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MRES Reads: Summer 2017 Reading Program

MRES Roadrunners know reading is fun, and it’s one of the best ways to keep up literacy skills over the summer!  Students are encouraged to participate in the MRES Summer Reading Program organized by school Librarian, Lisa Naylor, and sponsored by the PTA.  READ! cards were sent home with report cards on the last day of school.  For further information or to obtain another copy of the READ! card, please see our Summer Reading Program page.

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School Supply Orders

Online ordering is now available for school supplies! Ordering is available now through July 15. Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and enter the school ID, MAR000 (3 letters/ 3 numbers). Follow the directions to complete your order. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

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2017-18 PTA Board Elected

At the June 2 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and PTA Meeting, the membership voted to elect the slate of nominees for the 2017-18 Board.  Congratulations to our new PTA Board members:

President – Anna Moore

Vice President – Andrea Kramer

Vice President – Amanda DuFrayne

Secretary – Meredith Hulley

 

Further information about our new Board can be found here.

At this time, the Treasurer position remains vacant and nominees are actively sought to serve in this vital role.  The PTA cannot function, both according to our Bylaws and in practical and logistical terms, without a Treasurer to serve by the start of the new school year.  Please contact Anna Moore with all inquiries about the Treasurer opening.

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PTA Engagement Survey

We hope your family had a terrific 2016-2017 school year! We want to hear from you!  What events did you attend this year?  What would you like to see in the future?  The PTA would appreciate your feedback so that we can help make the 2017-2018 school year even better. This survey should take about 3 minutes to complete and should provide valuable information on serving the Marshall Road Community. Thank you for your help!

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ArtSmart Volunteers Needed in June

The PTA is organizing a modified ArtSmart opportunity for students to enjoy during the waning days of this school year!  Volunteers are needed this June to serve as the docents (presenters) who instruct and oversee students in their creation of two different art projects, one on the art of Marc Chagall and another on aboriginal art.  We are experimenting with providing docent training in a distributed, online learning fashion with hopes this makes it easier for parents and other family to volunteer.  For information on the art projects and docent training, please see our ArtSmart page.  Interested volunteers, once they have confirmed desired date and time arrangements with their child’s teacher, should use the sign-up link on the ArtSmart page to indicate their plans so everyone can be aware of which classes already have coverage and when supplies will be in use.

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2017 SOL Testing Schedule

MRES has announced the specific testing schedule for the upcoming Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests that are taken by students in grades 3-6 this May 15 through June 9.  Parents are encouraged to help their children put these tests in perspective, as general assessments of what they have been learning much like other computerized and non-computerized assessments they take at other times of the year; parents can also help their children come to school well-rested, having eaten a good breakfast, and with a positive attitude.  SOLs have no bearing on elementary school students’ report cards or next year grade placement, rather, they are used by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to determine if school teaching staffs are providing expected curriculum instruction.  VDOE and FCPS do want to ensure test security and integrity, so they prohibit students from bringing cell phones, other electronic devices, or wearable technology (e.g., Apple Watch, Fitbit), into the testing room; please leave all such devices at home on your children’s testing days.

MRES 2017 SOL Testing Calendar

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2017-18 PTA Board Nominees Announced

The PTA membership will elect new Board members for the 2017-18 school year at our June 2 Volunteer Breakfast.  The slate of nominees includes:

President – Anna Moore

Vice President – Andrea Kramer

Vice President – Amanda DuFrayne

Secretary – Meredith Hulley

For further info on these nominees, please see our PTA Board page.

The Treasurer position remains open at this time.  The Nominating Committee (Urvi Desai, Missy Dixon, and Jen Harlow) continues to receive and explore nominations for the Treasurer position.

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Teacher Appreciation Week is Next Week (May 1st-5th)

The PTA and MRES Administration has many wonderful things planned to celebrate our wonderful Marshall Road ES teachers. This year the theme is Teachers Across America and our Roadrunner is gearing up for a fun-filled road trip across the USA. The PTA and Administration has packed the week full of events for both the teachers and students.   We will need everyone’s participation and energy to fuel this exciting journey! Please visit the Teacher Appreciation Week webpage for volunteer opportunities and to see the list of activities for the week.

Please click here to download and print a copy of the Roadrunner postcard. 

 

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Spring Family Literacy Night – Friday, April 21, 6-8 PM

MRES PTA presents Spring Family Literacy Night – Friday, April 21, 6-8 PM – Come as you are or dressed as a book character! There will be a 15 minute Parent Reading Tune Up presentation with Mrs. Wissinger, MRES teacher, on how to support children in reading. Also join in to share a poem during the Poetry Reading with Ms. Naylor, MRES librarian. Students can join Ms. Welsh, MRES music teacher, in a jazz session with instruments!

MRES PTA is looking for Spanish, Korean and Chinese translators for Mrs. Wissinger’s presentation during MRES PTA Family Literacy Night. Click here if you would be willing to serve as a translator.

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Interested in serving on next year’s PTA Board?

The PTA nominations committee has been formed.  Urvi Desai, Jennifer Harlow and Missy Dixon are looking for people who would like to serve on next year’s PTA board.  If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please send an email to Secretary@marshallroadpta.org.

Nomination Form Jan 2017 (1)

 

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PTA Meeting and Technology Presentation

PTA Membership Meeting – Monday, April 3 at 9:30 am in the cafeteria

Be sure to join us at our next PTA membership meeting at which we will feature a presentation by staff of the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness on technology and how to work with our children to utilize social media and online resources safely and appropriately.  There will also be updates on nominations for PTA leadership for 2017-18, reports on upcoming PTA-sponsored events, and school news from Principal Heiges.

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Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Night

Marshall Road Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Night
March 2, 2017, 6:00-7:00 pm
 
Come to a night of reading and activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss Night in the gym, cafeteria, and K-pod. Listen to teacher celebrities read their favorite Dr. Seuss books!
All students are welcome to attend with an adultStudents can also bring your favorite book and beach towel to enjoy reading in the gym with some special teacher readers.  
 
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Fundraiser Launch at Chase the Submarine in Vienna!

During one of Ms. Emily Ratzenberger, 6th grade classes, her students were asked to write a persuasive essay.  After finding out that their teacher assistant, Mrs. Ma owns Chase the Submarine, some students chose to write their persuasive essay on:  naming a sub after their teacher Ms Ratzenberger.

So, after the kids voted on the new name for a chicken salad sub: “The Emilycious”, Chase the Submarine owners decided that proceeds from the sale of all “Emilycious” subs will be used to purchase and donate a technology cart to Marshall Road Elementary.

To participate in the fundraiser, order an “Emilycious” (chicken) sandwich through the month of February and proceeds go toward technology at MRES! Visit the Fundraiser’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/723867787777160/.

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Girl Scouts Camp Registration

Join Girl Scouts and become part of an amazing organization for girls from Kindergarten to 12th grade. There will be sample Girl Scout meetings at MRES on Jan 30th, Feb 6th, Feb 13th, and Feb 27th.

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Virginia Lottery Super Teachers Nominations -due by February 13!

In partnership with the Virginia PTA and The Supply Room Companies, eight educators from across the state will be selected this spring as a Super Teacher and receive $2,000 in cash and $2,000 in classroom supplies. Spread the word and who knows…a passionate, creative and innovative educator you know could be the next Super Teacher! For details visit http://www.vasuperteacher.com/.

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Marshall Road PTA presents Mulan Jr.

This production is open to 5th & 6th graders. Auditions will be held in the cafeteria on Monday January 23rd, Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th. You may sign up online by clicking here! Please note you only have to attend one audition on one of these days. Rehearsals will take place before school Monday-Friday in the cafeteria from 7:30am-9am. Please be advised there can be no make up rehearsals, your attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory. If you are interested in tech crew do not attend auditions instead please sign up for a tech crew spot on the sign up sheet outside of Room 209. There will be a registration fee of $100 for all participating members of the cast and crew.

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MRES 27th Annual International Night

MRES will host our 27th Annual International Night on Friday, February 17th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Come and experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of the diverse cultures that make up our school and community.

Sign up starts January 17th and dolls for students will be sent home. 

Decorated dolls  & Sign Up Sheets are due January 31st. 

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Winter/Spring Enrichment Programs Coming Soon!

Information and course descriptions about the Winter/Spring 2017 Enrichment courses will be coming home in students Tuesday Folders on January 17, 2017 in addition to being on the PTA website Activity page. The Winter/Spring Enrichment Programs will run from the week of February 13th through the week of May 1st. Registration will open on Monday, January 23rd and will close on Friday Feb. 3rd. Any questions can be directed to Missy Dixon at enrichment@marshallroadpta.org

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Crayon Drive

Girl Scout Troop 6891 will be conducting a Crayon Drive at Marshall Road! Please bring your used, broken, new, and/or old crayons to Marshall Road and leave them in the box in the lobby labeled “Crayon Donations.” The box will be in the lobby from Monday January 9th through Friday January 20th.

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PTA Meeting and Family Service Project

Marshall Road PTA invites you to Fight Hunger and “Spread the Love”

Come join us on Monday, January 23 from 6:30-8:30 pm for an evening dedicated to helping our community!  While you attend a PTA meeting in the library, your kids will be in the cafeteria with Girl Scout Troop 6777 making turkey and cheese sandwiches to be donated to Martha’s Table, which serves up to 500 sandwiches each night to those who cannot afford a meal.

If you are able to assist with donations of needed items, please sign-up here.

 

Questions? Contact Cindy Iwan at president@marshallroadpta.org.