Weekly Update from Irving MS

Upcoming Important Dates

April 4-8

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

April 13-14

Picture Day, flyers distributed in PE classes

Lifetouch Picture Day ID: EVTXN2VZ7

Happy Spring Break!

All staff and students will be taking a break from work next week - there are no assignments given next week. When students return, there will not be any assessments the first 2 days after break. We hope you enjoy break and take time to rest and rejuvenate. We look forward to seeing all our students back on Monday, April 11, to kickoff the 4th quarter. Due to a gas line replacement, our building will be closed over spring break.

Updated SOL Testing

Our SOL schedule for May has been further improved to minimize disruptions to classroom instruction.

  • On Thursday, May 5, eighth graders will take the Science SOL. Our schedule for the day will be Periods: 3, 1, 5, then 7.
  • On Monday, May 9, ALL students will take the Reading SOL in the morning. We will have testing at the start of the day and then follow with periods 7, 5, then 1.
  • On Friday, May 13, ALL students will take the Math SOL in the morning. As this is often the longest test, we will likely need to extend 5th period for lunches and shorten 7th period slightly at the end of the day.

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

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

Cyber Safety Part 5

Throughout the month of March in ROCK Block, we have been taking a few minutes to look at different ways we can stay safe in the cyber world. This week we looked at online gaming safety. Check out the tip card for important tips you can discuss as a family, including:

  • avoiding the use of usernames (gamertags) that give information about you away to others.
  • not saying or typing personal information in case someone you are gaming with is streaming or recording the game.

Student Laptop Chargers

It is important that students charge laptops each night. For students who need to purchase a replacement charger, the cost is $23. Chargers can be purchased two ways:

  1. Go to MySchoolBucks and pay for one online and then pick it up from the Tech Office the next day.
  2. Send a check made out to Irving MS with your student to school. They will take it to the Tech Office in the morning and pick up a replacement at the same time. 


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

Open Gym will restart after Spring Break, during the 2nd block on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  


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

SOL Prep, offered by most core teachers to prepare students for the upcoming SOL tests. Will begin after Spring Break on our late bus days (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays).

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



Registration for VIP Summer Camp is now open

What is your middle school child doing this summer? Like you, we believe your child is a very important person and deserves a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment.  FCPS and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week camp for rising 7th & 8th graders attending Frost, Irving, Lake Braddock, Robinson, and South County Middle Schools. There is a $50 camp supply fee.  Students will need to bring a bag lunch to camp each day.  We will provide a snack each afternoon.  Campers will have a great time playing sports, games, doing arts and crafts and cooking. We will have field trips activities on Fridays to water parks, movies etc.  The staff is comprised of FCPS teachers and support staff, After School Program Specialists, and trained DNCS staff. Transportation will be provided from Frost MS school to South County Middle School in the mornings and back to Frost each afternoon.

Camp Details 

Dates: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - Thursday, July 28, 2022 (students are encouraged to attend all 5 weeks)

Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm (8-9 is drop off, camp begins at 9am)

Location: South County Middle School 8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079

Transportation:  FCPS bus pick-up and drop-off available at Frost Middle School

Registration Procedure:  Use the registration link provided here: https://forms.gle/gSJJV9HfUxtz2rFP8  

Registration Fee:  $50 – pay information will be sent when you receive an email confirmation that your child has been accepted into camp – Payment is due no later than May 6th to secure your child’s spot in camp!

Refund Policy:  To request a refund of the Camp Supply Fee, contact Natalie Duncan, After-School Specialist at Irving MS, by emailing naduncan@fcps.edu prior to the cutoff date of Friday, June 10, 2022.  Refund requests submitted after the cutoff date will not be considered. Refunds will be in the form of a check. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing 

Questions? Please contact Natalie Duncan at naduncan@fcps.edu

Library News

Irving families:  We hope that you all take time over Spring Break to read.  We’ve encouraged students to borrow a good book to enjoy next week.  If they’ll be on the move and don’t have a physical book to take, remember that they can always access something to read through MackinVIA is FCPS’s digital library of eBooks and audiobooks. Ask your student about it.  (http://www.mackinvia.com)

Readers Unite Book Club has completed nine 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. 

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

News from the PTA

PTA Volunteer Opportunities

If you will be here at Irving for another year, please consider volunteering as a leader in the PTA. There are various support roles and event committees. Please see these documents (page 1 page 2) for descriptions of the PTA positions.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for a board position, please submit a completed nomination form to irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com. If you’re interested in volunteering in another role, please complete the online form here.


You can always order spirit wear items at your convenience at https://www.irvingmiddlespiritwear.com/ and receive free shipping with an order of $50 or more.

PTA Meetings

Our next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 pm. Help us make a few final budget adjustments to spend out surplus before the end of the year.

Movie Night

The PTA will host a Movie Night on Friday, April 22. While students are watching a movie, parents/guardians will be attending “Hidden in Plain Sight,” an interactive program provided by the FCPD. Please register for this portion of the event at https://bit.ly/irving0422.

Spirit Night

Our April Spirit Night will be Thursday, April 21 at Panera. More information to follow.

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! 

Have a great Spring Break!

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

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