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What to Expect When Returning to School Presentation 

NOVA District PTA and Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) are offering a presentation on 
"What to Expect When You're Returning to School: How to Support Your Students"

Monday, Feb 22nd, at 7:30pm

Whether your child is returning to on site learning or remaining virtual, big changes are scheduled in the upcoming months. Learn how we can prepare as families and provide help to students, using the latest brain science on resiliency. Presented by Jenna White, FCCPTA Representative to the Fairfax County Trauma Informed Community Network. 

International Night/Heritage Committee Video Contest

The PTSA International/Heritage Night Committee is hosting a video contest this year instead of our usual program. All GCM students are invited to submit a video for judging, or just a short hello/goodbye clip in any language. Share some of what makes you unique!

Virtual Celebration Details: Two ways to participate:

1) Compete in the video contest (rules below)
Videos should be in one of 5 categories: Musical instrument performance, vocal performance, dance performance, cooking (of an international recipe), or other (something of your choosing)

Videos must be no longer than 2 minutes long.

Videos can include one student only or a group of students (if you have any ethnic clothing, we would love to see it!).

Videos should be taken on an iPhone (or any smart phone) held horizontally.

All videos must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Videos must be submitted via our Google drive link: lhttps://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xlDTo6VEYh8OimNTZVw2qZHBLTwF12OI 

All videos will be judged after the submission deadline. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the winners in each category - so we'll have 15 winners! In each category, winners will get $50- First Place, $25 - Second Place, and $10 - Third Place. (A student can only win in one category.)

Or you can just:

2) Send us a short "Hello" video clip and a "Goodbye" video clip.

We realize not everyone wants to take on a full project. So, we encourage all Marshall students to tape yourselves in a brief video saying " hello" or "welcome" in your world language. And in another quick video, tape yourself saying "goodbye" or "thanks for watching" in a world language.

We will use these short clips in the final videos of winners.

Videos must be submitted via our Google drink in the "hello" and "goodbye" folders.

Questions? Please email president@gcmptsa.org
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Virtual Engineers Week

Every February, Northrop Grumman proudly participates in Engineers Week (E-Week). E-Week celebrates the fun and excitement of engineering with local students, educators and parents. We are excited to invite your students to attend Northrop Grumman's Virtual Engineers Week. The schedule of upcoming webinars is below These sessions are designed for students and are open to the public, so feel free to share the invitation with others who may be interested in attending

Monday, Feb. 22
Event: Engineers Week Kickoff
Presentation from 
Naia Butler-Craig,  an Aerospace Engineering PhD student, NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Fellow and GEM Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Tuesday, Feb. 23
Event: Northrop Grumman's Wildlife Challenge-Operation PolarEye
What started as a weekend Hack-A-Thon brought about a global conservation effort.
 Northrop Grumman's Wildlife Challenge competition had one goal in mind: find a new way to map ice formations in the Arctic, in hopes of tracking polar bear migration patterns without disturbing their natural habitat.  

Wednesday, Feb. 24
Event: Chesapeake Bay Oyster Challenge
Learn how Northrop Grumman employees are developing 
technology solutions for remote oyster reef monitoring.

Thursday, Feb. 25
Event: Virtual Tour of Northrop Grumman's Center for Innovative Solutions in McLean, Virginia.

Friday, Feb. 26
Event: How We Are Going to the Moon - Engineering for the Artemis Mission
Northrop Grumman engineers share details about the 
Artemis mission and some of the key components they are working on to make this mission a success.  
We look forward to you joining us! Please contact the STEM team at STEMEducation@ngc.com with any questions.

Free Webinars from the FCPS Parent Resource Center

Register for Upcoming Free Webinars from the FCPS Parent Resource Center 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) is offering four free parent webinars in February. They are:
  • From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty - A Webinar for Families, on Friday, February 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families, on Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m., or Friday, February 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Is it Over Yet? How to Help your Child Cope with the Pandemic and the Eventual Return to Normalcy: A Webinar for Families, on Friday, February 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m. 
More information on each session and how to register is available online. Please click HERE to go to the PRC website. Note: Previous webinars have been recorded and are available at PRC YouTube channel.

Send a Teacher a High Five!
Let's recognize our amazing teachers!

 Has it been a while since your student sent a note to one of their teachers telling them the difference their teaching is making? The time is never better! Please encourage them to send a GCM High Five!

We have sent over seventy High Fives! Teachers have been recognized for patience, wanting students to succeed, compassion, and going the extra mile. Please have your students use the link below:

Upcoming Events
Feb 9 - Gap Year Fair for FCPS Families
Feb 15 - President's Day- Student holiday
Feb 17 - PTSA Meeting
Mar 5 - Two hour early release
Mar 8 - Student holiday
Mar 26 - Two hour early release
Mar 29 - Apr 2 - Spring Break