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Updates from Manassas Park Middle School - 11/2/2018

Week 10 complete, Quarter 2 has begun!

November will be an exciting month here at Manassas Park Middle School. We start on Tuesday with Parent Teacher conferences from 2:30-6:00, then on Thursday the 7th grade has their class field trip to see the play Abira and the Mountain - your 7th grade students should have brought home a permission slip to sign and return this week. Those must be returned by Wednesday in order to go on the trip! If you do not wish your child to go on the trip, or a permission slip is not returned, they will stay at the school and do work while the rest of the class is seeing the play. Students will be out of the building for about 2 hours, returning for lunch at the middle school.

A reminder - from last week's newsletter:

Parent Teacher Conference Day! Tuesday, November 6th is election day (please vote!) and Parent Teacher Conference Day. Our teachers will be receiving training from 10:00-2:30, then we welcome parents to visit MPMS from 2:30-6:00. I recommend emailing any teachers you want to make sure you see and setting an appointment up. Please keep each visit with a teacher to no more than 10 minutes in order to ensure all parents have an opportunity to meet.

Desserts Requested! From 1:30-2:30 on Conference Day, teachers will be eating lunch at the Middle School. It would be wonderful if parents could donate desserts for teachers. Please turn them in to the main office on Monday or Tuesday (Nov 5 or 6).

The 7th Grade will be going on a field trip on Nov. 8th! Next week permission slips will be going out for all 7th grade students. We have the opportunity for the entire grade to travel to the Hylton Performing Arts Center to see the play Abira and the Mountain - which is a fairy tale about inclusion, acceptance, and loving yourself. All students must have a signed permission slip to go on the trip, so please talk with your 7th grader to get those in ASAP. This trip is FREE for students - a wonderful opportunity for exposure to a beautiful performance venue that's just next door.

Photos from the week!


While Monday is a 1/2 day for Pre-K to Grade 5 (the elementary campus) students, grades 6-12 will have a full day of school. Students will be at MPMS from 7:25-2:15 on Monday.

Upcoming Big Things!

Monday, 11/5: Concussion Training, 6 pm in the Auditorium (required once per school year to participate in athletics)

Tuesday, 11/6: Election Day & Parent Teacher Conference Day (2:30-6pm)

Wednesday, 11/7: Winter Cheerleading and Girls Basketball tryouts begin!

Thursday, 11/8: 7th Grade Field trip!

Monday, 11/12: Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL

Congratulations to our October Students of the Month!

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It's getting colder... Dress Code Reminders and a Request to Keep Blankets at Home

As we head into colder weather, a reminder about the dress code expectations here at Manassas Park Middle School. There is a comprehensive list in the student handbook, but the shorthand we tell students is the following:

-Heads Uncovered (unless it is a religious head covering)

-Torsos Covered (from hips to shoulders)

-Wear appropriate footwear

Some students have also been bringing blankets to school. While there are no rules against blankets in school, seeing students wrap themselves in a blanket that was previously dragged on the floor is concerning to me. Blankets being carried all day are exposed to to dirt, dust, allergens, and possibly pests such as spiders, lice, or bed bugs that can then be carried into your homes. Especially if students are using a blanket that they sleep with at home, this is a concern.

Please talk with your children about dressing for the weather and check to see what they wear when they go out the door in the morning. Wear a coat when it is cold and store it in a locker during the day. Keep blankets at home, not dragged on the floor of school.

If you are in need of winter clothing, please contact Ms. Salas in the school counseling office - we have donations brought in for students on a regular basis, as well as being offered to families that attend Family Market. No charge, we just want everyone dressed comfortably for the weather!

Meet a new face @ MPMS! Ms. Marotta!

Welcome Ms. Marotta!

Ms. Marotta is our new 6th and 7th grade Math teacher, coming to Manassas Park Middle School from Doylestown, PA. Prior to working for Manassas Park City Schools, Ms. Marotta worked as an autistic support teacher at Central Bucks School District. Ms. Marotta can be found in room 1170. She is on twitter as @marotta_c.

Quick Facts about Ms. Marotta:

-Attended Penn State!

-Majored in Middle Level Math Education

-Likes watching and attending Penn State Football Games!

-Enjoys Tacos!!

-Loves being unique - she's never met another person named Claudia!

When you see her in the building or at a school sporting event, please say hello and welcome Ms. Marotta to Manassas Park Middle School!

Great Teacher Tweets! (Click on each to see captions or video!)

Welcome to Twitter Dr. McDade! Check out his newsletter!

A note from Nurse VonVital!

Please remember to maintain current school health records. At the beginning of every school year students, with known allergies to food and /or insects stings, asthma, or seizure disorder, need health plans to be completed by their parent/guardian and physician. In the event of an allergic reaction, asthma attack or seizure during school hours, this form provides step by step directions as to how to manage each child’s condition. With that said, please update emergency contacts, and phone numbers. If you have any questions regarding your child’s health, please feel free to contact me.

Winter Sports Tryouts!

Winter Season 1 tryouts!

Tryouts for winter cheer and girls basketball start on November 7th.

All students who wish to participate in sports must have a physical on file with the middle school and completed concussion training. These must be updated each school year, however those who participated in fall sports are okay to try out with no more paperwork.

If you need concussion training or a sports physical!

Monday, November 5 @ 6:00pm : Concussion training for Winter Season 1 will occur in the auditorium

Sports Physical Forms can be found in the main office and completed by any local clinic, Patient First, or pediatrician. The physical must be completed on the VHSL forms provided. Without a physical, students cannot try out for a school team.

Operation Turkey is here at MPMS!

Manassas Park Middle School's Student Government Association is partnering with Northern Virginia Family Services to collect donations for their annual Operation Turkey Event! This program brings Thanksgiving to 1200+ families in our community and neighboring communities!

Each homeroom is competing to try to be the most generous, bringing in the preferred items to help others in need have a Happy Thanksgiving! The winning homeroom will be served a homemade pancake breakfast cooked by Mr. Sieloff and Ms. Tickle!

Manassas Park Middle School will be collecting donations from Friday, November 1st to Thursday, November 15th.

Preferred Donations:

Canned vegetables



Cranberry sauce

Canned sweet potatoes

Canned/instant potatoes

Cornbread/muffin/ Bisquick mix

Canned pumpkin

Canned fruit



Dry/canned beans


Pasta and sauces


Boxed desserts


Peanut butter




Help MPCS Make the Best Budget Possible!

MPCS wants to hear from you! We need your opinions and feedback to help develop our school budget priorities. Please complete the following survey - it is detailed and will take 5-10 minutes.

We greatly appreciate your feedback and support!

FOOD EDITION - Multicultural Night is Coming - Can you help us?

Multicultural night at Manassas Park Middle School is a very special evening that celebrates the diversity of all students who attend Manassas Park. Our school is blessed to represent a community with a wide range of life experiences from many different cultures all over the world.

This year's multicultural night will be November 29 at 6 pm.

If you are joining us for Multicultural Night and are sharing a delicious dish from your culture, please fill out a form with your recipe!

We can't wait to show off MP's diversity and range of cultures found in our community!

Need School Supplies? See Ms. Salas!

Our school was selected to be the recipient of the 2018/2019 school supply give away. We would like to give a big thank you to Cathy Vetal & Novant Health Prince William Medical Center for their incredible generosity. If your child is in need of school supplies, tell them to stop by Ms. Salas’s office.

If you are in need of winter clothing, Ms. Salas also has a supply of donated items for students as well. Get in touch if you have any questions!

Lost and Found This Week!

The lost and found items that have gone unclaimed were donated this week. Next week we will post new items left behind.

Connect with us on Twitter!

Weekly newsletters are great, but if you would like daily updates and pictures of the great things happening at Manassas Park Middle School, follow @MpMiddle on Twitter!

There are also a number of teachers who are showing off what's going on in class on Twitter.

Check us out!