MHS PTSA eNews, Sept. 8, 2021

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September 8, 2021

Your Source for News about the Highlander Community

General Membership mtg

Mark your calendars!

The first MHS PTSA General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 22nd from 7:00pm-8:15 pm. 

We will share our mission and values, our budget for the upcoming year and plans across all our activities.

More information about the agenda and the location of the meeting will be published in the eNews next week.

We hope to see you there!

McLean High School PTSA Executive Committee

I Volunteer

Help Build a Connected Community!

The McLean PTSA is an all-volunteer organization. Whether you have the time and energy to chair a committee or prefer to volunteer an hour at an occasional event, YOUR PTSA NEEDS YOU and appreciates all that you do!

Please consider the following open positions:


Serve the Highlander community before stepping into the role of President. Share your valuable insights and contributions and shape the following year, while allowing time to learn on the job.

All Night Grad Party (ANGP) Committee Chairs for 2022

Lead planning and delivery of our All Night Grad Party for the Senior Class of 2022. The plan is to begin early to make it a memorable gathering for graduating students. Current-year committee chairs are available to provide a smooth transition along with providing helpful documentation.

eNews Team Committee: Responsible for publishing weekly PTSA e-newsletter. The role of the weekly PTSA eNews is to enhance engagement with and provide relevant information to our McLean HS parent/teacher-staff/student community.  

eNews Team volunteers rotate responsibilities on a monthly basis.

Committee Chair: Organize content for the week’s newsletter into the editorial content template. Maintain monthly schedule of who is the assigned publisher and proof-reader,

Proofreader: Review draft of e-newsletter to test links, catch typos, and verify consistency with format standard.

Publisher: Use Gov.Delivery tool to enter prepared content, images, links and .pdfs provided. Follow committee developed format standards. Send a test version to the proofreader and incorporate changes. Schedule final version in the tool for publishing at noon on Wednesdays.

If you are interested in volunteering contact our Secretary- Sooa Kang at for more details. 

Celebrate McLean

Celebrate McLean

Bringing the Community Together on Friday, September 17th

Join us with your family and friends! This is an event for all of our elementary, middle and high school students and families to come together for an evening of fun and entertainment. From 4:30-6:30pm at the Football Practice Field (behind the baseball field) we will have carnival style activities, food trucks and booths from our High School Clubs and local Elementary schools. Stay a while after Celebrate McLean for the McLean High Varsity Football game at 7pm, and cheer on our football players, cheerleaders, dancers and award winning band! Click here for details. 

We need help from both parent and student volunteers. Please contact Savitha Sagar at

Support Your McLean HS PTSA


Your contribution translates directly into academic enhancements, virtual programs, improved technology, and courtyard and facilities renovations.  

Click here to donate.

Earn Rewards While Shopping

Remember to enroll in our rewards programsYou can raise money that enriches the educational, social and physical health for MHS students and staff at no extra cost to you!

Amazon Smile

Amazon Link Earn Money for the PTSA       


Simply bookmark:

And use the link to access Amazon BEFORE you add items to your cart and check out promptly. Items that are left in your cart for 24 hours or more do not qualify. To save items to purchase later, please use your Wish List. Every purchase counts!

Cause Network

 Up to 10% of your shopping, booking travel, and donating electronics and vehicles.  Details about the program here.


Harris Teeter – MHS code: 5560

Visit link to register your card. or register with the cashier next time you shop at Harris Teeter, and with every purchase, the store will make a donation to the MHS PTSA.

Office Depot

Office Depot MHS Code: 70104184

MHS receives 5% of your purchases.   Details about the program here

Corporate Sponsor

2021-2022 Corporate Sponsorship

If you are a McLean HS parent, friend, or relative and your place of business would like to become a corporate sponsor for our school at $400 per school year, we would welcome your support! Funds raised through corporate sponsorships benefit various programs provided by the McLean HS PTSA. 

For more information click here.

Local Restaurant Fundraisers

Show Highlander Spirit and Support Your Community

While Dining In or Carrying Out


Pie-Tanza is Tomorrow

September 9th, 11:30am - 9pm (lunch and dinner)

Pie-tanza in Lee Harrison Shopping Center

2503 North Harrison Street, Arlington, VA 22207

15% of sales will be donated to McLean HS PTSA. Show the flyer or tell the cashier you are supporting McLean High School


"Third Wednesday" of the Month

Wednesday, September 15th, 11:00-9:00pm

Santini's at 1443 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22101

Sweet Leaf

"Fourth Wednesday" of the Month

September 22nd, 11:30am - 9pm (lunch and dinner)

Sweet Leaf at 1359 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101


Mock SAT and ACT Tests

EC Tutoring is offering mock SAT and ACT tests in September. These tests are available to students at area schools for $20.

*** Please remember to indicate your status as an MHS student on the registration form to ensure that the PTSA receives credit; the fees support our programs.

Mock SAT Test - September 11th 9:00am-1:00pm Registration Form

Mock ACT Test - September 25th 9:00am-1:00pm Registration Form

Upcoming Important Dates

September 8 - McLean Crew Student Interest Meeting, 3:30pm-4:30pm, MHS Cafeteria

September 9 - McLean Crew Parent Interest Meeting, 7:30pm-8:30pm, MHS Lecture Hall

September 9 - Pie-tanza Restaurant Fundraiser, 11:30am-9:30pm

September 15 - Santinis McLean Restaurant Fundraiser

September 17 - Celebrate McLean/Open House, 4:30pm-6:30pm

September 22 - MHS PTSA General Membership Meeting, 7:00pm-8:15 pm

October 1 - Homecoming Game

October 2 - Homecoming Dance

October 4 - Partners in Safe Teen Driving - 6:30pm-8:00pm

October 13 - PSAT/SAT Day


Back to School

McLean HS Orientation Information  

This video includes information about school schedules, communications, extra-curricular activities, high school credits, and much more.

MHS Front entrance

New School Year PTSA Check List

Welcome to the new school year! Here are some quick links to get you started:

  • Set up AtoZ Directory account
  • Join our PTSA
                If are a returning family, please re-enroll
  • Make a Donation
  • Check if your company offers Corporate Matching
  • Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
  • Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
  • Find McLean PTSA on Facebook and Twitter
  • When shopping, link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to the PTSA

Thank you for helping us make a difference in our children’s lives and their futures!  

McLean Athletics

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for VHSL Participation

FCPS to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Athletic Participation.  Letter from FCPS Superintendent is here.

Sports Boosters Golf Tournament

McLean High School Athletic Boosters has exclusive use of the entire course on October 14th, and the fun is not limited to golf!  Only 1 week left for early bird discount.  For more information, click here.

Parent & Student Volunteer Opportunities

PTA Military Pgm

The NOVA District PTA Military Families Committee will begin meeting again this fall. The committee is seeking ways to assist incoming military families with area and school resources.
The committee is currently looking for volunteers from PTAs throughout NOVA District.
Contact to learn more. 

Spring Hill ES Back-to-School Block Party

Spring Hill Elementary School (8201 Lewinsville Rd) is hosting its 6th annual Back-to-School Block Party on Friday, September 17 from 5:30-7:30pm. This community building event brings together Spring Hill families for a night of food, music and games. High school and adult volunteers are needed to help set up tables and chairs, serve food, and clean up.

Volunteer hours: Beginning at 4:00 PM for 2 hour shifts until 8:00 PM. Up to 5 volunteers per shift.

Contact: Jennifer McCarthy  at

Lemon Road ES Fall Festival

Lemon Road Elementary School (7230 Idylwood Road) will be holding its Fall Festival on Saturday, September 25 from 10:00pm- 3:00pm.

The event is the PTA's annual fall fundraiser and its success hinges on having enough volunteers to help bring the carnival atmosphere to life. This is a great opportunity for you to fulfill service hour requirements.

Middle and high school volunteers will supplement adult volunteers and help run carnival games, face painting, as well as help with setup and clean up.

You can view the SignUp Genius here and all slots for middle and high school volunteers are clearly marked.

If you have any questions reach out to the Lemon Road PTA at The onsite coordinator will be in touch with you regarding signing service hour forms if you choose to volunteer.





Art Competition: The Theme for the 2021-22 School Year is I Will Change The World by......

For over 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.  Students can create theme-based artwork in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, or visual arts.  

Submission guidelines and entry forms can be found on Directions and Rules for Submission categories. All submissions will be online - submissions are due by Friday October 8.  Winners will be notified via email by October 22, and entries can then be left in the MHS front office for pick-up the week of October 25.  

For questions, please contact Reflections Chair, Sarah Liberatore at

Conservation Poster Contest

Conservation Poster Contest

The Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts poster contest is open to K-12 students, and scouts are eligible to receive a patch for participating. This year’s theme is “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.” 

Learn more about the contest, eligibility, and how to submit a poster on Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District's poster contest webpage.   For more information, please visit this site.

The deadline is Friday, October 1, 2021. 

2021 Congressional App Challenge

The 2021 Congressional App Challenge has begun! This challenge runs from June 24 to November 1 and offers middle school and high school students interested in coding a chance to enhance their skills and interests in computer science and STEM. Local judges will evaluate the student submissions and choose a winning individual or team. For additional details, you can visit

Workshops and Webinars


Back to School Anxiety

The return to school is often accompanied by a myriad of emotions…excitement, nervousness, anxiety, you name it! And certainly, this year is no exception.

Recognizing that we all may be a little more anxious than usual, the Safe Community Coalition (SCC) is proud to offer an online panel discussion with local mental health professionals Jennifer Weaver, Mimi Weisberg, and Robyne Davis on Tuesday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m. The panel will discuss Back to School Anxiety and offer concrete ways you can help get the school year off to a great start.  The link to the FREE webinar can be found on the SCC website.

Milcon 2021

Building Foundations & Futures for Military Special Education

September 13 - 20, 2021

This is a virtual conference for service members and their families who have students with disabilities and the professionals who serve them.  There will be two live sessions as well as a variety of pre-recorded presentations available for viewing at your convenience.  This year's conference will include topics on special education, inclusive education, collaboration, transition services, and more.  REGISTER TODAY!



College Bootcamp

Monday, October 11, 2021 (Student Holiday), 12:30p.m.– 3 p.m.

Registration open:

This virtual College Boot Camp is for students with an IEP that are graduating in 2022 and plan to attend college. Career and Transition Services staff will work with students on starting the application process.   Agenda includes:

  • Complete a college search in Naviance
  • Identify and explore your top three colleges
  • Get familiar with the Common App ®
  • Determine your next steps

For more information please contact 

FCPS Parent Resource Center

FCPS Parent Resource Center Workshops

The FCPS Parent Resource Center is offering workshops, information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

For a list of upcoming September events click here. 

Helpful Links


Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Student Services

Student Activities

Special Education Resources

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours 

FCPS Return to School Site - Resource to find out which colleges will be test optional next year.

FCPS Support for Parents & Families

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

Provides access to information and resources to support all families, educators, and students, including those with special needs, learning challenges, and disabilities.

FCPS has Parent Information Phone Lines available in eight (8) languages to assist with general questions about FCPS.


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