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DON'T FORGET. . . . Volunteers and donations are needed for upcoming FIELD DAYS!! Please sign up below!
Upcoming Events
PWCS News
 
Welcome to Mary G. Porter Traditional School!

Governor McAuliffe & Board of Education Announce
2015 Virginia Index of Performance Awards

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education announced today that 252 schools and four school divisions earned 2015 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.
 
“These schools and divisions are laboratories for innovation that are preparing young Virginians to compete and succeed in a new Virginia economy,” Governor McAuliffe said. “I congratulate the students, teachers, principals, and communities whose efforts have turned their schools into leaders in training the workforce of the future.”  
 
The schools receiving Board of Education Excellence Awards are as follows:
. . . . .Prince William CountyMary G. Porter Traditional School, Mountain View Elementary, Old Bridge Elementary, Pennington School and Thurgood Marshall Elementary. . . . .

 
FIELD DAYS Coming Soon!

6th/7th Grade FIELD DAY
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
12:00pm - 1:35pm


ELEMENTARY FIELD DAYS 
Tuesday: June 16, 2015  Rain or Shine
8:45 - 11:30 pm   4th & 5th Grades

                                                            1:00 - 3:30 pm     1st, 2nd & 3rd Grades 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We need parents to help set up, oversee the games, and act as officials & game facilitators. We will also need volunteers to hand out water & Freezer Pops.   

DONATIONS NEEDED: We will also need people to sign up to donate Freezer Pops and water for the students. Each case or package of 150 or more will equal 1 hour of volunteer time (not to exceed 3 donation hours for the school year.)

Click on SIGN UP to volunteer your time and/or donate freezer pops and/or water.
   

CALLING ALL 8TH GRADERS!
 
ATTENTION! all 8th graders. . .don't forget to purchase your Semiformal/Spring Dinner & Dance tickets!

Order forms went home last week.  Remember, the deadline to purchase tickets is May 27th. 

VOLUNTEERS are also needed!  Parents, if you are interested in volunteering to help with the Dinner/Dance, please contact Courtney Hill at chillreed@aol.com
 

 
SUPPORT OUR SOL's
Each day we have an SOL scheduled, we're asking students to wear the designated "SOL" colored shirt that day.  Below is the calendar of SOL dates and what color shirt to wear each day.  Thanks for your support!
 
SOL SHIRT COLORS
May 11   May 12  
RED
May 13
WHITE
May 14
BLUE
May 15
BLACK
May 18
RED
May 19
WHITE
May 20
BLUE
May 21
BLACK
May 22
RED
May 25
HOLIDAY
May 26
NO testing
     May 27
 WHITE
May 28
BLUE
May 29
BLACK
June 1
RED
June 2
WHITE
June 3
BLUE
June 4
BLACK
June 5
RED



 
Don't forget your VOLUNTEER HOURS!

Parent/Guardians!  don't forget your volunteer hours this year.
Parent/Guardians are required to complete 10 volunteer hours per child attending Porter.  

We keep a current list (updated every 2 weeks) of Parent/Guardian volunteer hours for you to keep up to date with your total.  If you need to check your current hours, please click on the
VOLUNTEERS link on the LEFT menu bar, and then click on PARENT/GUARDIAN VOLUNTEER hours. 

Click on
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES under the Volunteers link for ideas of how to complete the remainder of your hours.  Parent/Guardians have until the last day of school, June 18, 2015 , to complete their hours. 

SUMMER Reading Lists/Logs

It is that time of year, SUMMER!  And, that means: sun, fun and READING!  Even though the summer is a time for fun in the sun and family vacations, don't forget to keep up with your reading...so you don't lose the knowledge!

We have our summer
READING LISTS/LOGS all ready to go.  Check 'em out!

 
Exercise Kids' Minds During the Summer!

If students laze away the days of summer without using their minds, they can lose up to a month of learning - especially in reading and math. Stem the summer slide and keep your child engaged with these fun, brain-friendly activities.

"Report to Parents" is a monthly article provided to principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.  This month's newsletter features a great article on helping parents stem the summer slide, check it out! 

"Exercise Kids’ Minds During the Summer” in English
"Exercise Kids' Minds During the Summer" in Spanish

Time to elect PTA VICE-PRESIDENT

PTA MEMBERS - The time is upon us to elect a new member of the Executive Board to help lead our organization through the next year. Please take a moment to review the 2015-16 PTA Vice President ballot and cast your vote.

All ballots should be returned to school, addressed to the PTA Elections Committee,
no later than May 26th. Please contact Stephanie Martin at skemartin@verizon.net with any questions.
NJHS collecting for the Animal Shelter

Porter's NJHS is collecting items for the Prince William Animal Shelter.

They will be collecting items in the classrooms from May 11 - June 12.  Please send them in with students during that time. Below is a list of just some of the items they are collecting, click
HERE for more items.  


Science Diet dog food, dry or canned   Towels, new or used
Dog/Cat treats                                       Guinea pig food
Cat litter                                                Rabbit food
Yogurt drops (from pet store)               Bird food (cockatiels)
Laundry detergent                                 Dawn dish soap


 
A Change for My Lunch Money
My Lunch Money is going through a name change process. They will now be called My School BucksIf you are a member of My Lunch Money then you will notice the name change on your credit card statement. Members will soon receive an email explaining the change.  Everything will remain the same, except the name. 

 
2014-15 SOL Testing Calendar

Below is the link for the 2014-15 SOL Testing Calendar.  These dates are what is scheduled as of March 27th, they may change due to school closings or any other unforeseen obstacles.  We will keep it updated to the best of our ability.  Thank you for your understanding. 

2014-15 SOL Testing Calandar  UPDATED 4/30/15

LAST Patriot Press Newsletter of the year!

Here is our last PATRIOT PRESS newsletter of the year:  May/June 2015Check out what your students have been doing and what they will be doing for the remainder of the school year.  Read about volunteer opportunities, a recipe from PWCS Food Services, the spring Chorus Concert, and so much more!
ATTENTION: Parents of rising 6th graders!

Message from the school nurse:
In accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia and PWCS regulations, ALL CHILDREN ENTERING 6TH GRADE MUST HAVE THE Tdap IMMUNIZATION PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2015.  Previously, if your child did not turn 11 until after school started, it was permissible to get a doctor's note indicating the child would get the shot when the child turned 11. That is no longer accepted.

Please, try to make an appointment for your child early, as the doctors' offices get very busy at the end of the summer. When your child gets the shot, please bring the immunization documentation to school. I will put it into the file and your child will be ready for school. If a child does not have the immunization by the first day of school 2015, the child will not be allowed to start school. If you have any questions, please call me at school. I will be happy to help you.

Nancy Griggs R.N., School Nurse

Just for students. . . A HOMEWORK SURVEY

We want to monitor our students' homework minutes and ensure that they can have time to participate in extra-curricular activities after an engaging day of learning here at Porter.  We have developed a short survey for STUDENTS to complete...telling us the number of minutes they spend doing homework in a single night.

Over time, we will be able to evaluate the number of minutes (by class and by grade level) students spend on homework nightly.

AND….students will have the opportunity to win a FUNKY SOCK PASS!!  After a total of 10 homework entries (on different days) a student will earn a pass to wear funky socks on the following Friday.  Survey results will be assessed on Friday’s and sock passes will be given out to be used on the next Friday. 

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Ms. Engelmeier at engelmkm@pwcs.edu.
 

HOMEWORK SURVEY

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