GCM PTSA Weekly Blast for October 23rd

Monday, October 23rd, 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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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.
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
All FCPS schools will close two hours early on Friday, November 3, the last day of the first quarter. Schools will be closed for students on November 6 for a school planning day and November 7 for a teacher workday. Classes will resume on November 8. This school year, students will be released early on the last day of each quarter, the day before Thanksgiving break, and the last day of school in June. See the 2017-18 calendar.

Multicultural Family & Education Center Reception
On Wednesday, Oct 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM there will be a reception to welcome new FCPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Braband at Luther Jackson Middle School and celebrate Hispanic heritage.  Please see the FLYER.
Fecha: miércoles, 25 de octubre de 2017
Sitio: Luther Jackson Middle School,
                            3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042
Hora: 6:30 PM hasta las 8:30 PM
RSVP: Linda Siles- Enlace Familiar


Statesmen Theatre Presents “Julius Caesar”
The season opener for Statesmen Theatre, Julius Caesar, is coming soon!  Don’t miss your opportunity to see this modern rendition of one of the most famous of Shakespeare’s plays!
Tickets are on sale now and online for your convenience.  Visit our website for advance purchases and additional information.

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.

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 Curriculum Night – Oct 24
This meeting is an opportunity for parents of Marshall students in Algebra 1, English 9, and English 10 to see what and how students are learning this “new math” and English for 1st quarter.  The Agenda includes:  Time management skills for your teen, Algebra’s new focus for success,  and English “Literature Immersion.”
7:00 – 8:45 pm in Room A205

School Bond Referendum to Be on November 7 Ballot

A school bond referendum will be on the general election ballot Tuesday, November 7. Polls will be open from 6 am to 7 pm Residents of Fairfax County may vote if they are 18 years or older on Election Day and have registered to vote 22 days prior to the election (by Monday, October 16, at 5 pm).
The building and renovation of schools is not financed through the school system’s operating funds, but through bonds. Similar to an individual or a family obtaining a mortgage on a residence to spread the cost of home buying over a number of years, bonds spread the cost of major capital improvements over a number of years. As long as debt service costs do not increase significantly as a percentage of combined general fund disbursements, the county’s bonded debt will not be a contributing factor to any increase in local taxes.

Yearbook Deadlines Approaching!
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!
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.

Be a Booster!
For information no how to join please contact the chairperson below:
Activities Boosters
Band Boosters
Choral Boosters
Orchestra Boosters

Theatre Boosters

Upcoming Events
Oct 24 – Parent Curriculum Night (see above)
Oct 26-27 Underclassmen Picture Days
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 – Thanksgiving Break
Dec 4 — PTSA Meeting

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