September 13, 2010

posted Sep 14, 2010, 5:53 PM by Chris Miller
Innisbrook Giftwrap Sales:   
The GWPTA has a new giftwrap company.  Take a look at the catalog to see all the new and exciting products it has to offer.  Please support the GWPTA by selling to your friends and family.  The Innisbrook Giftwrap Sale starts this Wednesday, September 15th and runs through Thursday, September 30th.  Catalogs will be passed out during last period on Wednesday.  Delivery is scheduled for Friday, November 5th.  If you  have any questions, please contact Donna Gerade at 703-739-2948 or  The Innisbrook committee this year is Donna Gerade, Debbie Beck at  and Carlene Bahler   

Volunteers Needed:  Please email Terry Davis if you would like to get involved in GW1 or GW2 this year.  We are looking for volunteers to help during, or after, school hours on a regular, or one-time, basis.  Current needs include:  room parents, tutors (1 hour per week), and helping with Art  on the Avenue on 10/2.  Thanks!  Please email:  if you are interested.

Art on the Avenue:  The GW PTA is looking for both adults and middle-schoolers, interested in helping at our booth at Art on the Avenue on Sat., 10/2. You will be helping kids make self-portraits that will create a community collage along this year's Reflections theme, "Together We Can".  No artistic ability necessary!   We need volunteers in 2-hour shifts, from 9:30am - 6pm, and also to help us set up and break down.  If you can help, contact, Terry Davis at

GW Buddy Program:  New to GW or ACPS?  Want to be matched with a veteran parent to touch base with?  The GW PTA has begun a new program this year, which will partner parents who are new to GW with someone who knows the ropes already.   A "buddy" is someone to check in with, when things don't make sense, or you're not sure who to contact about a certain issue.  To be matched up with a "buddy", contact Donna Gold at or 703-684-6006.   We're all in this middle school thing together!

GW Garden:  Are you interested in the GW Garden?  It is a beautiful and bountiful planting of vegetables, herbs and flowers growing on the GW school grounds. We are looking for people interested in gardening, harvesting the produce, making flower arrangements, or cooking for GW staff and students. We want to establish a regular planting and harvest day, possibly every other Friday. Come join your friends and neighbors for fun, chatting and good eating.  Recipes are welcome!  Contact Rachel Newhouse at or

Election Day Bake Sale:  Volunteers needed to bake goods for and/or sell on Election Day morning, 11/2. Contact Aileen at

Middle School Students to Complete Intramural Survey by 9/14: To help with planning after-school programs, ACPS middle-school students will complete a survey about what activity clubs and intramural sports they want to join.  Students received the survey during physical education classes last week.  They should return the completed surveys to their phys. ed. teachers by Tues., 9/14.  The Intramural Committee would appreciate any encouragement that parents can provide.  For more information, contact GWMS Physical Education teacher Mr. Sonoda  If you have any questions or suggestions for the Intramural Committee, contact Vaughn MacKay, the PTA's representative, who would be happy to bring them up at its 9/22 meeting.  You can reach Vaughn

TC Grads discuss their experiences with Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery (9/30):  Join the "Voices for Recovery" on Thursday, September 30 from 6pm - 8:30pm at the George Washington Middle School.  Featured guests are Tony "Da Beast" Suggs (boxing) and Tracey 
"Unstoppable" Fells (football), who will talk about the journey they took to sobriety.  Free admission and refreshments.  For more information, contact Noraine Buttar at or 703-746-3670.

Blackboard:  To request a parent Blackboard observeaccount, go to: