesday folder. The stars will be presented to each teacher with a card on the morning of Tuesday, May 3rd. Note: Due to student and teacher allergy issues, students will NOT be bringing in a flower for a collective bouquet this year.

Student, Teachers and MRES Staff are encouraged to Dress Through the Decades! Here are some suggestions for participating in this fun Spirit Week!

Monday: 1950s
Dress suggestions: Jeans cuffed at the bottom. A solid colored tee shirt or button down blouse/shirt. Girls- ribbon tied around a ponytail or headband. Boys – hair slicked back

Tuesday: 1960s/1970s
Dress suggestions: Tie dye, Hippie/ floral prints, British Invasion style music logo tees, Classic Star Wars inspired outfits, your best disco outfit

Wednesday: 1980s
Jeans pinch rolled at the bottom, neon colored tops, tee shirts that have the neck cut out, leg warmers, lace gloves, hammer pants (now Bieber pants)

Dress suggestions: (think grunge) Flannel, Dickies style bottoms, skater style outfits, clothes worn backwards (a short fad thanks to music group Kriss Kross), anything Jennifer Aniston wore on Friends, Sundress (Elaine from Seinfeld).

Friday: 2000 through today
Dress suggestions: wear your MRES shirt with pride or dress like your favorite teacher!

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Dining for Dollars -Thursday, April 21st



Come on out and support Marshall Road ES at Fosters Grille, 138-A West Maple Avenue, Vienna, VA 22180

When: Thursday, April 21st

Time: 11am-9Pm (ALL DAY!)

Please put your receipt in the Marshall Road box near the cashier –and thank the staff for supporting Marshall Road ES!


PTA meeting this Tuesday April 12 at 7:00PM

Important items on the agenda –
1) Upcoming spring events (Spring Family Fun Night, Teacher Appreciation Week, BOGO Book Fair, etc.)

2) PTA will be electing 3 volunteers to serve on the Nominating Committee to assist in nominating candidates for the 2016-17 MRES PTA Board. At next month’s meeting the Nominating Committee will present the slate of PTA Board candidates.
3) Committee Reports, Treasurer’s Report, President’s Report and Principal’s Report

At the March Meeting Jana Ferrell, chair of the newly formed MRES FitKids committee,  presented a presentation on the importance of fitness in the school day.  Please click on link to view her presentation.

Recess PTA slideshow

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming PTA meeting please contact Missy Dixon at


Marshall Road SOL Testing May 16 – June 7

Students in grades 3-6 in our school will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests  from May 16 – June 7. Please note: If your child is absent on a scheduled test date, the make-up SOL test will normally be administered on the first day he/she returns to school.

It will be very helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school during this testing window.  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 each day.

The Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are required of all students in grades 3-6 across the state by the Virginia Department of Education. SOL tests measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills specified in the Virginia SOLs.  Content areas tested include writing, reading , mathematics, history/social science and science.

The purpose of the testing is to provide information about student achievement in several subject areas.  Scores from the tests will be used to determine whether students fail to meet standards, are proficient in meeting the standards, or are advanced in the standards.

Scores will be sent directly to your home from the scoring service, sometime in late August.

-MRES Administration


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