2 October 2017
K i c k  o f f  O c t o b e r  5 !

This year we decided to do something a little different for our annual fundraiser...something that will build character and encourage students to serve our community, while also raising funds for our school. The Do Good a-thon will kick-off on October 5th and run until October 19th.

Our goal for the 2017/18 school year is two-fold:
  • Raise $35,000 (~$100 per student) primarily to supply the new Innovation Lab with added technology.
  • Promote a culture of kindness and service among our student community.
Registration starts on October 5. For more information and a list of prizes, go to  www.foxmillpta.com/dogood.

We can't wait to see the positive effect your participation in this fundraiser will have on our school and in our community!
Fall After School Activities | UPDATED
Art | Sports | STEM | Running | Games | Dance | Fun
Chess Class | Gr 2-6
Mondays, Oct 16 - Jan 22, 3:30-4:30
Do you want your child to learn how to play chess? Does your child want to learn? Does your child know how to play  the game, but wants to learn new strategies?  If you've answered yes to any of these questions, sign up for the fall/winter session of chess class! Designed for 2nd through 6th graders (from inexperienced to  advanced), and will be taught by an instructor from Snow's Chess Academy. $90/student.  Register at  www.p4ss.comQuestions? Patty Bohnenberger,  pbohnenberger@yahoo.com.

Shogi | Gr 1-6
Wednesdays, Oct 4 - Dec 6, 3:30-4:30
Japanese chess, or shogi, is one of Japan's most popular board games. It is the only chess variation where a  player may drop captured pieces on the board as one's own. This unique rule makes for a more complex iteration of Western chess, allowing for exciting and dynamic gameplay. While it has long been considered a game for adults, shogi is increasingly used in Japan and China to train children to improve concentration and thinking skills. $35/student. Register at www.p4ss.com.  Questions? Robert Slate,  rslate@gmu.edu.

Math Olympiad team | Gr 4-6
Tuesday pm, Oct 3 - Mar 13, 6:30-7:30
Highlights for students are the five monthly contests, administered from Nov through March. They become excited by the immediate feedback received from students around the globe.  Stimulates enthusiasm and a love for Math,  Introduces important Math concepts, T eaches major strategies for problem solving, D evelops Math flexibility in solving problems,  Strengthen Math intuition, F osters Math creativity and ingenuity, Offers  satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges.  $35/student. Register 
Questions? Jen Highland JenHighlandFM@yahoo.com.
Lego Club | Gr K-2
Wednesdays, Oct 18 - Nov 15, 3:30-4:45
Unleash your Lego creativity!  Come and play with all the LEGOS you want, develop social skills, a nd become a master builder!  $35/student.  Register www.p4ss.comQuestions? Vanessa Cossio vane.cespedes@gmail.com.

Hip Hop/Zumba Fusion | Gr K-5
Mondays Oct 2 - Dec 4, 3:30-4:35
Combines two of our most popular classes for the ultimate dance fitness party! A high-energy workout party for boys and girls, it's designed for children, using child-friendly songs, games, and choreography. Dance instructors are certified Zumba Kids instructors, Zumba International, and experienced Hip Hop instructors.  $96/student. Register at 

Little Scholars/World of Wizards | Gr 3-6
Wednesdays, Oct 11 - Dec 6, 3:30-4:30  
Calling all wizard fans! This is like no other class you have ever experienced. We will journey into the world of wizards. We will design trading cards, make a personal crest, create a treasure hunt, have a Triwizard tournament, and participate in activities that will astound all Muggles.  $103/student. Register at wizards-foxmill.eventbrite.com Questions? Ashley Jones,   ajones@littlescholarsllc.com.

Art Club | Gr 4-6
Wednesdays, Oct 4 - Nov 8, 3:30-4:45
We draw, we paint, we sculpt. Everyone is encouraged to be creative, to experiment, and to reach the limits of their imagination in this open studio environment.  $85/student.  Register at www.p4ss.com Questions? Toni Welles, Tlwelles@fcps.edu

Intro to Computer Sci & Coding | Gr 1-4
Tuesdays,  Oct 3 - Nov 28, 3:35-4:35
Intro to CS & Coding: Students start with hands-on activities, then use their new knowledge to create programs, solve problems, and make games. Experienced instructors help kids learn functions, variables, conditionals, and more. Students finish with a final project and a strong base for future learning.  $130/student.  Register www.stemexcel.org/foxmill. Questions? info@stemexcel.org.

Website Design | Gr 3-6
Thursdays, Oct 5 - Nov 30, 3:35-4:35
By learning about user experience, type and color, art placement and use, text and graphics effects, interface design and utilizing negative space, kids learn to think about aesthetics differently when creating websites. Instructors work with each student, so they can create websites unique to them. By Nov 30, kids will each have a beautiful website of their own. $130/student.  Register at www.stemexcel.org/foxmill. Questions? info@stemexcel.org

FMES Basketball | Gr K-3 and Gr 4-6
Thursdays, Oct 19 - Dec 7
K-3/ 6:00-6:50 pm , Gr 4-6/ 7:00-8:00 pm
This free activity is in the FMES Gym. Participants do not need any previous basketball experience, just the ability to be free of a screen for one hour a week! Experienced players are also welcome. This program is about exercise, learning the basics, and having fun! Space is limited and usually fills quickly. FMES BBall Program graduates include Jerry Sichting, Kurt Rambis, and Shawn Bradley. FREE. Register at www.p4ss.com. Questions? Mike Harloff,  mpharloff@gmail.com.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who donated pajamas to help the people affected by the recent hurricanes! You made a difference! We collected 65 sets of pajamas---The Pajama Program is grateful for our generosity.PJTY

What is the GRACE Art Program?   Established in 1976 by the Greater Reston Arts Center to supplement children's arts experience in school.  Funded by our PTA, GRACE Art is presented in each classroom by parent volunteers.  A few of this year's topics are Ancient Egyptian art and Andy Warhol.

What do I do as a GRACE Art Docent?   After introducing the topic for the month, you guide the children through a fun, hands-on art project using materials we make available to you. It's simple and fun!

New to Fox Mill?   Come to GRACE Art's general information meeting October 18 at 9:00 am in the cafeteria!

Been a Docent Volunteer before?   Join us for our first artist meeting November 1 at 9:00 am in the cafeteria! 

Already know you're interested?  Sign up to be a docent:

New GRACE Art website:

Questions?  Co-chairs Nellie Scrapper, nscrapper@me.com or Jennifer Learned, cinnabean@gmail.com .
sun camera Submit Yearbook photos!yearbook
Make sure your child, his/her class, and all the fun they have at Fox Mill are preserved in the yearbook!

Take a few photos during any school activity and send them to fmesyearbook@gmail.com. As long as they aren't blurry and show kids' faces, they're perfect---cell phone pictures are great! Spirit days, class parties, candid shots of students working or with their reading buddies, eating lunch in the cafeteria, field trips---we'll need photos of them all.
Join us for the School Fall Cleanupclean
October 28,  10:00 - 12:00 

Want to help get the school grounds ready for the cold? S how up at 10:00 am in front of Fox Mill ES. See you there!


Mark your calendar

5 October
Do Good-athon Kicks Off!

9 October
17-18 October
Papa John's Dining for Dollars

18 October
GRACE Art general info mtg

28 October
Fall Clean-up, FMES, 10:00-12:00

1 November
GRACE Art artist meeting

3 November

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