Programs and Activities

Every year, our PTA organizes a wide range of programs, activities and events celebrating art, science, international cultures, music, movement and our fantastic school community. This year, we are working hard to re-imagine many of our beloved activities while also identifying new ones that support families during distance learning.

CORONAVIRUS-RELATED UPDATES
Please watch our calendar page for the programs and activities as they take shape. Below are descriptions of our programs and activities, along with updates on our plans while we remain close to home during the pandemic.

BIG FLEA
The MV Big Flea is a gigantic flea market fundraiser held in the Spring to raise money for grade level projects, enrichment opportunities and school assemblies, as well as funding a critical portion of our PTA’s operating budget for the year. For more information visit http://www.mvbigflea.com. Interested in volunteering? Contact bigfleahelp@gmail.com. Have items to donate? Contact mvbigfleadonations@gmail.com.

Until we can get together in person, we have put a hold on planning for the Spring 2021 BIG FLEA.

BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK
This program serves families in our community who struggle with food insecurity. Our PTA funds this program locally and coordinates volunteers to pack more than 100 backpacks each week during the school year, sending kids who need them most home discreetly with snacks, food and milk for the weekend. We are grateful for the generous support of our community during Giving Tuesday and Spring2Action, helping us feed about 120 families last fall and spring.

This year, we are exploring how best to complement the federally-funded ACPS-led food distribution which takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 7:30-12:00 at the playground on the north end of the school.

FABULOUS FALL FUNDRAISER
The Fabulous Fall Fundraiser is a lively backyard adults-only event with delicious food, festive beverages, kickin’ music, raffle prizes and a live auction. This year, parents, caregivers, teachers, leaders, staff and community partners are invited to join this annual autumnal tradition virtually as we raise money to support remote teaching needs and provide families with distance learning enrichment and technology support.

We are re-imagining the Fabulous Fall Fundraiser for 2020. Watch for email updates and check our Facebook page for updates as they become available.

FLAMINGO FLOCKING
Nothing says “Happy Birthday,” “Congratulations” or “You’re My Favorite Neighbor” like a festive pink flock of flamingos scattered throughout a front yard! When you “flock” your friends or family, a surprise flock of forty (or so) flamingos will arrive in their yard overnight. The flamingos flit, flirt and hang about for three days, then disappear as quietly as they arrived. We request a minimum donation of $100 per block. To book a flock, email mvcsptafundraising@gmail.com.

Flamingo Flocking is temporary on hold while we search for a new Flamingo Flocking Family of Volunteers to herd and shepherd our flock. Email mvcsptaengagement@gmail.com if you’d like to help!

HEALTH + WELLNESS
Our PTA coordinates activities designed to inspire healthy habits and social-emotional well-being for our kids. Some of the activities that the committee has overseen in the past include the Bike Rodeo, Safe Routes to School, the MVCS Mile, healthy food tastings, dental screening and optical care. We are grateful for our partnership with our wonderful school nurse, Ms. Lisa Clausen.

HEALTHY KIDS FUN RUN
In concert with the annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) each fall, MVCS students participate in the 1-mile fun run, held at the Pentagon. Participants receive a medal and the five local schools with the most runners each receive a monetary prize.

This year, we won’t join the marines at the Pentagon, but we will still encourage kids to run! Check our Calendar page for details about this year’s MCM Healthy Kids Fun Run, or email lisajleague@gmail.com for more information.

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT
One of our favorite and most highly-attended events celebrates the diversity of the world’s nations and the heritage of many of our school families. Kids who attend receive a special passport which they can have stamped for each country featured at the tables set up throughout our school hallways. Each country table features photos, facts, foods, instruments, arts and crafts, coins, videos, puzzles, games and other emblems and activities. We come together as a community in our cafeterias to share international cuisine provided by local restaurants.

Until we can get together in person, we have put a hold on planning International Night.

REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST
Reflections is a national PTA-sponsored contest that encourages children to create works of art in six categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition, Literature, Filmmaking, and Dance Choreography. Students can create the artwork at home or at school, anytime until the deadline, which is usually at the end of October.

We are currently seeking a volunteer to lead MVCS’ participation in Reflections 2020. Email mvcsptaengagement@gmail.com if you love art and would like to help!

SCIENCE NIGHT
If your kids like to make slime, are curious about robotics or wonder why their heart rate changes when they run fast, bring them to Science Night! Dozens of experiments, demonstrations and hands-on activities await. Kids will learn science, technology and engineering concepts–including how to build a geodesic dome from gum drops and toothpicks and how to uncover the the magnetism of certain breakfast cereals!

While we are currently unable to host Science Night in person, we are exploring other opportunities to provide exciting, hands-on opportunities to have fun with science. Please stay tuned!

SPIRIT WEAR
Show your MVCS pride by sporting MVCS spirit wear! The PTA sells red, blue and white kid and adult-size shirts and hoodies throughout the year. Be sure to sign up for our email list to receive notice of upcoming opportunities to stock your closet and locker!

TEACHER APPRECIATION
We LOVE our teachers! We are always looking for creative and meaningful ways to let our teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff know how much we value them and everything they do for our kids. Each fall, we provide mini-grants to help new and returning teachers purchase supplies not funded by ACPS or MVCS. We host back-to-school lunches at community restaurants and healthy snacks and dinner on the nights teachers stay late for parent-teacher conferences.

This year, we are exploring especially creative ways to let our hard-working teachers know we appreciate everything they’re doing to engage our kids in distance learning. Please stay tuned to our email updates and social media channels for opportunities to express our gratitude throughout the year.

UNIFORM CLOSET
The MVCS Uniform Closet provides families with FREE school uniform clothing for students. We welcome and appreciate donations of gently worn, used or new uniform pieces. If you have clothing to donate or if your child needs clothing, please contact Rosa Landeros.

YEARBOOK
PTA volunteers curate photos and memories from throughout the year then design our colorful and treasured school yearbook. The yearbook features school pictures taken in the fall in addition to photos submitted by parent, teachers and volunteers. Yearbooks are available for purchase in May. We’re looking for a creative maker to put together this year’s edition with an easy-to-use yearbook design platform. Email mvcsptaengagement@gmail.com if this might be you!