Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

May 3-7

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 3

Reading SOL for 7th grade VIRTUAL students ONLY

Tuesday, May 4

Science SOL for 8th grade in-person students attending Tues/Weds and 4-day students last names A-K

Thursday, May 6

Science SOL for 8th grade in-person students attending Thurs/Friday and 4-day students last names L-Z

Tuesday, June 8 Important update - change in schedule!

Tuesday, June 8 is an Election Day. In order to accommodate voters in schools, FCPS has made this day a VIRTUAL synchronous day. ALL students will login to classes and learn from home on this day - in-person students will NOT report to school.

May 3-7 is Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teachers have made a lot of changes this year -virtual, to concurrent, to in-person and through it all they have continued to give it their best effort while also taking care of their own families.. Let’s make this year extra special for them - see above for ideas from the PTA.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7

Please help us to thank our amazing teachers for all they have done and continue to do to support our students this year. If you would like to leave a note for a teacher, please feel free to do so through this Google Form by Thursday, May 6th.

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 hbnguyen@fcps.edu 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

Eating Disorder Parent Information

The Code of Virginia, 22.1-273.2 requires Virginia Public Schools to provide, on an annual basis, parent educational information regarding eating disorders for pupils in grades five through twelve. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2020):

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Eating disorders are not fads or phases, and can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships.

Eating disorders can develop or re-emerge at any age. Eating disorder specialists are reporting an increase in the diagnosis of children, some as young as five or six. Many eating disorder sufferers report that their thoughts and behaviors started much earlier than anyone realized, sometimes even in early childhood. Although most people report the onset of their eating disorder in their teens and young adulthood, there is some evidence that people are being diagnosed at younger ages.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed eating disorder documents with detailed information to be provided to parents and guardians of Fairfax County Public Schools. The letter and fact sheet have been translated and posted on the following webpage: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/translations/dss-healthmedical.htm.

Girls' Summer Basketball Camp

2021 WS Girls Summer Basketball Camp – July 26-30.  For more info contact Coach Gibson:  WRGibson@fcps.edu

Lady Spartan Basketball Camp 2021

Library News

The next Curbside Pick-up date will be May 3rd, from noon until 3 pm. 

THANKS to many of you who have returned long-overdue books this week!!

8th graders who have long-overdue items from their 7th grade year were messaged about what items are still on loan to them.  Please either return books or email to report them as lost.  No fines or replacement fees are associated with these loans.

Virtual students, plan to return ANY overdue library books if you come to school for SOL testing.  

In-person students should be returning books to the library on the days they are in the school building.  

If you need some more reading material at any time, remember that students can always log into Mackinvia.com to borrow ebooks or audiobooks. 

Tech Tips Preparing for SOLs

Please make sure your child’s school loaned laptop is working properly: the screen is intact (not cracked), and all keys are working. Please also have your child restart their laptop to update it completely. Shutting it down and turning it back on is not the same as restarting it. Restarts are the only way to ensure necessary updates. If your child’s school loaned laptop needs to be repaired, please contact our Technology Specialist, Steve Snow at smsnow@fcps.edu as soon as possible. Students may not use their personal devices to take a SOL exam. We will have laptops for students to use each day of testing if they did not check out a school laptop.

In-Person Technology Reminders

Bring your school-issued laptop to each day that you are in school. We cannot support or troubleshoot personal devices.

  1. Please shutdown and plug-in the laptop each night so that it is fully charged for the school day.
  2. Bring the laptop, laptop charger and headphones or earbuds to school each in-person day.
  3. Restart your laptop each day when you are in school in order to update your laptop completely. A restart is not the same as turning it off/on or logging off/on. Restarts are the only way to ensure necessary updates. 
Digital Resource Parent Permission

We are almost there!! Thanks to the many parents/guardians who have already given permission for their child to use digital resources at Irving. It is imperative that we have consent for all students. If you have not yet provided this consent, please use the first link below to provide your consent today and the second link if you wish to view the list of digital resources at Irving. Thank you!

Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

After School Program VIP CAMP REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration for VIP camp will begin on Wednesday, May 5th.  The registration link and more detailed information will be emailed out to all parents of Irving’s rising 7th, rising 8th, and rising 9th grade students.  Registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and space is limited so please be on the lookout for the registration link on Wednesday if you are interested in having your child participate.

Questions about VIP Camp?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

News from your PTA

News from your PTA

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on May 11th! This is the last meeting of the year and will include voting in the board members for next year. We hope you can make it!! (In case you missed the April meeting, that recording is here (Passcode: Horsem@n21))

Spirit Nights!

If you were able to partake of Coal Fire Spirit Night - THANK YOU!  That was the last Spirit Night of the year!

Next year's PTA (still) needs you!

At the April PTA meeting, the PTA announced the current board members as nominees for next year's President and Treasurer. We have since received a nomination for the VP position, and are looking for a nominee for Secretary as the current board member will be unable to serve next year. Nominations can still be submitted for any position. Please submit any by May 10th to irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com.The current Board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Please include Nominee's name, Nominee contact info (email or phone), Position being nominated for.

The slated candidates will be voted on during the May PTA meeting. If you would like to read more about the positions and their responsibilities you can see the details here (an extract from the PTA Bylaws).

If you have any questions please contact the nominating committee at irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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News from your PTA

Spirit "Night" news from your PTA

TODAY is the Coal Fire Pizza Spirit promotion!

Let Coal Fire take care of LUNCH and/or DINNER!

Just show them this flyer - COAL FIRE IRVING SPIRIT PROMOTION - either printed or via your phone, and 20% of your dine-in, carry-out, or catering purchase will go to the PTA (you can order online here)

You can use the flyer anytime 1130am - 8pm today!

The PTA thanks you in advance for your support!!

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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, April 26

Science 8 SOL for 8th grade virtual students ONLY

Wednesday, April 28

PTA Spirit Night at Coal Fire - see below for more information

Monday, May 3

Reading SOL for 7th grade VIRTUAL students ONLY

Congratulations to the Blue Travelers Team! 

The staff at Sarankco selected this student design as the winner for our Team Logo Design Challenge. This design will be painted on the ROCK for all in our community to see.

Kiss and Ride - Drivers’ Assistance Needed

This year we have an increased number of cars utilizing our Kiss and Ride. To ensure that everyone is able to safely move throughout our parking lot at arrival and dismissal, please help us by driving slowly and ensuring you are not on the phone when driving through the parking lot. Student safety is our top priority and speeding through the parking lot creates a dangerous situation we want to avoid. Thank you for your help to ensure safety on our school grounds.

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 hbnguyen@fcps.edu 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

Eating Disorder Parent Information

The Code of Virginia, 22.1-273.2 requires Virginia Public Schools to provide, on an annual basis, parent educational information regarding eating disorders for pupils in grades five through twelve. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2020):

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Eating disorders are not fads or phases, and can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships.

Eating disorders can develop or re-emerge at any age. Eating disorder specialists are reporting an increase in the diagnosis of children, some as young as five or six. Many eating disorder sufferers report that their thoughts and behaviors started much earlier than anyone realized, sometimes even in early childhood. Although most people report the onset of their eating disorder in their teens and young adulthood, there is some evidence that people are being diagnosed at younger ages.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed eating disorder documents with detailed information to be provided to parents and guardians of Fairfax County Public Schools. The letter and fact sheet have been translated and posted on the following webpage: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/translations/dss-healthmedical.htm.

Girls' Summer Basketball Camp

2021 WS Girls Summer Basketball Camp – July 26-30.  For more info contact Coach Gibson:  WRGibson@fcps.edu

Lady Spartan Basketball Camp 2021

Library News

The next Curbside Pick-up date will be April 26th, from noon until 3 pm. 

8th graders who have long-overdue items from their 7th grade year were messaged this week about what items are still on loan to them.  Please either return books or email to report them as lost.  No fines or replacement fees are associated with these loans.

Virtual students, plan to return ANY overdue library books if you come to school for SOL testing.  

In-person students should be returning books to the library on the days they are in the school building.  

If you need some more reading material at any time, remember that students can always log into Mackinvia.com to borrow ebooks or audiobooks.  

Tech Tips Preparing for SOLs

Please make sure your child’s school loaned laptop is working properly: the screen is intact (not cracked), and all keys are working. Please also have your child restart their laptop to update it completely. Shutting it down and turning it back on is not the same as restarting it. Restarts are the only way to ensure necessary updates. If your child’s school loaned laptop needs to be repaired, please contact our Technology Specialist, Steve Snow at smsnow@fcps.edu as soon as possible. Students may not use their personal devices to take a SOL exam. We will have laptops for students to use each day of testing if they did not check out a school laptop.

In-Person Technology Reminders

Bring your school-issued laptop to each day that you are in school. We cannot support or troubleshoot personal devices.

  1. Please shutdown and plug-in the laptop each night so that it is fully charged for the school day.
  2. Bring the laptop, laptop charger and headphones or earbuds to school each in-person day.
  3. Restart your laptop each day when you are in school in order to update your laptop completely. A restart is not the same as turning it off/on or logging off/on. Restarts are the only way to ensure necessary updates. 
Digital Resource Parent Permission

We are almost there!! Thanks to the many parents/guardians who have already given permission for their child to use digital resources at Irving. It is imperative that we have consent for all students. If you have not yet provided this consent, please use the first link below to provide your consent today and the second link if you wish to view the list of digital resources at Irving. Thank you!

Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

After School Program West Springfield High School Football Interest Meeting

Varsity coaches from the West Springfield High School Football Team are holding an interest meeting next Wednesday, April 28th from 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm.  The meeting is for rising 9th grade students only and will be held in the Rising Spartans Football Club Schoology Group (join code:  JWFZ-DX2H-6NB76).  Please contact Dave Dachille (varsity coach and Irving Civics teacher) at dmdachille@fcps.edu 

Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

News from your PTA

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on May 11th! This is the last meeting of the year and will include voting in the board members for next year. We hope you can make it!! (In case you missed the April meeting, that recording is here (Passcode: Horsem@n21))

Thank you to all who attended the Rising 7th Grade parents night! In case you missed that, the recording is available here (Passcode: Horsem@n7)

Be on the lookout for info about a possible car wash / PTA fundraiser and end-of-year teacher appreciation opportunities (Teacher Appreciation week is May 3-7)!!

Our next spirit night is April 28th at COAL FIRE! Leave the cooking to them and support Irving - WIN-WIN!!

Next year's PTA needs you!

At the April PTA meeting, the PTA announced the current board members as nominees for next year's President and Treasurer. We have since received a nomination for the VP position, and are looking for a nominee for Secretary as the current board member may be unable to serve next year. Nominations can still be submitted for any position!! Please submit any by May 10th! to irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com.The current Board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Please include:
  - Nominee's name
  - Nominee contact info (email or phone)
  - Position being nominated for

The slated candidates will be voted on during the May PTA meeting. If you would like to read more about the positions and their responsibilities you can see the details here - https://irvingms.memberhub.com/orgs/146343/libraryfiles - in Article 7 - Duties of Officers on p. 9 (p. 11 of the pdf). Don’t forget you must be a PTA Member to access MemberHub.

If you have any questions please contact the nominating committee at irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!!!

Upcoming PTA Dates
- April 28: Coal Fire Spirit Night!
- May 10: Last call for PTA Nominations for PTA Board 2021-2022
- May 11 - last PTA Meeting - Board Elections!

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, April 26

Science 8 SOL for virtual students ONLY

Wednesday, April 28

PTA Spirit Night at Coal Fire - see below for more information

Thank You!

A big THANK YOU, to our Irving staff and students as well as the FCPS Facilities team who ensured our major leak was stopped, repaired, and all cleaned up in about an hour this morning. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and willingness to help today. Special shout out to our Custodians, Leadership Team, and School Counselors who jumped in with wet vacs, towels, and trash cans so we could continue with classes today. Further proof of how amazing our staff is! Pictured below left to right - Officer Lee (School Resource Officer), Ms. Gollinger (Director of Student Services), and Mr. Buchanan (School Counselor) all running wet vac machines and Mr. Spear (Assistant Principal) using towels to soak up some of the water that had run through to the first floor.

Recording from Rising 8th Core Curriculum Night

If you were not able to join us to hear about core classes for our rising 8th grade students, you can access the recording here or the slide show here.

WSHS Girls Basketball Camp

West Springfield has just announced its Girls Basketball camp dates:  July 26 thru July 30th, for rising 3rd thru 9th graders.  For more information contact Coach Gibson at:  wrgibson@fcps.edu

Library News

The next Curbside Pick-up date will be April 19th, from noon until 3 pm. 

In-person students should be returning books to the library on the days they are in the school building.  Virtual students, plan to return ANY overdue library books if you come to school for SOL testing.

If you need some more reading material at any time, remember that students can always log into Mackinvia.com to borrow ebooks or audiobooks. 

Tech Tips

Preparing for SOLs

Please make sure your child’s school loaned laptop is working properly: the screen is intact (not cracked), and all keys are working. If your child’s school loaned laptop needs to be repaired, please contact our Technology Specialist, Steve Snow at smsnow@fcps.edu as soon as possible. Students may not use their personal devices to take a SOL exam. We will have laptops for students to use each day of testing if they did not check out a school laptop.

In-Person Technology Reminders: Bring your school-issued laptop. We cannot support or troubleshoot personal devices.

  1. Please shutdown and plug-in the laptop each night so that it is fully charged for the school day.
  2. Bring the laptop, laptop charger and headphones or earbuds to school each in-person day.

Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

We are almost there!! Thanks to the many parents/guardians who have already given permission for their child to use digital resources at Irving. It is imperative that we have consent for all students. If you have not yet provided this consent, please use the first link below to provide your consent today and the second link if you wish to view the list of digital resources at Irving. Thank you!

Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

After School Program Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

News from your PTA

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on May 11th! This is the last meeting of the year and will include voting in the board members for next year. We hope you can make it!! (In case you missed the April meeting, that recording is here (Passcode: Horsem@n21)

Thank you to all who attended the Rising 7th Grade parents night! In case you missed that, the recording is available here (Passcode: Horsem@n7)

Be on the lookout for info about a possible car wash / PTA fundraiser and end-of-year teacher appreciation opportunities (Teacher Appreciation week is May 3-7)!!

Spirit Night!

If you were able to partake of Glory Days Spirit Night - THANK YOU! Please remember to email your online order receipt to IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

Our next spirit night is April 28th at COAL FIRE! Leave the cooking to them and support Irving - WIN-WIN!!

Spirit Wear!

If you ordered a mask - they are all currently at Irving. PTA and school personnel are working on the distribution process to get to virtual learners. For in-person students, the masks will be distributed through a class at school. Be on the lookout for info in your email.

Next year's PTA needs you!

At the April PTA meeting, the PTA announced the 3 current board members as nominees for President (Taunia Schulke), Secretary (Kathrin Yoneoka), and Treasurer (Katherine McClure). We are still looking for nominations for the VP position!! Nominations can still be submitted for any position!! 

Please submit any by May 10th! to irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com.The current Board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

 Please include:

  - Nominee's name

  - Nominee contact info (email or phone)

  - Position being nominated for

The slated candidates will be voted on during the May PTA meeting. If you would like to read more about the positions and their responsibilities you can see the details here - https://irvingms.memberhub.com/orgs/146343/libraryfiles - in Article 7 - Duties of Officers on p. 9 (p. 11 of the pdf). 

Don’t forget you must be a PTA Member to access MemberHub.

If you have any questions please contact the nominating committee at irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!!!

Upcoming PTA Dates

- April 28: Coal Fire Spirit Night!

- May 10: Last call for PTA Nominations for PTA Board 2021-2022

- May 11 - last PTA Meeting - Board Elections!

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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SOL Schedule

Please note the SOL schedule below.

If at all possible, please avoid scheduling appointments on the days your child is scheduled to take an SOL.

Keeping our Students and Staff Healthy

Please review the Health Information on the FCPS page as a part of returning to the school building. If your child is not feeling well, please keep them at home. If they have vomited, have diarrhea, and/or have a fever, please do not send them to school the next day. We need to make sure we all do our part to keep a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone. Thank you for your assistance with this very important expectation. If you have any questions about whether or not you should send your child to school please contact the school at 703-912-4500, before sending them.

Diversity Committee of the TJHSST

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will hold its next Diversity in STEM Talk in April! This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. 

Join us Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m. to hear from Julie Ann Sosa, MD, Leon Goldman MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Sosa was born in Montreal and raised in upstate New York. She received her AB at Princeton, MA at Oxford, and MD at Johns Hopkins, where she also completed the Halsted residency in general surgery and a fellowship. She previously practiced medicine and taught at Duke University Medical School and Yale University Medical School. She is published in numerous medical journals and books. Dr. Sosa’s research interests include outcomes research, health care delivery, hyperparathyroidism, and thyroid cancer, with a focus on clinical trials. Join us to hear more about a career in medicine and her experience as a surgeon, professor, and now administrator in a large teaching hospital.

- What sparked her interest in medicine?

- What does she enjoy most about practicing medicine?

- What would she recommend to students who want to pursue a medical career?

- What else would you like to know?

Parents, register at this Zoom link*: http://bit.ly/TJStemTalk4 

  *To ensure you receive the Zoom link, do not use an FCPS schools student email account!

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

Information and recordings from past Diversity in STEM Talks can be found on the TJ PTSA Diversity Committee webpage: https://tjptsa.com/committees/diversity/

WSHS Girls Basketball Camp

West Springfield has just announced its Girls Basketball camp dates:  July 26 thru July 30th, for rising 3rd thru 9th graders.  For more information contact Coach Gibson at:  wrgibson@fcps.edu

Library News

The next Curbside Pick-up date will be April 12th, from noon until 3 pm.

Tech Tips Preparing for SOLs

Please make sure your child’s school loaned laptop is working properly: the screen is intact (not cracked), and all keys are working. If your child’s school loaned laptop needs to be repaired, please contact our Technology Specialist, Steve Snow at smsnow@fcps.edu as soon as possible. Students may not use their personal devices to take a SOL exam. We will have laptops for students to use each day of testing if they did not check out a school laptop.

In-Person Technology Reminders:
  1. Bring your school-issued laptop. We cannot support or troubleshoot personal devices.
  2. Please shutdown and plug-in the laptop each night so that it is fully charged for the school day.
  3. Bring the laptop, laptop charger and headphones or earbuds to school each in-person day.
Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

We are almost there!! Thanks to the many parents/guardians who have already given permission for their child to use digital resources at Irving. It is imperative that we have consent for all students. If you have not yet provided this consent, please use the first link below to provide your consent today and the second link if you wish to view the list of digital resources at Irving. Thank you!

Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

After School Program Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website 

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

News from your PTA

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on May 11th! This is the last meeting of the year and will include voting in the board members for next year. We hop you can make it!!

Thank you to all who attended the Rising 7th Grade parents night! In case you missed it, the recording is available here (Passcode: Horsem@n7)

Be on the lookout for info about a possible car wash / PTA fundraiser and end-of-year teacher appreciation opportunities!!

Spirit Night!

If you were able to partake of Glory Days Spirit Night - THANK YOU! Please remember to either drop off your original receipt in the envelope on Door #1 at Irving, or email your online order receipt to IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

Our next spirit night is April 28th at COAL FIRE! Leave the cooking to them and support Irving - WIN-WIN!!

Spirit Wear!

If you ordered a mask - they are all currently at Irving. PTA and school personnel are working on the distribution process to get to virtual learners. For in-person students, the masks will be distributed through a class at school. Be on the lookout for info in your email.  

Next year's PTA needs you!

At the April PTA meeting, the PTA announced the 3 current board members as nominees for President (Taunia Schulke), Secretary (Kathrin Yoneoka), and Treasurer (Katherine McClure). We are still looking for nominations for the VP position!! Nominations can still be submitted for any position!! Please submit any by May 10th! to irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com.The current Board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Please include:

  - Nominee's name

  - Nominee contact info (email or phone)

  - Position being nominated for

The slated candidates will be voted on during the May PTA meeting. If you would like to read more about the positions and their responsibilities you can see the details here - https://irvingms.memberhub.com/orgs/146343/libraryfiles - in Article 7 - Duties of Officers on p. 9 (p. 11 of the pdf). Don’t forget you must be a PTA Member to access MemberHub.

If you have any questions please contact the nominating committee at irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!!!

Upcoming PTA Dates

- April 28: Coal Fire Spirit Night!

- May 10: Last call for PTA Nominations for PTA Board 2021-2022

- May 11 - last PTA Meeting - Board Elections!

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com

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Upcoming Important Dates

March 29 -

April 2

Spring Break - Irving MS building and offices will be closed for the week.

April 5

Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 6

Classes Resume

Principal Town Hall @ 7:00 pm - Ms.Conley will share the latest information about SOL’s and the upcoming testing schedule. Link to attend will be emailed on the morning of Tuesday, April 6.

April 7

PTA meeting @ 7:00 pm - counselors will be sharing Mental Health and Wellness information and Nominations for Executive Board will be shared. The link to attend will be emailed after Spring Break.

 

Spring Break

As we begin Spring Break and take time for renewal and rejuvenation, I would like to say Thank You, for being such an amazing community. With so many ups and downs over the last year, I am always amazed at the resiliency the West Springfield community demonstrates. The ways you have helped each other will be the stories that will be told long after this pandemic is over. I am grateful to be a member of this community and so glad you are all a part of the Irving Family.

We hope you enjoy a wonderful spring break over the next week. I have asked our staff to step back from email and work so that they can enjoy some time with family as well. As with all other breaks, students do not have any work to complete over spring break and will not have any assessments or projects due on the Tuesday or Wednesday following spring break.  If you are looking for an activity for your child during break - we always highly suggest reading! We look forward to seeing students back online or in-person on Tuesday, April 6, when we will begin 4th quarter. Take Care! 

Cindy Conley, 

Principal, WIMS

The image above is linked to the yearbook order form.  Please use Chrome to access the link.

Diversity Committee of the TJHSST

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will hold its next Diversity in STEM Talk in April! This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. 

Join us Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m. to hear from Julie Ann Sosa, MD, Leon Goldman MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Sosa was born in Montreal and raised in upstate New York. She received her AB at Princeton, MA at Oxford, and MD at Johns Hopkins, where she also completed the Halsted residency in general surgery and a fellowship. She previously practiced medicine and taught at Duke University Medical School and Yale University Medical School. She is published in numerous medical journals and books. Dr. Sosa’s research interests include outcomes research, health care delivery, hyperparathyroidism, and thyroid cancer, with a focus on clinical trials. Join us to hear more about a career in medicine and her experience as a surgeon, professor, and now administrator in a large teaching hospital.

- What sparked her interest in medicine?

- What does she enjoy most about practicing medicine?

- What would she recommend to students who want to pursue a medical career?

- What else would you like to know?

Parents, register at this Zoom link*: http://bit.ly/TJStemTalk4 

  *To ensure you receive the Zoom link, do not use an FCPS schools student email account!

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

Information and recordings from past Diversity in STEM Talks can be found on the TJ PTSA Diversity Committee webpage: https://tjptsa.com/committees/diversity/

WSHS Girls Basketball Camp

West Springfield has just announced its Girls Basketball camp dates:  July 26 thru July 30th, for rising 3rd thru 9th graders.  For more information contact Coach Gibson at:  wrgibson@fcps.edu

Library News

The next Curbside Pick-up date will be April 12th, from noon until 3 pm. 

If you need some more reading material for the week off, remember that students can always log into Mackinvia.com to borrow ebooks or audiobooks.

Enjoy your break! 

Tech Tips Spring Break Laptop Care shared with students this week

 

In-Person Technology Reminders:
  1. Bring your school-issued laptop. We cannot support or troubleshoot personal devices.
  2. Please shutdown and plug-in the laptop each night so that it is fully charged for the school day.
  3. Bring the laptop, laptop charger and headphones or earbuds to school each in-person day.
Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

We are almost there!! Thanks to the many parents/guardians who have already given permission for their child to use digital resources at Irving. It is imperative that we have consent for all students. If you have not yet provided this consent, please use the first link below to provide your consent today and the second link if you wish to view the list of digital resources at Irving. Thank you!

Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

After School Program Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website 

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

News from your PTA

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do that on our MemberHub site here

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on April 7th! We’ll find out how the return to school is going and hear about PTA Board nominees.

Thank you to all who attended the Rising 7th Grade parents night! In case you missed it, the recording is available here (Passcode: Horsem@n7)

Spirit Night!

If you were able to partake of last night's Glory Days Spirit Night - THANK YOU! 

Please remember to either drop off your original receipt in the envelope on Door #1 at Irving, or email your online order receipt to IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com. 

Stay tuned for more information about our next Spirit Night - COAL FIRE! - on 28.

Next year's PTA!

The PTA is looking for nominations for PTA Board members for next year!! Nominations are due TODAY Friday 26 March 2021. The current Board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. ***NOTE: The nominating committee has a NEW email to send nominations to – please use irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com .***

Please include:

 - Nominee's name

 - Nominee contact info (email or phone)

 - Position being nominated for

The nominating committee will then announce the slated candidates during the April PTA meeting in preparation to vote during the May PTA meeting. If you would like to read more about the positions and their responsibilities you can see the details here - https://irvingms.memberhub.com/orgs/146343/libraryfiles - in Article 7 - Duties of Officers on p. 9 (p. 11 of the pdf). Don’t forget you must be a PTA Member to access MemberHub.

If you have any questions please contact the nominating committee at irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!!!

Upcoming PTA Dates

- March 26: PTA Nominations due for PTA Board 2021-2022

- April 7: PTA Meeting - nominations announcement

- April 28: Coal Fire Spirit Night!

- May 11 - PTA Meeting - Board Elections!

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

Change in Mondays: Due to the increase in planning time needed for concurrent instruction and to align with the school division’s expectations for Mondays, we are moving to a fully asynchronous Monday beginning on Monday, March 22. Students will only need to sign in for Check and Connect from 8:45-9:00 am, and the rest of the day will be asynchronous time for students to work on assignments. 

Students in our Special Education Program, who have already scheduled service hours on Mondays, will continue to receive that support. 

While we are making this transition, we are also building an intervention plan for students, by invitation, who may need additional support in Math and/or English. More information will be sent directly to specific families about this support opportunity.

March 25 - Save the Date!

Glory Days PTA Spirit Night

March 26

  • 2-Hour Early Dismissal - end of the 3rd quarter
  • Last day to submit a picture for the yearbook

March 29 -

April 2

Spring Break - Irving MS building and offices will be closed for the week.

April 5

Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

 

The image above is linked to the yearbook order form.  Please use Chrome to access the link.

School Picture Distribution

Ongoing portrait distribution:

  • In-person students - packets were distributed through 1st period teachers this week.  If your student had their picture taken but did not receive a packet, please call 703-912-4500.
  • Virtual students - please pick up your portraits Monday - Friday, 7:30-1:30 at door 1. Just call when you get here and we will walk them out to you.
  • Any unclaimed packets will be mailed home starting next Friday (3/26)
3rd & 4th Quarter Catch Up Days

To better meet the needs of students and content areas, we have decided to make a change to our Catch Days. Instead of them being held for an entire day, each content will designate their Catch Days for the 3rd and 4th quarter. This allows for a more natural work day for students in each class that aligns with where they are in regards to projects and assessments. Catch Day dates will be shared by teachers directly with students.

TJHSST Diversity in STEM Talk

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will hold its next Diversity in STEM Talk in April! This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. 

Join us Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m. to hear from Julie Ann Sosa, MD, Leon Goldman MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Sosa was born in Montreal and raised in upstate New York. She received her AB at Princeton, MA at Oxford, and MD at Johns Hopkins, where she also completed the Halsted residency in general surgery and a fellowship. She previously practiced medicine and taught at Duke University Medical School and Yale University Medical School. She is published in numerous medical journals and books. Dr. Sosa’s research interests include outcomes research, health care delivery, hyperparathyroidism, and thyroid cancer, with a focus on clinical trials. Join us to hear more about a career in medicine and her experience as a surgeon, professor, and now administrator in a large teaching hospital.

- What sparked her interest in medicine?

- What does she enjoy most about practicing medicine?

- What would she recommend to students who want to pursue a medical career?

- What else would you like to know?

Parents, register at this Zoom link*: http://bit.ly/TJStemTalk4 

  *To ensure you receive the Zoom link, do not use an FCPS schools student email account!

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

Information and recordings from past Diversity in STEM Talks can be found on the TJ PTSA Diversity Committee webpage: https://tjptsa.com/committees/diversity/

Library News

“Return to School” has a different meaning for us in the library!  If you have a student who is now attending in-person in the school building, please make sure that you “Return to School” any FCPS library books that have been gathering dust on your shelves at home since last school year!  While we’re mostly interested in getting our Irving MS library books back, we will accept ALL FCPS books (such as those from your elementary schools) and will make sure that they get delivered to their proper place.

Irving Middle School Library books are available to ALL STUDENTS in many different ways!  Both in-person and virtual students have access to ebooks, audiobooks and actual print books!

  1. Curbside Pickup of books will continue, with students placing holds on print books in the library’s catalog and then picking them up on Mondays from noon until 3. Please email a librarian if this day/time does not work for your family.  Here’s a HOW-TO VIDEO for Curbside Pickup.
  2. NEW!!!  Students who are in the Irving school building can have books delivered to their 7th or 8th period classrooms by first reserving books through the library catalog and then informing librarians of their hold using a new Google Form.  Here’s a  HOW-TO VIDEO for Getting Library Books in School.
  3. Mackinvia.com is the interface through which our students can browse and borrow ebooks and audiobooks from home using their laptop, device or phone. Students log into Mackinvia.com, search for what they want and “checkout” ebooks or audiobooks.  Mackinvia items are automatically “returned” for students after a three-week loan period.
Tech Tips In-Person Technology Reminders:
  1. Bring your school-issued laptop. We cannot support or troubleshoot personal devices.
  2. Please shutdown and plug-in the laptop each night so that it is fully charged for the school day.
  3. Bring the laptop, laptop charger and headphones or earbuds to school each in-person day.
Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

We are almost there!! Thanks to the many parents/guardians who have already given permission for their child to use digital resources at Irving. It is imperative that we have consent for all students. If you have not yet provided this consent, please use the first link below to provide your consent today and the second link if you wish to view the list of digital resources at Irving. Thank you!

       Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

After School Program Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

News from your PTA

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do that on our MemberHub site here

The SpiritWear shop is open again!!

You can place your order here. Orders close on March 21st and will be available starting April 9th. 

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on April 7th! We’ll find out how the return to school is going and hear about PTA Board nominees.

Thank you to all who attended the Rising 7th Grade parents night! In case you missed it, the recording is available here (Passcode: Horsem@n7)

Schoology Survey -Your Opportunity to provide Schoology Feedback! 

FCPS is looking for feedback on this year's pilot of Schoology from the Irving Community!! They are hoping to understand how Irving parents/caregivers and students feel about Schoology. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and is anonymous, so please give your honest and candid feedback.Here's the link -  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G3L3BTP.   One PTA board member will attend a virtual session next week to share our Irving survey feedback with FCPS decision makers. Your input is critical.

Please help make Schoology the best it can be before the county-wide launch this fall!  

Next year's PTA!

The PTA is looking for nominations for PTA Board members for next year!! Nominations are due no later than Friday 26 March 2021. The current Board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. ***NOTE: The nominating committee has a NEW email to send nominations to – please use irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com .***

Please include:

 - Nominee's name

 - Nominee contact info (email or phone)

 - Position being nominated for

The nominating committee will then announce the slated candidates during the April PTA meeting in preparation to vote during the May PTA meeting. If you would like to read more about the positions and their responsibilities you can see the details here - https://irvingms.memberhub.com/orgs/146343/libraryfiles - in Article 7 - Duties of Officers on p. 9 (p. 11 of the pdf). Don’t forget you must be a PTA Member to access MemberHub.

If you have any questions please contact the nominating committee at irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!!!

Upcoming PTA Dates

- March 25: Glory Days Spirit Night!

- March 26: PTA Nominations due for PTA Board 2021-2022

- April 7: PTA Meeting - nominations announcement

- April 28: Coal Fire Spirit Night!

- May 11 - PTA Meeting - Board Elections!

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Message from Irving MS PTA

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Schoology Survey

Your Opportunity to provide Schoology Feedback!

FCPS is looking for feedback on this year's pilot of Schoology from the Irving Community!! They are hoping to understand how Irving parents/caregivers and students feel about Schoology.  

The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and is anonymous, so please give your honest and candid feedback.Here's the link -  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G3L3BTP.    

One PTA board member will attend a virtual session next week to share our Irving survey feedback with FCPS decision makers. Your input is critical.

Please help make Schoology the best it can be before the county-wide launch this fall! 

Thanks in advance!

Irving MS PTA

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Upcoming Important Dates

Student Borrowed Laptop in Need of Repair?: Is your child’s borrowed laptop not working properly? We need to know as soon as possible so we can assist in getting it fixed! Please contact our Technology Specialist - Mr. Steve Snow at smsnow@fcps.edu if you need to have the laptop repaired.

March 25 - Save the Date!

Glory Days PTA Spirit Night

March 26

  • 2-Hour Early Dismissal - end of the 3rd quarter
  • Last day to submit a picture for the yearbook

March 29 -

April 2

Spring Break

April 5

Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

 

The image above is linked to the yearbook order form.  Please use Chrome to access the link.

School Picture Distribution

Students who had their pictures taken by Lifetouch will receive their portrait packets as follows:

  • In-person students - in their first period class on Tuesday (3/16) or Thursday(3/18)
  • Virtual students - please pick up your portraits Monday (3/15), 12:00 - 5:30 at door 1.  If you are unavailable during that time, please call the main office at 703-912-4500 so that we can arrange for a better time for you.
3rd & 4th Quarter Catch Up Days

To better meet the needs of students and content areas, we have decided to make a change to our Catch Days. Instead of them being held for an entire day, each content will designate their Catch Days for the 3rd and 4th quarter. This allows for a more natural work day for students in each class that aligns with where they are in regards to projects and assessments. Catch Up Day dates will be shared by teachers directly with students. 

TJHSST Diversity in STEM Talk

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) will hold its next Diversity in STEM Talk on Monday, March 15 at 6 p.m. This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8.

Join us Monday, March 15, at 6 p.m. to hear from Vern Williams, former math teacher in the Fairfax County Public Schools and current math teacher at BASIS Independent McLean in Tysons Corner.  Some questions we'll explore are:  

  • What sparked their interest in math?
  • What does he enjoy most about math?
  • What would he recommend to students who want to pursue math?

Parents, register at this Zoom link.

If you missed our February 8 talk on robotics, you can view the recording here.

Library News

“Return to School” has a different meaning for us in the library!  If you have a student who is now attending in-person in the school building, please make sure that you “Return to School” any FCPS library books that have been gathering dust on your shelves at home since last school year!  While we’re mostly interested in getting our Irving MS library books back, we will accept ALL FCPS books (such as those from your elementary schools) and will make sure that they get delivered to their proper place.

Irving Middle School Library books are available to ALL STUDENTS in many different ways!  Both in-person and virtual students have access to ebooks, audiobooks and actual print books!

  1. Curbside Pickup of books will continue, with students placing holds on print books in the library’s catalog and then picking them up on Mondays from noon until 3. Please email a librarian if this day/time does not work for your family.  Here’s a HOW-TO VIDEO for Curbside Pickup.
  2. NEW!!!  Students who are in the Irving school building can have books delivered to their 7th or 8th period classrooms by first reserving books through the library catalog and then informing librarians of their hold using a new Google Form.  Here’s a  HOW-TO VIDEO for Getting Library Books in School.
  3. Mackinvia.com is the interface through which our students can browse and borrow ebooks and audiobooks from home using their laptop, device or phone. Students log into Mackinvia.com, search for what they want and “checkout” ebooks or audiobooks.  Mackinvia items are automatically “returned” for students after a three-week loan period.
Tech Tips Returning to School In-Person: Tech Items

For students returning for in-person instruction:

  1. We cannot support or troubleshoot personal devices, only school-issued laptops.
  2. Please shutdown and plug-in the laptop each night so that it is fully charged for the school day.
  3. Bring the laptop, laptop charger and headphones or earbuds to school each in-person day.
Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

We are almost there!! Thanks to the many parents/guardians who have already given permission for their child to use digital resources at Irving. It is imperative that we have consent for all students. If you have not yet provided this consent, please use the first link below to provide your consent today and the second link if you wish to view the list of digital resources at Irving. Thank you!

       Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

Parent Resources from Common Sense Media: After School Program Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

News from your PTA

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do that on our MemberHub site here

The SpiritWear shop is open again!! You can place your order here. Orders close on March 21st and will be available starting April 9th. 

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on April 7th! We’ll find out how the return to school is going and hear about PTA Board nominees.

8th grade parents we need you to help us prepare our Rising 7th Grade parents for a meeting we’re having for them on March 16th! If you have a few minutes, please take the survey here - to answer  "What I wish I would have known when my child started at Irving" and help the incoming parents and students!!

The PTA is looking for nominations for PTA Board members for next year!! Nominations are due no later than Friday 26 March 2021. The current Board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. ***NOTE: The nominating committee has a NEW email to send nominations to – please use irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com .***

Please include:

 - Nominee's name

 - Nominee contact info (email or phone)

 - Position being nominated for

The nominating committee will then announce the slated candidates during the April PTA meeting in preparation to vote during the May PTA meeting. If you would like to read more about the positions and their responsibilities you can see the details here - https://irvingms.memberhub.com/orgs/146343/libraryfiles - in Article 7 - Duties of Officers on p. 9 (p. 11 of the pdf). Don’t forget you must be a PTA Member to access MemberHub. If you have any questions please contact the nominating committee at irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!!!

And here are the upcoming PTA dates for your calendar!!

- March 16: Special PTA Meeting - Rising 7th Grade info

- March 25: Glory Days Spirit Night!

- March 26: PTA Nominations due for PTA Board 2021-2022

- April 7: PTA Meeting - nominations announcement

- April 28: Coal Fire Spirit Night!

- May 11 - PTA Meeting - Board Elections!

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Irving MS PTA Meeting Tonight

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PTA Meeting

Just a reminder that our regular PTA meeting is tonight! Here is the link:

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87611080841?pwd=TExQQ0pWZnlHRDJDQWJmZDhPVDB4UT09

Meeting ID: 876 1108 0841 Passcode: Horsem@n

And the agenda is:

  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Spirit Wear!
  • We’re seeking  board members for next year!
  • Rising 7th grade parents’ night next week – we seek your feedback and tips!
  • Ms Conley Update on Return to School - 3/4 groups have come back!
  • Questions & Comments

We look forward to virtually seeing you tonight!

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Upcoming Important Dates

Student Borrowed Laptop in Need of Repair?: Is your child’s borrowed laptop not working properly? We need to know as soon as possible so we can assist in getting it fixed! Please contact our Technology Specialist - Mr. Steve Snow at smsnow@fcps.edu if you need to have the laptop repaired.

March 8

Student Holiday/School Planning Day - students do not need to sign on for Check & Connect. There will not be academic support or office hours. Students may still work on asynchronous work and use the day as a catch-up day if needed.

March 9

PTA meeting on March 9th! We’ll find out how the return to school is going and help address your concerns.

March 9 - Last Names A-K

March 11 - Last Names L-Z

Return to School - 7th grade students who selected in-person will return to school 2 days per week.

March 26

2-Hour Early Dismissal - end of the 3rd quarter

March 29 - April 2

Spring Break

 

What a great week! We completed our first School Wide Team Challenge on Thursday during ROCK Block. 

We also welcomed back our in-person 8th grade students throughout the week. In this photo, Ms. Geary is explaining the changes to lunch. It was so nice to have students back in the building!

Student Owned Devices at School

For students who are returning to in-person, we are noticing that family owned devices are having difficulty connecting to the FCPS network. Please note that we do have computers still available for check out. A reminder, we are unable to troubleshoot issues with family owned devices. If you would like to have your child check out a school-owned computer, please contact our Technology Specialist - Mr. Steve Snow at smsnow@fcps.edu.

7th grade In-Person Students  What to Pack Each Day - In-Person Students

As families (who selected in-person) prepare to return to the building, please ensure your child has the following items with them in their backpack, each day they come to school.

  1. Mask (recommend a backup mask as well just in case)
  2. CHARGED Laptop
  3. Laptop charger
  4. Headphones
  5. Something to write with and paper
  6. A water bottle (optional, but recommended) Water fountains will not be available for students to drink from - they are hydration bottle refill stations only.
  7. Lunch (if not eating a school lunch)
Library News

Irving Middle School Library books are available to ALL STUDENTS in many different ways!  Both in-person and virtual students have access to ebooks, audiobooks and actual print books!

  1. Curbside Pickup of books will continue, as usual since September, with students placing holds on print books in the library’s catalog and then picking them up on Mondays from noon until 3.  (special accommodations can be made if students are unable to come to the school during that time.  Just email a librarian to find a solution.)  Here’s a HOW-TO VIDEO for Curbside Pickup.
  2. NEW!!!  Students who are in the Irving school building can have books delivered to their 7th or 8th period classrooms by first reserving books through the library catalog and then informing librarians of their hold using a new Google Form (this link works on student’s computers when they are logged into Google).  We hope to provide same-day delivery of books that are reserved while students are in the building. Here’s a  HOW-TO VIDEO for Getting Library Books in School.
  3. Mackinvia.com is the interface through which our students can browse and borrow ebooks and audiobooks from home using their laptop, device or phone.  Librarians do not need to be involved or informed of this process at all.  Students log into Mackinvia.com, search for what they want and “checkout” ebooks or audiobooks.  Mackinvia items are automatically “returned” for students after a three-week loan period.
Tech Tips Returning to School In-Person: Tech Items

For students returning for in-person instruction:

  1. We cannot support or troubleshoot personal devices, only school-issued laptops.
  2. Please shutdown and plug-in the laptop each night so that it is fully charged for the school day.
  3. Bring the laptop, laptop charger and headphones or earbuds to school each in-person day.
Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

We are almost there!! Thanks to the many parents/guardians who have already given permission for their child to use digital resources at Irving. It is imperative that we have consent for all students. If you have not yet provided this consent, please use the first link below to provide your consent today and the second link if you wish to view the list of digital resources at Irving. Thank you!

    Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

After School Program Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

News from your PTA

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do that on our MemberHub site here

The PTA is working on another round of SpiritWear sales!! Stay tuned for a link with new products.

Even before that, WIMS masks are available to order!! - please click on this link. ORDERS CLOSE ON MARCH 7th!!

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on March 9th! We’ll find out how the return to school is going and help address your concerns.

And we’re counting on our 8th grade parents to help us prepare our Rising 7th Grade parents for a meeting we’re having for them on March 16th! If you have a few minutes, please take the survey here - to answer  "What I wish I would have known when my child started at Irving" and help the incoming parents and students!!

The PTA is looking for nominations for PTA Board members for next year!! Nominations are due no later than Friday 26 March 2021. The current Board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. ***NOTE: The nominating committee has a NEW email to send nominations to – please use irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com .***

Please include:

 - Nominee's name

 - Nominee contact info (email or phone)

 - Position being nominated for

The nominating committee will then announce the slated candidates during the April PTA meeting in preparation to vote during the May PTA meeting. If you would like to read more about the positions and their responsibilities you can see the details here - https://irvingms.memberhub.com/orgs/14643/libraryfiles - in Artcile 7 - Duties of Officers on p. 9 (p. 11 of the pdf). Don’t forget you must be a PTA Member to access MemberHub.

If you have any questions please contact the nominating committee at irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!!!

And here are the upcoming PTA dates for your calendar!!

- March 9: Regular PTA Meeting 

- March 16: Special PTA Meeting - Rising 7th Grade info

- March 25: Glory Days Spirit Night!

- March 26: PTA Nominations due for PTA Board 2021-2022

- April 7: PTA Meeting - nominations announcement - April 28: Coal Fire Spirit Night!

- May 11 - PTA Meeting - Board Elections!

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Upcoming Important Dates

Missing Library Books - West Springfield Pyramid schools are missing books checked out last school year. Please take a look around for any FCPS library books you may still have and return them to their “home school library."

March 2 - Last Names A-K

March 4 - Last Names L-Z

Return to School - 8th grade students who selected in-person will return to school 2 days per week.

March 5

Two-Hour Early Dismissal school ends at 12:00 pm

March 9 - Last Names A-K

March 11 - Last Names L-Z

Return to School - 7th grade students who selected in-person will return to school 2 days per week.

 

 

Congratulations to Ms. Jenny Hay, she was named the Region 4, Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the year! Ms. Hay is now a finalist for the FCPS Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year. 

Good Luck, Ms. Hay!

What to Pack Each Day - In-Person Students

As families (who selected in-person) prepare to return to the building, please ensure your child has the following items with them in their backpack, each day they come to school.

  1. Mask (recommend a backup mask as well just in case)
  2. CHARGED Laptop
  3. Laptop charger
  4. Headphones
  5. Something to write with and paper
  6. A water bottle (optional, but recommended) Water fountains will not be available for students to drink from - they are hydration bottle refill stations only.
  7. Lunch (if not eating a school lunch)

 

Return to School Video

On Tuesday during ROCK Block, a video was shared with all students regarding the return to the building. If you would like to view the video with your child, please click this link

Class Room Numbers

Students and/or Parents/Guardians may log into StudentVue or ParentVue to see which class room each of their classes is located. On Tuesday, students were given a mapping activity so they could map out where their classes are located and familiarize themselves with the one-way and two-way hallways. 

If you would like to assist your child with the mapping activity, please have your child login on their computer and then click this link to access this activity. 

Students will receive a copy of their schedule and a map when they arrive at school on their first day and we will have adults throughout the building to assist them.

At a minimum, please have your child identify their 1st period class room number as that is where they will receive a copy of their schedule. 

Technology News Returning to School In-Person: Tech Items

For students returning for in-person instruction:

  1. Please shutdown and plug-in the laptop each night so that it is fully charged for the school day.
  2. Bring the laptop, laptop charger and headphones or earbuds to school each in-person day.
Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

We are almost there!! Thanks to the many parents/guardians who have already given permission for their child to use digital resources at Irving. It is imperative that we have consent for all students. If you have not yet provided this consent, please use the first link below to provide your consent today and the second link if you wish to view the list of digital resources at Irving. Thank you!

   Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

Chrome Sync Message for Parents: Reminder

As part of FCPS’s ongoing effort to support student use of technology, Chrome Sync and the ability to save passwords is now available. Students are not required to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, but may choose to them in order to:

  • reduce their log-in time.  
  • access bookmarks and extensions across devices.  

Chrome will remember and offer saved passwords when students are logging into different instructional applications. Chrome will also make bookmarks and extensions available on any device in which the student logs into Chrome and turns on Sync.

If your student would like to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, support resources are available on the FCPS website.  If your child is logged into Chrome now, they may need to log out of Chrome and log back in to see the new features. 

Student Laptop Message: Windows License Expiring

If your child is receiving a message that their Windows license is expiring on their FCPS-issued laptop, follow the steps below to fix this:

  1. Turn off the laptop
  2. Drive or walk to the nearest FCPS site/parking lot (this can be any FCPS site)
  3. Get close enough to the building so the laptop automatically connects to the WiFi
  4. Turn the laptop on and login to the laptop
  5. Wait 5 mins and then restart (be sure you are restarting the laptop and not just shutting down)
  6. Log back into the laptop (while on the FCPS WiFi)
  7. Wait 5 another mins and then restart a second time (be sure you are restarting the laptop and not just shutting down)
  8. The licensing issue should be resolved, and you can take the laptop back to your residence
After School Program   Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

News from your PTA

It's hard to believe, but the PTA is looking for nominations for PTA Board members for next year!! A nominating committee has been formed. The current Board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Nominations can be submitted to IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com. Please include the nominee's name, contact info (email or phone), and position being nominated for and then the nominating committee will determine a slate of candidates to be voted on at an upcoming PTA meeting. 

The PTA is also working on another round of SpiritWear sales. Stay tuned for a link with new products. Even before that, WIMS masks will be available to order next week!

The PTA is planning to invite rising 7th grade parents to an upcoming meeting to talk about "What I wish I would have known...." coming to Irving. To help with that, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts in this survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3QKSZS5 - to help guide the discussion!

The PTA Mask Link is now live. If you would like to purchase a WIMS mask, please click on this link. ORDERS CLOSE ON MARCH 7th!!

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do that on our MemberHub site here

.We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on March 9th! (Please note - Translations are computer generated.)

 And here are the upcoming PTA dates for your calendar!!

- March 9: Regular PTA Meeting 

- March 16: PTA hosted meeting for rising 7th grade parents

- March 25: Glory Days Spirit Night!

- March 26: PTA Nominations due for PTA Board 2021-2022

- April 7: PTA Meeting - nominations announcement

- April 28: Coal Fire Spirit Night!

- May 11 - PTA Meeting - Board Elections!

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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Upcoming Important Dates

Missing Library Books - West Springfield Pyramid schools are missing books checked out last school year. Please take a look around for any FCPS library books you may still have and return them to their “home school library."

February 1 - February 26

TJHSS&T Application Window Open

February 22

Teacher Workday - students will work asynchronously on Monday. Group 3 students will continue with their schedule as planned. All other teachers will be preparing for in-person learning that will occur the following week.

February 23 (rescheduled)

Student Lunch Q&A - Optional during all lunch shifts (10:30-12:30). Students will be able to join Ms. Conley during lunch time to ask questions about the Return to School. Information will be shared during an upcoming ROCK Block.

February 25 & 26

Asynchronous Classes for all Students (Except Group 3 students who will continue with their planned schedule). Per the division - Thursday, February 25 & Friday, February 26, are Teacher Workdays so teachers can prepare for students who are returning to in-person learning. Students will work on asynchronous both days.

 

 

We are busy preparing for Return to School for students who selected in-person. Please be sure to review the calendar above for Asynchronous/Teacher Planning Days.

Return to School - Students who Selected In-Person Learning

Please be sure to check ParentVue to make sure we have received all required forms and all vaccinations are up-to-date. If you have any questions about whether we are missing any forms, please call 703-912-4500. 

As you prepare for your child’s return to school, please make sure your child wears a mask and brings their CHARGED, school issued, laptop (or personal device), computer charger, headphones/earbuds, something to write with/write on, and a book to read each day they are in school. We will not be using lockers this year, so please make sure your child packs their backpack with only what they need. 

We will continue with “Away for the Day” for phones when students return to school. Students will need to keep their phones off and in their backpacks from 7:10-2:00 pm daily. 

Finally, we will be sharing an informational video with students on Tuesday during ROCK Block and Ms. Conley will host an Optional Q & A session for students returning to school during each lunch shift. A link for the session will be shared during ROCK Block.

Requests for Change to Educational Setting - In-Person Waitlist

We have received many requests to make changes to students’ educational settings. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot change student preference from virtual to in-person. Our ability to create a safe, secure, and socially distant in-person master schedule was dependent on the data that families provided. We are keeping a waitlist and if you would like your child’s name to be added to the list, please email your child’s counselor. 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Admissions

The application window for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will open on February 1, 2021 at 8:00AM and close on February 26, 2021 at 4:00PM. 

Please visit http://www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions  to submit your application and view the updated calendar.  TJHSST parent virtual information session coming soon!

Library News 

Curbside Pickup:  This continues on Mondays from noon until 3 pm, at Irving’s Door 2.  Books placed on hold through the library catalog by the previous Thursday at midnight will be pulled from the shelves and ready for pickup.  This service WILL continue once the in-person students return to the school building because we want to provide access to our library’s holdings to all Irving students, including those who will continue learning virtually throughout the year.

Readers Unite Book Club Students who are interested in joining can find the join link for “Readers Unite” in the After School Program’s website.  The club meets from 2:30-3:30 on Wednesdays through the Blackboard Collaborate link available in the Readers Unite Group page.

--Ms. Monk & Mrs. Gawalt

 

Technology News Returning to School In-Person: Tech Items

For students returning for in-person instruction:

  1. Please shutdown and plug-in the laptop each night so that it is fully charged for the school day.
  2. Bring the laptop, laptop charger and headphones or earbuds to school each in-person day.
Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

We are almost there!! Thanks to the many parents/guardians who have already given permission for their child to use digital resources at Irving. It is imperative that we have consent for all students. If you have not yet provided this consent, please use the first link below to provide your consent today and the second link if you wish to view the list of digital resources at Irving. Thank you!

   Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

Chrome Sync Message for Parents: Reminder

As part of FCPS’s ongoing effort to support student use of technology, Chrome Sync and the ability to save passwords is now available. Students are not required to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, but may choose to them in order to:

  • reduce their log-in time.  
  • access bookmarks and extensions across devices.  

Chrome will remember and offer saved passwords when students are logging into different instructional applications. Chrome will also make bookmarks and extensions available on any device in which the student logs into Chrome and turns on Sync.

If your student would like to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, support resources are available on the FCPS website.  If your child is logged into Chrome now, they may need to log out of Chrome and log back in to see the new features. 

Student Laptop Message: Windows License Expiring

If your child is receiving a message that their Windows license is expiring on their FCPS-issued laptop, follow the steps below to fix this:

  1. Turn off the laptop
  2. Drive or walk to the nearest FCPS site/parking lot (this can be any FCPS site)
  3. Get close enough to the building so the laptop automatically connects to the WiFi
  4. Turn the laptop on and login to the laptop
  5. Wait 5 mins and then restart (be sure you are restarting the laptop and not just shutting down)
  6. Log back into the laptop (while on the FCPS WiFi)
  7. Wait 5 another mins and then restart a second time (be sure you are restarting the laptop and not just shutting down)
  8. The licensing issue should be resolved, and you can take the laptop back to your residence
After School Program Clubs Next Week (2/22-2/26)

We will have clubs Monday-Friday of next week, even on the asynchronous student work days.  Encourage your child to check out the After School Website posted on the All Students Course in Schoology to see which clubs are happening next week!

Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu)

News from your PTA

It's hard to believe, but the PTA is looking for nominations for PTA Board members for next year!! A nominating committee has been formed. The current Board positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Nominations can be submitted to IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com. Please include the nominee's name, contact info (email or phone), and position being nominated for and then the nominating committee will determine a slate of candidates to be voted on at an upcoming PTA meeting. 

The PTA is also working on another round of SpiritWear sales. Stay tuned for a link with new products. Even before that, WIMS masks will be available to order next week!

The PTA is planning to invite rising 7th grade parents to an upcoming meeting to talk about "What I wish I would have known...." coming to Irving. To help with that, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts in this survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3QKSZS5 - to help guide the discussion!

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do that on our MemberHub site here.

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on March 9!

 

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Upcoming Important Dates

Missing Library Books - West Springfield Pyramid schools are missing books checked out last school year. Please take a look around for any FCPS library books you may still have and return them to their “home school library."

February 1 - February 26

TJHSS&T Application Window Open

February 16

New Bell Schedule Begins - all students will follow the new bell schedule posted below.

February 18

Student Lunch Q&A - students will be able to join Ms. Conley during lunch time to ask questions about the Return to School. Information will be shared during upcoming ROCK Blocks.

 

February 11, Town Hall Meeting Slide Deck and Recording

Thank you for attending the Return to School Town Hall last night. If you were unable to attend or would like to refer back to the slides or recording, both are linked below. 

Slide Deck 

Recording

During the Town Hall, several families asked how they can find out if their child is scheduled to be in-person or virtual and how to submit the Health Check Agreement form. The directions to both are captured below.

In-Person or Virtual Directions

  1. Log into ParentVue
  2. Select Student Info
  3. Then scroll down to Return to School Responses

Health Check Agreement Form Directions

  1. Log into ParentVue
  2. Select Student Info
  3. Then Scroll down to Acknowledged Documents and look for the COVID-19 Parent-Guardian Agreement FINAL. PDF
New Bell Schedule - Beginning Tuesday, February 16

To prepare for the Return to School, we will be implementing a new bell schedule beginning Tuesday, February 16. This bell schedule will be followed by ALL Irving students and staff in both virtual and in-person settings. Class lunch times will be announced early next week as we are working to finalize our in-person lunch rotations. Please note - the after school hours are tentative beginning March 2 - once we see how long it takes to get students home, we may need to adjust our start time for after school activities and office hours.

As a part of the new bell schedule, we have integrated 3 lunch shifts into our day. Please be sure to review this Lunch Schedule/Shift Document to find your child’s lunch shifts for 5th and 6th period. Please note, due to capacity constraints, your child may not have the same lunch shift for both periods.

Requests for Change to Educational Setting - In-Person Waitlist

We have received many requests to make changes to students’ educational settings. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot change student preference from virtual to in-person. Our ability to create a safe, secure, and socially distant in-person master schedule was dependent on the data that families provided. We are keeping a waitlist and if you would like your child’s name to be added to the list, please email your child’s counselor.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Admissions

The application window for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will open on February 1, 2021 at 8:00AM and close on February 26, 2021 at 4:00PM. 

Please visit http://www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions  to submit your application and view the updated calendar.  TJHSST parent virtual information session coming soon!

Library News 

Curbside Pickup:  This continues on Mondays from noon until 3 pm, at Irving’s Door 2.  Books placed on hold through the library catalog by the previous Thursday at midnight will be pulled from the shelves and ready for pickup.  This service WILL continue once the in-person students return to the school building because we want to provide access to our library’s holdings to all Irving students, including those who will continue learning virtually throughout the year.

Readers Unite Book Club Students who are interested in joining can find the join link for “Readers Unite” in the After School Program’s website.  The club meets from 2:30-3:30 on Wednesdays through the Blackboard Collaborate link available in the Readers Unite Group page.

--Ms. Monk & Mrs. Gawalt

Technology News Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

Thanks to all parents/guardians who have given permission for their child to use digital resources that require parent consent. If you have not yet provided consent for your child to use these digital resources, please use the links to read more and to give your consent today. Thank you!

 Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

Chrome Sync Sample Message for Parents

As part of FCPS’s ongoing effort to support student use of technology, Chrome Sync and the ability to save passwords will be available as an option starting on February 18th.  Students are not required to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, but may choose to them in order to:

  • reduce their log-in time.  
  • access bookmarks and extensions across devices.  

Chrome will remember and offer saved passwords when students are logging into different instructional applications. Chrome will also make bookmarks and extensions available on any device in which the student logs into Chrome and turns on Sync.

If your student would like to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, support resources are available on the FCPS website.  If your child is logging into Chrome now, they may need to log out of Chrome and log back in to see the new features. 

Student Laptop Message: Windows License Expiring

If your child is receiving a message that their Windows license is expiring on their FCPS-issued laptop, follow the steps below to fix this:

  1. Turn off the laptop

  2. Drive or walk to the nearest FCPS site/parking lot (this can be any FCPS site)

  3. Get close enough to the building so the laptop automatically connects to the WiFi

  4. Turn the laptop on and login to the laptop

  5. Wait 5 mins and then restart (be sure you are restarting the laptop and not just shutting down)

  6. Log back into the laptop (while on the FCPS WiFi)

  7. Wait 5 another mins and then restart a second time (be sure you are restarting the laptop and not just shutting down)

  8. The licensing issue should be resolved, and you can take the laptop back to your residence

After School Program

Club Time Change!

Beginning Tuesday, February 16th, clubs that previously began at 2:30 pm will now begin at 2:45 pm and run until 3:30 pm.  This change is part of our new school schedule. Clubs with 3:30 pm or 4:30 pm start times will remain the same.  

Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu)

News from your PTA

Amazon Smiles: Please consider signing up to support the Washington Irving PTA through AmazonSmile with your purchases year round at no additional cost to you!  Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose "Washington Irving Middle PTA".

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do that on our MemberHub site here.

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on March 9!

 

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Upcoming Important Dates

Missing Library Books - West Springfield Pyramid schools are missing books checked out last school year. Please take a look around for any FCPS library books you may still have and return them to their “home school library."

February 1 - February 26

TJHSS&T Application Window Open

February 9-11

Lifetouch Picture Days from 3:00 pm-7:00pm for all Irving MS students who would like to have a school picture taken. Pictures will be by appointment - sign up for a time slot HERE and use the Access Code: irving4500.

Access the order form via this link.

Save the Date! February 11

Return to School Town Hall please join Ms. Conley as she shares the latest information with about the return to school for students and answers your questions.

February 16

New Bell Schedule Begins - all students will follow the new bell schedule posted below.

February 18

Student Lunch Q&A - students will be able to join Ms. Conley during lunch time to ask questions about the Return to School. Information will be shared during upcoming ROCK Blocks.

 

Picture Days are Next Week! Picture Days!

Please join us February 9, 10, or 11, from 3:00 -7:00 pm for Irving Staff and Student Picture Days. We will be following strict safety precautions during our picture days with Lifetouch. Each student will have a 2 minute appointment to walk in, sit down, have their picture taken and exit the building. Quick and easy! Masks must be worn until it is time to take the picture and then put back on prior to leaving the studio area. Specific directions will be provided next week. If you have more than one child attending Irving, please schedule your children back to back to avoid having to come back at a second time.

To sign up for a timeslot, please click on this LINK and use the access code: irving4500.

New Bell Schedule

To prepare for the Return to School, we will be implementing a new bell schedule beginning Tuesday, February 16. This bell schedule will be followed by ALL Irving students and staff in both virtual and in-person settings. Class lunch times will be announced early next week as we are working to finalize our in-person lunch rotations. Please note - the after school hours are tentative beginning March 2 - once we see how long it takes to get students home, we may need to adjust our start time for after school activities and office hours.

Elective Course Review for Rising 8th grade

Over the last two weeks, our current 7th grade students have been choosing their electives for next year and entering this information into SIS. Parents can see the classes that their child has registered to take by logging into SIS ParentVue and then selecting Course Request. If you have a question about the classes your child has chosen, please speak with your child first and then reach out to your child’s school counselor. Our current 7th grade students will be selecting their core classes (English, science, social studies and math) in April.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Admissions

The application window for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will open on February 1, 2021 at 8:00AM and close on February 26, 2021 at 4:00PM. 

Please visit http://www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions  to submit your application and view the updated calendar.  TJHSST parent virtual information session coming soon!

Library News 

Curbside Pickup:  This continues on Mondays from noon until 3 pm, at Irving’s Door 2.  Books placed on hold through the library catalog by the previous Thursday at midnight will be pulled from the shelves and ready for pickup.  This service WILL continue once the in-person students return to the school building because we want to provide access to our library’s holdings to all Irving students, including those who will continue learning virtually throughout the year.

Readers Unite Book Club Students who are interested in joining can find the join link for “Readers Unite” in the After School Program’s website.  The club meets from 2:30-3:30 on Wednesdays through the Blackboard Collaborate link available in the Readers Unite Group page.

--Ms. Monk & Mrs. Gawalt

Technology News Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

Thanks to all parents/guardians who have given permission for their child to use digital resources that require parent consent. If you have not yet provided consent for your child to use these digital resources, please use the links to read more and to give your consent today. Thank you!

  Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

  Student Laptop Message: Windows License Expiring

If your child is receiving a message that their Windows license is expiring on their FCPS-issued laptop, follow the steps below to fix this:

  1. Turn off the laptop

  2. Drive or walk to the nearest FCPS site/parking lot (this can be any FCPS site)

  3. Get close enough to the building so the laptop automatically connects to the WiFi

  4. Turn the laptop on and login to the laptop

  5. Wait 5 mins and then restart (be sure you are restarting the laptop and not just shutting down)

  6. Log back into the laptop (while on the FCPS WiFi)

  7. Wait 5 another mins and then restart a second time (be sure you are restarting the laptop and not just shutting down)

  8. The licensing issue should be resolved, and you can take the laptop back to your residence

Video Games and Age-Appropriate Content

When it comes to video games, it’s important to remember that not all games are created equal. Today, there are a ton of age-appropriate games that are engaging, stimulating outlets for kids to have fun. There are also many well-designed games, packed with educational content. This Family Tip Sheet from Common Sense Media provides guidance for families in analyzing video game content.

After School Program

 

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

News from your PTA

Amazon Smiles: Please consider signing up to support the Washington Irving PTA through AmazonSmile with your purchases year round at no additional cost to you!  Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose "Washington Irving Middle PTA".

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do that on our MemberHub site here.

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on March 9!

 

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

Message from Irving MS PTA

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PTA Meeting is Tonight! Wednesday, Feb 03, 2021 @ 7:00 pm EST

To access the meeting, click the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81628231915?pwd=YVk0N0hnUE03bGFnNlZnZVI3cnp5UT09   (click for map)

Meeting ID: 816 2823 1915

Passcode: Horseman

Ms Conley will be joining us for a Return to School update!

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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

Jan. 28 - Feb 5

Rising 8th Grade - Elective Course Selection

January 29

Last day to complete the Optional Safe and Caring Schools Training for all Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers 

To open an account and begin the course: 

  1. Go to http://kognitocampus.com
  2. Select “Don’t have an account? Click here”
  3. Use the following Enrollment Key: fcpsparentcaregiver2020

February 1

TJHSS&T Application Window Opens 8:00AM

February 3

PTA Meeting - Ms. Conley will share updates regarding Return to School. Please be sure to join us at 7:00 pm. Link will be sent on Wednesday morning.

February 9-11

Lifetouch Picture Days from 3:00 pm-7:00pm for all Irving MS students who would like to have a school picture taken. Pictures will be by appointment - sign up for a time slot HERE and use the Access Code: irving4500.

Access the order form via this link.

 

Picture Days are coming! Picture Days!

Please join us February 9, 10, or 11, from 3:00 -7:00 pm for Irving Staff and Student Picture Days. We will be following strict safety precautions during our picture days with Lifetouch. Each student will have a 2 minute appointment to walk in, sit down, have their picture taken and exit the building. Quick and easy! Masks must be worn until it is time to take the picture and then put back on prior to leaving the studio area. Specific directions will be provided next week. If you have more than one child attending Irving, please schedule your children back to back to avoid having to come back at a second time.

To sign up for a timeslot, please click on this LINK and use the access code: irving4500.

Help Recognize Outstanding Employees

Each year, school staff nominates individuals to represent their school for the FCPS “Outstanding Employee Awards,” (see above article about Mr. Spero success in last year’s competition).  This year we have already submitted Irving’s nomination packets for Outstanding Principal (Ms. Conley), Outstanding Teacher (Ms. Jenny Hay), and Outstanding Professional Employee (Ms. Emily Geary).  We have three more Irving staff members that represent different categories in the county-wide competition.  Their nomination applications are not due until the first of February.  

If you have been impressed with your interactions with the following employees, please click on the corresponding links to provide your comments and compliments about them.  Your comments will be used to complete their nomination packet for the Award.  Thank you in advance for letting the rest of the county know what good people we have working at Irving MS!

Thank you for your input!  

Mary Ann Monk, Irving Awards Liaison Volunteer

Coming Soon: Elective Course Selection for Rising 8th grade

Starting January 28th- February 5th our current 7th grade students will learn about the elective choices for 8th grade via their math class period. Their school counselor will review with them elective choices for next year as well as show students how to enter their (requests) choices into SIS student Vue during the classroom lesson. Students will make informed decisions based on self-reflection and choose electives that support their interests and help them grow. We will encourage students to review their requests/choices with their parents and make adjustments directly into SIS Student Vue as needed. Our focus is on elective course selection at this time.  Later in April students will work on Core class selection as well with their school counselor.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Admissions

The application window for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will open on February 1, 2021 at 8:00AM and close on February 26, 2021 at 4:00PM. 

Please visit http://www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions  to submit your application and view the updated calendar.  TJHSST parent virtual information session coming soon!

Library News 

Curbside Pickup:  Irving’s curbside library service will continue Monday, February 1st, from noon until 3 pm, at Door #2.  If we happen to get an abundance of snow, we’ll reschedule for later in the week.

Please return any FCPS Library Book to its “Home School:”   We are still missing many books that were borrowed last school year and never returned; this is true for our feeder elementary schools as well.  If you have FCPS library books in your home, under beds, in the backs of mini-vans, etc., please return them to their home schools.  Books may be dropped off at Irving MS any weekday from the hours of 8 until 2, by coming to the school’s main entrance.  We would like to know which books are really LOST so that we can order replacements.  We don’t want to waste money buying a new copy of a book that is simply sitting in a home, gathering dust.  We need your help with this!  Thank you! 

Readers Unite Book Club  just began its third book on Wednesday.  We’re elated to say that the new book drew readers in so effectively that over half of the club members finished it in a matter of days!  We’ll finish discussion of I am Princess X on February 3rd and choose a new novel.  The club is always open for new students to join.  Students who are interested in joining can find the join link for “Readers Unite” in the After School Program’s website.  The club meets from 2:30-3:30 on Wednesdays through the Blackboard Collaborate link available in the Readers Unite Group page.

--Ms. Monk & Mrs. Gawalt

Technology News Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

Thanks to all parents/guardians who have given permission for their child to use digital resources that require parent consent. If you have not yet provided consent for your child to use these digital resources, please use the links to read more and to give your consent today. Thank you!

  Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

Student Laptop Health

Parents, we can use your help reminding students that they should shut down their laptop at the end of each day, plug it in, and then use the power button to turn on each morning prior to the start of school. On Tuesdays, it is recommended that students leave their laptop on but in sleep-mode and plugged in overnight. Then, restart on Wednesday morning to ensure it receives Microsoft updates.

If your student’s laptop runs slow or experiences network issues, it might be a good idea for you to drive to any FCPS school parking lot with the school laptop, connect to the FCPS WiFi (“Fairfax”) and restart/login two times while accessing the FCPS network. You do not need to enter the building to do this. You can stay in your car for this entire process, which will allow FCPS updates to push to the school laptop. Please contact tech support with any school laptop or account issues. https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ 

After School Program

 

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

News from your PTA

The PTA is working with the SCA leaders to determine an upcoming family activity - think Trivia Night, virtual game night, or virtual bingo - and maybe a talent show - so stay tuned!

Amazon Smiles: Please consider signing up to support the Washington Irving PTA through AmazonSmile with your purchases year round at no additional cost to you!  Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose "Washington Irving Middle PTA".

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do that on our MemberHub site here.

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on February 3rd!

 

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

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Upcoming Important Dates

January 25

Student Holiday (Teacher Workday) - Students do NOT need to log in for a check & connect on Monday

January 26

First day of 3rd Quarter - Students can see their 3rd quarter classes in SIS and Schoology

Jan. 28 - Feb 5

Rising 8th Grade - Elective Course Selection

Now - Jan 29

Optional Safe and Caring Schools Training for all Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers 

To open an account and begin the course: 

  1. Go to http://kognitocampus.com
  2. Select “Don’t have an account? Click here”
  3. Use the following Enrollment Key: fcpsparentcaregiver2020

February 1

TJHSS&T Application Window Opens 8:00AM

February 9-11

Lifetouch Picture Days from 3:00 pm-7:00pm for all students who would like to have a school picture taken. Pictures will be by appointment. Sign up sheets and more information will be sent next week.

 

Second Semester Course Changes

This information about semester changes was shared with students this week. These slides have also been posted in the Schoology All Student Course, where students can directly access links to their counselor, if needed.

Help Recognize Outstanding Employees

Each year, school staff nominates individuals to represent their school for the FCPS “Outstanding Employee Awards,” (see above article about Mr. Spero success in last year’s competition).  This year we have already submitted Irving’s nomination packets for Outstanding Principal (Ms. Conley), Outstanding Teacher (Ms. Jenny Hay), and Outstanding Professional Employee (Ms. Emily Geary).  We have three more Irving staff members that represent different categories in the county-wide competition.  Their nomination applications are not due until the first of February.  

If you have been impressed with your interactions with the following employees, please click on the corresponding links to provide your comments and compliments about them.  Your comments will be used to complete their nomination packet for the Award.  Thank you in advance for letting the rest of the county know what good people we have working at Irving MS!

Thank you for your input!  

Mary Ann Monk, Irving Awards Liaison Volunteer

Coming Soon: Elective Course Selection for Rising 8th grade

Starting January 28th- February 5th our current 7th grade students will learn about the elective choices for 8th grade via their math class period. Their school counselor will review with them elective choices for next year as well as show students how to enter their (requests) choices into SIS student Vue during the classroom lesson. Students will make informed decisions based on self-reflection and choose electives that support their interests and help them grow. We will encourage students to review their requests/choices with their parents and make adjustments directly into SIS Student Vue as needed. Our focus is on elective course selection at this time.  Later in April students will work on Core class selection as well with their school counselor. 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Admissions

The application window for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will open on February 1, 2021 at 8:00AM and close on February 26, 2021 at 4:00PM. 

Please visit www.tjadmissions.org to submit your application and view the updated calendar. 

Technology News Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

Thanks to all parents/guardians who have given permission for their child to use digital resources that require parent consent. If you have not yet provided consent for your child to use these digital resources, please use the links to read more and to give your consent today. Thank you!

  Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

Student Laptop Health

Parents, we can use your help reminding students that they should shut down their laptop at the end of each day, plug it in, and then use the power button to turn on each morning prior to the start of school. On Tuesdays, it is recommended that students leave their laptop on but in sleep-mode and plugged in overnight. Then, restart on Wednesday morning to ensure it receives Microsoft updates.

If your student’s laptop runs slow or experiences network issues, it might be a good idea for you to drive to any FCPS school parking lot with the school laptop, connect to the FCPS WiFi (“Fairfax”) and restart/login two times while accessing the FCPS network. You do not need to enter the building to do this. You can stay in your car for this entire process, which will allow FCPS updates to push to the school laptop. Please contact tech support with any school laptop or account issues. https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ 

After School Program

 

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu) 

News from your PTA

The PTA is working with the SCA leaders to determine an upcoming family activity - think Trivia Night, virtual game night, or virtual bingo - and maybe a talent show - so stay tuned!

Amazon Smiles: Please consider signing up to support the Washington Irving PTA through AmazonSmile with your purchases year round at no additional cost to you!  Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose "Washington Irving Middle PTA".

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do that on our MemberHub site here.

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on February 3rd!

 

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

January 15

Last day to provide feedback for Schoology Parent, Guardian, and Caregiver Feedback Survey  Please click the link to complete the survey.

January 18

No School - Martin Luther King, Jr Birthday - staff and student holiday

January 19

WIMS Catch Up Day #2 - Students will log into their 1st period class at 7:30 for attendance. Throughout the day students may visit any teachers they need to speak with about work, assessments, and make-up assessments.

January 20

No School - Inauguration Day - staff and student holiday

January 22

Last Day of Second Quarter - 2-hour early dismissal - classes end at 12:15. See schedule below.

January 25

Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

Now - Jan 29

Optional Safe and Caring Schools Training for all Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers 

To open an account and begin the course: 

  1. Go to http://kognitocampus.com
  2. Select “Don’t have an account? Click here”
  3. Use the following Enrollment Key: fcpsparentcaregiver2020

February 1

TJHSS&T Application Window Opens 8:00AM

 

Help Recognize Outstanding Employees

Each year, school staff nominates individuals to represent their school for the FCPS “Outstanding Employee Awards,” (see above article about Mr. Spero success in last year’s competition).  This year we have already submitted Irving’s nomination packets for Outstanding Principal (Ms. Conley), Outstanding Teacher (Ms. Jenny Hay), and Outstanding Professional Employee (Ms. Emily Geary).  We have three more Irving staff members that represent different categories in the county-wide competition.  Their nomination applications are not due until the first of February.  

If you have been impressed with your interactions with the following employees, please click on the corresponding links to provide your comments and compliments about them.  Your comments will be used to complete their nomination packet for the Award.  Thank you in advance for letting the rest of the county know what good people we have working at Irving MS!

Thank you for your input!  

Mary Ann Monk, Irving Awards Liaison Volunteer

Using FCPS Service Learning to Honor the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Even during COVID-19, students are finding incredible ways to serve their communities either virtually or while practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines. The upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend is a great opportunity to connect students with impactful service opportunities while also teaching students about the life and legacy of Dr. King.

In partnership with FCPS and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS), Volunteer Fairfax will begin offering virtual, family-friendly service learning activities on January 16. To learn more about the MLK, Jr., Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website for more information.

Additional Websites:

Food For Neighbors Day of Service page: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/day-of-service/

National Day of Service website: https://bideninaugural.org/day-of-service/

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Admissions

The application window for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will open on February 1, 2021 at 8:00AM and close on February 26, 2021 at 4:00PM. 

Please visit www.tjadmissions.org to submit your application and view the updated calendar. 

Library News 

AFTER HOURS Curbside Pickup:  Regular Curbside Pickup hours WILL NOT be held on Monday because of the holiday.  This Tuesday, January 19th, we will provide AFTER HOURS Curbside Pickup of library books from 4 until 6 pm.  If you and your child cannot easily make it to the school on Monday afternoons to pick up items, now is your chance to get books after work hours.  Students reserve books by placing them on hold in the library catalog.  Here is a link to a how-to video, explaining about AFTER HOURS Pickup.  The deadline for placing books on hold is Monday by midnight.  If you need help placing the holds, please email Ms. Monk or Mrs. Gawalt by clicking on our names below; we’re happy to help.

Please return any FCPS Library Book to its “Home School:”   We are still missing many books that were borrowed last school year and never returned; this is true for our feeder elementary schools as well.  If you have FCPS library books in your home, under beds, in the backs of mini-vans, etc., please return them to their home schools.  Books may be dropped off at Irving MS any weekday from the hours of 8 until 2, by coming to the school’s main entrance.  We would like to know which books are really LOST so that we can order replacements.  We don’t want to waste money buying a new copy of a book that is simply sitting in a home, gathering dust.  We need your help with this!  Thank you! 

Readers Unite Book Club  just finished its second novel of the school year and will select a third book this week.  We’ll not meet on 1/20 because of the Inauguration Holiday, but will discuss the first part of a new book on 1/27.  It is a perfect time for new students to join.  Students who are interested in joining can find the join link for “Readers Unite” in the After School Program’s website.  The club meets from 2:30-3:30 on Wednesdays through the Blackboard Collaborate link available in the Readers Unite Group page.

--Ms. Monk & Mrs. Gawalt

Technology News Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

Thanks to all parents/guardians who have given permission for their child to use digital resources that require parent consent. If you have not yet provided consent for your child to use these digital resources, please use the links to read more and to give your consent today. Thank you!

   Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

Healthy Minds Podcast: New Year, New Outlook

Being apart from each other hasn’t been easy for anyone. Listen to Fairfax County Public Schools’ Healthy Minds podcast to hear how we are all handling uncertainty, get new ideas how to help your child, friends and families feel better, and learn about how to help yourself feel stronger and more energized. If you need a little help to feel ok, it’s ok- the Healthy Minds podcast is here for you.

Digital Citizenship Series Part 1: How to Find Balance with Technology

When technology becomes the primary place for school and connecting with others, what does it look like to set boundaries? The FCPS Parent Resource Center presents How to Find Balance with Technology. Tammi Sisk and Erika Deem discuss ways to stay connected with the world and how to get back on track when it goes too far.

Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol

In this article from Common Sense Media, Diane Jones Lowrey discusses the challenges parents and caregivers face when talking with children about disturbing events. Lowrey provides age-based tips and questions to support families in having these difficult conversations.

Student Laptop Health

This is a reminder that students should shut down their laptop at the end of each day, plug it in, and then use the power button to turn on each morning prior to the start of school. On Tuesdays, it is recommended that students leave their laptop on but in sleep-mode and plugged in overnight. Then, restart on Wednesday morning to ensure it receives Microsoft updates.

If your student’s laptop runs slow or experiences network issues, it might be a good idea for you to drive to any FCPS school parking lot with the school laptop, connect to the FCPS WiFi (“Fairfax”) and restart/login two times while accessing the FCPS network. You do not need to enter the building to do this. You can stay in your car for this entire process, which will allow FCPS updates to push to the school laptop. Please contact tech support with any school laptop or account issues. https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

After School Program

Due to our school schedule next week, there will be no after school activities on Monday 1/18, Wednesday 1/20, and Friday 1/22.  There will be clubs as regularly scheduled on Tuesday 1/19 and Thursday 1/21.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu)

News from your PTA

The PTA is working with the SCA leaders to determine an upcoming family activity - think Trivia Night, virtual game night, or virtual bingo - and maybe a talent show - so stay tuned!

Amazon Smiles: Please consider signing up to support the Washington Irving PTA through AmazonSmile with your purchases year round at no additional cost to you!  Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose "Washington Irving Middle PTA".

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do that on our MemberHub site here.

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on February 3rd!

 

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

Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

January 15

Last day to provide feedback for Schoology Parent, Guardian, and Caregiver Feedback Survey  Please click the link to complete the survey.

January 18

No School - Martin Luther King, Jr Birthday - staff and student holiday

January 19

WIMS Catch Up Day #2 - Students will log into their ROCK Block at 7:30 for attendance and then throughout the day they may visit any teachers they need to speak with about work, assessments, and make-up assessments.

January 20

No School - Inauguration Day - staff and student holiday

January 22

Last Day of Second Quarter - 2-hour early dismissal - classes end at 12:15. See schedule below.

January 25

Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

Now - Jan 29

Optional Safe and Caring Schools Training for all Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers 

To open an account and begin the course: 

  1. Go to http://kognitocampus.com
  2. Select “Don’t have an account? Click here”
  3. Use the following Enrollment Key: fcpsparentcaregiver2020

February 1

TJHSS&T Application Window Opens 8:00AM

 

Help Recognize Outstanding Employees

Each year, school staff nominates individuals to represent their school for the FCPS “Outstanding Employee Awards,” (see above article about Mr. Spero success in last year’s competition).  This year we have already submitted Irving’s nomination packets for Outstanding Principal (Ms. Conley), Outstanding Teacher (Ms. Jenny Hay), and Outstanding Professional Employee (Ms. Emily Geary).  We have three more Irving staff members that represent different categories in the county-wide competition.  Their nomination applications are not due until the first of February.  

If you have been impressed with your interactions with the following employees, please click on the corresponding links to provide your comments and compliments about them.  Your comments will be used to complete their nomination packet for the Award.  Thank you in advance for letting the rest of the county know what good people we have working at Irving MS!

Thank you for your input!  

Mary Ann Monk, Irving Awards Liaison Volunteer

Using FCPS Service Learning to Honor the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Even during COVID-19, students are finding incredible ways to serve their communities either virtually or while practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines. The upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend is a great opportunity to connect students with impactful service opportunities while also teaching students about the life and legacy of Dr. King.

In partnership with FCPS and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS), Volunteer Fairfax will begin offering virtual, family-friendly service learning activities on January 16. To learn more about the MLK, Jr., Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website for more information.

Additional Websites:

Food For Neighbors Day of Service page: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/day-of-service/

National Day of Service website: https://bideninaugural.org/day-of-service/

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Admissions

The application window for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will open on February 1, 2021 at 8:00AM and close on February 26, 2021 at 4:00PM. 

Please visit www.tjadmissions.org to submit your application and view the updated calendar. 

Library News 

AFTER HOURS Curbside Pickup:  Regular Curbside Pickup hours WILL NOT be held on Monday because of the holiday.  This Tuesday, January 19th, we will provide AFTER HOURS Curbside Pickup of library books from 4 until 6 pm.  If you and your child cannot easily make it to the school on Monday afternoons to pick up items, now is your chance to get books after work hours.  Students reserve books by placing them on hold in the library catalog.  Here is a link to a how-to video, explaining about AFTER HOURS Pickup.  The deadline for placing books on hold is Monday by midnight.  If you need help placing the holds, please email Ms. Monk or Mrs. Gawalt by clicking on our names below; we’re happy to help.

Please return any FCPS Library Book to its “Home School:”   We are still missing many books that were borrowed last school year and never returned; this is true for our feeder elementary schools as well.  If you have FCPS library books in your home, under beds, in the backs of mini-vans, etc., please return them to their home schools.  Books may be dropped off at Irving MS any weekday from the hours of 8 until 2, by coming to the school’s main entrance.  We would like to know which books are really LOST so that we can order replacements.  We don’t want to waste money buying a new copy of a book that is simply sitting in a home, gathering dust.  We need your help with this!  Thank you! 

Readers Unite Book Club  just finished its second novel of the school year and will select a third book this week.  We’ll not meet on 1/20 because of the Inauguration Holiday, but will discuss the first part of a new book on 1/27.  It is a perfect time for new students to join.  Students who are interested in joining can find the join link for “Readers Unite” in the After School Program’s website.  The club meets from 2:30-3:30 on Wednesdays through the Blackboard Collaborate link available in the Readers Unite Group page.

--Ms. Monk & Mrs. Gawalt

Technology News Digital Resource Parent Permission: Action Item

Thanks to all parents/guardians who have given permission for their child to use digital resources that require parent consent. If you have not yet provided consent for your child to use these digital resources, please use the links to read more and to give your consent today. Thank you!

   Link to the Parent Permission Form   |   Link to Irving MS Digital Resources

Healthy Minds Podcast: New Year, New Outlook

Being apart from each other hasn’t been easy for anyone. Listen to Fairfax County Public Schools’ Healthy Minds podcast to hear how we are all handling uncertainty, get new ideas how to help your child, friends and families feel better, and learn about how to help yourself feel stronger and more energized. If you need a little help to feel ok, it’s ok- the Healthy Minds podcast is here for you.

Digital Citizenship Series Part 1: How to Find Balance with Technology

When technology becomes the primary place for school and connecting with others, what does it look like to set boundaries? The FCPS Parent Resource Center presents How to Find Balance with Technology. Tammi Sisk and Erika Deem discuss ways to stay connected with the world and how to get back on track when it goes too far.

Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol

In this article from Common Sense Media, Diane Jones Lowrey discusses the challenges parents and caregivers face when talking with children about disturbing events. Lowrey provides age-based tips and questions to support families in having these difficult conversations.

Student Laptop Health

This is a reminder that students should shut down their laptop at the end of each day, plug it in, and then use the power button to turn on each morning prior to the start of school. On Tuesdays, it is recommended that students leave their laptop on but in sleep-mode and plugged in overnight. Then, restart on Wednesday morning to ensure it receives Microsoft updates.

If your student’s laptop runs slow or experiences network issues, it might be a good idea for you to drive to any FCPS school parking lot with the school laptop, connect to the FCPS WiFi (“Fairfax”) and restart/login two times while accessing the FCPS network. You do not need to enter the building to do this. You can stay in your car for this entire process, which will allow FCPS updates to push to the school laptop. Please contact tech support with any school laptop or account issues. https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

After School Program

Due to our school schedule next week, there will be no after school activities on Monday 1/18, Wednesday 1/20, and Friday 1/22.  There will be clubs as regularly scheduled on Tuesday 1/19 and Thursday 1/21.

If your child is interested in joining one of our clubs, please have them visit the After School Program Student Website in the All Students Course in Schoology.  If your child needs help signing up for a club, check out this video tutorial!  Tutorial for Accessing the Irving After School Program Student Website  

Club Schedule

To view the weekly club schedule, click here.

Questions about After School?  Please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu)

News from your PTA

The PTA is working with the SCA leaders to determine an upcoming family activity - think Trivia Night, virtual game night, or virtual bingo - and maybe a talent show - so stay tuned!

Amazon Smiles: Please consider signing up to support the Washington Irving PTA through AmazonSmile with your purchases year round at no additional cost to you!  Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose "Washington Irving Middle PTA".

For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you can do that on our MemberHub site here.

We hope to see you online at the next PTA meeting on February 3rd!

 

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

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