Fall 2021 iReady Assessment, Grades 1-6

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Fall 2021 iReady Assessment, Grades 1-6

The online iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) provides an initial view of all students’ foundational skills to help teachers identify students who may have challenges in reading or mathematics. This fall, students in grades 1-6 will take the iReady reading and mathematics assessments. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage. For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

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Ice Cream Social POSTPONED -- RESCHEDULED 9/2/2021

Mantua ES 3 weeks 1 day ago

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Ice Cream Social moved to Thursday, 9/2/2021, 5:30 - 7:00PM

Due to the high probability of thunderstorms this afternoon, the Mantua Ice Cream Social is being postponed.  It will now be on Thursday, September 2, from 5:30 - 7:00PM.  

Here are links to purchase tickets and/or volunteer if you are interested.

https://mantuapta.memberhub.com/store

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0844a9ac28abfb6-icecream

Thank you,

Linda Shannon

Principal

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

Attendance: 703-645-6363 | Web | Twitter

Welcome Letter from the Principal

Mantua ES 1 month 1 week ago

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Welcome Everyone

** This letter is also being mailed directly to all families in paper form. **

 

Welcome to Mantua Elementary School

2021-2022

The entire Mantua Staff joins us in welcoming students and families back to the building, and we look forward to an amazing school year learning together!

Linda Shannon, Principal

Amy Alley, Nick Rousos and Rich Deixler, Assistant Principals

 

Summer Updates

  • We say goodbye to some wonderful teachers and instructional assistants. Lana Amer and Ms. Kristen Monheim, 6th Grade Teachers, have both accepted teaching positions closer to their homes.  Mrs. Diane Grice, Mrs. Janet Sottolano, and Mrs. Sheila Andersen, who collectively had over 85 years of dedicated teaching experience at Mantua, have retired.  Ms. Patti Harling-Gray, 6th Grade Teacher, has moved to teach in another school.  Our AAP Resource Teacher, Ms. Eva Bousbouras, has accepted a position at the high school level.  Ms. Kimberly Buchholz, Special Education Teacher, has moved to the Midwest to be closer to her family.  Ms. Deborah Glickman, Speech and Language Pathologist, has retired.  Ms. Alicia Roman and Ms. Stacy Gough, Instructional Assistants, have accepted positions to be Art Teachers.  Mrs. Arielle Yousha, Kindergarten Instructional Assistant, has moved to the Northeast to be closer to her family.  Ms. Joyce Hough, Instructional Assistant, to focus more on her family, will not be returning.
  • Mantua’s SOAR (Summer Olympics Aspiring and Reaching) School was a great success! We were able to welcome close to 60 students for three weeks of instruction centered around essential numeracy and literacy concepts. A special thank you to Aaron Wilson, 1st Grade Teacher, for being Site Director of this program, and for all the amazing work put in by our teachers and staff.

 

Health & Safety

The safety of our students and staff is our greatest concern.  We closely follow the FCPS guidelines and increase our mitigation efforts to the greatest extent possible.

  • Masks – Masks are required for all students and staff while within an FCPS building. Temporary exceptions include while actively eating or drinking. Any student that is not wearing a face mask upon arrival to school will be given a mask.
  • Meals – Our cafeteria will be arranged with desks facing the same direction and with additional spacing as compared to a typical year. School breakfast and lunch will be free for all students this year. Additional meals will cost $4.50. All information for school meals can be found on the FCPS website using this link.
  • Students will need to bring a healthy, dry snack each day.
  • Student Groups – We plan to cohort as much as possible, however, to be able to engage in the learning day, students will not always be able to cohort, particularly in grades 4-6.
  • Hand Washing / Sanitation – Hand sanitizer is placed throughout the building and will be available in every classroom. Handwashing protocol will be reviewed with students and encouraged throughout the day.

 

Open House(s):

August 19th for Grades 2-6, August 20th for Kindergarten and 1st Grade

  • This event is the first opportunity for families to meet their teacher, drop off supplies, and see a bit of the school. In an effort maximize social distancing, we are asking that only one parent attend and to avoid sibling attendance.  The time in the classroom is expected to be brief.  Be sure to access our additional resources available on site (i.e. creating accounts, visiting with the parent liaison).
  • Please refer to the Mantua School Website https://mantuaes.fcps.edu/ for The Open House and Back to School schedule. Be sure to note the specific details for your Open House including the date and time slot(s), entry doors, and order of programming.
  • Classrooms and Teachers will only be available during the grade level specific times
  • Medications with appropriate forms can be submitted to the Health Room during Open House
  • Teachers will be reaching out via email introduction on August 18, by 4:00PM!

 

First Day for Students, August 23, 2021 (MONDAY)

  • Mantua Bell Hours: 9:20 – 4:05PM, Monday – Friday (students are marked tardy after 9:20AM)
  • Students arriving late must first come to the main office upon arriving to check-in before going to their classrooms.

Arrival/Dismissal

  • Doors open at 9:00AM. Students are expected to be in their classroom ready to learn by 9:20AM.  There is no adult supervision of students outside prior to 9:00AM, please do not drop off your child early.
  • Coordinated activities that require entrance prior to 9:00AM needs to be through the front doors (Door 1) and pre-arranged with a staff member.
  • Notices for changes in transportation must be received by the front office by 1:00PM.
  • Written permission is needed from a parent of both families for a student to leave from school with a friend at dismissal. We ask that all requests be submitted to attendance@fcps.edu.
  • Due to the high volume of traffic on Kirkwood Dr. at the end of the day, we ask that cars/vans not line up for Kiss & Ride prior to 4:00PM. Cars parked blocking the entrance to Horner Ct. for Kiss & Ride prior to 4:00PM will be asked to leave.

Transportation

  • Bus Riders: Specific bus information is available ONLY on the FCPS website using ParentVue. If you are having difficulty signing  up for a Parent Vue account, please call Mantua  directly at 703-945-6300 and ask to speak to our Registrar, Mergie Kakouris. 
  • Record your child’s name and how they get home on the enclosed tag. (ex. Bus 4, SACC, Kiss & Ride, Walker, JCC, etc.) The tag should be worn on the first day of school.
  • Students should report to their stops early the first week of school as time is needed for schedules to fall into place.
  • FCPS August /September Bus Policy: From the first day of school through the month of September, no student will be permitted to ride home on a bus other than their own (i.e. No Bus Passes).
  • FCPS Bus Policy Regarding Kindergartner Bus Drop Off: Kindergarten students riding school buses are to be met at their bus stop by a parent, guardian, or student in 7th grade or higher who will identify the kindergartener by name. The kindergarten students will be returned to school if a designated person is not present at the stop.

School/Home Communication

  • The Red and White Raccoon Folder will be distributed at Open House, or on your child’s 1st day, and contains school policies and procedures, as well as forms needing to be filled out and returned.
  • Class assignments will be sent on Wednesday August 18th by 4PM.
  • The Tuesday Take-Home folder goes home weekly and includes student work, teacher communication, and school events. This folder is signed by a parent and returned to school the next day.

Medication

  • Students cannot bring medication to school in their backpack.
  • Medication must be brought into the Health Room by a parent, and forms need to be completed.
  • Medication with the appropriate forms can be submitted to the Health Room during Open House.

Technology

  • All students will be assigned a laptop and participate in a digital citizenship lesson within the first week of school.
  • Grades K-2 – laptops will remain in school and Grades 3-6 will go back and forth between home and school. These will need to be charged overnight at home.

Save the Date

Our Back To School Night (BTSN) will be held virtually on September 29th, from 6:30 – 8:30.  Teachers will have an opportunity to share information about themselves and their grade level content and connect with families.

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Coffee with Principal Shannon

Mantua ES 1 month 3 weeks ago

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Parent Coffee on August 10, 9-10AM

Dear Mantua families, 

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer break!  We are writing to invite you to join us for a Parent Coffee on August 10th from 9-10 AM.  We hope to host additional coffees throughout the year as another way to connect with our families and share important updates, information, and resources that will support our community.  Future sessions may feature a specific topic or guest speaker and there will be dedicated time to address questions and concerns from our families. If you have specific topics or questions that you would like covered in the future, please complete this brief survey.

Lastly, please encourage our new neighbors to register at MES as soon as possible so that we can plan for a successful start to our school year. I am very excited about opening this school year together!

Previously shared dates for your calendar

  • Open House, Thursday 8/19
    • Second Grade 9:00 – 9:30 AM
    • Third Grade 9:45 – 10:15 AM
    • Fourth Grade 10:30 – 11:00 AM
    • Fifth Grade 11:15 – 11:45 AM
    • Sixth Grade 12:00 – 12:30 PM
  • Open House, Friday 8/20
    • Kindergarten 9:00 – 10:00 AM
    • First Grade 10:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Virtual Back to School Night, Wednesday 9/29 6:30 - 8:30 PM

 

Sincerely,

Linda Shannon

Principal

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

Attendance: 703-645-6363 | Web | Twitter

Back to School Night Follow Up

Mantua ES 1 month 3 weeks ago

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Message from the Principal

Dear Mantua Parents and Staff,

I want to thank you for your understanding as we adjusted our Back to School Night date.  This decision was necessary because the date we selected had a significant impact on our colleagues and families observing Yom Kippur.  Please know that our intent in planning was to be mindful of the days of religious and cultural observance, yet we failed to recognize a clear conflict with the beginning of Yom Kippur as sundown on the day prior. 

As you know, once we understood the impact it had on our community, we sent a correction communication with our new BTSN date on September 29th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

I appreciate the community members that reached out to me directly to let me know of this concern and I thank you for the grace and guidance offered.  As someone that greatly values an inclusive school and community, I will take this experience as an impetus to learn more, so that it is not a specified date on a calendar that triggers the importance, but instead a true understanding of the diverse religious and cultural experiences shared within our community.

 

I look forward to meeting you in the upcoming weeks!

 

Take care,

Linda

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

Attendance: 703-645-6363 | Web | Twitter

Mantua PTA Kindergarten Meet and Greet - Sat. July 10th from 10-11:30AM

Mantua ES 2 months 1 week ago

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Mantua PTA Meet and Greet - Sat. July 10th from 10-11:30AM

Is your family new to Mantua ES? Do you have a rising Kindergartner? Are you a current Mantua family who would like to meet new families? The Mantua PTA invites you to the playground for a meet and greet.

A great opportunity to meet other families and get your questions answered from current Mantua ES families.

When: Saturday July 10th from 10AM-11:30AM

Where: Mantua ES Playground

The playground is in full sun, so don’t forget sunscreen and cold drinks for you and your family. There will be no restroom access at the school so plan accordingly. If you have any questions, please email- welcome@mantuapta.org

Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Mantua PTA

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

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Virtual Student Laptop Returns Monday, June 14th

Mantua ES 3 months ago

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Virtual Student Laptop Returns Monday, June 14th

Hi Mantua ES families,

We hope this finds you having enjoyed the first weekend of the summer break.  We are in the home stretch for collecting FCPS student laptops.  There is a specific schedule for virtual students to turn them in tomorrow so that they might also see their teacher during that time, if possible.  Below you'll find the schedule.

For June 14th, if families have multiple children, you can check in the devices for all your children during what would be one of their assigned check in times.  

Date

Grade

Time

June 14th (Mon.)         

Kindergarten and 1st grade        

8-9 AM

June 14th (Mon.)

2nd grade

9-10 AM

June 14th (Mon.)

3rd grade

10-11 AM

June 14th (Mon.)

4th grade

Noon - 1 PM

June 14th (Mon.)

5th grade

1-2 PM

June 14th (Mon.)

6th grade

2-3 PM

 

Please remember to bring all laptops, power adaptors and in some cases a mouse if it belongs to FCPS.  Remember to remove any wireless mouse USB devices that belong to you.  

It is important that we know any problems you were having with the laptop so we can get it repaired this summer.  We are asking all families to fill this form out and bring it with you when you return your laptop.  

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kjuTCL7kCUDBNRjmAi50LxN0xBpZgfBYKstULhW-8vo/edit

If you are a family that was supposed to turn in your student laptop in last week and did not, you need to bring it tomorrow between the hours of 8am and 3pm.  

Thank you and have a good evening.

 

Ms. Dunfee

 

 

 

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6th Grade Promotion Link - TODAY - 10:30AM

Mantua ES 3 months 1 week ago

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6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Good Morning Mantua Community!

 

If you'd like to watch today's 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony, it starts at 10:30AM and should last approximately 60-75 minutes. Use the link below to view!

 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/5bcc0f94412d4d6289cd7a926ae08d06

 

Sincerely,

Mantua Administration

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In person laptop check ins this week and library returns

Mantua ES 3 months 1 week ago

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In person laptop check ins this week and library returns

Dear Mantua parents,

This week we begin our in person laptop check ins during school hours.  Your student(s) need to return their laptops, power adaptors and mice to their teachers during school hours on their specified day in order to get credit.  Teachers should have already emailed you this information. 

 

Wednesday, June 9th  K-3 in person classes

Thursday, June 10th - grades 4 and 5 in person classes

Friday, June 11th - grade 6 in person classes.

 

On Monday, June 14th all virtual students are scheduled to return their devices.

Date

Grade

Time

June 14th (Mon.)

Kindergarten and 1st grade

8-9 AM

June 14th (Mon.)

2nd grade

9-10 AM

June 14th (Mon.)

3rd grade

10-11 AM

June 14th (Mon.)

4th grade

Noon - 1 PM

June 14th (Mon.)

5th grade

1-2 PM

June 14th (Mon.)

6th grade

2-3 PM

 

Thank you for your assistance with this.  If equipment is not turned in on time, charges will need to be place on student accounts.

Please also return any library books that are still checked out whenever you come to the school so the library can close their accounts as well.  Consider bringing all your library books during laptop check ins if not before.

Ms. Dunfee

 

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

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Virtual and Leaving Early Student Laptop Returns (check ins)

Mantua ES 3 months 2 weeks ago

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Virtual and Leaving Early Student Laptop Returns (check ins)

Hi Mantua families!

Below is the schedule for Mantua ES virtual/leaving early students to return their laptops, power adaptors and mice.  In person students have a different schedule which will be communicated by teachers.

We will begin receiving any virtual student’s laptop starting on June 4th, if those families have computers at home that the student can still use to remain in school until the last day.  If a family knows they are leaving the school before the last day, they can also turn their laptops in before June 11th, by appointment using the chart below.  Please wipe down all items with a damp, but not dripping disinfectant wipe (laptop, power adaptor, mouse).

We will need the student’s laptop, FCPS power adaptor, and in some instances mouse, in order to receive credit for checking the device in. Students will keep their laptop sleeves for use next year.   If they do not return the laptop and correct power adaptor by June 14th they will receive a charge on their student’s account.

If students are in the SOAR program they will be keeping their laptops/pwr adaptors, but we still want to see their laptops and power adaptors the day the rest of your students check theirs in so we know they have it.

The first schedule is for individual students who are leaving early or can attend school until June 11th without needing their FCPS laptop. Any virtual student can come on June 1th from 5-8pm and turn in their equipment if they are not going to be here on the 14th.  Please email pjdunfee@fcps.edu for an appointment.   

It is important that all devices be checked in by June 14th in order for your student's account not to be charged.  Thanks for your assistance.

Ms. Dunfee, 

School Based Technology Specialist

For Virtual/Leaving Early Individual Students Laptop Check-in Schedule

Day

Times by appointment (email pjdunfee@fcps.edu)

June 4th (Fri.)

12-1pm front lobby

4:30-5:30pm front lobby

June 7th (Mon.)

8:30am-12:30pm  front lobby

4:30-5:30pm front lobby

June 9th (Wed.)

12-1pm front lobby

4:30-5:30pm front lobby

June 10th (Thur.)

12-1pm front lobby

4:30-5:30pm front lobby

June 11th (Fri.)

12-1pm  front lobby

5-8pm

   

This schedule is virtual classrooms to come at one time and hand their equipment in and is based on grade. 

Virtual Whole Classroom Student Laptop Check-in Schedule (June 14th)

For June 14th, if families have multiple children, you can check in the devices for all your children during what would be one of their assigned check in times.  

Date

Grade

Time

June 14th (Mon.)

Kindergarten and 1st grade

8-9 AM

June 14th (Mon.)

2nd grade

9-10 AM

June 14th (Mon.)

3rd grade

10-11 AM

June 14th (Mon.)

4th grade

Noon - 1 PM

June 14th (Mon.)

5th grade

1-2 PM

June 14th (Mon.)

6th grade

2-3 PM

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