Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

June 13-August 12

Irving Middle School Hours - 8:00-1:00 - Monday-Friday

August 22

First Day of the 2022-2023 School Year - 7:30 am n.

 

Congratulations to our 8th grade students! We are so proud of your hard work over the last 2 years. Pictured above, students enjoy a game during the 8th grade celebration on Friday, June 3!

Dear Irving Families! 

Thank you for all of your support throughout this school year. It has definitely been a year to remember. I am proud of our students and the growth they have shown academically and in so many of the activities they are involved in. 

As I reflect on this school year, I think about just how far we have come - the changes our students have gone through and the outstanding support of our West Springfield community. We have been able to enjoy music and theater performances, fun activities sponsored by our PTA (in person!), and presentations of learning about students’ growth in the Portrait of a Graduate skills. 

Throughout the last two years, I have been amazed time and time again by the kindness and selfless acts for others by our community- this was most evident as we celebrated with Food for Neighbors and the collection of over 70,000 pounds of food being donated since we began in 2018. This accomplishment and countless others are due to you, our Irving Families and we are so grateful! 

For our 8th grade families, we wish you all the best in high school. To our 7th grade families, we look forward to seeing you back at Irving on Monday, August 22. Lastly, don’t forget to look below to see our summer READ BINGO board below- I cannot wait to hear about all the great books our students and staff read over the summer. 

I wish everyone a restful and relaxing summer. 

Cindy Conley

Principal

West Springfield HS Summer Camps

For more information contact Coach Gibson at [email protected] or use the link below.

2022 Lady Spartan Summer Basketball Camp

Library News

We have gotten the majority of books back, but still have many to collect.  All library materials need to be returned asap.   If the book has been lost, come and talk to Ms. Monk or Mrs. Gawalt in the library before school is out.

Irving’s SUMMER READ! Program is back!!!   Rising 7th graders and rising 8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in our SUMMER READ! Program this year.  Students pick books of their choice that meet the requirements of our reading “Bingo” card, and report via Google Form when they’ve finished reading each one.  For each book completed, students earn 1 ticket that is put into a raffle and earn 1 point for their school team for the 2022-2023 school year.  Students may earn up to 24 tickets.  Four student winners will be drawn from the tickets that are earned throughout the summer.  The prizes are $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards!

All students can open the SUMMER READ! bingo card through their FCPS Google account.  The Google form to fill out after students have read books is also available online at: https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2022

News from the PTA

Congratulations to our incoming board officers: Robert Johnson - President, Katie Zeytoonian - Secretary, and Christy Whiteaker - Treasurer! 

Stay up-to-date with our PTA via the Washington Irving PTA Facebook page.

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected]

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Upcoming Important Dates

June 6 & 7

Laptop Collection - Please see below for more information

Tuesday, June 7, 6:00 p.m.

Rising 9th Grade Parent Night at West Springfield High School

Wednesday, June 8

PTA Staff Car Wash - Volunteers needed!

Please help the PTA give back to our teachers as we wash their cars throughout the day. Please email [email protected] if you would like to volunteer to wash cars.

Thursday, June 9

Team Day

Students will celebrate the end of year with our field day in the morning and team celebrations in the afternoon. Students should come prepared to be active outside in the morning with hats, sunscreen, and water bottles (with their name on them).

 Friday, June 10

Last day of the 2021-2022 School Year

  • Students dismissed at 12:15
  • Offices will close at 12:45, so all staff may participate in an end of year celebration.

 

WSHS Graduates throw their caps to celebrate graduating!

Congratulations, Class of 2022 West Springfield Graduates!

Laptop Collection

Students will return their FCPS-issued Dell laptop and power cord on Monday & Tuesday, June 6 & 7 during science classes. For students who are absent on collection days, we will have an additional collection at the beginning of the school day on June 8. Please check in with your child before June 6 to:

  • Remove stickers that have been added to the laptop. Note: please do not apply pressure to remove sticker residue, as this could damage the laptop. Any remaining residue can be removed by our tech team.
  • Check that the power cord your child brings to school is the Dell power cord given with the laptop. This is the only power cord that will be accepted. If a power cord is lost, families can pay the replacement cost ($23) on MySchoolBucks.com and students can show the emailed receipt when returning the laptop. 

Once the laptop is returned, a receipt will be sent to your child’s Google (@fcpsschools.net) email. If the power cord is not returned with the laptop, the emailed receipt will indicate that. Thank you!

Webinar on Opioid Use Trends and Support Set for June 7

Opioid overdoses are on the rise in the Fairfax Health District, which is consistent with national and state trends. 

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with Fairfax County Government to provide an educational webinar on substance use trends and supports June 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Register for the June 7 webinar

The webinar will cover topics including:

  • Most Commonly Used Substances.
  • In Depth Opioid Information.
  • Reasons Why Youth Use Substances.
  • Ways Parents Can Support their Children.
  • Available FCPS and Fairfax County Resources.
  • How to connect with support providers.

Language interpretation will be available in Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, and Korean. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting by an ASL/Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) Team will also be provided.

Learn more about what you can do to help and prevent overdoses in our Healthy Minds blog.

Summer Opportunities

Unfortunately, the registration for V.I.P. Camp has closed, however, you may find resources for the Summer in the Summer Opportunities folder on Schoology. All Parents > Summer Opportunities

West Springfield HS Summer Camps

For more information contact Coach Gibson at [email protected] or use the link below.

2022 Lady Spartan Summer Basketball Camp

Library News

We have gotten the majority of books back, but still have many to collect.  All library materials need to be returned asap.   If the book has been lost, come and talk to Ms. Monk or Mrs. Gawalt in the library before school is out.

Irving’s SUMMER READ! Program is back!!!   Rising 7th graders and rising 8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in our SUMMER READ! Program this year.  Students pick books of their choice that meet the requirements of our reading “Bingo” card, and report via Google Form when they’ve finished reading each one.  For each book completed, students earn 1 ticket that is put into a raffle and earn 1 point for their school team for the 2022-2023 school year.  Students may earn up to 24 tickets.  Four student winners will be drawn from the tickets that are earned throughout the summer.  The prizes are $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards!

All students can open the SUMMER READ! bingo card through their FCPS Google account.  The Google form to fill out after students have read books is also available online at: https://bit.ly/WIMSSUMREAD2022

News from the PTA

Congratulations to our incoming board officers: Robert Johnson - President, Katie Zeytoonian - Secretary, and Christy Whiteaker - Treasurer! 

Teacher Appreciation Events

On Monday, June 6 we will distribute bundtlettes (mini-Bundt cakes) from Nothing Bundt Cakes to our amazing teachers! We are looking for volunteers to help distribute them to teachers during the afternoon.

Wednesday, June 8 is our annual Teacher Appreciation Car Wash! Come help us show our staff some love through this act of service.

If you are interested in volunteering for either or both of these events, please email us at [email protected], or sign up online through links shared in the PTA email or on the Washington Irving PTA Facebook page.

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly  [email protected]

Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School

8100 Old Keene Mill Springfield, VA 22152  | Main Office: 703-912-4500
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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, May 30

No School - Memorial Day - Student Holiday

Friday, June 3

8th Grade Celebration - 6:00-8:00 pm

  • See below for more information 
  • Sign up to donate a snack for the celebration HERE

June 6 & 7

Laptop Collection - Please see below for more information

Tuesday, June 7, 6:00 p.m.

Rising 9th Grade Parent Night at West Springfield High School

Wednesday, June 8

PTA Staff Car Wash - Volunteers needed!

Please help the PTA give back to our teachers as we wash their cars throughout the day. Please email [email protected] if you would like to volunteer to wash cars.

Thursday, June 9

Team Day

Students will celebrate the end of year with our field day in the morning and team celebrations in the afternoon. Students should come prepared to be active outside in the morning with hats, sunscreen, and water bottles (with their name on them).

 Friday, June 10

Last day of the 2021-2022 School Year

  • Students dismissed at 12:15
  • Offices will close at 12:45, so all staff may participate in an end of year celebration.

 

We have had an exciting week at Irving with so many positives, we just have to share!  

  • On Friday, May 20, we welcomed rising 7th grade students from 3 of our feeder elementary schools. 8th grade student ambassadors served as guides for our visitors. We look forward to WSES school students visiting next week!
  • We successfully finished up SOL testing! Thank you to our amazing team for organizing all of the tests, makeup tests, and retake tests. We are so proud of our students and how much they have grown this year.
  • We kicked off our Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning yesterday! We have about 275 students participating in this exciting pilot. After 3-years of working on this pilot we are thrilled to finally be able to have these presentations. Students are doing great work and these presentations are 100% student driven opportunities for them to demonstrate their learning.
  • We held 3 beautiful concerts this week - first our Bands performed at WSHS on Monday, then a lively Chorus concert was held in our cafetorium on Wednesday, and we finished with sweet sounds from our Orchestra last night. Congratulations to our student performers and outstanding teachers! 
  • Last but not least, we celebrated with over 250 West Springfield High School seniors as they walked the halls of Irving one last time before graduation next Tuesday. 

So much good happens in our halls every day and we are grateful to you for the support you have shown our students and staff.

8th Grade Celebration

Friday, June 3 from 6:00-8:00 pm

  • The purpose of the 8th grade celebration is to have fun and celebrate one last time as a class with our 8th grade students before they head out for the summer and on to high school. 
  • Only 8th grade students attending Irving Middle School may attend. 
  • The 8th grade celebration is NOT a formal event
  • Students should be comfortable to dance and likely take a lot of pictures in our step and repeat section. In previous years, students have worn a pair of slacks and a collared shirt or a skirt/blouse or dress, again NO formal attire or high heels are required or recommended for this event (often high heels are taken off within about 10 minutes of arriving…).
  • Students often attend in groups, so having a “date” is NOT a requirement to attend. 
  • We will be utilizing outdoor spaces for the event - fingers crossed for good weather!
  • We need volunteers to make this celebration a success - please see the link below to volunteer as a chaperone for the 8th Grade Celebration. Thank you in advance for helping us make this celebration a successful event for our students. 

Snack Donation Sign-up 

Chaperone Sign-up form

Laptop Collection

Students will return their FCPS-issued Dell laptop and power cord on June 6 & 7 during science classes. For students who are absent on collection days, we will have an additional collection at the beginning of the school day on June 8. We would appreciate if you could check in with your child before June 6 to ensure the following:

  • Please remove any stickers that have been added to the laptop before returning. Note: please do not apply pressure to remove sticker residue, as this could damage the laptop. Any remaining residue can be removed by our tech team.
  • Please check that the power cord your child brings to school is the Dell power cord given with the laptop. This is the only power cord that will be accepted. If a power cord is lost, families can pay the replacement cost ($23) on MySchoolBucks.com and students can show the emailed receipt when returning the laptop. 

Once the laptop is returned, a receipt will be sent to your child’s Google (@fcpsschools.net) email. If the power cord is not returned with the laptop, the emailed receipt will indicate that. Thank you!

Webinar on Opioid Use Trends and Support Set for June 7

Opioid overdoses are on the rise in the Fairfax Health District, which is consistent with national and state trends. 

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with Fairfax County Government to provide an educational webinar on substance use trends and supports June 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Register for the June 7 webinar

The webinar will cover topics including:

  • Most Commonly Used Substances.
  • In Depth Opioid Information.
  • Reasons Why Youth Use Substances.
  • Ways Parents Can Support their Children.
  • Available FCPS and Fairfax County Resources.
  • How to connect with support providers.

Language interpretation will be available in Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, and Korean. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting by an ASL/Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) Team will also be provided.

Learn more about what you can do to help and prevent overdoses in our Healthy Minds blog.

Summer Opportunities

Unfortunately, the registration for V.I.P. Camp has closed, however, you may find resources for the Summer in the Summer Opportunities folder on Schoology. All Parents > Summer Opportunities

West Springfield HS Summer Camps

For more information contact Coach Gibson at [email protected] or use the link below.

2022 Lady Spartan Summer Basketball Camp

Library News

This school year is coming to an end quickly.  All library materials are due in one week on Friday, May 27 which is next week.  Overdue notices were sent this week to both students and parents.  Thank you to the students who returned their books promptly. All borrowed materials become overdue after May 27.  Start looking for those long forgotten library books now, and return them to the mailbox outside of the library doors or in the slot inside the library.  If you are still reading a book and do not finish it by May 27th, come and talk to Ms. Monk or Mrs. Gawalt.

The Readers Unite Club met one last time celebrating a year of reading with a party and literary games. We read 12 books this year.  Wow!

News from the PTA PTA Meeting

This past Tuesday was our last PTA meeting. We reviewed the financial report, history of activities, end-of-year events, and held board elections. Congratulations to our incoming board officers: Robert Johnson - President, Katie Zeytoonian - Secretary, and Christy Whiteaker - Treasurer! Also, a huge thank you to the WSHS PTSA for providing a ton of useful information and tips and answering questions for our families with rising 9th graders.

Teacher Appreciation Events

On Monday, June 6 we will distribute bundtlettes (mini-Bundt cakes) from Nothing Bundt Cakes to our amazing teachers! We are looking for volunteers to help distribute them to teachers during the afternoon.

Wednesday, June 8 is our annual Teacher Appreciation Car Wash! Come help us show our staff some love through this act of service.

If you are interested in volunteering for either or both of these events, please email us at [email protected], or sign up online through links in the upcoming PTA email or on the Washington Irving PTA Facebook page.

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly  [email protected]

Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School

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

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Upcoming Important Dates

May 25-27

Final Exams - World Languages, Algebra, and Geometry courses

Thursday, May 26

Last Late Bus Day

Friday, June 3

8th Grade Celebration - 6:00-8:00 pm

  • See below for more information

Wednesday, June 8

PTA Staff Car Wash - Volunteers needed!

Please help the PTA give back to our teachers as we wash their cars throughout the day. Please email [email protected] if you would like to volunteer to wash cars.

Thursday, June 9

Team Day

Students will celebrate the end of year with our field day in the morning and team celebrations in the afternoon. Students should come prepared to be active outside in the morning with hats, sunscreen, and water bottles (with their name on them).

 Friday, June 10

 Last day of the 2021-2022 School Year

  • Students dismissed at 12:15
  • Offices will close at 12:45, so all staff may participate in an end of year celebration.

 

It’s Race Day!

Over the last couple of weeks, students in Engineering classes have been racing their CO2 cars. Students individually designed and built their cars. Pictured above are just a few of the outstanding designs and Ms. Marshall setting up cars to be raced down the 2-class length track.

8th Grade Celebration - Friday, June 3 from 6:00-8:00 pm
  • The purpose of the 8th grade celebration is to have fun and celebrate one last time as a class with our 8th grade students before they head out for the summer and on to high school. 
  • Only 8th grade students attending Irving Middle School may attend. 
  • The 8th grade celebration is NOT a formal event
  • Students should be comfortable to dance and likely take a lot of pictures in our step and repeat section. In previous years, students have worn a pair of slacks and a collared shirt or a skirt/blouse or dress, again NO formal attire or high heels are required or recommended for this event (often high heels are taken off within about 10 minutes of arriving…).
  • Students often attend in groups, so having a “date” is NOT a requirement to attend. 
  • We will be utilizing outdoor spaces for the event - fingers crossed for good weather!
  • We need volunteers to make this celebration a success - please see the link below to volunteer as a chaperone for the 8th Grade Celebration. Thank you in advance for helping us make this celebration a successful event for our students. 

Chaperone Sign-up form: https://forms.gle/DpRZCeFEcGmxn58o6

Summer Opportunities

Unfortunately, the registration for V.I.P. Camp has closed, however, you may find resources for the Summer in the Summer Opportunities folder on Schoology. All Parents > Summer Opportunities

West Springfield HS Summer Camps

For more information contact Coach Gibson at [email protected] or use the link below.

2022 Lady Spartan Summer Basketball Camp

Student Laptop Chargers

It is important that all students charge laptops each night, as we do not have the ability to charge them in classrooms at the beginning of each day. For students who need to purchase a replacement charger, the cost is $23. Chargers can be purchased two ways:

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks and pay for one online and then pick it up from the Tech Office the next day.

  2. Send a check made out to Irving MS with your student to school. They will take it to the Tech Office in the morning and pick up a replacement charger   at the same time.

Irving Stays After

After School Programs and Clubs - ends Thursday, May 26

*Description and schedule information can be found in Schoology. All Parents > After School Program Folder

Library News

Can you believe this school year is winding down?  That means that in the coming weeks we will be asking that all library books be returned.  All books are due Friday, May 27 and that's just over 2 weeks away!!  Start looking for those long forgotten library books now and return them.  If you are still reading a book and do not finish it by May 27th, come and talk to Ms. Monk or Mrs. Gawalt.

News from the PTA PTA Opportunity

We are still searching for our next PTA Vice President! The Vice President position is a flexible role that has traditionally had a focus on communication. See the linked descriptions of board positions (page 1 page 2) for more details. If you would like to run or nominate someone else for this position, please submit the linked nomination form to [email protected]

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly  [email protected]

Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School

8100 Old Keene Mill Springfield, VA 22152  | Main Office: 703-912-4500
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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, May 9

7th & 8th Grade English SOL

Friday, May 13

7th & 8th Grade Math SOL

 

Thank you, Irving Teachers and Staff! It was a great week of celebrations for our teachers and staff. Thank you for recognizing our amazing team of educators! A big shout out to Ms. Sozzi’s students! 

They made a special sweet treat for our staff this week.

Thank you, West Springfield Community

Since 2018, Irving Middle School has partnered with Food for Neighbors to provide snack packs to students at Irving MS, West Springfield HS, Twain MS, Key MS, and Lewis High School. Last weekend, we celebrated Food for Neighbors 5th Anniversary at our last Red Bag Collection for this school year. We are so pleased to share that since we began in 2018, the West Springfield Community has donated over 70,000 pounds of food! This program is a far reaching success because of your generosity and our amazing volunteers. Thank you! Please take a look at a lovely article about our partnership with Food for Neighbors.  

School Computers & SOL Testing

Monday, May 9 (English SOL) and Friday, May 13 (MathSOL) we will be testing all students. In order for testing to go smoothly, please make sure your child brings their FULLY charged school laptop to school every day and especially on our testing days. We have a very limited number of chargers and an even smaller number of loaner laptops. We need all students to bring their fully charged school laptop to school every day.

West Springfield HS Summer Camps

For more information contact Coach Gibson at [email protected] or use the link below.

2022 Lady Spartan Summer Basketball Camp

Student Laptop Chargers

It is important that all students charge laptops each night, as we do not have the ability to charge them in classrooms at the beginning of each day. For students who need to purchase a replacement charger, the cost is $23. Chargers can be purchased two ways:

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks and pay for one online and then pick it up from the Tech Office the next day.

  2. Send a check made out to Irving MS with your student to school. They will take it to the Tech Office in the morning and pick up a replacement charger   at the same time.

News from Irving’s Family Liaison

Are any of these 3 tentative programs applicable to you and your family?

If so, please email your interest, and indicate which program interests you to [email protected]

The greater the interest, the greater the chance of getting these programs up and running!

Irving Stays After After School Program Parent Survey

Below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program but they help drive program improvement and program quality. This Survey has been approved by the FCPS Internal Survey Review Committee.  Seal Approval Number 22224.  

Over 90% of our students participated in the after-school program this school year, with over 21,000 occurrences of students staying after-school.  Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School After-School Program!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2SY3BV

After School Programs and Clubs - ends Thursday, May 26

NEW CLUBS

SOL Prep, offered by most core teachers to prepare students for the upcoming SOL tests. Will begin after Spring Break on our late bus days (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays).

*Description and schedule information can be found in Schoology. All Parents > After School Program Folder

Library News

Testing time means having time for reading.  After students finish up taking their SOL tests, they often have a good amount of time to read quietly.  If your student doesn’t have a good book right now, send them to the library first thing on Monday morning to select something that they’d like to read.  Like any good library, we have materials that can transport student readers away from the testing classroom, and inform and entertain them about something they enjoy.  

And, as the countdown to June 10th has begun, please encourage your student to return any Irving MS Library books that may have gathered a thick layer of dust in their bedrooms.  We have recently informed students of overdue items, but there are still many to be returned.

News from the PTA PTA Opportunity

We are still searching for our next PTA Vice President! The Vice President position is a flexible role that has traditionally had a focus on communication. See the linked descriptions of board positions (page 1 page 2) for more details. If you would like to run or nominate someone else for this position, please submit the linked nomination form to [email protected]

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly  [email protected]

Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School

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

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Upcoming Important Dates

May 4

Stress Less Spirit week - concludes with students wearing sports wear, athletic wear, or Star Wars wear. Students will also have athletic gear to use during break on Wednesday.

May 2-6

Teacher Appreciation Week! Show our teachers some love this week as we celebrate them and their amazing work this year!

Thank you to the PTA for providing lunch for our staff on Wednesday, May 4 and a treat cart on Thursday, May 5!

Thursday, May 5

8th Grade Science SOL 

Class Period Order: Period 3, 1, 5 & 7

  • Students need to bring their fully charged school laptop
  • Students MUST have all personal electronic devices turned completely off and put away - to include cell phones and smart watches.

Monday, May 9

7th & 8th Grade English SOL

Class Period Order: Period 3, 7, 5, & 1

  • Students need to bring their fully charged school laptop
  • Students MUST have all personal electronic devices turned completely off and put away - to include cell phones and smart watches.

Friday, May 13

7th & 8th Grade Math SOL

Class Period Order: Testing during periods 3 & 1, then 5, & 7

  • Students need to bring their fully charged school laptop
  • Students MUST have all personal electronic devices turned completely off and put away - to include cell phones and smart watches.

Be sure to thank your child’s teachers this week as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. A kind note or email goes a long way in making a teacher’s day!

School Bus Reminders
  • Due to capacity issues, per transportation, we are not able to grant permission to ride requests this year unless for a medical reason or an emergency, which requires verification and a bus pass from office staff.
  • A reminder that students are not permitted to leave school and return to take a late bus home. Only students who stayed after school and participated in our programming are permitted to ride the late bus home.
Preparing for the SOLs

At Irving, we believe that the SOL tests are just one of many ways students show what they know. While we appreciate the data the tests provide, we are really interested in seeing our students growth over this school year. We do NOT want students to stress about these tests. To help students be ready for not only the SOLs but a successful end of the school year, students should, 

  • get a good night of sleep the night before. Being well rested helps students’ short and long term memory!
  • eat breakfast! Irving offers free breakfast every morning. 
  • step away from screens and give themselves breaks after school to enjoy a screen free activity. 

We are excited about the many other authentic assessments that students will participate in, which provide them the choice of how they demonstrate their learning. These performance-based assessments are now used in lieu of the US History, Civics, and 8th grade Writing SOLs.

School Computers & SOL Testing

We will begin our SOL testing on Thursday, May 5, with the 8th grade SOL. In order for testing to go smoothly, please make sure your child brings their FULLY charged school laptop to school every day and especially on our testing days. We have a very limited number of chargers and an even smaller number of loaner laptops. We need all students to bring their fully charged school laptop to school every day. 

Student Laptop Chargers

It is important that all students charge laptops each night, as we do not have the ability to charge them in classrooms at the beginning of each day. For students who need to purchase a replacement charger, the cost is $23. Chargers can be purchased two ways:

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks and pay for one online and then pick it up from the Tech Office the next day.

  2. Send a check made out to Irving MS with your student to school. They will take it to the Tech Office in the morning and pick up a replacement charger   at the same time.

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

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Upcoming Important Dates

April 30

Band Car Wash - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at Irving Middle School

Food for Neighbors Red Bag Collection Day - be sure to set out your red bags for drivers to pick up in the morning!

May 2-6

 

Teacher Appreciation Week! Show our teachers some love this week as we celebrate them and their amazing work this year!

Thank you to the PTA for providing lunch for our staff on Wednesday, May 4 and a treat cart on Thursday, May 5!

 Thursday, May 5

8th Grade Science SOL

 Monday, May 9

7th & 8th Grade English SOL

 Friday, May 13

7th & 8th Grade Math SOL

Students and staff wear purple for Purple Up Day during our Military Connected Child Appreciation Week. Thank you to all of our military families!

School Computers & SOL Testing

We will begin our SOL testing on Thursday, May 5, with the 8th grade SOL. In order for testing to go smoothly, please make sure your child brings their FULLY charged school laptop to school every day and especially on our testing days. We have a very limited number of chargers and an even smaller number of loaner laptops. We need all students to bring their fully charged school laptop to school every day.

West Springfield HS Summer Camps

For more information contact Coach Gibson at [email protected] or use the link below.

2022 Lady Spartan Summer Basketball Camp

Student Laptop Chargers

It is important that all students charge laptops each night, as we do not have the ability to charge them in classrooms at the beginning of each day. For students who need to purchase a replacement charger, the cost is $23. Chargers can be purchased two ways:

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks and pay for one online and then pick it up from the Tech Office the next day.

  2. Send a check made out to Irving MS with your student to school. They will take it to the Tech Office in the morning and pick up a replacement charger   at the same time.

News from Irving’s Family Liaison

Are any of these 3 tentative programs applicable to you and your family?

If so, please email your interest, and indicate which program interests you to [email protected]

The greater the interest, the greater the chance of getting these programs up and running!

Irving Stays After After School Program Parent Survey

Below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program but they help drive program improvement and program quality. This Survey has been approved by the FCPS Internal Survey Review Committee.  Seal Approval Number 22224.  

Over 90% of our students participated in the after-school program this school year, with over 21,000 occurrences of students staying after-school.  Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School After-School Program!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2SY3BV

After School Programs and Clubs - ends Thursday, May 26

Open Gym will restart after Spring Break, during the 2nd block on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

NEW CLUBS

SOL Prep, offered by most core teachers to prepare students for the upcoming SOL tests. Will begin after Spring Break on our late bus days (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays).

*Description and schedule information can be found in Schoology. All Parents > After School Program Folder

V.I.P. SAVE THE DATE - SOUTH COUNTY LOCATION

Registration for VIP Summer Camp is now open

What is your middle school child doing this summer? Like you, we believe your child is a very important person and deserves a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment.  FCPS and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week camp for rising 7th & 8th graders attending Frost, Irving, Lake Braddock, Robinson, and South County Middle Schools. There is a $50 camp supply fee.  Students will need to bring a bag lunch to camp each day.  We will provide a snack each afternoon.  Campers will have a great time playing sports, games, doing arts and crafts and cooking. We will have field trips activities on Fridays to water parks, movies etc.  The staff is comprised of FCPS teachers and support staff, After School Program Specialists, and trained DNCS staff. Transportation will be provided from Frost MS school to South County Middle School in the mornings and back to Frost each afternoon.

Camp Details 

Dates: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - Thursday, July 28, 2022 (students are encouraged to attend all 5 weeks)

Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm (8-9 is drop off, camp begins at 9am)

Location: South County Middle School 8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079

Transportation:  FCPS bus pick-up and drop-off available at Frost Middle School

Registration Procedure:  Use the registration link provided here: https://forms.gle/gSJJV9HfUxtz2rFP8  

Registration Fee:  $50 – pay information will be sent when you receive an email confirmation that your child has been accepted into camp – Payment is due no later than May 6th to secure your child’s spot in camp!

Refund Policy:  To request a refund of the Camp Supply Fee, contact Natalie Duncan, After-School Specialist at Irving MS, by emailing [email protected] prior to the cutoff date of Friday, June 10, 2022.  Refund requests submitted after the cutoff date will not be considered. Refunds will be in the form of a check. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing 

Questions? Please contact Natalie Duncan at [email protected]

Library News

Looking for a fun activity to enjoy with your middle schooler? Try reading the same young adult (YA) book, selected by your child and have book chats as you read through the book. This is a great way to encourage reading, connect to the interests of your child, and talk about something that connects the family. There are so many wonderful YA book options that are great for a family book club. Ms. Monk and Ms. Gawalt are available to recommend some excellent Virginia Readers’ Choice options from this year or one of many other books. If you would like to start a family book club and your child needs recommendations, please have them speak to our librarians. 

News from the PTA Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! The PTA is hosting a lunch on Wednesday and a snack cart on Thursday. We are asking for donations of chips and desserts to go along with the meal on Wednesday, and a variety of snacks (e.g. granola bars, chips, candy, etc.) for Thursday. Visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4AAFAF29ABFB6-teacher for more details and to sign up for donations. Let’s show our amazing and dedicated teachers and educational staff how much we appreciate them!

PTA Opportunity

We are still searching for our next PTA Vice President! The Vice President position is a flexible role that has traditionally had a focus on communication. See the linked descriptions of board positions (page 1 page 2) for more details. If you would like to run or nominate someone else for this position, please submit the linked nomination form to [email protected]

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly  [email protected]

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Upcoming Important Dates

April 22

PTA Movie Night - Sing Along to Encanto!

April 24-29

 

Administrative Professionals Week - we are excited to celebrate Ms. Boltik, Ms. Carter, Ms, Gibbins, Ms. Karim, Ms. Langesen, and Ms. Nguyen this week. If you speak to them on the phone or see them at school, please be sure to thank them!

Stress Less Week - students should be on the lookout for fun activities during break!

 May 2-6

Teacher Appreciation Week!

 Thursday, May 5

8th Grade Science SOL

 Monday, May 9

7th & 8th Grade English SOL

 Friday, May 13

7th & 8th Grade Math SOL

A few of the many students wearing red on R.E.D. Friday! 

R.E.D. Friday is significant as it reminds to 

Remember Everyone Deployed. 

NOTIFICATION OF SOL TESTING

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area. Please visit fcps.edu/node/42716 to learn more about these SOL tests and LAAs.

Students at Irving Middle School will be taking the SOL tests between May 5 and May 27 with first attempts scheduled on May 5, 9, and 13 as detailed below. Please notify our School Test Coordinator, Leigh Arscott ([email protected]), if you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in missing an SOL test day. If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or Leigh Arscott.

  • On Thursday, May 5, eighth graders will take the Science SOL. Our schedule for the day will be Periods: 3, 1, 5, then 7.
  • On Monday, May 9, ALL students will take the Reading SOL in the morning. We will have testing at the start of the day and then follow with periods 7, 5, then 1.

On Friday, May 13, ALL students will take the Math SOL in the morning. As this is often the longest test, we will likely need to extend 5th period for lunches and shorten 7th period slightly at the end of the day.

Substance Abuse Webinars on April 26 & 28

Due to the rise in opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District (which is consistent with national and state trends), Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide educational webinars on youth substance use trends and supports. The free webinars are scheduled for April 26 and April 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Each of the three webinars will provide the same information. 

The topics to be covered include:

  • Most commonly used substances.

  • In-depth opioid information.

  • Reasons why youth use substances.

  • Ways parents can support their children.

  • Available FCPS and Fairfax County Resources.

  • Ways students, parents, and community members can connect with support providers.

Registration for the webinars is available online.

Student Laptop Chargers

It is important that all students charge laptops each night, as we do not have the ability to charge them in classrooms at the beginning of each day. For students who need to purchase a replacement charger, the cost is $23. Chargers can be purchased two ways:

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks and pay for one online and then pick it up from the Tech Office the next day.
  2. Send a check made out to Irving MS with your student to school. They will take it to the Tech Office in the morning and pick up a replacement charger   at the same time. 
News from Irving’s Family Liaison

Are any of these 3 tentative programs applicable to you and your family?

If so, please email your interest, and indicate which program interests you to [email protected]

The greater the interest, the greater the chance of getting these programs up and running!

Irving Stays After After School Program Parent Survey

Below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program but they help drive program improvement and program quality. This Survey has been approved by the FCPS Internal Survey Review Committee.  Seal Approval Number 22224.  

Over 90% of our students participated in the after-school program this school year, with over 21,000 occurrences of students staying after-school.  Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School After-School Program!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2SY3BV

After School Programs and Clubs - ends Thursday, May 26

Open Gym will restart after Spring Break, during the 2nd block on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

NEW CLUBS

SOL Prep, offered by most core teachers to prepare students for the upcoming SOL tests. Will begin after Spring Break on our late bus days (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays).

*Description and schedule information can be found in Schoology. All Parents > After School Program Folder

V.I.P. SAVE THE DATE - SOUTH COUNTY LOCATION

Registration for VIP Summer Camp is now open

What is your middle school child doing this summer? Like you, we believe your child is a very important person and deserves a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment.  FCPS and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week camp for rising 7th & 8th graders attending Frost, Irving, Lake Braddock, Robinson, and South County Middle Schools. There is a $50 camp supply fee.  Students will need to bring a bag lunch to camp each day.  We will provide a snack each afternoon.  Campers will have a great time playing sports, games, doing arts and crafts and cooking. We will have field trips activities on Fridays to water parks, movies etc.  The staff is comprised of FCPS teachers and support staff, After School Program Specialists, and trained DNCS staff. Transportation will be provided from Frost MS school to South County Middle School in the mornings and back to Frost each afternoon.

Camp Details 

Dates: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - Thursday, July 28, 2022 (students are encouraged to attend all 5 weeks)

Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm (8-9 is drop off, camp begins at 9am)

Location: South County Middle School 8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079

Transportation:  FCPS bus pick-up and drop-off available at Frost Middle School

Registration Procedure:  Use the registration link provided here: https://forms.gle/gSJJV9HfUxtz2rFP8  

Registration Fee:  $50 – pay information will be sent when you receive an email confirmation that your child has been accepted into camp – Payment is due no later than May 6th to secure your child’s spot in camp!

Refund Policy:  To request a refund of the Camp Supply Fee, contact Natalie Duncan, After-School Specialist at Irving MS, by emailing [email protected] prior to the cutoff date of Friday, June 10, 2022.  Refund requests submitted after the cutoff date will not be considered. Refunds will be in the form of a check. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing 

Questions? Please contact Natalie Duncan at [email protected]

Library News

It’s coming April 25th-29th!  Irving MS Library’s “Magazine Week!”  The magazines to which the library subscribes will be highlighted this week.  Come take a look!  Each day students can search for an answer that can be found within the glossy pages of a library magazine!

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

News from the PTA PTA Opportunity

We are still searching for our next PTA Vice President! The Vice President position is a flexible role that has traditionally had a focus on communication. See the linked descriptions of board positions (page 1 page 2) for more details. If you would like to run or nominate someone else for this position, please submit the linked nomination form to [email protected]

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly  [email protected]

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Upcoming Important Dates

April 18-22

Celebrate the Month of the Military Child with a Spirit Week!

   4/18 - Pajama Day

   4/19 - Crazy Camo Day

   4/20 - Purple Up Day!

   4/21 - Hat Day

   4/22 - Red Friday

April 21

PTA Spirit Night at Panera! - see our PTA section below for more information

April 22

PTA Movie Night - Sing Along to Encanto! See more information in our PTA section below

 May 2-6

Teacher Appreciation Week!

 Thursday, May 5

8th Grade Science SOL

 Monday, May 9

7th & 8th Grade English SOL

 Friday, May 13

7th & 8th Grade Math SOL

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child!

Did you know that Irving Middle School has almost 270 military connected students? That is about 22% of our student population! We are so grateful to our military families for the many sacrifices they make to protect our freedoms. Please join us in celebrating our military connected students and families by having your child participate in our Spirit Week, next week.

Student Laptop Chargers

It is important that all students charge laptops each night, as we do not have the ability to charge them in classrooms at the beginning of each day. For students who need to purchase a replacement charger, the cost is $23. Chargers can be purchased two ways:

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks and pay for one online and then pick it up from the Tech Office the next day.
  2. Send a check made out to Irving MS with your student to school. They will take it to the Tech Office in the morning and pick up a replacement charger   at the same time. 
Updated SOL Testing

Our SOL schedule for May has been further improved to minimize disruptions to classroom instruction.

  • On Thursday, May 5, eighth graders will take the Science SOL. Our schedule for the day will be Periods: 3, 1, 5, then 7.
  • On Monday, May 9, ALL students will take the Reading SOL in the morning. We will have testing at the start of the day and then follow with periods 7, 5, then 1.
  • On Friday, May 13, ALL students will take the Math SOL in the morning. As this is often the longest test, we will likely need to extend 5th period for lunches and shorten 7th period slightly at the end of the day.
Lady Spartan Summer Camp

2022 Spartan Basketball Summer Camps for girls and COED camps.  For more information and flyer with information contact Coach Gibson at:  [email protected]  or to register here is the link.

2022 Lady Spartan Summer Basketball Camp

TJHSST Bioinformatics Society

Are you interested in biology or computer science? Do you enjoy competing and working with other students? TJHSST Bioinformatics Society is hosting its fifth annual BioCode competition, with over $1000 in prizes! To register, please sign up at this link: https://forms.gle/4eUi1c3JTgUnyEwr8

For more information, please check out our website: https://tjbioinfo.netlify.app/biocode/

News from Irving’s Family Liaison

Are any of these 3 tentative programs applicable to you and your family?

If so, please email your interest, and indicate which program interests you to [email protected]

The greater the interest, the greater the chance of getting these programs up and running!

Irving Stays After After School Programs and Clubs Open Gym will restart after Spring Break, during the 2nd block on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

NEW CLUBS

SOL Prep, offered by most core teachers to prepare students for the upcoming SOL tests. Will begin after Spring Break on our late bus days (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays).

*Description and schedule information can be found in Schoology. All Parents > After School Program Folder

V.I.P. SAVE THE DATE - SOUTH COUNTY LOCATION

Registration for VIP Summer Camp is now open

What is your middle school child doing this summer? Like you, we believe your child is a very important person and deserves a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment.  FCPS and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week camp for rising 7th & 8th graders attending Frost, Irving, Lake Braddock, Robinson, and South County Middle Schools. There is a $50 camp supply fee.  Students will need to bring a bag lunch to camp each day.  We will provide a snack each afternoon.  Campers will have a great time playing sports, games, doing arts and crafts and cooking. We will have field trips activities on Fridays to water parks, movies etc.  The staff is comprised of FCPS teachers and support staff, After School Program Specialists, and trained DNCS staff. Transportation will be provided from Frost MS school to South County Middle School in the mornings and back to Frost each afternoon.

Camp Details 

Dates: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - Thursday, July 28, 2022 (students are encouraged to attend all 5 weeks)

Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm (8-9 is drop off, camp begins at 9am)

Location: South County Middle School 8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079

Transportation:  FCPS bus pick-up and drop-off available at Frost Middle School

Registration Procedure:  Use the registration link provided here: https://forms.gle/gSJJV9HfUxtz2rFP8  

Registration Fee:  $50 – pay information will be sent when you receive an email confirmation that your child has been accepted into camp – Payment is due no later than May 6th to secure your child’s spot in camp!

Refund Policy:  To request a refund of the Camp Supply Fee, contact Natalie Duncan, After-School Specialist at Irving MS, by emailing [email protected] prior to the cutoff date of Friday, June 10, 2022.  Refund requests submitted after the cutoff date will not be considered. Refunds will be in the form of a check. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing 

Questions? Please contact Natalie Duncan at [email protected]

Library News

Readers Unite Book Club has completed nine books this school year.  We continue to meet on Mondays after school.  Any students with an interest in reading should drop by the library to express interest and stay after for the first-hour meeting time on Mondays. 

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

News from the PTA

Spirit Night

Our next Spirit Night will be Thursday, April 21 at Panera in the Old Keene Mill Shopping Center on Rolling Road.

PTA Volunteer Opportunities

If you will be here at Irving for another year, please consider volunteering with the PTA. There are various support roles and event committees. Please see the attached document for descriptions of the positions. If you’re interested in volunteering please complete the online form here.

PTA Meetings

Thank you for attending this week’s PTA meeting. We reviewed our end-of-year expenditures, and introduced our candidates for the upcoming PTA elections.

Save the Date! Our final PTA meeting and elections will be Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm. 

Movie Night

The PTA will host a Movie Night on Friday, April 22. The featured film will be  “Encanto”. Bottled water, popcorn, and cookies will be provided to students during the viewing.  Parents/guardians will be attending “Hidden in Plain Sight,” an interactive program provided by the FCPD. For more information and registration for this portion of the event please visit https://bit.ly/irving0422. Spots are limited and registration is required, so sign up soon!

Spirit-Wear

You can order spirit wear items at your convenience at https://www.irvingmiddlespiritwear.com/ and receive free shipping with an order of $50 or more.

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected]

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REMINDER:  Irving MS Spring Pictures will be taken by Lifetouch during your student’s PE class on either April 13th  (odd classes) or April 14th (even classes). Flyers were distributed to students during their PE classes.  You may preorder photos online at Lifetouch using the Lifetouch Picture Day ID: EVTXN2VZ7

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Upcoming Important Dates

April 4-8

Spring Break - No School - Irving MS Building will be closed

April 13-14

Picture Day, flyers distributed in PE classes

Lifetouch Picture Day ID: EVTXN2VZ7

Happy Spring Break!

All staff and students will be taking a break from work next week - there are no assignments given next week. When students return, there will not be any assessments the first 2 days after break. We hope you enjoy break and take time to rest and rejuvenate. We look forward to seeing all our students back on Monday, April 11, to kickoff the 4th quarter. Due to a gas line replacement, our building will be closed over spring break.

Updated SOL Testing

Our SOL schedule for May has been further improved to minimize disruptions to classroom instruction.

  • On Thursday, May 5, eighth graders will take the Science SOL. Our schedule for the day will be Periods: 3, 1, 5, then 7.
  • On Monday, May 9, ALL students will take the Reading SOL in the morning. We will have testing at the start of the day and then follow with periods 7, 5, then 1.
  • On Friday, May 13, ALL students will take the Math SOL in the morning. As this is often the longest test, we will likely need to extend 5th period for lunches and shorten 7th period slightly at the end of the day.
Intentions for Next Year

If your child will NOT be attending Irving or his/her base high school next year, please complete the Intention Form linked below and return it to [email protected] to let us know where your child will be enrolled. If your child is going to Irving or his/her base high school, you don’t need to complete this form. If you find out later you will be moving, please contact Irving so we can update our database.    https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf

Family Engagement Survey

Our Family Engagement Survey 2021-22 should have been emailed to you on Sunday, March 13. So please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.

You have the ability to take the survey electronically or by paper copy and submit it by the deadline of April 3, 2022. Nine language translations of the survey are available, including Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. You are able to complete the survey on most electronic devices, including smartphones. We encourage you to use the link sent to your email account first, where able. If you do not have an email address you may access the survey and directly select the desired language at:

Family Engagement Survey

Or paper copies are available to you if needed, and can be requested from the Family Liaison: [email protected]

Remember – your voice matters!

Lady Spartan Summer Camp

2022 Spartan Basketball Summer Camps for girls and COED camps.  For more information and flyer with information contact Coach Gibson at:  [email protected]  or to register here is the link.

2022 Lady Spartan Summer Basketball Camp

Cyber Safety Part 5

Throughout the month of March in ROCK Block, we have been taking a few minutes to look at different ways we can stay safe in the cyber world. This week we looked at online gaming safety. Check out the tip card for important tips you can discuss as a family, including:

  • avoiding the use of usernames (gamertags) that give information about you away to others.
  • not saying or typing personal information in case someone you are gaming with is streaming or recording the game.
Student Laptop Chargers

It is important that students charge laptops each night. For students who need to purchase a replacement charger, the cost is $23. Chargers can be purchased two ways:

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks and pay for one online and then pick it up from the Tech Office the next day.
  2. Send a check made out to Irving MS with your student to school. They will take it to the Tech Office in the morning and pick up a replacement at the same time. 
News from Irving’s Family Liaison

Are any of these 3 tentative programs applicable to you and your family?

If so, please email your interest, and indicate which program interests you to [email protected]

The greater the interest, the greater the chance of getting these programs up and running!

Irving Stays After After School Programs and Clubs Open Gym will restart after Spring Break, during the 2nd block on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

NEW CLUBS

Debate Club, meets on Mondays during the 1st block. Will begin after Spring Break.

SOL Prep, offered by most core teachers to prepare students for the upcoming SOL tests. Will begin after Spring Break on our late bus days (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays).

*Description and schedule information can be found in Schoology. All Parents > After School Program Folder

V.I.P. SAVE THE DATE - SOUTH COUNTY LOCATION

Registration for VIP Summer Camp is now open

What is your middle school child doing this summer? Like you, we believe your child is a very important person and deserves a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment.  FCPS and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week camp for rising 7th & 8th graders attending Frost, Irving, Lake Braddock, Robinson, and South County Middle Schools. There is a $50 camp supply fee.  Students will need to bring a bag lunch to camp each day.  We will provide a snack each afternoon.  Campers will have a great time playing sports, games, doing arts and crafts and cooking. We will have field trips activities on Fridays to water parks, movies etc.  The staff is comprised of FCPS teachers and support staff, After School Program Specialists, and trained DNCS staff. Transportation will be provided from Frost MS school to South County Middle School in the mornings and back to Frost each afternoon.

Camp Details 

Dates: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - Thursday, July 28, 2022 (students are encouraged to attend all 5 weeks)

Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm (8-9 is drop off, camp begins at 9am)

Location: South County Middle School 8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079

Transportation:  FCPS bus pick-up and drop-off available at Frost Middle School

Registration Procedure:  Use the registration link provided here: https://forms.gle/gSJJV9HfUxtz2rFP8  

Registration Fee:  $50 – pay information will be sent when you receive an email confirmation that your child has been accepted into camp – Payment is due no later than May 6th to secure your child’s spot in camp!

Refund Policy:  To request a refund of the Camp Supply Fee, contact Natalie Duncan, After-School Specialist at Irving MS, by emailing [email protected] prior to the cutoff date of Friday, June 10, 2022.  Refund requests submitted after the cutoff date will not be considered. Refunds will be in the form of a check. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing 

Questions? Please contact Natalie Duncan at [email protected]

Library News

Irving families:  We hope that you all take time over Spring Break to read.  We’ve encouraged students to borrow a good book to enjoy next week.  If they’ll be on the move and don’t have a physical book to take, remember that they can always access something to read through MackinVIA is FCPS’s digital library of eBooks and audiobooks. Ask your student about it.  (http://www.mackinvia.com)

Readers Unite Book Club has completed nine books this school year.  We continue to meet on Mondays after school.  Any students with an interest in reading should drop by the library to express interest and stay after for the first-hour meeting time on Mondays. 

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

News from the PTA PTA Volunteer Opportunities

If you will be here at Irving for another year, please consider volunteering as a leader in the PTA. There are various support roles and event committees. Please see these documents (page 1 page 2) for descriptions of the PTA positions.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for a board position, please submit a completed nomination form to [email protected] If you’re interested in volunteering in another role, please complete the online form here.

Spirit-Wear

You can always order spirit wear items at your convenience at https://www.irvingmiddlespiritwear.com/ and receive free shipping with an order of $50 or more.

PTA Meetings

Our next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 pm. Help us make a few final budget adjustments to spend out surplus before the end of the year.

Movie Night

The PTA will host a Movie Night on Friday, April 22. While students are watching a movie, parents/guardians will be attending “Hidden in Plain Sight,” an interactive program provided by the FCPD. Please register for this portion of the event at https://bit.ly/irving0422.

Spirit Night

Our April Spirit Night will be Thursday, April 21 at Panera. More information to follow.

Get Connected

Have you discovered these pages on Facebook yet? Search for them: Washington Irving Middle School PTA and Irving Middle School Parents. The second one is not sponsored by the PTA, but is much more active. There are teachers who are on the page and it has great information and is a fantastic place to ask questions when you need immediate answers. Be sure to answer the security questions, so you can be approved to join! 

Have a great Spring Break!

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected]

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Upcoming Important Dates

March 25 & 26 @ 7:00 pm

Washington Irving Theater Production of the play The Westing Game

March 31

Last Day of the 3rd Quarter

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

  • If your child is permitted to go to the Plaza after school, please remind them to make good choices and behave in a manner that represents

April 1

Teacher Work Day - Student Holiday

April 4-8

Spring Break - No School - Irving MS Building will be closed

Congratulations to students in Mrs. Wells class. These cupcakes are just a few of the winners of the Semester 2 Cupcake Wars. Judges had a tough time selecting 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each period. The students' designs were all fantastic!

Social Media

We wanted to make you aware that SnapChat is being used more and more by Irving students. This app allows students to post things and then theoretically it disappears. However, screenshots are being made by students of inappropriate and hurtful comments and then continuing to distribute them via the messaging service or other means. Our School Counselors and Assistant Principals have had an increase in issues involving inappropriate use of social media. 

As a part of our conversation and in lessons regarding social media, we remind students what it means to be a good digital citizen and to stop and think before posting anything that would be considered hurtful, mean, and/or inappropriate. 

We are grateful for the partnerships we have developed with our Irving parents/guardians. As you speak to your child this weekend, please include a conversation about appropriate use of social media. We are a community who needs to ensure we are lifting each other up. What students post about and to others matters. 

We will continue to work at school to help encourage them to make good choices here at school and online. FCPS has a website with tips for teens and social media, we encourage you to view with your child. 

Thank you for partnering with us to share this message at home.

Intentions for Next Year

If your child will NOT be attending Irving or his/her base high school next year, please complete the Intention Form linked below and return it to [email protected] to let us know where your child will be enrolled. If your child is going to Irving or his/her base high school, you don’t need to complete this form. If you find out later you will be moving, please contact Irving so we can update our database.    https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf

Family Engagement Survey

Our Family Engagement Survey 2021-22 should have been emailed to you on Sunday, March 13. So please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.

You have the ability to take the survey electronically or by paper copy and submit it by the deadline of April 3, 2022. Nine language translations of the survey are available, including Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. You are able to complete the survey on most electronic devices, including smartphones. We encourage you to use the link sent to your email account first, where able. If you do not have an email address you may access the survey and directly select the desired language at:

Family Engagement Survey

Or paper copies are available to you if needed, and can be requested from the Family Liaison: [email protected]

Remember – your voice matters!

Special Education Conference (March 26) Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact [email protected]

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register

Lady Spartan Summer Camp

2022 Spartan Basketball Summer Camps for girls and COED camps.  For more information and flyer with information contact Coach Gibson at:  [email protected]  or to register here is the link.

2022 Lady Spartan Summer Basketball Camp

Cyber Safety Part 4

Each week during the month of March in ROCK Block, we are taking a few minutes to look at different ways we can stay safe in the cyber world. This week we looked at creating strong passwords. Check out the tip card for Passwords for important tips you can discuss as a family, including:

  • Avoiding the use of numeric patterns or common words as passwords.
  • Using a combination of varying character types.
  • Using passphrases instead of passwords. 
FCPS-Issued Student Laptops

We are asking that ALL students bring their FCPS-issued laptop and charger to school on Wednesday, March 30. On that day in ROCK Block, teachers will check for laptops and chargers. Teachers will also assist students with completing a few maintenance tasks on the FCPS laptop, including installing important updates and running a laptop Health Check. These updates and the Health Check are important for ensuring laptops are ready for upcoming SOL testing. Please note: students may not use personal devices on SOL tests, so it is important that ALL students bring FCPS-issued laptops to school on this day. 

For students who need to purchase a replacement charger, the cost is $23. Chargers can be purchased two ways:

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks and pay for one online and then pick it up from the Tech Office the next day.
  2. Send a check made out to Irving MS with your student to school. They will take it to the Tech Office in the morning and pick up a replacement at the same time. 
News from Irving’s Family Liaison

Are any of these 3 tentative programs applicable to you and your family?

If so, please email your interest, and indicate which program interests you to [email protected]

The greater the interest, the greater the chance of getting these programs up and running!

Irving Stays After After School Programs and Clubs

Surfing Club interest meeting Tuesday, March 29, during the 1st block in Gym 8.

Intramurals will be going on pause until after Spring Break.  

Volleyball Club is open to all and meets on Tuesdays during the 2nd block. Tuesday, March 29, is the last day this club will meet.

NEW CLUBS

Football Club, meets on Tuesdays during the 1st block.

Lego Masters, meets on Mondays during the 1st block. (April 11 & April 25)

Meme Club, meets on Tuesdays during the 1st block.

Minecraft Club, meets on alternating Thursdays during the 1st block.

NASA Sparx, meets on Thursdays during the 1st block. *6-week program

Smash Bros Club, meets on Thursdays during the 2nd block.

Star Wars Club, meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month during the 1st block.

Ping Pong Club, meets on Tuesdays during the 1st block.

T.R.I.B.E., meets on Mondays during the 1st block.

Weight Training, meets Mondays and Tuesdays during the 1st block.

Coming Soon

Debate Club, meets on Mondays during the 1st block. Will begin after Spring Break.

*Description and schedule information can be found in Schoology. All Parents > After School Program Folder

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Registration for VIP Summer Camp is now open

What is your middle school child doing this summer? Like you, we believe your child is a very important person and deserves a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment.  FCPS and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week camp for rising 7th & 8th graders attending Frost, Irving, Lake Braddock, Robinson, and South County Middle Schools. There is a $50 camp supply fee.  Students will need to bring a bag lunch to camp each day.  We will provide a snack each afternoon.  Campers will have a great time playing sports, games, doing arts and crafts and cooking. We will have field trips activities on Fridays to water parks, movies etc.  The staff is comprised of FCPS teachers and support staff, After School Program Specialists, and trained DNCS staff. Transportation will be provided from Frost MS school to South County Middle School in the mornings and back to Frost each afternoon.

Camp Details 

Dates: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - Thursday, July 28, 2022 (students are encouraged to attend all 5 weeks)

Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm (8-9 is drop off, camp begins at 9am)

Location: South County Middle School 8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079

Transportation:  FCPS bus pick-up and drop-off available at Frost Middle School

Registration Procedure:  Use the registration link provided here: https://forms.gle/gSJJV9HfUxtz2rFP8  

Registration Fee:  $50 – pay information will be sent when you receive an email confirmation that your child has been accepted into camp – Payment is due no later than May 6th to secure your child’s spot in camp!

Refund Policy:  To request a refund of the Camp Supply Fee, contact Natalie Duncan, After-School Specialist at Irving MS, by emailing [email protected] prior to the cutoff date of Friday, June 10, 2022.  Refund requests submitted after the cutoff date will not be considered. Refunds will be in the form of a check. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing 

Questions? Please contact Natalie Duncan at [email protected]

Library News

While setting aside time for reading on a daily basis is a worthy goal, we don’t always have time in our busy lives to make that happen.  But we can ensure that reading fills those times when we have to wait: at the doctor’s or dentist’s office, in the car, at a sibling’s practice session, or waiting in line.  Just be sure to pack a book wherever you go or have a digital book ready to play whenever and wherever you are. MackinVIA is FCPS’s digital library of eBooks and audiobooks. Ask your student about it.

Recently several English classes visited the library to borrow additional books for the quarter. Checkouts are up.  Keep on reading!

Readers Unite Book Club has completed eight books this school year.  We continue to meet on Mondays after school.  Any students with an interest in reading should drop by the library to express interest and stay after for the first-hour meeting time on Mondays. This week we are reading the first half of Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen.

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

News from the PTA PTA Nominations

Do you know someone that you think would make a great impact on next year’s PTA Board? Nominate them. Nominees can be parents or guardians of in-coming 7th graders and can also be you! Send your nominations to [email protected].

Spirit-Wear

The free shipping event is over. However, you can always order items at at your convenience at https://www.irvingmiddlespiritwear.com/ and receive free shipping with an order of $50 or more.

PTA Meetings

Thank you for your participation at last week’s Information Night for rising 7th grade families. There was a wealth of knowledge shared and families were very appreciative.

Movie Night

The PTA will host a Movie Night on Friday, April 22. While students are watching a movie, parents/guardians will be attending “Hidden in Plain Sight,” an interactive program provided by the FCPD.

We are still looking for one or two volunteers to help organize the April Movie Night. Please contact us at [email protected] if you’re interested. 

Spirit Night

Our April Spirit Night will be at Panera.

Get Connected

Have you discovered these pages on Facebook yet? Search for them: Washington Irving Middle School PTA and Irving Middle School Parents. The second one is not sponsored by the PTA, but is much more active. There are teachers who are on the page and it has great information and is a fantastic place to ask questions when you need immediate answers. Be sure to answer the security questions, so you can be approved to join!

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected].

Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School

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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

March 25 & 26 @ 7:00 pm

Washington Irving Theater Production of the play The Westing Game

March 31

Last Day of the 3rd Quarter

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

April 1

Teacher Work Day - Student Holiday

April 4-8

Spring Break - No School - Irving MS Building will be closed

Congratulations to Dr. Sue Frenck (7th grade English Teacher and Peer Tutoring Sponsor) and the Peer Tutoring students who presented at the Secondary School Writing Centers Association conference on Friday, March 11. Irving Middle School was the only middle school to have students present at the conference. We are so excited to have students represent our school in such a meaningful way! 

Intentions for Next Year

If your child will NOT be attending Irving or his/her base high school next year, please complete the Intention Form linked below and return it to [email protected] to let us know where your child will be enrolled. If your child is going to Irving or his/her base high school, you don’t need to complete this form. If you find out later you will be moving, please contact Irving so we can update our database.    https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf

After School Safety

A friendly reminder that as the weather gets warmer and students spend more time outside,  they need to be good citizens in our community. Stores at the Plaza (Wholefoods shopping center) are trying to work with students and ensure a safe shopping experience for all customers. We are aware that Walgreens is limiting the number of students who will be permitted into their store especially on Fridays and 2-hour early dismissal days. 

We want to be a partner with our community businesses and support them! Please help us share the message of what being a good citizen means and how to help ensure all community members feel safe and welcome to shop in the afternoons in our community.  

Family Engagement Survey

Our Family Engagement Survey 2021-22 should have been emailed to you on Sunday, March 13. So please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.

You have the ability to take the survey electronically or by paper copy and submit it by the deadline of April 3, 2022. Nine language translations of the survey are available, including Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. You are able to complete the survey on most electronic devices, including smartphones. We encourage you to use the link sent to your email account first, where able. If you do not have an email address you may access the survey and directly select the desired language at:

Family Engagement Survey

Or paper copies are available to you if needed, and can be requested from the Family Liaison: [email protected]

Remember – your voice matters!

Lady Spartan Summer Camp

2022 Spartan Basketball Summer Camps for girls and COED camps.  For more information and flyer with information contact Coach Gibson at:  [email protected]  or to register here is the link.

2022 Lady Spartan Summer Basketball Camp

Special Education Conference (March 26) Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact [email protected]

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register

Cyber Safety Parts 2 and 3

Each week during the month of March in ROCK Block, we are taking a few minutes to look at different ways we can stay safe in the cyber world. Last week and this week we looked at Ransomware and Phishing. Check out the tip cards for Ransomware and Phishing for important reminders you can discuss as a family, including:

  • Avoiding untrustworthy links and software downloads from unknown sources.
  • Checking the URLs of links to ensure they bring you where they say they will.
  • Backing up your computer and other devices frequently.
  • Using different passwords for different accounts and consider multifactor authentication.
News from Irving’s Family Liaison

Are any of these 3 tentative programs applicable to you and your family?

If so, please email your interest, and indicate which program interests you to [email protected]

The greater the interest, the greater the chance of getting these programs up and running!

Irving Stays After After School Programs and Clubs

Surfing Club interest meeting Tuesday, March 22, during the 1st block in Barker Hall.

Intramurals will be going on pause until after Spring Break.  

Volleyball Club is open to all and meets on Tuesdays during the 2nd block. Tuesday, March 29, is the last day this club will meet.

NEW CLUBS

Football Club, meets on Tuesdays during the 1st block.

Lego Masters, meets on Mondays during the 1st block. (April 11 & April 25)

Meme Club, meets on Tuesdays during the 1st block.

Minecraft Club, meets on alternating Thursdays during the 1st block.

NASA Sparx, meets on Thursdays during the 1st block. *6-week program

Smash Bros Club, meets on Thursdays during the 2nd block.

Star Wars Club, meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month during the 1st block.

Ping Pong Club, meets on Tuesdays during the 1st block.

T.R.I.B.E., meets on Mondays during the 1st block.

Weight Training, meets Mondays and Tuesdays during the 1st block.

Coming Soon

Debate Club, meets on Mondays during the 1st block. Will begin after Spring Break.

*Description and schedule information can be found in Schoology. All Parents > After School Program Folder

V.I.P. SAVE THE DATE - SOUTH COUNTY LOCATION

Library News

While setting aside time for reading on a daily basis is a worthy goal, we don’t always have time in our busy lives to make that happen.  But we can ensure that reading fills those times when we have to wait: at the doctor’s or dentist’s office, in the car, at a sibling’s practice session, or waiting in line.  Just be sure to pack a book wherever you go or have a digital book ready to play whenever and wherever you are. MackinVIA is FCPS’s digital library of eBooks and audiobooks. Ask your student about it.

Recently several English classes visited the library to borrow additional books for the quarter. Checkouts are up.  Keep on reading!

Readers Unite Book Club has completed eight books this school year.  We continue to meet on Mondays after school.  Any students with an interest in reading should drop by the library to express interest and stay after for the first-hour meeting time on Mondays. This week we are reading the first half of Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen.

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

News from the PTA

Spirit Night

Thank you for your support at our last Spirit Night at Ledo Pizza!

Spirit-Wear

Don’t miss out! There are a few days left for free shipping on the online spirit-wear store. Use the attached QR code to check out the new spring apparel, and choose from a selection of logo designs. Free shipping ends March 21.

PTA Meetings

Thank you for your participation at last week’s PTA meeting. We voted to use the money from the Jersey Mike’s fundraiser towards a replacement digital marquee sign for the school. We also voted in the members of our Election Nomination Committee!

Do you have information about Irving Middle School that you’d like to pass along to rising 7th grade students and families coming to Irving this fall? Join us on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 pm for a virtual session where we’ll answer submitted questions and live ones as well. Sponsored by the Irving PTA! Register here to have the link emailed to you: https://forms.gle/oDapFs4mwTSBHUxa7

Volunteer Opportunities

We are still looking for one or two volunteers to help organize the April Movie Night. Please contact us via the email address below if you’re interested in supporting this event. Can’t commit to volunteering? You can still help! Do you have a suggestion for a movie for students or parents? Let us know at the email address below. 

PTA Nominations

Do you know someone that you think would make a great impact on next year’s PTA Board? Nominate them. Nominees can be parents or guardians of in-coming 7th graders and can also be you! Send your nominations to [email protected] 

Get Connected

Have you discovered these pages on Facebook yet? Search for them: Washington Irving Middle School PTA and Irving Middle School Parents. The second one is not sponsored by the PTA, but is much more active. There are teachers who are on the page and it has great information and is a fantastic place to ask questions when you need immediate answers. Be sure to answer the security questions, so you can be approved to join!

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected]

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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

March 13

Daylight Savings Time Begins - Spring your clocks forward!

March 16 - Save the Date!

PTA Spirit Night at Ledo Pizza in Cardinal Forest Plaza

March 25 & 26 @ 7:00 pm

Washington Irving Theater Production of the play The Westing Game

March 31

Last Day of the 3rd Quarter

April 1

Teacher Work Day - Student Holiday

April 4-8

Spring Break - No School - Irving MS Building will be closed

After School Safety

Thank you to the PTA for a helpful conversation about behavior at The Plaza and the parents/guardians who were up at The Plaza today to help ensure students were behaving in a safe manner. We did hear from Walgreens that due to some damage in their store, they will be significantly limiting the number of unsupervised middle school students that are allowed in the store at once in the afternoons.

We want to be a partner with our community businesses and support them! Please help us share the message of what being a good citizen means and how to help ensure all community members feel safe and welcome to shop in the afternoons in our community.  

If students are spending time at The Plaza, McDonalds, or any other business after school, please remember, students need to have parent/guardian permission (prior to the end of the day) to go anywhere other than home.

Please remind students

  • to use crosswalks and cross streets when it is SAFE to do so - follow the crosswalk signals
  • they are guests at all restaurants and need to behave in a respectful manner 
  • Stay out of parking lots - there should not be anyone running into the parking lot or playing tag in the parking lots - it is not safe
Confidence Program

Join an Irving Student led program about confidence! Learn what confidence is, why it's important, and how it can help in daily life. Just one hour from start to finish, and you will learn new ways to improve your self-confidence.

Invite your friends and family! For ages 8-14 Sunday March 13th

*1st Session: Ages 8-10: 1:00 to 2:00

*2nd Session: Ages 11-14: 2:30 to 3:30

Sign up for this presentation via this link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ba5ab22a0f4ce9-confidence 

Family Engagement Survey

Our Family Engagement Survey is coming to your email the afternoon of Sunday, March 13. Please participate—your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.

You have the ability to take the survey electronically or by paper copy. Eight language translations of the survey will be made available, including Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. You will receive an email directly from FCPS about the survey, which you will be able to complete on most electronic devices, including Smartphones. We encourage you to use the link sent to your email account first, where able. If you do not have an email address you may access the survey through this public URL visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage or paper copies are available to you if needed, and can be requested from the Family Liaison: [email protected]

Remember – your voice matters!

Lady Spartan Summer Camp

2022 Spartan Basketball Summer Camps for girls and COED camps.  For more information and flyer with information contact Coach Gibson at:  [email protected]  or to register here is the link.

2022 Lady Spartan Summer Basketball Camp

Special Education Conference (March 26) Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact [email protected]

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register

Cyber Safety

Each week during the month of March in ROCK Block, we are taking a few minutes to look at different ways we can stay safe in the cyber world. This week we looked at staying safe on social media. Check out the tip card for social media safety reminders you can discuss as a family, including:

  • Ensuring social media profiles are set to private.
  • Being aware of suspicious messages and links.
  • Remembering that things posted online last forever, even if you think they are deleted.
News from Irving’s Family Liaison

Are any of these 3 tentative programs applicable to you and your family?

If so, please email your interest, and indicate which program interests you to [email protected]

The greater the interest, the greater the chance of getting these programs up and running!

Viewing Student Grades

We have reached the middle of the 3rd Quarter! Please check your student’s grades in SIS ParentVue to see how they are doing and encourage them to complete assignments on time. If they are behind in any class, please encourage them to work with their teachers on a plan to get caught up. The last day of the 3rd Quarter is March 31, 2022 and it will be here before we know it!

  • Reminder: The gradebook of record is SIS. Grades in Schoology do not reflect the current overall grade in a course.
  • If you have not activated a SIS ParentVue account, please visit the SIS Resources on the Irving website to request an activation key.
After School Programs and Clubs

Basketball Club has switched to Intramurals, is open to all and meets Mondays and Thursdays during the 1st block.  

Volleyball Club is open to all and meets on Tuesdays during the 2nd block. Tuesday, March 29, is the last day this club will meet.

Girls’ Basketball Club will only meet on Tuesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 17 during the 2nd block.

NEW CLUBS

Football Club, meets on Tuesdays during the 1st block.

Lego Masters, meets on Mondays during the 1st block. (March 14, March 21)

Meme Club, meets on Tuesdays during the 1st block.

Minecraft Club, meets on alternating Thursdays during the 1st block.

NASA Sparx, meets on Thursdays during the 1st block. *6-week program

Smash Bros Club, meets on Thursdays during the 2nd block.

Star Wars Club, meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month during the 1st block.

Ping Pong Club, meets on Tuesdays during the 1st block.

T.R.I.B.E., meets on Mondays during the 1st block.

Weight Training, meets Mondays and Tuesdays during the 1st block.

Coming Soon

Debate Club, meets on Mondays during the 1st block. Will begin after Spring Break.

*Description and schedule information can be found in Schoology. All Parents > After School Program Folder

V.I.P. SAVE THE DATE - SOUTH COUNTY LOCATION

New Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC)

We would like to welcome our new MFLC, Kerstin Alonzo-Brillant to Irving! Ms. Alonzo-Brillant provides free, nonmedical counseling to individuals, groups, and families in person during the school week to enhance social, academic, and emotional skills to support the wellbeing of military students and their families. Please reach out to Ms. Alonzo-Brillant if you are interested in this support at 314-619-5426 or [email protected].

Library News

All students should have a novel that they are now reading for English class.  Ask to read a chapter along with your student!  

Readers Unite Book Club has completed seven books this school year.  We continue to meet on Mondays after school.  Any students with an interest in reading should drop by the library to express interest and stay after for the first-hour meeting time on Mondays.

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

News from the PTA

Spirit Night

The next PTA Spirit Night is March 16 at Ledo Pizza in Cardinal Forest Plaza. Please see this linked flyer for more information.

Spirit-Wear 

Our next FREE SHIPPING period for the online spirit-wear store starts TOMORROW! Use the QR code below to check out the new spring apparel, and choose from a selection of logo designs.

Share Your Knowledge

Your student has learned a lot – and so have you! Do you have a piece of advice that you think would be helpful to pass along to rising 7th grade parents? Send your suggestions to us at [email protected] 

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected]

Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School PTA

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

PTA Meeting

Thank you for your participation at this week’s PTA meeting. We voted to use the money from the Jersey Mike’s fundraiser towards a replacement digital marquee sign for the school. We also voted in the members of our Election Nomination Committee!

Volunteer Opportunities

We are still looking for one or two volunteers to help organize the April Movie Night. Please contact us via the email address below if you’re interested in supporting this event. Can’t commit to volunteering? You can still help! Do you have a suggestion for a movie for students or parents? Let us know!

PTA Nominations

Do you know someone that you think would make a great impact on next year’s PTA Board? Nominate them. Nominees can be parents or guardians of in-coming 7th graders and can also be you!  Send your nominations to [email protected].

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly [email protected].

Find us on Facebook! Washington Irving Middle School PTA

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

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