MHS PTSA eNews, September 22, 2021

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September 22, 2021

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General Membership mtg

Special Invitation -

PTSA General Meeting Tonight!


Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Time: 7:00pm-8:15 pm 

Location: McLean High School's Lecture Hall. 

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

Special Guest Speakers: Come meet and hear all McLean High School Assistant Principals will be addressing the members.

If you have any questions, please send them to Sandra P. Buteau, the PTSA President at

Remember to Join the McLean High School PTSA! New and existing users both need to register to (re)gain access.

We hope to see you Wednesday!

McLean High School PTSA Executive Committee

McLean Matters

Backpacks and Calculators Drive

McLean HS has approximately 75 students who are at, or below, the poverty level. We are collecting donations of backpacks and calculators for our MHS students-in-need. The full-capacity return to five-day in-person school has created a higher demand for school supplies. Many of our students-in-need are unable to obtain items from local charities that normally provide their back-to-school supplies.

Items are needed by September 30th.  Please Sign Up HERE to purchase a backpack or calculator for donation. Alternatively, click the Amazon Charity Wish List HERE to purchase a backpack or calculator for donation.

If you choose to sign up to purchase an item at the store, you or your student can drop it off, or ship it to:

Sue Tabish at McLean High School 1633 Davidson Road McLean, VA 22101

An example of a TI-84 can be viewed/purchased HERE, or HERE. An example of a TI-Nspire can be viewed/purchased HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact McLean Matters Chair Emma Blankenbaker at

McLean High School PTSA is a 501(c)3 organization.

Thanks to our Wonderful Community for Making Celebrate McLean a success!

Celebrate McLean Table


Calling the Entire McLean High School Community!!

Nominate Your Favorite McLean
High School Teacher

We ask that everyone in your family nominates the most amazing McLean High School (MHS) educator who is going above and beyond getting their students ready for a new school year. 

Nominate a MHS teacher here.

Kelly Collis and Tommy McFLY, two famous DC-area broadcasters, will make a personal visit to the school (using safe social distance and mask protocols) with an awesome delivery of gratitude from the Virginia Lottery. They will visit the winners and bring Georgetown Cupcakes, Virginia Lottery Scratchers, cool swag, and other unique surprises. Staff from each teacher's school will even get special prizes from the Virginia Lottery!

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:

eNews 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.

eNews Publisher: Use GovDelivery 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. 

Support Your McLean HS PTSA

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PTSA Membership 2021-22

Join the McLean High School PTSA today and play an active role in your student’s education!

Please use the AtoZConnect button below to join by verifying your directory information, paying membership dues and contribute to the Direct Donation  Fundraiser.

Important Note: If this is the first time you are trying to access AtoZ Connect this school year, please click the "AtoZConnect" button above and choose "Create Account" under "New User" to set up an account (do this even if you have used AtoZConnect before). AtoZ updated the database platform over the summer - new and existing users both need to register to (re)gain access."

Questions or Need Help – Click here or ask our Membership chair at 

PTSA Value add

Donation Fundraiser

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 donate 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 High School 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.

Restaurant Fundraiser

Local Restaurant Fundraisers

Show Highlander Spirit and Support Your Community

While Dining In or Carrying Out

Sweet Leaf

Sweet Leaf Cafe is Today!

September 22nd, 4:00-8:00pm

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


Mock ACT/SAT Tests

EC Tutoring is offering a mock ACT test in September. This test is 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 ACT Test - September 25th 9:00am-1:00pm  Registration Form

Mock SAT Test - October 2nd, 9:00am-1:00pm       Registration Form

Mock ACT Test - October 23rd, 9:00am-1:00pm     Registration Form

Mock SAT Test - November 13th, 9:00am-1:00pm  Registration Form

Mock ACT Test - November 20th, 9:00am-1:00pm  Registration Form

Mock ACT Test - December 4th, 9:00am-1:00pm    Registration Form

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

Upcoming Important Dates

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

September 22 - Sweet Leaf McLean Restaurant Fundraiser, 4:00pm-8:00pm

September 25 - Mock ACT Test

October 1 - Homecoming Game

October 2 - Homecoming Dance

October 2 - Mock SAT Test

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

October 7 - Tysons Silver Diner Restaurant Fundraiser, 5:00-8:00pm

October 13 - PSAT/SAT Day


New Recording Virtual Back to School Night

Back to School Night

Learn about our Student Services team, Student Activities information and Library resources.  Watch videos on College and Career Center, Fall Testing information and Attendance during virtual learning.  Join the McLean HS PTSA, order McLean merchandise from the McLean Booster club, purchase yearbooks, class rings and more!

Year Book

Yearbook Pictures for

Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen Start Today

Yearbook and Student ID pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 22nd (RED) & Thursday, September 23rd (SILVER) in the AUDITORIUM. Juniors will go with their U.S. History class and sophomores and freshmen will go with their Health / PE Class.     

If you are a Junior who is not enrolled in a U.S. History class or a Sophomore or Freshman who does not have a Health/ PE Class at McLean High School, please check in with your teacher and go during Highlander Time at 10:15am on Thursday, September 23rd.

Order pictures before Picture Day on with your student ID or Picture Day ID: EVT2RZ99F

The Make-Up Date is November 3rd.

Questions? Email McLean’s Yearbook Adviser, Ms. Percival at

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 Boosters

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!  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. 


Reflections 2021

Art Competition: 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 8th.  Winners will be notified via email by October 22nd, and entries can then be left in the MHS front office for pick-up the week of October 25th.  

For questions, please contact Reflections Chair, Sarah Liberatore at


Essay/Art Contest with Cash Prizes

Tysons Interfaith (a non-profit organization) is sponsoring an exciting art/essay contest for students with cash prizes.  The theme is:  "A Whole New World Starts Now" to focus on positive lessons learned from this COVID era.  For more information click here.

The deadline is Friday, October 15th.

Questions:  Contact Irene Bortolussi at 202-258-9311.  Irene is a retired teacher and docent at the National Gallery of Art.

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 1st.

2021 Congressional App Challenge

The 2021 Congressional App Challenge has begun!

This challenge runs from June 24th to November 1st 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


College Bootcamp

Monday, October 11th (Student Holiday), 12:30pm– 3:00p.m.

Registration open here

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 

Career and Transition Services

Moving on to Life in the Community: "Virtual" Resource Fair

This resource fair assists parents, guardians, and caretakers with future planning for students with intellectual disabilities who may require ongoing supports after graduating from high school.

Participants include representatives from vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living, and advocacy programs.  

Tuesday, October 19th, 6:30pm-8:30 pm

Register Here

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.


Thank you to our Business Sponsors

Georgetown Learning

LM Orthodontics

Policy Viz Business Sponsor