GCM PTSA Blast – October 2nd, 2017

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 by seskaggs7

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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.  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.

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

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