Welcome to Mount Vernon Community School

The PTA at Mount Vernon Community School supports the students, teachers and parents and helps create a vibrant and enriching place to learn. Active and involved parents are essential to our success — together we can have a positive impact on all children who attend MVCS.

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Big Flea Help Needed

The wait is over! The Big Flea main event takes place April 26, 2014, at the Mt Vernon Rec Center. This is the BIGGEST fundraiser of the year for the MVCS PTA and we need your help to make it a success.

Here are two ways to help:

1. We need help boxing up our showroom this Saturday, April 19 from 9-11 am at  3815 Mt Vernon Ave. The Gentle Giants are donating moving services, but we need to get everything ready for them. Email Caroline at bigfleahelp@gmail.com if you can help!!!

2. We need help with set-up the day before the Flea (April 25) and on the day of the Flea (April 26). Please contact Caroline at bigfleahelp@gmail.com or sign up through VolunteerSpot at http://vols.pt/tMBhfk.

All volunteers receive a free Flea shirt to flaunt their Big Flea pride throughout the year.

2013 MV Big Flea

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2014 MV Big Flea 50/50 Raffle

The MV Big Flea is right around the corner — the main event happens on April 26! For the past few years we’ve raffled off a car the day of the Flea. This year, though, instead of raffling off an “antique” car, we have something better — cold, hard cash!

Half of the proceeds raised from the Big Flea 50/50 Raffle will go to the MVCS PTA for programs and services for our students and teachers and the other half is prize money. Just like the lottery, the more tickets sold, the bigger the prize becomes!

Tickets will be priced the same as in previous years — 1 for $10 or 3 for $25.

Be on the lookout for folks selling raffle tickets at school events, Shop ‘N Drops and at drop-off and pick-up as we get closer to the Big Flea main event.

To get us started, our 50/50 raffle sponsor Jen Walker has already donated $1,000! Thank you Jen!

To help grow the jackpot, we need volunteers to help sell those raffle tickets! Please contact Shawn Parish if you can help!

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Meeting Minutes: February 18, 2014

The DRAFT minutes from the February 18, 2014, PTA meeting are available for review.

Highlights include:

  • Summer learning program
  • Uniforms
  • Literacy/Success For All
  • Dual language
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Celebrate Calm Workshop – NEW DATE

Please join us for a special “Celebrate Calm” workshop with Kirk Martin: Stop Defiance and Disrespect in Your Home: Eliminate Power Struggles and Sibling Fights. The presentation will take place at the Mount Vernon Community School Auditorium on two days:

  • Tuesday, March 4 from 7-9pm (pizza provided 6:30pm in cafeteria)

About the Workshop

The Celebrate Calm workshop is not your typical parenting workshop. Kirk Martin will tackle the most challenging issues (defiance, disrespect, bullying, sense of entitlement, sibling fights, and more) with specific, concrete strategies that work in the real world. Here is what others have said:

  • “Hands down the best speaker we have ever had. It’s like he has a camera in our home! I finally feel like someone truly understands our family.”
  • “The presentation is practical, laugh-out-loud funny and generate significant buzz in the community!”

Do you want your child to take responsibility for his schoolwork, chores, and attitude? Tired of bribing and negotiating with your kids? It’s time to stop the yelling, arguing, and power struggles with toddlers and teens. You will leave this presentation with a dozen practical strategies that really work to:

  • Get your kids to listen the first time.
  • Eliminate power struggles and yelling.
  • Stop defiance, disrespect, and sibling fights.
  • Get kids off video games/screens without a fight.
  • Create stress-free mornings, homework time, and bedtime.

Childcare and Translation

Childcare on Tuesday night will be provided in the cafeteria — please register for childcare at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/face-centers/ or call 703-824-6865. There is no childcare for the Wednesday presentation. Children who are in 4th grade or older are welcome to attend the presentation with you in the auditorium on Tuesday evening.

Translation will be provided for both presentations.

Spread the Word

Please spread the word to other parents in our area — you don’t have to have a child at MVCS to attend. The workshop will take the place of our regular PTA meeting.

This event is sponsored by the Mount Vernon Community School PTA and the ACPS Family and Engagement (FACE) Center.

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Spring Box Tops Collection — Deadline Feb. 24, 2014

There may be six more weeks of winter, but the spring Box Tops collection takes place in just a few weeks. Our last collection back in October raised nearly $500! Worth 10 cents a piece, that’s a whole lot of Box Tops!

Box Tops (pink squares on the top and sides of product packaging) can be found on over 240 items — from cereal boxes and soup cans to plastic packaging for socks and toilet paper! You can even earn BoxTops by shopping online. The complete list of items and the online shopping portal can be found at http://www.boxtops4education.com/

Please submit all Box Tops by Monday, February 24. You can drop off Box Tops in the front office or with your child’s home room teacher.

Thanks for your support!

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Save the Date: Science and Engineering Night Feb. 21, 2014

Once again, the PTA will host a Science and Engineering Family Night on Friday, February 21, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the MVCS cafeteria. This is an interactive hands-on event with science activities for all ages guaranteed to engage the mind.

We will have special guests from the Buddy Ford Nature Center, science and art from Upcycle Creative Reuse Center, a goggle and goo-making demo, balls and ramps for small hands and much more!

Pizza will be provided. Look for more information in the coming weeks!

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