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Upcoming Important Dates
Monday, May 24
Virtual 8th graders take the Math SOL at Irving
No ROCK Block Check & Connect
Thursday, May 27
Last day for After School Activities
Monday, May 31
Memorial Day - No School
Save the Date!
Monday, June 7
8th Grade Drive-Thru Celebration!
Tuesday, June 8 Important update - change in schedule!
Tuesday, June 8 is an Election Day. ALL students will login to classes and learn from home on this day - in-person students will NOT report to school.
Wednesday, June 9
In-Person Student Laptop Return Date
Friday, June 11
Last Day of School - School dismissed at 12:00 pm
Virtual Students may drop off computers from 8:30-11:30 or 1:45-4:30
Monday, June 14
Virtual Students may drop off computers and any other school items from 8:00-11:30 and 12:30-5:00.
Save the Date!
8th Grade Drive-thru Celebration - Monday, June 7 - (9:00a-6:00p)
All 8th grade students are invited to a drive-thru celebration on Monday, June 7. Students will have an opportunity to pick up a small gift, return any school items they may have (except computer - see below), pick up a yearbook if they ordered one, and then stop at one of two step and repeats where the 8th graders can get out of the car and families can take pictures of them in front of the backdrop. We will have music playing throughout the day and look forward to celebrating an amazing 2 years of middle school. Families will receive more information regarding signing up for time slots in a separate email soon.
Student Borrowed Laptop Return
**Please note if you are moving or planning to be out of town prior to June 9 and will not be back by June 14, please return your child’s school borrowed laptop BEFORE going out of town.
Computer Return Date
Wednesday, June 9 – students* will leave their computers, chargers, and computer bags on their desks at the end of 8th period. Students will have non-computer activities on 6/10 & 6/11
- Students who attend in-person Thursday/Friday only will be directed to the main lobby to turn in their laptop when they arrive on Thursday morning.
- Students who are in a monitored class with a virtual teacher will have access to laptops for the specific perio(s) on 6/10 & 6/11, but will not take them from the room.
- *Students attending summer school/Young Scholars will KEEP their computers and return them in August.
Friday, June 11 – virtual students may drop off computers from 8:30-11:00 am and 1:45-4:30 (this is an option for those students who may be heading out of town the following week.)
Monday, June 14 –
any student who still needs to turn in a computer will be able to turn it in curbside
from 8:00-11:30 and 12:30-5:00.
TJ Diversity Committee
Looking for additional math, science, robotics and writing enrichment for your child? See this link for information about free and reduced STEM enrichment programs offered by several businesses in the community and volunteer organizations.
Substance Abuse Prevention Newsletter
The end of the school year and summer are both right around the corner. This means end-of-year celebrations, graduation parties, summer BBQs, and a lot of time either spent at home or with friends. This could also mean opportunities for your child to use and misuse substances.
Each school pyramid has a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) assigned to provide substance abuse prevention, education, and intervention services. Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists are part of the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness.
To read more about resources available, please see the Spring issue of the Substance Abuse Newsletter by clicking HERE
It Could Happen To Any of Us - The Truth About Opioids and Xanax
In October of 2019, the Hayfield community suffered a tragedy when Brandon Bell, a former student from the class of 2016 died of an overdose of Opioids and Xanax. Brandon was an amazing young man who was a star football player for the Hawks and was planning to play in college. Brandon’s mother, Mrs. Tina Bell has shared her story with the community to help bring awareness to this national epidemic.
The FCPS YouTube video linked below is an interview with Mrs. Bell that was professionally recorded and edited by FCPS Department of Information Technology.
2021 WS Girls Summer Basketball Camp – July 26-30
For more info contact Coach Gibson: WRGibson@fcps.edu
Lady Spartan Basketball Camp 2021
2021 WS Girls Summer Volleyball Camp – July 12-16
For more info contact Coach Noriega: Sbnoriega@fcps.edu
Spartan Volleyball Camp Summer 2021
The LAST DAY FOR CURBSIDE PICK-UP is Monday, May 24th. Any virtual student who wants to pick up a book on this date must place the item on hold using the library catalog asap. Items borrowed by students may be returned ANY weekday, from around 7:45 until 1:15 (to avoid bus congestion). There is a big, metal book return that sits right inside the school’s main entrance.
COMING SOON: Look in next week’s newsletter for information about Irving’s Summer READ! Program. Rising 7th graders and 8th graders will have the opportunity to read a variety of books and will even get to have their name entered in a drawing for Barnes and Noble gift cards. Stay tuned!
All students, virtual or in-person students need to begin returning any library materials that are still at home. Many current 7th grade students still have items that they borrowed from their elementary schools during the 2019-2020 school year. Please help us get all of these materials back to their proper schools so that other students can enjoy them.
Parents’ Ultimate Guides
Do you find that you struggle to keep up with the media and tech your kids are using? Common Sense Media's Parents' Ultimate Guides can help you stay up to date on all the latest titles and trends. Whether you're trying to figure out if a new app is safe for your teen or if a popular game includes blood and gore, Common Sense Media has you covered.
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 email@example.com 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.
- Additional Reminders:
- Please bring your laptop charger to school on your SOL day.
- Please bring a paper book to read when you finish your SOL and while you are waiting for the testing session to end.
In-Person Technology Reminders
Bring your school-issued laptop to each day that you are in school. We cannot support or troubleshoot personal devices.
- Please shutdown and plug-in the laptop each night so that it is fully charged for the school day.
- Bring the laptop, laptop charger and headphones or earbuds to school each in-person day.
- 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.
After School Program
Save the Date for Irving Academy!
Irving Academy is a transition program designed to give students a “jump start” into middle school. The program equips students with some of the skills they need to be successful in middle school, as well as give them an opportunity to meet peers and ask questions about Irving. Enrollment is open to all WIMS rising 7th graders. Students will attend a one day in person program on either Monday August 9th, Tuesday August 10th, or Wednesday August 11th.
New this year! We will be offering a transition program for rising 8th grade students who are fully virtual this year. This program will be on Thursday, August 12th.
Registration for the program will begin on Monday, May 24th. Registration information will be sent home via email to families of eligible participants.
Please contact Emily Geary (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
To view the weekly club schedule, click here.
Please note, the last day for After School Activities for this school year is Thursday, May 27th.
Questions about After School? Please email Emily Geary (email@example.com)
News from your PTA
Executive Board Members
At the May meeting, your 2021-2022 PTA Board was elected. They are:
President - Taunia Schulke
Vice President - Nettia Diamond-Banton
Secretary - Kelly Wevley
Treasurer - Katherine McClure
The PTA does not function without volunteers! For next year's activities, we need support! Especially as we move back to in-person events. There are some standing opportunities available. If you are interested, please review the information here, and sign up where you can! If you have other ideas or a unique skill set, don't hesitate to contact the PTA directly at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.
End of Year activities!
There will be a car wash. At Irving! On June 9th (rain date on June 10th).
Please use the SignUp genius to volunteer for a June 9th shift here (and a June 10th shift here, just in case). We are also looking into a teacher/staff appreciation food/treat truck for the same day. Stay tuned!
To stay in touch with Irving and PTA activities, here are some helpful links:
Washington Irving Facebook Page
Irving PTA Facebook page
Irving Parents Facebook Page
Irving PTA MemberHub Store (to join next year's PTA after July 1)
Irving PTA MemberHub site (have to be a PTA Member to access)
News You Choose sign-up (choose Irving MS) (if you got this, you're already signed up)
If you ordered a mask or any other Spirit Wear and have not received it, please contact the PTA at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.
For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.
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