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Honor Roll of Donors Campaign

Dear Prexie Families and Friends:

We are very excited to announce the GWMS Honor Roll of Donors Campaign for the 2021-2022 School Year! This year, in lieu of various holiday fundraisers, we are asking for direct monetary contributions from our GWMS families, friends, and community. Our goal is to raise $10,000 between now and December 17th.

All contributions are TAX-FREE! This year, the PTA Executive Committee is issuing a Pledge Challenge! We have pledged to match $2,000 in contributions – we will contribute these funds as soon as the first $2,000 goal is met. This matching pledge will raise 40 percent of our total goal!

The PTA exists to support our children, faculty, and administrators – and every dollar you contribute assists in that effort. Your generous contributions allow the PTA to support GWMS teachers, staff, and families in important ways, including funding for teacher grants, teacher and staff appreciation events, end-of-year socials for all grades (fingers-crossed!), and the family emergency fund.

To recognize the generosity of our families and friends, donor names will be listed in the Honor Roll of Donors and posted on the GWMS PTA website and published each week in the Town Crier. Donors can opt out of this recognition if they choose.

You can donate through our PayPal account using this link:
https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=B92XEUJHRFWK6

We appreciate your support for our wonderful school!

Krista Tongring
GWMS VP Fundraising, 2021-2022

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PTA Meeting, November 9

The November GW PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9th at 7 p.m. and the topics will include a presentation from the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA) & Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP); reports from the principal, PTAC, our Health and Safety committee chair, and our school board representative; and ways to support the PTA through fundraising efforts. The meeting agenda and the October meeting minutes are attached for review.

  • PTA Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9 – Join us on Zoom (passcode: 213373) or Facebook Live
  • Spanish translation will be available at this meeting
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A Message from the PTA

It’s November and the season of gratitude begins.  I’d like to offer a few suggestions on how parents can show gratitude to the GWMS teachers and staff.  First, if you have the time and ability, please consider working as a substitute teacher or crossing guard (see the links below):

Substitute Teacher: https://acps.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=2331
Crossing Guards: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/alexandria/jobs/2567298/school-crossing-guard

Second, the November Staff and Teacher breakfast, hosted by the PTA, is scheduled for November 15th (see link to sign-up below).  Be on the lookout for more volunteer opportunities from our Hospitality Committee.

Third, support the PTA through our fundraising efforts so we can continue to fund teacher grants!  The Scout Bag fundraiser starts this week (holiday shopping!) and save the date for the Haute Dog restaurant night later this month.

Joy Pochatila
GWMS PTA President 2021-2022

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GW Orchestra Thanksgiving Pie Sale

WHO’S HUNGRY FOR PIE?! The Orchestra’s Thanksgiving Pie Sale is BACK! This year, the pies are GIANT, affordable, and goin’ quick!

🥧 🥧 🥧 tinyurl.com/GWPies 🥧🥧🥧

Check your kids’ backpacks for one of these flyers (in a page protector) to take to neighbors—they are our best pie-sellers!

Please place your order by Tues, 11/16 for pick-up on Mon, 11/22 OR delivery Mon, 11/22 & Tues, 11/23!

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Haute Dogs & Fries Fundraiser

GWMS will participate in a fall fundraiser with Haute Dogs & Fries on November 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 20% of all funds will be donated to the GW PTA! See more information here!

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Scout Bags Fundraiser

GWMS will participate in a fall fundraiser with Scout Bags November 8-14. 30% of all funds will be donated to the GW PTA! See attached flyer for more information.

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Sign Up to Help at the PBIS Store

Would you like to support the PBIS Store this school year? If so, please use this Signup Genius to select a shift over lunch.  This program allows teachers to reward positive student behavior with “Prexie Tickets” that can be cashed in at the PBIS store for things like cool pencils, balls, fidget spinners, notepads, school supplies, gift cards, and other treats. Students save up the tickets and then, once a month, the PBIS store is open outside the cafeteria so they can come through during their lunch periods.

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Donate Your Halloween Candy to GW Staff

Too much Halloween candy? Need to get the temptations out of your house?  Please donate any extra Halloween candy to be used as treats for our amazing GWMS teachers and staff.  The PTA is gathering Halloween candy (preferably not candy with Halloween-themed packaging) to distribute in mid-December for a sweet treat for all GWMS teachers and staff.  Please drop off donations at 528 N. Payne Street Alexandria (the blue house on the corner of Payne and Pendelton).  A bin will be on the stoop from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day.  Collection will take place November 5-15.  Thank you for helping to sweeten our GWMS staff’s day!

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Volunteer for the November Staff Breakfast

Every month the PTA treats our hardworking teachers and staff to coffee, juice, and a light breakfast.  Please sign up here to contribute items and/or volunteer for this month’s breakfast on Monday, November 15. You can deliver your items to the school library on Monday morning around 7:15 am.  Due to COVID concerns, we ask that all items be purchased (and not homemade).

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PTA Meeting Tonight!

Please join us tonight at 7 pm for the October PTA meeting. The topics will include a presentation from the GWMS staff on services for social and emotional support; a review of the 2021-2022 proposed budget; reports from the principal, PTAC, our Health and Safety committee chair, and our school board representative; and ways to support the PTA through fundraising efforts (Election Day Bake Sale; Holiday Wreath Sales; and Family Night Events). The meeting agenda, the September meeting minutes, and the proposed budget for 2021-2022 are attached for review.

  • PTA Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12 – Join us on Zoom; Passcode: 300872
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School Board Elections – Meet the Candidates

Alexandria PTAC will host a meet-and-greet (in person) on October 2 at 4:00 p.m. to meet all the school board candidates. They will also host a candidate forum (via Zoom) on October 13 at 7:00 p.m.. For more information, including a map to confirm your district, click here: http://alexvaptac.org/sbelection2021/. The City of Alexandria elects nine, non-partisan residents to the School Board of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) for three-year terms. The next candidates will be elected on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, with early voting that began on September 17, 2021.

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Special Committee on Health & Safety

Following our September 14 PTA meeting, the PTA Executive Committee voted to approve the formation of a School Health and Safety Committee to help address COVID-related issues along with other safety concerns. Meghan Peri Crimmins was appointed Chair of the Committee. Parents interested in volunteering for the committee should contact her at: [email protected]

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Reflections Art Competition 2021-2022

The National PTA Reflections Contest is underway! Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore arts-based content on the 2021-2022 theme I Will Change the World By…”

Categories:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

The deadline to enter is Friday, October 22nd. Entries will be accepted both digitally and in hard copy. For more information, check out the website, fliers in English and in Spanish, or contact the GW Reflections Chair, Purvi Gandhi Irwin, at [email protected]com.

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PTA Meeting Tonight!

Please join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. for our first community meeting of the year! We’re excited to hear a presentation from the GWMS staff on in-person learning, the new bell schedule, and services for social and emotional support; learn about this year’s Reflections theme; receive a School Board and PTAC report; and hear from our principal, Dr. Mazur. The meeting agenda, the June meeting minutes, and the 2020 – 2021 audit report are available now for review.

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Welcome Back George Washington Middle School Families and Teachers!

We hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer, as the first day of school starts a little sooner this year.  ACPS and our principal, Dr. Mazur, have disseminated a lot of information regarding the start of the school year. If you are not receiving communications from ACPS and/or Dr. Mazur, you can sign up for messages here.

Your GWMS Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Executive Board is in the midst of planning our meetings and events for the year. We’ve already begun with a very successful and much appreciated Teacher and Staff Breakfast at the beginning of this week. Thank you to all our PTA volunteers for feeding (and caffeinating!) our teachers and staff as they prepare to welcome our children back to school. Updates for all of our activities can be found on our website. If you are not a subscriber to our newsletter, you can sign up for the GWMS Town Crier here.

The GWMS PTA Executive Board and Committee Chairs are comprised of the following amazing people that have volunteered to serve this year:

  • President – Joy Pochatila ([email protected])
  • Vice President of Communications – Reagan Moore ([email protected])
  • Vice President of Fundraising – Krista Tongring ([email protected])
  • Secretary – Greg Ruff ([email protected])
  • Treasurer – Kristina Seppala ([email protected])
  • Past President – Marie Randall ([email protected])
  • Principal – Jesse Mazur ([email protected])
  • Membership Committee Chair – Ariana Lara
  • Teacher Grant Program Committee Chairs – Cynthia Skinner and Kristi Komai
  • Facilities Liaison Committee Chair – Kelly Conlan Baron
  • Spirit Wear Committee Chair – Meghan Peri
  • 8th Grade Social Events Chair – Marie Randall

We are also looking for additional volunteers to chair our Hospitality, Community Partners, Reflections, and Spelling Bee committees.  And for those of you with rising 6th and 7th graders at home, we also need chairs for our 6th and 7th Grade Social Events committees. If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Joy Pochatila at [email protected].

Our first PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14th at 7 pm and the topics will include a presentation from the GWMS staff on in-person learning, the new bell schedule, and services for social and emotional support. Our monthly meetings will continue to be held via Zoom. Since we’ll be holding a membership vote to approve our budget, we encourage everyone to join/renew your PTA membership prior to September 14th. Membership is $10 per parent/guardian.

Cheers to a new school year!
GWMS PTA

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Welcome Back Students!

First day of school is Tuesday, August 24th – see you then!

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8TH GRADE SIGNS HAVE BEEN ORDERED

Stay Tuned for details on when to pick them up at GW soon!

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Tuesday, March 9 is the PTA Meeting

AGENDA
GW PTA Membership Meeting
March 9, 2021 – 7-8pm

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84294681142?pwd=WlRSYlZ1WEtUemlNeFNmcGc2ZlJFUT09

Meeting ID: 842 9468 1142
Passcode: 790356

Welcome and President’s Report – Marie Randall

Nominating Committee Slate for 21-22 GW PTA Exec Committee:

  • Stacy Chittick
  • Emily Jones
  • Erin Dahlin

Approval of February Minutes – Angelia Hill

Treasurer’s Report – Drew Deering

Fundraising Chairs’ Report – Crislyn Lumia & Liz Klein

Principal’s Report – Jesse Mazur

ADJOURN
https://gwmspta.digitalpto.com/ – links to website and to become a member and donate!

2021 PTA Meeting Schedule

  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8 – optional

THE GW PTA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU!!!

The GW PTA needs parent and community members for the 2021-22 GW Executive Committee!
Please consider accepting a role!
President, Treasurer, Secretary, VP Fundraising, VP Communications

If you have any questions about serving on the GW PTA Executive Committee, please feel free to contact us at [email protected], and we would be happy to talk to you!  It is a great opportunity to be able to collaborate with and support the GW school leadership and staff and help organize and create great opportunities for our students.

  • April – Nominating Committee to present the slate of officers for the 2021-2022 GW PTA Executive Committee.
  • May – Vote on 2021-2022 GW PTA Executive Committee Slate.
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PTA MEETING TUESDAY AT 7:00 pm

AGENDA

GW PTA Membership Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82338595901?pwd=N2R5YVhCSEpoV2hhb25PR0ZwR1Z0dz09

Meeting ID: 823 3859 5901
Passcode: 648512

February 9, 2021 – 7-8pm

Welcome and President’s Report                                   Marie Randall

  • Black History Month
  • Principal Appreciation Week
  • National School Counseling Week
  • Nominating Committee for 21-22 GW PTA Exec Committee

Approval of January Minutes                                         Angelia Hill

Treasurer’s Report                                                        Drew Deering

Fundraising Chairs’ Report                                             Crislyn Lumia & Liz Klein

Spelling Bee Update                                                      Sonia Price & Aisha Ortiz

Principal’s Report                                                          Jesse Mazur

  • Reopening
  • MAP Testing
  • Other Items

 

ADJOURN

https://gwmspta.digitalpto.com/ – links to website and to become a member and donate!

2021 PTA Meeting Schedule

  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8 – optional

THE GW PTA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU!!!

 

The GW PTA needs three (3) members for the nominating committee for the 2021-2022 school year.  The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • March – Nominating Committee to be presented and voted on by general membership.
  • April – Nominating Committee to present the slate of officers for the 2021-2022 GW PTA Executive Committee.
  • May – 2021-2022 GW PTA Executive Committee voted in.

 

If you have any questions about serving on the GW PTA Executive Committee, please feel free to contact us at [email protected], and we would be happy to talk to you!  It is a great opportunity to be able to collaborate with and support the GW school leadership and staff and help organize and create great opportunities for our students.

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PTA GRANTS FOR TEACHERS!!

Looking for funding to support your students or your virtual instruction? The PTA provides Grants! Apply online at https://forms.gle/p24wuqhBZLMPUxwx9 or reach out to the PTA for a form.

 

In the past, grants have included funding for field trips or programs, or  classroom materials. While many of these types of activities can’t happen in the current virtual environment, you still may be looking for ways to get your students access to additional materials, resources, or books, for example. If you have ideas of things that you need funding for that can support your virtual instruction or help your students, please let us know! Grants are typically under $500 and we would love to fund creative ways you are supporting students.  If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].