Welcome to the PTSA Weekly Blast

The Class of 2023 Silent Auction, which is open to EVERYONE, begins Friday at 5:00 pm!
Preview begins Thursday at 6pm

The 2023 Virtual Silent Auction is almost here! Starting this Friday, you'll be able to place bids on a wide range of items and services for purchase.

Auction Items Available for Bid
Thanks to the generous support of local businesses and Marshall families, auction items available for bid include:

  • 4 camps (sports camps and teen overnight camps)
  • 3 items for tools and car care 
  • 10 education items, including adult wine classes, teen college prep classes and dog training classes
  • 37 entertainment/fun and game items, including gift cards, passes to local venues and date night packages
  • 9 health and fitness items, including personal fitness training 
  • 10 salon and spa items, including massages, manicures, and pedicures
  • 3 pieces of jewelry
  • Dozens of Marshall items, including box seats for graduation, parking passes for 2023-2024 school year, and prom tickets
  • Over 30 restaurants and fine dining items
  • 5 photography/art items including sports action photography, senior photo packages, and fine art pieces
  • 3 travel and specialty items
  • 6 sporting good items, including a new bike
  • Over 25 sports memorabilia items, including many signed jerseys, balls, pennants, and more

*Auction Preview begins Thursday, March 16th at 6pm
*Bidding begins Friday, March 17th at 5pm
*Bidding ends Sunday, March 19th at 9pm

How Does the Auction Work?
  • The Auction will operate like an eBay Auction, and participants will get notices when they’ve been outbid.
  • There will also be “Buy Now” options on most of the items being auctioned.
  • Auction items are organized in a Category order. Items can be viewed all together in this Category order, or they can be viewed in their separate Category group by selecting a specific Category in the far right selection window. 
  • The Search Window can be used only for searching for a particular word in an Auction item Title.
  • When viewing Auction items, the display area loads a few Auction items at a time. When you reach the bottom of the Auction item display area, click on the "View More" button to load more of the Auction items in the group.
  • Auction items that include alcohol will only be sold to purchasers who are at least 21 years of age.
  • When the Auction closes, participants will be notified by email as to whether or not they have won any items that they have bid on. 
  • Auction item winners can pick up the items they have won at a date and time that will be announced.

If you have not already done so, create an account in MemberHub in advance. This will allow you to act quickly on Buy It Now items and overall bidding. For any questions, please send email to: gcm2023SilentAuction@gmail.com. All proceeds support Senior graduation activities. Get your bids ready!

Mark Your Calendars for the Special Olympics Basketball Game
Our next PTSA meeting will be held in the library on March 22nd at 7 pm. Jenna Mollura will be speaking on Marshalls' Mind Matter club.

The Marshall Minds Matter program is a student-led club model in which teens are trained and empowered to promote school-wide
social connectedness, to encourage help-seeking behavior, and to develop coping skills via youth-led activities.
Learn more about this club at our PTSA meeting,
March 22nd @ 7 pm.
The Plant Sale is LIVE - Order Now!
The 2023 Spring Plant Sale is here! Choose from a variety of plants and blooms including marigolds, petunias, begonias, coleus, lantanas and more! You can purchase single plants, flats or hanging baskets.
Purchase today on MemberHub and pick up your order at school on May 6th.

Boosters Mulch and FUNDrive
Boosters Mulch & FUNDrive March 25!
Pre-order mulch by March 17, all details can be found on the boosters website

Can you help load, drive or deliver mulch? We're looking for volunteers to make this day a success. Sign up here.

We will also be collecting for the FUNDrive, it's a great time to clean out those closets! The donation collection will be in the front parking lot of GCM. Drop your bags and grab some mulch!

Thank you for supporting the GCM Athletes!
"Helping Your Kids Build the Life They Want"
at McLean High School
McLean High School Student Services and McLean PTSA presents:
Helping Your Kids Build a Life They Want: Parent Talk with Authors Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson
Thursday, March 30, 2023
6:30 – 7:30 PM
McLean High School Auditorium
No registration needed!
We all want our kids to be happy and successful in life. Too often, many parents feel that if kids aren’t pushed harder, they won’t be successful.  But this can result in anxiety and depression, chronic stress, and a negative parent-child relationship.
Instead, let’s help our kids build a life they want – a life where success is defined by happiness, strong relationships, and overall wellness, and not simply by academic and career achievement. Bill and Ned will share strategies parents can use to help our kids achieve this life!
We welcome all Dranesville District FCPS parents to attend this informative session. If you are interested in learning about Bill and Ned’s work, please check out this podcast on achievement culture, as well as their books, linked below.
This is Your Brain on Achievement
The Self-Driven Child
Upcoming Events
Mar 16 - World Heritage Night, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Mar 22 - PTSA Meeting in the Library at 7 pm
Apr 3-7 - Spring Break
April 13 - End of Third Quarter, Two-Hour Early Release
April 14 - Student Holiday
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