Weekly Update from Irving MS

Upcoming Important Dates

March 25 & 26 @ 7:00 pm

Washington Irving Theater Production of the play The Westing Game

March 31

Last Day of the 3rd Quarter

2-hour Early Dismissal - students dismissed at 12:15

April 1

Teacher Work Day - Student Holiday

April 4-8

Spring Break - No School - Irving MS Building will be closed


Congratulations to Dr. Sue Frenck (7th grade English Teacher and Peer Tutoring Sponsor) and the Peer Tutoring students who presented at the Secondary School Writing Centers Association conference on Friday, March 11. Irving Middle School was the only middle school to have students present at the conference. We are so excited to have students represent our school in such a meaningful way! 

Intentions for Next Year

If your child will NOT be attending Irving or his/her base high school next year, please complete the Intention Form linked below and return it to hbnguyen@fcps.edu to let us know where your child will be enrolled. If your child is going to Irving or his/her base high school, you don’t need to complete this form. If you find out later you will be moving, please contact Irving so we can update our database.    https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf

After School Safety

A friendly reminder that as the weather gets warmer and students spend more time outside,  they need to be good citizens in our community. Stores at the Plaza (Wholefoods shopping center) are trying to work with students and ensure a safe shopping experience for all customers. We are aware that Walgreens is limiting the number of students who will be permitted into their store especially on Fridays and 2-hour early dismissal days. 

We want to be a partner with our community businesses and support them! Please help us share the message of what being a good citizen means and how to help ensure all community members feel safe and welcome to shop in the afternoons in our community.  

Family Engagement Survey

Our Family Engagement Survey 2021-22 should have been emailed to you on Sunday, March 13. So please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.

You have the ability to take the survey electronically or by paper copy and submit it by the deadline of April 3, 2022. Nine language translations of the survey are available, including Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. You are able to complete the survey on most electronic devices, including smartphones. We encourage you to use the link sent to your email account first, where able. If you do not have an email address you may access the survey and directly select the desired language at:

Family Engagement Survey

Or paper copies are available to you if needed, and can be requested from the Family Liaison: djrolls@fcps.edu

Remember – your voice matters!

Lady Spartan Summer Camp

2022 Spartan Basketball Summer Camps for girls and COED camps.  For more information and flyer with information contact Coach Gibson at:  WRGibson@fcps.edu  or to register here is the link.

2022 Lady Spartan Summer Basketball Camp

Special Education Conference (March 26)

Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact specialedconf@fcps.edu

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register

Cyber Safety Parts 2 and 3

Each week during the month of March in ROCK Block, we are taking a few minutes to look at different ways we can stay safe in the cyber world. Last week and this week we looked at Ransomware and Phishing. Check out the tip cards for Ransomware and Phishing for important reminders you can discuss as a family, including:

  • Avoiding untrustworthy links and software downloads from unknown sources.
  • Checking the URLs of links to ensure they bring you where they say they will.
  • Backing up your computer and other devices frequently.
  • Using different passwords for different accounts and consider multifactor authentication.

News from Irving’s Family Liaison

Are any of these 3 tentative programs applicable to you and your family?

If so, please email your interest, and indicate which program interests you to djrolls@fcps.edu

The greater the interest, the greater the chance of getting these programs up and running!

Irving Stays After

After School Programs and Clubs

Surfing Club interest meeting Tuesday, March 22, during the 1st block in Barker Hall.

Intramurals will be going on pause until after Spring Break.  

Volleyball Club is open to all and meets on Tuesdays during the 2nd block. Tuesday, March 29, is the last day this club will meet.


Football Club, meets on Tuesdays during the 1st block.

Lego Masters, meets on Mondays during the 1st block. (April 11 & April 25)

Meme Club, meets on Tuesdays during the 1st block.

Minecraft Club, meets on alternating Thursdays during the 1st block.

NASA Sparx, meets on Thursdays during the 1st block. *6-week program

Smash Bros Club, meets on Thursdays during the 2nd block.

Star Wars Club, meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month during the 1st block.

Ping Pong Club, meets on Tuesdays during the 1st block.

T.R.I.B.E., meets on Mondays during the 1st block.

Weight Training, meets Mondays and Tuesdays during the 1st block.

Coming Soon

Debate Club, meets on Mondays during the 1st block. Will begin after Spring Break.

*Description and schedule information can be found in Schoology. All Parents > After School Program Folder



Library News

While setting aside time for reading on a daily basis is a worthy goal, we don’t always have time in our busy lives to make that happen.  But we can ensure that reading fills those times when we have to wait: at the doctor’s or dentist’s office, in the car, at a sibling’s practice session, or waiting in line.  Just be sure to pack a book wherever you go or have a digital book ready to play whenever and wherever you are. MackinVIA is FCPS’s digital library of eBooks and audiobooks. Ask your student about it.

Recently several English classes visited the library to borrow additional books for the quarter. Checkouts are up.  Keep on reading!

Readers Unite Book Club has completed eight books this school year.  We continue to meet on Mondays after school.  Any students with an interest in reading should drop by the library to express interest and stay after for the first-hour meeting time on Mondays. This week we are reading the first half of Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen.

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

News from the PTA

Spirit Night

Thank you for your support at our last Spirit Night at Ledo Pizza!


Don’t miss out! There are a few days left for free shipping on the online spirit-wear store. Use the attached QR code to check out the new spring apparel, and choose from a selection of logo designs. Free shipping ends March 21.

PTA Meetings

Thank you for your participation at last week’s PTA meeting. We voted to use the money from the Jersey Mike’s fundraiser towards a replacement digital marquee sign for the school. We also voted in the members of our Election Nomination Committee!

Do you have information about Irving Middle School that you’d like to pass along to rising 7th grade students and families coming to Irving this fall? Join us on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 pm for a virtual session where we’ll answer submitted questions and live ones as well. Sponsored by the Irving PTA! Register here to have the link emailed to you: https://forms.gle/oDapFs4mwTSBHUxa7

Volunteer Opportunities

We are still looking for one or two volunteers to help organize the April Movie Night. Please contact us via the email address below if you’re interested in supporting this event. Can’t commit to volunteering? You can still help! Do you have a suggestion for a movie for students or parents? Let us know at the email address below. 

PTA Nominations

Do you know someone that you think would make a great impact on next year’s PTA Board? Nominate them. Nominees can be parents or guardians of in-coming 7th graders and can also be you! Send your nominations to irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com. 

Get Connected

Have you discovered these pages on Facebook yet? Search for them: Washington Irving Middle School PTA and Irving Middle School Parents. The second one is not sponsored by the PTA, but is much more active. There are teachers who are on the page and it has great information and is a fantastic place to ask questions when you need immediate answers. Be sure to answer the security questions, so you can be approved to join!

For questions or comments, you can always email us directly IrvingMSPTA@gmail.com.

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