January 19, 2011

posted Jan 26, 2011, 3:06 AM by Chris Miller

Wed., January 19
Intramural Committee Meeting  (6pm, Library)  Note new time!

Thurs., January 20
School Board Meeting  (7:30pm, School Board Meeting Room, 2000 N. Beauregard St.) - Vote on Application for Waiver for Earlier Start Date.  (See attached documents  for more information.)

Fri., January 21
GW2 - 6th grade awards ceremony  (8:30am - 9:30am)
PTA Luncheon for rising 6th grade parents  (11:15am - 1pm, Library)

Sat., January 22
Memorial Service for Dr. Michael Vitez  (2pm, GWMS auditorium)

Tues., January 25
8th grade Choir sings National Anthem at Wizards game  (7pm, Verizon Center)

Wed., January 26
ACPS District Science Fair - Public viewing of projects.  (6pm - 6:45pm, TC Williams Commons)
Parent Leadership Chat Group  (7pm - 8:30pm, home of Beth and Tim Lovain)

Fri., January 28
End of 2nd quarter

Mon., January 31
Teacher Work Day - No school

Thurs., February 3
Early release  (1:15pm)
Parent conferences

Fri., February 4
Early Release  (1:15pm)

Tues., February 8
PTA Meeting  (7pm, Library)

Wed., February 16
Dining-out fundraiser at Noodles & Co.  (3105 Duke St.)

Intramural/Co-curricular Meeting - Tonight, 6pm:  Note the time change!  This committee will meet tonight, 1/19, at 6pm, in the GWMS Library.  Our new Director of Middle Schools, Dr. Greg Hutchings, will be overseeing this committee. To be sensitive to a previously scheduled meeting tonight, we need to move this meeting to 6pm.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

School Board Meeting - 1/20:  At tomorrow's School Board meeting, the Alexandria City School Board will vote on an amended proposal to extend the 2011-2012 school year by two additional days and begin school on Mon., 8/29.  The original proposal was discussed at the 1/13 School Board meeting and public hearing.  This amended proposal will not include the previously proposed extended day.  Attached are the agenda for tomorrow's meeting and a draft of the application for waiver for an earlier start date.  Please see yesterday's GW Town Crier Special Notice for further information about the proposed 8/29 school start date.

Lunch and Open House for Prospective Parents - 1/21:  Remind your friends who are prospective GW parents about the open house this Fri., 1/21, from 11:15am - 1pm, in the library.  Parents are invited to have lunch and a tour of the school, and will learn about GW, the middle school curriculum and after-school activities.  

Memorial Service for Dr. Vitez - 1/22:  On Sat., 1/22, at 2pm, in the GW auditorium, there will be a Celebration of Life for Dr. Michael Vitez.  Everyone is invited to pay tribute to this special math teacher and tennis coach.  Dr. Vitez was also known for organizing an annual trip to NY City, to take students to see many wonderful Broadway shows.   Any student attending must be accompanied by a parent.  After the celebration, a reception will be held in the library.  If you would like to donate finger foods, juice/water, or paper goods, please contact Dorothy McKenzie (dmckenzi@acps.k12.va.us) or Georgeann Coote (gcoote@acps.k12.va.us).   Donations to the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, in memory of Dr. Vitez, may be mailed to Susan Yowell, Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, 3330 King St., Alexandria,VA  22302.  Please note that the gift is in memory of Dr. Vitez.  Donations may also be made by credit card at www.alexscholarshipfund.org or by calling 703-824-6730. 

Tickets still available for Wizards game - 1/25:  Tickets are still available for the Tues., 1/25 Wizards vs. Denver Nugget basketball game, where the 8th grade Choir will sing the National Anthem.  This is a fundraiser for the Choir.  GWMS only gets credit for a ticket sale, if the buyer goes through the following link:  http://www.verizoncenter.com/wiz/gwms.  You must enter the discount code "GWMS".  If parents want better seats than what are offered on discount, they should contact Wizard representative Sara Plietz (pronounced PLEETS) at 202-266-2246  or splietz@monumentalsports.com.  See the attached flier for further information.  Thanks for your support.  The students are looking forward to the game, although they are somewhat nervous. 

Parent Leadership Chat Group - 1/26:  Join other GW parents for an open dialogue about preventing alcohol and drug use among our kids.  Sponsored by the GWMS PTA and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, this important discussion will be held at the home of Beth and Tim Lovain, from 7pm - 8:30pm.  Please RSVP to Beth at blovain@hotmail.com or 703-549-1441.

Parent Conferences - 2/3:  Sign-up forms for parent conferences are attached, in both English and Spanish.   Ask your child to bring the form, ASAP, to the teachers with whom you wish to meet.  Teachers will fill in an available time.

Snow Make-up Day - 3/18:  Mark your calendars.  This will be the make-up day for yesterday's day off from school, due to the icy conditions. 

Staff Spotlight Award:  The PTA wants to recognize GW staff who do a great job communicating with the families of GW students.   Twice a year, the PTA identifies up to 4 individuals who have made a special effort in reaching out to families in the interest of their students' success at school.  The award winners will be recognized at a faculty meeting, by the school principal, and will receive a gift card, with a letter of appreciation from the PTA.   Nominations from parents or staff colleagues should be sent to Aileen LaGanza at aileen1@comcast.net.  Winners will be announced in late January.  

Winter Clothing Drive:  The Red Cross Builders Club is sponsoring a winter clothing drive.  They are accepting donations of new and gently used coats, scarves, gloves, hats and blankets.  Please bring any donations to Room A215 by Fri., 1/21.  They are starting a community closet to support the families of GWMS, and will also be making donations to local homeless shelters.                                            

School Directory:  Hopefully, everyone received a copy of the Directory, brought home by students last Friday.  Many thanks to Donna Pettit for her work in putting together this invaluable resource, and for Melynda Wilcox for organizing the distribution of it!

On Twitter?:  Follow PTA President Melynda Wilcox, as she tweets about GW, ACPS, and more at www.twitter.com/MelyndaW.

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