Weekly Update from Irving MS

Upcoming Important Dates

April 22

PTA Movie Night - Sing Along to Encanto!

April 24-29


Administrative Professionals Week - we are excited to celebrate Ms. Boltik, Ms. Carter, Ms, Gibbins, Ms. Karim, Ms. Langesen, and Ms. Nguyen this week. If you speak to them on the phone or see them at school, please be sure to thank them!

Stress Less Week - students should be on the lookout for fun activities during break!

 May 2-6

Teacher Appreciation Week!

 Thursday, May 5

8th Grade Science SOL

 Monday, May 9

7th & 8th Grade English SOL

 Friday, May 13

7th & 8th Grade Math SOL


A few of the many students wearing red on R.E.D. Friday! 

R.E.D. Friday is significant as it reminds to 

Remember Everyone Deployed. 


State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area. Please visit fcps.edu/node/42716 to learn more about these SOL tests and LAAs.

Students at Irving Middle School will be taking the SOL tests between May 5 and May 27 with first attempts scheduled on May 5, 9, and 13 as detailed below. Please notify our School Test Coordinator, Leigh Arscott (lbarscott@fcps.edu), if you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in missing an SOL test day. If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or Leigh Arscott.

  • 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.

Substance Abuse Webinars on April 26 & 28

Due to the rise in opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District (which is consistent with national and state trends), Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide educational webinars on youth substance use trends and supports. The free webinars are scheduled for April 26 and April 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Each of the three webinars will provide the same information. 

The topics to be covered include:

  • Most commonly used substances.

  • In-depth opioid information.

  • Reasons why youth use substances.

  • Ways parents can support their children.

  • Available FCPS and Fairfax County Resources.

  • Ways students, parents, and community members can connect with support providers.

Registration for the webinars is available online.

Student Laptop Chargers

It is important that all students charge laptops each night, as we do not have the ability to charge them in classrooms at the beginning of each day. 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 charger   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 Program Parent Survey

Below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program but they help drive program improvement and program quality. This Survey has been approved by the FCPS Internal Survey Review Committee.  Seal Approval Number 22224.  

Over 90% of our students participated in the after-school program this school year, with over 21,000 occurrences of students staying after-school.  Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School After-School Program!


After School Programs and Clubs - ends Thursday, May 26

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


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

It’s coming April 25th-29th!  Irving MS Library’s “Magazine Week!”  The magazines to which the library subscribes will be highlighted this week.  Come take a look!  Each day students can search for an answer that can be found within the glossy pages of a library magazine!

Mary Ann Monk & Diane Gawalt, Librarians

News from the PTA

PTA Opportunity

We are still searching for our next PTA Vice President! The Vice President position is a flexible role that has traditionally had a focus on communication. See the linked descriptions of board positions (page 1 page 2) for more details. If you would like to run or nominate someone else for this position, please submit the linked nomination form to irvingptanomcommittee@gmail.com.

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

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