Irving MS Weekly Update

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The current Library Display Case features photographs of Irving’s female staff members as they played team and individual sports.  This commemorates National Girls and Women in Sports Day, which was February 5 and will be on display through the end of the month

 

Inova Children's Hospital Donations

Extended until February 28th!

Our school is partnering with West Springfield High School to gather donations for patients at Inova Children’s Hospital.  We are collecting a variety of items that will provide comfort, security and happiness to patients during their stay at the children’s hospital.  Some items include:  fleece blankets, playing cards and small games, coloring books and crayons/markers, lip balm, latex-free character band-aids, travel size deodorant/shampoo/conditioner/body wash, kids’ toothpaste and toothbrushes, and many more!  All items should be new and should not be gift wrapped.  Donations may be placed in the donation bins in the main office.  For a full list of items, please visit this link:  INOVA Children's Hospital Patient Wishlist

Thank you in advance for your contributions!  For questions, please contact Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu)

Courses for next year

At this time, all students at Irving have registered for some classes for next year. Students who are entering 9th grade have selected all their classes, while students who are entering 8th grade have chosen their electives. Parents/guardians can view these classes by going to the ParentVue account. If a course needs to change at this time, please reach out to your child’s counselor at Irving. If you do not have a ParentVue account, please contact Hang Nguyen at hbnguyen@fcps.edu to create this.

PTA BINGO Night Prize Donations Needed

The PTA BINGO night is coming up on Friday, March 20 at 7:00 pm. The PTA is looking for prize basket donations. If you would be willing to put together and donate a themed prize basket for BINGO night, please email the PTA executive board by emailing Irvingmspta@gmail.com.

Eating Disorder Information

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2013), 

Thirty million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues at some point in their lives. Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity and relationships. They are not a fad, phase, or lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health.

Eating Disorder Parent Letter and Fact Sheet Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link

Edu-Futuro’s Spring 2020 Emerging Leaders Program. Part I offers dynamic and interactive workshops! Application deadline: February 22, 2020 

Kin-ship Caregivers support group information Are you raising a child for a family member or friend? Several ongoing classes until June 11th, For the Kinship Care Café on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (February and March), Kinship Care Financial Empowerment. Kinship care ARC Reflections learn how to help them cope with their emotions, ongoing classes every Thursday until April 30th

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon

Parenting Your Teen While Keeping Your Sanity Friday, February 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Career and Transition Services Super Transition Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School

Adversity and Trauma in Childhood: Building Resilient Communities Friday, February 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Quiere aprender a hablar Ingles? Participate in English learning classes, Beginning English classes Crestwood Elementary School, flyer here 

Britepaths’ Workforce Development Program helps job seekers navigate the job search process and find meaningful employment.

Can't make it to a workshop?  View past workshops at a time and location convenient to you on the FCPS Parent Resource Center YouTube Channel

Participate in National Engineers Week February 16-22  Library News

SAVE THE DATE!  We’re excited to announce that the Irving Library will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair April 14th through the 16th.  We will have both school-day hours and evening hours.  More details to come. 

All 8th grade students have now been to the library to select a book for their 3rd quarter book project.  Take some time to ask your student what he / she chose and why.  It can also help students to get engaged with their title if the students read the beginning aloud with someone else.  Consider this approach if your child struggles to get into and finish the books they choose for English reading projects.

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

After School Program Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Parking for Pick Up After School

If you are picking up your child after the 2nd after school block (4:35 pm), please do not wait in the bus loop or along the curb in front of the school.  We need this space for the late buses when they arrive to pick up students.  For kiss-and-ride after 4:30 pm, please use the normal kiss-and-ride lane.  

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.

Lost & Found

Irving’s Lost & Found is on display for all students to check during their lunch period.  At the end of each month, we wash and donate all clothing, lunch boxes, and water bottles.  If your child has lost an item, please advise them to check for it during lunch.  We will make announcements the week leading up to donation day to remind students to claim their belongings.  If you would like to inquire about an item, please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu).   

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - March 10 at 7:00 pm 

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com

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

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Mrs. Hay’s students reflect on their Equity Map results after a Literature Circle discussion

Student Recognition Ceremonies

8th grade: 10:45 am to 11:25 am 

7th grade: 11:55 am to 12:35 pm

Due to the amount of rain over the last 3 days, the fields will not be used for overflow parking.  Please pack your patience when looking for a parking spot. The bus loop will be available for guest parking and if possible, please consider carpooling or parking in neighborhoods near the school as the parking lot will fill quickly.

Eating Disorder Information

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2013), 

Thirty million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues at some point in their lives. Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity and relationships. They are not a fad, phase, or lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health.

Eating Disorder Parent Letter and Fact Sheet PTA Meeting - February 11 - Community Forum - Interior Camera Proposal

Tuesday, February 11 is out PTA meeting and the final opportunity to provide feedback regarding the internal cameras proposal. 

Community Information: https://irvingms.fcps.edu/announcements/interior-camera-information

Interior Camera Information: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17KPr5jBoLXLt-dSwb-L7qXV3AqnJJjyN

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link

Edu-Futuro’s Spring 2020 Emerging Leaders Program. Part I offers dynamic and in-teractive workshops! Application deadline: February 22nd/2020 

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, will be offering beginning English classes at many locations. For the locations, click here. Registration is in person on January 30th. 

Kin-ship Caregivers support group information, are any of your families raising a child for a family member or friend? Several ongoing classes until June 11th, For the Kinship Care Café on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (February and March), Kinship Care Financial Empowerment register by January 29th. Kinship care ARC Reflections learn how to help them cope with their emotions, ongoing classes every Thursday until April 30th

Library News

This week we’re seeing all of the 8th grade English classes to help them select a good book for their 3rd quarter book project.  Take some time to ask your student what he / she chose and why.  It can also help students to get engaged with their title if the students reads the beginning aloud with someone else.  Consider this approach if your child struggles to get into and finish the books they choose for English reading projects.

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

After School Program Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Parking for Pick Up After School

If you are picking up your child after the 2nd after school block (4:35 pm), please do not wait in the bus loop or along the curb in front of the school.  We need this space for the late buses when they arrive to pick up students.  For kiss-and-ride after 4:30 pm, please use the normal kiss-and-ride lane.  

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.

West Springfield Rotary Club’s Annual “4-Way Test” Essay Contest: Deadline February 7th!

Calling all students!  Every year our local Rotary Club chapter sponsors an essay contest centered around the “4-Way Test”. Students are asked to write an essay about the “4-Way Test” and incorporate creativity, originality, and quality or writing into their piece. For contest overview, rules, and an entry sheet, students should see Ms. Geary during lunch.  All entries are due no later than Friday, February 7th. Early entries are encouraged!  Three winners are selected from Irving to be recognized at the local chapter’s breakfast in their honor, and the 1st place winner moves forward to a District competition with a grand prize of $750!

SCA School Dance

Our next school dance will be after school on Thursday, February 13th, from 2:25 PM to 4:30 PM.  During the dance, students may enjoy dancing in the 7th grade gym or play basketball in the 8th grade gym.  A snack of pizza, chips and a drink will be served to all students who attend the dance.  The theme for this dance is Valentine’s Day, so students are encouraged to wear red, pink, and white!  On the day of the dance, students may ride late buses home, or be picked up by a parent.

Tickets to the dance cost $5 and will be sold in the cafeteria during all lunches on the following days:  Wed. 2/5, Thurs. 2/6, Fri. 2/7, Mon. 2/10, Tues. 2/11.  Please note that tickets will not be sold the day before the dance (2/12) or the day of the dance (2/13).  On the day of the dance, students will receive a wristband which will serve as their ticket to the dance. 

Please note that on the date of the dance, there will be NO other activities.  Students may only stay after school on the day of the dance if they have purchased a ticket.

8th graders and parents, please direct questions to Dave Dachille (dmdachille@fcps.edu)

7th graders and parents, please direct questions to Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu)

Lost & Found

Irving’s Lost & Found is on display for all students to check during their lunch period.  At the end of each month, we wash and donate all clothing, lunch boxes, and water bottles.  If your child has lost an item, please advise them to check for it during lunch.  We will make announcements the week leading up to donation day to remind students to claim their belongings.  If you would like to inquire about an item, please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu).

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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

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School Counselor Appreciation Week 

Please be sure to thank your school counselor for all they do and celebrate National School Counseling Week February 3-7!

PTA Meeting - February 11 - Community Forum - Interior Camera Proposal

Tuesday, February 11 is out PTA meeting and the final opportunity to provide feedback regarding the internal cameras proposal. 

Community Information: https://irvingms.fcps.edu/announcements/interior-camera-information

Interior Camera Information: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17KPr5jBoLXLt-dSwb-L7qXV3AqnJJjyN

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link

Edu-Futuro’s Spring 2020 Emerging Leaders Program. Part I offers dynamic and in-teractive workshops! Application deadline: February 22nd/2020 

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, will be offering beginning English classes at many locations. For the locations, click here. Registration is in person on January 30th. 

Kin-ship Caregivers support group information, are any of your families raising a child for a family member or friend? Several ongoing classes until June 11th, For the Kinship Care Café on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (February and March), Kinship Care Financial Empowerment register by January 29th. Kinship care ARC Reflections learn how to help them cope with their emotions, ongoing classes every Thursday until April 30th

After School Program Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Parking for Pick Up After School

If you are picking up your child after the 2nd after school block (4:35 pm), please do not wait in the bus loop or along the curb in front of the school.  We need this space for the late buses when they arrive to pick up students.  For kiss-and-ride after 4:30 pm, please use the normal kiss-and-ride lane.  

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.

West Springfield Rotary Club’s Annual “4-Way Test” Essay Contest: Deadline February 7th!

Calling all students!  Every year our local Rotary Club chapter sponsors an essay contest centered around the “4-Way Test”. Students are asked to write an essay about the “4-Way Test” and incorporate creativity, originality, and quality or writing into their piece. For contest overview, rules, and an entry sheet, students should see Ms. Geary during lunch.  All entries are due no later than Friday, February 7th. Early entries are encouraged!  Three winners are selected from Irving to be recognized at the local chapter’s breakfast in their honor, and the 1st place winner moves forward to a District competition with a grand prize of $750!

Inova Children’s Hospital Donation Drive sponsored by Irving SCA and West Springfield SGA

From Monday, February 3rd to Friday, February 7th, our school is partnering with West Springfield High School to gather donations for patients at Inova Children’s Hospital.  We are collecting a variety of items that will provide comfort, security and happiness to patients during their stay at the children’s hospital.  Some items include:  fleece blankets, playing cards and small games, coloring books and crayons/markers, lip balm, latex-free character band-aids, travel size deodorant/shampoo/conditioner/body wash, kids’ toothpaste and toothbrushes, and many more!  All items should be new and should not be gift wrapped.  Donations may be placed in the donation bins in the main office.  For a full list of items, please visit this link:  INOVA Children's Hospital Patient Wishlist

Thank you in advance for your contributions!  For questions, please contact Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu)

SCA School Dance

Our next school dance will be after school on Thursday, February 13th, from 2:25 PM to 4:30 PM.  During the dance, students may enjoy dancing in the 7th grade gym or play basketball in the 8th grade gym.  A snack of pizza, chips and a drink will be served to all students who attend the dance.  The theme for this dance is Valentine’s Day, so students are encouraged to wear red, pink, and white!  On the day of the dance, students may ride late buses home, or be picked up by a parent.

Tickets to the dance cost $5 and will be sold in the cafeteria during all lunches on the following days:  Wed. 2/5, Thurs. 2/6, Fri. 2/7, Mon. 2/10, Tues. 2/11.  Please note that tickets will not be sold the day before the dance (2/12) or the day of the dance (2/13).  On the day of the dance, students will receive a wristband which will serve as their ticket to the dance. 

Please note that on the date of the dance, there will be NO other activities.  Students may only stay after school on the day of the dance if they have purchased a ticket.

8th graders and parents, please direct questions to Dave Dachille (dmdachille@fcps.edu)

7th graders and parents, please direct questions to Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu)

Lost & Found

Irving’s Lost & Found is on display for all students to check during their lunch period.  At the end of each month, we wash and donate all clothing, lunch boxes, and water bottles.  If your child has lost an item, please advise them to check for it during lunch.  We will make announcements the week leading up to donation day to remind students to claim their belongings.  If you would like to inquire about an item, please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu).

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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

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2nd Semester Classes

On Wednesday, January 29, students will report to their 1st period class for 1st semester to receive their new schedule for the 2nd semester. At that time, students with a different 1st period will be released to go to their new class. We will not block the 29th or the 30th.

Irving School Counselors ROCK! 

We’re excited to announce that the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has recognized our school counseling program as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) school. Our counselors applied for RAMP status following the implementation of a school counseling program. Once a school has a program in place, it takes at least one entire academic year to collect the data and information needed to fulfill the RAMP application requirements. Last year, only 140 schools nationwide earned this honor.  

PTA Meeting - February 11 - Community Forum - Interior Camera Proposal 

Tuesday, February 11 is out PTA meeting and the final opportunity to provide feedback regarding the internal cameras proposal. 

Community Information: https://irvingms.fcps.edu/announcements/interior-camera-information

Interior Camera Information: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17KPr5jBoLXLt-dSwb-L7qXV3AqnJJjyN

Interior Camera FAQs: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HB9Ia0_HFY7cMnJh0uV-rOrVhwsVoIah

If you are unable to attend February 11, PTA meeting at 7:00 pm and would like to submit feedback, please fill out the Community Input Survey. You may also email jgibbins@fcps.edu with your comments on this proposal and whether you support or oppose the installation. If in your comments you include contact information I will respond to you. 

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link

Edu-Futuro’s Spring 2020 Emerging Leaders Program. Part I offers dynamic and in-teractive workshops! Application deadline: February 22nd/2020 

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, will be offering beginning English classes at many locations. For the locations, click here. Registration is in person on January 30th. 

Kin-ship Caregivers support group information, are any of your families raising a child for a family member or friend? Several ongoing classes until June 11th, For the Kinship Care Café on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (February and March), Kinship Care Financial Empowerment register by January 29th. Kinship care ARC Reflections learn how to help them cope with their emotions, ongoing classes every Thursday until April 30th

After School Program Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Parking for Pick Up After School

If you are picking up your child after the 2nd after school block (4:35 pm), please do not wait in the bus loop or along the curb in front of the school.  We need this space for the late buses when they arrive to pick up students.  For kiss-and-ride after 4:30 pm, please use the normal kiss-and-ride lane.  

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.

West Springfield Rotary Club’s Annual “4-Way Test” Essay Contest: Deadline February 7th!

Calling all students!  Every year our local Rotary Club chapter sponsors an essay contest centered around the “4-Way Test”. Students are asked to write an essay about the “4-Way Test” and incorporate creativity, originality, and quality or writing into their piece. For contest overview, rules, and an entry sheet, students should see Ms. Geary during lunch.  All entries are due no later than Friday, February 7th. Early entries are encouraged!  Three winners are selected from Irving to be recognized at the local chapter’s breakfast in their honor, and the 1st place winner moves forward to a District competition with a grand prize of $750!

SCA School Dance

Our next school dance will be after school on Thursday, February 13th, from 2:25 PM to 4:30 PM.  During the dance, students may enjoy dancing in the 7th grade gym or play basketball in the 8th grade gym.  A snack of pizza, chips and a drink will be served to all students who attend the dance.  The theme for this dance is Valentine’s Day, so students are encouraged to wear red, pink, and white!  On the day of the dance, students may ride late buses home, or be picked up by a parent.

Tickets to the dance cost $5 and will be sold in the cafeteria during all lunches on the following days:  Wed. 2/5, Thurs. 2/6, Fri. 2/7, Mon. 2/10, Tues. 2/11.  Please note that tickets will not be sold the day before the dance (2/12) or the day of the dance (2/13).  On the day of the dance, students will receive a wristband which will serve as their ticket to the dance. 

Please note that on the date of the dance, there will be NO other activities.  Students may only stay after school on the day of the dance if they have purchased a ticket.

8th graders and parents, please direct questions to Dave Dachille (dmdachille@fcps.edu)

7th graders and parents, please direct questions to Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu)

Lost & Found

Irving’s Lost & Found is on display for all students to check during their lunch period.  At the end of each month, we wash and donate all clothing, lunch boxes, and water bottles.  If your child has lost an item, please advise them to check for it during lunch.  We will make announcements the week leading up to donation day to remind students to claim their belongings.  If you would like to inquire about an item, please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu).

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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

Irving MS Reminder

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REMINDER:  Community Forum - Interior Camera Proposal & PTA Bylaws 

Tonight, Tuesday, January 21, a community forum will be held, where information will be shared and an opportunity will be provided to ask questions regarding the interior camera proposal. During this meeting, we will also review the new proposed PTA bylaws. We need at least 10 PTA members to attend this meeting in order to vote on the bylaws. These bylaws are crucial to the ability of the PTA to continue to exist throughout the rest of this year and beyond. 

Community Information:

https://irvingms.fcps.edu/announcements/interior-camera-information

Interior Camera Information:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=17KPr5jBoLXLt-dSwb-L7qXV3AqnJJjyN

Interior Camera FAQs:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HB9Ia0_HFY7cMnJh0uV-rOrVhwsVoIah

If you are unable to attend the Community Forum on January 21 at 7:00 pm or the February 11, PTA meeting at 7:00 pm and would like to submit feedback, please fill out the Community Input Survey. You may also email jgibbins@fcps.edu with your comments on this proposal and whether you support or oppose the installation. If in your comments you include contact information I will respond to you. 

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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

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Food for Neighbors Volunteers collected and sorted over 2000 lbs of food on January 11

Community Forum - Interior Camera Proposal & PTA Bylaws 

Tuesday, January 21, a community forum will be held, where information will be shared and an opportunity will be provided to ask questions regarding the interior camera proposal. During this meeting, we will also review the new proposed PTA bylaws. We need at least 10 PTA members to attend this meeting in order to vote on the bylaws. These bylaws are crucial to the ability of the PTA to continue to exist throughout the rest of this year and beyond. 

Community Information:

https://irvingms.fcps.edu/announcements/interior-camera-information

Interior Camera Information:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=17KPr5jBoLXLt-dSwb-L7qXV3AqnJJjyN

Interior Camera FAQs:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HB9Ia0_HFY7cMnJh0uV-rOrVhwsVoIah

If you are unable to attend the Community Forum on January 21 at 7:00 pm or the February 11, PTA meeting at 7:00 pm and would like to submit feedback, please fill out the Community Input Survey. You may also email jgibbins@fcps.edu with your comments on this proposal and whether you support or oppose the installation. If in your comments you include contact information I will respond to you. 

Parent/Guardian Programs

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link.

Additional parent resources to include YouTube videos of previous presentations can be found here

Mind in the making series: the seven essential life skills every child needs: Mind in the making series, learn strategies for improving these skills.   

Calm Conversations with your adolescent workshop: join Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional, learn tools that foster loving and safe communication.   

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate, overcoming obstacles while optimizing strengths, preparing students to be successful in the 21st century workforce.   

Library News 

At the end of this week, we’ll have had all 541 seventh grade students into the library to borrow a narrative nonfiction title for an upcoming English project.  The “nonfiction” part means that the book is a true account.  The “narrative” part means that the book reads like a story, with a distinct beginning, middle and end.  Please ask your 7th grader what book they choose for the assignment.  If they still need help selecting a title, send them our way, or email us with questions.  Some of our most popular titles were snatched up right away.  Though it is not required, it is an option to purchase your own copy of much-sought-after title.  Checking the holdings at Fairfax County Public Libraries is also a great option.  

The end of the second quarter is upon us.  As such, we’d like to get a good handle on where our library books are--specifically the ones that are long overdue.  This next week we’ll be sending notices to your students about any library overdues that they have.  Please encourage them to return the books; we have other students who are waiting to read them!  Soon all of the 8th grade class will be visiting to borrow a fiction title for their quarterly English project.  We’d like to have as many books as possible on our shelves from which they can select.

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

After School Program Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Parking for Pick Up After School

If you are picking up your child after the 2nd after school block (4:35 pm), please do not wait in the bus loop or along the curb in front of the school.  We need this space for the late buses when they arrive to pick up students.  For kiss-and-ride after 4:30 pm, please use the normal kiss-and-ride lane.  

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.

West Springfield Rotary Club’s Annual “4-Way Test” Essay Contest: Deadline February 7th!

Calling all students!  Every year our local Rotary Club chapter sponsors an essay contest centered around the “4-Way Test”. Students are asked to write an essay about the “4-Way Test” and incorporate creativity, originality, and quality or writing into their piece. For contest overview, rules, and an entry sheet, students should see Ms. Geary during lunch.  All entries are due no later than Friday, February 7th. Early entries are encouraged!  Three winners are selected from Irving to be recognized at the local chapter’s breakfast in their honor, and the 1st place winner moves forward to a District competition with a grand prize of $750!

Lost & Found

Irving’s Lost & Found is on display for all students to check during their lunch period.  At the end of each month, we wash and donate all clothing, lunch boxes, and water bottles.  If your child has lost an item, please advise them to check for it during lunch.  We will make announcements the week leading up to donation day to remind students to claim their belongings.  If you would like to inquire about an item, please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu).

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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

Irving MS Interior Camera Proposal

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Good Afternoon, Irving Parents/Guardians -

Irving Middle School is considering the installation of interior cameras and we would like your feedback. Please review the information and documents linked below and complete the Community Feedback Survey. As a part of the stakeholder engagement process, I spoke with the Student Council Association today and the students asked wonderful questions. They suggested I poll the entire student population to ensure all voices are heard. So in addition to the items listed in the linked information letter, I will also be polling the entire student body during Learning Seminar.

Community Information: https://irvingms.fcps.edu/announcements/interior-camera-information

Interior Camera Information: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17KPr5jBoLXLt-dSwb-L7qXV3AqnJJjyN

Interior Camera FAQs: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HB9Ia0_HFY7cMnJh0uV-rOrVhwsVoIah

If you are unable to attend the Community Forum on January 21 at 7:00 pm or the February 11, PTA meeting at 7:00 pm and would like to submit feedback, please fill out the Community Input Survey. You may also email jgibbins@fcps.edu with your comments on this proposal and whether you support or oppose the installation. If in your comments you include contact information, I will respond to you.

Thank you for your consideration of this proposal.

 

Cindy Conley

Principal

Irving Middle School

8100 Old Keene Mill Springfield, VA 22152  | Main Office: 703-912-4500
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Irving’s Curriculum Night

Irving will host this year’s curriculum night on Wednesday, January 15, from 6:30-8:30pm at Irving. There are different sessions throughout the night so you can get the information most important to you. Please see the link here for a schedule of the different sessions to include 7th grade core classes, 8th grade core classes, special education, ESOL classes and visits to elective classrooms. The snow date is January 22.

West Springfield HS Rising 9th Grade Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night for rising 9th grade students will be held at WSHS on January 15th with the Parent/Student General Session running from 6:00-6:45pm, Honors and other Advanced Academic information from 6:45-7:15pm and the Curriculum Fair will take place from 6:30-8:00pm. The snow date is January 16.

Parent/Guardian Programs

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link.

Additional parent resources to include YouTube videos of previous presentations can be found here

Mind in the making series: the seven essential life skills every child needs: Mind in the making series, learn strategies for improving these skills.   

Calm Conversations with your adolescent workshop: join Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional, learn tools that foster loving and safe communication.   

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate, overcoming obstacles while optimizing strengths, preparing students to be successful in the 21st century workforce.   

After School Program Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Parking for Pick Up After School

If you are picking up your child after the 2nd after school block (4:35 pm), please do not wait in the bus loop or along the curb in front of the school.  We need this space for the late buses when they arrive to pick up students.  For kiss-and-ride after 4:30 pm, please use the normal kiss-and-ride lane.  

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.  

Lost & Found

Irving’s Lost & Found is on display for all students to check during their lunch period.  At the end of each month, we wash and donate all clothing, lunch boxes, and water bottles.  If your child has lost an item, please advise them to check for it during lunch.  We will make announcements the week leading up to donation day to remind students to claim their belongings.  If you would like to inquire about an item, please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu).

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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

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Irving’s Curriculum Night

Irving will host this year’s curriculum night on Wednesday, January 15, from 6:30-8:30pm at Irving. There are different sessions throughout the night so you can get the information most important to you. Please see the link here for a schedule of the different sessions to include 7th grade core classes, 8th grade core classes, special education, ESOL classes and visits to elective classrooms. The snow date is January 22.

West Springfield HS Rising 9th Grade Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night for rising 9th grade students will be held at WSHS on January 15th with the Parent/Student General Session running from 6:00-6:45pm, Honors and other Advanced Academic information from 6:45-7:15pm and the Curriculum Fair will take place from 6:30-8:00pm. The snow date is January 16.

Parent/Guardian Programs

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link.

Additional parent resources to include YouTube videos of previous presentations can be found here

Join FCPS Career and Transition services to learn the importance of the IEP transition plan for effective postsecondary planning for High School 

Mind in the making series: the seven essential life skills every child needs: Mind in the making series, learn strategies for improving these skills.   

Calm Conversations with your adolescent workshop: join Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional, learn tools that foster loving and safe communication.   

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate, overcoming obstacles while optimizing strengths, preparing students to be successful in the 21st century workforce.   

After School Program Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Parking for Pick Up After School

If you are picking up your child after the 2nd after school block (4:35 pm), please do not wait in the bus loop or along the curb in front of the school.  We need this space for the late buses when they arrive to pick up students.  For kiss-and-ride after 4:30 pm, please use the normal kiss-and-ride lane.  

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.  

Lost & Found

Irving’s Lost & Found is on display for all students to check during their lunch period.  At the end of each month, we wash and donate all clothing, lunch boxes, and water bottles.  If your child has lost an item, please advise them to check for it during lunch.  We will make announcements the week leading up to donation day to remind students to claim their belongings.  If you would like to inquire about an item, please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu).

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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

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Irving MS Teachers participate in annual Tacky Sweater Contest!

Collection Drive for Armed Forces Retirement Home

Please consider donating to our Senior Veterans in the Armed Forces Retirement Home in DC. A collection box is located in the lobby. Items needed include: full size containers of laundry detergent, laundry softener, Clorox, Lysol/Clorox wipes, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, deodorant, lotion, hand soap, toothpaste, towel-set (bath, hand, washcloth), and socks. Items may be dropped off through December 20. Thank you for supporting our Veterans!

Library News 

Did you know that our students will have 17 days in which they’re not in school as we have our Winter Break?  Before you panic, hear this suggestion:  Make sure your child has several library books on hand to read when you need a break from them or when they need a break from screens.  Remember when the kids were in elementary school and they had the assignment to read for 20 minutes each evening?  Imagine how much reading could get done if your child read just for a minimum of 20 minutes for those 17 school days!  Are you up for the challenge?  We’d love to recommend good books to anyone who comes in to borrow some before the break.

As always, we’d like for our students to return their items on time so that others waiting for them can have access.  If you happen to notice a library book in your child’s room that has gathered a layer of dust, please check the due date stamped in the back and encourage them to return any that are overdue.

As you look ahead to the Winter Break, please remember to get a book to read or to borrow the electronic and / or audiobooks available by logging in to “Irving Middle School” and using their network ID and password on mackinvia.com 

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Irving MS Librarians

WIMS Book Club for Parents/Guardians and Staff

We are excited to launch a parent/guardian and staff book club! Join us in reading the book "Middle School Matters" by Phyllis Fagell in the WIMS Book Club. We will utilize a book guide created by the author as we read and discuss the book.  The book club will meet from 6:15-7:00 pm (45 minutes before PTA meetings) on  February 11,  March 10, May 12, and June 9. Light refreshments will be provided during each meeting. If you would like to participate in the book club, please complete the form linked below and we will send the book home with your student. We look forward to rich discussions and learning from all participants!

Book Club Sign-up Form: https://forms.gle/25bH56Dg1vdid9Y7A

Parent/Guardian Programs

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link.

Additional parent resources to include YouTube videos of previous presentations can be found here

Join FCPS Career and Transition services to learn the importance of the IEP transition plan for effective postsecondary planning for High School 

Mind in the making series: the seven essential life skills every child needs: Mind in the making series, learn strategies for improving these skills.   

Calm Conversations with your adolescent workshop: join Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional, learn tools that foster loving and safe communication.   

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate, overcoming obstacles while optimizing strengths, preparing students to be successful in the 21st century workforce.

After School Program

Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Parking for Pick Up After School

If you are picking up your child after the 2nd after school block (4:35 pm), please do not wait in the bus loop or along the curb in front of the school.  We need this space for the late buses when they arrive to pick up students.  For kiss-and-ride after 4:30 pm, please use the normal kiss-and-ride lane.  

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.

Lost & Found

Irving’s Lost & Found is on display for all students to check during their lunch period.  At the end of each month, we wash and donate all clothing, lunch boxes, and water bottles.  If your child has lost an item, please advise them to check for it during lunch.  We will make announcements the week leading up to donation day to remind students to claim their belongings.  If you would like to inquire about an item, please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu).  

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

The Vice President position is still vacant.  Please email irvingmspta@gmail.com if you are interested.

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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

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Irving Nominees for FCPS 2019-2020 “Outstanding Employee” Awards

Left to Right:  Steve Spero, Outstanding Operational Employee; Manuel Montelongo, Outstanding New Teacher; Michael Greene, Outstanding Professional Employee; Andrew Croce, Outstanding Teacher; and Shawn Spear, Outstanding Leader

The people have spoken, and Irving Middle School now has nominees for Fairfax County Public School’s annual Outstanding Employee awards.  Nominations came from Irving employees as well as members of the Irving community.  If you know any of these nominees and would like to share an account of how they help to make Irving a great place, please click on the links below to connect to a form.  The deadline for submitting nomination packets is approaching with the beginning of the new year, so please take time to send your comments soon!  Questions?  Email Irving MS Awards Liaison, Mary Ann Monk @ mamonk1@fcps.edu

Send comments in support of Andrew Croce for Outstanding Teacher

Send comments in support of Manuel Montelongo for Outstanding New Teacher

Send comments in support of Shawn Spear for Outstanding Leader

Send comments in support of Michael Greene for Outstanding Professional

Send comments in support of Steve Spero for Outstanding Operational Employee

SCA Winter Break Spirit Week (12/16 to 12/20)

To help get everyone excited for the upcoming winter break, the SCA is sponsoring a spirit week next week!  Students are encouraged to participate by dressing according to the theme each day.  

Monday 12/16:  Music Monday - student-selected music will be played during all lunches!

Tuesday 12/17:  Toasty Tuesday - pajama day!

Wednesday 12/18:  Winter Wonderland - dress in your favorite holiday spirit attire!

Thursday 12/19:  Tacky Thursday - Wear your tackiest holiday sweater!

Friday 12/20:  College Day - Wear your favorite college gear!

WIMS Book Club for Parents/Guardians and Staff

We are excited to launch a parent/guardian and staff book club! Join us in reading the book "Middle School Matters" by Phyllis Fagell in the WIMS Book Club. We will utilize a book guide created by the author as we read and discuss the book.  The book club will meet from 6:15-7:00 pm (45 minutes before PTA meetings) on  February 11,  March 10, May 12, and June 9. Light refreshments will be provided during each meeting. If you would like to participate in the book club, please complete the form linked below and we will send the book home with your student. We look forward to rich discussions and learning from all participants!

Book Club Sign-up Form: https://forms.gle/25bH56Dg1vdid9Y7A

Parent/Guardian Programs

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link.

Additional parent resources to include YouTube videos of previous presentations can be found here

Join FCPS Career and Transition services to learn the importance of the IEP transition plan for effective postsecondary planning for High School 

Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors, presented by Laurie Andrews and Kurt Soderstrom FCPS Special Education Teachers, we will focus on reasons for challenging behavior, recognizing and preventing power struggles and communicating effectively with your child. 

Mind in the making series: the seven essential life skills every child needs: Mind in the making series, learn strategies for improving these skills.   

Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents workshop: presented by Dr. Lisa M. Cullins from the National Institute of Mental Health, she will provide current research on: Diagnostic criteria, signs and symptoms, treatment options and resources.  

Calm Conversations with your adolescent workshop: join Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional, learn tools that foster loving and safe communication.   

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate, overcoming obstacles while optimizing strengths, preparing students to be successful in the 21st century workforce.  

Library News 

Did you know that our students will have 17 days in which they’re not in school as we have our Winter Break?  Before you panic, hear this suggestion:  Make sure your child has several library books on hand to read when you need a break from them or when they need a break from screens.  Remember when the kids were in elementary school and they had the assignment to read for 20 minutes each evening?  Imagine how much reading could get done if your child read just for a minimum of 20 minutes for those 17 school days!  Are you up for the challenge?  We’d love to recommend good books to anyone who comes in to borrow some before the break.

As always, we’d like for our students to return their items on time so that others waiting for them can have access.  If you happen to notice a library book in your child’s room that has gathered a layer of dust, please check the due date stamped in the back and encourage them to return any that are overdue.

As you look ahead to the Winter Break, please remember to get a book to read or to borrow the electronic and / or audiobooks available by logging in to “Irving Middle School” and using their network ID and password on mackinvia.com 

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Irving MS Librarians

After School Program

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Parking for Pick Up After School

If you are picking up your child after the 2nd after school block (4:35 pm), please do not wait in the bus loop or along the curb in front of the school.  We need this space for the late buses when they arrive to pick up students.  For kiss-and-ride after 4:30 pm, please use the normal kiss-and-ride lane.  

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.

Collection Drive for Armed Forces Retirement Home

Please consider donating to our Senior Veterans in the Armed Forces Retirement Home in DC. A collection box is located in the lobby. Items needed include: full size containers of laundry detergent, laundry softener, Clorox, Lysol/Clorox wipes, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, deodorant, lotion, hand soap, toothpaste, towel-set (bath, hand, washcloth), and socks. Items may be dropped off through December 20. Thank you for supporting our Veterans!

FCDOT Community Meeting

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is reviewing Fairfax Connector bus service in the Franconia-Springfield area, including all connections throughout the community, central business district and the greater Springfield area. FCDOT’s goals for this process include enhanced mobility, better access to destinations, improved travel times and schedule reliability, as well as more effective transit operations.

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) has rescheduled the second community input meeting on Fairfax Connector bus service review in the Franconia-Springfield area for Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019.  Staff will present three service alternatives that were developed based on public input received during the first round of community and stakeholder engagement and technical analysis. After this round of input, FCDOT staff will develop a preferred service plan to provide better access to destinations, improve travel times, increase schedule reliability and provide more dependable service. The community will have an opportunity to review and comment on the preferred service plan in Spring 2020. 

The meeting will be held at:

Garfield Elementary School

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2019 7-9 PM

7101 Old Keene Mill Road  Springfield VA 22150

Transit access: Fairfax Connector Routes 310, 321, 322

*Spanish translation services will be available at the meeting.

Please join us for the upcoming meeting at Garfield Elementary School or take the survey (English and Spanish) until December 27, 2019.  We need to hear from you!

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

The Vice President position is still vacant.  Please email irvingmspta@gmail.com if you are interested.

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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

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WIMS Book Club for Parents/Guardians and Staff

We are excited to launch a parent/guardian and staff book club! Join us in reading the book "Middle School Matters" by Phyllis Fagell in the WIMS Book Club. We will utilize a book guide created by the author as we read and discuss the book.  The book club will meet from 6:15-7:00 pm (45 minutes before PTA meetings) on  February 11,  March 10, May 12, and June 9. Light refreshments will be provided during each meeting. If you would like to participate in the book club, please complete the form linked below and we will send the book home with your student. We look forward to rich discussions and learning from all participants!

Book Club Sign-up Form: https://forms.gle/25bH56Dg1vdid9Y7A

Parent/Guardian Programs

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link.

Free budgeting classes   12/3,12/5; Free classes to help you gain money management skills

Zones of Regulation 12/5; Explore calming and alerting strategies to teach children how to become aware and manage their emotions 

Additional parent resources to include YouTube videos of previous presentations can be found here

Join FCPS Career and Transition services to learn the importance of the IEP transition plan for effective postsecondary planning for High School 

Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors, presented by Laurie Andrews and Kurt Soderstrom FCPS Special Education Teachers, we will focus on reasons for challenging behavior, recognizing and preventing power struggles and communicating effectively with your child. 

Mind in the making series: the seven essential life skills every child needs: Mind in the making series, learn strategies for improving these skills.   

Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents workshop: presented by Dr. Lisa M. Cullins from the National Institute of Mental Health, she will provide current research on: Diagnostic criteria, signs and symptoms, treatment options and resources.  

Calm Conversations with your adolescent workshop: join Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional, learn tools that foster loving and safe communication.   

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate, overcoming obstacles while optimizing strengths, preparing students to be successful in the 21st century workforce.   

Library News 

We’re happy to report that students at Irving are keeping us busy in the library!  We’re excited that so many students continue to borrow library books to have on hand for Take Ten reading time and for reading in the evenings and on weekends.  Irving’s reading culture is growing, with students and teachers becoming more interested in reading and talking about books and authors.  Bring up the topic at your next dinner together.

As always, we’d like for our students to return their items on time so that others waiting for them can have access.  If you happen to notice a library book in your child’s room that has gathered a layer of dust, please check the due date stamped in the back and encourage them to return any that are overdue.

As you look ahead to the Winter Break, please remember to get a book to read or to borrow the electronic and / or audiobooks available by logging in to “Irving Middle School” and using their network ID and password on mackinvia.com 

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Irving MS Librarians

After School Program

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Parking for Pick Up After School

If you are picking up your child after the 2nd after school block (4:35 pm), please do not wait in the bus loop or along the curb in front of the school.  We need this space for the late buses when they arrive to pick up students.  For kiss-and-ride after 4:30 pm, please use the normal kiss-and-ride lane.  

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.

Volunteer Opportunity

Hunt Valley Elementary Winter Festival

December 13th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Volunteers are needed to staff carnival game booths and help set-up/take down the games (volunteer hours are between 4:30pm-9:30pm). Please see the sign-up genius below for volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact Iris Stoyanov at Iris.Stoyanov@gmail.com or info@huntvalleypta.org 

Festival Volunteers - Winter Festival Volunteer Sign-Up

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

The Vice President position is still vacant.  Please email irvingmspta@gmail.com if you are interested.

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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

Irving MS PTA Movie Night

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The PTA will be showing Elf (PG) on December 6th at Irving in the 8th Grade Gym. Doors open at 6:30pm and the movie starts at 7pm. Admission is free. Pizza and snacks will be sold. Families are invited to join us, and all students should be supervised by an adult at the event.  Students are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring blankets.

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

The Vice President position is still vacant.  Please email irvingmspta@gmail.com if you are interested.

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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

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For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Irving Stays After

WIMS Book Club for Parents/Guardians and Staff

We are excited to launch a parent/guardian and staff book club! Join us in reading the book "Middle School Matters" by Phyllis Fagell in the WIMS Book Club. We will utilize a book guide created by the author as we read and discuss the book.  The book club will meet from 6:15-7:00 pm (45 minutes before PTA meetings) on  February 11,  March 10, May 12, and June 9. Light refreshments will be provided during each meeting. If you would like to participate in the book club, please complete the form linked below and we will send the book home with your student. We look forward to rich discussions and learning from all participants!

Book Club Sign-up Form: https://forms.gle/25bH56Dg1vdid9Y7A

Fairfax Connector

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is reviewing Fairfax Connector bus service in the Franconia-Springfield area, and we need YOUR input! With the information collected so far through phase I of the public input process as well as technical analysis, FCDOT has developed three (3) service alternatives and will create a preferred service plan based on the continued public feedback and analysis.

Please join us for an upcoming meeting or take the survey (English and Spanish). We need to hear from you!

Parent/Guardian Programs

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link.

Zones of Regulation 12/5; Explore calming and alerting strategies to teach children how to become aware and manage their emotions 

Additional parent resources to include YouTube videos of previous presentations can be found here.

Library News 

A Fine Dining Experience among Good Books. This week, 8th grade English students had standing reservations at Irving’s “Chez Livre,” (loosely translated “House of Books”).  Students sampled the various genres of fiction books that are available, selecting an appetizer, and entrée and a dessert to taste.  At the end of their dining experience, students had generally found a book that they look forward to devouring!  Upon checking out, even the most reluctant of participants in our game of “pretend” couldn’t hold back a smile when we offered them an “after dinner mint” and reminded, “Please come again,” as they exited.  Ask your 8th grader if they can remember which three books they “tasted” in the library and why they chose the book they did.

If you have a long drive in store for you next week, please remember to get a book to read or to borrow the electronic and / or audiobooks available by logging in to “Irving Middle School” and using their network ID and password on mackinvia.com 

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Irving MS Librarians

After School Program Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

No after school activities November 25 & 26.

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.

Volunteer Opportunity

Hunt Valley Elementary Winter Festival

December 13th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Volunteers are needed to staff carnival game booths and help set-up/take down the games (volunteer hours are between 4:30pm-9:30pm). Please see the sign-up genius below for volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact Iris Stoyanov at Iris.Stoyanov@gmail.com or info@huntvalleypta.org 

Festival Volunteers - Winter Festival Volunteer Sign-Up

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

The Vice President position is still vacant.  Please email irvingmspta@gmail.com if you are interested.

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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

Irving MS Weekly Update

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WIMS Book Club for Parents/Guardians and Staff

We are excited to launch a parent/guardian and staff book club! Join us in reading the book "Middle School Matters" by Phyllis Fagell in the WIMS Book Club. We will utilize a book guide created by the author as we read and discuss the book.  The book club will meet from 6:15-7:00 pm (45 minutes before PTA meetings) on  February 11,  March 10, May 12, and June 9. Light refreshments will be provided during each meeting. If you would like to participate in the book club, please complete the form linked below and we will send the book home with your student. We look forward to rich discussions and learning from all participants!

Book Club Sign-up Form: https://forms.gle/25bH56Dg1vdid9Y7A

Thanksgiving Meals For Local Families In Need

Irving is partnering with Food For Neighbors to provide Thanksgiving Meals for students identified as struggling with hunger.  FFN has a goal to provide 250 meals to local families.  We can put together a complete meal for a family for only $50. To contribute, simply click here to donate with a credit or debit card (or PayPal). Your gift is tax deductible and you will receive a tax receipt from us within a few days of making your donation.

Thank you for helping Food For Neighbors provide Thanksgiving Meals to local families in need. We truly appreciate your generosity towards our local community.Please visit our website for more information and contact us if you have any questions:  http://www.foodforneighbors.org

Thank you!            

Karen & Mark Joseph

Co-Founders Food For Neighbors

Library News 

We’ve been keeping busy in the Irving Library!  

We’re also happy to report that our circulation rates are up!  Students are managing to read through books in their daily Take 10 sessions.  We have heard from several students that they’ve finished their “first whole book” this year in Take 10.  Ask your child over dinner what he or she is reading for Take 10.  If they don’t have a title that they’re enjoying, advise them to come to the library for suggestions and assistance.

Parent/Guardian Programs

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link.

Irritability in Children and Youth: How to Help Children Cope 

Sibshops An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs! 

Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age 

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beginning Your Journey 

Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School 

Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life’s Ups and Downs 

Additional parent resources to include YouTube videos of previous presentations can be found here.

After School Program Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Late Buses

Late buses are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The Transportation Office sent home letters with late bus numbers, however, students may check their bus during lunch with Ms. Geary.  Late buses pick up students at approximately 4:45pm.

Pick Up Times

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday:  All students must be picked up by 4:45pm

Wednesday and Friday:  All students must be picked up by 3:30pm.  The only club offered on these days is our Homework Club. **No late buses these days**

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.

Volunteer Opportunity

Hunt Valley Elementary Winter Festival

December 13th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Volunteers are needed to staff carnival game booths and help set-up/take down the games (volunteer hours are between 4:30pm-9:30pm). Please see the sign-up genius below for volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact Iris Stoyanov at Iris.Stoyanov@gmail.com or info@huntvalleypta.org 

Festival Volunteers - Winter Festival Volunteer Sign-Up

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

The Vice President position is still vacant.  Please email irvingmspta@gmail.com if you are interested.

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

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Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com 

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Students participate in Global Summit simulation using the Portrait of a Graduate skills Communicator, Collaborator, and Creative and Critical Thinker, as they worked to demonstrate how they are Ethical and Global Citizens who work to solve the problem of climate change through the perspective of a specific country.

WIMS Book Club for Parents/Guardians and Staff

We are excited to launch a parent/guardian and staff book club! Join us in reading the book "Middle School Matters" by Phyllis Fagell in the WIMS Book Club. We will utilize a book guide created by the author as we read and discuss the book.  The book club will meet from 6:15-7:00 pm (45 minutes before PTA meetings) on  February 11,  March 10, May 12, and June 9. Light refreshments will be provided during each meeting. If you would like to participate in the book club, please complete the form linked below and we will send the book home with your student. We look forward to rich discussions and learning from all participants!

Book Club Sign-up Form: https://forms.gle/25bH56Dg1vdid9Y7A

Veteran Recognition for Veteran’s Day

As Veterans Day approaches, we would like to honor those who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces.  If you would like to recognize someone in your family, please fill out this linked form and return it to the Main Office. All forms should be returned to the Main Office by Thursday, November 7, 2019 before school to ensure all forms are included in our display.

Please include a photograph (photocopy of the photograph is preferred since these will not be returned) of the person you would like to honor. These forms will be displayed in the hallway to remind our students and visitors of the meaning and importance of recognizing our Veterans.  If you would like to honor more than one family member, please feel free to complete multiple forms.

Thanksgiving Meals For Local Families In Need

Irving is partnering with Food For Neighbors to provide Thanksgiving Meals for students identified as struggling with hunger.  FFN has a goal to provide 250 meals to local families.  We can put together a complete meal for a family for only $50. To contribute, simply click here to donate with a credit or debit card (or PayPal). Your gift is tax deductible and you will receive a tax receipt from us within a few days of making your donation.

Thank you for helping Food For Neighbors provide Thanksgiving Meals to local families in need. We truly appreciate your generosity towards our local community.Please visit our website for more information and contact us if you have any questions:  http://www.foodforneighbors.org

Thank you!            

Karen & Mark Joseph

Co-Founders Food For Neighbors

Library News 

We’ve been keeping busy in the Irving Library!  

On Halloween, students visited to hear faculty volunteers reading Washington Irving’s most famous tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”  For some students, it was a first time to be exposed to the story penned by our school’s namesake.  In addition to sitting in the library with the lights dimmed and a fake fire pit a-glow, the students enjoyed a snack of popcorn as they listened.  This is the second year for this event that we hope to keep as a tradition. 

We’re also happy to report that our circulation rates are up!  Students are managing to read through books in their daily Take 10 sessions.  We have heard from several students that they’ve finished their “first whole book” this year in Take 10.  Ask your child over dinner what he or she is reading for Take 10.  If they don’t have a title that they’re enjoying, advise them to come to the library for suggestions and assistance.

Parent/Guardian Programs

Free showing of the documentary “Angst” on November 13

Angst is a 56-minute, eye-opening documentary that explores anxiety, its causes, effects, and what we can do about it. The film features kids and young adults affected by anxiety, mental health experts, and Olympic athlete and mental health advocate Michael Phelps, in opening up the conversation and providing hope around a topic many find difficult to discuss. The documentary will begin at 7:00pm at West Springfield High School and a panel discussion with mental health experts will follow. For more information, click here.

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link.

Irritability in Children and Youth: How to Help Children Cope 

Sibshops An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs! 

Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age 

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beginning Your Journey 

Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School 

Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life’s Ups and Downs 

Additional parent resources to include YouTube videos of previous presentations can be found here.

After School Program Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Late Buses

Late buses are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The Transportation Office sent home letters with late bus numbers, however, students may check their bus during lunch with Ms. Geary.  Late buses pick up students at approximately 4:45pm.

Pick Up Times: 

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday:  All students must be picked up by 4:45pm 

Wednesday and Friday:  All students must be picked up by 3:30pm.  The only club offered on these days is our Homework Club. **No late buses these days**

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - November 12 at 7:00 pm 

We would like to elect the Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year; we need members to attend the meeting in order to hold the elections. We hope to see you on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm!

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

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Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com

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Veteran Recognition for Veterans Day

As Veterans Day approaches, we would like to honor those who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces.  If you would like to recognize someone in your family, please fill out this linked form and return it to the Main Office. All forms should be returned to the Main Office by Thursday, November 7, 2019 before school to ensure all forms are included in our display.

Please include a photograph (photocopy of the photograph is preferred since these will not be returned) of the person you would like to honor. These forms will be displayed in the hallway to remind our students and visitors of the meaning and importance of recognizing our Veterans.  If you would like to honor more than one family member, please feel free to complete multiple forms.

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Congratulations to Ms. Miciak, Ms. Zelaya, Ms. Hay, Ms. Hendershot, Ms. Richter, Ms. Marshall, Ms. Rhodes, Ms. Watts, Ms. Berggren for winning the 12th Annual Staff Halloween Costume Contest! The winners were selected by students during Learning Seminar.

Thanksgiving Meals For Local Families In Need

Irving is partnering with Food For Neighbors to provide Thanksgiving Meals for students identified as struggling with hunger.  FFN has a goal to provide 250 meals to local families.  We can put together a complete meal for a family for only $50. To contribute, simply click here to donate with a credit or debit card (or PayPal). Your gift is tax deductible and you will receive a tax receipt from us within a few days of making your donation.

Thank you for helping Food For Neighbors provide Thanksgiving Meals to local families in need. We truly appreciate your generosity towards our local community.Please visit our website for more information and contact us if you have any questions:  http://www.foodforneighbors.org

Thank you!            

Karen & Mark Joseph

Co-Founders Food For Neighbors

Safety Reminder

This time of year it can be quite dark in the morning so please encourage students who walk/ride a bike to school to utilize cross walks, wear bright or reflective clothing, and ensure they are seen by drivers before beginning to cross roads. Also as you enter the parking lot, please be sure to be off of phones and alert to those walking through the lot. Thank you!

Library News 

By the end of this week, all 7th grade students will have visited the library to borrow a fiction title for their upcoming English project.  Did your child borrow a book?  (Some students have had a delay in borrowing new books because they need to return the overdue books they have.)  Ask your student how he / she chose the title they borrowed.  Ask if the two of you can begin the book together by taking turns reading aloud; this is a way that I have used as a parent to get my own children “engaged” into a new book.

The Irving MS Book Club meets every Monday from 2:30 until 3:30.  The club chose a new title last week and will discuss it on 10/28.  The second read of the year is Crash by Jerry Spinelli.  Encourage the book worm in your home to attend next week.  It’s a great time for newcomers to attend, because we’ll be selecting our next book.

--Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Irving Librarians

Nominate an Irving Staff Member for an FCPS Award

Now through Halloween, (10/31/19) nominations are being accepted from our community for outstanding members of the Irving Middle School staff.  The six categories in which Irving staff can advance in the county-wide awards program include:  Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Professional, Outstanding Operational Employee and Outstanding Principal.   

To access the nomination form, visit this address:  https://forms.gle/gFcec4pUwChx844g9

You may nominate up to six different staff members in the various categories, though you are not required to supply a nomination in every category.  Staff members names are entered as selection options from a drop-down menu ONLY in the category in which they are eligible.  For example, if you don’t find your child’s science teacher’s name in the list of teachers eligible for “Outstanding Teacher,” look in the “Outstanding New Teacher” category for their name.

The nomination form does not require you to write up a justification for your reason to nominate a certain person, but if you nominate them, you may be asked to write a letter of support later on in the process.

Thank you for taking the time to let all of FCPS know what a great place Irving Middle School is!

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is excited to kick off its search for America's top youth volunteers of the year.  Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honors middle level and high school students for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.  

Applications for 2020 awards are now open to students in grades 5-12 who have volunteered in the past year.  If you would like more information about the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, visit http://spirit.prudential.com or email spirit@nassp.org.

KEY DATES

November 5, 2019:  The deadline for students to submit applications (available at spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit)

AWARDS

Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement, provided by the program and granted by their schools or organizations. Qualifying Local Honorees also receive the President's Volunteer Service Award.

Distinguished Finalists receive an engraved bronze medallion, and other state-level runners-up receive Certificates of Excellence.

State Honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for national recognition events.

National Honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools or nominating organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.

Parent/Guardian Programs

Free showing of the documentary “Angst” on November 13

Angst is a 56-minute, eye-opening documentary that explores anxiety, its causes, effects, and what we can do about it. The film features kids and young adults affected by anxiety, mental health experts, and Olympic athlete and mental health advocate Michael Phelps, in opening up the conversation and providing hope around a topic many find difficult to discuss. The documentary will begin at 7:00pm at West Springfield High School and a panel discussion with mental health experts will follow. For more information, click here.

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link.

Irritability in Children and Youth: How to Help Children Cope 

Sibshops An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs! 

Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age 

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beginning Your Journey 

Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School 

Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life’s Ups and Downs 

Additional parent resources to include YouTube videos of previous presentations can be found here.

After School Program

Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Late Buses

Late buses are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The Transportation Office sent home letters with late bus numbers, however, students may check their bus during lunch with Ms. Geary.  Late buses pick up students at approximately 4:45pm.

Pick Up Times:  

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday:  All students must be picked up by 4:45pm 

Wednesday and Friday:  All students must be picked up by 3:30pm.  The only club offered on these days is our Homework Club. **No late buses these days**

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) with questions about the after school program.

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - November 12 at 7:00 pm 

We would like to elect the Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year; we need members to attend the meeting in order to hold the elections. We hope to see you on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm!

Website:https://wimspta.ptboard.com/home

School Code:  T9EEWQ

Boxtops for Education collection in the main office

Email: irvingmspta@gmail.com

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

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