Irving MS Weekly Update


For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Irving Stays After


Congratulations to Ms. Miciak, Ms. Zelaya, Ms. Hay, Ms. Hendershot, Ms. Richter, Ms. Marshall, Ms. Rhodes, Ms. Watts, Ms. Berggren for winning the 12th Annual Staff Halloween Costume Contest! The winners were selected by students during Learning Seminar.

Thanksgiving Meals For Local Families In Need

Irving is partnering with Food For Neighbors to provide Thanksgiving Meals for students identified as struggling with hunger.  FFN has a goal to provide 250 meals to local families.  We can put together a complete meal for a family for only $50. To contribute, simply click here to donate with a credit or debit card (or PayPal). Your gift is tax deductible and you will receive a tax receipt from us within a few days of making your donation.

Thank you for helping Food For Neighbors provide Thanksgiving Meals to local families in need. We truly appreciate your generosity towards our local community.Please visit our website for more information and contact us if you have any questions:

Thank you!            

Karen & Mark Joseph

Co-Founders Food For Neighbors

Safety Reminder

This time of year it can be quite dark in the morning so please encourage students who walk/ride a bike to school to utilize cross walks, wear bright or reflective clothing, and ensure they are seen by drivers before beginning to cross roads. Also as you enter the parking lot, please be sure to be off of phones and alert to those walking through the lot. Thank you!

Library News 

By the end of this week, all 7th grade students will have visited the library to borrow a fiction title for their upcoming English project.  Did your child borrow a book?  (Some students have had a delay in borrowing new books because they need to return the overdue books they have.)  Ask your student how he / she chose the title they borrowed.  Ask if the two of you can begin the book together by taking turns reading aloud; this is a way that I have used as a parent to get my own children “engaged” into a new book.

The Irving MS Book Club meets every Monday from 2:30 until 3:30.  The club chose a new title last week and will discuss it on 10/28.  The second read of the year is Crash by Jerry Spinelli.  Encourage the book worm in your home to attend next week.  It’s a great time for newcomers to attend, because we’ll be selecting our next book.

--Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Irving Librarians

Nominate an Irving Staff Member for an FCPS Award

Now through Halloween, (10/31/19) nominations are being accepted from our community for outstanding members of the Irving Middle School staff.  The six categories in which Irving staff can advance in the county-wide awards program include:  Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Professional, Outstanding Operational Employee and Outstanding Principal.   

To access the nomination form, visit this address:

You may nominate up to six different staff members in the various categories, though you are not required to supply a nomination in every category.  Staff members names are entered as selection options from a drop-down menu ONLY in the category in which they are eligible.  For example, if you don’t find your child’s science teacher’s name in the list of teachers eligible for “Outstanding Teacher,” look in the “Outstanding New Teacher” category for their name.

The nomination form does not require you to write up a justification for your reason to nominate a certain person, but if you nominate them, you may be asked to write a letter of support later on in the process.

Thank you for taking the time to let all of FCPS know what a great place Irving Middle School is!

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is excited to kick off its search for America's top youth volunteers of the year.  Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honors middle level and high school students for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.  

Applications for 2020 awards are now open to students in grades 5-12 who have volunteered in the past year.  If you would like more information about the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, visit or email


November 5, 2019:  The deadline for students to submit applications (available at and


Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement, provided by the program and granted by their schools or organizations. Qualifying Local Honorees also receive the President's Volunteer Service Award.

Distinguished Finalists receive an engraved bronze medallion, and other state-level runners-up receive Certificates of Excellence.

State Honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for national recognition events.

National Honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools or nominating organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.

Parent/Guardian Programs

Free showing of the documentary “Angst” on November 13

Angst is a 56-minute, eye-opening documentary that explores anxiety, its causes, effects, and what we can do about it. The film features kids and young adults affected by anxiety, mental health experts, and Olympic athlete and mental health advocate Michael Phelps, in opening up the conversation and providing hope around a topic many find difficult to discuss. The documentary will begin at 7:00pm at West Springfield High School and a panel discussion with mental health experts will follow. For more information, click here.

Learn more about and/or register for the following parent programs by clicking on the link.

Irritability in Children and Youth: How to Help Children Cope 

Sibshops An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs! 

Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age 

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beginning Your Journey 

Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School 

Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life’s Ups and Downs 

Additional parent resources to include YouTube videos of previous presentations can be found here.

After School Program

Activity Schedule

For a weekly schedule of After School Activities click here:  Activities Calendar

Late Buses

Late buses are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The Transportation Office sent home letters with late bus numbers, however, students may check their bus during lunch with Ms. Geary.  Late buses pick up students at approximately 4:45pm.

Pick Up Times:  

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday:  All students must be picked up by 4:45pm 

Wednesday and Friday:  All students must be picked up by 3:30pm.  The only club offered on these days is our Homework Club. **No late buses these days**

Please contact the After School Program Specialist, Emily Geary ( with questions about the after school program.

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - November 12 at 7:00 pm 

We would like to elect the Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year; we need members to attend the meeting in order to hold the elections. We hope to see you on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm!


School Code:  T9EEWQ

Boxtops for Education collection in the main office