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Calendar Reminders

January 24 – Staff Development Day – Student Holiday

January 25 – 3rd Quarter Begins – Odd Day Schedule

Spirit Week

Next week is Spirit Week promoting kindness in our school with the Great Kindness Challenge! Daily themes are shared below for January 24 through 28.  Teachers will be recording participation points each morning for Twain Games points. Listen to the morning announcements for additional details and messages from students about what kindness means to them. Our Learning Seminar topic on January 26 will be a Kahoot game to help students learn more about high school and hear advice from some former Twain students. 

Thanks for participating each day to support the Great Kindness Challenge in our school and building a caring culture each day!     

 

PTA Updates Next PTA Meeting

Join us for our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, January 25, from 7 to 8 pm via Zoom. All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e., those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings. If you are not a current PTA member, email [email protected] for the link by 6 pm January 25.

Staff of the Month

Nominate someone you think is deserving! As a reminder, each month, the administration and the PTA jointly recognize an outstanding teacher or staff member at Twain. The honoree receives an awesome certificate, a $25 gift card and an amazing parking spot close to the building.  It’s just a small way to say thank you to our fantastic teachers and staff members who go that extra mile!

Nominations for the January Staff Member of the Month close on 1/24/2022 at 10 am.

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Calendar Reminders

January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – School Closed

January 20 – End of 2nd Quarter – Two Hour Early Release

January 21 – Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

January 24 – Staff Development Day – Student Holiday

After School Program

All FCPS After School Programs are cancelled the week of January 17, 2022.

Inclement Weather Virtual Schedule

This is the schedule Twain MS will follow if FCPS is closed for inclement weather. Students should login to Schoology to access the Zoom link for their first class by 9:30 am.

PTA Updates Next PTA Meeting

Join us for our next PTA meeting on January 25, from 7 to 8 pm via Zoom. All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e., those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings. If you are not a current PTA member, email mtmspre[email protected] for the link by 6 pm January 25.

Volunteer needed

Mr. Campana, one of Twain’s librarians, needs one more parent to serve on the school’s video approval committee. Two teachers have request approval of a documentary (entitled Life, Animated) about an autistic boy and his family. The approval consists of three faculty members and two parent. We need two parent volunteers who are willing to watch the video and provide their feedback to the committee. The documentary is rated PG and runs 92 minutes. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Campana directly at [email protected]. He will provide a video link and additional details.

Staff of the Month

Nominate someone you think is deserving! As a reminder, each month, the administration and the PTA jointly recognize an outstanding teacher or staff member at Twain. The honoree receives an awesome certificate, a $25 gift card and an amazing parking spot close to the building.  It’s just a small way to say thank you to our fantastic teachers and staff members who go that extra mile!

Nominations for the January Staff Member of the Month close on 1/24/2022 at 10 am.

Rising 9th Grade Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

***Please consider subscribing to your base high school’s News You Choose messages for the most up-to-date information about the transition to high school – you can do that here. Unsure what school your child will attend in 9th grade? Click here to access the FCPS boundary locator to find out.***

Lewis High School

  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022  (through 4th Period Learning Seminar): Lewis-bound 8th graders will meet with Twain counselor Ms. Leslie Pilotti to watch a Lewis-created Rising 9th Grade Pre-Academic Advising presentation video and begin making course selections for 9th Students will bring home a copy of their course selection sheet for you to review and finalize. Invites to this academic advising session will be sent to students next week. Ms. Pilotti will follow up with any student who is absent that day.
  • Visit Lewis’ Academic Advising site to view graduation requirements, upcoming programs, and other helpful transition materials: https://lewishs.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advising.

For general questions regarding the transition process at Lewis, please contact Jennifer Rogin-Marks, Lewis Counselor, [email protected].

Hayfield Secondary School

  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022 (through 4th Period Learning Seminar) – Hayfield School Counselor Mr. Eric Williams will meet with all Hayfield-bound 8th graders to review class options and make course selections for next year. Invites to students were sent via email today and reminder passes will go out to students Tuesday morning. Students will bring home a copy of their course selection sheet for you to review and finalize. Twain counselor Ms. Pilotti is the Twain point of contact for any questions about this event ([email protected]) and will follow up with any student who is absent that day. In the event school is cancelled or delayed, this session will be rescheduled for Tuesday, February 1, 2022 and follow-up information will be sent to both students and families.
  • Visit Hayfield’s Academic Advising site to view their Virtual Curriculum Fair, AP/Honors Course Information, and other helpful transition materials: https://hayfieldss.fcps.edu/student-services/hs-academic-advising-and-course-selection

For general questions regarding the transition process at Hayfield, please contact Mr. Williams at [email protected].

Edison High School

  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022 (through 4th Period Learning Seminar): Edison-bound 8th graders will attend a virtual course selection overview to learn about 9th grade course options and graduation requirements. Students will be given course guides to bring home that day.  Students will then meet with their Edison counselors either on Thursday, January 27, or Friday, January 28, 2022 (through HPE class) to make course selections for the 22-23 school year. Students are assigned to counselors by their last name and the Edison counselor directory with the alpha breakdown can be found here: https://edisonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/staff.
  • Visit Edison’s Academic Advising site to view graduation requirements, rising freshman course options, and other helpful transition materials: https://edisonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advising

For general questions regarding the transition process at Edison, please contact your child’s Edison counselor using the directory found here: https://edisonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/staff.

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Calendar Reminders

January 10 – Odd Day (Periods 1, 3, 5 and 7)

January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – School Closed

January 20 – End of 2nd Quarter – Two Hour Early Release

January 21 – Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

January 24 – Staff Development Day – Student Holiday

After School Program

All FCPS After School Programs are cancelled the week of January 10, 2022.

Twain MS (Virtual) Transition Night

Parents/Guardians, please join us (virtually) for our Transition Night starting at 6:00 pm on Monday, January 10th.

Here is the agenda for the evening:

6:00 pm – Rising 7th Grade Transition Night Presentation – appropriate for any parent/guardian of any rising 7th grade student

6:00 pm – Rising 8th Grade Transition Night Presentation – appropriate for any parent/guardian of any rising 8th grade student

7:00 pm – Advanced Academic Program Information Session - appropriate for any parent/guardian of a rising 7th grade student in Level IV AAP

7:00 pm – AVID Information Session – Parents of students who have been recommended by their current teachers for AVID will be receiving a personal invitation prior to the event. You do not have to be invited to attend.

Links for each presentation will be sent out on Monday. Hope to “see” you there.

Working Together to Keep Students Safe on Social Media

Social media can be a positive experience—giving us ways to stay connected, to share creativity, and to learn more about the world around us. Unfortunately, social media can also be used in ways that can cause harm to our community. Recently, FCPS and school districts across the nation have seen an increase in social media activity related to school safety. False social media threats take an extraordinary amount of time and resources away from school administrators, safety and security, and the local police because every single threat is thoroughly investigated. Students who post fake social media threats in order to impact school operations also face disciplinary action and potential criminal charges.

Visit this site for information on how FCPS is Working to Keep Students Safe on Social Media.

Lightspeed Parent Report Request

Get information about your child’s activity on their FCPS laptop. There is a new functionality available to FCPS parents who are interested in knowing more about their child’s activity on an FCPS device. Parents can sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, which will provide a list of the top sites the child visited that week. 

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/lightspeed-parent-reports

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Calendar Reminders

December 20 – December 31 – Winter Break – School Closed

January 3, 2022 – School resumes

January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – School Closed

January 20 – End of 2nd Quarter – Two Hour Early Release

January 21 – Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

January 24 – Staff Development Day – Student Holiday

Office Closed

Twain’s office will be closed from December 20 through December 31, 2021.

Rising 9th Grade Academic Advising- Lewis High School

School counselors from Lewis High School will be at Twain on Friday, January 7, to present to rising 9th graders during Learning Seminar. Students will receive invitations the beginning of the week we return from Winter Break. During this information session, students will learn about 9th grade course selection, graduation requirements, and other pertinent transition information directly from Lewis HS counselors. They will also bring home a course guide and course selection sheet for you to review. While this is an event for students and will be held during the school day, Lewis will hold their Rising 9th Grade Curriculum Night for families on January 13 at Lewis High School. Please contact Lewis Student Services or visit the Lewis High School website https://lewishs.fcps.edu/ for more information regarding that event. If you would like to speak with a Twain counselor about transition to 9th grade, please contact Ms. Leslie Pilotti at [email protected] or call 703-313-3740.

PTA Updates Thank You!

Thank you to all parents who provide supported our teachers and staff by bringing in donations for the staff appreciation lunch and giving money toward gift cards. Because of your tremendous generosity, we were able to give every member of the Twain staff a $10 gift card.

Happy Holidays!

Mark Your Calendar

January 11 – Spirit Night @ Panda Express

January 25 – General PTA Meeting @ 7 pm via Zoom

Laptop Care During Winter Break

During winter break make sure your laptop is kept in a safe and secure location.  Before returning to school in January make sure you have restarted it a few times and it is fully charged. 

Lost Laptops and Chargers

When students lose an FCPS provided laptop or charger they are responsible for replacing them. 

Replacement fee for lost computer equipment:

  • Dell 3310 Laptop Computer ($472.00)
  • Dell 3310 Charger ($23) 

Replacement charges can be paid either through:

  • MySchoolBucks - https://www.myschoolbucks.com/
  • Check - Bring in a check to Twain’s Main Office made payable to “Twain Middle School”.  Write the Student ID# on the Memo line.

Once a student pays the replacement fee, we will provide them a new charger or laptop. Please do not purchase a replacement charger through outside stores or vendors. 

We will not be providing replacement cases when students lose their case.  You can purchase affordable cases through different retail stores.

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Calendar Reminders

December 20 to December 31 – Winter Break – School Closed

January 3, 2022 – School resumes

January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – School Closed

January 20 – End of 2nd Quarter – Two Hour Early Release

January 21 – Teacher Work Day – Student Holiday

January 24 – Staff Development Day – Student Holiday

Laptop Care During Winter Break

During winter break make sure your laptop is kept in a safe and secure location.  Before returning to school in January make sure you have restarted it a few times and it is fully charged. 

Lost Laptops and Chargers

When students lose an FCPS provided laptop or charger they are responsible for replacing them. 

Replacement fee for lost computer equipment:

  • Dell 3310 Laptop Computer ($472.00)
  • Dell 3310 Charger ($23) 

Replacement charges can be paid either through:

  • MySchoolBucks - https://www.myschoolbucks.com/
  • Check - Bring in a check to Twain’s Main Office made payable to “Twain Middle School”.  Write the Student ID# on the Memo line.

Once a student pays the replacement fee, we will provide them a new charger or laptop. Please do not purchase a replacement charger through outside stores or vendors. 

We will not be providing replacement cases when students lose their case.  You can purchase affordable cases through different retail stores.

PTA Updates Dessert and Soda Donations for Holiday Lunch.

We need families to support the Teacher’s Appreciation Holiday Lunch by providing desserts and sodas. Signup below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4FABA82FA02-teacher

Say Thank You to Teachers.

The PTA helps to coordinate giving gift cards to teachers. You can donate $10 to the PTA online by selecting the $10 Teacher Donation. The PTA will purchase the gift cards and distribute.

If you prefer, you can purchase $10 gift cards and drop off them at the school no later than December 16. Please indicate “PTA Teacher Appreciation,” so they can be appropriately distributed.

Twain Spirit Wear sale.

The Twain Spirit Wear Sales has ended. Because of staffing issues, we will not be able to have the sale at the school on Saturday. If you purchased spirit wear but have not picked it up, please contact Maria Miller at [email protected]

What’s for dinner?

On December 14, plan to dine in or get carryout from Moe’s Southwest Grill from 5 to 9 pm at Hilltop Village Center 7869 Heneska Loop, Alexandria, VA 22315. Show the flyer or mention Twain Middle School PTA.

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Book Fair Starts Monday!

The Twain Book Fair will be held December 6 - 10 in the library during regular school hours (7:35 AM - 2:30 PM), with additional evening hours on Tuesday, December 7 from 4:45 - 7:00 PM. Come and shop our excellent selection of high-quality books and enter our raffle for a chance to win free books! Staff previewed the Book Fair on Friday, Dec. 3 from 2:15 - 3:00 PM. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. We hope to see you there!

Talent Show Auditions

Talent Show auditions have been moved to Thursday, December 9 after school.  Students interested in auditioning should pick up an information and audition packet from the Theatre Room as soon as possible.  Students must fill out an online google form and get parent and teacher signatures to audition on the 6th so don’t delay!  Pick up your packet and start practicing now.  Questions?  Email Ms. Lebowitz at [email protected]

Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Level IV Screening

Current 7th grade families who are interested in having their child screened for full-time Level IV AAP services for the 22-23 school year may submit referrals and any optional materials on or before December 15, 2021, to Mark Twain Middle School Student Services. Additional details regarding the screening process including forms and timelines can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

PTA Updates Volunteers needed for book fair.

Our Twain librarians need your help with the Book Fair December 6 to 10. Specific shifts that need coverage are available for sign up below.

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Twain spirit wear sale December 6 to 10 and Saturday Dec 11.

Three ways to buy: 1) You can purchase Twain spirit wear online at the MTMS Memberhub store and pick up at the school 2) Purchase during lunch period the week of Dec 6 to 10, or 3) Purchase on Saturday Dec 11 from 1 to 3 pm at the school.

Hoodies - $30 (available in Youth Large, Adult Small, Medium, Large and XL)

Sweatpants - $30 (available in Adult Small, Medium, Large and XL)

T-shirts - $15 (available in Youth Large, Adult Small, Medium, Large and XL)

What’s for dinner?

On December 14, plan to dine in or get carryout from Moe’s Southwest Grill at Hilltop Village Center 7869 Heneska Loop, Alexandria, VA 22315.

Support the PTA with your Amazon Purchases

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Mark Twain Middle PTA (Alexandria, Va.)  every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is exactly like regular Amazon.com, but the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device and select Mark Twain Middle PTA (Alexandria, Va.) as your charitable organization. Happy Shopping!

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Calendar Reminders

November 24 – November 26 – Thanksgiving Break – School Closed

December 20 – December 31 – Winter Break – School Closed

Course Catalog Cover Art Contest

Calling all 8th graders!

Do you have a skill or passion for art? YOUR art could be featured on the cover of our 22-23 Course Catalog!

Each participant will earn 5 points for their team, and the grand prize winner will win 20 points for their team.

Your design can be created by hand or digitally and should be formatted to fit on a standard 8 ½ x 11-inch sheet of paper (portrait orientation) Your masterpiece should also convey well in black and white as that is how it will be printed if chosen for the cover.

ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY 3RD PERIOD, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29

You may deliver your artwork to Mrs. Spencer in the Student Services office, or email it (pdf format) from your school Gmail account to [email protected]

Twain Theatre Fundraiser

Mark your calendars – Chipotle Night

Wednesday, December 1 – Chipotle Night fundraiser at the Kingstowne Chipotle from 5 pm to 9 pm for the MTMS Theatre Department.  Tell the cashier you’re with Twain Theatre when you order or use the code 9RNBV2K when you order online.

Twain Book Fair

The Twain Book Fair will be December 6 - 10 in the library during regular school hours (7:35 AM - 2:30 PM), with additional evening hours on Tuesday, December 7 from 4:45 - 7:00 PM. Come and shop our excellent selection of high-quality books, and enter our raffle for a chance to win free books! Staff book fair previews will be on Friday, Dec. 3 from 2:15 - 3:00 PM. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. We hope to see you there!

Talent Show Auditions

Talent show auditions are coming up soon on Monday, December 6 after school.  Students interested in auditioning should pick up an information and audition packet from the Theatre Room as soon as possible.  Students must fill out an online google form and get parent and teacher signatures to audition on the 6th so don’t delay!  Pick up your packet and start practicing now.  Questions?  Email Ms. Lebowitz at [email protected]

Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Level IV Screening

Current 7th grade families who are interested in having their child screened for full-time Level IV AAP services for the 2022-23 school year may submit referrals and any optional materials on or before December 15, 2021, to Mark Twain Middle School Student Services. Additional details regarding the screening process including forms and timelines can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

PTA Updates Join the PTA

Our goal is 250 members this year. We currently have 197. Consider joining the Twain PTA! Your membership dues fund a variety of programs throughout the year. Parent memberships are $20 and $30 for a family (2-person membership).

Buy Twain spirit wear online.

You can purchase Twain spirit wear online at the MTMS Memberhub store. Buy online and pick up at the school.

Hoodies - $30 (available in Youth Large, Adult Small, Medium, Large and XL)

Sweatpants - $30 (available in Adult Small, Medium, Large and XL)

T-shirts - $15 (available in Youth Large, Adult Small, Medium, Large and XL)

Twain birthday celebration is coming.

Our students will celebrate Twain’s Birthday on November 30! We need parents to donate cupcakes…lots and lots of cupcakes to feed all our kids! We also need help to coordinate receiving cupcake donations in the morning 7:00 to 7:45 am and helping to give them out during the lunch periods (10:15 am to 1:00 pm). Sign up below!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4FABA82FA02-mark

Support the PTA with your Amazon Purchases

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Mark Twain Middle PTA (Alexandria, Va.)  every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is exactly like regular Amazon.com, but the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device and select Mark Twain Middle PTA (Alexandria, Va.) as your charitable organization. Happy Shopping!

Mark your calendars.

Here’s what’s coming up:

  • Twain’s Birthday Celebration – Nov 30
  • General PTA Meeting via Zoom* – Nov 30, 7 pm
  • Twain Book Fair – Dec 6 to 10 (we will need volunteer support)
  • Spirit Night @ Moe’s – Dec 14

*All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e., those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings. If you are not a current PTA member, email [email protected] for the link by 6 pm November 30.

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Don’t miss Twain Theatre’s Fall Production - this weekend!!

Twain Theatre’s fall production – A Brief Unit on Interdimensional Heroism by Alan Haehnel – is this weekend!  You can purchase your tickets in advance online or at the door before the performance (while they last)!

Performances are:

November 19 at 7:00 pm

November 20 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Lebowitz at [email protected]

Click the show title to the right to purchase YOUR tickets for Twain’s Fall Production: A Brief Unit on Interdimensional Heroism by Alan Haehnel.

Calendar Reminders

November 24 – November 26 – Thanksgiving Break – School Closed

December 20 – December 31 – Winter Break – School Closed

Course Catalog Cover Art Contest

Calling all 8th graders!

Do you have a skill or passion for art? YOUR art could be featured on the cover of our 22-23 Course Catalog!

Each participant will earn 5 points for their team, and the grand prize winner will win 20 points for their team.

Your design can be created by hand or digitally and should be formatted to fit on a standard 8 ½ x 11-inch sheet of paper (portrait orientation) Your masterpiece should also convey well in black and white as that is how it will be printed if chosen for the cover.

ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY 3RD PERIOD, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29

You may deliver your artwork to Mrs. Spencer in the Student Services office, or email it (pdf format) from your school Gmail account to [email protected]

Spirit Week

Monday, November 29 – Twain Games Team Color Day

Tuesday, November 30 – Crazy Sock Day (Kicks off Twain Rocks Socks – see flyer below)

Wednesday, December 1 – Dress for Success/Future Career Day

Thursday, December 2 – College Spirit Gear Day

Friday, December 3 – Twain Spirit Gear

 

Twain Theatre Fundraiser

Mark your calendars – Chipotle Night

Wednesday, December 1 – Chipotle Night fundraiser at the Kingstowne Chipotle from 5 pm to 9 pm for the MTMS Theatre Department.  Tell the cashier you’re with Twain Theatre when you order or use the code 9RNBV2K when you order online.

Talent Show Auditions

Talent show auditions are coming up soon on Monday, December 6 after school.  Students interested in auditioning should pick up an information and audition packet from the Theatre Room as soon as possible.  Students must fill out an online google form, and get parent and teacher signatures in order to audition on the 6th so don’t delay!  Pick up your packet and start practicing now.  Questions?  Email Ms. Lebowitz at [email protected]

PTA Updates Saturday Morning Fun Run

Volunteers needed for Saturday Morning Fun Run. Twain is holding a community event to gather resources for our community Food Bank, Koinonia. Twain’s Fun Run is an opportunity to participate as a family in a 5K Fun Run on November 20th from 10 AM – 12 PM. The school needs parent to volunteer to help set up and monitor the race on Saturday morning starting at 9 am. We need your help, please sign up to help.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4FABA82FA02-mtms

Mark Twain’s birthday celebration is coming.

Our students will celebrate Twain’s Birthday on November 30! We need parents to donate cupcakes…lots and lots of cupcakes to feed all our kids! We also need help to coordinate receiving cupcake donations in the morning 7:00 to 7:45 am and helping to give them out during the lunch periods (10:15 am to 1:00 pm). Sign up to below!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4FABA82FA02-mark

Support the PTA with your Amazon Purchases

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Mark Twain Middle PTA (Alexandria, Va.)  every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is exactly like regular Amazon.com, but the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device and select Mark Twain Middle PTA (Alexandria, Va.) as your charitable organization. Happy Shopping!

Mark your calendars

Here’s what’s coming up:

  • Twain’s Fun Run – Nov 20, 10 am to 12 pm
  • Twain’s Birthday Celebration – Nov 30
  • General PTA Meeting via Zoom* – Nov 30, 7 pm
  • Twain Book Fair – Dec 6 to 10 (we will need volunteer support)
  • Spirit Night @ Moe’s – Dec 14

*All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e., those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings. If you are not a current PTA member, email [email protected] for the link by 6 pm November 30.

Join the PTA. Let’s make this year extra special. Join the Twain PTA! Your membership dues fund a variety of programs throughout the year. Please like us on Facebook to get news and updates from the Twain PTA.

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5k Fun Run - November 20

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Team Twain has started a two-week-long community event to gather resources for our community Food Bank, Koinonia.  Students are earning points for their team from November 8th through November 22nd for participating.  Please consider donating an item such as Canned Corn, Canned Tomatoes, Canned Fruit (low sugar), Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Salad Dressing, Instant Hot Cereal, Masa, Sugar, Flour, Pancake Mix, and Baking Mix (shelf-stable Items). Donations will be collected in Twain's lobby in the morning and during lunch each day. 

A second opportunity to support Twain’s community as a family is by participating in our 5K Fun Run on November 20th from 10 AM – 12 PM.  To register, wear your team Twain color and arrive at Twain's back parking lot at 9:30 AM to pay the registration fee (either a shelf-stable food donation or a cash donation for the Koinonia Community Food Bank).  Runners can earn team points by wearing their team's color (Red Cavaliers & Wolverines, Blue Panthers & Lancers, Black Patriots and Eagles, Green Pirates and Hawks).  Additionally, the fastest participant for each team will win a Pie as a prize. 

We look forward to working together to help address food insecurities in our community.

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Make Up Picture Day

Monday, November 15 is our make-up picture day. If you missed taking a picture earlier this school year, you can have your picture taken on Monday. Students will be called to the Library at specific times during the day to take pictures.

Don’t Miss Twain Theatre’s Fall Production

Online ticket sales are now available for Twain Theatre’s fall production – A Brief Unit on Interdimensional Heroism by Alan Haehnel.  We do have a limited number of seats per performance, so don’t delay!  Purchase your tickets now!

Performances are:

November 19 at 7:00 pm

November 20 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Click the show title to the right to purchase YOUR tickets for Twain’s Fall Production: A Brief Unit on Interdimensional Heroism by Alan Haehnel.

PTA Updates Volunteers Needed for Fun Run on November 20

Support our kids by volunteering at the Fun Run on November 20 from 9 am to 12 pm. Sign up to help!

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Support the PTA with your Amazon Purchases

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Mark Twain Middle PTA (Alexandria, Va.)  every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is exactly like regular Amazon.com, but the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device and select Mark Twain Middle PTA (Alexandria, Va.) as your charitable organization. Happy Shopping!

Twain Birthday Celebration is coming!

The PTA will coordinate cupcake donations for November 30, so that all our kids can celebrate Mark Twain’s birthday. Signups to donate cupcakes will be available on November 15. In the meantime, we will need volunteers to coordinate receiving cupcake donations and helping to give them out during the lunch periods on the 30th. Please contact our volunteer coordinator Mollee Hansen at [email protected] if you can help.

Odyssey of the Mind

Does your child love to build, create, write, sing or act? Then Odyssey of the Mind might be for them! In this completely student-led activity, students meet to solve problems in creative ways, culminating in an online competition. Students will have a parent supervise them and will meet at a parent’s home. Registration is open now and will run through November 15. The online competition is March 5.

Here is the sign-up form: https://forms.gle/FhdayzeX1wdqihwp9 

If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

Spirit Week

Monday, November 29 – Twain Games Team Color Day

Tuesday, November 30 – Crazy Sock Day (Kicks off Twain Rocks Socks – see flyer below)

Wednesday, December 1 – Dress for Success/Future Career Day

Thursday, December 2 – College Spirit Gear Day

Friday, December 3 – Twain Spirit Gear

Did you know…

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. A spine affected by scoliosis has a sideways curve, making it appear more like an “S” or a “C” than a straight line. Untreated scoliosis can lead to limited motion, back pain, deformity, and in extreme cases, impaired function of the heart and lungs. Early detection and treatment may prevent scoliosis from progressing.

For more information about Scoliosis, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/42356.

Talent Show Auditions

Talent show auditions are Monday, December 6 after school.  Students interested in auditioning should pick up an information and audition packet from the Theatre as soon as possible.  Students must fill out an online Google form, and get parent and teacher signatures in order to audition on the 6th so don’t delay!  Pick up your packet and start practicing now.  Questions?  Email Ms. Lebowitz at [email protected]

Calendar Reminders

November 24 – November 26 – Thanksgiving Break – School Closed

December 20 – December 31 – Winter Break – School Closed

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1st Quarter Report Cards

Today, we will distribute 1st quarter report cards to students. We will do this during our 8th period and we hope it serves as a good conversation starter at home about how the first quarter of the school year went. We hope your student has experienced many successes through the first 9 weeks of school and hope they can build on that momentum going forward. If you and your student see areas where improvement is needed, consider having them stay after school to work with a teacher, use their agenda to write down important assignments and dates, and create a home/school calendar to better manage their time.  

Grades are always available through ParentVUE, so please take advantage of this tool to help monitor how your child is doing in school. Here are some ways to make sure you are connected:

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access allows parents access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

New Users  

Please use the parent account registration page to register your account. You will need an activation key to log in for the first time. o Please contact the school if you need a new activation key or are having issues logging onto your ParentVUE Account. Please include your name, email address, student's name, students ID number and a short description of what the issue is.

Returning Users

Please go to https://sisparent.fcps.edu to log in to your ParentVUE Account.

Trouble logging in?

If you are unable to log into ParentVUE, contact the school to verify that your correct email has been added into SIS:

If you have never logged into ParentVUE: 1. Call the school to add your email into SIS – it takes at least 24 hours to update in SIS. 2. Once added into SIS, the school can send out an activation key to the email you have provided. This activation key will include your username, password, and directions for how to log in.

If you forgot your username, contact the school to verify your username. 

If you forgot your password, reset your password using the “Forgot Password” button on the ParentVUE login screen.

Twain’s Hunger Games

Team Twain is beginning a two-week-long community event to gather resources for our community Food Bank, Koinonia.  Students will earn points for their team from November 8th through November 22nd for participating.  Please consider donating an item such as Canned Corn, Canned Tomatoes, Canned Fruit (low sugar), Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Salad Dressing, Instant Hot Cereal, Masa, Sugar, Flour, Pancake Mix, and Baking Mix (shelf-stable Items). Donations will be collected in Twain's lobby in the morning and during lunch each day. 

A second opportunity to participate in Twain’s Hunger Games as a family is by participating in our 5K Fun Run on November 20th from 10 AM – 12 PM.  To register, wear your team Twain color and arrive at Twain's back parking lot at 9:30 AM to pay the registration fee (either a shelf-stable food donation or a cash donation for the Koinonia Community Food Bank).  Runners can earn team points by wearing their team's color (Red Cavaliers & Wolverines, Blue Panthers & Lancers, Black Patriots and Eagles, Green Pirates and Hawks).  Additionally, the fastest participant for each team will win a Pie as a prize. 

We look forward to working together to help address food insecurities in our community.

PTA Updates Odyssey of the Mind

Does your child love to build, create, write, sing or act? Then Odyssey of the Mind might be for them! In this completely student-led activity, students meet to solve problems in creative ways, culminating in an online competition. Students will have a parent supervise them and will meet at a parent’s home. Registration is open now and will run through November 15.  The online competition is March 5.

Here is the sign-up form: https://forms.gle/FhdayzeX1wdqihwp9

If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

Twain Birthday Celebration

It’s coming. The PTA will coordinate cupcake donations for November 30, so that all our kids can celebrate Mark Twain’s birthday. Signups to donate cupcakes will be available on November 15. In the meantime, we will need a few volunteers to coordinate receiving cupcake donations and helping to give them out during the lunch periods on the 30th. Please contact our volunteer coordinator Mollee Hansen at [email protected] if you can help.

What’s for dinner?

On November 9 or 10, plan to dine in or get carryout from Olympians Family Restaurant at 6430 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria, Va. Show the flyer below at check out and the restaurant will donate a percentage to the Twain PTA.

Student Monitors Needed

Twain is searching for a few monitors to support our students this school year. The details are below. If you are interested in interviewing for one of these positions, please use the following link to apply: http://careers.fcps.edu/gateway.htm?tg=supp&req=16106BR.

After you have completed the application process send an email to Twain’s Assistant Principal, Melissa Montgomery at [email protected].

Position Description  

Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and noninstructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.  

Qualifications 

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

Hourly Rate:  $15.73

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Important Dates

Monday, November 1 – Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 2 – Election Day – Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

Wednesday, November 3 – 2nd Quarter Begins – Even Day Classes

Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day – 2 Hour Early Release

Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Holiday – School is closed

Emergency Care Information

Health Information in the Emergency Care form provides valuable information regarding student health conditions. This information is critical in identifying students who may need healthcare support while at school or on the bus. Parents/guardians are reminded that they can provide this information online via their SIS ParentVue accounts within the [email protected] module (located under “FCPS Links” on the SIS Menu).

NOTE: If you have recently updated your child’s information in school year 2020-2021, it is not necessary to resend the Emergency Care Form unless contact information or health conditions have changed. 

To review your child’s Health Information:

  1. Login to SIS ParentVue
  2. Click on FCPS Links and select the “[email protected] - Update Emergency Care Info” option
  3. Click on plus sign beside the student’s name and choose:
    1. Current Health Conditions
  1. If applicable, choose “Yes” for “Does your child have a health condition that requires support at school?” This will open where the parent can make updates that will transfer to the Health Information Form for the PHN to review.
    1. Current Medical Care Details
  1. If a parent needs to make changes to the Medical Information on File, they will need to contact the school.  The school will contact the PHN.  This is for the child’s safety.
  1. Click “Save Changes”
  2. If you do not wish to update “Parent/Guardian Contact Information” or “Other Information” (Emergency Contacts/Insurance details, etc.) at this time, click “Send the Form”. Otherwise, select the link for the other information to be updated, save changes to each and select “Send the Form” when you’ve completed your updates.
  3. You will see confirmation that your updates have been submitted.
Tardies

This week Parents/Guardians received an email with information regarding the number of times their student was late (tardy) to class during the 1st Quarter. During 2nd Quarter students will be assigned detention if they are tardy to three or more classes in one week. Students could be assigned to a lunch detention or an after-school detention. Parents/Guardians will be notified when students are assigned detention. If you have questions regarding tardies, please reach out to your grade level assistant principal:

7th grade - Melissa Montgomery -  [email protected]

8th grade - Lynda Nocera - [email protected]

Lost Laptops and Chargers

When students lose an FCPS provided laptop or charger they are responsible for replacing them. 

Replacement fee for lost computer equipment:

  • Dell 3310 Laptop Computer ($472.00)
  • Dell 3310 Charger ($23.00) 

Replacement charges can be paid either through:

  • MySchoolBucks - https://www.myschoolbucks.com/
  • Check - Bring in a check to Twain’s Main Office made payable to “Twain Middle School”.  Write the Student ID# on the Memo line.

Once a student pays the replacement fee, we will provide them a new charger or laptop. Please do not purchase a replacement charger through outside stores or vendors.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology

The TJHSST application window is open now and will close on Friday, November 19, at 4:00pm. Students, not parents, must initiate the application process and may do so by visiting the TJ Admissions website, selecting “Freshman Application Process”: https://www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions.  Once there, students can check the eligibility requirements, view the 21-22 calendar,  and access the online application. Components of the application and detailed steps for application completion are outlined on this same page. TJ will be offering virtual Q&A sessions in the near future so please continue to check the admissions website for updates. If you have any questions or your child needs assistance, please contact TJ liaison counselor Leslie Pilotti at [email protected] or 703-313-3740.

PTA Updates Tiger Night

Tiger Night is Cancelled. Unfortunately, due to the forecasted heavy rain, high winds and flash flood warnings, we will not be able to have Tiger Night tonight. Mr. Miller will send out a message as well. No rain date is scheduled. Thank you to all those on the team organizing the event. We appreciate all their efforts

Staff of the Month

Congratulations to our October Staff of the Month: Geralyn Clinton, 7th and 8th grade counselor. She has been accessible, proactive and responsive to communications. Returning to in-person learning comes with some social and emotional challenges for many. Her gentle and approachable interactions with students are an incredible asset. Thank you Geralyn!

Each month, the administration and the PTA jointly recognize an outstanding teacher or staff member at Twain. The honoree receives an awesome certificate, a $25 gift card and an amazing parking spot close to the building.  It’s just a small way to say thank you to our fantastic teachers and staff members who go that extra mile!

To nominate someone deserving, like the Twain PTA page on Facebook or join the Twain PTA! We send out a call for nominations about one week before the general PTA meeting. The next one will be on Tuesday, November 30, 7:00 PM on Zoom.

Odyssey of the Mind

Does your child love to build, create, write, sing or act? Then Odyssey of the Mind might be for them! In this completely student-led activity, students meet to solve problems in creative ways, culminating in an online competition. Students will have a parent supervise them and will meet at a parent’s home. Registration is open now and will run through November 15.  The online competition is March 5.

Here is the sign-up form: https://forms.gle/FhdayzeX1wdqihwp9 

If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

What’s for dinner?

On November 9 or 10, plan to dine in or get carryout from Olympians Family Restaurant at 6430 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria, Va. You just need to mention that your purchase is for the Twain Middle School and Olympians will donate a percentage to the Twain PTA.

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Important Dates

Friday, October 29 – 2 Hour Early Release, end of 1st Quarter

Monday, November 1 – Professional Development Day for Staff – Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 2 – Election Day – Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

Wednesday, November 3 – 2nd Quarter Begins - Even Day Classes

Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day – 2 Hour Early Release

PTA Updates Next Meeting

Join us at the October PTA meeting. Join us for our next PTA meeting on October 26, from 7 to 8 pm via Zoom. All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e. those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings. If you are not a current PTA member, email [email protected] for the link by 6 pm October 26.

Tiger Night

Attend Tiger Night on Friday, Oct. 29 from 5 to 8 pm. There will be food trucks, socializing with friends, costume contests and spirit wear on sale. This event is intended for Twain students and their families. To participate in the costume contests, you must arrive and sign up by 6:15 pm. Judging will be from 6:15 to 6:45 and winners announced at 7 pm. The three categories are:

  • Best group costume
  • Scariest costume
  • Most unique costume

Like the Twain PTA page on Facebook to get information on pre-ordering food for the event. Please RSVP for the event here. It helps to spread the word.

Support Tiger Night. We need some volunteers to help with variety of tasks. It’s a great way to get to know other parents. Sign up here.

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PTA Updates PTA Meeting

Join us for our next PTA meeting on October 26, from 7 to 8 pm via Zoom. All 2021-22 PTA members (i.e. those who have paid dues) will automatically receive the Zoom link for all PTA meetings. If you are not a current PTA member, email [email protected] for the link by 6 pm October 26.

Tiger Night

Tiger Night is back! Mark your calendars for Friday, October 29. There will be food trucks, socializing with friends, costume contests and spirit wear on sale. Like the Twain PTA page on Facebook to get more information on this event.

Opportunity to Support the Twain Community

The Pioneer Baseball League, fully chartered by Babe Ruth Baseball, Inc., has been teaching the game of baseball to the youth in our community for more than 50 years. This fall, join us in supporting them in their efforts to raise money for their very competitive travel baseball program, specifically, the Pioneer Legends 13U team. To do so, enter to win a brand-new Play Station 5 (PS5) console with games and controller – a $740 value! Go to: https://go.rallyup.com/legends13 PS5s are hard to come by and the holidays are just around the corner. Support the Legends and give yourself a chance to win one of the hottest holiday gifts this season.

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