Irving MS Weekly Update


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

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:

Parent/Guardian Programs

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

Free budgeting classes   12/3,12/5; Free classes to help you gain money management skills

Zones of Regulation 12/5; Explore calming and alerting strategies to teach children how to become aware and manage their emotions 

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

Join FCPS Career and Transition services to learn the importance of the IEP transition plan for effective postsecondary planning for High School 

Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors, presented by Laurie Andrews and Kurt Soderstrom FCPS Special Education Teachers, we will focus on reasons for challenging behavior, recognizing and preventing power struggles and communicating effectively with your child. 

Mind in the making series: the seven essential life skills every child needs: Mind in the making series, learn strategies for improving these skills.   

Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents workshop: presented by Dr. Lisa M. Cullins from the National Institute of Mental Health, she will provide current research on: Diagnostic criteria, signs and symptoms, treatment options and resources.  

Calm Conversations with your adolescent workshop: join Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional, learn tools that foster loving and safe communication.   

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate, overcoming obstacles while optimizing strengths, preparing students to be successful in the 21st century workforce.   

Library News 

We’re happy to report that students at Irving are keeping us busy in the library!  We’re excited that so many students continue to borrow library books to have on hand for Take Ten reading time and for reading in the evenings and on weekends.  Irving’s reading culture is growing, with students and teachers becoming more interested in reading and talking about books and authors.  Bring up the topic at your next dinner together.

As always, we’d like for our students to return their items on time so that others waiting for them can have access.  If you happen to notice a library book in your child’s room that has gathered a layer of dust, please check the due date stamped in the back and encourage them to return any that are overdue.

As you look ahead to the Winter Break, please remember to get a book to read or to borrow the electronic and / or audiobooks available by logging in to “Irving Middle School” and using their network ID and password on 

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Irving MS Librarians

After School Program

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

Parking for Pick Up After School

If you are picking up your child after the 2nd after school block (4:35 pm), please do not wait in the bus loop or along the curb in front of the school.  We need this space for the late buses when they arrive to pick up students.  For kiss-and-ride after 4:30 pm, please use the normal kiss-and-ride lane.  

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

Volunteer Opportunity

Hunt Valley Elementary Winter Festival

December 13th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Volunteers are needed to staff carnival game booths and help set-up/take down the games (volunteer hours are between 4:30pm-9:30pm). Please see the sign-up genius below for volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact Iris Stoyanov at or 

Festival Volunteers - Winter Festival Volunteer Sign-Up

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

The Vice President position is still vacant.  Please email if you are interested.


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