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Early Dismissal this Friday

Please note that this Friday, October 29, 2021, students will be dismissed 2 hours early. The schedule is linked here.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)

Freshman Winter Applications will be available online starting Monday October 25th after 4pm. Please see below for Eligibility requirements to apply:

Requirements for 2021-2022

  • Current 8th Grader
  • Enrolled in both math and science honors courses
  • Enrolled in one additional honors course or identified as a Young Scholar
  • Minimum GPA is 3.5. This GPA is for final unweighted marks in 7th grade for math, science, English, social studies and World Language (if for high school credit) as well as 1st quarter 8th grade for the same core subjects

The application and all detailed information about the Freshman Winter Application Process can be found on the TJHSST Admissions Website www.tjadmissions.org The application deadline is 4pm November 19, 2021 (keep in mind that your child’s math class will need to be verified by the Irving TJ counselor liaison who needs 24-48 school hours in advance to confirm your application, please apply no later than November 17th, 2021).

Please contact Irving Counselor Ms. Pareja at cspareja@fcps.edu or the TJHSST Admissions Office at tjadmissions@fcps.edu for any additional questions after reviewing the TJ website information.

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Please Read Our Newsletter

Help us increase our open/reading rate! Did you know we have 1228 students enrolled at Irving Middle School. Our News You Choose newsletter is the main way we communicate everything coming up at school. Our newsletter open rate averages around 19%. We have so many great things happening at Irving we want to share. Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter!

Upcoming Important Dates

Students in Family and Consumer Sciences classes participated in Cupcake Wars this week. These are just a few of the amazing cupcakes created by our talented students. Congratulations to all the winners!

New Information

Getting to Know Fairfax County Public Schools: A Family Orientation, October 28

Want to learn more about Fairfax County Public Schools, your child’s school, and how you can better support your child’s success? If so, join the Family Liaisons from Irving MS, Robinson SS, Lake Braddock SS, West Springfield HS, and FCPS Family and School Partnerships for this virtual parent orientation for families. Presented in English, Spanish, Arabic and Korean – all on one night! Three separate presentations will be presented in three different rooms on Zoom, with Korean being interpreted simultaneously.

Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 7 p.m. Join us on Zoom at https://bit.ly/3vegyIN

 

 

Share the Joy of Thanksgiving with a Neighbor!

What does Thanksgiving look like for you? Visiting with loved ones? Watching parades and football? Enjoying the sights, smells, and flavors of some favorite foods? Help create these memories for one or more school families who struggle with food security. Our school is partnering with Food For Neighbors to provide some of our students and families with a $50 gift card to a local grocery store. Your gift will help your neighbors to put food on their tables this Thanksgiving. The goal is to raise enough money for Food For Neighbors to provide a total of nearly 700 of the $50 grocery store gift cards to 24 participating schools, which includes ours!

Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/

Thank you for anything you can do. Every donation counts. Together, we can make a big difference!

If your family needs assistance, please contact Traci Jamison, Irving’s Social Worker, at tdjamison@fcps.edu or 703-912-4547.

After School Program Information

Current and up to date information is available on the Schoology platform, in the All Student and All Parent Course tabs, respectively. After school announcements are shared during all lunch periods, the Irving Stays After board and during Rock Block. To reach the After School Specialist, please email Ms. Natalie at naduncan@fcps.edu

COMING SOON

  • Anime Club - Begins Tuesday, November 9, 2021; club will be held on alternating Tuesdays during 1st block
  • Lego Masters Competition - TBD - We are in need of Lego to help support this competition. If you have Lego you would like to donate to the school, please have your child drop the Lego off at the Main Office.
Previous School News

Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC)

My name is Richard A. Villa, and I am the new Military and Family Life Counselor at Washington Irving Middle School.  I look forward to working with military students, their families, and the school staff. My role is to provide non-medical counseling to enhance the social, academic, and emotional skills that empower military students to reach their goals.  I am available to military families and school staff members Monday-Friday.  Please feel free to contact me to request a session. I look forward to this opportunity to support the WIMS community.

PHONE: (703)966-0471; EMAIL:  villar@magellanhealth.com

Hydration Stations

All water fountains in FCPS are for water bottle filling/refilling only. We HIGHLY encourage your child to bring a water bottle (LABELED with your child’s name on it) to school daily. As many water bottles do look alike, it is very important that the bottle is labeled with the student’s name as we have several bottles left behind on a daily basis. 

Library News

Our Readers Unite Book Club began meeting September 27th.  The group meets in the library after school on Mondays.  For our second club meeting we discussed a short graphic novel that we read quickly.  We have now just selected our first novel for the new year.  Any students who are avid readers are encouraged to join.  Students can express interest by asking in the library or by emailing either of the librarians.

Reading for pleasure is trending!!!  We’re happy to report that circulation rates are UP!  Irving students are borrowing and returning library books at a record pace.  We’re happy that students are finding plenty of good books to read.

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians ( mamonk1@fcps.edu and dlgawalt@fcps.edu )

News from Your PTA

Thank you to the teachers and staff who supported the choral and band students at the WSHS football game last week! It was great to see such a large crowd wearing Irving gear!

Spirit-wear

Spirit-wear has been distributed to students via Rock Block/Advisory. If you are missing part or all of your spirit-wear order, please email us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com for assistance.

Coming soon… new opportunities to purchase spirit-wear!

Reflections

Did you know that October is National Arts and Humanities Month? The WIMS PTA Reflections program welcomes students to explore their inner artist by submitting artwork in the categories of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. To view participation guidelines and to enter submissions online, please visit www.irvingms.memberhub.com/w/reflections. The deadline for submissions is November 3rd. Please contact Reflections Coordinator, Megan Way, at iammeganway@yahoo.com, with any questions.

Our next PTA meeting is on Tuesday, November 9. Join us to learn more about upcoming events, available resources, and share your ideas.

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Car Wash and Spirit Week

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Music Booster Car Wash is Today

Back by popular demand - the Music Booster Car Wash is happening today. Stop by Irving Middle School today until 12:00 to have music students and families wash and dry your car with care. Follow Ms. Conley (@abdconley) on Twitter  - to see just how hard the students are working. Ms. Conley tweets frequently to share the amazing things happening at Irving. 

Digital Citizenship Spirit Week October 18-22

Monday, October 18 - Create a POSITIVE digital foot print - Crazy Socks or Shoes Day

Tuesday, October 19 - Find BALANCE between digital and physical tasks wear Active Wear Day

Wednesday, October 20 - Put on your thinking cap on to reflect on how to communicate online carefully - Hat Day

Thursday, October 21 - Connect with friends in a healthy way - Sports Team Day

Friday, October 22 - Stand out and be an upstander for positive social interactions - Neon Day

 

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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Please Read Our Newsletter

Help us increase our open/reading rate! Did you know we have 1228 students enrolled at Irving Middle School. Our News You Choose newsletter is the main way we communicate everything coming up at school. Our newsletter open rate averages around 19%. We have so many great things happening at Irving we want to share. Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter!

 

Upcoming Important Dates

October 16

Music Booster Car Wash is TOMORROW - Saturday, October 16! 

Stop by Irving Middle School beginning at 9:00 am for the Annual Fall Music Booster Car Wash

October 18-22

Digital Citizenship Spirit Week

October 21

Red Ribbon Week - SCA Spirit Week

October 25-29

Red Ribbon Week - SCA Spirit Week

October 29, 2021

End of 1st Quarter

2-hour Early Dismissal - students dismissed at 12:15 pm.

Monday, November 1 & 

Tuesday November 2, 2021

School Planning Day & Teacher Workday - student holidays - both days

Irving Middle School Offices will be closed both days.

Tuesday, October 19 - Impact Aid Distributed via Rock Block

Friday, November 5, 2021 - Impact Aid DUE in ROCk Block

Impact Aid is a federal formula grant program designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally-connected students. Federally-connected students are children of active duty uniformed services personnel, children who live on federal property or in subsidized federal housing, and children whose parents are employed on eligible federal properties. Forms will be disseminated during your student’s 3rd period Rock Block, and returned to the same teacher.

Please be sure to completely fill out and sign the form before sending it back with your child. 

Congratulations Ms.Miciak (8th grade English) and Ms. Schuler (8th grade Civics)! Ms. Miciak is an FCPS Excellence Award recipient for her Impact on Others and Ms. Schuler is an FCPS Excellence Award recipient for Growth. We are grateful both of these excellent teachers chose to work at Irving Middle School.

Dear Families! 

The start of this school year has been unique and we are thrilled to have all of our students and staff back in the building. As with any change, it takes time to adjust - given that all of our students were last in school full time in elementary school, it has taken some time to settle back into being at school this year. 

During our morning announcements and in our Advisory, we have spent a lot of time talking about R.O.C.K. - We have shared the importance of being Respectful to our classmates and staff, Own our behaviors, Communicating when we need something - a break, support, help, etc… and above all to be Kind. We love that our students are back in school learning and socializing with their peers and celebrate the demonstrations of these traits. Admin will begin giving Team Points when students demonstrate one or more of the ROCK traits. 

As we continue through this year, we ask for your support on three things that will help us have an even better school experience. 

  • Away for the Day - we are seeing that our students are really enjoying being able to talk to their peers. To further these in person social connections, we do not allow cell phones, earbuds, or headphones to be out or on from 7:24-2:15. (Only plug in headphones are permitted in class  with teacher permission). To help curb the fear of missing out, please do not text your child during the school day. We have phones in every classroom and multiple phones available in our offices.  If you need to get a message to your child, please call the school. 
  • One of our most common phrases is “keep your hands to yourself. Unfortunately, “just playing around” has led to some unintended consequences including time away from class and minor injuries. Please help us by reminding your child that with 1200+ students, there isn’t room for horseplay and we do not want anyone getting hurt. 
  • Finally, we could really use help with students cleaning up after themselves during breakfast and lunch. We make very quick changes between our meal times and having to take extra time to clean up trash makes that difficult. Also, if your child uses the back stairs to walk home, please ask them not to toss their disposable masks on the ground - our neighbors thank you. There is a trash can at the Door 2 exit for them. 

We will continue to work with all of our students to ensure we have a safe, healthy, and productive school year. We thank you for the partnership in ensuring this can happen each day.

Sincerely, 

Cindy Conley

Principal

What better way to close out the 1st quarter than with two weeks of School Spirit! 

October 18-22 is FCPS Digital Citizenship Week and October 25-29 is Red Ribbon Week! 

Digital Citizenship Spirit Week: October 18-22

It’s important to engage in healthy habits both in-person and online. Digital citizenship is about acting appropriately with digital tools, interacting safely and responsibly online, and using technology resources responsibly. Please check the Schoology Parent and Student Courses throughout the week of October 18-22 for ways that students and families can model Digital Citizenship in everyday life. Please also encourage your child to join us for Digital Citizenship Spirit Week! Each day’s theme is presented below.

The deadline for Reflections submissions has been extended! Click here for the online application. More information can be found on Schoology.

Share the Joy of Thanksgiving with a Neighbor!

What does Thanksgiving look like for you? Visiting with loved ones? Watching parades and football? Enjoying the sights, smells, and flavors of some favorite foods? Help create these memories for one or more school families who struggle with food security. Our school is partnering with Food For Neighbors to provide some of our students and families with a $50 gift card to a local grocery store. Your gift will help your neighbors to put food on their tables this Thanksgiving. The goal is to raise enough money for Food For Neighbors to provide a total of nearly 700 of the $50 grocery store gift cards to 24 participating schools, which includes ours!

Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/

Thank you for anything you can do. Every donation counts. Together, we can make a big difference!

If your family needs assistance, please contact Traci Jamison, Irving’s Social Worker, at tdjamison@fcps.edu or 703-912-4547.

After School Program Information

Current and up to date information is available on the Schoology platform, in the All Student and All Parent Course tabs, respectively. After school announcements are shared during all lunch periods, the Irving Stays After board and during Rock Block. To reach the After School Specialist, please email Ms. Natalie at naduncan@fcps.edu

COMING SOON

  • Basketball Club (8th Grade, 7th Grade TBD) - Begins Monday, October 18, 2021; club will be held on alternating Mondays and Thursdays during 1st block
  • MARVELous Mondays - Begins Monday, October 18, 2021; club will be held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month during 1st block
  • Play Sports! - Begins Tuesday, October 19, 2021, during 1st block
  • Open Gym - Begins Wednesday, October 20, 2021, during 1st block; prearranged transportation is REQUIRED because Wednesdays are not late bus days.
  • Anime Club - Begins Tuesday, November 9, 2021; club will be held on alternating Tuesdays during 1st block
  • Lego Masters Competition - TBD
Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC)

My name is Richard A. Villa, and I am the new Military and Family Life Counselor at Washington Irving Middle School.  I look forward to working with military students, their families, and the school staff. My role is to provide non-medical counseling to enhance the social, academic, and emotional skills that empower military students to reach their goals.  I am available to military families and school staff members Monday-Friday.  Please feel free to contact me to request a session. I look forward to this opportunity to support the WIMS community.

PHONE: (703)966-0471; EMAIL:  villar@magellanhealth.com

Irving’s NEW Family Liaison

David Rolls started this week as Irving’s new Family Liaison (a role formerly known as Parent Liaison). Family Liaisons work in the schools and community to help families get the information and assistance they need to support their children and to ensure their academic success. The family liaisons represent a variety of cultures, languages, and races. Family Liaisons will welcome and orient families who are new to the school and community, and help them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. They can also help connect families to resources in the community. Family Liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage family involvement to help ensure their student's success.To reach Mr. Rolls, you can email him at djrolls@fcps.edu or call 703-912-4691.

Hydration Stations

All water fountains in FCPS are for water bottle filling/refilling only. We HIGHLY encourage your child to bring a water bottle (LABELED with your child’s name on it) to school daily. As many water bottles do look alike, it is very important that the bottle is labeled with the student’s name as we have several bottles left behind on a daily basis. 

Library News

Our Readers Unite Book Club began meeting September 27th.  The group meets in the library after school on Mondays.  For our second club meeting we discussed a short graphic novel that we read quickly.  We have now just selected our first novel for the new year.  Any students who are avid readers are encouraged to join.  Students can express interest by asking in the library or by emailing either of the librarians.

Reading for pleasure is trending!!!  We’re happy to report that circulation rates are UP!  Irving students are borrowing and returning library books at a record pace.  We’re happy that students are finding plenty of good books to read.

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians ( mamonk1@fcps.edu and dlgawalt@fcps.edu )

News from Your PTA

Thank you for providing snacks and helping to coordinate last week’s Teacher Appreciation Breakfast! The teachers and staff were very thankful!

Our next Teacher Appreciation Day is November 1. The PTA will be creating a popcorn bar for our Irving staff. Please see the link below for further information and to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4AAFAF29ABFB6-popping

Spirit-wear is on the way! There has been a delay in the delivery of spirit-wear masks. The remaining spirit-wear and PTA car magnets will be distributed once the masks arrive. All orders will be handed out to students during Advisory/ROCK Block. Thank you for your patience.

The PTA will be discussing the option of a year-round spirit-wear store at the next PTA meeting on November 9. We invite you to join us and share your thoughts.

November’s Spirit Night at Coal Fire has been moved to October 21. Take a break from making dinner and help support Irving MS and our local restaurants. See the attached flyer for details.

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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 Thank you for your support of your PTA - Every child, One voice!

8100 Old Keene Mill Springfield, VA 22152  | Main Office: 703-912-4500
Attendance: 703-912-4545 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

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Board Games, Lego & Cards

Do you have complete board games that your family no longer plays, Lego that isn’t used anymore, and/or some extra card decks around the house? If so, please send them in with your child, who can drop them off outside of the main office. Our students will use the games and cards during our daily 15-minute breaks when we have inclement weather and the Lego for an upcoming Lego Masters Competition.

 

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, October 11, 2021

Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Teacher Workday and Student Holiday

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Orchestra Concert - 7:00 pm at West Springfield High School

October 25-29, 2021

Red Ribbon Week - SCA Spirit Week

Friday, October 29, 2021

End of 1st Quarter

2-hour Early Dismissal - students dismissed at 12:15 pm.

Monday, November 1 & 

Tuesday November 2, 2021

School Planning Day & Teacher Workday - student holidays - both days

We are excited to share Peer Tutoring started this week during Advisory. Students are able to get help with any subject during one of two 20-minute sessions during every 3rd period. Thank you to Dr. Frenck for sponsoring the Peer Tutors! The first two days of Peer Tutoring have been a great success!

Share the Joy of Thanksgiving with a Neighbor!

What does Thanksgiving look like for you? Visiting with loved ones? Watching parades and football? Enjoying the sights, smells, and flavors of some favorite foods? Help create these memories for one or more school families who struggle with food security. Our school is partnering with Food For Neighbors to provide some of our students and families with a $50 gift card to a local grocery store. Your gift will help your neighbors to put food on their tables this Thanksgiving. The goal is to raise enough money for Food For Neighbors to provide a total of nearly 700 of the $50 grocery store gift cards to 24 participating schools, which includes ours!

Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/

Thank you for anything you can do. Every donation counts. Together, we can make a big difference!

If your family needs assistance, please contact Traci Jamison, Irving’s Social Worker, at tdjamison@fcps.edu or 703-912-4547.

Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC)

My name is Richard A. Villa, and I am the new Military and Family Life Counselor at Washington Irving Middle School.  I look forward to working with military students, their families, and the school staff. My role is to provide non-medical counseling to enhance the social, academic, and emotional skills that empower military students to reach their goals.  I am available to military families and school staff members Monday-Friday.  Please feel free to contact me to request a session. I look forward to this opportunity to support the WIMS community.

PHONE: (703)966-0471; EMAIL:  villar@magellanhealth.com

Irving’s NEW Family Liaison

David Rolls started this week as Irving’s new Family Liaison (a role formerly known as Parent Liaison). Family Liaisons work in the schools and community to help families get the information and assistance they need to support their children and to ensure their academic success. The family liaisons represent a variety of cultures, languages, and races. Family Liaisons will welcome and orient families who are new to the school and community, and help them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. They can also help connect families to resources in the community. Family Liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage family involvement to help ensure their student's success.To reach Mr. Rolls, you can email him at djrolls@fcps.edu or call 703-912-4691.

After School Program Information

Current and up to date information is available on the Schoology platform, in the All Student and All Parent Course tabs, respectively.  After school announcements are shared during all lunch periods and during Rock Block. To reach the After School Specialist, please email Ms. Natalie at naduncan@fcps.edu

COMING SOON

  • SCA interest meeting - Thursday, October 14, 2021; 1st block
  • Basketball Club (8th Grade) - Begins Monday, October 18, 2021; club will be held on Mondays and Thursdays during 1st block
  • MARVELous Mondays - Begins Monday, October 18, 2021; club will be held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month during 1st block
  • Play Sports! - Begins Tuesday, October 19, 2021, during 1st block
  • Open Gym - Begins Wednesday, October 20, 2021, during 1st block; prearranged transportation is REQUIRED because Wednesdays are not late bus days.
  • Anime Club - TBD
  • Lego Masters Competition - TBD
Previous School News Hydration Stations

All water fountains in FCPS are for water bottle filling/refilling only. We HIGHLY encourage your child to bring a water bottle (LABELED with your child’s name on it) to school daily. As many water bottles do look alike, it is very important that the bottle is labeled with the student’s name as we have several bottles left behind on a daily basis. 

School Owned Laptops

We have given out a laptop to each student who wanted one and we are now all out of laptops, due to increased enrollment this year. We anticipate getting a few more laptops, however the supply will be limited and will only be used to replace/repair broken laptops. 

Please remind your child to bring their CHARGED laptop to school with them every day. We do NOT have any computers available to loan students who forget theirs for the day. 

Digital Resource Consent

Thank you to all parents/guardians who have already submitted the Digital Resource Consent (DRC) this year! If you have not yet done so, please visit Irving’s DRC page on our website and complete the form today!

Library News

Our Readers Unite Book Club began meeting September 27th.  The group meets in the library after school on Mondays.  For our second club meeting we discussed a short graphic novel that we read quickly.  We have now just selected our first novel for the new year.  Any students who are avid readers are encouraged to join.  Students can express interest by asking in the library or by emailing either of the librarians.

Reading for pleasure is trending!!!  We’re happy to report that circulation rates are UP!  Irving students are borrowing and returning library books at a record pace.  We’re happy that students are finding plenty of good books to read.

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians ( mamonk1@fcps.edu and dlgawalt@fcps.edu )

News from Your PTA

It’s not too late to sign up for the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast. Sign up and details can be found here. Items can be dropped off Monday morning in front of the school. Volunteers will be waiting to assist you for a quick and easy delivery!

Keep it up! Let’s continue walking, biking, or carpooling to school. It helps minimize traffic congestion on the roads and at the school, and it is Earth-friendly!

Spirit-wear is here! We have begun distributing orders to students and will hand out the remaining orders next week during Advisory. Please be aware that there was a delay in the delivery of masks. We will distribute those as soon as they arrive. Thank you for your patience.

Take a break from making dinner! October 19 is our next Spirit Night, and your chance to support Irving MS and our local restaurants. This month’s Spirit Night will be at Coal Fire in Burke.   

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School PTA

Thank you for your support of your PTA - Every child, One voice!

8100 Old Keene Mill Springfield, VA 22152  | Main Office: 703-912-4500
Attendance: 703-912-4545 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, October 11, 2021

Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Teacher Workday and Student Holiday

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Orchestra Concert at 7:00pm

October 25-29, 2021

Red Ribbon Week - SCA Spirit Week

Friday, October 29, 2021

End of 1st Quarter

2-hour Early Dismissal - students dismissed at 12:15 pm.

Monday, November 1 & 

Tuesday November 2, 2021

School Planning Day & Teacher Workday - student holidays - both days

Did you know that the Irving MS Parent Schoology page has all the information you need to know about Irving Middle School? Looking for what clubs meet each Late Bus Day? Look in the After School Program folder.

Respect, Ownership, Communication, and Kindness - ROCK @ Irving

At Irving, we work throughout the year to instill the character traits of ROCK in all we do. Ms. Conley reminded students today, over the morning announcements, that we all need to work together to provide a safe teaching and learning environment. She also issued a challenge to students - instead of following trends that can lead to suspension and/or possibly criminal charges, create a positive trend. What can we as a school do for each other and in the community to lift others up? Capture those moments and post them on social media. We will be working with our students to further develop this idea, capture the good, and use our social media presence to promote these positive trends!

Along those lines, we are hoping you can help us show the ROCK traits in our community. Our neighbors are Communicating with us that there are car drivers not being very Respectful on our surrounding neighborhood streets, by parking illegally while waiting to pick up their child to avoid our Kiss and Ride. Please help us show Kindness to our neighbors and only park in legal spots and do not block neighborhood streets so that trash and recycling trucks can make it through. Please take Ownership of where you are parking and waiting for your child if you are not in our Kiss and Ride as our neighbors have informed us they will be asking the police to enforce the no parking areas. We are sure our families will ROCK this request and be a great example for our students! 

Hydration Stations

All water fountains in FCPS are for water bottle filling/refilling only. We HIGHLY encourage your child to bring a water bottle (LABELED with your child’s name on it) to school daily. As many water bottles do look alike, it is very important that the bottle is labeled with the student’s name as we have several bottles left behind on a daily basis. 

Board Games, Lego & Cards

Do you have complete board games that your family no longer plays, Lego that isn’t used anymore, and/or some extra card decks around the house? If so, please send them in with your child, who can drop them off outside of the main office. Our students will use them during our daily 15-minute breaks when we have inclement weather. 

Previous School News Can your Child Read & Write in Another Language?

Earn Free High School Credit! Our 7th & 8th Graders can earn up to 3 Credits towards an Advanced High School Diploma!

  • More information from FCPS found here.
  • Ask your child’s school counselor to sign up or for more information about the World Language Credit Exam!
School Owned Laptops

We have given out a laptop to each student who wanted one and we are now all out of laptops, due to increased enrollment this year. We anticipate getting a few more laptops, however the supply will be limited and will only be used to replace/repair broken laptops. 

Please remind your child to bring their CHARGED laptop to school with them every day. We do NOT have any computers available to loan students who forget theirs for the day. 

Digital Resource Consent

Thank you to all parents/guardians who have already submitted the Digital Resource Consent (DRC) this year! If you have not yet done so, please visit Irving’s DRC page on our website and complete the form today!

Please DO NOT request a locker if you have already requested a locker for this year.

News from Your PTA

Get out and be active! Walk/Bike to School Day is next Wednesday, Oct. 6. Please see the provided link for more information.

Oct. 11 is a teacher workday, and the PTA would like to treat our amazing Irving teachers and staff to some delicious snacks! Join us in showing our appreciation by donating food or drink items or volunteering some time. Click here for further details and to sign up.

The PTA Reflections Program is an opportunity for students to explore the arts and express themselves. This year’s theme is “I Will Change the World By...” Students can submit their completed works of art in one or more of the following categories: dance, film production, literature, music composition, photography, visual arts. The deadline for submissions is October 20. Please see the links below for more information and the online entry form.

Reflections Arts Program | National PTA

2021-22 Reflections Rules & Resources - Google Drive

Washington Irving Middle School PTA (Reflections 2021-2022) Entry Form

Have kids who love games? Please consider donating their favorite games for use on days when students will have indoor recess. Items should be fun for middle-schoolers, in new or good condition, have all necessary components, and be able to be finished in 15 minutes or less. We will provide a box in the office for collection. Thank you, Mr. Croce, for the wonderful idea!  

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Upcoming Important Dates

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Virginia Growth Assessment - Reading  

Schedule for the day 

3rd Period - 7:30-8:55am

1st Period - as soon as testing ends - 10:25 am

5th and 8th Period continue as normal

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Virginia Growth Assessment - Math

Schedule for the day 

3rd Period - 7:30-8:55am

1st Period - as soon as testing ends - 10:25 am

5th and 8th Period continue as normal

October 11

Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Teacher Workday and Student Holiday

Thank you, to our amazing families, Ms. Miciak, and Ms. Rhodes for dedicating time out of their Wednesday to build picnic benches. Our students really enjoyed using them in the beautiful weather today. 

After School Activities

We are excited for our after school clubs and activities to fully begin next week. Students will receive updates through ROCK Block about new clubs and activities weekly. We will be sending a separate News You Choose on Monday with all of the details regarding Clubs and Activities. Stay Tuned!

Virginia Growth Assessment

Irving students will participate in the Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) next week. The Reading VGA will take place on Tuesday, September 28 and the Math VGA will take place on Thursday, September 30. Students in high-school level math courses (Algebra, Geometry, etc) will not be taking a Math VGA. In order to ensure our students are prepared to take the VGA next week, this slide was shared in ROCK Block, as well as in the Schoology Student and Parent Courses. More information about the VGA can be found on the FCPS website. Thank you!

Can your Child Read & Write in Another Language?

Earn Free High School Credit! Our 7th & 8th Graders can earn up to 3 Credits towards an Advanced High School Diploma!

  • More information from FCPS found here.
  • Ask your child’s school counselor to sign up or for more information about the World Language Credit Exam!
Library News

Approximately 98% of all students have now visited the library with their English classes (we’ll see the other 2% early next week).  It is important that students know what resources they have access to in our library.  Additionally, we want students to have something that they’ve chosen themselves to read during our school-wide “Take Time for Reading” observance, which occurs at the beginning of each 3rd period block.  Theoretically, every other school day, your child will have read for a sustained period during the school day.  Try asking over dinner about what they’ve read and what they’ve learned from reading; hopefully, interesting conversations will result!

We’re happy to report that circulation rates are UP!  Irving students are borrowing and returning library books at a record pace.  We’re happy that students are finding plenty of good books to read.

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

Previous School News School Owned Laptops

We have given out a laptop to each student who wanted one and we are now all out of laptops, due to increased enrollment this year. We anticipate getting a few more laptops, however the supply will be limited and will only be used to replace/repair broken laptops. 

Please remind your child to bring their CHARGED laptop to school with them every day. We do NOT have any computers available to loan students who forget theirs for the day. 

Digital Resource Consent

Thank you to all parents/guardians who have already submitted the Digital Resource Consent (DRC) this year! If you have not yet done so, please visit Irving’s DRC page on our website and complete the form today!

Please DO NOT request a locker if you have already requested a locker for this year. News from Your PTA

Thank you for supporting our first Spirit Night of the year! Your generosity helps to sponsor events and programs for our students and staff.

Get out and be active! Walk/Bike to School Day is Wednesday, Oct. 6. Please see the provided link for more information.

The PTA Reflections Program is an opportunity for students to explore the arts and express themselves. This year’s theme is “I Will Change the World By...” Students can submit their completed works of art in one or more of the following categories: dance, film production, literature, music composition, photography, visual arts. The deadline for submissions is October 20. Please see the links below for more information and the online entry form.

Reflections Arts Program | National PTA

2021-22 Reflections Rules & Resources - Google Drive 

Washington Irving Middle School PTA (Reflections 2021-2022) Entry Form

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Upcoming Important Dates

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Virginia Growth Assessment - Reading  

Schedule for the day 

3rd Period - 7:30-8:55am

1st Period - as soon as testing ends - 10:25 am

5th and 8th Period continue as normal

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Virginia Growth Assessment - Math

Schedule for the day 

3rd Period - 7:30-8:55am

1st Period - as soon as testing ends - 10:25 am

5th and 8th Period continue as normal

Students in Ms. Nichols’ class sharing their “I am a Communicator” module with other Irving students. Students teaching students - a fantastic demonstration of building Portrait of a Graduate skills.

Devious Lick TikTok Challenges

Thank you for speaking with your students regarding the Devious Lick TikTok challenges that were encouraging students to commit acts of vandalism in school. We have continued to reinforce appropriate student behavior each day. To address some of the damage in school, we have had to close some bathrooms on a rotating basis and have been working closely with our custodians to get things repaired as quickly as possible. We hope to have all bathrooms back in working order no later than next week. Again, we appreciate your support in speaking with your child about the importance of making good choices and not following in the steps of those on social media. 

Lunch Locations

In an effort to further distance students while eating lunch, we have opened a 3rd location for students to eat lunch outside. Students may bring picnic blankets or sit on the benches/chairs provided in our new location as well as in the courtyard. We will utilize all outdoor spaces as long as the weather permits - even throughout the winter. 

Can your Child Read & Write in Another Language?

Earn Free High School Credit! Our 7th & 8th Graders can earn up to 3 Credits towards an Advanced High School Diploma!

  • More information from FCPS found here.
  • Ask your child’s school counselor to sign up or for more information about the World Language Credit Exam!
Library News

Approximately 98% of all students have now visited the library with their English classes (we’ll see the other 2% early next week).  It is important that students know what resources they have access to in our library.  Additionally, we want students to have something that they’ve chosen themselves to read during our school-wide “Take Time for Reading” observance, which occurs at the beginning of each 3rd period block.  Theoretically, every other school day, your child will have read for a sustained period during the school day.  Try asking over dinner about what they’ve read and what they’ve learned from reading; hopefully, interesting conversations will result!

We’re happy to report that circulation rates are UP!  Irving students are borrowing and returning library books at a record pace.  We’re happy that students are finding plenty of good books to read.

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

Previous School News School Owned Laptops

We have given out a laptop to each student who wanted one and we are now all out of laptops, due to increased enrollment this year. We anticipate getting a few more laptops, however the supply will be limited and will only be used to replace/repair broken laptops. 

Please remind your child to bring their CHARGED laptop to school with them every day. We do NOT have any computers available to loan students who forget theirs for the day. 

Digital Resource Consent

Thank you to all parents/guardians who have already submitted the Digital Resource Consent (DRC) this year! If you have not yet done so, please visit Irving’s DRC page on our website and complete the form today!

Please DO NOT request a locker if you have already requested a locker for this year. News from Your PTA

Thank you for making our first PTA meeting a success! With your participation we were able to approve the 2021-2022 budget! Click here to review the 2021-2022 budget. We also received a great parent suggestion to promote Walk/Bike to School Day, happening on Oct. 6. Please see the provided link for more information.

Congratulations to the Green, Yellow, Red and White Teams. They each had the same number of families attend the PTA meeting - each team will earn 50 points towards the Team Challenge!

Our first Spirit Night of the year will be held on Tuesday, September 21 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm at the Chipotle in the Saratoga Shopping Center. Click here for further information.

It’s not too late to join the PTA! Connect with other Irving families and support our teachers and staff. Stay informed of events and resources. Make a difference in the Irving community by sharing your voice and volunteering your time. Join here!

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Thank you for your support of your PTA - Every child, One voice!

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Upcoming Important Dates

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Food for Neighbors Collection Day!

Monday, September 13, 2021

Picture Day with Lifetouch during PE class

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Virtual PTA Meeting - 7:00 pm - link will be sent closer to the meeting. 

For more information from the PTA, see below. 

The grade level team with the most parents/guardians in attendance for the full PTA meeting will receive 50 points for the Team Challenge!

Irving Band students taking advantage of the nice weather to play their instruments outside.

Supporting Our Neighborhoods

First, we want to thank you for your patience as we navigate the high volume of cars in our Kiss and Ride. We are getting into a good routine and the time in the Kiss and Ride line has decreased each day. Please continue to follow the directions of our staff to ensure safety for everyone. 

We have received several calls from members in our community regarding streets being blocked due to families dropping off or picking up students. This is impacting trash removal and other service providers, who are not able to access the areas needed. Please do not block streets and driveways to pick up your child in our surrounding neighborhoods - use our Kiss and Ride. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this request as do our neighbors.

Temporary Bus Passes- No Longer Accepted

Due to how full our buses are, per transportation, we are no longer allowed to issue temporary bus passes to students who want to ride home with a friend.  Students may only ride a bus to which they are assigned. If your child needs to ride a different bus home for child care purposes, please complete an exception to ride form. The guidelines for an exception are linked HERE and the form is HERE

Virginia Growth Assessment - Notification of Testing

The Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics. 

This year students in both grades 7 & 8 will take the VGA for Reading on Tuesday, September 28 from 7:30-10:30 am and all students except those enrolled in Algebra or Geometry will take the VGA for Math on Thursday, September 30 from 7:30-10:30 am. Please try to avoid making appointments on these dates as we have limited time for makeup testing

For more information about the VGA, please click on the links below.

VGA Information

Full VGA Parent/Guardian Letter

Library News

The library has re-established itself as the center of the school now that everyone is back and in person!  The library has been a busy place, with students checking out so many books during their break time.  This week we have hosted 7th grade English classes for checkouts and will see all 8th grade students next week!  We are happy to be able to talk about books with students in person this year!

  • Volunteers Needed:  With the abundance of student checkouts, we’d like to have some parent volunteers to help us shelve books and keep our bookshelves straight.  Please contact Mary Ann Monk (mamonk1@fcps.edu) if you would be interested in serving for an hour or two on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
Previous School News Label Everything with Your Child’s Name!

We are already experiencing things being left behind in classes and during lunch. To ensure you are getting your belongings back home each day, it is VERY important that you LABEL EVERYTHING! If there is a name on an item, it is much easier to get things back to the correct student. 

As we get into fall and winter weather (it will eventually get here), please be sure to label your child’s jackets, coats, hats, and any other outerwear they will bring to school. Many students will have the same jackets - so a label makes identifying who an item belongs to so much easier. Please LABEL EVERYTHING!

Away for the Day

Irving MS will be an Away for the Day School again this year. Students will be required to turn phones/electronic devices off and keep them in their backpacks from 7:30-2:15.

  •  Returning to school in the building provides an opportunity to reacclimate to school, peers, and communicating in person. We found students were more successful and focused in school with the implementation of Away from the Day two years ago and look forward to more success with this program again this year.
News from Your PTA

Spirit wear is now available to order online! We don’t keep inventory on hand, so don’t miss your first chance to grab some Irving gear! The deadline to order is tomorrow Sept.11.

Our first PTA meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7pm! This meeting will be virtual, and a link will be sent earlier that day via email. Topics will include a review of the proposed budget and a 2019-2020 financial review.

Click here to preview the 2021-2022 proposed budget.

Click here to preview the completed 2020-2021 financial review.

There’s still time to join the PTA! Connect with other Irving families and support our teachers and staff. Stay informed of events and resources. Make a difference in the Irving community by sharing your voice and volunteering your time. Join here!

 Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School PTA

Thank you for your support of your PTA - every child, one voice!  For questions or comments, you can always email us directly IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Students in Ms. Sakas’ class utilize our new outdoor learning space!

Picture courtesy of Communication and Community Relations Staff

New School Information Virginia Growth Assessment - Notification of Testing

The Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics. 

This year students in both grades 7 & 8 will take the VGA for Reading on Tuesday, September 28 from 7:30-10:30 am and all students except those enrolled in Algebra or Geometry will take the VGA for Math on Thursday, September 30 from 7:30-10:30 am. Please try to avoid making appointments on these dates as we have limited time for makeup testing

For more information about the VGA, please click on the links below.

VGA Information

Full VGA Parent/Guardian Letter

School Owned Laptops

We have given out a laptop to each student who wanted one and we are now all out of laptops, due to increased enrollment this year. We anticipate getting a few more laptops, however the supply will be limited and will only be used to replace/repair broken laptops. 

Please remind your child to bring their CHARGED laptop to school with them every day. We do NOT have any computers available to loan students who forget theirs for the day.  

Back to School Night

We had about 350 families participate in Back to School Night. We are so grateful for your patience as Ms. Conley navigated some technical difficulties. Below is the link to the slide deck shared and the recording from the evening. 

Be on the lookout for more personalized learning opportunities to familiarize yourself with Schoology and SIS in the next couple of weeks. 

Interested in participating in the WIMS Parent/Guardian Book Club? We will be reading Middle School Matters by Phyllis Fagell.  Please complete this form if you would like to participate. The first book club date will be in December. The date will be announced in mid-November so we have a better understanding of what type of forum for the book study we will be able to host. 

Slide Deck from BTSN

Zoom Recording of BTSN: Irving 101 - Back to School Night

Access Passcode: @7Zz4N.7h9

Previous School News Free and Reduced Lunch Application

This year breakfast and lunch are free to all students. However, if your family qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch, it is important to still complete the application so that families are able to qualify for the other free or reduced fees, such as student fees for supplies for elective classes.

  • The free and reduced meals application includes an online application for parents/guardians to submit the application electronically for faster processing.
  • The online free and reduced meals application is available in the following languages (to change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen): English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, Vietnamese, and Korean 
  • The online application can be completed on mobile devices.
  • If an email address is provided, notification will be e-mailed regarding approval.

To access the form, please click the following the application LINK.

Label Everything with Your Child’s Name!

We are already experiencing things being left behind in classes and during lunch. To ensure you are getting your belongings back home each day, it is VERY important that you LABEL EVERYTHING! If there is a name on an item, it is much easier to get things back to the correct student. 

As we get into fall and winter weather (it will eventually get here), please be sure to label your child’s jackets, coats, hats, and any other outerwear they will bring to school. Many students will have the same jackets - so a label makes identifying who an item belongs to so much easier. Please LABEL EVERYTHING!

Digital Resource Consent

Thank you to all parents/guardians who have already submitted the Digital Resource Consent (DRC) this year! If you have not yet done so, please visit Irving’s DRC page on our website and complete the form today!

. Please DO NOT request a locker if you have already requested a locker for this year.

Away for the Day

Irving MS will be an Away for the Day School again this year. Students will be required to turn phones/electronic devices off and keep them in their backpacks from 7:30-2:15.

  •  Returning to school in the building provides an opportunity to reacclimate to school, peers, and communicating in person. We found students were more successful and focused in school with the implementation of Away from the Day two years ago and look forward to more success with this program again this year.
Student Lockers

All student lockers were assigned this week for students who requested a locker. If you would like to request a locker for your child, please complete this form

A reminder: all students have been assigned a PE locker and an Orchestra or Band locker for their instrument if appropriate.

    News from the PTA

Spirit wear is now available to order online! We don’t keep inventory on hand, so don’t miss your first chance to grab some Irving gear! Orders close Sept.11.

Mark your calendars for Sept. 14 at 7pm – the first PTA meeting of the school year! This meeting will be virtual.

Now's your chance to join the PTA! Connect with other Irving families and support our teachers and staff. Stay informed of events and resources. Make a difference in the Irving community by sharing your voice and volunteering your time. Join here!

Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School PTA

Thank you for your support of your PTA - every child, one voice!  For questions or comments, you can always email us directly IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

 

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Upcoming Important Dates

Tuesday, August 31

Virtual Back to School Night at 7:00pm

  • Synchronous Irving 101 with Admin
  • Asynchronous Self-Guided Class tour

Friday, September 3 & Monday, September  6

Labor Day Holiday - No School

Friday, September 10, 2021

Picture Day with Lifetouch

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Virtual PTA Meeting - 7:00 pm - link will be sent closer to the meeting. 

For more information from the PTA, see below.

Dr. Brabrand stopped by Irving Middle School on the First Day of School!

Here he is with Mrs. Hay’s class. Ms. Hay is the FCPS Secondary Teacher of the Year!

Label Everything with Your Child’s Name!

We are already experiencing things being left behind in classes and during lunch. To ensure you are getting your belongings back home each day, it is VERY important that you LABEL EVERYTHING! If there is a name on an item, it is much easier to get things back to the correct student. 

As we get into fall and winter weather (it will eventually get here), please be sure to label your child’s jackets, coats, hats, and any other outerwear they will bring to school. Many students will have the same jackets - so a label makes identifying who an item belongs to so much easier. Please LABEL EVERYTHING!

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

This year breakfast and lunch are free to all students. However, if your family qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch, it is important to still complete the application so that families are able to qualify for the other free or reduced fees, such as student fees for supplies for elective classes.

  • The free and reduced meals application includes an online application for parents/guardians to submit the application electronically for faster processing.
  • The online free and reduced meals application is available in the following languages (to change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen):
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Tagalog
  • French
  • Vietnamese
  • Korean
  • The online application can be completed on mobile devices.
  • If an email address is provided, notification will be e-mailed regarding approval.

To access the form, please click the following link: English Application

Lunch Information

Breakfast and Lunch are FREE to all students this school year. To ensure students are selecting everything available to them, please see the graphic below showing what students may select for breakfast and lunch. There are limited additional items available for purchase during lunch in the cafeteria, however the main Breakfast and Lunch with sides for both remain free to all students.

Technology

It has been a busy week of distributing laptops to students and ensuring they are connected to Schoology and Google! While there is no fee to borrow the laptop, we do ask that students carry their laptop in their backpack when walking in the halls and to avoid eating and drinking near the laptop. Students should notify a staff member if the laptop is not working properly as soon as possible. Families will be required to pay for missing or damaged laptops, so please remind your child to handle their laptop with care. Should there be an issue with a student’s laptop while using it, please submit a Parent or Student Support Ticket

If you choose to bring in a personal computing device, please know that FCPS staff cannot trouble shoot the computer if it is not working correctly, the device may not connect to all programs used by FCPS, and Irving Middle School staff are not responsible for lost or damaged family owned computers. To opt out of using a FCPS-issued laptop, complete the opt-out form and turn it into a staff member.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

All students will be participating in a virtual Students’ Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) presentation during ROCK Block (advisory) on 8/31, facilitated by Mr. Spear and Mrs. Cincinnati. Today students viewed the school division’s SR&R update video. To learn more about the SR&R and access the full guide and/or the quick guide, please click HERE.

Student Lockers

A reminder that student hall lockers are available by request only this year. Students whose parents/guardians requested a locker will receive their locker assignment during the week of 8/30-9/3 from Student Services.  If you did request a locker, please remind your child it is very important to completely close and lock the locker after every use and never share their locker combination with anyone. It is also important to take all lunch boxes and food/drink containers home every day. 

All students have been assigned a PE locker and will receive an Orchestra or Band locker for their instrument. 

If you have not already requested a locker and would like to, please complete this form. Please DO NOT request a locker if you have already requested a locker for this year.

Away for the Day

Irving MS will be an Away for the Day School again this year. Students will be required to turn phones/electronic devices off and keep them in their backpacks from 7:30-2:15.

  •  Returning to school in the building provides an opportunity to reacclimate to school, peers, and communicating in person. We found students were more successful and focused in school with the implementation of Away from the Day two years ago and look forward to more success with this program again this year.
Schoology

Irving MS was a pilot school for Schoology during the 2020-2021 school year. The program is user friendly and provides parents/guardians the ability to keep up with students assignments and due dates. If you would like to familiarize yourself with Schoology, please take a look at these resources.

Securing Bikes

If your child rides a bike to school, please ask them to secure their bike to one of the two bike racks in front of the school. To continue positive relationships with the communities surrounding Irving Middle School, we ask that students not attach their bikes to any fences on a person’s private property. 

News from Your PTA

The Back to School Breakfast was a great success! Thank you for helping to welcome back our amazing teachers and staff! Your support was greatly appreciated.

Now's your chance to join the PTA! Connect with other Irving families and support our teachers and staff. Stay informed of events and resources. Make a difference in the Irving community by sharing your voice and volunteering your time. Join here!

Spirit-wear will be available to order around Aug. 27. We don’t keep inventory on hand, so don’t miss your first chance to grab some Irving gear!

Mark your calendars for Sept. 14 at 7pm – the first PTA meeting of the school year!

Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School PTA

Thank you for your support of your PTA - every child, one voice!  For questions or comments, you can always email us directly IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Attendance: 703-912-4545 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

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News from Your PTA

Now's your chance to join the PTA! Connect with other Irving families, teachers, and staff. Stay informed of events and resources. Make a difference in the Irving community by sharing your voice and volunteering your time. Join the Irving PTA! Become a member at https://irvingms.memberhub.com/store?category=Memberships

We're starting off the year with a Teacher & Staff Breakfast on Monday, August 16th at 8AM! The PTA is providing breakfast burritos from Anita's, but we need your help getting side dishes and a few people to get those donations organized and looking appetizing!  You'll be able to drop your donations off curbside that morning, and we can make arrangements to pick up non-perishables ahead of time - just email us! Please use this link to sign up!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4AAFAF29ABFB6-back

Speaking of volunteer opportunities, your PTA officers have the opportunity to meet regularly with our school board members and relay your school-related issues to them. We also host bingo and movie nights for the students, support the teachers with appreciation snacks throughout the year and an end of year car wash, and work cooperatively on a regular basis with the school administration. All of this is possible through your support. Please check out our volunteer opportunities to see if there is a committee you'd like to lead or an event you'd like to support!  Here's the link for that: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdxpt9ZHYZpKxueOzVOh3717caLeD-D8tglggzmYiO_36FUXg/viewform?utm_name=

Thank you for your support of your PTA - every child, one voice!  For questions or comments, you can always email us directly IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, August 16 - 7:00 pm

WIMS Virtual Town Hall

Thursday, August 19 - 1:00-6:00 pm

Open House - form turn in and schedule pickup*

Friday, August 20 - 7:30-9:50 am

Orientation for rising 7th grade students, rising 8th grade students who were virtual last school year, and any NEW student.*

Monday, August 23 - 7:30 am-2:15 pm

First Day of School (Bell Schedule)

Blue & White Days Schedule

Tuesday, August 31

Virtual Back to School Night

Friday, September 3 & Monday, September  6

Labor Day Holiday - No School

*If your student does not attend either of these programs, students can pick up schedules in Student Services on the first day of school.. 

Greetings, Irving Families!

I hope you are having a safe and wonderful summer! We are busy at Irving cleaning up from construction throughout our building and planning for the start of the school year! We look forward to seeing our students on the first day of school – Monday, August 23. In this letter, you will find important dates, information, and links that will help make starting school a smooth process. Please continue to check our website for important updates and information as we will be continually updating it over the next few days.

As we all prepare for the start of the school year, please know that we want to be partners in reuniting as a school community. I will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall on Monday, August 16 at 7:00 pm to share the most up-to-date opening information and to answer your questions. I hope this time together will help you feel more prepared for the school year.

One of the most important upcoming dates is our Irving MS Open House on Thursday, August 19, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. At the Open House, parents will have the opportunity to complete/turn in the beginning of year required forms which will allow students to pick up their class schedule. Also during the Open House, families are able to purchase PE uniforms, walk through their class schedule and pop into classes to meet their teachers.  If families are unable to attend the Open House, students can pick up this information on the first day of school, Monday, August 23, 2021. So that families have a one stop shop, you will also be able to purchase lunch, a snack, or dinner at the Executive Orders (Mount Vernon) food truck that will be on site all day.

A couple of updates that we want to make sure you are aware of so you can prepare accordingly for the school year.

  • Again this year, Irving MS will be an Away for the Day School – students will be required to turn phones/electronic devices off and keep them in their backpacks from 7:30-2:15.
    •  Returning to school in the building provides an opportunity to reacclimate to school, peers, and communicating in person. We found students were more successful and focused in school with the implementation of Away from the Day two years ago and look forward to more success with this program again this year.
  • Student lockers will be available by request only. We have seen lockers being used less and less due to our 1:1 computer availability and the limited school supplies students carry so we are only issuing lockers to students who request one.
    • If you would like to request a locker, please complete this form.
      • Students will still be assigned a PE locker and Band/Orchestra locker if applicable. 

If we can be of any assistance in preparation for the new school year, please do not hesitate to call the school, 703-912-4500. Our Parent Liaison, Sussy Tomer is also available beginning August 16, 2021, to assist parents and can be reached at 703-912-4691 or setomer@fcps.edu.

See you in a couple of weeks!

Sincerely, 

Cindy Conley

Principal

Open House Information

Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Food Truck available!

All required forms that need to be completed as well as optional forms you may need can be found HERE.

    •  Please note that the Digital Resources Parent/Guardian Consent will not be available until August 11.
    •  A parent/guardian must accompany their child and complete the required beginning of year forms to obtain the student schedule and locker assignment; we will be collecting these forms at the Open House.  
Supply Lists

7th and 8th Grade School Supply Lists

Schoology

Irving MS was a pilot school for Schoology during the 2020-2021 school year. The program is user friendly and provides parents/guardians the ability to keep up with students assignments and due dates. If you would like to get a head start in familiarizing yourself with Schoology, please take a look at these resources

Laptops for Irving Middle School Students

We are excited to share that every Irving Middle School student will be checked out a laptop to use throughout the 2021-2022 school year through the FCPSOn program. We will be sharing more information about the check out process later in the summer. During the checkout process, students will receive a laptop, charger, and computer sleeve that students will be able to take home with them each night. We look forward to being able to provide this resource for all of our students.

New Student Orientation (students only) - Friday, August 20

The Orientation for ALL seventh graders and eighth graders who were virtual for the entire 2020-2021 school year or new to Irving is Friday, August 20, 2021.  Bus transportation will be provided (for those who live outside the walking boundary) and bus schedules for the orientation will be posted in the Main Office windows the week of August 16. Students who walk to school should plan to arrive at Irving by 7:25 a.m. The orientation will begin at 7:30 a.m.  The program will end at 9:50 a.m. with bus departures by 10:00 a.m.   During this time, students will briefly rotate through each class, meeting their teams and teachers.  Students should bring their schedules with them to the orientation, but do not need any other school materials.  Students who did not pick up their schedules at the Open House should report to the Student Services Office to get their schedule.

Back to School Medication Drop-off

The Health Room will be open for drop-off of emergency and daily medications during Open House, 1-6PM.  If you have questions about the forms necessary for medication drop off (available here under the Optional forms section), please contact Diane Boltik at 703-912-4510 or drboltik@fcps.edu.

Regular Bus Schedules

Bus route and pickup times will be loaded into ParentVue. We will have additional copies of the bus route information in the Main Office for parents who require a paper copy of the bus schedule.  Please remember the first few weeks of school can be very hectic as morning routines are re-established, so students should allow adequate time to catch the bus.  Please have your child make every effort to arrive at the bus stop early the first few days.  Drivers will often need to get their routes down and make necessary adjustments to schedules to arrive at school on time, so students are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled arrival time.  This will help alleviate the stress of students missing the bus.

Kiss and Ride

We anticipate our Kiss and Ride loop will be busy in the morning and afternoon again this year. During the first week of school as families figure out the routine and timing of drop off and pick up, we will some time back up onto Old Keene Mill Road. To ensure a safe and smooth Kiss and Ride we ask you to do the following:

  1. Follow the directions of our Crossing Guard and Staff in the parking lot.
  2. Please ensure cell phones are put away while in our parking lot – we have staff and students walking through the lot and need to make sure everyone is paying attention.
  3. Pack your patience – we have 1230 students and 130+ staff members who will arrive and leave around the same time by bus, car, bike, and walking. We will do the best we can to get everyone through the line as quickly as possible. 
Morning Announcements

We have found that our students are in their first period classes by 7:20 or earlier. To help maximize class time First Period, we will begin our morning announcements (which include the Moment of Silence and the Pledge of Allegiance) at 7:24 a.m. so class can begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. Our warning bell will now ring at 7:19 a.m. signifying students need to go to their First Period class.

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More detailed information will be sent the first week in August.

Upcoming Important Dates

Thursday, August 19

Open House - required form turn in and schedule pickup

Friday, August 20

Orientation for rising 7th grade students, rising 8th grade students who were virtual last school year, and any NEW student.

Monday, August 23

First Day of School (Full Day)

Tuesday, August 31

Back to School Night

Friday, September 3 & Monday, September  6

Labor Day Holiday - No School

Construction Continues at WIMS

We are more than halfway through the construction in our building. In this picture, steel beams are being lifted onto the roof to be set in place in preparation for additional fresh air units. 

Have Questions About the Vaccine? 

For her Silver Award Project for Girl Scouts, 8th grade student Amelia interviewed physician Dr. Rebecca Levorson from Pediatric Specialists of Virginia where she serves as Medical Director of Infectious Diseases. Click on the picture below or HERE to view the full video.

Laptops for Irving Middle School Students

We are excited to share that every Irving Middle School student will be checked out a laptop to use throughout the 2021-2022 school year through the FCPSOn program. We will be sharing more information about the check out process later in the summer. During the checkout process, students will receive a laptop, charger, and computer sleeve. We look forward to being able to provide this resource for all of our students.

The Irving MS Summer READ! Program, which runs from June 12th -August 22nd, gives students a lot of choice in what they read.  While logged into their Google account, students may view a choice board that lists many different types of things that students can opt to read.  Completing a choice board square and filling out a Google Form about what they read earns the student one (1) ticket. 

Each ticket serves as one (1) entry in the drawing for prizes that will happen at the beginning of the school year.   Students can earn up to 24 tickets throughout the summer.  Four students’ names will be chosen to receive $25 Barnes and Noble gift cards.  A student may only win one (1) gift card.                                   

Choice Board Link    Google Form Link

Email Ms. Monk or Mrs.Gawalt with any questions.

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