Irving MS Weekly Update


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


Mrs. Hay’s students reflect on their Equity Map results after a Literature Circle discussion

Student Recognition Ceremonies

8th grade: 10:45 am to 11:25 am 

7th grade: 11:55 am to 12:35 pm

Due to the amount of rain over the last 3 days, the fields will not be used for overflow parking.  Please pack your patience when looking for a parking spot. The bus loop will be available for guest parking and if possible, please consider carpooling or parking in neighborhoods near the school as the parking lot will fill quickly.

Eating Disorder Information

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2013), 

Thirty million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues at some point in their lives. Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity and relationships. They are not a fad, phase, or lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health.

Eating Disorder Parent Letter and Fact Sheet

PTA Meeting - February 11 - Community Forum - Interior Camera Proposal

Tuesday, February 11 is out PTA meeting and the final opportunity to provide feedback regarding the internal cameras proposal. 

Community Information:

Interior Camera Information:

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

Edu-Futuro’s Spring 2020 Emerging Leaders Program. Part I offers dynamic and in-teractive workshops! Application deadline: February 22nd/2020 

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, will be offering beginning English classes at many locations. For the locations, click here. Registration is in person on January 30th. 

Kin-ship Caregivers support group information, are any of your families raising a child for a family member or friend? Several ongoing classes until June 11th, For the Kinship Care Café on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (February and March), Kinship Care Financial Empowerment register by January 29th. Kinship care ARC Reflections learn how to help them cope with their emotions, ongoing classes every Thursday until April 30th

Library News

This week we’re seeing all of the 8th grade English classes to help them select a good book for their 3rd quarter book project.  Take some time to ask your student what he / she chose and why.  It can also help students to get engaged with their title if the students reads the beginning aloud with someone else.  Consider this approach if your child struggles to get into and finish the books they choose for English reading projects.

Mary Ann Monk ( & Diane Gawalt (, Irving MS Librarians

After School Program

Activity Schedule

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.

West Springfield Rotary Club’s Annual “4-Way Test” Essay Contest: Deadline February 7th!

Calling all students!  Every year our local Rotary Club chapter sponsors an essay contest centered around the “4-Way Test”. Students are asked to write an essay about the “4-Way Test” and incorporate creativity, originality, and quality or writing into their piece. For contest overview, rules, and an entry sheet, students should see Ms. Geary during lunch.  All entries are due no later than Friday, February 7th. Early entries are encouraged!  Three winners are selected from Irving to be recognized at the local chapter’s breakfast in their honor, and the 1st place winner moves forward to a District competition with a grand prize of $750!

SCA School Dance

Our next school dance will be after school on Thursday, February 13th, from 2:25 PM to 4:30 PM.  During the dance, students may enjoy dancing in the 7th grade gym or play basketball in the 8th grade gym.  A snack of pizza, chips and a drink will be served to all students who attend the dance.  The theme for this dance is Valentine’s Day, so students are encouraged to wear red, pink, and white!  On the day of the dance, students may ride late buses home, or be picked up by a parent.

Tickets to the dance cost $5 and will be sold in the cafeteria during all lunches on the following days:  Wed. 2/5, Thurs. 2/6, Fri. 2/7, Mon. 2/10, Tues. 2/11.  Please note that tickets will not be sold the day before the dance (2/12) or the day of the dance (2/13).  On the day of the dance, students will receive a wristband which will serve as their ticket to the dance. 

Please note that on the date of the dance, there will be NO other activities.  Students may only stay after school on the day of the dance if they have purchased a ticket.

8th graders and parents, please direct questions to Dave Dachille (

7th graders and parents, please direct questions to Emily Geary (

Lost & Found

Irving’s Lost & Found is on display for all students to check during their lunch period.  At the end of each month, we wash and donate all clothing, lunch boxes, and water bottles.  If your child has lost an item, please advise them to check for it during lunch.  We will make announcements the week leading up to donation day to remind students to claim their belongings.  If you would like to inquire about an item, please email Emily Geary (

PTA News

Next PTA meeting - February 11 at 7:00 pm 


School Code:  T9EEWQ