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Message from Ms. Shannon

Dear Mantua families,

Our final weeks of school were filled with celebrations! We could not have asked for more perfect weather to host the Mantua Annual Field Days! Smiles radiated on students’ faces as they cheered on and encouraged one another. The cheering continued as we welcomed graduating seniors to walk the hallways of Mantua one more time.  What an inspiration to our Mantua community!  We celebrated our 6th-grade students at their promotion ceremony and the Mantua PTA’s marvelous Promotion Party for our graduating class of 2030!  We’re thrilled to share photos of our adventurous week. 

With care and appreciation, we say farewell to staff members who are retiring or are moving on to new adventures.  We are deeply grateful for their service at Mantua and wish them all the best!

  • Paul Anomaly (5th Grade AAP Teacher) is retiring.
  • Jamie DeRosa (4th Grade Teacher) is moving on to the private sector.
  • Liz Kneeland (2nd Grade Teacher) is moving on to the private sector.
  • Aaron Wilson (1st Grade Teacher) is moving on to Navy ES.
  • Maryanne Wilson (3rd grade AAP Teacher) is moving to Camelot ES. 
  • Nancy Zimmerman (2nd Grade Teacher) is retiring.
  • Justin Robinson (Special Education Teacher) is moving on to North Springfield ES.
  • Rachel Berger (Preschool Instructional Assistant) is moving on to be a teacher at Terra Centre ES.
  • Amal Kabbani -(Instructional Assistant) pursuing her teaching degree.
  • Shelby Roberts - (Instructional Assistant) is planning to spend time with family.

Engaging with, challenging, and supporting our students this year has been a joy and a privilege. We've witnessed their remarkable development of leadership skills and their embrace of character traits emphasized in the Positivity Project, which will serve them well beyond the school environment. Events like Heritage Night have been special, fostering an appreciation for our diverse community and its strengths.

We celebrate our students' achievements in academics, music, and the arts, recognizing these as foundational to their ongoing education. Each accomplishment underscores their dedication and talents, of which we are immensely proud.

As summer approaches, we wish everyone a restful break and eagerly anticipate welcoming back those familiar smiling faces in the fall!

Take good care,

Linda Shannon, Principal

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates

Summer Office Hours 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Save the Date!

8/17: Popsicles on the Playground for all new families

8/15: Open House 1:00 - 3:00 PM

8/19: First Day of School 2024-2025

9/19: Back to School Night, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

 Be sure to bookmark the FCPS Academic Year Calendar to keep track of school holidays, breaks, and observances.

  News & Reminders It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

 Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. Mergie Kakouris is our Mantua contact for all school registrations, and she can be reached at [email protected]. She is happy to answer any questions you may have.  For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage

SOL Scores Posted in SIS ParentVUE

Families can find Standards of Learning (SOL) reports for spring testing in the SIS ParentVUE Documents section on or before the last day of school. Log in to your ParentVUE account to access the following:

  • For all students, the official SOL Score Report with overall and reporting category performance for all spring tests.
  • For grade 3-8 students, the SOL Growth Parent Report shows performance over time for state reading and math tests completed this school year.

Visit the FCPS website for additional information about spring assessment reporting practices and timelines.

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.

How To Survive Middle School 2024

Are you a rising 7th grader who will attend Luther Jackson in the fall?  This is your chance to get this middle school thing figured out early!  Meet students from other elementary schools who will come together here at Jackson as 7th graders, learn your way around the building, get to know some fantastic Jackson teachers, and have a great time!  Registered students will be given access to a wealth of information about LJMS and a chance to explore the building when they come for this 2-day session.  Transportation, lunch, and a new Luther Jackson t-shirt are included!

REGISTRATION LINK 

Dates: July 31-Aug 1

Times: 9:00 a.m.— 1:00 p.m.

Location: LJMS

Eligibility: rising 7th graders

Cost: $40 

INOVA Back to School Pediatric Health Fairs

Inova Cares Clinic (ICC) will provide children ages 5+ with free school entrance physicals and immunizations at summer health fairs for children on Medicaid or who are uninsured. The clinics will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, June 29, at ICC for Children - Manassas
  • Saturday, July 20, at ICC for Children - Herndon
  • Saturday, August 17, at ICC for Children - Falls Church

Appointments are required. No walk-ins will be allowed. Call 703-698-2550 for an appointment.

Summer Camps and Adapted Recreation

Summer Fun for All! Summer Camps and Adapted Recreation

The Family Resource Center (FRC) has a list of dozens of summer camps including general camps, camps for students with a variety of needs, and camps for children of military personnel. 

They’ve also prepared a list of adapted resources, sorted by activity, that are inclusive for children and adults of various physical abilities. 

Learn more by calling 703-204-3941, emailing [email protected], or visiting the FRC webpage.

Quick Contacts & Links

Linda Shannon, Principal [email protected]  

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Ann Marie Del Valle, Administrative Assistant, [email protected]   

Mergie Kakouris, Student Information Assistant, [email protected]u  

Fadwa Finaish, Office Assistant,  [email protected]  

Susan Palomino, Finance Office Assistant [email protected]  

9107 Horner Court, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703-645-6300

Attendance: 703-645-6363 | Web | Twitter

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Message from Ms. Shannon

Dear Mantua families,

We had a busy week with our final celebrations, field trips, and exciting learning within our classroom walls. Our 6th graders walked the hills of Gettysburg this week as they learned about the various battles that were fought on those fateful days in 1863. Students seized the opportunity to understand the sacrifices soldiers made to preserve our country’s freedom and unity.  Our 4th-grade students had hands-on experience with artifacts as they celebrated Virginia Day.  Volunteers from the Jamestown Foundation captivated students with stories and dramatizations of colonial life and revolutionary war scenarios. In one of the most heartwarming events of the year, our Kindergartners serenaded families, letting them know all that they learned and how ready they are for 1st grade!  We wrapped up the week with a fantastic annual Spring Dance hosted by the Mantua PTA, where students celebrated the final days of the school year!  Conversations, dancing, and fun on the playground made the night successful!  We’ve shared some photos below and also on social media.  

Next week, our fabulous PE teachers will lead our annual Field Days!  The highly anticipated Field Days are an opportunity for students to gather individually and in teams for exciting and entertaining games.  Weather permitting, this event will be held outdoors.  Students should dress casually with closed-toed tennis shoes and arrive ready for fun!  See the schedule and information below for dates and times.

We hope you have a great weekend and a wonderful week ahead!

Take good care,

Linda Shannon, Principal

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal

Important Dates

June 3: Grad Walk at Mantua, 2:30 PM; Graduating seniors return to walk the halls of Mantua

June 4: Field Day - Grades 3-6

June 5: Field Day - Grades K-2

June 7: End-of-year picnic for Patrol volunteers

June 11: 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony, Woodson High School, 10:30 AM

June 12: Early Dismissal and the last day of school

June 13-14: Teacher Workdays, no school for students

June 19: Juneteenth

 Be sure to bookmark the FCPS Academic Year Calendar to keep track of school holidays, breaks, and observances.

Mantua News Mantua Field Days

Message from our PE team: Mantua Field Days will take place on June 4th and 5th!  All students have been placed on one of three teams.  Please try to wear the following colors depending on which team your child says they are on - Mystics (red), Spirit (white), or Nationals (blue). We have 15 stations set up that they will travel through as a class. They are fun, simple stations that involve running, throwing, kicking, and getting wet! 

What to wear and bring: On Field Day, students should bring a water bottle and a change of clothes.  A hat and sunscreen are recommended. Students should not wear crocs, slides, or sandals - sneakers only.  

We would love to have you if you are available and would like to volunteer!  Please contact your child’s teacher to let them know and meet us in the gym 15 minutes before the classes arrive for a briefing.   If you have any questions, please contact us, Brian Collins at [email protected] and Karen Bruining at [email protected]

In the event of inclement weather, we will set up activities indoors.  Please see the schedule below for various grade levels:

Tuesday, June 4 AM: Grades 5 & 6  9:30-11:15                

Tuesday, June 4 PM: Grades 3 & 4   1:30-3:15

Wednesday, June 5 AM:  Grades K, 1, & 2   9:30-11:15 

6th Grade Promotion

The Mantua 6th Grade Promotion is June 11th! This year, Mantua will again use the Woodson Auditorium as our Promotion venue. Look for details on this event from your 6th-grade teacher.  This event will begin at 10:30 AM.

Mantua Food Drive

The Mantua Food Drive is underway.  We are continuing to accept donations in the front office. 

Luis Uribe Gamboa, Mantua's fabulous parent liaison, aims to support families from our community, and this food drive will help him replenish his supply before the summer break. If you have any questions, contact Luis at [email protected].

There are two ways to donate:

  1.   There is now a large plastic bin located inside the main school entrance.
  2.   Mantua ES parent, Ali Ackermann, will be making a trip to Costco for this purpose and you can contribute to that. Please email her at [email protected] to get Venmo or PayPal info.

No donation is too small, so if you are able to grab a few cans or an extra box of cereal, every little bit helps.

Items needed are oil, tortilla flour (Maseca), dry beans (red, black, etc., but not canned beans), rice, pancake mix and syrup, pasta and pasta sauce, canned foods (tomatoes, fruit, vegetables, and tuna), ramen noodle soup, snacks (such as energy bars and chips), coffee, sugar, cereal, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and body soap.

How To Survive Middle School 2024

Are you a rising 7th grader who will attend Luther Jackson in the fall?  This is your chance to get this middle school thing figured out early!  Meet students from other elementary schools who will come together here at Jackson as 7th graders, learn your way around the building, get to know some fantastic Jackson teachers, and have a great time!  Registered students will be given access to a wealth of information about LJMS and a chance to explore the building when they come for this 2-day session.  Transportation, lunch, and a new Luther Jackson t-shirt are included!

REGISTRATION LINK 

Dates: July 31-Aug 1

Times: 9:00 a.m.— 1:00 p.m.

Location: LJMS

Eligibility: rising 7th graders

Cost: $40

It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

 Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early is critical for our planning. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. Mergie Kakouris is our Mantua contact for all school registrations, and she can be reached at [email protected]. She is happy to answer any questions you may have.  For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage

FCPS News Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 Tests

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help parents interpret SOL results, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring.

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year. 

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.

Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. View details and a feedback form

 Arts Summer Program Registration is Open!

Elementary Institute for the Arts, (E-IFTA), is a weekly arts camp for elementary-aged students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create! Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theatre, visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging.

  • Lake Braddock Secondary School, transportation provided.
  • E-IFTA grades 2-5, during the 2023-2024 School Year
  • 8:30 a.m.-2 pm.
  • July 8-26, 2024, Register for each week separately.
  • No tuition for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Other Summer Learning Opportunities

Chantilly Academy will host an AFA CyberCamp from Monday, June 24, to Friday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. This camp would be a great fit for rising fifth through eighth graders of all skill levels interested in learning more about the importance of cybersecurity and gaining skills to protect themselves and others from cyber threats. Discounts are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Visit the camp website for more information.

Registration is also still available for the Institute for the Arts (IFTA) and Elementary-IFTA (E-IFTA) arts camps, as well as Credit Recovery Academy.

Online Campus Summer Registration Closing Soon!

Registration for summer classes with FCPS' Online Campus will close on Friday, June 7. Online campus courses are for students in grades 7-12. Email [email protected] or call 703-503-7781 with any questions.

Family Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Let's Finish the School Year Strong!

Student attendance is important all year, up to the last day of school. Attendance affects student performance and school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

In FCPS, we all belong. From the first day of school to the last day of school, every child matters. If your student is having a hard time finishing the year strong and attending school, please contact a trusted adult at the school—a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Calling All Alumni and Friends!

Educate Fairfax is proud to introduce FCPS Alumni & Friends, an online network of alumni, teachers, parents/caregivers, and community members with ties to Fairfax County Public Schools. Whether you are a recent FCPS graduate or you’ve returned to Fairfax to work or raise your own family, this network will celebrate our alumni and friends of FCPS through stories, news and events, reunions, homecoming, and other activities. It’s also a great way to rekindle old friendships and build new ones. Join FCPS Alumni & Friends today!

School Board Votes to Adopt Fiscal Year 2025 Approved Budget

The Fairfax County School Board voted to adopt Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Approved Budget at their last board meeting. The FY 2025 Approved Budget totals $3.7 billion — a net increase of $233.2 million or 6.6% over the previous year. 

The FY 2025 Approved Budget focuses on providing educational excellence for all students and ensuring that employees’ hard work and dedication are acknowledged through competitive compensation. Both of these efforts fully align with the FCPS 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Nearly 86% of the Approved Budget is targeted at instruction. Key budget highlights include funding for a 4% compensation increase for all employees; maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students; and expanding athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.

Read the news release.

Quick Contacts & Links

Linda Shannon, Principal [email protected]  

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Ann Marie Del Valle, Administrative Assistant, [email protected]   

Mergie Kakouris, Student Information Assistant, [email protected]u  

Fadwa Finaish, Office Assistant,  [email protected]  

Susan Palomino, Finance Office Assistant [email protected]  

9107 Horner Court, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703-645-6300

Attendance: 703-645-6363 | Web | Twitter

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Message from Ms. Shannon

Dear Mantua families,

As we near the end of the school year, we're thrilled to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our students. From the stellar performances at our spring recitals to the outstanding displays at the solo ensemble festival, it's clear our students are shining bright. A huge applause to all the stars of our Mantua Talent Show; your talent knows no bounds!

With just under 20 days left, we're gearing up for a series of exciting end-of-year events. Keep an eye on this newsletter and teacher emails for updates on parties and celebrations. We're particularly excited about the upcoming 6th-grade field trip to Gettysburg on May 29, as well as Mantua Field Days on June 4th and 5th.

As we look forward to the Memorial Day weekend, let's take a moment to honor its significance. Monday, May 27, marks a federal holiday, with schools and offices closed. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 28th.

Wishing you all a wonderful and rejuvenating long weekend ahead.

Take care,

Linda Shannon, Principal

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal

Important Dates

May 27: Memorial Day holiday, schools and offices closed

May 31: Spring Dance sponsored by Mantua PTA, gym

June 1: FCPS Summer Extravaganza, Woodson High School

June 3: Grad Walk through Mantua, 2:30 PM; Graduating seniors return to walk the halls of Mantua

June 4th and 5th: Mantua Field Days (details TBA)

June 12: Early Dismissal and the last day of school

June 13-14: Teacher Workdays, no school for students

June 19: Juneteenth

 Be sure to bookmark the FCPS Academic Year Calendar to keep track of school holidays, breaks, and observances.

Mantua News It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

 Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. Mergie Kakouris is our Mantua contact for all school registrations, and she can be reached at [email protected]. She is happy to answer any questions you may have.  For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage

  Woodson Pyramid Community Night 

"The Power of Our Words: Combating Hate Speech and Racial Slurs": Join us for an evening of community bonding and an important dialogue on May 30th. This event aims to promote understanding and respect within our diverse community. Please see information below for more information. Please use this Google Form to register. 

 

6th Grade Promotion

The Mantua 6th Grade Promotion has a finalized date—it's June 11th! This year, Mantua will again use the Woodson Auditorium as our Promotion venue. Many details remain to be worked out, but please confidently mark your calendars for June 11th at 10:30 AM.  

 

Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza at Woodson HS

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes. 

 

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FCPS News Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. View details and a feedback form

  Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow. We All Belong Here!

In FCPS, we all belong. From the first day of school, to the last day of school, every child matters. If your student is having a hard time finishing the year strong and attending school, please contact a trusted adult at the school—a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources

  Calling All Alumni and Friends!

Educate Fairfax is proud to introduce FCPS Alumni & Friends, an online network of alumni, teachers, parents/caregivers, and community members with ties to Fairfax County Public Schools. Whether you are a recent FCPS graduate or you’ve returned to Fairfax to work or raise your own family, this network will celebrate our alumni and friends of FCPS through stories, news and events, reunions, homecoming, and other activities. It’s also a great way to rekindle old friendships and build new ones. Join FCPS Alumni & Friends today!

 

Tdap, Meningococcal (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunization Packet for Rising Seventh Grade Students

As required by the Code of Virginia, all students entering 7th grade are required to receive specific immunizations (Tdap, MenACWY, HPV) prior to the beginning of the school year. 

Effective July 1, 2021, a complete series of two doses of the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV)  is required for all students entering seventh grade. The first dose shall be administered before the student enters the seventh grade. Parents/guardians, at their sole discretion, may elect for their student not to receive the HPV immunization. 

Virginia state law requires the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to provide the parents and/or guardians of all rising seventh grade students with information on human papillomavirus (HPV) and the human papillomavirus vaccine. The human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) prevents six types of cancer, including cervical cancer and certain head and neck cancers. Boys and girls should receive the vaccine when they are 11-12 years old.  

Annually, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Commissioner of Health provide immunization requirement information, to include the HPV vaccine, to rising 7th graders.  For SY 23-24, the VDH provided the following packets which can be found on the School Health Services Hub page: 

  Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

 

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! At Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), students take art, music, theater, and dance classes daily. E-IFTA is for current second through fifth-grade students. Learn more on the E-IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

  

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

 

Quick Contacts & Links

Linda Shannon, Principal [email protected]  

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Ann Marie Del Valle, Administrative Assistant, [email protected]   

Mergie Kakouris, Student Information Assistant, [email protected]u  

Fadwa Finaish, Office Assistant,  [email protected]  

Susan Palomino, Finance Office Assistant [email protected]  

9107 Horner Court, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703-645-6300

Attendance: 703-645-6363 | Web | Twitter

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Message from Ms. Shannon

Dear Mantua families,

Last week, the Aristocats Kids performance wowed audiences, showcasing the great talents of all the cast members. Behind the scenes, students appreciated the tireless dedication of the fabulous PTA Drama leaders who made this experience possible.

As the curtains closed on The Aristocats Kids, Mantua transitioned into celebrating Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week from May 6-10. We are so grateful for each and every staff member at Mantua. Throughout the week, the PTA showered Mantua's staff with delicious treats, showing gratitude for their hard work and dedication. Special thanks go to  all the volunteers whose efforts made this week a resounding success. The unwavering support of the PTA is deeply appreciated, as it underscores the vital role they play in uplifting and recognizing the contributions of our staff and teachers.

Amidst the appreciation festivities, Mantua hosted the 4th Grade Strings Spring Concert. Both the school-day performance and the evening showcase were met with excitement and applause. The event not only entertained but also inspired students to consider joining strings for the upcoming school year.

We wrapped up the week with the 23rd annual Raccoon Run on Saturday, May 11. There was a remarkable turnout, showcasing the unwavering support of our community for an important cause and raising cancer awareness. It was so much fun to spend time with the many students and families as we cheered on each runner!

We hope that your families enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend celebrating and remembering the many mothers who have touched so many lives. 

Take good care,

Linda Shannon, Principal

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal

Important Dates

May 14: Grades 5 & 6 Chorus Concert, Gym, 7 PM

May 16: Grades 5 & 6 Strings Concert, Gym, 6:30 PM

May 18: Talent Show, Gym, 5-9 PM 

May 18: National Speech Pathologist Day

May 29: Grade 6 Field Trip, Gettysburg National Park 

May 27: Memorial Day Holiday, No School

May 31: Mantua PTA Spring Dance, 5-8:30 PM

June 3: Grad Walk, 2:30-3 PM

June 4: Grades 5 & 6 Field Day, 9:30-11:15 AM

June 4: Grades 3 & 4 Field Day, 1:30-3:15 PM

June 5: Grades K, 1, 2 Field Day, 9:30-11:15 AM

June 6: PTA Meeting/Volunteer Appreciation Night, 6-8 PM

June 7: Patrol Picnic, 9:30-12:30 PM

June 11: Grade 6 Promotion Ceremony, Woodson High School

June 12: Last Day of School, 2:05 PM Dismissal

Mantua News Grades 5 & 6 Chorus Students

On May 14th at 7 PM, we will host the 5th and 6th Grade Chorus Concert in the Mantua Gymnasium.  Performers are to wear their Mantua Music T-shirt, purchased earlier in the year, and pants (jeans or khakis) Arrival time for performers is 6:45.  Questions can go to [email protected] or [email protected].

Grades 5 & 6 Strings Performance

On May 16th at 6:30 PM, we will host the 5th and 6th Grade Strings Concert in the Mantua Gymnasium.  Performers are to wear their Mantua Music T-shirt, purchased earlier in the year, and black pants/skirt. Arrival time for performers is 6:00.  Questions can go to [email protected].

The Power of Our Words: Combating Hate Speech and Racial Slurs Woodson Pyramid Community Night 

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and in the Woodson Pyramid, we strive to provide an educational environment where all are welcomed, safe, and supported to learn. Please join the Woodson Pyramid schools as we gather in conversation around standing up to hate speech and racism and the power of our words. You will hear from FCPS and Woodson Pyramid leaders and students, as well as have the opportunity to share your ideas/questions about making our schools a more welcoming and culturally responsive environment for all. 

To help us prepare, please fill out the Google Form below to show your intentions to attend and to submit questions/comments to be answered at the event. Please reach out to your school principal if you have any questions. 

  • Date: Thursday, May 30th, 2024
  • Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Location: Woodson High School's Cafeteria B (9525 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22031)

Here is the link for the Google Form.

Student Testing at Mantua

Please see the information below regarding  the specific SOL assessments your child will take and the dates on which these will occur. Please do your best to avoid scheduling appointments on the days your child has an assessment. If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or one of our school test coordinators, Richard Deixler (Grades 4 & 6) or Colleen Vaughan (Grades 3 & 5).

Grade             SOL                Date

3                      Math                Thursday, May 16

4                      Math                Tuesday, May 14

5                      Math                Tuesday, May 21

It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

 Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. Mergie Kakouris is our Mantua contact for all school registrations, and she can be reached at [email protected]. She is happy to answer any questions you may have.  For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage

Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

6th Grade Families - Mark Your Calendars!

The Mantua 6th Grade Promotion has a finalized date—it's June 11th! This year, Mantua will again use the Woodson Auditorium as our Promotion venue. Many details remain to be worked out, but please confidently mark your calendars for June 11th, anticipated start time of 10:30 AM. 

FCPS News Cultural Celebrations and Observances Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

 

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

 

Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

  Quick Contacts & Links

Linda Shannon, Principal [email protected]  

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Ann Marie Del Valle, Administrative Assistant, [email protected]   

Mergie Kakouris, Student Information Assistant, [email protected]u  

Fadwa Finaish, Office Assistant,  [email protected]  

Susan Palomino, Finance Office Assistant [email protected]  

9107 Horner Court, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703-645-6300

Attendance: 703-645-6363 | Web | Twitter

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Message from Ms. Shannon

Dear Mantua families,

As you know, we have started our SOL testing season.  Last week, our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders tackled assessments and we want to commend them on their hard work!  We continue to have SOL testing scheduled in the coming weeks. To ensure our students feel their best and perform at their peak, please encourage them to get a good night's sleep before each test day, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school on time. Their hard work and focus are truly appreciated!  You can learn more about FCPS testing here.

You won’t want to miss the final performance of Mantua PTA Drama's Aristocats, Kids, The Musical!  Last night’s show was a hit with performers and audience members meowing! Tickets are still available for this heartwarming family event.  The remaining performance is this evening, Saturday, May 4 at 6 PM, details can be found below.  We also want to spotlight the 23rd annual Mantua Raccoon Run, scheduled for Saturday, May 11.  Grab your running/walking sneakers and join us as we raise awareness for the INOVA-sponsored program, Living with Cancer.  This is a fabulous  event that showcases the strength and generosity of our Mantua community!

This upcoming week we will honor teachers and staff for National Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!  Our Mantua staff members dedicate vast amounts of time and energy to create an environment that nurtures and challenges each student, developing them into the citizens and leaders of tomorrow.  We are so grateful for the true dedication of each staff member at Mantua.  In addition, we recognize National School Nurse Day and the heroic efforts of our clinic aid, Neita Lindholm.  From bandages to tummy aches, Neita cares for each student that walks through the clinic door.  We appreciate our staff tremendously!

The month of May is set aside as  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month as well as Jewish American Heritage Month.  We honor and celebrate the rich history and cultural contributions that contribute to the story of our nation. Find out more about FCPS’ heritage months.

 Have a wonderful week!

Take good care,

Linda Shannon, Principal

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal

Important Dates

May 4: Mantua PTA Drama Aristocats Kids! 6 PM 

May 9: 6th grade panoramic photo day

May 9: 4th grade Spring Strings Concert, 6:30 PM, Gym

May 11: Raccoon Run

May 14: 5th & 6th  grade Spring Chorus Concert, 7 PM, Gym

May 16: 5th and 6th grade Spring Strings Concert, 6:30 PM, Gym

May 18: Mantua PTA Talent Show, 5-9 PM, Gym

May 27: Memorial Day holiday, schools and offices closed

June 1: FCPS Summer Extravaganza, Woodson High School

June 3: Grad Walk through Mantua, 2:30 PM; Graduating seniors return to walk the halls of Mantua

June 4th and 5th: Mantua Field Days (details TBA)

June 12: Early Dismissal and the last day of school

June 13-14: Teacher Workdays, no school for students

 Be sure to bookmark the FCPS Academic Year Calendar to keep track of school holidays, breaks, and observances.

Mantua News 4th Grade Spring Strings Performance

On May 9th at 6:30 PM, we will host the 4th Grade Strings Concert in the Mantua Gymnasium.  Performers are to wear their Mantua Music T-shirt, purchased earlier in the year, and black pants/skirt. Arrival time for performers is 6:00.  Questions can go to [email protected].

5th and 6th Grade Strings Performance

On May 16th at 6:30 PM, we will host the 5th and 6th Grade Strings Concert in the Mantua Gymnasium.  Performers are to wear their Mantua Music T-shirt, purchased earlier in the year, and black pants/skirt. Arrival time for performers is 6:00.  Questions can go to [email protected].

5th and 6th Grade Chorus Students

On May 14th at 7 PM, we will host the 5th and 6th Grade Chorus Concert in the Mantua Gymnasium.  Performers are to wear their Mantua Music T-shirt, purchased earlier in the year, and pants (jeans or khakis) Arrival time for performers is 6:45.  Questions can go to [email protected] or [email protected].

Aristocats Kids Drama Performance

The Mantua PTA Drama Club is proud to present Aristocats Kids, the musical! With the help of a smooth-talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country. Don't miss this heart-warming tale brought to life by our talented cast of Mantua students.

Final performance will be tonight, Saturday, May 4, at 6 PM in the Mantua gym. Tickets will be $8 at the door.  You can also purchase tickets ahead of time: Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2, 5:30-5:45 PM and 8:15-8:30 PM in the Mantua gym.

Concessions will be sold at the shows: NO pizza this time, but plenty of fun snacks and sweets. We accept cash and credit cards. We hope to see you there!

Raccoon Run

Join Mantua Elementary School Kids Care Club and W.T. Woodson Young Hearts Club for the 23rd Annual Mantua Raccoon Run on Saturday, May 11, 2024. All the fun will take place at Mantua ES (9107 Horner Ct, Fairfax, VA 22031). At 8:00 AM, the 1-mile fun run will begin, and the 5k will start at 8:30 AM.  

Details for the race and registration are linked here

The Raccoon Run is an annual run sponsored by Mantua's Kids Care Club that raises money for Life With Cancer, an amazing INOVA Hospital program that helps to provide support to those living with cancer and their families. This is done through education, information, counseling, and other services, all free of charge. Kids Care Club is a PTA volunteer-run service club that allows children in grades K-6 to give back to their community. Through this race, the kids see their work put into action as the race comes together and raises money for such an amazing cause. This way we are not only helping the amazing organization that Life with Cancer is, but we are also empowering our young people to develop a love of giving back to their community.

In addition, this run honors the memory of a beloved Mantua Elementary School teacher, Mrs. Roberta Romano, who lost her battle with cancer in December of 2001. For over 20 years, this run has been held to honor her memory! 

Positivity Project (P2) 

This upcoming week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Leadership. Leadership means you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best.

Leadership can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. This character strength’s focus is on the personal qualities of leaders rather than the practice of leadership. These qualities include the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal, the capacity to mitigate conflict and mold consensus, and the desire to lead other people.

For individuals, leadership is a way to achieve what you know is important, as groups of people invariably achieve more than individuals. If you want to achieve your vision for the future, you need to inspire others to join you. As an individual’s ability to lead develops, so does that person’s confidence and sense of self-efficacy.

To practice and encourage the character strength of leadership with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families English, Spanish (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

Movement Mondays

Take full advantage of this incredible weather to join friends on the Mantua track for Movement Mondays! Movement Mondays happen every Monday from 8:35-9:05.  We would love to have you join us!

Student Testing at Mantua

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table below. These include:

  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. For certain grade levels, the reading SOL tests include an integrated reading/writing (IRW) component. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021);

Please see the following table for the specific SOL assessments your child will take and the dates on which these will occur. Please do your best to avoid scheduling appointments on the days your child has an assessment. 

If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or one of our school test coordinators, Richard Deixler (Grades 4 & 6) or Colleen Vaughan (Grades 3 & 5).

 

Grade             SOL                Date

3                      Reading           Tuesday, May 7

3                      Math                Thursday, May 16

4                      Math                Tuesday, May 14

5                      Science           Thursday, May 9

5                      Math                Tuesday, May 21

6                      Math                Monday, May 13

It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

 Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. Mergie Kakouris is our Mantua contact for all school registrations, and she can be reached at [email protected]. She is happy to answer any questions you may have.  For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage

FCPS News Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

 

Support FCPS Relay for Life

Relay for Life – FCPS is an event that brings our community together to fight against cancer.

Relay for Life is a powerful initiative that unites schools, students, and communities in the shared goal of raising funds for cancer research, patient support, and advocacy. It's an opportunity for our schools to make a lasting impact and show solidarity in the face of this challenging disease.

Your generosity would not only contribute to the success of Relay for Life but also showcase the unity and compassion that define Fairfax County Public Schools. 

Thank you for considering this request, and we look forward to the possibility of joining forces to make Relay for Life - FCPS a memorable and impactful event. 

To sign up to participate, volunteer, etc., please go to our website at: https://relayforlife.org/fcps

It will be held on May 18, 2024 at Woodson HS beginning at 2 pm.

  National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 8. It is a day to recognize the many contributions that school nurses make to student health and learning.  

FCPS appreciates the role of School Public Health Nurses (PHNs) for their contribution to the health and welfare of all our students. Professional school nurses support the needs of students through their delivery of healthcare, contributions to local school communities, and promotion of safety, prevention, and wellness throughout the year. They are advocates who bridge healthcare and education by supporting student health and readiness to learn. School nurses are essential to our community and work tirelessly to make a positive impact in the lives of their students.  

Please join us in thanking the PHNs for their hard work and dedication to FCPS students.  

  Cultural Recognitions and Observances

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

  FCPS Ombuds Provides Confidential Guidance

The Office of the Ombuds engages with families, students, and staff to offer resources and improve the experience of each and every member of the FCPS community. They work as an independent confidential resource to help get answers to questions, offer options to resolve concerns and hear complaints regarding FCPS matters.  

Anyone seeking assistance from the Office of the Ombuds may call 571-423-4014, email [email protected], visit their webpage, or submit a question. Ombuds staff do not change or make decisions, policies, or regulations; take sides; or provide legal advice.

 

Fentanyl Awareness Day

Tuesday, May 7, is Fentanyl Awareness Day. Watch this video to learn more about counterfeit pills, and share the information with teens and young adults in your life. Visit the Fentanyl Awareness Day website for more resources on what you can do to help raise awareness of the dangers of fentanyl including a conversation guide, fast facts, and social media posts you can share.

  Tdap, Meningococcal (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunization Packet for Rising Seventh Grade Students

As required by the Code of Virginia, all students entering 7th grade are required to receive specific immunizations (Tdap, MenACWY, HPV) prior to the beginning of the school year. 

Effective July 1, 2021, a complete series of two doses of the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV)  is required for all students entering seventh grade. The first dose shall be administered before the student enters the seventh grade. Parents/guardians, at their sole discretion, may elect for their student not to receive the HPV immunization. 

Virginia state law requires the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to provide the parents and/or guardians of all rising seventh grade students with information on human papillomavirus (HPV) and the human papillomavirus vaccine. The human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) prevents six types of cancer, including cervical cancer and certain head and neck cancers. Boys and girls should receive the vaccine when they are 11-12 years old.  

Annually, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Commissioner of Health provide immunization requirement information, to include the HPV vaccine, to rising 7th graders.  For SY 23-24, the VDH provided the following packets which can be found on the School Health Services Hub page: 

  Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

  Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

  Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

  Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations 

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

 

Quick Contacts & Links

Linda Shannon, Principal [email protected]  

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Ann Marie Del Valle, Administrative Assistant, [email protected]   

Mergie Kakouris, Student Information Assistant, [email protected]u  

Fadwa Finaish, Office Assistant,  [email protected]  

Susan Palomino, Finance Office Assistant [email protected]  

9107 Horner Court, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703-645-6300

Attendance: 703-645-6363 | Web | Twitter

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Message from Ms. Shannon

Dear Mantua families,

Mantua is going green!  We celebrated Earth Week last week with various themed days, dressing in vibrant colors to raise awareness on climate change, water conservation and wildlife survival.  Small differences in daily habits can amass big changes!  FCPS is supporting efforts to “go green” with more eco-friendly paper products in cafeterias, increased efforts in reusing and recycling, and with the implementation of composting. Our 6th grade classes have taken the lead in this initiative with our brand-new composting bins!  

Our calendar is filled with student performances! Last Thursday, our 5th and 6th-grade band students delivered an outstanding spring performance. Additionally, on Saturday, several of Mantua's 6th graders showcased their talents beautifully at the All County Chorus Concert, captivating the audience of dignitaries and families alike. Check out for details on upcoming student concerts and performances below.

Our Mantua Reading Fundraiser Challenge wrapped up on Friday.  It has been rewarding to watch students immerse themselves in reading!  We want to make a humble correction from last week’s newsletter: while our librarians ARE fabulous, they were not the creators of the donut sprinkle progress visuals, as previously reported.  PTA parents Elizabeth Frischmann and Emily Chesnes made the donut charts and have been updating them daily throughout the challenge.  Our Mantua PTA volunteers give so much time and energy toward making Mantua great, and we don’t want their efforts to go unrecognized!  Many thanks to all of our Mantua PTA families for their exceptional work and unwavering support of Mantua!

Friday, May 3 is Lunch Hero Day!  While this recognition day falls on a Teacher Work Day this year, we want to spotlight our Mantua cafeteria workers! Between preparing healthy meals for Mantua’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Karen Ray and her fabulous staff earn the hero badge every day.  

We want to remind families that Friday, May 3, is Orthodox Good Friday and also a teacher workday.  Millions of Orthodox Christians commemorate Good Friday, also known as “Great Friday.” There will be no school for students on Friday.  School will resume on Monday, May 6.

We’ve shared some exciting pictures with you below.  You can keep up with all things Mantua by following us on Instagram!

Take good care,

Linda Shannon, Principal

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal

Important Dates

May 1: Parent / Caregiver Input Form Due

May 3: Teacher Workday - No school for students

May 3-4: Mantua PTA Drama Aristocats Kids! Friday 5/3 7 PM; Sat 5/3 2 PM & 6 PM 

May 9: 6th grade panoramic photo day

May 9: 4th grade Spring Strings Concert, 6:30, Gym

May 11: Raccoon Run

May 14: 5th & 6th  grade Spring Chorus Concert, 7 PM, Gym

May 16: 5th and 6th grade Spring Strings Concert, 6:30 PM, Gym

May 18: Mantua PTA Talent Show, 5-9 PM, Gym

May 27: Memorial Day holiday, schools and offices closed

June 3: Grad Walk through Mantua, 2:30 PM; Graduating seniors return to walk the halls of Mantua

 Be sure to bookmark the FCPS Academic Year Calendar to keep track of school holidays, breaks, and observances.

Mantua News Reminder: Parent / Caregiver Input

It is hard to believe that we are already planning for the 2024-25 school year!  We are excited to work with our teacher teams to plan to best support all students in the upcoming year.  Your input is an important part of this process. Taken together with teacher input and student services, your feedback will be included in the class placement process. We respectfully ask that you refrain from citing a specific teacher by name. The information you provide will be shared with your child's current year's teacher teams as they work on the placement process and will be provided to next year's teacher to best support the transition.  Please complete the linked Input form to provide your input.

If you're providing input for multiple children, please fill out one form for each child.

Submissions are due May 1, 2024. They must be on time to be considered, as our staff will use this input as they form student groups the following week.

 Concert Information 4th Grade Spring Strings Performance

On May 9th at 6:30 PM, we will host the 4th Grade Strings Concert in the Mantua Gymnasium.  Performers are to wear their Mantua Music T-shirt, purchased earlier in the year, and black pants/skirt. Arrival time for performers is 6:00.  Questions can go to [email protected].

5th and 6th Grade Strings Performance

On May 16th at 6:30 PM, we will host the 5th and 6th Grade Strings Concert in the Mantua Gymnasium.  Performers are to wear their Mantua Music T-shirt, purchased earlier in the year, and black pants/skirt. Arrival time for performers is 6:00.  Questions can go to [email protected].

5th and 6th Grade Chorus Students

On May 14th at 7 PM, we will host the 5th and 6th Grade Chorus Concert in the Mantua Gymnasium.  Performers are to wear their Mantua Music T-shirt, purchased earlier in the year, and pants (jeans or khakis) Arrival time for performers is 6:45.  Questions can go to [email protected] or [email protected]

Aristocats Kids Drama Performance

The Mantua PTA Drama Club is proud to present Aristocats Kids, the musical! With the help of a smooth-talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country. Don't miss this heart-warming tale brought to life by our talented cast of Mantua students.

Performances will be Friday, May 3, at 7 PM and Saturday, May 4, at 2 PM and 6 PM in the Mantua gym. Tickets will be $8 at the door.  You can also purchase tickets ahead of time: Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2, 5:30-5:45 PM and 8:15-8:30 PM in the Mantua gym.

Concessions will be sold at the shows: NO pizza this time, but plenty of fun snacks and sweets. We accept cash and credit cards. We hope to see you there!

Raccoon Run

Join Mantua Elementary School Kids Care Club and W.T. Woodson Young Hearts Club for the 23rd Annual Mantua Raccoon Run on Saturday, May 11, 2024. All the fun will take place at Mantua ES (9107 Horner Ct, Fairfax, VA 22031). At 8:00 AM, the 1-mile fun run will begin, and the 5k will start at 8:30 AM.  

Details for the race and registration are linked here

The Raccoon Run is an annual run sponsored by Mantua's Kids Care Club that raises money for Life With Cancer, an amazing INOVA Hospital program that helps to provide support to those living with cancer and their families. This is done through education, information, counseling, and other services, all free of charge. Kids Care Club is a PTA volunteer-run service club that allows children in grades K-6 to give back to their community. Through this race, the kids see their work put into action as the race comes together and raises money for such an amazing cause. This way we are not only helping the amazing organization that Life with Cancer is, but we are also empowering our young people to develop a love of giving back to their community.

In addition, this run honors the memory of a beloved Mantua Elementary School teacher, Mrs. Roberta Romano, who lost her battle with cancer in December of 2001. For over 20 years, this run has been held to honor her memory! 

Positivity Project (P2) 

This upcoming week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Enthusiasm.  Enthusiasm means you approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you.

Enthusiasm is the ability to bring life and excitement to different situations. It often leads to a higher level of involvement and engagement both for individuals and for groups. Those who demonstrate enthusiasm bring an energy and level of intensity to individual and group work. These people are often identified as early leaders and innovators as a result of their outward excitement about a task or project. Look for these people to recruit new group members and generate ideas.

For groups, enthusiasm can be directly tied to high levels of success, happiness, and achievement. Enthusiasm is contagious. One person’s enthusiasm can spark others to think, speak, and act with more energy and conviction. Groups that are enthusiastic about tasks are much more likely to spend longer periods of time in service to the group’s overall goals.

To practice and encourage the character strength of enthusiasm with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) (English, Spanish), where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

Movement Mondays

Exciting news! Movement Mondays are making a comeback, kicking off at 8:30 and going until 9:05 AM. It's been a hit with students, parents, and staff, providing a refreshing opportunity to embrace the outdoors, forge new connections, get moving, and unite as a community. The enthusiasm is palpable, with many students sharing their love for this activity. Let's keep the momentum going!

Student Testing at Mantua

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table below. These include:

  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. For certain grade levels, the reading SOL tests include an integrated reading/writing (IRW) component. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021);

Please see the following information for the specific SOL assessments your child will take and the dates on which these will occur. Please do your best to avoid scheduling appointments on the days your child has an assessment.

If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or one of our school test coordinators, Richard Deixler (Grades 4 & 6) or Colleen Vaughan (Grades 3 & 5).

 

Grade             SOL                Date

3                      Reading           Tuesday, May 7

3                      Math                Thursday, May 16

4                      Reading           Thursday, May 2

4                      Math                Tuesday, May 14

5                      Reading           Tuesday, April 30

5                      Science           Thursday, May 9

5                      Math                Tuesday, May 21

6                      Reading           Monday, April 29

6                      Math                Monday, May 13

It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

 Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. Mergie Kakouris is our Mantua contact for all school registrations, and she can be reached at [email protected]. She is happy to answer any questions you may have.  For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage

 

6th Grade Families - Mark Your Calendars!

The Mantua 6th Grade Promotion has a finalized date—it's June 11th! This year, Mantua will again use the Woodson Auditorium as our Promotion venue. Many details remain to be worked out, but please confidently mark your calendars for June 11th, likely with a starting time of 10:30 AM.  

FCPS News Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

  Cultural Recognitions and Observances Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

 

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

 

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

 

Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

 

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! At Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), students take art, music, theater, and dance classes daily. E-IFTA is for current second through fifth-grade students. Learn more on the E-IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

  

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

 

Immigrant Family Reunification Class

A class will be held online in Spanish for immigrant families looking to reunite during challenging transitions. Saturday classes will be available April 27, from 9-11:30 a.m. Register online. For more information, please contact Luis Uribe-Gamboa at [email protected] or Sussy Tomer at [email protected]

  Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations 

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

 

Support FCPS Relay for Life

Relay for Life – FCPS is an event that brings our community together to fight against cancer.

Relay for Life is a powerful initiative that unites schools, students, and communities in the shared goal of raising funds for cancer research, patient support, and advocacy. It's an opportunity for our schools to make a lasting impact and show solidarity in the face of this challenging disease.

Your generosity would not only contribute to the success of Relay for Life but also showcase the unity and compassion that define Fairfax County Public Schools. 

Thank you for considering this request, and we look forward to the possibility of joining forces to make Relay for Life - FCPS a memorable and impactful event. 

To sign up to participate, volunteer, etc., please go to our website at: https://relayforlife.org/fcps

It will be held on May 18, 2024 at Woodson HS beginning at 2 PM.

Quick Contacts & Links

Linda Shannon, Principal [email protected]  

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Ann Marie Del Valle, Administrative Assistant, [email protected]   

Mergie Kakouris, Student Information Assistant, [email protected]u  

Fadwa Finaish, Office Assistant,  [email protected]  

Susan Palomino, Finance Office Assistant [email protected]  

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Message from Ms. Shannon

Dear Mantua families,

Our Mantua students are reading their way through the Read-a-Thon challenge!  Our fabulous librarians created a “donut” progress chart to track student reading by grade level–we can’t wait to watch those sprinkles accumulate!  As a reminder, reading takes a myriad of forms, and every student can participate, no matter what their reading level.  Let’s cover those donuts in sprinkles!

Our 3rd-grade students explored the Museum of Natural History this week, delving into the mystery of human origins, the intricacies of the insect zoo, and the beauty of the Butterfly Pavilion.  Many students were able to showcase their artistic talents at the Woodson Pyramid Art Show on Tuesday evening! Mantua beamed with pride and excitement as families admired the inspiring pieces. Lastly, we share some photos from our amazing Literacy and Math Night!

We welcomed some incoming students to Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday!  Our new friends immersed themselves in creative crafts and engaging classroom activities while parents and caregivers took the opportunity to connect with administrators and staff. Do you need to register a kindergarten student or have questions about the process?  Mergie Kakouris, our Mantua registrar ([email protected] ), will happily answer questions and assist you with registration.  We are thrilled to welcome new faces to our Mantua community!

On Wednesday, April 24th, we celebrate Administrative Professionals Day.  We want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated main office staff for their invaluable contributions and unwavering commitment to our students, parents, and community."

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the upcoming dates and events listed below.  Our 4th-6th graders are practicing diligently for their respective spring concerts, and we are excitedly anticipating the Mantua PTA drama performance of Aristocats!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Take good care,

Linda Shannon, Principal

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal

Important Dates

April 15-26: Read-a-Thon

April 22-23: Religious and Cultural Observance, First evening of Passover, Second evening of Passover

April 22: Earth Day, Earth Week Theme; See details below 

April 24: Administrative Professionals Day, Religious and Cultural Observance, Theravada New Year

April 25: 5th & 6th grade Spring Band Concert, 7-8:30 PM, Gym

May 1: Parent / Caregiver Input Form Due

May 3: Teacher Workday - No school for students

May 3-4: Mantua PTA Drama Aristocats Kids! Friday 5/3 7 PM; Sat 5/3 2 PM & 6 PM 

May 9: 4th grade Spring Strings Concert, 6:30-8 PM, Cafeteria

May 11: Raccoon Run, 8 AM

May 14: 5th & 6th  grade Spring Chorus Concert, 7 PM, Gym

May 18: Mantua PTA Talent Show, 5-9 PM, Gym

May 27: Memorial Day holiday, schools and offices closed

June 3: Grad Walk, 2:30 PM; Graduating seniors return to walk the halls of Mantua

 Be sure to bookmark the FCPS Academic Year Calendar to keep track of school holidays, breaks, and observances.

  Mantua News Parent / Caregiver Input Form

It is hard to believe that we are already planning for the 2024-25 school year!  We are excited to work with our teacher teams to plan to best support all students in the upcoming year.  Your input is an important part of this process. Taken together with teacher input and student services, your feedback will be included in the class placement process. We respectfully ask that you refrain from citing a specific teacher by name. The information you provide will be shared with your child's current year's teacher teams as they work on the placement process and will be provided to next year's teacher to best support the transition.  Please complete the linked Input form to provide your input.

If you're providing input for multiple children, please fill out one form for each child.

Submissions are due May 1, 2024. They must be on time to be considered, as our staff will use this input as they form student groups the following week.

Mantua Read-a-thon

Our PTA sponsored Read-a-Thon has taken off!  According to our latest numbers, our 4th-grade students are leading the way in the reading competition, but there is still time to claim those prizes!  Remember that ANY reading counts!  Reading aloud to your child counts as well.  This is a great way to encourage and celebrate reading and raise funds for Mantua. Students can log their hours on 99Pledges, our secure fundraising page.  The Read-a-thon ends on April 26.

Earth Week

Mantua is going green!  Stay tuned for updates on our earth-friendly projects and Earth Day activities.Get2Green is hosting FCPS Earth Week April 22-26, 2024. The themes for Earth Week are:

  • Monday, April 22 - wear green for Earth Day
  • Tuesday, April 23 - wear blue for Watershed Day
  • Wednesday, April 24 - wear white for Zero Waste Day
  • Thursday, April 25 - wear red for Climate Change Day
  • Friday, April 26 - wear a nature print for Wildlife Day

Check the Get2Green Earth Week webpage for everything you need to get started.

Continue the learning and have fun with our Fairfax County Partners.

Aristocats Kids

The Mantua PTA Drama Club is proud to present Aristocats Kids, the musical! With the help of a smooth-talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country. Don't miss this heart-warming tale brought to life by our talented cast of Mantua students.

Performances will be Friday, May 3, at 7 PM and Saturday, May 4, at 2 PM and 6 PM in the Mantua gym. Tickets will be $8 at the door.  You can also purchase tickets ahead of time: Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2, 5:30-5:45 PM and 8:15-8:30 PM in the Mantua gym.

Concessions will be sold at the shows: NO pizza this time, but plenty of fun snacks and sweets. We accept cash and credit cards. We hope to see you there!

Raccoon Run

Join Mantua PTA Kids Care Club and W.T. Woodson Young Hearts Club for the 23rd Annual Mantua Raccoon Run on Saturday, May 11, 2024. All the fun will take place at Mantua ES (9107 Horner Ct, Fairfax, VA 22031). At 8:00 AM, the 1-mile fun run will begin, and the 5k will start at 8:30 AM.  

Details for the race and registration are linked here

The Raccoon Run is an annual run sponsored by Mantua's Kids Care Club that raises money for Life With Cancer, an amazing INOVA Hospital program that helps to provide support to those living with cancer and their families. This is done through education, information, counseling, and other services, all free of charge. Kids Care Club is a PTA volunteer-run service club that allows children in grades K-6 to give back to their community. Through this race, the kids see their work put into action as the race comes together and raises money for such an amazing cause. This way we are not only helping the amazing organization that Life with Cancer is, but we are also empowering our young people to develop a love of giving back to their community.

In addition, this run honors the memory of a beloved Mantua Elementary School teacher, Mrs. Roberta Romano, who lost her battle with cancer in December of 2001. For over 20 years, this run has been held to honor her memory!

Positivity Project (P2)

This upcoming week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. Appreciation of beauty and excellence means you notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. You don’t take things for granted.

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence is the ability to identify and enjoy what is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness on which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, a song, or a building); exceptional skill or talent, and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. These feelings (awe, admiration, and moral elevation) help us forget ourselves and find increased joy and meaning in the world. 

Appreciating excellence and beauty helps individuals experience positive emotions and connect to the world around them. It’s an outward-facing strength, meaning the individual is focused on the world outside their head. And not only is the individual outwardly focused, but often deeply absorbed in a sense of awe or admiration, freeing them to forget anxieties and troubles. And it is associated with other strengths, such as gratitude, curiosity, love of learning, and purpose.

To practice and encourage the character strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) (English, Spanish) where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions

 

Movement Mondays

Exciting news! Movement Mondays are making a comeback, kicking off at 8:30 and runnning until 9:05 am. It's been a hit with students, parents, and staff, providing a refreshing opportunity to embrace the outdoors, forge new connections, get moving, and unite as a community. The enthusiasm is palpable, with many students sharing their love for this activity. Let's keep the momentum going!

Student Testing at Mantua

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table below. These include:

  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. For certain grade levels, the reading SOL tests includes an integrated reading/writing (IRW) component. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021);

Please see the following table for the specific SOL assessments your child will take and the dates on which these will occur. Please do your best to avoid scheduling appointments on the days your child has an assessment. 

Grade             SOL                Date

3                      Reading           Tuesday, May 7

3                      Math                Thursday, May 16

 

4                      Reading           Thursday, May 2

4                      Math                Tuesday, May 14

 

5                      Reading           Tuesday, April 30

5                      Science           Thursday, May 9

5                      Math                Tuesday, May 21

 

6                      Reading           Monday, April 29

6                      Math                Monday, May 13

  It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Here’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment. Please contact Mergie Kakouris, our Student Information Assistant, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-645-6300 to set up an appointment

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage

Registering your child early helps us plan to have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

   6th Grade Families - Mark Your Calendars!

The Mantua 6th Grade Promotion has a finalized date—it's June 11th! This year, Mantua will again use the Woodson Auditorium as our Promotion venue. Many details remain to be worked out, but please confidently mark your calendars for June 11th, likely with a starting time of 10:30 AM.  

FCPS News Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s teacher.

Tdap, Meningococcal (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunization Packet for Rising Seventh Grade Students

Friday, April 26, 2024

As required by the Code of Virginia, all students entering 7th grade are required to receive specific immunizations (Tdap, MenACWY, HPV) prior to the beginning of the school year. 

Effective July 1, 2021, a complete series of two doses of the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV)  is required for all students entering seventh grade. The first dose shall be administered before the student enters the seventh grade. Parents/guardians, at their sole discretion, may elect for their student not to receive the HPV immunization. 

Virginia state law requires the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to provide the parents and/or guardians of all rising seventh grade students with information on human papillomavirus (HPV) and the human papillomavirus vaccine. The human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) prevents six types of cancer, including cervical cancer and certain head and neck cancers. Boys and girls should receive the vaccine when they are 11-12 years old.  

Annually, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Commissioner of Health provide immunization requirement information, to include the HPV vaccine, to rising 7th graders.  For SY 23-24, the VDH provided the following packets which can be found on the School Health Services Hub page: 

Passover and Half-O Days

Many Jewish communities in the United States celebrate Passover, a recognition of the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs, recalling the harsh life of slavery. Learn more about Passover in NatGeo Kids

Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, are designated half-O days in recognition of the first two days of Passover. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. See the complete school year calendar.

Theravada New Year (O Day)

In countries where Theravada Buddhism is the most dominant religion, New Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon in April. Theravada means “the teachings of the elders.” Celebrations begin with people attending the local temple in the morning for chanting and meditation. In the afternoon they have a water festival in which they meet the Buddha image and pay respect to the elderly by watering their hands together. Building sandcastles is also one of the most popular activities during this day of celebration. Wednesday, April 24, is designated as an O day for Theravada New Year. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete school year calendar.

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! At Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), students take art, music, theater, and dance classes daily. E-IFTA is for current second through fifth-grade students. Learn more on the E-IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, April 16, through Thursday, April 18: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors conducts public hearings on the county budget. Sign up to speak.  
  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

 

Immigrant Family Reunification Class

A class will be held online in Spanish for immigrant families looking to reunite during challenging transitions. Saturday classes will be available April 27, from 9-11:30 a.m. Register online. For more information, please contact Luis Uribe-Gamboa at [email protected] or Sussy Tomer at [email protected].

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations 

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Quick Contacts & Links

Linda Shannon, Principal [email protected]  

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Ann Marie Del Valle, Administrative Assistant, [email protected]   

Mergie Kakouris, Student Information Assistant, [email protected]u  

Fadwa Finaish, Office Assistant,  [email protected]  

Susan Palomino, Finance Office Assistant [email protected]  

9107 Horner Court, Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703-645-6300

Attendance: 703-645-6363 | Web | Twitter

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Message from Ms. Shannon

Dear Mantua families,

Springtime at Mantua is buzzing with activity! From field trips and the awe-inspiring solar eclipse to the engaging Literacy and Math Night, it's been a week packed with learning adventures. The dedication of Mantua staff in planning enriching activities for our students is truly heartening.

The Book Fair has already proven to be a smashing success, drawing in many families eager to peruse the wide array of books. The Book Fair, running until April 17, offers ample opportunity for students to explore and discover their next favorite reads, with today's event from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Looking ahead, excitement mounts for the 3rd annual Read-a-thon, a fantastic fundraising endeavor that celebrates the joy of reading in all its forms. Whether it's reading aloud together or diving into topics that spark their interest, students are encouraged to log their reading hours on our secure fundraising page, 99Pledges. The Read-a-thon kicks off on April 15, alongside other notable events like AAP night on April 16 and Kindergarten Orientation on April 18.

Let's not forget to show our support for military families by donning purple on April 17! Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend ahead filled with joy and discovery.

Take good care,

Linda Shannon, Principal

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal

Important Dates

April 13: TODAY Saturday Family Book Fair, Food Truck & Treats, Library 10 AM -1 PM

April 9-17: Mantua “Donut” Book Fair

April 15: Referrals for part-time and subject-specific advanced differentiation AAP services due to Kathy Van Dyke at [email protected]

April 15-26: Read-a-Thon

April 16: Woodson Pyramid Art Show, 6-8 PM

April 16: AAP Night (Families of full-time eligible students only) 6:30-7:30, Mantua cafeteria

April 17: Purple Up! (Wear PURPLE to support military families)

April 18: Kindergarten Orientation, 5-6 PM, Mantua cafeteria

April 22-23: Religious and Cultural Observance, First evening of Passover, Second evening of Passover

April 24: Religious and Cultural Observance, Theravada New Year

April 25: 5th and 6th grade Spring Band Concert, 7-8:30 in the gym

May 3: Teacher Workday - No school for students

May 9: 4th grade Spring Strings Concert, 6:30-8 PM in the gym

 Be sure to bookmark the FCPS Academic Year Calendar to keep track of school holidays, breaks, and observances.

  Mantua News Positivity Project (P2)

This week, our school community will focus on the character strength of Purpose. Purpose means having beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

Purpose gives individuals the sense that they are put on this earth for a reason and that they are somehow connected with humanity or the universe. People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. That reason can have all kinds of variety. It could be to create a unique invention, bring joy through art or music, or raise their children to become good people. These people have a true calling.

Having a clear sense of purpose in life and believing that you’re connected to a larger meaning gives individuals strength. It allows them to persevere and find courage in trying circumstances or lead with kindness and love even when it’s not reciprocated. Those with a sense of purpose have more meaning in their life -- and are more fulfilled.

To practice and encourage the character strength of purpose with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), (English, Spanish), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

Mantua Read-a-thon

It’s time to take out those books and read, read, read!  Our fundraising Read-a-thon will begin on April 15 and run through April 26th, and we want to encourage everyone to participate in the fun!  Information on how to log your student’s reading hours, etc., will be distributed by the Mantua PTA.  Remember that ANY reading counts!  Reading aloud to your child counts as well.  This is a great way to encourage and celebrate reading as well as raise funds for Mantua.

Woodson Pyramid Art Shows

 

The Woodson High School Fine Arts Department is excited to invite the Woodson community to our annual art shows! 

The Pyramid Art Show, which includes work from our elementary, middle, and high school students, opens on Tuesday, April 16. We will have a reception from 6-8pm in Cav Hall. Come on by to see what our K-11 artists have created this year!

On Thursday, April 18 from 6-8pm we will be celebrating our senior students at the Senior Art Show - our seniors’ culminating shows! Our upper-level senior artists have curated collections of their finest works and are looking forward to sharing this work with their families, friends, and community. We are so proud of our students and excited for them to have this special opportunity to share their work. 

In between enjoying the artwork at both shows, visitors can bring home small, student-made artworks that will be for sale and bid on our famous hand-painted furniture.

Our students have worked so hard to hone their art-making skills and create these works. They (and we!) would be so honored to welcome you to one (or both!) of these events.

Student Testing at Mantua

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table below. These include:

  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. For certain grade levels, the reading SOL tests includes an integrated reading/writing (IRW) component. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021);

Please see below for the specific SOL assessments your child will take and the dates on which these will occur. Please do your best to avoid scheduling appointments on the days your child has an assessment. 

Grade             SOL                Date

3                      Reading           Tuesday, May 7

3                      Math                Thursday, May 16

 

4                      Reading           Thursday, May 2

4                      Math                Tuesday, May 14

 

5                      IRW                Friday, April 19    

5                      Reading           Tuesday, April 30

5                      Science           Thursday, May 9

5                      Math                Tuesday, May 21

 

6                      Reading           Monday, April 29

6                      Math                Monday, May 13

 

*    IRW=Integrated Reading and Writing

 

Solar Eclipse Glasses

Are you wondering what to do with your solar eclipse glasses? Recycling the solar eclipse glasses by donating them to Mrs. Sperapani's class for redistribution to children in Latin America is a wonderful way to promote recycling and sustainability, but it also allows children in other parts of the world to experience the awe and wonder of a solar eclipse. It's heartwarming to see such thoughtfulness in action.

 

Mantua Donut Book Fair

Ready for some fantastic reading fun?  Join us for Mantua’s Donut Book Fair–we’ll have “hole” buncha books! The book fair runs from April 9-17.  The library will be open during special hours for this event,  and we have some exciting activities, including treats available for purchase by Captain Cookie Food Truck.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the book fair!

 

It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Here’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment. Please contact Mergie Kakouris, our Student Information Assistant, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-645-6300 to set up an appointment

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage

Registering your child early helps us plan to have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host.  Mantua will host the 2024 Kindergarten Orientation Night on April 18th, from 5-6 PM.

  AAP SPRING NEWSLETTER 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.  Students can be screened for subject-specific and part-time AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.  Additionally, parents or guardians can initiate the screening process by submitting the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or Assistant Principal by April 15, annually.

 

For more specific information, please visit the Advanced Academics Programs page on the Mantua Website where you will be able to read the spring newsletter from the AAP Office.  If you need further information, please feel free to reach out to Mantua’s Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Kathy Van Dyke, at [email protected].

FCPS News Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, April 16, through Thursday, April 18: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors conducts public hearings on the county budget. Sign up to speak.  
  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

  Purple Up! on April 17 to Support Military Families

Join our community and turn FCPS purple on Purple Up! Day, Wednesday, April 17. Wear purple in recognition of FCPS’ 14,000 enrolled military-connected students.   

 

School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

  Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

 

Immigrant Family Reunification Class

A class will be held online in Spanish for immigrant families looking to reunite during challenging transitions. Saturday classes will be available April 13, 20, or 27, from 9-11:30 a.m. Register online. For more information, please contact Luis Uribe-Gamboa at [email protected] or Sussy Tomer at [email protected].

 

Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

  Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations 

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

 

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

  Support FCPS Relay for Life

Relay for Life – FCPS is an event that brings our community together to fight against cancer.

Relay for Life is a powerful initiative that unites schools, students, and communities in the shared goal of raising funds for cancer research, patient support, and advocacy. It's an opportunity for our schools to make a lasting impact and show solidarity in the face of this challenging disease.

Your generosity would not only contribute to the success of Relay for Life but also showcase the unity and compassion that define Fairfax County Public Schools. 

Thank you for considering this request, and we look forward to the possibility of joining forces to make Relay for Life - FCPS a memorable and impactful event. 

To sign up to participate, volunteer, etc., please go to our website at: https://relayforlife.org/fcps

It will be held on May 18, 2024 at Woodson HS beginning at 2 pm.

 

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Linda Shannon, Principal [email protected]  

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Ann Marie Del Valle, Administrative Assistant, [email protected]   

Mergie Kakouris, Student Information Assistant, [email protected]u  

Fadwa Finaish, Office Assistant,  [email protected]  

Susan Palomino, Finance Office Assistant [email protected]  

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Family Math & Literacy Night Update

While Family Math & Liteary Night officialy begins at 6:30 PM tonight, begining at 5:30 PM the following will be avialble:

  • There will be a food truck available for families to purchase meals.
  • The Book Fair will be open for browsing and purchases.
  • Lost and found items will be laid out in the cafeteria for families to search and reclaim. Any items remaning in lost and found at the end of the school year will be donated. 

We hope to see you there! 

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Reminder: Family Math & Literacy Night

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Family Math and Literacy Night tomorrow evening! Our staff has been hard at work creating fun and meaningful activities for families to engage in together. Pick up a program in the lobby on your way in to find out the locations of the activities best suited for your child’s age range. Classroom doors will open at 6:30, but if you are interested in shopping at our Donut Book Fair, that opens at 5:30. This is an “open house” style event, so feel free to stop in anytime between 6:30 and 8:00 PM. Remember – all activities are meant for children and adults to complete together. We can’t wait to see our families having fun while they learn!

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Message from Ms. Shannon

Dear Mantua families,

Our first week returning from Spring Break was a successful one, and we are looking forward to so many exciting events at Mantua!  Our 4th grade classes saw aquatic life in action at the Baltimore Aquarium on Friday, and our 5th grade classes will be visiting Hemlock Overlook Park on April 15 and 17, where they will explore forests and streams and the wildlife that inhabits those biomes. We will be sure to include photos in our next message.

We are also anticipating the start of the Mantua Book Fair!  The Book Fair begins April 9th, and our fabulous library staff have included additional fair hours so that everyone can take advantage of the book fair. April is National Library Month as well; thanks to our wonderful library staff, Katie Marmol and Avril Donat, for their tremendous contributions to our learning! You can review the Book Fair details and schedule below.

We want to remind families about our upcoming Family Literacy and Math Night!  This event will be held at Mantua on Thursday, April 11, from 6:30-8 PM.  We have a variety of fun activities planned for students and we welcome all families to attend.

Tomorrow, April 8, many parts of the United States will experience a solar eclipse. This degree of eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but it does come with some safety reminders.  Our staff is prepared with additional safety precautions for the afternoon, and our very generous PTA has provided approved solar safety eyewear to help us navigate this event at Mantua.  Please review the reminders we have listed below with your student. The most important message to share is not to look up unless you wear protective glasses.  Younger students are being told not to look up at all.  

Movement Mondays is back!  Beginning Monday, April 8, all are welcome to join us on the Mantua track as we begin our week with exercise and fun with friends.  Movement on Mondays will continue, weather permitting, through June 7th.

This month we celebrate National Arab Heritage Month and Muslim American Heritage Month!  This is a time to recognize the history and numerous contributions that Arab Americans and Muslim Americans bring to our community.  You can read more about the history and culture of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans by following the links provided below.

We honor those who celebrate Eid- al- Fitr on April 9th and 10th. In Islam, Eid-al-Fitr is a three day festival to mark the end of Ramadan.  This is a celebratory time that begins at sundown on April 9 for those who have observed Ramadan, and we want to remind families that April 10th is a school holiday, and schools and offices will be closed.  Classes will resume on Thursday, April 11th.

We wish you a wonderful rest of your week!

Take good care,

Linda Shannon, Principal

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal

Important Dates

April 8: Movement Mondays begins tomorrow and will run through June 7, Mantua track.  

April 9-17: Mantua “Donut” Book Fair

April 9: Religious Cultural Observance Eid al Fitr - sundown 4/9 through sundown 4/10.

April 10: Holiday, schools closed, Eid al Fitr - 4/10

April 11: Family Literacy and Math Night, 6:30-8 PM

April 13: Saturday Family Book Fair, Food Truck & Treats, Library 10 AM -1 PM

April 15: Referrals for part-time and subject-specific advanced differentiation AAP services due to Kathy Van Dyke at [email protected]

April 16: AAP Night (Families of full-time eligible students only)

April 17: Purple Up Day, wear purple in support military families

April 18: Kindergarten Orientation, 5-6 PM, Mantua cafeteria

April 22-23: Religious and Cultural Observance, First evening of Passover, Second evening of Passover

April 24: Religious and Cultural Observance, Theravada New Year

June 11: 6th grade Promotion Ceremony, Woodson High School, tentative start 10:30 AM

 Be sure to bookmark the FCPS Academic Year Calendar to keep track of school holidays, breaks, and observances.

  Mantua News: Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A solar eclipse is happening tomorrow, April 8, 2024. It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon and one that requires important safety reminders.

Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. At Mantua, the PTA has provided approved eyewear for all students and staff to view the eclipse ONLY while wearing the eyewear.  Our staff has been informed of the safety measures we have planned for Monday afternoon.  If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher or the front office. Please review our previous messaging sent through e-Notify, as well as the reminders below.

Reminders to share with your student:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce it at home.  Only grades 3-6 will be permitted the opportunity of a supervised viewing with the use of the approved safety glasses.
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. We will be providing eyewear that has been approved for viewing
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with dismissal for some students), and ends around 4:32 p.m. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange to pick your child up before 2 PM.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

Student Testing at Mantua

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table below. These include:

  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. For certain grade levels, the reading SOL tests includes an integrated reading/writing (IRW) component. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021);

Please see the following table for the specific SOL assessments your child will take and the dates on which these will occur. Please do your best to avoid scheduling appointments on the days your child has an assessment. 

Grade SOL Date 3 Reading Tuesday, May 7th Mathematics Thursday, May 16th 4 Reading Thursday, May 2nd Mathematics Tuesday, May 14th 5

Integrated Reading & Writing Friday, April 19th Reading Tuesday, April 30th Mathematics Tuesday, May 21st Science Thursday, May 9th 6 Reading  Monday, April 29th Mathematics Monday, May 13th 

If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or one of our school test coordinators, Richard Deixler (Grades 4 & 6) or Colleen Vaughan (Grades 3 & 5).

 

Mantua Donut Book Fair

Ready for some fantastic reading fun?  Join us for Mantua’s Donut Book Fair–we’ll have a “hole” buncha books! The book fair runs from April 9-17.  The library will have special hours for this event, and we have some exciting activities, including  treats available for purchase by Captain Cookie Food Truck.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the book fair!

  AAP SPRING NEWSLETTER 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.  Students can be screened for subject-specific and part-time AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.  Additionally, parents or guardians can initiate the screening process by submitting the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or Assistant Principal by April 15, annually.

For more specific information, please visit the Advanced Academics Programs page on the Mantua Website where you will be able to read the spring newsletter from the AAP Office.  If you need further information, please feel free to reach out to Mantua’s Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Kathy Van Dyke, at [email protected].

It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Here’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment. Please contact Mergie Kakouris, our Student Information Assistant, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-645-6300 to set up an appointment

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage

Registering your child early helps us plan to have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host.  Mantua will host the 2024 Kindergarten Orientation Night on April 18th, from 5-6 PM (More details to come). 

6th Grade Families - Mark Your Calendars!

The Mantua 6th Grade Promotion has a finalized date—it's June 11th! This year, Mantua will once again use the Woodson Auditorium as our Promotion venue. Many details remain to be worked out, but please confidently mark your calendars for June 11th, likely with a starting time of 10:30 AM.  

Are you a rising 7th grader who will attend Luther Jackson in the fall? 

How to Survive Middle School 2024

This is your chance to get this middle school thing figured out early!  Come and meet students from other elementary schools who will come together here at Jackson as 7th graders, learn your way around the building, get to know some fantastic Jackson teachers, and have a great time!  Registered students will be given access to a wealth of information about LJMS as well as get a chance to explore the building when they come for this 2-day session.  Transportation, lunch, and a new Luther Jackson t-shirt are included!

Dates: July 31-Aug 1

Times: 9:00 a.m.— 1:00 p.m.

Location: LJMS

Eligibility: rising 7th graders

Cost: $40

REGISTRATION LINK

FCPS News Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

Cultural Observances

Eid al-Fitr (Half-O Day, Holiday)In Islam, Eid-al-Fitr is a three day festival to mark the end of Ramadan. Muslims dress in new clothes, give charity, and pray in congregation. Eid is celebrated with the exchange of presents and delicious food with family and friends. Read more at Britannica.com.

Tuesday, April 9, has been designated as a half-O day. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. Wednesday, April 10, is an FCPS holiday and all schools and offices will be closed. See the complete School Year Calendar

National Arab American Heritage MonthFCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

School Library MonthIn FCPS libraries, students develop knowledge and skills, experience a sense of belonging, find inspiration and support, and have the ability to freely pursue their personal interests and academic growth. Watch this video to learn how FCPS librarians make a difference.  We want to highlight the fabulous work of our library staff, Katie Marmol and Avril Donat.  Their engaging teaching makes library time a pinnacle of students’ days, thank you so much for all your hard work!

Autism Acceptance MonthApril is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations 

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Quick Contacts & Links

Linda Shannon, Principal [email protected]  

Rich Deixler, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Colleen Vaughan, Assistant Principal [email protected]  

Ann Marie Del Valle, Administrative Assistant, [email protected]   

Mergie Kakouris, Student Information Assistant, [email protected]u  

Fadwa Finaish, Office Assistant,  [email protected]  

Susan Palomino, Finance Office Assistant [email protected]  

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