Irving MS Weekly Update


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


Irving Nominees for FCPS 2019-2020 “Outstanding Employee” Awards

Left to Right:  Steve Spero, Outstanding Operational Employee; Manuel Montelongo, Outstanding New Teacher; Michael Greene, Outstanding Professional Employee; Andrew Croce, Outstanding Teacher; and Shawn Spear, Outstanding Leader

The people have spoken, and Irving Middle School now has nominees for Fairfax County Public School’s annual Outstanding Employee awards.  Nominations came from Irving employees as well as members of the Irving community.  If you know any of these nominees and would like to share an account of how they help to make Irving a great place, please click on the links below to connect to a form.  The deadline for submitting nomination packets is approaching with the beginning of the new year, so please take time to send your comments soon!  Questions?  Email Irving MS Awards Liaison, Mary Ann Monk @

Send comments in support of Andrew Croce for Outstanding Teacher

Send comments in support of Manuel Montelongo for Outstanding New Teacher

Send comments in support of Shawn Spear for Outstanding Leader

Send comments in support of Michael Greene for Outstanding Professional

Send comments in support of Steve Spero for Outstanding Operational Employee

SCA Winter Break Spirit Week (12/16 to 12/20)

To help get everyone excited for the upcoming winter break, the SCA is sponsoring a spirit week next week!  Students are encouraged to participate by dressing according to the theme each day.  

Monday 12/16:  Music Monday - student-selected music will be played during all lunches!

Tuesday 12/17:  Toasty Tuesday - pajama day!

Wednesday 12/18:  Winter Wonderland - dress in your favorite holiday spirit attire!

Thursday 12/19:  Tacky Thursday - Wear your tackiest holiday sweater!

Friday 12/20:  College Day - Wear your favorite college gear!

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.

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 

Did you know that our students will have 17 days in which they’re not in school as we have our Winter Break?  Before you panic, hear this suggestion:  Make sure your child has several library books on hand to read when you need a break from them or when they need a break from screens.  Remember when the kids were in elementary school and they had the assignment to read for 20 minutes each evening?  Imagine how much reading could get done if your child read just for a minimum of 20 minutes for those 17 school days!  Are you up for the challenge?  We’d love to recommend good books to anyone who comes in to borrow some before the break.

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.

Collection Drive for Armed Forces Retirement Home

Please consider donating to our Senior Veterans in the Armed Forces Retirement Home in DC. A collection box is located in the lobby. Items needed include: full size containers of laundry detergent, laundry softener, Clorox, Lysol/Clorox wipes, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, deodorant, lotion, hand soap, toothpaste, towel-set (bath, hand, washcloth), and socks. Items may be dropped off through December 20. Thank you for supporting our Veterans!

FCDOT Community Meeting

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is reviewing Fairfax Connector bus service in the Franconia-Springfield area, including all connections throughout the community, central business district and the greater Springfield area. FCDOT’s goals for this process include enhanced mobility, better access to destinations, improved travel times and schedule reliability, as well as more effective transit operations.

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) has rescheduled the second community input meeting on Fairfax Connector bus service review in the Franconia-Springfield area for Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019.  Staff will present three service alternatives that were developed based on public input received during the first round of community and stakeholder engagement and technical analysis. After this round of input, FCDOT staff will develop a preferred service plan to provide better access to destinations, improve travel times, increase schedule reliability and provide more dependable service. The community will have an opportunity to review and comment on the preferred service plan in Spring 2020. 

The meeting will be held at:

Garfield Elementary School

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2019 7-9 PM

7101 Old Keene Mill Road  Springfield VA 22150

Transit access: Fairfax Connector Routes 310, 321, 322

*Spanish translation services will be available at the meeting.

Please join us for the upcoming meeting at Garfield Elementary School or take the survey (English and Spanish) until December 27, 2019.  We need to hear from you!

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 

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


School Code:  T9EEWQ