Week of September 16, 2014


The 2014-2019 MLWGS PTSA bylaws were approved by the Board and are available HERE for general membership review and comment. A vote for adoption will be held at the next MLWGS PTSA meeting on December 2, 2014. Any questions please contact Elizabeth Wong, PTSA President:  


MLWGS Fall Festival Seeks Corporate Sponsors

Save the Date: Friday, October 10, 4-8pm, raindate October 17

Fall Festival is about fun, but it is also about raising money for school clubs and organizations. Students have the chance to reach a wide audience and be creative in how they compete for attention by offering a variety of wares: (nonalcoholic) butterbeer, a do-it-yourself s’mores station, turkey drumsticks ... even written-to-order haikus.

The MLWGS PTSA makes Fall Festival possible by underwriting the expenses that come along with such a massive undertaking. Last year, some festival expenses were covered by corporate sponsorships from Patient First, State Farm recruiter Jessie Bell, Finance for Churches, and Lewis and Clark Leadership Camps. These cash donations mean more money all around.

Please contact festival committee member Paula Chambers, 
ppcmail@yahoo.com, with suggestions for businesses that would be willing to offer a corporate sponsorship. All sponsors receive logo placement on a display board by the stage and in the festival brochure (containing the festival map). Additionally, emcees will thank sponsors from the festival stage. Plus, all donations are tax-deductible!


The 2014 Fall Festival Booth Participation Form is a fillable PDF document that can be filled out and submitted electronically. Questions? Contact booth coordinator Geneva Briggs, genevabriggs1@gmail.com. If submitting an application in hard copy, visit the main school office and drop the form in the Fall Festival box, located near the mailboxes. All clubs must be administration-approved and have a faculty sponsor. Friday, September 26 is the deadline for booth entertainment applications.

Visit the Fall Festival Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MLWGSFallFestival) for necessary forms.

This year, the 2014 Entertainment Sign-Up form is a Google doc, which is only submitted electronically. With a limited number of times available, consider applying before the September 26 deadline. Visit the Fall Festival Facebook page for necessary forms. Questions? Contact Cara Metz, carametz@me.com.

Fall Festival needs a veritable army of volunteers. Please consider contributing time either through time or donations. New this year: a Sign-Up Genius form details all volunteer needs. Visit the MLWGS Facebook page for the link. Questions? Contact volunteer coordinator Samantha Mier,
sdmier@verizon.net, (804) 754-0905.

“Like” the Facebook page to see all festival updates.

MLWGS Business Partnerships
September 15 marks the start of signups for Martin’s Rewards. This program gives the school cash based on how much MLWGS Parents, Friends, and Family Members spend on groceries at Martin’s. Anyone can sign up.

* Participants in previous years do not need to take any action.

* New participants, can sign up by logging on to 
www.martinsfoods.com/aplus and designating MLWGS with the school ID #03112 as their BONUSCARD number.

No time to register? No problem. Interested participants should send their Last Name, Phone Number and the 11-digit BONUSCARD number (starting with 48) to mlwgspartners@gmail.com and the MLWGS PTSA will update the information appropriately.

Annual MLWGS Richmond Alumni Service Project Sunday:  September 21

The Governor’s School Foundation Richmond Alumni Chapter is pleased to announce the annual service project this month.

WHEN: Sunday September 21, 1-5 pm

WHERE: Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, Bluestone Entrance

Volunteers will be replacing the edging around the Bluestone entrance as well as participating in general upkeep and beautification of the campus. Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend. Students will earn four hours of community service towards their required hours. Donuts will be provided by Sugar Shack for hungry volunteers.

Please RSVP for head count purposes by emailing Madelaine Spangler Class of 2009, Richmond MLWGS Alumni Chapter Service Chair at madcspangler@gmail.com by Friday, September 19th. Alternately, RSVP by indicating attendance on the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/541455006000102/?ref=br_tf.

School Pictures

School pictures of Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will be taken by Lifetouch/Prestige in the Black Box on Tuesday, September 23. These pictures are students’ opportunity to get their portrait in the yearbook. (Make-up photographs will be taken on Wednesday October 22.) Order forms will be distributed through English classes, but students may also see Mr. White (Room 330) for order forms. If students plan to order pictures, they must bring the form and money on picture day. (Students are not required to order pictures, but MLWGS Yearbook Staff encourages students to be photographed for the yearbook.)

Senior portraits will be taken by Lifetouch/Prestige in the Black Box on Monday, September 22. These pictures are an opportunity to get a free formal portrait for the yearbook’s Senior Section. Sign up for a time slot outside Mr. White’s workroom, Room 330 where additional information is posted.

MLWGS Holds Zinio Workshops for Access to Digital Magazines

Students, parents, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a lunchtime workshop in the MLWGS Library to learn how to set up access for free full-text, full-color digital magazines available from Virginia Public Libraries with an email address and a current public library card.

On September 17, 18, 19, and 24 from 11:45am to 12:05pm workshops demonstrating how to set up access to Zinio on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch.

Magazines available include:

  • The Economist,
  • National Geographic,
  • Newsweek, Discover,
  • Popular Mechanics,
  • Popular Science,
  • Apple Magazine,
  • MacWorld,
  • PC Magazine,
  • PC World,
  • O (Oprah) Magazine,
  • Rolling Stone,
  • Seventeen,
  • National Geographic Traveler,
  • Reader’s Digest,
  • Smithsonian,
  • Bloomberg Business Week,
  • Forbes, and
  • Kiplinger’s.

Additional titles are available through county-wide libraries systems. Representative samples include:

  • Chesterfield – Astronomy, Atlantic Monthly, Cooks Illustrated, Field and Stream, Outside, PC Gamer, and Thrasher
  • Henrico – Astronomy, American Craft, Field and Stream, Guitar Player, Mac User, Linux Format, Organic Gardening, Outside, Poets & Writers, and Utne Reader
  • Pamunkey Regional – Astronomy, American Craft, ARTNews, Digital Photo, Electronic Musician, Field and Stream, Foreign Policy, Guitar Player, Organic Gardening, Outside, Poets & Writers, and Utne Reader
  • Richmond – American Craft, ARTNews, Digital Photo, Field and Stream, Foreign Policy, Organic Gardening, Outside, Poets & Writers, and Utne Reader

Individuals unable to attend but interested in setting up access can download instructions from the related post on the library blog.

Meeting For Trip to Italy

A meeting for anyone interested in going to Italy with Steve Ross and Susan Hefty on a non-school sponsored trip on will be held on Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 pm in Room 339. Individuals interested but unable to attend the meeting or with additional questions, please contact Steve Ross at