GCM PTSA Weekly Blast for October 23rd

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 by seskaggs7
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Support Your PTSA!
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The Marshall PTSA is “Your PTSA” and works hard to help both parents and students get the most out of your high school experience. Your participation is important, and helps our community to thrive. Your membership donations are always 100% tax deductible and help enrich your teens’ education.
The PTSA has partnered with Pay4SchoolStuff,an innovative, secure on-line payment website.  For all on-line payments (PTSA dues, a donation, or to purchase any PTSA item offered throughout the year) you’ll first need to register with Pay4SchoolStuff.
Register for Pay4SchoolStuff just once for all your purchases and no need to renew each year.  If you’re already a member, just login and you’ll be ready to make secure payments for all of your PTSA purchases.
If you prefer to use a paper Membership Form and send us your check, CLICK HERE.

Give us your Info
The Marshall PTSA GCM Blast is a weekly email with the latest info on what’s happening of interest to Parents.
If you’ve got something you want to share in the Blast, send it via email to:
Please no attachments; put exactly what you want the article to say in the body of the email along with a headline and sub-headline. The deadline for submissions is Sunday evening.
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links…
Welcome to the George C Marshall (GCM) PTSA weekly email Blast!
Each week in this Blast we will literally be linking you up with all the information our Marshall parents need to stay informed.
Please join the GCM PTSA and support the GCM PTSA Non-Fundraiser.
$15/adults, $10/teachers and staff, $5/students  We also suggest a non-fundraiser donation of $25 per student, but any amount you may wish to contribute is appreciated.
 
Our main goal for the GCM PTSA is parent and student participation so if affordability is an issue please contact us.
To join the PTSA online, go to Pay4SchoolStuff.com. Join online or get a paper Membership Form HERE and send your check to the school marked to the attention of the PTSA.

For information about joining please visit our website.

Calendar Reminder: Nov 3rd Is a 2 Hour Early Dismissal
November 6 and 7 Are Student Holidays
All FCPS schools will close two hours early on Friday, November 3, the last day of the first quarter. Schools will be closed for students on November 6 for a school planning day and November 7 for a teacher workday. Classes will resume on November 8. This school year, students will be released early on the last day of each quarter, the day before Thanksgiving break, and the last day of school in June. See the 2017-18 calendar.

Multicultural Family & Education Center Reception
¡ESTAN INVITADOS!
On Wednesday, Oct 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM there will be a reception to welcome new FCPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Braband at Luther Jackson Middle School and celebrate Hispanic heritage.  Please see the FLYER.
Fecha: miércoles, 25 de octubre de 2017
Sitio: Luther Jackson Middle School,
                            3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042
Hora: 6:30 PM hasta las 8:30 PM
RSVP: Linda Siles- Enlace Familiar

lesiles@fcps.edu/703-204-8140

Statesmen Theatre Presents “Julius Caesar”
The season opener for Statesmen Theatre, Julius Caesar, is coming soon!  Don’t miss your opportunity to see this modern rendition of one of the most famous of Shakespeare’s plays!
Tickets are on sale now and online for your convenience.  Visit our website for advance purchases and additional information.

Help Sponsor the Fields of Honor for Veteran’s Day

The GCM Class of 2019 will continue the tradition started last Memorial Day and create Fields of Honor on Veteran’s and Memorial Day holidays this year.
Please support the Field of Honor and our class by sponsoring a flag (s) to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military or to recognize the service of a veteran or an active duty service member.
For each flag sold, we will make a donation to Serving Together.  In addition, at your request, we will send an e-card to the family or the honoree to let them know a flag was planted in their honor.
1 Flag at Veteran’s Day – $5
5 Flags at Veteran’s Day – $20
5 Flags at Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day Fields of Honor – $35

 

By November 3rd:

  • Login to pay4schoolstuff.com and select Field of Honor to purchase your flags OR
  • Complete a FORM and send it with a check to GCM ATTN: Field of Honor.
We hope our Field of Honor will continue to inspire all who drive by Marshall High School.

Real Food for Kids — Advocacy Training Nov 9th
Kids benefit from healthy food choices in schools.

Since our inception, Real Food for Kids has been recognized as a successful model in school advocacy due to a positive approach in policy and practice and building collaborative relationships to affect change. Of our mission pillars, none is more important than engaging students, parents and schools in building a culture of health that spreads to their homes and communities. Real Food for Kids Healthy School Advocacy Training is designed to help the members of school communities foster a more robust and engaged culture of health by turning passions into an action plan.
Real Food for Kids’ next Healthy Schools Advocacy Training will be held Thursday November 9th at Gatehouse.  Please see our FLYER and click HERE to register!

Parent Curriculum Night – Oct 24
This meeting is an opportunity for parents of Marshall students in Algebra 1, English 9, and English 10 to see what and how students are learning this “new math” and English for 1st quarter.  The Agenda includes:  Time management skills for your teen, Algebra’s new focus for success,  and English “Literature Immersion.”
7:00 – 8:45 pm in Room A205

School Bond Referendum to Be on November 7 Ballot

A school bond referendum will be on the general election ballot Tuesday, November 7. Polls will be open from 6 am to 7 pm Residents of Fairfax County may vote if they are 18 years or older on Election Day and have registered to vote 22 days prior to the election (by Monday, October 16, at 5 pm).
The building and renovation of schools is not financed through the school system’s operating funds, but through bonds. Similar to an individual or a family obtaining a mortgage on a residence to spread the cost of home buying over a number of years, bonds spread the cost of major capital improvements over a number of years. As long as debt service costs do not increase significantly as a percentage of combined general fund disbursements, the county’s bonded debt will not be a contributing factor to any increase in local taxes.
 

Yearbook Deadlines Approaching!
Order Your Yearbook by October 31 – Before the Price Goes Up!
Visit yearbookordercenter.com (order #4039) to buy online, or download an order form to pay by cash or check.
Senior Advertisements Due October 31
We need your order by October 31 in order to guarantee that we’ll have space.
Download an order form or contact columbianyearbook@gmail.com if you have any questions.

All Night Grad Party Ornament Fundraiser
For information on how to purchase your 2017 White House Ornaments please visit our PTSA website HERE

Proceeds support the Class of 2018 All Night Graduation Celebration.

Calling All Artists!
For more information about our Reflections Art Contest: “Within Reach” please visit our PTSA website HERE.
 
Entry deadline is Tuesday, October 31st at 3:00pm.

Be a Booster!
For information no how to join please contact the chairperson below:
Activities Boosters
Band Boosters
Choral Boosters
Orchestra Boosters

Theatre Boosters

Upcoming Events
Oct 24 – Parent Curriculum Night (see above)
Oct 26-27 Underclassmen Picture Days
Oct 31 – Entry deadline for Reflections Art Contest Details
Nov 2 – Marching Band Banquet
Nov 2 – 5 – Statesmen Theatre presents Julius Ceasar
Nov 6&7 – Student Holidays
Nov 13 – PTSA Meeting
Nov 15 – Choir Boosters Meeting
Nov 16 – International Night 5:30pm – 8:00pm in Cafeteria
Nov 22 – Students Released 2 Hours Early
Nov 23 – Thanksgiving Break
Dec 4 — PTSA Meeting

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 by seskaggs7
The following opportunities are FREE unless noted.  In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
World of Possibilities: Disabilities, Healthy Aging and Independent Living Expo
Sat. Oct. 28, 11 am – 3 pm, Marriott Hotel, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Learn about adaptive devices, assistive technology, accessible recreation, and travel resources.  Free wheelchair repair.
Spatial Cognition in Mathematics Learning: Mapping Numbers to the World Around Us
Wed. Nov. 1, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd. NW, Washington, DC
Dr. Luke F. Rinne will discuss the relationship between spatial and mathematics abilities and how everyday math activities could be integrated into arts-based instruction.
Trauma 101: Empowering Parents and Educators
Nov. 2  10:00 – 11:30 am Dunn Loring Center 2334 Gallows Rd.  Entr. 1  Dunn Loring
Learn about the signs of trauma, its academic and social impact, and strategies for building resilience.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279  or 703 204-3941
Morning at the Museum — National Zoological Park
Sat. Nov. 4, 8:00 – 9:30 am, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. Washington, DC
Families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities may come for sensory-friendly activities at the Zoo. For parking: enter from Beech Dr. NW.
Morning at the Museum — US Capitol Building and Visitor Center
Sat. Nov. 4 8:00 – 9:30 am  US Capitol Visitor Ctr.  First St. at East Capitol St. Wash. DC
Families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities may arrive 8:00 – 8:30 am for a 1 hr. sensory-friendly tour of the Capitol Visitor Center and Capitol Building.
RSVP required:  to David_Hauck@saa.senate.gov   or 202-224-4603
Parenting the Smartphone Generation
Sat. Nov. 4, 9 am – noon, Fairfax Community Church, 11451 Braddock Road, Fairfax
This mini-conference will cover culture, media, social media, smartphones and engaging our kids in today’s tech-centric world.
Embracing ADHD and Autism
Mon. Nov. 6 , 7:30 – 9:00 pm McLean Bible Church Rm. B  8925 Leesburg Pk., Vienna
Learn about the positive attributes of ADHD and autism to gain new perspectives on how to help your child be successful in school, at home, and in life.
RSVP appreciated not required:  rosie.oakley@mcleanbible.org or 703-770-2980
A New Way To Understand ADHD
Wed. Nov. 8, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Auburn School, 3800 Concorde Parkway, Chantilly
This workshop addresses cultural myths about ADHD and provides a different way to think about ADHD that will allow us to understand how to better help our children .
Angst:  Normalizing the Conversation Around Anxiety — Screening
Thu. Nov. 9, 6:30 pm  Alexandria Country Day Sch. 2400 Russell Rd. Alexandria
A post-screening discussion is included.   No registration needed.
Ensuring School Success for Students with ADHD
Thu, Nov. 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm  4031 University Av.  Fairfax (enter on South St)
Learn about the rights that students with ADHD have under Federal Law and important ways to help your student to succeed in school.
Introduction to Special Education
Fri. Nov. 10, Dunn Loring Center Door 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring
Parents who are new to special education are invited to learn about the special education process and all that is available at the Parent Resource Center.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279  or 703 204-3941
K.A.N. Conference:  Everybody Eats — Creating Your Family Recipe
Sat. Nov. 11, 9:30 am-4 pm St. Andrews  18300 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, MD
Learn how adoptive families work together to embrace the special ingredients that make them strong and successful.
Transition Information Sessions
Tue. Nov 14,  6:30 – 7:30 pm Room 221B 8350 Richmond Hwy. Alexandria
Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are invited to learn about the transition process after high school to receive CSB Developmental Disabilities Services.
2e: Twice Exceptional Screening
Tues. Nov. 14, 7 – 9 pm, Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston
Gain an understanding of the complexities of life for gifted students who have learning differences.  Connect with others in the 2e community.
Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC+) Town Hall Meeting 
Thurs. Nov. 16, 1 – 3 pm, Fairfax County Govt. Ctr. 12000 Govt. Ctr Pkwy. Fairfax
Learn about CCC+, the Medicaid managed care program for Virginia residents who have a disability, are receiving waiver benefits, and/or are Medicaid eligible.
Family Movie Night:  Bernie Mac, Kinship and Me
Nov. 17  6:00-8:30 pm   Formed Families Forward 4031 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Join other kinship caregivers for a family movie night, with clips from The Bernie Mac Show. Children enjoy a G-rated movie next door. Light dinner served at 6 pm.
Register:  http://formedfamiliesforward.org or 703-539-2904
Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC+) – Weekly Conference Calls
Tuesdays until Dec. 19, noon -12:30 pm
Get your questions answered on the new CCC+ program.
Giving a Fish a Bath:  The Untold Story of the Adolescent Mind
Fri. Nov. 17, 10 am – noon, Dunn Loring Center Door 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring
Hear about recent neurological discoveries about how adolescent brains work to better understand and interact with the teens in your life.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279  or 703 204-3941
Circle of Support: A Conference for Families of Children with Special Needs 
Sat. Nov. 18, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, Hylton HS, 14051 Spriggs Rd. Woodbridge, VA
This conference focuses on the needs of children with intellectual disabilities.
Prices vary; scholarships are available.  Limited childcare available for $15.
Adoption and the College Admissions Process Workshop
Sat. Nov. 18, 1 pm – 3pm C.A.S.E., 4000 Blackburn Ln. Burtonsville, MD
High school freshman, sophomores, juniors and their families will learn how adoption might or could be part of the admissions process. Cost: $35 per family
Henderson Hall Exceptional Family Member Program Social and Pot Luck
Sat, Nov. 18, 1 – 3 pm USO Warrior Center, 5940 9th Street, Fort Belvoir
Open to active, reserve, and retired service members and their families from all branches of service.  Bring a list of the ingredients (for those with allergies).
Depression in Children and Teens: What You Need to Know
Fri. Dec. 1, 10 am – noon, Dunn Loring Center Door 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring
Learn about the symptoms of childhood depression, important warning signs, and treatment options. Friday, December 1, 2017
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279  or 703 204-3941
Social Security: The Application and Appeal Process for SSI and SSDI
Fri, Dec. 1, 10 am – noon The Arc of NOVA, 2755 Hartland Rd., Ste 200, Falls Church
Learn how and when to apply for adult disability for a child (SSI and/or SSDI), what to do if you have to appeal a denial of benefits, and how to leverage the benefits.
Future Quest 2018
Sat. Dec. 2, 8 am – 3 pm, GMU Johnson Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax
This college and career event is for all middle school and high school students with disabilities and their parents. It includes over 70 sessions and exhibits.
Adolescent Anxiety: What It Looks Like and How to Support It
Dec. 6, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd. NW, Washington, DC
Learn how to recognize excessive worry in teens and gain strategies to help them reduce their stress in healthy ways.
Support Groups for Youth
Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together 
Alternate Tuesdays, Oct. 10 through May 2018,  6:30-8:00 pm  in Fairfax.
This peer-to-peer support group for youth ages 14 – 22  meets twice a month through May.   Parents, caregivers and guardians meet at the same time.  Light dinner included.
Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHD  meets the 1st Sunday of each month 2:00 – 3:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax,  Enter on South St.  No parents!
Call 703-403-3335 to enter building.  Contact:  coach@BrainRelief.org  703- 641-8940
Support Group for High School Students with ADHD  meets the 1st Sunday of each month 3:30 – 5:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax,  Enter on South St.  No parents!
Call 703-403-3335 to enter building.  Contact:  coach@BrainRelief.org  703- 641-8940
People First for Young Adults
2nd Tue. monthly, 6:30 – 8:00 pm  The Arc , 2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church
Youth with disabilities age 14-26 practice public speaking skills, plan social outings, learn from guests on topics of life skills and advocacy, and do projects to enhance social skills.
Information:  Diane Monnig  703 208-1119 x 118
Community of Solutions  Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress   www.facebook.com/cosdcmetro/
Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
Contact:  Jenny  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com   703 472-4678
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  703 716-4646
CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov 703-799-2882
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm  Contact:  rich_westhoff@hotmail.com   571-490-1268
Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse  703-246-2495
JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group  1st Wed. each month, 7:00–8:30 pm
Contact:  Melissa at MelissaH@jccnv.org Cost: $15 per meeting.
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather   daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985
Springfield Family Support Group  meets the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Heather    daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm
Contact:  familygroupocd@verizon.net   or  202 215-5859
POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at nicizupan@gmail.com
Support Group for Parents of Struggling to Launch Young Adults
3rd Thursday of every month, 6:00 – 7:30pm
The Thrive Center offices, 6310 Stevens Forest Road, Suite #100, Columbia MD  20146
RSVP to Sara Love at 410.740.3240

GCM PTSA Blast – October 9th, 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 by seskaggs7
GCM PTSA Banner
What’s in Here

Support Your PTSA!
GCM Logo
The Marshall PTSA is “Your PTSA” and works hard to help both parents and students get the most out of your high school experience. Your participation is important, and helps our community to thrive. Your membership donations are always 100% tax deductible and help enrich your teens’ education.
The PTSA has partnered with Pay4SchoolStuff,an innovative, secure on-line payment website.  For all on-line payments (PTSA dues, a donation, or to purchase any PTSA item offered throughout the year) you’ll first need to register with Pay4SchoolStuff.
Register for Pay4SchoolStuff just once for all your purchases and no need to renew each year.  If you’re already a member, just login and you’ll be ready to make secure payments for all of your PTSA purchases.
If you prefer to use a paper Membership Form and send us your check, CLICK HERE.

Give us your Info
The Marshall PTSA GCM Blast is a weekly email with the latest info on what’s happening of interest to Parents.
If you’ve got something you want to share in the Blast, send it via email to:
Please no attachments; put exactly what you want the article to say in the body of the email along with a headline and sub-headline. The deadline for submissions is Sunday evening.
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links…
Welcome to the George C Marshall (GCM) PTSA weekly email Blast!
Each week in this Blast we will literally be linking you up with all the information our Marshall parents need to stay informed.
The main goal of the GCM PTSA is to involve and recruit parents to help the school provide the most productive and wonderful educational experience possible for our children. We believe that effective communication between the parents, school, and the community is the key towards the students’ success – not only academically, but also personally.
Be an active part of your child’s education.
By joining the PTSA, your dues allow us to financially support/fund student clubs, teacher’s wish list, staff development, awards ceremony receptions, directory production/distribution, beautification, technical equipment for classrooms, and much, much more. You will also find numerous opportunities to volunteer – the backbone of many programs within our school.

For information about joining please visit our website.

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At our last meeting Marshall student Jackson Gurdak presented an informative introduction to the High School Diplomats Program that brings together students from the United States and Japan.  For more information about this culturally exciting student opportunity please check out the website HERE.
Please forward this to anyone you think might benefit from it.
Thank you,
Phil Pedlikin
2017-18 PTSA President

It’s Spirit Week!
Please see the activities and events lined up for our students, parents, and alumni HERE

All Night Grad Celebration Dine Out This Wednesday Night
Spirit Night!

Come out and support the 2018 class All Night Grad Celebration on Oct. 11th from 5-9pm.

A percentage of the sales that evening will be donated to the ANGC.
Please mention
MARSHALL ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY 
to the cashier when placing your order.
                        Click HERE for flyer.

International Night Interest and Volunteer Meetings

Student Performance Interest Meeting
Come share your talent and celebrate diversity and cultures at Marshall. Student performances will take place during International Night.
A student interest meeting will now be held on Tuesday October 17 (*date has been changed*), during Learn in room C213.
Contact Ms. Penaloza for more information: mpenaloza@fcps.edu
Volunteer Meeting
Join a group of dedicated volunteers to help organize this year’s International Night. We meet each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. Come join us!
 
International Night is November 16th 
More information on the evening will be forth coming. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Klockner at international@gcmptsa.org.

Homecoming is almost here!
The Class of 2019 is responsible for Homecoming this year.  Please consider baking, ticket selling, chaperoning and more to make this year’s dance a success! For more information about how to help and volunteer please visit our PTSA website HERE to see the signups!
The Homecoming Dance is Oct. 14th.

Statesmen Theatre Boosters
Please join us!
The next Statesmen Theatre Booster meeting will be held on Monday, October 16th at 7pm in the Blackbox. In addition to regular business, we are looking for volunteers to help with the fall play, Julius Caesar. The show dates and times are November 2nd and 3rd at 7:30pmNovember 4th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and on November 5th at 3:00pm. Tickets will be $10 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens and will be available for purchase online later this week.
Visit statesmentheatre.org for more information.

Orchestra Fall Masquerade Concert 10-20

The GCM Orchestras present their Fall Masquerade Concert on
Friday, October 20 at 7pm in the Auditorium. Prepare for a chilling, frightening and spooky evening as the orchestras play piece such as “Curse of the Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space,” 

“Requiem,” “Marche Slav,” and “Smoke on the Water.”
Please also join us for “Trunk or Treat” and Costume Contest (open to children grade 8 and under) prior to the concert from 6:15pm – 6:45pm in the cafeteria.  Wear your favorite costume or mask.
Prizes will be awarded!

FCPS College Fair and College Night
The FCPS College Fair and College Night events offer a venue for high school students and parents to meet with colleges and universities to share information and answer questions about their institutions.
Approximately 400 colleges attend these events.
College Fair (Oct 15th) is an open-air setting and traditionally draws approximately 5,000 students and parents. This event is held at The Fair Oaks Mall 7:30 – 9:30pm.
College Night, held the following evening (Oct 16th), attracts between 2,000 and 3,000 attendees. In addition to the open-air setting, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process and is held at Hayfield Secondary School from 7:00 – 9:00pm.
Registration is recommended.  For more information please click HERE

GCM College Night for 10-11 Grade Parents & Students
Don’t miss Marshall’s upcoming College Night for 10-11th grade families! Parents and students are encouraged to attend. It will be held Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7:00PM in the auditorium. An assistant college dean will serve as our guest speaker and offer her advice on the college search, fit and bringing out your best in the application. Counselors will give short presentations on topics such as GCM admissions data, how to get to know and work with your counselor, using the PSAT/SAT/ACT and all college & career resources available at school. We hope to see you there!
(PS – there is also a night event on just the SAT/ACT/PSAT in January after scores are posted)
If you are not receiving these email announcements from our GCM College & Career Center please contact Gardner Humphreys at gkhumphreys@fcps.edu.

Yearbook Deadlines Approaching!
Order Your Yearbook by October 31 – Before the Price Goes Up!
 Did you know that we’ve already sold hundreds of yearbooks? Reserve your copy while you still have the chance! To get your yearbook at the lowest price for the year, remember to place your order by October 31. Visit yearbookordercenter.com (order #4039) to buy online, or download an order form to pay by cash or check.
Senior Advertisements Due October 31
 Celebrate your senior’s achievements by placing an ad in the 2018 yearbook. Just send us some of your favorite family photos and a brief message to your student. We’ll take care of the design! But please hurry: We need your order by October 31 in order to guarantee that we’ll have space.
Download an order form or contact columbianyearbook@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Virginia Votes on Nov 7th
Next General Election:  Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, for the November 7, 2017 General Election is Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot by appearing in-person is 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017
Below are links to further important resources:
Here are resources to aid students (and parents) in voter education.  These are all approved to use in FCPS:
In addition, FCCPTA is partnering with several other organizations on fall candidate forums.  Here is candidate forum information from the League of Women Voters – Fairfax Area.  These forums are a good place for students to volunteer to earn service hours.
Stay tuned for more information from FCCPTA concerning its voter registration campaign for high school students.

FCPS School Board Student Leadership Program
High school sophomores or juniors pursuing a future in law, government or public policy can now apply to be part of the School Board’s Student Leadership Development Program. Students chosen for the program will participate in various School Board events, work closely with School Board members and gain valuable experience in leadership and policymaking.
Students must be in good academic standing and submit the application, which includes a one-page statement of interest, to their principal before October 16.
Deadline to Apply for School Board Student Leadership Program Is October 16

Are You Shopping on Amazon.com?
 
LET’S SUPPORT OUR SENIOR STATESMEN!
Your shopping on Amazon can help our seniors.  Just use this URL when you purchase: gcmamazon.com.
Same Amazon site but Amazon pays ANGC a portion of your purchases at no extra cost! Do it every time you shop!

All Night Grad Party Ornament Fundraiser

For information on how to purchase your 2017 White House Ornaments please visit our PTSA website HERE

Proceeds support the Class of 2018 All Night Graduation Celebration.

Calling All Artists!
For more information about our Reflections Art Contest: “Within Reach” please visit our PTSA website HERE.
 
Entry deadline is Tuesday, October 31st at 3:00pm.

Support Marshall With Your Giant Rewards Card
Register your Giant Grocery Card
To participate, go on-line at www.giantfood.com/aplus and click on the “Register your card” button.
The Marshall High School ID number is 01929.
If you have any questions, please e-mail  Anne Allen and she will be happy to help.

Upcoming Events
Oct 10 – Alcanza College Fair More Info
Oct 11 – PSAT testing
Oct 11 – Choir Boosters Meeting
Oct 13 – Int’l Night Student Performance Interest Mtg C213 during Learn
Oct 13 – Homecoming Game
Oct 14 – Homecoming Dance
Oct 15 – FCPS College Fair (see above)
Oct 16 – FCPS College Night (see above)
Oct 16 – Theatre Booster Meeting (see above)
Oct 17 – Choir Fall Concert 7pm
Oct 18 – College Planning Night for Juniors and Sophomores 7pm
Oct 20 – Orchestra Fall Masquerade Concert 7pm
Oct 21 – Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference Details
Oct 31 – Entry deadline for Reflections Art Contest Details
Nov 2 – 5 – Statesmen Theatre presents Julius Ceasar
Nov 6&7 – Student Holidays
Nov 13 – PTSA Meeting
Nov 15 – Choir Boosters Meeting
Nov 16 – International Night 5:30pm – 8:00pm in Cafeteria

GCM Booster Blast

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 by seskaggs7
The latest news, highlights, shout-outs, fundraisers, notices, and big event schedules all sent in this weekly eblast to our Marshall Boosters and supporters. GO STATESMEN!
SEND US YOUR NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM YOUR TEAM AND STUDENT ATHLETES TO ebooster@gcmhsboosters.org
October 5, 2017
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BOOSTER BLAST
 
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ERIC PRINDLE RUNNING PAST DEFENDER VERSUS STUART LAST FRIDAY (photo by the wonderful Jenea Jeffries)
MARSHALL FOOTBALL ADDS ANOTHER BIG WIN BEATING STUART 47-17
Our Statesmen now have an impressive 4-1 winning record after a big win versus Stuart last Thursday night. The previous win versus Fals Church put us in first place in our District!
 
MARSHALL LEADS DISTRICT RANKINGS!

 

District 5 District Rankings

  • 1 George Marshall
  • 2 Falls Church
  • 3 Wakefield
  • 4 Thomas Edison5 R.E. Lee(S)
    6 J.E.B. Stuart
    7 Thomas Jefferson
Next game this Friday at Annandale at 7pm. Come out and support our successful football team!
 
GO STATESMEN!!
Excited Statesmen after the win over Madison!
MARSHALL VOLLEYBALL RACKS UP TWO DECISIVE WINS THIS WEEK
After a hard fought win versus local rival Madison last week, the Lady Statesmen easily handled Lee and Wakefield in decisive 3-0 wins on Monday and Wednesday this week. Statesmen volleyball has lost only one close match versus Stonebridge this year!
Marshall celebrates win over Wakefield at the Pink Out
Last nights game was a well attended

pink out in the stands and for the players during warm ups. The Dig Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness is a fundraiser by Marshall Volleyball where they raised close to $1000 for breast cancer research!
If you’ve never experienced the excitement of a varsity volleyball game you need to come out and support our Lady Statesmen. Next game is Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson at 7:00 pm.
GO STATESMEN!
STATESMEN GOLF  – REPRESENTED IN STATE FINALS
David Standford heads to States!
After placing first in the conference tournament, Marshall High School freshman David Standford shot an 80 and 72 in Haymarket October 3rd and 4th and won a five-player playoff to qualify individually for the state tournament. Marshall’s team score was 368 and 355 for 723, with sophomore Shivane Anand shooting 88 and 85.
GO STATESMEN!!!
JV CHEER TAKES THIRD AT HAWKS CHEER CHALLENGE
The JV CHeer Squad took third place out of 13 teams at the Hawks Cheer Challenge on Tuesday September 26th 2017.  This was the teams first competition and the first ever for most of the squad.
Their second competition, the Saxton Spirit Slam is this Saturday at Langley High School in McLean.
The squad raised $3,500 in cookie dough sales to support JV Cheerleading. They thank you for all the support!
CONGRATS AND GO STATESMEN!
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Check it out…
Remember, Join Boosters and Buy Spirit Wear!
We’ve had recording breaking success the last two years and our Statesmen can’t do it alone. Come out and support them!  See you there…
 
FRI OCT 6:
  • Varsity Football at Annandale 7pm
Sat Oct 7:
  • Cross Country at Bull Run Regional Park 10 am
Tues Oct 10:
  • Volleyball at TJ 7pm
  • Varsity Cheer semi finals at Wakefield
WE Oct 11:
  • Field Hockey at Edison 7:30 pm

 

See all schedules and scores on the GCM Sports website at

GO STATESMEN!!!   GO STATESMEN!!!   GO STATESMEN!!!
Upcoming Senior Statesmen Nights
Come out and support our Statesmen as we recognize our departing seniors on these dates.
  • Volleyball – Oct 19
  • Cheer and Football – Oct 27
  • Dance Team and Band – Oct 27

GO STATESMEN!

Calling All Marshall Hockey Players
Marshall’s club ice hockey team is looking for Marshall players to join our team with Mason and Edison for the upcoming 2017-2018 Season.
If you are interested please send an email to: MasonEdisonHSHockey@gmail.com with details of their grade, experience, etc. and we will get in touch!
**Disclaimer: This team is not sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools
A JIMMY JOHNS DEAL FOR MARSHALL!
Our generous Booster Sponsor, Jimmy Johns-Falls Church, is offering 10% off for all GCM students, teachers and staff FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR. Just show your ID.
(for in store purchases at 7121 Leesburg PIke)
JOIN THE BOOSTERS!
SUPPORT YOUR STATESMEN!
There is lots to do at the beginning of the new school year. Don’t forget to to join the Boosters! You can easily join by downloading the form from our website or even do it online! Your financial support through your membership, pass purchases and donations have become a necessity due to severe budget cutbacks. We are here to support and promote the extracurricular sports and activities at Marshall and we cannot do it without your help. GO STATESMEN!
New school year means new Marshall swag!
GET YOUR
MARSHALL SPIRIT WEAR
NOW!
The Marshall Boosters sells a wide variety of items with the GCM logo. These items are popular among students and parents alike. Items can be purchased online via our website https://squareup.com/market/marshall-high-boosters. We also sell at home varsity football games, Statesmen Start, Back to School and on-line throughout the year, or by contacting the boosters at souvenirs@gcmhsboosters.org.
angcLET’S SUPPORT OUR SENIOR STATESMEN
DON’T FORGET THAT YOUR SHOPPING ON AMAZON CAN HELP OUR SENIORS:
Just use this URL (without the spaces):  w w w. g c m a m a z o n . c o m 
Same Amazon site but Amazon pays ANGC a portion of your purchases at no extra cost! Do it EVERY time you shop!
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS
CORPORATE BOOSTER SPONSORS
Go Statesmen!
We Are Looking For Sponsors!
Do you know of a business (or own one)  that would benefit from reaching the incredible demographic we have at Marshall High School while supporting our programs? It is a fantastic way for us to generate funds the Boosters needs to support our school.
The Boosters has launched their new Athletic Partnership Program offering Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities on several levels. The right decision for businesses and organizations interested in partnering with one of the top performing high schools in Northern Virginia.
  • Targeted – GCM High School and Tysons Corner Reach is a key market for corporations and organizations based in the GCMHS area
  • Integrated – Multiple Venues – Teams and Events and Print
  • Year Long Approach for the sponsor
  • Visibility – Recognition, Banner Placement, Advertising & Product Placement
For a complete description of the Athletic Partnership Program information:
Partnership Overview

Your referrals can be earmarked for your student’s specific teams!
OK, this is what you’ve been waiting for…
What newsletter from a non-profit volunteer organization would be complete without a call out for help? Yes, your dollars are a necessary part. Purchasing memberships, annual passes, spirit wear, giant cards, buying Christmas trees and mulch are all a great part of how we fund everything we do for the school. But we need more than just a check.
We need volunteers at every level. Want to hold a board position? Fantastic! We have great people to learn from. (by the way, our monthly board meetings are open to everyone)
BUT, How about just a commitment of two to three hours per year? 
I think anyone can handle that. So think about stepping up for something this year. Take a shift at the Christmas tree sale or at the concession stand, help setup and clean up the potluck at a sports banquet, take a shift selling spirit wear or memberships and passes at events, drive some students for mulch deliveries… there are so many ways. No hard sell, you just need to ask. Let us know at president@gcmhsboosters.org.
What a wonderful example to set for your student. Go Statesmen!
QUICK LINKS:

GCM PTSA Blast – October 2nd, 2017

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 by seskaggs7

GCM PTSA Banner
What’s in Here

Support Your PTSA!
GCM Logo
The Marshall PTSA is “Your PTSA” and works hard to help both parents and students get the most out of your high school experience. Your participation is important, and helps our community to thrive. Your membership donations are always 100% tax deductible and help enrich your teens’ education.
The PTSA has partnered with Pay4SchoolStuff,an innovative, secure on-line payment website.  For all on-line payments (PTSA dues, a donation, or to purchase any PTSA item offered throughout the year) you’ll first need to register with Pay4SchoolStuff.
Register for Pay4SchoolStuff just once for all your purchases and no need to renew each year.  If you’re already a member, just login and you’ll be ready to make secure payments for all of your PTSA purchases.
If you prefer to use a paper Membership Form and send us your check, CLICK HERE.

Give us your Info
The Marshall PTSA GCM Blast is a weekly email with the latest info on what’s happening of interest to Parents.
If you’ve got something you want to share in the Blast, send it via email to:
Please no attachments; put exactly what you want the article to say in the body of the email along with a headline and sub-headline. The deadline for submissions is Sunday evening.
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links…
Welcome to the George C Marshall (GCM) PTSA weekly email Blast!
Each week in this Blast we will literally be linking you up with all the information our Marshall parents need to stay informed.  Our GCM PTSA is all about keeping parents up to date on what’s going on in support of our students and our school and giving you opportunities to participate in any way you are able to.   For information about joining please visit our website.
The PTSA Meeting is tonight in Room C-114.   This meeting will be your opportunity to bring your ideas about what PTSA projects we should concentrate on this year.  We will have an open forum discussion and would love your input! We also have a presentation on the High School Diplomats program that you do not want to miss.
We will be offering delicious desserts from 
Please forward this to anyone you think might benefit from it.
Thank you,
Phil Pedlikin
2017-18 PTSA President

PTSA Membership Mtg Minutes 9-11-17

Marshal Orchestra Parent Association Meeting 10-4

The first Marshall Orchestra Parent Association (MOPA) “boosters” meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. in the Orchestra Room (301).  The meeting is open to any parent/guardian of students currently enrolled in orchestra.
What is MOPA? It is the orchestra booster organization (501c3) that supports Marshall’s Orchestra program through raising funds and donating time and effort.
How are funds used? MOPA uses funds to support orchestra activities such as: sectional coaches and instructional enhancement, purchase additional instruments, provide summer scholarships, provide music training, and support all orchestra activities.

We invite all parents/guardians to attend in person this first MOPA meeting, get involved, and help support your fine musicians and Marshall’s outstanding orchestra program. (You may also participate by phone (712) 451-0898  Access Code: 804291, followed by the # key.)

The Orchestra Fall Masquerade Concert will be on Friday, October 20 at 7 p.m. For information on the GCM orchestra program go to gcmorchestra.org.

International Night Interest and Volunteer Meetings

Student Performance Interest Meeting
Come share your talent and celebrate diversity and cultures at Marshall. Student performances will take place during International Night.
A student interest meeting will be held on October 13, during Learn in room C213.
Contact Ms. Penaloza for more information: mpenaloza@fcps.edu
Volunteer Meeting
Join a group of dedicated volunteers to help organize this year’s International Night. We meet each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. Come join us!
International Night is November 16th.  More information on the evening will be forth coming. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Klockner at international@gcmptsa.org.

Homecoming is almost here!
The Class of 2019 is responsible for Homecoming this year.  Please consider baking, ticket selling, chaperoning and more to make this year’s dance a success! For more information about how to help and volunteer please visit our PTSA website HERE to see the signups!
The Homecoming Dance is Oct. 14th.

Information Night for Parents of IB Diploma Candidates
Parents of IB Diploma Candidates,
Marshall will be holding an information night on Tuesday, October 3 for the parents of IB Diploma Candidates in the Classes of 2018 and 2019.  You are invited to learn about the requirements of the program (including Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay) along with IB exam dates and a question/answer session.
These meetings will take place in the Cafeteria on October 3 at:
7:00-8:00 p.m.– Juniors, Class of 2019 Parents
8:00-9:00 p.m.– Seniors, Class of 2018 Parents

If you have any questions, please be in touch with IB Coordinators Matthew Axelrod mdaxelrod@fcps.edu and Molly Kelly

Latino Students: 17th Annual Alcanza College Fair
GCM is running a field trip to the Alcanza College Fair at George Mason University on Oct. 10 during school from 9:30AM to 1:30PM. The fair is aimed at but not limited to first generation and Latino students. The event will feature representatives from more than 200 colleges and talks from guest speakers and GMU students about their experiences in life and careers. Grades 10-12 are welcome to sign up for the trip by returning the attached permission and emergency care forms with $3.00 for the bus to the GCM College & Career Center by Friday, Oct. 6.
Space is limited to the first students to fill one bus. Students must have permission from their teachers to go on the trip and will be expected to arrange for any missed work.
For more information about this event please visit our PTSA website HERE

FCPS College Fair and College Night
The FCPS College Fair and College Night events offer a venue for high school students and parents to meet with colleges and universities to share information and answer questions about their institutions.
Approximately 400 colleges attend these events.
College Fair (Oct 15th) is an open-air setting and traditionally draws approximately 5,000 students and parents. This event is held at The Fair Oaks Mall 7:30 – 9:30pm.
College Night, held the following evening (Oct 16th), attracts between 2,000 and 3,000 attendees. In addition to the open-air setting, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process and is held at Hayfield Secondary School from 7:00 – 9:00pm.
Registration is recommended.  For more information please click HERE

Virginia Votes on Nov 7th
The Fairfax County Council of PTAs (FCCPTA) encourages the GCM PTSA to spread the word to our students and families about the importance of registering to vote.  This November 7th is another important election in Virginia as residents will vote for governor, lieutenant governor, state attorney general, and delegates for the Virginia House of Delegates.
Below are links to further important resources:
Here are resources to aid students (and parents) in voter education.  These are all approved to use in FCPS:
In addition, FCCPTA is partnering with several other organizations on fall candidate forums.  Here is candidate forum information from the League of Women Voters – Fairfax Area.  These forums are a good place for students to volunteer to earn service hours.
Stay tuned for more information from FCCPTA concerning its voter registration campaign for high school students.

FCPS School Board Student Leadership Program
High school sophomores or juniors pursuing a future in law, government or public policy can now apply to be part of the School Board’s Student Leadership Development Program. Students chosen for the program will participate in various School Board events, work closely with School Board members and gain valuable experience in leadership and policymaking.
Students must be in good academic standing and submit the application, which includes a one-page statement of interest, to their principal before October 16.
Deadline to Apply for School Board Student Leadership Program Is October 16

All Night Grad Party Ornament Fundraiser

For information on how to purchase your 2017 White House Ornaments please visit our PTSA website HERE

Proceeds support the Class of 2018 All Night Graduation Celebration.

Calling All Artists!
For more information about our Reflections Art Contest: “Within Reach” please visit our PTSA website HERE.
 
Entry deadline is Tuesday, October 31st at 3:00pm.

Support Marshall With Your Giant Rewards Card
Register your Giant Grocery Card
To participate, go on-line at www.giantfood.com/aplus and click on the “Register your card” button.
The Marshall High School ID number is 01929.
If you have any questions, please e-mail  Anne Allen and she will be happy to help.

Yearbook Orders / Yearbook Ads 
Visit yearbookordercenter (order #4039) or download a form HERE

Contact columbianyearbook@gmail.com with any questions.

PLACE A SENIOR AD IN THE YEARBOOK
For more information, visit

HERE or contact columbianyearbook@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events
Oct 2  – PTSA Mtg 7pm in Room C-114
Oct 3  – Info Night for Parents of IB Diploma Candidates (see above)
Oct 4  – Orchestra Boosters (MOPA) Meeting @ 7pm in Orchestra Rm
Oct 9 –  Columbus Day — Student Holiday
Oct 10 – Alcanza College Fair (see above)
Oct 11 – PSAT testing
Oct 11 – Choir Boosters Meeting
Oct 13 – Int’l Night Student Performance Interest Mtg C213 during Learn
Oct 13 – Homecoming Game
Oct 14 – Homecoming Dance
Oct 15 – FCPS College Fair (see above)
Oct 16 – FCPS College Night (see above)
Oct 17 – Choir Fall Concert 7pm
Oct 18 – College Planning Night for Juniors and Sophomores
Oct 20 – Orchestra Fall Masquerade Concert 7pm
Oct 21 – Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference Details
Oct 31 – Entry deadline for Reflections Art Contest Details
Nov 6&7 – Student Holidays
Nov 13 – PTSA Meeting
Nov 15 – Choir Boosters Meeting
Nov 16 – International Night 5:30pm – 8:00pm in Cafeteria
Parent/Principal Coffees
Senior — Oct 3 @ 8:15am in Room C113

Class of 2019 – Homecoming Help Needed!

Sunday, October 1st, 2017 by WebAdmin
Homecoming!
The Class of 2019 is responsible for Homecoming this year!  Please consider baking, ticket selling, chaperoning and more to make this year’s dance a success! Click Here to see the signups!
  • 10/4-10/12: Hoco ticket sales
  • 10/11 Shirts & Desserts:  Every Junior will receive a class shirt to show their spirit!
  • 10/13:  Homecoming Game!
  • 10/14:  Homecoming Dance
Dates and Reminders!
10/3 at 7pm:  IB Meeting at GCM

10/4-12:  Homecoming ticket sales

10/11:  Shirts & Desserts for Homecoming Spirit Week

10/14:  Homecoming Dance
10/18:  Junior/Sophomore College Night at GCM

10/30-11/7:  Field of Honor
11/7:  NEW ACT Practice Test 
The September Practice Exam sold out so we are adding another opportunity on November 7th.  Watch this space for details!
If you have questions, please contact Dianne Gurdak (dsgurdak@positek.net)

Upcoming Football Fundraiser

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 by seskaggs7

Football will be holding a SAVERS fundraiser on Saturday Sept. 30 from 11 am to 2 pm.  Bring in your donated goods that you would normally bring to Goodwill, Salvation Army or Unique Thrift (clothes, books and household items). SAVERS weighs the goods by the pound and GCM football gets a portion $$ for what we donate and you will get a tax donation receipt.  THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO DE-CLUTTER! Please drop off your goods in the upper back parking lot – we will have 2 trucks ready to load and drive to the Unique Store at 2 pm.   Attached is a flier outlining the event details.  Feel free to make copies of these fliers and share with your friends and neighbors.  A list of permissible goods appears in the attached flyer – please note that we are UNABLE to take furniture, baby items, TV’s and mattresses.   Questions should go directly to Heather Reis-Platter heather.reisplatter@kw.com or at 703-930-6318.

Thanks so much in advance for supporting STATESMEN FOOTBALL and don’t forget to start collecting your unwanted items.

All Night Grad Celebration (ANGC) Planning Team Information Meeting

Monday, September 18th, 2017 by seskaggs7
The meeting will be Tuesday, September 26th at 7:30pm in C-113.

Contrary to popular myth, the ANGC Planning Team is not made up of only senior parents.  It’s a great PTSA committee for parents of younger students to get involved with because you are working with parents of seniors who have a lot of wisdom to pass along about all things Marshall (and all things teenager!).

Please join us for an Information Meeting to learn more about the party being planned for the Class of 2018.  We will discuss location, games, prizes, t-shirts, and many other aspects that go into making this night a fabulous farewell to our Senior Statesman.

This treasured Marshall tradition is planned and sponsored entirely by parents and cannot be held without everyone’s help.  Luckily, there are many ways to contribute so that every parent can support this amazing all-Senior all-night extravaganza.

If you can’t make the meeting, but would like to get involved, please contact ANGC Chair Christie Johnson at angc@gcmptsa.org.

White House Christmas Ornaments Now Available!

Sunday, September 17th, 2017 by seskaggs7

Order your 2017 White House Christmas ornament today! The White House Historical Association’s 37th ornament honors President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his historic four terms in office. These ornaments make great gifts for family and friends and memorable corporate gifts. You can purchase ornaments today at Pay4SchoolStuff.com or print and use the order form. Volume discounts available. Questions? Email Margaret at baker.margaret@ymail.com or Valerie at valeriev@mac.com.

Proceeds support the Class of 2018 All Night Graduation Celebration.

GCM PTSA Blast: September 11, 2017

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 by seskaggs7
GCM PTSA Banner
What’s in Here

Support Your PTSA!
GCM Logo
The Marshall PTSA is “Your PTSA” and works hard to help both parents and students get the most out of your high school experience. Your participation is important, and helps our community to thrive. Your membership donations are always 100% tax deductible and help enrich your teens’ education.
The PTSA has partnered with Pay4SchoolStuff,an innovative, secure on-line payment website.  For all on-line payments (PTSA dues, a donation, or to purchase any PTSA item offered throughout the year) you’ll first need to register with Pay4SchoolStuff.
Register for Pay4SchoolStuff just once for all your purchases and no need to renew each year.  If you’re already a member, just login and you’ll be ready to make secure payments for all of your PTSA purchases.
If you prefer to use a paper Membership Form and send us your check, CLICK HERE.

Give us your Info
The Marshall PTSA GCM Blast is a weekly email with the latest info on what’s happening of interest to Parents.
If you’ve got something you want to share in the Blast, send it via email to:
Please no attachments; put exactly what you want the article to say in the body of the email along with a headline and sub-headline. The deadline for submissions is Sunday evening.
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links…
Welcome to the George C Marshall (GCM) PTSA weekly email Blast!
Each week in this Blast we will literally be linking you up with all the information our Marshall parents need to stay informed.  Our GCM PTSA is all about keeping parents up to date on what’s going on in support of our students and our school and giving you opportunities to participate in any way you are able to.

Please join the GCM PTSA and support the GCM PTSA Non-Fundraiser. $15/adults, $10/teachers and staff, $5/students  We also suggest a non-fundraiser donation of $25 per student, but any amount you may wish to contribute is appreciated. Our main goal for the GCM PTSA is parent and student participation so if affordability is an issue please contact us.
To join the PTSA online, go to Pay4SchoolStuff.com. Join online or get a paper Membership Form HERE and send your check to the school marked to the attention of the PTSA.
 
Our first PTSA meeting is tonight! 
Sept 11th at 7pm at Marshall in Room C114 
(Signs will lead you there from front and back of the school) 
Dessert will be provided by our very own Davis Center!

Please come and meet this year’s GCM PTSA board members, committee members, Principal Litz, and each other and enjoy some sweets as well!

Please forward this to anyone you think might benefit from it.
Thank you,
Phil Pedlikin
2017-18 PTSA President

Get Fleeced!
Join the GCM PTSA by September 30th and have your name entered in a drawing to win a Marshall fleece pullover like this!
Find out more and learn how to join HERE.
Or join tonight at the PTSA Meeting!

Pizza, T-shirts and Sunglasses… oh my!

Pizza: 

During Back to School Night the Class of 2020 will be selling pizza and water to parents (and any interested students) starting at 4:30pm

T-shirts:  

Parents can order red Class of 2020 t-shirts for $12 and last year’s white t-shirt for $5 on Pay 4 School Stuff.

Homecoming Sunglasses:  

Parents can order Marshall sunglasses for $8 on Pay 4 School Stuff

Police Community Meeting – Narcotics Unit
The Commanders of the Police Station wanted to make everyone aware of an upcoming meeting at the Police Station,1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean VA. Members of our Narcotics Unit will be providing an update on Opioid and Heroin with the Community Services Board.
The meeting will be Thursday Sept. 14th at 7 PM in the Station Community Room. 

Gryphon Robotics Interest Meeting 
Marshall’s robotics team is having an interest meeting Thursday, September 14 at 3:15 in room B106.  We compete in the FIRST robotics competition and other outreach programs. We design, build, and program a large robot that competes with other high schools at several events.  If you have an interest in designing, STEM, CAD, programming, electrical design, mechanical design, team building, and/or leadership skills come learn about our team. Visit our Website, or find us on Facebook — Team 5549,
on Twitter — @team_5549, or on Instagram  — Team5549.

For volunteer opportunities, email us at firstteam5549@gmail.com.

Whole Foods Community Day
On Wednesday, September 20, Whole Foods is having a Community Day and donating a portion of the day’s sales to Fairfax County PTSA’s.  They are also having a Fill the Bus Food Drive.  We are looking for volunteers able to staff a table at the Whole Foods near Marshall (7511 Leesburg Pike) for a two hour shift during the hours of 10 a.m. till 8 p.m.  If you are able to help, contact Carolyn Keehan at vp@gcmptsa.org.
Please shop at Whole Foods on Wednesday the 20th to support our school and make a donation to the food drive. 
For more info click HERE

FRESHMAN CLASS FAMILY DINNER
The Freshman Class Dinner is for Class of 2021 parents, students and their families.
Come hear from Kim Greer, Class of 2021 Assistant Principal Administrator
Come meet the Class of 2021 Community! Come find out what you need to know about Freshman Year!
September 26, 2017 7:00 p.m. GCM Cafeteria — Tickets are $15
Download our flyer:

PSAT Registration at Back to School Night 9/13
A PSAT registration table will be available in the main lobby from 8:30-9pm at Back to School Night.  The cost of the test is $20 for students in grade 11 and payable in cash or check made out to Marshall HS.
FCPS has arranged to administer the PSAT to ninth and tenth graders without cost.  A list of grade 11 students already registered will be available. Click HERE for the PSAT Registration Form.

ACT Test Preparation
Want Something Fun for Your Student to Do on Teacher Workday?? 
Sign them up to take a REAL practice ACT!  Ok.  It might not be fun, but it will help
1) decide the age old questions ACT v SAT;
2) provide practice for the real deal whenever they decide to take it; and
3) help Class of 2019 raise much needed funds for HOCO and PROM.
The test is being administered from 9-12 pm by Kate Dalby of Inspiring Test Preparation.  It will be given at Marshall HS.  She will score the tests and email you the results.  You can then compare the scores with your PSAT scores from prior years and determine which test is best for you.  You can also meet face-to-face with a test prep expert from Inspiring Test Preparation to help you with this decision for free. To schedule the consultation click HERE.
For more information click here:  Marshall ACT Fundraiser
To register for the September 22 practice ACT click HERE.  You can pay by going to Pay 4 School Stuff or mailing a $25 check payable to GCM and mailing to Dianne Gurdak at 2006 Annies Way, Vienna, VA 22182.  The test is limited to the first 50 registrants.  We plan to offer several practice tests throughout the year if you don’t get a spot in this one.
If you have questions, please email  Dianne Gurdak.

Int’l Study Travel and Service Learning Program 2018
Parent Information Night Set for September 25
Your child can experience the world through International Study Travel and Service Learning Program opportunities, operated by EF Education First, an approved FCPS vendor. Global citizenship is a key 21st century skill essential for academic and professional success. The FCPS International Study Travel and International Service Learning programs promote in-depth exploration, greater cultural understanding, and hands-on learning tied to the curriculum in countries throughout the world.
The 2018 programs include opportunities for FCPS students in grades 7-12 to explore Berlin and other World War II sites in Europe, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Spain, and Costa Rica and focus on language immersion, service learning, environmental science, and global leadership.  Click HERE for more information on the program.
Parent Information Night is a parent meeting to provide more information on 2018 International Study Travel and Service Learning Program opportunities and will be held on Monday, September 25, at the Willow Oaks Corporate Center, 8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Register HERE

HELP WANTED
Committee Chair Opportunities Available
Parents, are you looking for ways to get involved at Marshall High School? There are openings for Committee Chairs. This is your opportunity to get more involved both with the PTSA and with Marshall. The openings are as follows. Please contact Phil Pedlikin, our President, at president@gcmptsa.org if you are interested in one of these or if you want to help any of our other committees. A complete list of committees is available on our website.
Committee Chair Opportunities:
Directory –
Keeping our directory of information up to date.
Special Education –
Keeping the PTSA aligned with the parents and students learning in Special Education
Liaisons —
Communications with Kilmer and Longfellow 

Reflections Art Contest: “Within Reach”
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Marshall students can express themselves through this fall’s PTSA Reflections Arts contest.  Students create a work on the theme, “Within Reach” in any of these art forms: Writing, visual art, dance choreography, music composition, film or photography. Entries judged the best interpretations of the theme will get feedback from judges and also move on to compete with entries from other high schools.
How will your student interpret this creative theme and bring a fresh story to the world? Find out more about how to enter Reflections by e-mailng marshallartscontest@gmail.com today, to get full details and rules. Entry deadline has been extended to
3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31

Catalyst SAT Bootcamp!
SAVE THE DATE! 
Catalyst Test Prep and GCM PTSA are happy to announce the dates for our first SAT Bootcamp of the year! This is a great opportunity for Juniors taking their first SAT and Seniors taking it one last time before college applications are due!
    When: 
Saturday, September 30th and Sunday
October 1st. 9:00 am -1:00 pm each day
      Where:
GCM Library
     Cost:
$175 for the weekend
    Registration:
Visit Catalyst Prep and click on the Bootcamp Sign-Up tab on the website’s menu bar or call us at 800.235.0056.

Questions? email Christine Kenny

Theatre Boosters
Please join us! The first Statesmen Theatre Boosters Meeting will be Monday, September 18th at 7pm in the Blackbox (A101). We will be sharing information about the season and how we need your help to support our students.
The 2017-2018 Statesmen Theatre Season will open with William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Performances will be November 1st – 5th, 2017. Visit statesmentheatre.org for more information.

Support Marshall With Your Giant Rewards Card
Register your Giant Grocery Card
George C. Marshall High School participates in Giant’s grocery rewards program. Your purchases at Giant grocery stores support our school. We are able to earn money through this program from October 9 to March 17. To participate, go on-line at www.giantfood.com/aplus and click on the “Register your card” button.
The Marshall High School ID number is 01929.
If you have any questions, please e-mail  Anne Allen and she will be happy to help.

Donate Your Used Car to Fairfax County Schools!
For more information, contact Joe Scango, Auto Sales Manager, at 703.220.3515 and/or complete this FORM

Yearbook Orders / Yearbook Ads 
YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW
Don’t miss your chance to purchase the 2018 yearbook! Order this valuable keepsake now before the price goes up. Visit yearbookordercenter (order #4039) or download a form HERE to get started.
Contact columbianyearbook@gmail.com with any questions.

PLACE A SENIOR AD IN THE YEARBOOK
Each year, numerous families celebrate their graduating students with an ad in the yearbook. Featuring family photos (baby pictures are a frequent favorite) and heartfelt messages, these ads are a great way to personalize the 2018 yearbook. For more information, visit

HERE or contact columbianyearbook@gmail.com.

Be a Booster!
For information no how to join please contact the chairperson below:
Activities Boosters — Joan Sahlgren
Band Boosters — Rose Ellen Eastman
Choral Boosters —  Allie Jewsbury
Orchestra Boosters — Rafay Hassan
Theatre Boosters — Nyka Feldman

Upcoming Events
Sept 11 – First PTSA Mtg 7pm at Marshall (Room C114)
Sept 13 – Back to School Night 5-9pm
Sept 14 – Gryphon Robotics Interest Meeting (see above)
Sept 14 – Police Community Meeting (see above)
Sept 18 – Theatre Boosters Meeting 7pm (Blackbox)
Sept 19 – Class of 2019 Myths and Facts Dinner 6:30 (Cafeteria)
Sept 22 – STUDENT HOLIDAY
Sept 25 – FCPS Int’l Study Travel & Service Learning Program Info Mtg
Sept 26 – PTSA Teacher/Staff Membership Luncheon
Sept 30 & Oct 1 – SAT Bootcamp (see above)
Oct 2   –   PTSA Mtg 7pm
Oct 14  –  Homecoming Dance
Oct 18  – College Planning Night for Juniors and Sophomores
Oct 26 — Entry deadline for Reflections Art Contest (see above)
Parent/Principal Coffees
Freshman — Tues, Sept 19 @ 8:15am-9:30am in Room C113
Sophomore/Junior –Tues. Sept 26 @ 8:15 am in Room C113
Senior — Oct 3 @ 8:15am in Room C113

Fairfax County Special Education PTA: Fall Events

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 by seskaggs7

Please join us for the 2017-2018 events that are listed on this flyer.

Freshman Class Family Dinner

Monday, September 11th, 2017 by seskaggs7

Freshman students and their parents, please join us for the Freshman Class Family Dinner. See the flyer for tickets and information.

Calling All Artists – Reflections Art Contest!

Monday, September 11th, 2017 by WebAdmin
Reflections Art Contest: “Within Reach”
Calling all Artists!
Marshall students can express themselves through this fall’s PTSA Reflections Arts contest. Students create a work on the theme, “Within Reach” in any of these art forms: Writing, visual art, dance choreography, music composition, film or photography. Entries judged the best interpretations of the theme will get feedback from judges and also move on to compete with entries from other high schools.
How will your student interpret this creative theme and bring a fresh story to the world? Find out more about how to enter Reflections by e-mailing marshallartscontest@gmail.com today, to get full details and rules.
Entry deadline has just been extended to: Tuesday, October 31st at 3:00pm.

Special Education Information for Parents

Monday, September 11th, 2017 by WebAdmin
Parent Information Relating to Special Education
All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) helps parents of students with disabilities.  It sponsors workshops, has a lending library, and has Parent Liaisons to help parents solve problems.
Introduction to Executive Functioning
Fri. Sept. 8, 10 am – noon Dunn Loring Ctr. Door 1, 2334 Gallows Rd.  Dunn Loring
Learn about the executive functions that enable people to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and multi-task, and how these skills affect your child’s academic habits.
Resources for Individuals with Dual Diagnoses: Navigating Mental Health and Brain Injury Service Systems  — with Webinar option
Fri. Sep. 8, 10:00 am – noon  Arc of NOVA, 2755 Hartland Rd. Suite 200, Falls Church
A panel of mental health and brain injury professionals will discuss how an individual with dual diagnoses can receive the services they need to thrive in the community.
Henderson Hall EFMP Hosts a Back-to-School Event
Sat, Sept. 9, 1 – 3 pm  USO Warrior and Family Center, 5940 9th Street, Fort Belvoir
Open to active, reserve, and retired service members and their families for all branches of service.
Register by Sept. 6:   email  efmpHH@usmc-mccs.org or 703-693-7195
Executive Functioning:  Strategies to Help Orchestrate Your Life
Tues. Sept. 12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm Oakwood School 7210 Braddock Rd. Annandale
This talk will focus on ways to build children’s executive function skills such as:  organization, planning, prioritization, task initiation, and managing emotions.
Autism Research Symposium
Fri, Sept. 15, 7:30 am – 1:30 pm  Marriott Fairview Park, 3111 Fairview Pk. Dr. Falls Church
The Virginia Tech Ctr. for Autism Research will present autism research from biomedical, imaging, technology, education, and clinical translational fields.
RSVP required: email calford@financialguide.com or (703) 865-6502.
Family Movie Night:  Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up with FASDs
Fri. Sept. 15,  6:00-8:30 pm  Formed Families Forward 4031 University Dr., Fairfax
Is your family impacted by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)? Come for a movie on this topic. Children have a G-rated film next door. Dinner served at 6 pm.
Creating the Future: Building a Whole Life for Adults in the Down Syndrome Community
Sat. Sept. 16,  8:30 am – 12:30 pm  Paul VI Catholic HS  10675 Fairfax Blvd.  Fairfax
This conference for parents of youth with Down syndrome age 16 and above will present best practices of health and behavioral concerns for adults with Down syndrome.
Exceptional Military Families Summit
Sat. Sept. 16, 8:30 am -1 pm  Mount Vernon HS, Door 4, 8515 Old Mt. Vernon Rd.   Alexandria
A day of resources and information for military families with children with special needs, including presentations and an exhibit hall.
POAC-NoVa Information and Support Group
Sat, Sept. 161 – 4 pm  Location TBD in Fairfax County
This yearly back-to-school meeting of Parents of Autistic Children will cover the “Buddy” program, extended school year services, and Q & A for FCPS Behavior Intervention Services.
Fairfax County Family Parenting Classes
Mondays Sept. 18 – Dec.18 5:30 – 8:00 pm Locations in Fairfax, Alexandria, and Reston
These caring, comprehensive classes for parents and their chidden help them learn ways to work together as a family.  Dinner and child care included.
safeTALK
Sat. Sept. 19, 10 am – 1:30 pm Argosy University, 1550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington,
This half-day training prepares anyone over the age of 15, to notice and take appropriate action in situations where someone may have thoughts of suicide.
Register by Sept. 6:  https://afsp.wufoo.com/forms/k1nx21kq1qsykta/  Free
Helping Your Child Succeed in Virginia High Schools: Understanding Alternative Assessments for SOLs
Sept. 21,  6:30 – 8:00 pm  Formed Families Forward 4031 University Drive, Fairfax
Learn about alternatives to the Virginia SOL assessments for students whose disabilities prevent them from demonstrating their knowledge to achieve the verified credits they need.
Transition Series 2017
Sat. Sept. 23 & Oct. 218:30 am – 3:00 pm Marymount U. Rowley Hall 2807 N Glebe Rd. Arl.
Planning for parents of youth with intellectual disabilities who will transition from school services to adult services.  Parents must attend both days; both are optional for youth.
Recovery Resource Open House
Wed. Sept. 27,  4 – 7 pm  Merrifield Center  8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr. Fairfax
This event will provide information on solutions to substance abuse disorders including a wide variety of treatment providers and six half-hour presentations on addiction and recovery.
No registration.
How Can You Help Kids Work Through Frustration?
Thur. Sept. 28, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm  The StudyPro 6849 Old Dominion Drive  #200  McLean
Learn how to help children maintain a growth mindset to help them feel more competent, stress less about perfection, and maintain an optimistic outlook even when they struggle.
Respite & Day Programs Workshop
Thur. Sept. 287-9 pm  Jewish Community Ctr of NOVA  8900 Little River Tnpk. Fairfax
This workshop and exhibitswill showcase various respite and day programs as well as the Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program and the Individual and Family Support Program.
Support Groups for Youth
Support Group for High School Students with ADHD  meets the 1st Sunday of each month 3:30 – 5:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr Fairfax, VA enter on South St.  No parents!
Call 703-403-3335 to enter building.  Contact:  coach@BrainRelief.org  703- 641-8940
People First for Young Adults
2nd Tue. monthly, 6:30 – 8:00 pm  The Arc , 2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church
Youth with disabilities age 14-26 practice public speaking, plan social outings, learn from guests on life skills topics and advocacy, and do projects to enhance social skills.
Information:  Diane Monnig  703 208-1119 x 118
Community of Solutions  Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress   www.facebook.com/cosdcmetro/
Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  703 716-4646
CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov 703-799-2882
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm  Contact:  rich_westhoff@hotmail.com   571-490-1268
Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse  703-246-2495
JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group  1st Wed. each month, 7:00–8:30 pm
Contact:  Melissa at MelissaH@jccnv.org  Cost: $15 per meeting.
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather   daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985
Springfield Family Support Group  meets the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Heather    daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm
POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at nicizupan@gmail.com

Whole Foods is Donating Money to Fairfax County PTSAs: We Need Your Help

Sunday, September 10th, 2017 by seskaggs7

On Wednesday, September 20, Whole Foods is having a Community Day and donating a portion of the day’s sales to Fairfax County PTSA’s. They are also having a Fill the Bus Food Drive. We are looking for volunteers able to staff a table at the Whole Foods near Marshall (7511 Leesburg Pike) for a two-hour shift during the hours of 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. If you are able to help, contact Carolyn Keehan. Please shop at Whole Foods on that day to support our school and make a donation to the food drive. See the Whole Foods Flyer.