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Upcoming Important Dates
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.pdfEating 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
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 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.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.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)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 (email@example.com)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))
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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 email@example.com. Thank you for your support.
For any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us at IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.