Letter from the Virginia PTA President

Monday, February 19th, 2018 by seskaggs7

Here is a letter from our Virginia PTA President in response to the sad event in Florida last week.

PTSA Meeting Minutes from November 13, 2017

Monday, February 19th, 2018 by seskaggs7

The PTSA Meeting Meeting Minutes are here! Give it a read if you couldn’t make the meeting.

Plant Sale Coming Soon!

Friday, February 16th, 2018 by WebAdmin

Have you been waiting all year for the ANGC Spring Plant Sale?  Well, stay tuned…

Orders start March 1st.  In the meantime, here’s a little info!

 

SAT/ACT Practice Combination Test on March 10th

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 by seskaggs7
Registration is now open for our March 10th PTSA sponsored combination test!  This is a great test for current GCM Sophomores looking to get started on their test prep.  With questions from both the SAT And ACT, students can get a sense of their strengths and preferences in the same day. Please see the flyer for more information.
Questions?  Contact christinekenny@verizon.net.

GCM PTSA Blast – February 12, 2018

Monday, February 12th, 2018 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…
GCM PTSA Meeting tomorrow night!
 
Please join us tomorrow night, February 13th, at Kilmer Middle School at 7:00pm to meet several of our School Board Members.  This is an opportunity to hear and ask questions of our School Board about their priorities and plans moving forward for Marshall and for our school pyramid.
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Ledo Pizza Dine Out TODAY – Support GCM Lacrosse!
Ledo Pizza in Vienna will be hosting a Dining for Dollars fundraiser for our Marshall Boy’s Lacrosse today, February 12th.  They are kindly offering us an all day event with 20% of the sales being given to us.
Please print the flyer and bring it with you to the Vienna location at 141 Park Street, SE, in Vienna.

Last Chance to Order Yearbooks

 
Fewer than 200 yearbooks left for sale!
Have you ordered a yearbook yet?
We can only reserve another 200 copies, so don’t forget to purchase yours while there’s still time. Order by May 1 to save $10 off the final price!
Purchase a copy online at HERE (order #4039), or download an order form at HERE
If you have any questions, please contact columbianyearbook@gmail.com for assistance.

Mulch Madness!

Beautify your property and help Marshall’s student athletes!  GCM Boosters will once again be selling mulch with free delivery for 25 bags or more.
Place your oder by March 9 by filling out our FORM HERE or head to PAY4SchoolStuff to pay with a credit card.
Go Statesmen!

Donations Commitment for Auction by this Friday  

THE CLASS of 2018 is getting CLOSER and CLOSER to GRADUATION…
and preparations and fundraising for the All Night Grad Celebration (ANGC) are underway!
A ticket to the ANGC at GCM costs less than any other school in our area. WHY? Because we want ALL members of the Class of 2018 to attend this alcohol and drug free SAFE celebration on graduation night.
HOW TO DONATE?
Complete the DONATION FORM and return it to the Auction Committee. Read more in the DONOR LETTER. Send questions to the Auction Committee.
WHEN IS THE DONATION DEADLINE?
Make your donation commitment by February 16th. Donations must be received by February 23rd.
AUCTION DATE INFORMATION
  • Auction Preview Party: March 9th PM (Get a jump on bidding! Location TBA)
  • Online Auction Open: March 10 – March 18
  •  Auction Winnings Pickup: Tuesday, March 20, 5 – 7:30 PM at Social Burger, Vienna
Thank you for your support of our GCM Class of 2018!.
If you would like to get involved, please contact ANGC Chair Christie Johnson at angc@gcmptsa.org.

Please Visit our Front Page!
There is more information, older announcements, current Newsletters and more on the Front Page of our PTSA website.  Take a peek!

Upcoming Events
Feb. 12 – Ledo Pizza in Vienna Dining for Dollars all day
Feb 13 – PTSA meeting at Kilmer Middle School – 7:00pm
Feb 19 – President’s Day – Student Holiday
Feb 22 – Tysons Ice Skate FLYER

Fewer than 200 Yearbooks Left for Sale!

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by seskaggs7

Have you ordered a yearbook yet? We can only reserve another 200 copies, so don’t forget to purchase yours while there’s still time. Order by May 1 to save $10 off the final price! Purchase a copy online at www.yearbookordercenter.com (order #4039), or download an order form at http://tinyurl.com/ybkorder

If you have any questions, please contact columbianyearbook@gmail.com for assistance.

Daniel Reinish, CJE

IB English Teacher

Yearbook Adviser

George C. Marshall HS

GCM Booster Blast: January 31, 2018

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 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
January 31, 2018
The George C. Marshall High School Boosters Latest
BOOSTER BLAST
 
If you no longer wish to receive this weekly email, please use the unsubscribe link at the bottom of this newsletter.
MARSHALL GYMNASTICS: DISTRICT CHAMPIONS… AGAIN!!!
Marshall Gymnastics took 1st place at the National District meet on Monday, winning their 5th consecutive District championship.
The team was led by freshmen standouts Teresa Capuano-Rizzo (2nd place All-Around, 1st place Bars, 2nd place Beam, 3rd place Floor) and Hailey Gaugler (1st place Floor, 3rd place Bars). Teresa and Hailey will both compete as All-Around competitors at the Regional meet. Other Regional qualifiers include Senior Grace Cusack (vault, beam, and floor), Sophomore Jenny Soto-Rodriguez (vault and bars), and Freshman Haley Nguyen (bars, beam, and floor).
The team will compete at Regionals on February 8th at Washington-Lee High School.
CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK AT REGIONALS!!  #MarshallPride
GO STATESMEN!!
A DAN DEAVER DUNK!
STATESMEN STRONG!
Boys Basketball ups their record to 17-2 after two big homes wins against Wakefield last Friday 69-62 and against Lee on Tuesday 69-31. The Statesmen were ranked 17 in the Washington Post Top 20 on January 22. Next game at TJ on Feb 2.
 
CONGRATS to Boys Varsity Coach Dan Hale on winning his 100th game! GO STATESMEN!!
 
Girls Basketball goes an amazing 17-3 after an easy win against Lee last night 55-19. The Lady Statesmen play AT MARSHALL versus TJ Feb 2nd. Come out and support our team!!
 
With good showings this year at the tournaments with a first place at the Spartan Slam Dec 28, Marshall Wrestling has won every meet against an individual school this year. They lost only three of fourteen weight classes beating Edison 58-15 on Jan 24th. Wrestling heads to the District Tournament at Stuart on February 3rd.
 

Let’s show some Statesman spirit in the stands! #MarshallPride

GO STATESMEN!!!
MARSHALL BOOSTERS MULCH SALE IS COMING!
If you’re planning on buying mulch for your spring cleanup, look no further than your local Marshall Boosters. Support our students! 

Mulch sale and deliveries on MARCH 16 & 17, 2018
Mountain Top Shredded Hardwood Mulch
3-Cubic Foot Bags – $5.25/bag
Free delivery for purchases of 25 or more bags
To purchase mulch, please go to https://www.pay4schoolstuff.com or you can download a printable form at our website www.gcmhsboosters.org. (form will be available for download by Friday February 2nd)
Once again we will need the full participation of our fantastic teams to make this fundraiser a success.
If you have a full-sized pick up truck and can help make deliveries, please contact Shanyn McNulty at shanyn3@aol.com.  We also need parents who are comfortable/experienced driving a 26′ truck!  Please sign up for the shift to which your student’s team is assigned.
Thank you for your help and support!
SUPPORT GIRLS BASKETBALL FEBRUARY 6!
Chipotle Dinner Out:
Marshall’s Girls Basketball Teams Fundraiser Night
Tuesday February 6th from 5 pm-9 pm 
at the Tysons Chipotle located at 8461 Leesburg Pike 
(note this is the one in the Best Buy Center, NOT the one in Vienna on Maple Ave)
Girls Basketball will receive 50% of the proceeds from all orders placed during this time provided that the attached flyer is presented at time of order OR our team event is mentioned at time of order (in store dine in/take out orders only; online orders not applicable)  You can show the flyer on your phone, too.
What You Need to Do:
1.  Plan on bringing your family to the event for dinner.
2.  Spread the word to your friends! Distribute the attached flyer! 
Christmas Tree Sale: HUGE SUCCESS!
Thank you to everyone who purchased a tree this year from the Boosters. Nearly $25,000 was raised to support our students. Huge thanks to all the volunteers, the sports teams, and particularly Michele Crone, the Queen of Christmas Tree Sales and her whole team for making this year’s sale a fantastic success! FYI, only five trees remained… awesome. 
 
Now let’s make our second fundraiser of the year just as successful… 
The GCM Boosters Annual Mulch Sale!
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…
See all schedules and scores on the GCM Sports website at
MEETINGS AND TRYOUTS AND BANQUETS AND MORE
FEB 8  –  BOOSTER MEETING 6:30 pm
FEB 19  –  SPRING TRYOUTS BEGIN
FEB 27  –  WINTER SPORTS BANQUET  6:30 Cafeteria
MAR 5  –  SPRING SPORTS MEET THE COACHES
MAR 5  –  BOOSTER MEETING 5:30 before meet the coaches
JUNE 4  –   SPRING AWARDS BANQUET 6:30 Cafeteria
GO STATESMEN!!!   GO STATESMEN!!!   GO STATESMEN!!!
New Hall of Fame Touchscreen is Up and Running in the Rear Lobby next to the Concession Stand
Thanks to the Boosters, Ms. Veoni, and Principal Litz for making this happen! You can access it online as well.
Check out the latest schedule, tweets, news and best of all the great history of Marshall Athletics. This is a work in progress, but the goal is to have access to all the historical information of Marshall’s teams available to everyone.
Very cool.
GO STATESMEN!!
FOUR STRAIGHT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Cross Country, Field Hockey, Volleyball
CONGRATULATIONS AND GO STATESMEN!
JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

We are going to be posting more on our Facebook Page to be more timely on certain event and announcements as we try to keep us out of your inbox but once a week. Join our group and stay up to date. Thanks!

FAIRFAX COUNTY EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY FEE
Dear Marshall Families,
As part of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) FY 2018 Approved Budget, FCPS adopted an extracurricular activity fee. This means that ANY student who plays a sport or is involved in an extra-curricular activity is required to pay a one-time, non-refundable $50.00 fee. Extracurricular activities include high school athletics and clubs for which no academic credit or grade is awarded.
I wanted to point out a few particulars about this fee:
  • The $50 fee is the same no matter how many extracurricular activities a student participates in each year.
  • This fee does not apply to required activities that are assigned as part of a class for academic credit or grade, such as marching band or career and technical education student organizations.
  • Extracurricular activity fees are now available to be paid in MySchoolBucks as a school store item.
I kindly ask that if your child played a fall sport, will play a winter/spring sport, or is currently involved in an extra-curricular activity that you please go to MySchoolBucks and pay this fee. Please note that this fee is being counted on to help balance the FCPS budget. Should FCPS not meet the amount estimated to be collected, the remaining deficit will be passed on to next school year’s budget.
Thank you very much for your help in this matter.
Sincerely,
Jeffrey D. Litz
Principal
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!
Contact sponsors@gcmhsboosters.org  or 202-373-4174
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: February 5, 2018

Monday, February 5th, 2018 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…
Last month the PTSA planned to have members of the FCPS Facilities Department come to our meeting and give us all updates on the future planning decisions regarding our school and the entire pyramid–but unfortunately we had a snow day and the event was cancelled.  We are in the process of rescheduling this opportunity but the Feb 5th date does not work.

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We will be rescheduling our PTSA meeting previously scheduled for Feb 5th.  Please stay tuned for an announcement on when this meeting will be held. 
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Chipotle Dine Out Tonight! For ANGC Class of 2018
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support George C Marshall High School Class Of 2018 All Night Grad Committee.
Come in to the Chipotle at 213 Maple Avenue East in Vienna on Monday, February 5th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this FLYER, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Class Of 2018 All Night Grad Committee.  Thank you!

Chipotle Dinner Out Tomorrow Night: Girls Basketball Teams Fundraiser

Tuesday February 6th from 5 pm-9 pm at the Tysons Chipotle located at 8461 Leesburg Pike (note this is the one in the Best Buy Center, NOT the one in Vienna on Maple Ave)

For more info and to print the flyer please click HERE

Thank you!

RISING 9th Grade Orientation at Marshall – Pre-Order Dinner by today!

Do you have a student coming to rising 9th grade orientation on
Feb 7 at Marshall? The All Night Grad committee would like to provide your dinner.
$7 combo meal includes:  Chick-fil-A sandwich, potato chips, water and chocolate chip cookies
Extra food available on site while supplies last.  Use Marshall Pay4SS or Kilmer Pay4SS to order ahead.  For questions or ordering email Lisa Youngers or manually text her at 703-200-3523.
Pre-Orders cut off Feb 5.
*Proceeds to benefit Class of 2018 and All Night Grad.
THANK YOU for your support!!

GCM Orchestra Citrus Sale! Orders Due this Thursday Feb. 8

Please consider purchasing cartons of Florida oranges, grapefruit and/or tangerines all from Florida Indian River Groves.  Boxes come in 10 lb or 20 lb carton sizes and mixed cartons of oranges/grapefruit.  The fruit is harvested in Florida and arrives in VA within three days.
An order form with instructions can be found HERE. Please submit your orders by Thursday, February 8th. Delivery of citrus orders will be in the first week in March.
Thank you for supporting the Marshall Orchestras program!

ANGC & La Favola

invite you to celebrate

 “Happy Hour with Heart” this Thursday Feb 8th

Come experience the amazing Handcrafted Italian Cuisine of our neighborhood restaurant La Favola ~
Special Chef-Inspired Menu created just for Marshall High School!
featuring Italian sampling platter of La Favola Meatballs, salmon and caprese salad; housemade fresh specialty pizzas; locally-known La Favola burger; Tiramisu and Panna Cotta.
15% of food proceeds benefit the GCM Class of 2018/ANGC

Thursday, February 8, 2018
5:30pm to 8:00pm

2727-G Merrilee Drive, Merrifield
~La Favola is located across the street from Lost Dog Merrifield and near Dunn Loring Metro
~Parking available in any Halstead Square Parking Lot
Questions or for more menu information, contact Lisa Youngers
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ANGC and A NEW LOCAL BUSINESS!!

Mulch Madness!

Beautify your property and help Marshall’s student athletes!  GCM Boosters will once again be selling mulch with free delivery for 25 bags or more.
Place your oder by March 9 by filling out our FORM HERE or head to PAY4SchoolStuff to pay with a credit card.
Go Statesmen!

Senior Parents – $50 ANGC Ticket Price Extended

$50 ANGC ticket price extended through Wed 2/7!!
After 2/7/18, the price will be $60. After 5/2/18, the price will be $85.
 
*** Need financial assistance? See your senior’s guidance counselor. ***
To register your senior and/or make a donation to help a senior with financial need attend:
Question? Concern? Hesitation? Can’t remember whether you already registered? Send email to angc18reg@gmail.com. Find ANGC and Senior Year Info at www.gcmarshall2018.com.

The Class or 2020 is selling Candygrams!
Come help us sell candy grams at lunches!  Sending candy grams is a great way for students to make their friends, teachers and coaches happy!

Can’t come to sell? No problem!  You can participate by sending in the materials needed to make these sweet treats. Click here for details on the Sign Up Genius.
Thank you for helping spread kindness to others on this fun day! Questions? email Rachel.
Go Marshall!

Harvard’s Weekend Business Academy is coming to Northern Virginia! 
What: Taught by current Harvard Students, the Weekend Business Academy is a weekend full of experiential learning and work shopping. From idea generation to market research, we teach the practical skills necessary to get a step ahead. Students will walk away knowing how to bring an idea to fruition – the most important skill to have in today’s growth-oriented marketplace.
When: Saturday, February 17th (12 pm-5 pm) and Sunday, February 18th (9 am-12 pm)
Where: Wakefield High School – 1325 S Dinwiddie St, Arlington, VA 22206
SIGN UP NOW ATsummerbusinessacademy.com
This is a rare opportunity that is coming to your area! Not only is this program a bonus on your resume, but it gives you the right skills and knowledge for your personal and future professional life.
Wednesday, JANUARY 31st is the deadline to sign up so make sure you sign up now as slots are sure to fill up very soon!

*There is a fee of $150, but financial aid is given if requested*

Please forward this to anyone who would be interested (FBLA, DECA, Investment Club, business class students, etc).
Please feel free to contact Mal with any questions about the program. We look forward to seeing you there!

GRADUATION YARD SIGNS are here!

Congratulate your GCM graduate with this beautiful 18×24 yard sign!

 

The cost is $25 and includes the metal yard stake (please note: all proceeds go to the All Night Graduation Celebration)

 

The first order deadline is March 1st with a mid-March delivery.  We will contact you with pick-up details in early March.

  • You can conveniently order the sign at the website: pay4schoolstuff.com
  • If you prefer to order the sign by mail/check please contact Anna Plawin for ordering details

Donations Needed!

THE CLASS of 2018 is getting CLOSER and CLOSER to GRADUATION…
and preparations and fundraising for the All Night Grad Celebration (ANGC) are underway!
A ticket to the ANGC at GCM costs less than any other school in our area. WHY? Because we want ALL members of the Class of 2018 to attend this alcohol and drug free SAFE celebration on graduation night.
HOW CAN WE MAKE SURE IT STAYS THIS WAY? WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please make a donation of an item (or two or three) from your business and/or your family for ANGC’s biggest fundraiser……the Online Silent Auction!
WHAT TO DONATE?
  • Sports tickets, memorabilia, wine, art, jewelry, decorative items, themed gift baskets, Amazon, hotel or restaurant gift cards or cash
  • Services like individual or group lessons, camps, practical help like painting, handyman, landscaping or cake baking
……get creative! We’re sure that all will sell!
HOW TO DONATE?
Complete the DONATION FORM and return it to the Auction Committee. Read more in the DONOR LETTER. Send questions to the Auction Committee.
WHEN IS THE DONATION DEADLINE?
Make your donation commitment by February 16th. Donations must be received by February 23rd.
AUCTION DATE INFORMATION
  • Auction Preview Party: March 9th PM (Get a jump on bidding! Location TBA)
  • Online Auction Open: March 10 – March 18
  • Auction Winnings Pickup: Tuesday, March 20, 5 – 7:30 PM at Social Burger, Vienna
Thank you for your support of our GCM Class of 2018!.
If you would like to get involved, please contact ANGC Chair Christie Johnson at angc@gcmptsa.org.

A Big Thank You 
As hosts of the VHSL One Act Competition on January 20th, the Statesmen Theatre Boosters want to thank the many parent and Theatre Honor Society volunteers who welcomed and helped casts and crews from other schools in our district all day and late into the evening. The cast and crew of Big Love  did a fantastic job. This play of gender politics was engaging and moving and included broad strokes of humor, a cake fight and blood – all in 35 minutes! Statesmen Theatre competed extremely well in our new conference level, are very pleased to celebrate Cristina Beltran who was selected as part of the All Star Cast!  Pic

Please Visit our Front Page!
There is more information, older announcements, current Newsletters and more on the Front Page of our PTSA website.  Take a peek!

Upcoming Events
Feb 5 – PTSA Meeting is CANCELLED and will be rescheduled soon.
Feb 5 – Chipotle Dine Out for ANGC FLYER
Feb 6 – GCM Gap Year Fair 6-8pm at Marshall (click for info)
Feb 6 – Dine Out at Chipotle 5-9pm FLYER
Feb 7 – Order Chipotle Dinner for this 9th Grade Orientation- order by 2/5
Feb 8 – Deadline to Order your Citrus from the GCM Orchestra FLYER
Feb 19 – President’s Day – Student Holiday
Feb 22 – Tysons Ice Skate FLYER

Buy your Mulch from GCM Boosters!

Monday, February 5th, 2018 by seskaggs7
www.gcmhsboosters.org

Mulch Madness!
Beautify your property and help Marshall’s Student Athletes!  GCM Booster will once again be selling mulch with free delivery for 25 bags or more.

Use the flyer or head to

www.gcmhsboosters.org or go to www.pay4schoolstuff.com to pay with a credit card.
GO STATESMEN!

GCM PTSA Blast: January 29, 2018

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 by seskaggs7
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…
Last month the PTSA planned to have members of the FCPS Facilities Department come to our meeting and give us all updates on the future planning decisions regarding our school and the entire pyramid–but unfortunately we had a snow day and the event was cancelled.  We are in the process of rescheduling this opportunity but the Feb 5th date does not work.

_______________________

 
We will be rescheduling our PTSA meeting previously scheduled for Feb 5th.  Please stay tuned for an announcement on when this meeting will be held. 
_______________________

RISING 9th Grade Orientation at Marshall – Pre-Order Dinner!

Do you have a student coming to rising 9th grade orientation on
Feb 7 at Marshall? The All Night Grad committee would like to provide your dinner.
$7 combo meal includes:  Chick-fil-A sandwich, potato chips, water and chocolate chip cookies
Extra food available on site while supplies last.  Use Marshall Pay4SS or Kilmer Pay4SS to order ahead.  For questions or ordering email Lisa Youngers or manually text her at 703-200-3523.
Pre-Orders cut off Feb 5.
*Proceeds to benefit Class of 2018 and All Night Grad.
THANK YOU for your support!!

GCM Orchestra Citrus Sale! Orders Due Feb. 8

Please consider purchasing cartons of Florida oranges, grapefruit and/or tangerines all from Florida Indian River Groves.  Boxes come in 10 lb or 20 lb carton sizes and mixed cartons of oranges/grapefruit.  The fruit is harvested in Florida and arrives in VA within three days.
An order form with instructions can be found HERE. Please submit your orders by Thursday, February 8th. Delivery of citrus orders will be in the first week in March.
Thank you for supporting the Marshall Orchestras program!

Tyson’s Corner Ice Skate
Come have some fun and support the Class of 2020!  Come with kids of all ages — friends and siblings welcome!
For more information: click HERE
  • Thursday, February 22nd
  • 3:30 – 9 PM
  • Skating + skate rental:  $12 total (a discount!)
  • Just say “Marshall High School” when you pay with the cashier

Custom C2020 Marshall Gear
Are you looking to update your student’s wardrobe (or even your own!) with new Marshall gear?  In need of sweats for this crazy weather we’ve been having?  Each piece has 2020 on it.  You can only get it here!
GREAT NEWS!  You can buy some fantastic Marshall spirit wear AND support the Class of 2020!
To order:
1.  Click HERE.
2.  Group Code:  STATESMEN
3.  Shop by Sunday, Feb 4th!
Gear will be delivered to school by the end of February.
*For more information, please see our FLYER.*

Senior Parents – The Clock Is Ticking!

ANGC REGISTRATION PRICE GOES UP TO $60 after 1/31!
Register your senior NOW for the best price.  Go to pay4schoolstuff or print this page.
Need more ANGC info *and* Senior Year Event Calendar?  Visit gcmarshall2018.com!

Parent Information Relating to Special Education
We have many links and events for parents interested in special education topics and information.  Please visit our PTSA webite HERE for more information.

Harvard’s Weekend Business Academy is coming to Northern Virginia! 
What: Taught by current Harvard Students, the Weekend Business Academy is a weekend full of experiential learning and work shopping. From idea generation to market research, we teach the practical skills necessary to get a step ahead. Students will walk away knowing how to bring an idea to fruition – the most important skill to have in today’s growth-oriented marketplace.
When: Saturday, February 17th (12 pm-5 pm) and Sunday, February 18th (9 am-12 pm)
Where: Wakefield High School – 1325 S Dinwiddie St, Arlington, VA 22206
SIGN UP NOW ATsummerbusinessacademy.com
This is a rare opportunity that is coming to your area! Not only is this program a bonus on your resume, but it gives you the right skills and knowledge for your personal and future professional life.
Wednesday, JANUARY 31st is the deadline to sign up so make sure you sign up now as slots are sure to fill up very soon!

*There is a fee of $150, but financial aid is given if requested*

Please forward this to anyone who would be interested (FBLA, DECA, Investment Club, business class students, etc).
Please feel free to contact Mal with any questions about the program. We look forward to seeing you there!

Chipotle Dinner Out: Girls Basketball Teams Fundraiser

Tuesday February 6th from 5 pm-9 pm at the Tysons Chipotle located at 8461 Leesburg Pike (note this is the one in the Best Buy Center, NOT the one in Vienna on Maple Ave)

For more info and to print the flyer please click HERE

Custom C2020 Marshall Gear
Are you looking to update your student’s wardrobe (or even your own!) with new Marshall gear?  In need of sweats for this crazy weather we’ve been having?  Each piece has 2020 on it.  You can only get it here!
GREAT NEWS!  You can buy some fantastic Marshall spirit wear AND support the Class of 2020!
To order:
1.  Click HERE.
2.  Group Code:  STATESMEN
3.  Shop by Sunday, Feb 4th!
Gear will be delivered to school by the end of February.
*For more information, please see our FLYER.*

The Class or 2020 is selling Candygrams!
Come help us sell candy grams at lunches!  Sending candy grams is a great way for students to make their friends, teachers and coaches happy!

Can’t come to sell? No problem!  You can participate by sending in the materials needed to make these sweet treats. Click here for details on the Sign Up Genius.
Thank you for helping spread kindness to others on this fun day! Questions? email Rachel.
Go Marshall!

2018 Safer Internet Day – Feb. 6th at Luther Jackson
National Safer Internet Day is held to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. NOVA District PTA is excited to host one of five events across the nation.

Students, Families, and School Staff are welcome to attend. Childcare not provided.
RSVP online for Dinner and Materials by February 4.
Questions?  Please contact:  Debbie Kilpatrick, NOVA District PTA Director, novadd@vapta.org

GRADUATION YARD SIGNS are here!

Congratulate your GCM graduate with this beautiful 18×24 yard sign!

 

The cost is $25 and includes the metal yard stake (please note: all proceeds go to the All Night Graduation Celebration)

 

The first order deadline is March 1st with a mid-March delivery.  We will contact you with pick-up details in early March.

  • You can conveniently order the sign at the website: pay4schoolstuff.com
  • If you prefer to order the sign by mail/check please contact Anna Plawin for ordering details

Donations Needed!

THE CLASS of 2018 is getting CLOSER and CLOSER to GRADUATION…
and preparations and fundraising for the All Night Grad Celebration (ANGC) are underway!
A ticket to the ANGC at GCM costs less than any other school in our area. WHY? Because we want ALL members of the Class of 2018 to attend this alcohol and drug free SAFE celebration on graduation night.
HOW CAN WE MAKE SURE IT STAYS THIS WAY? WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please make a donation of an item (or two or three) from your business and/or your family for ANGC’s biggest fundraiser……the Online Silent Auction!
WHAT TO DONATE?
  • Sports tickets, memorabilia, wine, art, jewelry, decorative items, themed gift baskets, Amazon, hotel or restaurant gift cards or cash
  • Services like individual or group lessons, camps, practical help like painting, handyman, landscaping or cake baking
……get creative! We’re sure that all will sell!
HOW TO DONATE?
Complete the DONATION FORM and return it to the Auction Committee. Read more in the DONOR LETTER. Send questions to the Auction Committee.
WHEN IS THE DONATION DEADLINE?
Make your donation commitment by February 16th. Donations must be received by February 23rd.
AUCTION DATE INFORMATION
  • Auction Preview Party: March 9th PM (Get a jump on bidding! Location TBA)
  • Online Auction Open: March 10 – March 18
  • Auction Winnings Pickup: Tuesday, March 20, 5 – 7:30 PM at Social Burger, Vienna
Thank you for your support of our GCM Class of 2018!.
If you would like to get involved, please contact ANGC Chair Christie Johnson at angc@gcmptsa.org.

Please Visit our Front Page!
There is more information, older announcements, current Newsletters and more on the Front Page of our PTSA website.  Take a peek!

Upcoming Events
Feb 5 – PTSA Meeting is CANCELLED and will be rescheduled soon.
Feb 6 – GCM Gap Year Fair 6-8pm at Marshall (click for info)
Feb 6 – Dine Out at Chipotle 5-9pm FLYER
Feb 7 – Order Chipotle Dinner for this 9th Grade Orientation- order by 2/5
Feb 8 – Deadline to Order your Citrus from the GCM Orchestra FLYER
Feb 19 – President’s Day – Student Holiday
Feb 22 – Tysons Ice Skate FLYER

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

Thursday, January 25th, 2018 by seskaggs7
All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
When other events become available they will be posted at:
Plan Ahead — 2018 Youth & Parent Summit Application due March 9, 2018
Event: June 13-15 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
This conference for youth (ages 13-21) and their parents focuses on self-determination skills and issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities.
Plan Ahead — Virginia System of Care Slogan and Logo Contest
Entries due March 1
The Virginia System of Care needs a new slogan and a new logo. Youth contest winners get $500 towards their education.
Plan ahead — Cecily’s Advocacy Workshop:  Unlocking Strategies for Success    
Sat. March 3, 8 am-2;30 pm McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
Choose four topics from among more than a dozen including the fundamental skill of sensing time and the relationship between motivation and executive control.
Early registration (before Feb 9)   $50  includes lunch & continental breakfast
Plan Ahead — Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference  
Thu.-Fri May 3-4, 4:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Comfort Inn Hotel, 4500 Crain Hwy. Bowie, MD
Learn about special education law, rights, and responsibilities; tests to measure progress; SMART IEPs; and tactics and strategies for effective advocacy.
Register:  www.loudvoicestogether.com/events-1.html  $180 includes meal & books
Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Thu. Feb. 1, 6-8 pm, Fusion Academy, 333 John Carlyle St. Alexandria
Attend a screening of a film that opens up the conversation about anxiety and provides resources and hope. Stay for a discussion with a mental health professional.
Diploma Options and Graduation Requirements
Thu. Feb. 1, 6:30—8:30 pm LCPS Adm. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Parents of students with IEPs should think ahead to how their student will graduate, including the use of credit accommodations and locally verified credits.
Register:  lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or  571-252-6540
What is Restorative Justice?
Fri. Feb. 2 10-11:30 am, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring
This workshop will cover how restorative justice is used in FCPS , the benefits of using restorative language, and activities that promote communication.
Registration:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or 703 204-3941
Morning at the Museum — National Museum of African Art
Sat. Feb 3, 9-10 am, 950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC
Early entrance to the Museum and special activities for families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities.
Reducing Anxiety in the Classroom: Tools for Families and Educators
Mon. Feb. 5, 6:30-8 pm,  4031 University Dr. Ste 100, Fairfax (enter on South St.)
Learn parenting tips and suggestions for your child’s IEP to help maximize academic success for children impacted by anxiety.
How to Select the Best Accommodations for Your Child with ADHD Webinar
Tue. Feb. 6, 2-3 pm
Learn about accommodations that work for ADHD and how to tailor accommodations to the behaviors and needs of your child.
Gap Year Fair
Tue. Feb. 6,  6:00 – 8:30 pm, Marshall HS  7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
Following a presentation from 6:00 to 6:45, high school students and parents can view exhibits and talk with gap year program providers, trip leaders, advisors, and alumni.
Dads’ Parenting Group – 12 session course
Tue. Feb. 6 – May 1, 6:30-9:00 pm Gum Springs Ctr. 8100 Fordson Rd. Alexandria
Focuses on five characteristics all fathers need to be effective dads: self-awareness; self-care; fathering, parenting, and relationship skills.  Includes meals & activities.
Information:  Bennie Herron 703 324-7308 or  Kimberly Torres  703 324-3064
Fairfax County Parks Spring Adapted Recreation
Tue. Feb. 6  Registration opens
Swimming, gymnastics, yoga, ice skating, Tae Kwon Do, fishing, kayaking.
Math Anxiety — Webinar
Wed. Feb. 7, 12:15-1:00 pm
Parenting in the Digital Age
Wed. Feb. 7, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Washington, DC
Learn how to protect your children by combining basic parental controls with proven behavior techniques to empower them to use technology safely.
Section 504: What Parents Need to Know
Fri. Feb. 9, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn how students with a disability may qualify for a Section 504 Plan based on a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with a disability.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or 703 204-3941
Super Transition Saturday: Planning for Middle Sch., High School and Beyond
Sat. Feb. 10  8:30 am-1:00 pm, Lanier MS, 3801 Jermantown Rd, Door 1, Fairfax
Learn about Career and Transition Services (CTS) programming and course options for students with disabilities.  Student/parent panel included.  (Snow Date: Feb. 24)
When the Bus Stops Coming
Sat. Feb. 10, 8:30 am-12:30 pm LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Auburn
Plan now for life after high school by learning about Career and Transition Services, DARS Employment Services and parents as case managers.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754  or 571-252-6540
DBT – Help For Self-Destructive Teens   $25
Sat. Feb. 10, 9:00-10:30 am In Step 8500 Executive Park Ave. #204, Fairfax
Learn how teens use self-destructive behavior to manage conflicts and strong emotions; and learn about DBT, a therapy to change this behavior.
Morning at the Museum — National Zoological Park
Sat. Feb 10, 9-10 am, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. Washington, DC
Early entrance to Amazonia and special activities for families with students with cognitive or sensory disabilities. Parking: enter Lot D from Beech Dr. $22/car
REVIVE Trainings
Tue. Feb. 13, 11:30 am Merrifield Ctr. Rm. LL 419, 8221 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr. Fairfax
Wed. Feb. 21, 1 pm Gatlan Ctr. Rm. 168, 8119 Holland Rd. Alexandria
Sun. Feb. 18, 3 pm A New Beginning Gym, 4213 Walney Rd. Chantilly
Learn what to do and not do in an overdose situation, how to administer naloxone, and what to do afterwards.  Supplies are provided for use when needed.
Understanding Evaluations in the Special Education Process
Thu. Feb.15, 7:00 pm  Lee HS Lancer Hall, 6540 Franconia Rd. Springfield
This presentation takes participants through the reasons for evaluations, timelines, and special education eligibility meetings, and develops a basic understanding of scores.
Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Special Needs
Thu. Feb. 15 7–9pm, JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax
Learn about employers who have employees with special needs, supportive employment organizations and other resources for those seeking employment.
RSVP to Carey: (703) 865-6502 or calford@financialguide.com
Understanding Your Twice Exceptional Child
Fri. Feb.16, 10-11:30 am, The Sycamore Sch. 4600 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 300, Arlington
Twice-exceptional children have both disabilities and above average intelligence.  Learn how to bring out the best and raise self-esteem for a twice-exceptional child.
 
Reducing The Impact Of Anxiety In Our Children
Thu. Feb. 22, 11:45 am-1:15 pm The StudyPro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200  McLean
Learn specific skills that parents can use to respond to anxiety in children and teens, and how to teach healthy coping strategies.
Robinson Secondary School’s Partnership Program
Thu. Feb. 22, 7 pm Recital Hall, Robinson SS 5035 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax
Join the Fairfax County Special Ed. PTA Liaisons to learn about an inclusion class and club from a teacher and students at this school.
Contact Joanne at spedliaisons@fairfaxcountysepta.org if you need childcare.
Screamfree Parenting: Peace Begins with Pause
Fri. Feb. 23, 10 am-12:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Join us for this first workshop in our series of 4 interactive workshops to learn strategies to become the cool, calm, connected parent your child really needs.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or 703 204-3941
Morning at the Museum — Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Sat. Feb 24, 9-10 am, Independence Ave & 7th St SW, Washington, DC
Early entrance to the Museum for families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities.  Activities on the 3rd floor.
The Motivation Meltdown:  When Parents Care and Kids Don’t — Webinar
Wed. Feb. 28, 12:15-1:00 pm
IEPs: Knowing Student’s Rights and How To Achieve Them (Part II)
Wed. Feb. 28, 7:00-8:30pm. Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy., Ste 500, Chantilly
Learn more about IEP review meetings and student’s rights in the IEP process.
Register:  https://www.theauburnschool.org/page/153 or 703-793-9353
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 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
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 affected families.
Arlington Family Support Group meets one Sunday of each month at 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Michelle Best  mczero@yahoo.com
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
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
Padres de hoy — Support group in Spanish
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm Brookside FACE Ctr. 601 Four Mile Run Trail, Alexandria
Call 703-824-6865 to register.  Free childcare.
Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:  mark.bramer@gmail.com

Tyson’s Corner Ice Skate – Class of 2020

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 by seskaggs7
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Tyson’s Corner Ice Skate – Class of 2020

Come have some fun and support our class!  Come with kids of all ages-friends and siblings welcome!
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • 3:30 – 9 PM
  • Skating + skate rental:  $12 total (a discount!)
  • Just say “Marshall High School” when you pay with the cashier

Custom C2020 Marshall Gear!

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 by seskaggs7
 Are you looking to update your student’s wardrobe (or even your own!) with new Marshall gear?  In need of sweats for this crazy weather we’ve been having?
Each piece has 2020 on it.  Can only get it here!
GREAT NEWS!  You can buy some fantastic Marshall spirit wear AND support the Class of 2020!
To order:

1.   Go to https://shop.burkesports.com

2.  Group Code:  STATESMEN

3.  Shop by Sunday, Feb 4th!  Gear will be delivered to school by the end of Febuary.

*For more information, please see the attached flyer below.*

 

GCM PTSA Blast: January 22, 2018

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 by seskaggs7
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What’s in Here

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.
For information about joining the GCM PTSA please visit our website.
Support your GCM PTSA!  We are working hard to promote our Marshall community.  Find out more about  future PTSA plans and how you can support this wonderful organization and your kids

Dine Out at CAVA Tomorrow Night 6-10pm
ANGC is holding a fundraiser Dine Out tomorrow night at
CAVA
176 Maple Avenue
Vienna, VA 22180

Come by anytime between 6-10 pm January 23rd and mention or show them this FLYER.  Thank you!

Chipotle Dinner Out:  Girls Basketball Teams Fundraiser

Tuesday February 6th from 5 pm-9 pm at the Tysons Chipotle located at 8461 Leesburg Pike (note this is the one in the Best Buy Center, NOT the one in Vienna on Maple Ave)
Marshall’s Girls Basketball will receive 50% of the proceeds from all orders placed during this time provided that the attached flyer is presented at time of order OR our team event is mentioned at time of order (in store dine in/take out orders only; online orders not applicable)  You can show the flyer on your phone, too.
What You Need to Do:
1.  Plan on bringing your family to the event for dinner.
2.  Spread the word to your friends!  Distribute the attached flyer!

The Class or 2020 is selling Candygrams!
Come help us sell candy grams at lunches!  Sending candy grams is a great way for students to make their friends, teachers and coaches happy!

Can’t come to sell? No problem!  You can participate by sending in the materials needed to make these sweet treats. Click here for details on the Sign Up Genius.
Thank you for helping spread kindness to others on this fun day! Questions? email Rachel.
Go Marshall!

2018 Safer Internet Day – Feb. 6th at Luther Jackson
National Safer Internet Day is held to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. NOVA District PTA is excited to host one of five events across the nation.

Students, Families, and School Staff are welcome to attend. Childcare not provided.
RSVP online for Dinner and Materials by February 4.
Raising children in the age of smartphones and social media brings new challenges and concerns for all families. The program features expert panel members who will teach families and students about digital safety through school and social media with a focus on the Smart Talk, an interactive program created by National PTA and LifeLock, a Symantec company, designed to facilitate a conversation between parents and their kids about using digital devices responsibly.
Our expert panel Members include:  Tammi Sisk, Information Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools; Barbara Huth, Mid-Atlantic Education Program Manager, Common Sense Education, and Kevin McPeak, Principal Cyber Architect, Symantec.
Questions?  Please contact:  Debbie Kilpatrick, NOVA District PTA Director, novadd@vapta.org

Hospitality Opportunity – Meeting this Wednesday

 
The GCM PTSA Hospitality Committee is Seeking Additional Members
The PTSA Hospitality Committee is looking for additional members.  There are many fun staff events coming up this Spring that will take quite a bit of planning and effort to pull off successfully.  We will help with the Science Fair, provide a lunch for Guidance Counselors, Administrative Staff, and Librarians, and hold a reception for students receiving awards in June.  In addition, we hold two all staff events – St Patrick’s Day Breakfast in March and a Staff and Faculty Appreciation event in May.
If you have time and interest to assist with the planning and execution of these events and are available during the day, please attend the next (and final) Hospitality Committee meeting on Wednesday, 24 January at Noon in the AP Conference Room at Marshall High School.  This conference room is located right off the Main Office through the Mailroom.  We will review and plan out the calendar of events.
If you have any questions or to RSVP for the meeting, please send an email to hospitality@gcmptsa.org.

GRADUATION YARD SIGNS are here!

Congratulate your GCM graduate with this beautiful 18×24 yard sign!

 

The cost is $25 and includes the metal yard stake (please note: all proceeds go to the All Night Graduation Celebration)

 

The first order deadline is March 1st with a mid-March delivery.  We will contact you with pick-up details in early March.

  • You can conveniently order the sign at the website: pay4schoolstuff.com
  • If you prefer to order the sign by mail/check please contact Anna Plawin for ordering details

Important Info for Senior Parents!
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Register your Senior NOW for Best Price for the 
ALL NIGHT GRAD CELEBRATION!!
Tickets are only $50 now. Prices increase to $60 after Jan. 31 and $85 after May 2.
ANGC is not covered by Senior Dues – it’s a PTSA function.
For financial assistance, see your student’s guidance counselor.
WE WANT THE MAJORITY OF SENIORS
REGISTERED BY JAN. 31
Best way to register:
 Print this form, fill it out, and send it with a check to the GCM Office, labelled ANGC.
Or visit pay4schoolstuff.com. Volunteers will be at school to accept registrations/payments later in January – check future Blasts for details about that *and* fun January incentives!
Questions? Not sure whether you’ve already registered? Want to help?
Email Chris at angc2018reg@gmail.com.
*** ANGC Volunteers will be in the Cafeteria during all lunches on Jan 22-24 & 30-31 to take registrations and payments, and answer questions. ***

Donations Needed!

THE CLASS of 2018 is getting CLOSER and CLOSER to GRADUATION…
and preparations and fundraising for the All Night Grad Celebration (ANGC) are underway!
A ticket to the ANGC at GCM costs less than any other school in our area. WHY? Because we want ALL members of the Class of 2018 to attend this alcohol and drug free SAFE celebration on graduation night.
HOW CAN WE MAKE SURE IT STAYS THIS WAY? WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please make a donation of an item (or two or three) from your business and/or your family for ANGC’s biggest fundraiser……the Online Silent Auction!
WHAT TO DONATE?
  • Sports tickets, memorabilia, wine, art, jewelry, decorative items, themed gift baskets, Amazon, hotel or restaurant gift cards or cash
  • Services like individual or group lessons, camps, practical help like painting, handyman, landscaping or cake baking
……get creative! We’re sure that all will sell!
HOW TO DONATE?
Complete the DONATION FORM and return it to the Auction Committee. Read more in the DONOR LETTER. Send questions to the Auction Committee.
WHEN IS THE DONATION DEADLINE?
Make your donation commitment by February 16th. Donations must be received by February 23rd.
AUCTION DATE INFORMATION
  • Auction Preview Party: March 9th PM (Get a jump on bidding! Location TBA)
  • Online Auction Open: March 10 – March 18
  • Auction Winnings Pickup: Tuesday, March 20, 5 – 7:30 PM at Social Burger, Vienna
Thank you for your support of our GCM Class of 2018!.
If you would like to get involved, please contact ANGC Chair Christie Johnson at angc@gcmptsa.org.

Please Visit our Front Page!
There is more information, older announcements, current Newsletters and more on the Front Page of our PTSA website.  Take a peek!

GCM Booster Blast: January 21, 2018

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 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
January 20, 2018
The George C. Marshall High School Boosters Latest
BOOSTER BLAST
 
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Marshall Gymnastics Scores Season High!
On January 11, Marshall Gymnastics scored a season high team score to earn 2nd place at their Senior Night.
Notable achievements individually:
Freshman Teresa Capuano-Rizzo– 1st All Around and 1st on beam
Senior Jenny Soto-Rodriguez– 1st on vault and 3rd on floor
Freshman Katherine Reback– 3rd all around and 1st on vault
Go Statesmen!!
SUPPORT GIRLS BASKETBALL FEBRUARY 6!
Chipotle Dinner Out:
��Marshall’s Girls Basketball�� Teams Fundraiser Night
Tuesday February 6th from 5 pm-9 pm 
at the Tysons Chipotle located at 8461 Leesburg Pike 
(note this is the one in the Best Buy Center, NOT the one in Vienna on Maple Ave)
Girls Basketball will receive 50% of the proceeds from all orders placed during this time provided that the attached flyer is presented at time of order OR our team event is mentioned at time of order (in store dine in/take out orders only; online orders not applicable)  You can show the flyer on your phone, too.
What You Need to Do:
1.  Plan on bringing your family to the event for dinner.
2.  Spread the word to your friends! Distribute the attached flyer! 
Clara Ford hits jumper at end of regulation!
STATESMEN STRONG!
Boys Basketball ups their record to 13-2 beating Edison 42-37. Next game at Lee Monday Jan 22 at 7:30 and next home game is Jan 26 at 7:30 versus Wakefield. 
Our 13-3 Girls Basketball is AT MARSHALL Monday Jan 22 at 7:30 PM versus Lee. 
 
Marshall Wrestling AT MARSHALL Jan 24 vs Edison at 7pm.

Let’s show some Statesman spirit in the stands!

GO STATESMEN!!!
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…
See all schedules and scores on the GCM Sports website at
MEETINGS AND TRYOUTS AND BANQUETS AND MORE
JAN 23  –  BOOSTER MEETING 6:30 pm in Chef’s Room across from Cafeteria
FEB 8  –  BOOSTER MEETING 6:30 pm
FEB 19  –  SPRING TRYOUTS BEGIN
FEB 27  –  WINTER SPORTS BANQUET  6:30 Cafeteria
MAR 5  –  SPRING SPORTS MEET THE COACHES
MAR 5  –  BOOSTER MEETING 5:30 before meet the coaches
JUNE 4  –   SPRING AWARDS BANQUET 6:30 Cafeteria
GO STATESMEN!!!   GO STATESMEN!!!   GO STATESMEN!!!
New Hall of Fame Touchscreen is Up and Running in the Rear Lobby next to the Concession Stand
Thanks to the Boosters, Ms. Veoni, and Principal Litz for making this happen! You can access it online as well.
Check out the latest schedule, tweets, news and best of all the great history of Marshall Athletics. This is a work in progress, but the goal is to have access to all the historical information of Marshall’s teams available to everyone.
Very cool.
GO STATESMEN!!
FOUR STRAIGHT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Cross Country, Field Hockey, Volleyball
CONGRATULATIONS AND GO STATESMEN!
JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

We are going to be posting more on our Facebook Page to be more timely on certain event and announcements as we try to keep us out of your inbox but once a week. Join our group and stay up to date. Thanks!

FAIRFAX COUNTY EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY FEE
Dear Marshall Families,
As part of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) FY 2018 Approved Budget, FCPS adopted an extracurricular activity fee. This means that ANY student who plays a sport or is involved in an extra-curricular activity is required to pay a one-time, non-refundable $50.00 fee. Extracurricular activities include high school athletics and clubs for which no academic credit or grade is awarded.
I wanted to point out a few particulars about this fee:
  • The $50 fee is the same no matter how many extracurricular activities a student participates in each year.
  • This fee does not apply to required activities that are assigned as part of a class for academic credit or grade, such as marching band or career and technical education student organizations.
  • Extracurricular activity fees are now available to be paid in MySchoolBucks as a school store item.
I kindly ask that if your child played a fall sport, will play a winter/spring sport, or is currently involved in an extra-curricular activity that you please go to MySchoolBucks and pay this fee. Please note that this fee is being counted on to help balance the FCPS budget. Should FCPS not meet the amount estimated to be collected, the remaining deficit will be passed on to next school year’s budget.
Thank you very much for your help in this matter.
Sincerely,
Jeffrey D. Litz
Principal
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!
Contact sponsors@gcmhsboosters.org  or 202-373-4174
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!
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