GCM PTSA Blast: October 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 1st, 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.
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

Statesmen Theatre Presents “Julius Caesar” Nov. 2-5
This Thursday, Statesmen Theatre presents Julius Caesar! Set in an exclusive all-girls boarding school, this will be a modern rendition of one of the most famous of Shakespeare’s plays. While staying true to the original, in this presentation, instead of a focus on politics and war, audiences will see a play about decisions teenagers make and how they see the outcomes and consequences of their actions. This interpretation of the Bard promises to resonate with all audiences in a way that is relevant and entertaining!

Shows are on November 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 7:30pm plus matinees on Saturday, November 4th at 2:30pm and on Sunday, November 5th at 3:00pm.

Tickets are on sale online for your convenience and also can be bought at the Box Office before each performance..
Visit our website for advance purchases and additional information.

International Night is Nov. 16th!
Come one, come all to celebrate and highlight the diversity and cultures at Marshall High School. There will be cultural displays, interactive activities, dinner and a student performance show.  ALL family members are invited. International night will be held on Thursday, November 16, 5:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria and auditorium. Save the date!
Parents, if your child would like to share their country’s song, dance or music, there is still time. Please have them see Ms. Penaloza in room C213.

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.

Practice ACT Test Nov. 7th

Want something to fill the long quarter-end break weekend?  How about signing your student up to take a REAL practice ACT.  What could be a more meaningful way to start off Election Day (November 7) then by taking a practice ACT.
It will help:
1)      Decide the age old question of ACT v. SAT;
2)      Provide practice for the real deal whenever your student decides
           to take the exam; and
3)      It will help the Class of 2019 raise much needed funds for Prom.
Date:  Tuesday, November 7
Time:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm (please have your student come around 8:45 so we can get started at 9:00 am.)
Location:  Marshall HS Rooms D201& D203.
Limit to the first 50 applicants.  If you took the test on September 22, please do not sign up again as it will be the same practice exam.
Please pay ($30) and register HERE.
The test will be administered by Kate Dalby of Inspiring Test Preparation . Ms. Dalby will score the tests and email or call you with 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.

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 Information Relating to Special Education
Please see our PTSA website for information on programs and resourcesHERE.

FCPS Healthy Minds Blog
Healthy Minds is a new collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. It is part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, designed to support emotional wellness in youth and families.
In this online series you will find information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles will include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school and in the community. There is also a variety of resources for parents, educators, and community-based providers, plus information about special events and other news.
Please click HERE for more information and resource links.

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

Marching Band Takes First Place in Annapolis!
The Marching Statesmen triumphed on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the U.S. Bands Marine Corps Invitational at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Performing their show, “Inside the Matrix,” they came in first out of five in Group V Open. They also took Best Percussion in the group. To learn more and watch a video of the winning performance, visit the website at marshallband.org.

Upcoming Events
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&24- Thanksgiving Break
Dec 4 — PTSA Meeting

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