GCM PTSA Blast – October 9th, 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 by seskaggs7

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.
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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.
The main goal of the GCM PTSA is to involve and recruit parents to help the school provide the most productive and wonderful educational experience possible for our children. We believe that effective communication between the parents, school, and the community is the key towards the students’ success – not only academically, but also personally.
Be an active part of your child’s education.
By joining the PTSA, your dues allow us to financially support/fund student clubs, teacher’s wish list, staff development, awards ceremony receptions, directory production/distribution, beautification, technical equipment for classrooms, and much, much more. You will also find numerous opportunities to volunteer – the backbone of many programs within our school.

For information about joining please visit our website.

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

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

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

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

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

International Night Interest and Volunteer Meetings

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

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

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

Orchestra Fall Masquerade Concert 10-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Night Grad Party Ornament Fundraiser

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

Proceeds support the Class of 2018 All Night Graduation Celebration.

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

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

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

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