Irving MS Weekly Update


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


Students participate in Global Summit simulation using the Portrait of a Graduate skills Communicator, Collaborator, and Creative and Critical Thinker, as they worked to demonstrate how they are Ethical and Global Citizens who work to solve the problem of climate change through the perspective of a specific country.

WIMS Book Club for Parents/Guardians and Staff

We are excited to launch a parent/guardian and staff book club! Join us in reading the book "Middle School Matters" by Phyllis Fagell in the WIMS Book Club. We will utilize a book guide created by the author as we read and discuss the book.  The book club will meet from 6:15-7:00 pm (45 minutes before PTA meetings) on  February 11,  March 10, May 12, and June 9. Light refreshments will be provided during each meeting. If you would like to participate in the book club, please complete the form linked below and we will send the book home with your student. We look forward to rich discussions and learning from all participants!

Book Club Sign-up Form:

Veteran Recognition for Veteran’s Day

As Veterans Day approaches, we would like to honor those who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces.  If you would like to recognize someone in your family, please fill out this linked form and return it to the Main Office. All forms should be returned to the Main Office by Thursday, November 7, 2019 before school to ensure all forms are included in our display.

Please include a photograph (photocopy of the photograph is preferred since these will not be returned) of the person you would like to honor. These forms will be displayed in the hallway to remind our students and visitors of the meaning and importance of recognizing our Veterans.  If you would like to honor more than one family member, please feel free to complete multiple forms.

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

Library News 

We’ve been keeping busy in the Irving Library!  

On Halloween, students visited to hear faculty volunteers reading Washington Irving’s most famous tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”  For some students, it was a first time to be exposed to the story penned by our school’s namesake.  In addition to sitting in the library with the lights dimmed and a fake fire pit a-glow, the students enjoyed a snack of popcorn as they listened.  This is the second year for this event that we hope to keep as a tradition. 

We’re also happy to report that our circulation rates are up!  Students are managing to read through books in their daily Take 10 sessions.  We have heard from several students that they’ve finished their “first whole book” this year in Take 10.  Ask your child over dinner what he or she is reading for Take 10.  If they don’t have a title that they’re enjoying, advise them to come to the library for suggestions and assistance.

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