Weekly Update from Irving MS

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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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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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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!

 

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

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!

 

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

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!

 

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

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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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News from your PTA

Tonight's (1/12) PTA meeting is CANCELLED. Over the break, the PTA collected about $360 from spirit wear sales and is continuing to schedule restaurant nights for the Spring so stay tuned!! Since that is the only information to share (and now we've shared it!!), we're going to cancel tonight's PTA meeting and reconvene on February 3rd at 7pm for the next PTA meeting. This will allow us to share any event or initiative news after the School Board meeting. We look forward to seeing you on February 3 at 7pm.  on February 3rd!"

 

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Upcoming Important Dates

January 9

Food For Neighbors food collection. If you are donating, please have your bag of food on your porch by 8:30am.

January 11

Teacher Planning Day- Students will check in at 8:45-9:00 and then work on any assignments they have outstanding. No intervention or office hours provided on this day.

January 12

Virtual PTA Meeting - 7:00 pm - link will be sent next week

Now - Jan 15

Schoology Parent, Guardian, and Caregiver Feedback Survey window - Please see below for more details

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 22

Last Day of Second Quarter - 2-hour early dismissal - classes end at 12:15. The schedule for this day will be shared on 1/15.

Now - Jan 29

Optional Safe and Caring Schools Training for all Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers Please see below for more details.

 

 

Thank You to our amazing WIMS Custodians and Safety & Security Specialist, Steve Spero! They have been working hard to prepare rooms for when we are able to have staff and students return to the building. 

They are a mighty team!

Congratulations, Mr. Spero! 

Congratulations to our very own, Safety & Security Assistant, Steve Spero! Mr. Spero was recognized by the division as the Region 4 Outstanding Operational Employee and a finalist for the division award. We are very proud of Mr. Spero and grateful he chose to work at Irving Middle School!

Support for Parents Concerned About Their Child’s Mental Health 

Ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and school closures continue to have a significant impact on children’s mental health. As an example, according to the CDC, from April to October 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits for children aged 5-11 and 12-17 years increased approximately 24% and 31%, respectively, compared with 2019.

If your child is showing concerns with mental health, they are not alone.  This one-pager (https://bit.ly/38k8Xyz) from Healthy Minds Fairfax provides easy-to-digest information and is a valuable resource. Irving also has school counselors, a social worker and psychologist who can provide support to students.

Schoology Pilot Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers Feedback Survey

To: Families

Subject: Schoology - Winter Survey - Families

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,

Thank you for participating in our Schoology pilot year. We would like you to take a short survey about your experience. Your answers will help us make any necessary improvements as we prepare all FCPS schools to begin using Schoology in the 2021-22 school year. The survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey by Friday, January 15.

Survey link: Family Pilot Year Schoology Feedback

Thank you for your valuable time and important ideas.

Sincerely, 

Cindy Conley

Safe and Caring Schools – Parent and Caregiver Pilot Training

Now– 1/29/2021 - Pilot Window

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

In an effort to develop a more comprehensive approach to fostering safe and caring school cultures, Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Kognito to develop new online trainings for students, staff, and caregivers.

The Safe & Caring Schools program includes three online simulations designed to educate students, staff, and parents/caregivers on the unique role they play in fostering safe and caring school communities and the value of fostering trusted adult relationships. Each online training enables learners to reflect on their role in fostering a safe & caring school, recognize signs a student may be in distress, understand potential resources of support and engage in a caring conversation in a safe practice environment. Similar to other Kognito trainings, the communication techniques taught are designed to foster conversations that empower our school community to discuss concerns and connect students with appropriate resources.

In this training you will enter a virtual environment and assume the role of an adult interacting with a young person. The interactive portions of the trainings allow you to choose actions and responses in order to receive real-time feedback on how well you are doing to engage the student in conversation and take appropriate actions.

FCPS is encouraging parents and caregivers to take the pilot version of this free, online training between December 15, 2020 and January 29, 2021. Feedback from this pilot will be collected via surveys and used to develop the final version of the training. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.

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

The following courses will be available:

Safe & Caring Schools for Parents & Caregivers - 13 mins

Safe & Caring Schools for Students (Evaluation Version) - 14 mins

Parents and caregivers are asked to complete training and are welcome to view the student pilot training as well.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jennifer Spears at jmspears@fcps.edu

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology Admissions

Important Update (1/7/2021)

TJHSST posted an update to their website calendar announcing the Application Window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. They anticipate additional information will be posted beginning next week. Please continue to monitor the website for any changes. We appreciate your interest.

Website: www.tjadmissions.org

What is TJHSST?

A FCPS regional Governor’s high school (9-12th grades) for students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).   

TJHSST Admissions: Contact Information-Questions Welcomed

Admissions Office (general inquiries): Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Library News 

Reserve your Books for Winter Break!  We hope that you have plenty of reading materials to enjoy over the winter break.  Curbside provision of library books will continue in the 2021 calendar year on January 11th.  If there are books that you want to read, log into the library’s catalog to place holds.  Books held by Friday morning will be available for pickup at the school on the following Monday, from noon until 3 pm.

Readers Unite Book Club  celebrated the end of the calendar year with a little party on 12/16.  The final discussion of the book Twerp will happen on 1/6/21.  After that time, the club will be selecting a new (third) title to read together.     Joining the club when we’re starting to read a new book together makes the transition seamless.  We would love to have more students join us.  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

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/ 

Is all screen time equal?

Many of today’s youth are spending most of their school days on screens, leading caregivers to question the amount of time they spend on screens outside of the school day. While it is important for everyone to have screen-breaks, it is important to consider not just the quantity of time that is spent on screens, but also the quality of that time. In this article, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Jill Anderson discusses how caregivers can examine the types of content children access outside of school and select content which will encourage learning and support their social-emotional health. 

https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/20/11/nuanced-view-screen-time

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 Irving Middle PTA hopes you have a fun, safe, and relaxing, socially-distanced winter break!

We're working with the SCA leaders to determine a family activity after Winter Break - think Trivia Night, virtual game night, or virtual bingo - 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!  Please see the picture below for directions on how to set up your account.

 

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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

December 21 -

January 1

Winter Break - no school

January 4

School Resumes - Asynchronous Day - Check and Connect for all students in ROCK Block class from 8:45-9:00 am

Save the Date

January 6

Virtual Curriculum Night about Irving classes for 2021-22 school year. See below for more details.

January 15

New Bell Schedule Begins - See below for more information

Now - January 15

Schoology Parent, Guardian, and Caregiver Feedback Survey window - Please see below for more details

Now - January 29

Optional Safe and Caring Schools Training for all Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers Please see below for more details.

 

 

The Staff at Irving Middle School wish all Irving Families the very best Holiday Season and winter break! As we look forward to the new year and new adventures in learning with your students, please stay safe and be sure to take time to rest and enjoy time with your family! We will see you in 2021 -  Happy New Year!

Interest in a Yearbook

We are gauging interest in whether or not families would be interested in purchasing a yearbook this year. We are working on scheduling picture days for late January/early February. The yearbook would include selfie submissions collected by Ms. Geary from our SCA Spirit Weeks and more. The cost of the year book would be approximately $15. To indicate interest or not, please click on the link and vote. There is no obligation to purchase, by seeing interest, we will know how many to order. Thank you!

Save the Date - Virtual Curriculum Night 

Families with rising 7th (current 6th grade) and rising 8th (current 7th grade) grade are invited to join us to learn about courses for next year at our annual Curriculum Night on January 6th. Links will be provided at a later date.

6:30-7:10 - Information will be provided about Special Education and ESOL courses

7:15-7:45 - Information will be provided about 7th grade core classes (English, history, science & math)

7:50-8:30 - Information will be provided about elective classes for 7th and 8th grade students

*Irving will host a presentation about 8th grade core classes when students make these choices in April.

WIMS End of School Day Time  - Effective January 12, 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Each year, the Office of Transportation Services reviews the bell schedules for all Fairfax County public schools and makes minor adjustments as necessary to improve on-time arrivals. 

As you can imagine, developing this school year’s bell schedule has been extremely challenging due to the pandemic.

You may remember that new school bell schedules were announced in July. Our school’s bell schedule was changed. However, given the all-virtual start to the school year, there was no need to implement the new bell schedule.

At the School Board Work session on December 10, Superintendent Brabrand presented a revised phased- plan to return all students who have selected the in-person option starting in January, 2021.  Staff worked to improve start times and end times for all levels.

Barring any changes to the plan that may be impacted by the pandemic, the following bell schedule will be in place effective January 12, 2021 for both virtual and in- person instruction.

Return to School Bell Schedule

Middle School

7:30-2:00

Secondary School

8:20-2:50

High School

8:20-2:50

Thomas Jefferson

8:40-3:45

Elementary School

9:00-3:30 or 9:45-4:15

 

We feel this plan is a significant improvement and less disruptive over what was presented in the original plan last summer.

The fifteen (15) minute reduction in the school day is due to the increased cleaning time required between bus runs. Additionally, as more students return to school, the number of students allowed on each bus will be reduced substantially to meet social distancing requirements. With fewer students able to ride a bus at the same time, FCPS has no choice but to adjust the times that our buses are transporting students.

We understand that changes may present a hardship to some of our families and staff. However, it is the only way we can return all our grade levels to in-person learning, while following the critical guidelines to help keep our students and staff safe.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely, 

Cindy Conley

Schoology Pilot Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers Feedback Survey

To: Families

Subject: Schoology - Winter Survey - Families

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,

Thank you for participating in our Schoology pilot year. We would like you to take a short survey about your experience. Your answers will help us make any necessary improvements as we prepare all FCPS schools to begin using Schoology in the 2021-22 school year. The survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey by Wednesday, January 15.

Survey link: Family Pilot Year Schoology Feedback

Thank you for your valuable time and important ideas.

Sincerely, 

Cindy Conley

Safe and Caring Schools – Parent and Caregiver Pilot Training

Now– 1/29/2021 - Pilot Window

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

In an effort to develop a more comprehensive approach to fostering safe and caring school cultures, Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Kognito to develop new online trainings for students, staff, and caregivers.

The Safe & Caring Schools program includes three online simulations designed to educate students, staff, and parents/caregivers on the unique role they play in fostering safe and caring school communities and the value of fostering trusted adult relationships. Each online training enables learners to reflect on their role in fostering a safe & caring school, recognize signs a student may be in distress, understand potential resources of support and engage in a caring conversation in a safe practice environment. Similar to other Kognito trainings, the communication techniques taught are designed to foster conversations that empower our school community to discuss concerns and connect students with appropriate resources.

In this training you will enter a virtual environment and assume the role of an adult interacting with a young person. The interactive portions of the trainings allow you to choose actions and responses in order to receive real-time feedback on how well you are doing to engage the student in conversation and take appropriate actions.

FCPS is encouraging parents and caregivers to take the pilot version of this free, online training between December 15, 2020 and January 29, 2021. Feedback from this pilot will be collected via surveys and used to develop the final version of the training. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.

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

The following courses will be available:

Safe & Caring Schools for Parents & Caregivers - 13 mins

Safe & Caring Schools for Students (Evaluation Version) - 14 mins

Parents and caregivers are asked to complete training and are welcome to view the student pilot training as well.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jennifer Spears at jmspears@fcps.edu

Library News 

Reserve your Books for Winter Break!  We hope that you have plenty of reading materials to enjoy over the winter break.  Curbside provision of library books will continue in the 2021 calendar year on January 11th.  If there are books that you want to read, log into the library’s catalog to place holds.  Books held by Friday morning will be available for pickup at the school on the following Monday, from noon until 3 pm.

Readers Unite Book Club  celebrated the end of the calendar year with a little party on 12/16.  The final discussion of the book Twerp will happen on 1/6/21.  After that time, the club will be selecting a new (third) title to read together.     Joining the club when we’re starting to read a new book together makes the transition seamless.  We would love to have more students join us.  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 ParentVue and StudentVue Updates

Please be advised: in order to upgrade the SIS System for 2021, ParentVue and StudentVue will not be available starting at 5:00pm on December 18, until 6:00am on December 21. 

Student Laptops and Winter Break

These laptop care tips were shared with your child in ROCK Block this week. Following the tips given below should help to keep your child’s laptop healthy and running smoothly when we return from Winter Break. 

 

Digital Resource Parent Permission

Action Item: Irving teachers use some digital resources that require parent consent. These have been carefully vetted by IS and IT for instructional appropriateness, technical functionality, and student data management which is compliant with FERPA and state law. If you have not yet provided consent for your child to use these digital resources, please do so today. Thank you!

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

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: Don’t finish your holiday shopping without signing up for Amazon Smiles to support the Washington Irving PTA! Your purchases year round at no additional cost to you can support the PTA and Irving Middle School!

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 at the next PTA meeting on January 12th!

 

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Upcoming Important Dates

After School Activities Every Day

We have great after school clubs meeting virtually! Check out the schedule click here! For more information - see the spotlight on After School below!

December 14 at 9:30 am AND 6:30 pm

Family Information Day & Night- join Ms. Conley as she shares the most up-to-date information about return to learn in the building. We will utilize Google Meets which has a multi-language translation closed captioning feature. More information will be shared next week. 

Both sessions will be the same content.

December 14 - December 18

Winter Break Spirit Week!  See below for how to dress up each day and show your school spirit on camera throughout the week.

December 18

Asynchronous Catch Up Day - all teachers will be available via their Office Hours Link for students to provide support, ask questions, work in small groups, and/or take/retake assessments. No new instruction will be provided on this day.

 

Want a way to support families in our community this holiday season?

Thanks to all those who have donated gift cards for Irving families! We are lucky to live in such a caring and supportive community!

Support Principal Conley in FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards Program

Our principal, Cindy Conley, has been nominated as a candidate in the “Outstanding Principal” category in the county-wide FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards program.

Below is a link to a Google form.  In it, you’ll  see the exact questions that are on the nomination packet which will be completed and submitted as part of Ms. Conley’s application.  Please take a moment or two to answer any or all of the questions on the form, explaining why you think that Principal Conley is a worthy candidate for this award.  The deadline for receiving comments from community members is December 11th. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9xNRX2G2gqo9HmtMsHw0_lJwOtKtvTunMlwL1-_AsveeQNg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Mary Ann Monk, Irving Awards Liaison

Library News 

Reserve your Books for Winter Break!  Curbside pickup services will continue Monday, December 7th and Monday, December 14th.  You have time to check out some books that you can read over the winter break.  Log into the library’s catalog to place holds and then pick up your books at Irving on Mondays from noon until 3 pm.

Readers Unite Book Club  is thriving during our after-school meetings on Wednesdays.  We’re beginning discussion of our second book of the year starting on 12/2.  It’s a perfect time to join in.   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 ParentVue and StudentVue Updates

Please be advised: in order to upgrade the SIS System for 2021, ParentVue and StudentVue will not be available starting at 5:00pm on December 18, until 6:00am on December 21. 

Support Your Child With Online Privacy Settings

Navigating privacy settings in social media accounts can be overwhelming, but is so important. An oversight in privacy settings can lead to digital information being accessible to others, even if we don’t mean for it to be. It’s easy for teens to skip over privacy settings, which could leave their personal information exposed. This Family Tip Sheet from Common Sense Media provides suggestions for taking time to review privacy settings with your child.  

Digital Resource Parent Permission

Action Item: Irving teachers use some digital resources that require parent consent. These have been carefully vetted by IS and IT for instructional appropriateness, technical functionality, and student data management which is compliant with FERPA and state law. If you have not yet provided consent for your child to use these digital resources, please do so today. Thank you!

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

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: Don’t finish your holiday shopping without signing up for Amazon Smiles to support the Washington Irving PTA! Your purchases year round at no additional cost to you can support the PTA and Irving Middle School!

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 at the next PTA meeting on January 12th!

 

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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

After School Activities Every Day

We have great after school clubs meeting virtually! Check out the schedule click here! For more information - see the spotlight on After School below!

December 14 at 9:30 am AND 6:30 pm

Family Information Day & Night- join Ms. Conley as she shares the most up-to-date information about return to learn in the building. We will utilize Google Meets which has a multi-language translation closed captioning feature. More information will be shared next week. 

Both sessions will be the same content.

December 14 - December 18

Winter Break Spirit Week!  See below for how to dress up each day and show your school spirit on camera throughout the week.

December 18

Asynchronous Catch Up Day - all teachers will be available via their Office Hours Link for students to provide support, ask questions, work in small groups, and/or take/retake assessments. No new instruction will be provided on this day.

 

Want a way to support families in our community this holiday season?

Normally, Irving staff adopts families in the community to provide gifts during the holiday season. As you can imagine, there is even more need this year in the Irving community. Instead of providing gifts this year just from Irving staff, we are requesting donations and plan to provide gift cards to these families. If you would like to provide a gift card that will go directly to a family in need at Irving, please sign up using this Sign Up Genius. You have the option to deliver the gift card to Irving or can send it by email to our social worker, Traci Jamison, at tdjamison@fcps.edu by December 1st. 

If your family needs assistance, please reach out to Ms. Jamison at tdjamison@fcps.edu.

Support Principal Conley in FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards Program

Our principal, Cindy Conley, has been nominated as a candidate in the “Outstanding Principal” category in the county-wide FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards program.

Below is a link to a Google form.  In it, you’ll  see the exact questions that are on the nomination packet which will be completed and submitted as part of Ms. Conley’s application.  Please take a moment or two to answer any or all of the questions on the form, explaining why you think that Principal Conley is a worthy candidate for this award.  The deadline for receiving comments from community members is December 11th. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9xNRX2G2gqo9HmtMsHw0_lJwOtKtvTunMlwL1-_AsveeQNg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Mary Ann Monk, Irving Awards Liaison

Library News 

Reserve your Books for Winter Break!  Curbside pickup services will continue Monday, December 7th and Monday, December 14th.  You have time to check out some books that you can read over the winter break.  Log into the library’s catalog to place holds and then pick up your books at Irving on Mondays from noon until 3 pm.

Readers Unite Book Club  is thriving during our after-school meetings on Wednesdays.  We’re beginning discussion of our second book of the year starting on 12/2.  It’s a perfect time to join in.   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 Selfie Culture

Have you noticed all of the selfies that kids today take with their phones? Are you concerned about the number or kinds of selfies your own child takes and perhaps posts to social media? Before jumping to conclusions, take a look at this Family Tip Sheet from Common Sense Media. An honest conversation with your child around this topic may help you learn more about what has become known as the “Selfie Culture.” Consider some questions to start the conversation and some ways to establish or clarify your family expectations.

Digital Resource Parent Permission

Action Item: Irving teachers use some digital resources that require parent consent. These have been carefully vetted by IS and IT for instructional appropriateness, technical functionality, and student data management which is compliant with FERPA and state law. If you have not yet provided consent for your child to use these digital resources, please do so today. Thank you!

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

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!  Please see the picture below for directions on how to set up your account.

 

We were planning to host a drive-in movie in December, but we won't be able to do that with the new Covid-19 guidelines from the Governor.  We're working with the SCA leaders to determine a different family activity - think Trivia Night, virtual game night, or virtual bingo - so stay tuned!

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 at the next PTA meeting on January 12th!

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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

After School Activities Every Day

We have great after school clubs meeting virtually! Check out the schedule click here! For more information - see the spotlight on After School below!

November 25-27

Holiday (Thanksgiving) - No School

November 27

Last day to submit PTA Spirit Wear Orders in time for the holidays!

&

Holiday Shopping Officially Begins - consider staying home and using Amazon Smiles to assist the WIMS PTA - more info below!

November 30

SCA - Holiday Store Drive for ECHO - more information about Echo’s Amazon wish list, to help community members in need, is below.

 

 

Over Thanksgiving Break, we will be encouraging all our staff and students to step away from their computers and school work to spend time with their families. To further encourage this, students will not be assigned any work over Thanksgiving Break and there will be no assessments or assignments given on Monday, November 30!  We know this is not likely to be the time with friends and family that we are used to and wish for, however we do want you to know we are so grateful that you are a part of our Irving Family! We wish you a wonderful and safe holiday break!

Want a way to support families in our community this holiday season?

Normally, Irving staff adopts families in the community to provide gifts during the holiday season. As you can imagine, there is even more need this year in the Irving community. Instead of providing gifts this year just from Irving staff, we are requesting donations and plan to provide gift cards to these families. If you would like to provide a gift card that will go directly to a family in need at Irving, please sign up using this Sign Up Genius. You have the option to deliver the gift card to Irving or can send it by email to our social worker, Traci Jamison, at tdjamison@fcps.edu by December 1st. 

If your family needs assistance, please reach out to Ms. Jamison at tdjamison@fcps.edu.

SCA Holiday Store Drive for ECHO

Help spread the holiday spirit by participating in a Holiday Store Drive for ECHO (Ecumenical Community Helping Others). ECHO is a non-profit charity in the Springfield area that provides food, clothing, and other items to families in need in our community.  If you would like to participate, please visit the Amazon Wish List and purchase a gift. Gifts will be mailed directly to ECHO.  ECHO staff members will be assembling the gift baskets during the week of 11/30, so if you wish to contribute please do so as soon as possible! 

Thank you in advance for helping spread joy to families in need during this holiday season.  For questions, please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu).

Library News 

Take Time this Thanksgiving Break to read! A great way to spend some time this unique holiday break is to spend it reading as a family. You are never too old to pull out some of those classic children’s stories, especially when reading them as a family. Enjoy the holiday break and some time for reading!

Readers Unite Book Club  is thriving during our after-school meetings on Wednesdays.  We’re beginning discussion of our second book of the year starting on 12/2.  It’s a perfect time to join in.   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: Irving teachers use some digital resources that require parent consent. These have been carefully vetted by IS and IT for instructional appropriateness, technical functionality, and student data management which is compliant with FERPA and state law. If you have not yet provided consent for your child to use these digital resources, please do so today. Thank you!

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

After School Program

It’s not too late to get involved in the After School Programs when we return from Thanksgiving Break!

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

 

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We were planning to host a drive-in movie in December, but we won't be able to do that with the new Covid-19 guidelines from the Governor.  We're meeting with the SCA leaders to determine a different family activity for December or January, so stay tuned!

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 at the next PTA meeting on January 12th!

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Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

All FCPS Schools are closed until further notice. For more information regarding building closures, please go to fcps.edu.

November 22

Deadline to nominate an outstanding Irving staff member for the annual FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards. See the info below to nominate our amazing staff for this recognition.

After School Activities Every Day

We have great after school clubs meeting virtually! Check out the schedule click here! For more information - see the spotlight on After School below!

November 24

Full Day of School - Periods 1,3,5, & 7 will meet

November 25-27

Holiday (Thanksgiving) - No School

 

 

Over Thanksgiving Break, we will be encouraging all our staff and students to step away from their computers and school work to spend time with their families. To further encourage this, students will not be assigned any work over Thanksgiving Break and there will be no assessments or assignments given on Monday, November 30!  We know this is not likely to be the time with friends and family that we are used to and wish for, however we do want you to know we are so grateful that you are a part of our Irving Family! We wish you a wonderful and safe holiday break!

Want a way to support families in our community this holiday season?

Normally, Irving staff adopts families in the community to provide gifts during the holiday season. As you can imagine, there is even more need this year in the Irving community. Instead of providing gifts this year just from Irving staff, we are requesting donations and plan to provide gift cards to these families. If you would like to provide a gift card that will go directly to a family in need at Irving, please sign up using this Sign Up Genius. You have the option to deliver the gift card to Irving or can send it by email to our social worker, Traci Jamison, at tdjamison@fcps.edu by December 1st. 

If your family needs assistance, please reach out to Ms. Jamison at tdjamison@fcps.edu.

SCA Holiday Store Drive for ECHO

Help spread the holiday spirit by participating in a Holiday Store Drive for ECHO (Ecumenical Community Helping Others). ECHO is a non-profit charity in the Springfield area that provides food, clothing, and other items to families in need in our community.  If you would like to participate, please visit the Amazon Wish List and purchase a gift. Gifts will be mailed directly to ECHO.  ECHO staff members will be assembling the gift baskets during the week of 11/30, so if you wish to contribute please do so as soon as possible! 

Thank you in advance for helping spread joy to families in need during this holiday season.  For questions, please email Emily Geary (emgeary@fcps.edu).

Library News 

UPDATE:  On Monday, November 23rd, we will have two tables full of narrative nonfiction books that your student may browse and borrow.  Lots of options to choose from.  These books are needed for 7th grade English classes.  Just drop by from noon until 3 on Monday.  No holds on book titles required.  We’ll have hand sanitizer available and will discourage touching books until one has decided that they want to borrow it. Social distancing is required and there will be no more than 2 students at the table at one time. 

7th grade students should have already gotten a narrative non-fiction book to read for their quarterly reading project.  Students can email us, or drop in at our office hours through the library Schoology Course’s Blackboard Collaborate link, on Tuesdays and Thursday, right after school.  Irving has many new, appealing titles to choose from.  Please take advantage of the collection that we’ve built for this assignment and for our students.

Curbside pickup service  of library books continues each Monday afternoon, from noon until 3 pm.   We had a good turnout and were so happy to start providing our students with the books that they’ve requested.  

The deadline for placing books on hold is Thursday (NEW!!) at 11:59 pm, prior to the Monday pick-up times.  We are distributing books at Door 2, near the Band Room.

If getting to the school on Mondays is an impossibility for your family schedule, email Ms. Monk and other arrangements will be made for getting the books to your student.

The first step is for students to place books on hold, using the library catalog.  Here is a short video that explains how to put books on hold:  https://youtu.be/pugYVMyu7Ow  Looking forward to waving to many of you “at the curb!”

Readers Unite Book Club  is thriving during our after-school meetings on Wednesdays.  We’re beginning discussion of our second book of the year starting on 12/2.  It’s a perfect time to join in.   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: Irving teachers use some digital resources that require parent consent. These have been carefully vetted by IS and IT for instructional appropriateness, technical functionality, and student data management which is compliant with FERPA and state law. If you have not yet provided consent for your child to use these digital resources, please do so today. Thank you!

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

Digital Drama

Have you ever heard your kids talk about “digital drama?” Digital drama to kids could be what grown-ups think of as “cyberbullying.”  Digital drama often begins offline and transfers online, where kids may have the courage to say and do things that they normally wouldn’t when face-to-face.  Checking in with your kids and observing them as they interact with technology can ensure your conversations are productive and helpful. Refer to this tip sheet by Common Sense Media for ideas about how to do this.

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/DigitalDramaTipSheet-English.pdf 

After School Program  

It’s not too late to get involved in the 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!  Please see the picture below for directions on how to set up your account.

 

We were planning to host a drive-in movie in December, but we won't be able to do that with the new Covid-19 guidelines from the Governor.  We're meeting with the SCA leaders to determine a different family activity for December or January, so stay tuned!

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 at the next PTA meeting on January 12th!

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

Weekly Update from Irving MS

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Upcoming Important Dates

All FCPS Schools are closed until further notice. For more information regarding building closures, please go to fcps.edu.

November 22

Deadline to nominate an outstanding Irving staff member for the annual FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards. See the info below to nominate our amazing staff for this recognition.

After School Activities Every Day

We have great after school clubs meeting virtually! Check out the schedule click here! For more information - see the spotlight on After School below!

November 24

Full Day of School - Periods 1,3,5, & 7 will meet

November 25-27

Holiday (Thanksgiving) - No School

 

Mr. Horvat (Civics) & Mr. Brown (CTE) are doing a great job of teaching students both in-person and at home at the same time in our WIMS concurrent pilot. They are purposeful in their work to make sure both learning environments are engaging!

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Now through 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 22nd, members of the larger Irving MS community have an opportunity to nominate Irving staff members for the annual FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards.  This county-wide program ultimately selects one final “Teacher of the Year,” “Leader of the Year,” etc.  Irving had good representation in last year’s competition in that one of our teachers emerged as the Pyramid’s Teacher of the Year, and an operational employee was a finalist overall and named the “Region 4 Operational Employee of the Year.”  Use the link to this Google Form to nominate one or several people from Irving’s staff:  https://forms.gle/fZAax2swzKp98zAu8

Irving Teachers ROCK!

Calling all parents and students! Is there a teacher, counselor, or other Irving support staff that you would like to recognize for doing awesome things to build community and model positive character traits? Use this form to acknowledge them: https://forms.gle/5i4i7oE4ZzGszhXe6 

Want a way to support families in our community this holiday season?

Normally, Irving staff adopts families in the community to provide gifts during the holiday season. As you can imagine, there is even more need this year in the Irving community. Instead of providing gifts this year just from Irving staff, we are requesting donations and plan to provide gift cards to these families. If you would like to provide a gift card that will go directly to a family in need at Irving, please sign up using this Sign Up Genius. You have the option to deliver the gift card to Irving or can send it by email to our social worker, Traci Jamison, at tdjamison@fcps.edu by December 1st. 

If your family needs assistance, please reach out to Ms. Jamison at tdjamison@fcps.edu.

Parent Presentation - Eating Disorders in Adolescents: What to Look for and How to Help

The West Springfield Pyramid presents Ashley Steelman, MA, LSCW, Clinical Director at Clementine Twin Lakes, on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00pm to discuss eating disorders in adolescents. This will be a virtual presentation on Blackboard Collaborate at: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/6b64102cdcd046e3a9a7e7a96d1a8da3 

Library News 

7th grade students should have already gotten a narrative non-fiction book to read for their quarterly reading project.  Parents, your student should be able to explain to you what this term means.  But, just in case, I’ll offer that a “narrative nonfiction book” is a factual book that reads like a story, often these are biographies.  English teachers have highlighted titles of appealing narrative nonfiction books for young adults in class.  We are also always willing to help your student find a book that is a good match for them.  Students can email us, or drop in at our office hours through the library Schoology Course’s Blackboard Collaborate link, on Tuesdays and Thursday, right after school.  Irving has many new, appealing titles to choose from.  Please take advantage of the collection that we’ve built for this assignment and for our students.

Curbside pickup service  of library books continues each Monday afternoon, from noon until 3 pm.   We had a good turnout and were so happy to start providing our students with the books that they’ve requested.  

The deadline for placing books on hold is Thursday (NEW!!) at 11:59 pm, prior to the Monday pick-up times.  We are distributing books at Door 2, near the Band Room.

If getting to the school on Mondays is an impossibility for your family schedule, email Ms. Monk and other arrangements will be made for getting the books to your student.

The first step is for students to place books on hold, using the library catalog.  Here is a short video that explains how to put books on hold:  https://youtu.be/pugYVMyu7Ow Looking forward to waving to many of you “at the curb!”

Readers Unite Book Club  is thriving during our after-school meetings on Wednesdays.  We’re beginning discussion of our second book of the year starting on 11/18th.  It’s a perfect time to join in.   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: Irving teachers use some digital resources that require parent consent. These have been carefully vetted by IS and IT for instructional appropriateness, technical functionality, and student data management which is compliant with FERPA and state law. If you have not yet provided consent for your child to use these digital resources, please do so today. Thank you!

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

Reminder: Healthy Student Laptops!

Please ensure your student is shutting down their FCPS-issued laptop each night and plugging in. Then, leave enough time in the morning to turn it on and allow any updates to load. Not only will this keep the laptop healthy, but it will also help students in accessing programs during the school day. Regularly clearing the chrome cache will also help keep devices running smoothly.

Digital Distractions, Multitasking and Time Management

Are you concerned with the amount of digital multitasking your child does? Explore this family tip sheet from Common Sense Media and try some strategies as a family to get some distance from distractions. 

10 Websites All Kids Should Bookmark

Explore this resource from Common Sense Media, with suggestions for websites that kids of all ages should bookmark as supplements to their digital toolkits.

After School Program  

It’s not too late to get involved in the 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

Thanks to all who attended the PTA meeting this week.

ICYMI, the PTA is working to make SpiritWear available directly from Burke Sporting Goods - including Irving hoodies and pajama pants. So be on the lookout for a link!

Also, be on the lookout for info about a drive-in movie at the school in December (think inflatable movie screen and broadcast directly to your car stereo!).

Finally, with your holiday shopping, see the info here about connecting your shopping with Amazon Smile to support the PTA and how to download the Boxtops App. 

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

We hope to see you at the next PTA meeting on January 12th!

 

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Schedule Reminders for this Week from Irving MS

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Thank you to all of our WIMS staff and family members who have served and who are currently serving in the military. We are so grateful to you! Please be sure to thank Veterans and their family members for the sacrifices they make so that our freedoms are protected. Thank you!

PTA Meeting - Tonight at 7:00 pm

Please be sure to join us tonight for our PTA meeting accessible via this Zoom Link. We also want to thank the PTA for providing staff, t-shirts and breakfast burritos last Monday. It was a great treat!

Tonight's meeting is all about activities!  We have options: trivia, drive-in movie, and bingo!  Come give us your feedback on the ones your family would enjoy the most, and we'll take care of the rest!  Also, Emily Geary, After School Activities Specialist, will be joining us to talk about Irving's After School Programs - to answer some frequently asked questions, but also to answer your specific questions!  You can send those to us in advance or just bring them to the virtual meeting tonight on Zoom!

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Wednesday, November 11 - Veterans Day Bell Schedule

All classes will be virtual - there will be no in-person classes. We also have a 2-hour early dismissal. All classes will follow the schedule for virtual classes below.

2nd period – 7:30 am to 8:20 am (50 minutes)

4th period – 8:35 am to 9:25 am (50 minutes)

6th period – 9:40 am to 10:30 am (50 minutes)

8th period – 10:45 am to 11:35 am (50 minutes)

Lunch - 11:45 am to 12:15 pm (30 minutes)

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