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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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FCCPSAlert: FCCPS is operating on a 2-hour Delay. Day Care is opening on time with no Drop-Ins.

5th graders work on model of ocean floor
FCCPS Photo/Lisa Mueller

Challenging Build for a Model of Ocean Basin

Thomas Jefferson school logoBuilding their versions of the ocean basin using only items found at their desks and some Play-doh, these fifth graders went beyond their study of sea creatures, to consider the geography of the environment the animals live in and around. 
Snow around entrance to Mt Daniel

Delay on Mt. Daniel Open House

Mt Daniel construction logoDue to weather, Grunley Construction is still working to complete the Mt. Daniel parking lot. The Mount Daniel Open House scheduled for Saturday, January 26 will be rescheduled. We'll publicize a new date for this highly anticipated community event soon. 

Next Year's Preschool
Interest Form 

Jessie Thackrey preschool logoJessie Thackrey Preschool is accepting interest applications for next year's preschool classes from now through February 27th, with the lottery drawing taking place on March 4th. Find the form here to note your interest in next year's classes. 
FCCPS Photo/Courtesy Carol Sly

Elementary GIVE Day
Doing a Great Deal of Good

It was a massive service effort on a frigid Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Over 60 GIVE Day ambassadors set up for hundreds of students and their families to pack 1600 Power Packs partnering with Food for Others. The Packs each provide a weekend's worth of meals and snacks for students in the region whose families need assistance. MD and TJ students also made dog and cat toys for an animal shelter; wrote thank you notes to people who helped with the GIVE Day efforts including teachers and custodial staff, office folks, security and cafeteria staff; and continued to fundraise with a giant bake sale for California wildfire recovery efforts. Thanks also go to the very generous sponsors: Clare and Don's, Dogwood Tavern, Focal Point Homes, Markon, Mill Creek and RCN.
Photos: See Energy and Action at GIVE Day
Jay and TJ after their college signings
FCCPS Photo/Carol Sly

Two Mustangs Sign for College Sports

George Mason sports logoTwo student-athletes signing to continue their sports in college were celebrated Thursday. Jay Nesson left started in the Mason baseball program in 8th grade, moving to the varsity team halfway through his freshman season. Jay has six career wins for GM including a no-hitter over Lee High School as a sophomore, also earning All-Conference that year. He has 106 career strikeouts to date. He signed to pitch at Washington College, but at GM Jay also is active in the outfield when he is not on the mound.
TJ Roche right has signed to swim at the University of Delaware. He joined the Mustang Swim team in 9th grade and earned individual State championship titles for the 50 Free (21.56) and the 100 Free (47.65) last season. TJ was also part of two State titles in relays, winning the 200 Free in 2018 with a VHSL record, and winning the 200 Medley in 2016. He holds school records for the 200 Medley in 2018 and the 400 Free in 2016. Congrats guys! Finish strong.
Photos: Signing Ceremonies for Two Continuing with Sports

Plan Ahead: Tomorrow Morning
Principal's Coffee at Mt. Daniel

Mt Daniel school logoOn Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m., Principal Kasik will host a coffee for parents of Mt. Daniel students on the theme of Early Literacy. 

Plan Ahead: Friday
Beginning Band Members Performing

Thomas Jefferson school logoThe Wednesday performance by beginning band's woodwinds and half of the percussion section will be rescheduled because of today's two-hour delay. On Friday, January 25, at 8:00 a.m., the brass instruments and the other half of our percussionists will perform. The students are excited to show off their new instrumental skills and play some classic hits including Hot Cross Buns and Jingle Bells.

Coaching Vacancies

George Mason sports logoDo you know someone who wants to coach George Mason spring sports? There are five vacancies
Softball - two Assistant Coaches  
Girls Lacrosse - one Assistant Coach
Girls Soccer - one Assistant Coach 
Boys Tennis - on Assistant Coach
Apply at FCCPS.org
Megan takes a shot
FCCPS Photo/Courtesy Carol Sly

Girls with Win at Home

George Mason sports logoLast Friday night the GM Girls Basketball team took on the Clarke County Eagles, falling behind 2-10 before going ahead 20-16 by the half. Mason steadily expanded on their lead for a 54-40 final, and GM's third win in a row. They play away tonight at Rappahannock and home against Central-Woodstock this Friday. 
Photos: Girls Basketball with Win Over Clarke

Band Parents
Step Up for Boosters Meeting

FCCPS logoFCC Band Boosters President Maria Markus heard from many parents at the winter concerts at TJ, MEHMS, and GMHS that they would like to be involved in the Band Boosters. Jump in now! The next meeting is tomorrow night, Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the GM Band Room. All are welcome. 

Today's Calendar


Start times 
10:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson MS 
10:05 a.m. - George Mason High School  
10:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Pre-School 
10:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary  
10:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary 
     + FCEPTA Assembly, Wildlife Ambassadors - 1:00 p.m.
Extra Curricular  
  6:00 p.m. - JV Girls Basketball at Rappahannock (Map
  6:30 p.m. - Parent/Adult English Classes - Beginner Level (TJ)
  7:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball at Rappahannock (Map)  
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