GCM PTSA Blast – December 5, 2017

Wednesday, December 6th, 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.
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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.

Orchestra and Band Concerts Wednesday and Thursday

The Marshall Music Department presents their Winter Concerts on Dec. 6 and 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.  Dec. 6 will include the Orchestra and Band ensembles and Dec. 7 will include the Choir and Guitar ensembles.  Both concerts will conclude with selections from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.  This masterwork will be performed by the combined Statesmen Singers, Camerata, Statesmen Sinfonia, Guitar, Wind Symphony, and Percussion.

Win an Amazon Gift Card for $200!

Sign Up to Volunteer for the All Night Grad Celebration by December 13th and you will be entered into our drawing!!
We didn’t think the kids should have all the fun of winning prizes, so this year we have added them for parents too.  This $200 Amazon gift card drawing will take place the morning of Dec 14th and delivered to you that day.  And, we will have prize drawings each shift for the volunteers who work the event.
To put on a safe, alcohol and drug free, all night celebration for the Class of 2018 we need adult volunteers to help.  This isn’t just for senior parents!!  Anyone who will be 21 or older by the night of the celebration – June 13th – can sign up.  This is a great event for older siblings who will be back in town for graduation – even family & friends.  If you have a younger Marshall student it’s a great way to learn about the event and support the seniors and their families.
Sign up now HERE to get your first choice time slot.
Sign up with friends so you can all work a shift together.
The help we need ranges from decorating to serving food, helping with games & activities, working coat check, checking in students & volunteers, assisting with the prize drawings, security (which often means you can read a book while watching over an exit or fire alarm!) and clean up next morning.
We are excited to give the Class of 2018 this graduation gift to celebrate their accomplishments.  Please sign-up to help us make the event a success.

Marshall Toy Drive for Second Story – thru Dec 13th
Marshall Academy Ambassadors have teamed up with Marshall HS’s Leadership Class to host a Toy Drive for Second Story formerly the Alternative House thru Wednesday, December 13th. If you are able, drop off new and/or gently used toys in the Main Office, Academy Office and cafeteria.

PTSA Hot Chocolate Event for Student Members Tuesday Dec 12

We are holding a thank you event on Tuesday December 12th during Learn in the Cafeteria for current student PTSA members and for students who sign up to become members during the event.  Please tell your student to come by for a free cup of hot chocolate.  If they are not yet a member, membership forms will be available and it is only $5 to join.  New student members will be entered for a chance to win a free Marshall Tumbler!
The PTSA provides many valuable events for students and they can list the membership on their student resume.  If you have any questions, please email the GCM Hospitality Committee at hospitality@gcmptsa.org

Reflections Arts Contest: Students Dream of What’s “Within Reach”

A colorful figure reaching for the sky. A Metro train in vivid motion. A dancer realizing she has wings. A familiar war memorial seen in a new light. These images and more were how Marshall students interpreted the idea of “Within Reach,” this year’s theme for the national PTA Reflections Arts contest.
This annual contest seeks creative works showing what the theme means to individual students. For each art form, the work chosen as the “Outstanding Interpretation” at Marshall moves up for further judging at the PTA district level, competing with entries from other high school students. The Award of Excellence goes to runners-up in each art form and the Award of Merit acknowledges the third place entries.
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Here are the 2017-2018 Marshall Reflections results. Congratulations to all who participated!
Literature
Outstanding Interpretation: Alicia Gonzalez for the poem
“Potential Energy”
Award of Excellence:  Sarah Tadlock for the poem “Garden of Need”
Award of Merit: Catherine Tadlock for the poem “Moving On”
Dance Choreography
Outstanding Interpretation: Emma Skinner for the modern dance
“Wings Within”
Visual Art
Outstanding Interpretation: Maria Marks for the acrylic painting
“The Star”
Award of Excellence: Kathleen Farr for the watercolor painting “Verisimilitude”
Award of Merit: Faith Forman for the drawing
“Always Hope”
Photography
Outstanding Interpretation: Alicia Gonzalez, for “Departure”
Award of Excellence:  Daniel Lomis, for “The Silhouette of Victory”
Award of Merit:  Olivia Ergener, for “Bee-lieve”

Holiday Season Spending that helps our students
Gourmet Shopping to Benefit Marshall Students Dec 2-9
Olio2go will donate a portion of online and retail sales from December 2-9!  Olio2go is the trusted source for Italy’s finest extra virgin olive oils, vinegars and Italian specialty foods, and they are headquartered here in Fairfax, Virginia!
Visit their online store or stop in to the shop at 8400 Hilltop Rd, Fairfax, VA (near the Mosaic District in Merrifield) for a unique tasting experience and to purchase products for your holiday or holiday list. Whether its gourmet oils, pastas, cookbooks or stocking stuffers, there’s something for everyone!
Online:  olio2go   Online Promo Code:  Marshall 
Products purchased online are available to ship – or to pick up in the shop at your convenience.  Share the above promotion code with friends and family and support the Class of 2019 and a local business! 
Visit the Store: If you stop in the store, be sure to tell the staff you are supporting Marshall!
Amazon Purchases
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!

Marshall Academy Volunteer Opportunity and Open House
Volunteer Opportunity
The Marshall Academy is looking for parent / community member volunteers to serve as business professionals to be interviewed by Marshall Academy students about your day to day job roles and responsibilities.  Interviews can take place at Marshall HS, your place of business, or over the phone.  Total time commitment is between 30-60 minutes with flexible scheduling between mid-November through mid-January.  If you are interested in serving, please submit your contact information HERE.
Marshall Academy Open House
Save the Date for our Annual Marshall Academy Open House!  On Thursday, January 11th from 6-7:30pm join us for an opportunity to learn more about Marshall Governor’s STEM Academy, meet our teachers, and tour our innovative learning labs.  Excellent for students/parents new to Marshall Academy or current students/parents who may be interested in learning about a new course or pathway.

Save the Date — January 8th!

The Marshall PTSA has invited representatives from the FCPS Facilities Department to come discuss the future of our school and the entire pyramid.
This event will take place in our auditorium at 7pm on Monday January 8th.  This will be a unique opportunity to ask questions of these members of the FCPS staff and to get a sense of what they are anticipating for the future.
We will have food and drink available for purchase that night, provided by our very own Davis Center.

MEADOWLARK’S WINTER WALK OF LIGHTS – $2 TICKET DISCOUNT

Learn how to get a discount on tickets for this amazing light show! Proceeds support the GCM Choral Boosters.
Click HERE  for more information.

It’s That Time of Year!

The George C Marshall High School Boosters will run the annual Christmas Tree Sale from November 25 through December 17, 2017.  We will sell Christmas Trees, wreaths, garland, White House Ornaments and Marshall Statesmen Spirit Wear.  All proceeds from the sale will benefit Marshall’s athletic teams and other organizations.
Hours will be 5:30 to 8:30 PM, Monday through Friday, 10:00 to 7:00 PM Saturday and 12:00 to 6:00 PM Sunday.
Here is your way to volunteer and help out!
SignUp Genius for the week night shifts, 5:30-8:30pm: HERE
SignUp Genius for the Team shifts on the weekends: HERE
Can’t get to the Lot to shop for Booster Spiritwear?
Check Out Pay4SchoolStuff.com for
additional items to delight your GCM fans!
Class magnets and decals for your cars, garden flags for your house, GCM sunglasses are fun!  Each supports GCM classes.

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.

Upcoming Events
Dec 6 – Winter Concert I: Orchestra and Band @ 7 pm
Dec 7 – Winter Concert II: Choir and Guitar ensembles @ 7 pm
Dec 12 – Student PTSA Hot Chocolate Event– Cafeteria (see above)
Dec 18 – Start of Winter Break (Students back on Jan 2nd)
Jan 8 – PTSA Meeting with FCPS Reps at 7pm in auditorium
Jan 11 – Marshall Academy Open House (see above)
(December PTSA Meeting has been cancelled)

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