Week of October 6, 2015


Where every dollar you spend supports MLWGS school clubs and PTSA.

  • Buy tickets when you arrive at one of three ticket booths.  All booths, except Dragon’s Lair, take tickets (not cash).  Dragon’s Lair takes both. Any unspent tickets at the end of the event can be donated to the club of your choice before you leave the Festival! 
  • Pick up the Fall Festival Times at any ticket table for a map and booth listing.
  • Enjoy the free entertainment: Student bands will entertain on stage throughout the event.
  • Bring your younger children: KidZone offers free games and prizes for those 10 and under!
  • Save an appetite: Booths will feature over 25 different food offerings!
  • Quench your thirst.  The PTSA sells soft drinks at 3 drink tables (located beside ticket tables), and some clubs offer specialty beverages,
  • Park at the James River Passenger Center / Bus Depot Lot. The lot is located just a block away from Maggie Walker, at the corner of West Leigh and North Allen Street. They have requested that cars are not parked on the grass!
  • Attend! Official hours: 4-8 pm (Please pitch in to help cleanup help afterwards!)


The Fall Festival has received outstanding support from local businesses. This year the Fall Festival doubled the amount received from Corporate Sponsorship, as well as increased the number of donations from other businesses and individuals.

MLWGS Fall Festival is proud to announce it has
three Gold Sponsors:

  • Midlothian Behavioral Health Associates, which offers Neurostar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy, a non-medicine treatment alternative for major depression. 
  • Patient First, Mechanicsville, which provides a full range of urgent care and primary care services.
  • Virginia Family Physicians, independently owned and operated, has been providing medical care to families and individuals since 2002. 

Fall Festival also has four Silver Sponsors:

  • Finance for Churches recognizes the unique challenges that churches and non-profits face. They provide resources and advice in a wide range of areas related to finance and administration. 
  • Lexmi Palace, located on Parham Road, is Virginia’s largest vegetarian grocery store. 
  • Natural Awakenings magazine presents the latest natural approaches to health, sustainable living, nutrition, fitness, creative expression, and personal growth.
  • Nyfeler Associates has been providing professional land surveying services to government and private clients in Virginia and Washington, D.C. since 2010.

Fall Festival is thankful for donations from the following businesses:

  • Container First Services, who have a long history of giving back to their community, is helping MLWGS with recycling and trash. They are leaders in the industry in providing one-stop solutions for your recycling and solid waste disposal needs.
  • Dan Lee, a college consultant for Optimum Ed, is providing the 3 Sport Inflatable Game for the Debate Club. Dan, a MLWGS alumni, is an expert at helping families and students identify the right educational, career, and financial aid options to maximize their investment in higher education. 
  • Henrico County Recreation & Parks is providing the stage and tent, including set up and removal. Henrico offers a variety of programs and activities for all ages, including residents with special needs.
  • Kroger, a large supermarket on Broad and Lombardy, provides the PTSA with discounted drinks to sell at the Festival
  • Nutzy from the Flying Squirrels is returning this year to the Festival
  • The Richmond City Police help provide security for the event. 
  • The University of Richmond Spider will be making an appearance!

Finally, MLWGS PTSA would like to thank all the Fall Festival Committee Members: Dave Dembicer for lending various equipment, Samantha Mier for providing a carnival game, Charles Aldridge for creating the map, and the MLWGS administration, teachers, and staff. The Fall Festival would not be possible without you! 


Fall Festival is Friday, and SCRIP will be there. Look for the SCRIP table where a large selection of gift cards will be available for purchase; it will also be possible to order other cards beyond what is currently in stock. The MLWGS PTSA accepts cash and checks.

Won't be at Fall Festival?  The next SCRIP order due date is Tuesday, October 13, and will be ready for pick-up the following Tuesday, October 20. Due dates and delivery dates can also be found on the MLWGS online calendar. Order forms can be picked up in Office 100 or downloaded by going to the Maggie Walker website, clicking on "Support" and then on "PTSA and Booster Groups." SCRIP gift cards are worth their full face value and there is no additional fee.   

Questions? Please contact:
Karen Murtha at k.murtha@comcast.net
Lori Bekenstein at lori.bek@verizon.net


MLWGS Global Outreach knows that Trigonometry class (or your job) makes it hard to drop everything and travel the world, so it's convenient that Richmond has brought the world to your doorstep.  

Richmond Folk Festival October 9-11

The Richmond Folk Festival once again brings together an eclectic mix of artists to perform on 7 stages along downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront. Forty musical groups representing traditions from all over the world are scheduled to perform at the free, 3-day event; eight of these traditions have never before been presented at the festival. This year marks the eleventh for the festival, the largest folk festival of its kind in the nation.

University of Richmond International Film Series, Fall 2015

Free and open to the public, all films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business (except where noted) at the University of Richmond. Friday showings are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday showings are at 7:30 p.m. The films are shown in the original language with English.  UofR International Film Series


If you have a Target RedCard, why not sign up for Target’s Take Charge of Education program?  MLWGS will get 1% of your purchases using your Target debit or credit card, and you’ll still get your 5% off.

To sign up: Go to www.target.com/tcoe.  Enter your RedCard number and follow the directions. Our school account is 104517.

Last year the PTSA earned more than $700 from this program.  It’s amazing how fast all those cheap, yet fashionable, t-shirts and bags of organic tortilla chips can add up.


The Dragon’s Lair would like to remind everyone about its new hours 8-9 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month from (this month October 7—tomorrow—and October 21).  The Lair hopes these new hours will allow some additional flexibility for MLWGS parents.  The Dragon’s Lair is still open Tuesdays and Fridays at lunch and at special events.  Speaking of special events, please visit the Dragon’s Lair tent at the Fall Festival.  The Lair is fully restocked with sizing and even has a few selections in extended sizes now.  Grab the new oval and RVA stickers while they last, or cuddle a new purple stuffed dragon.  Credit cards are accepted at all times now, and the new electronic and check-out table process will speed up your wait in line.  Tickets will also be accepted.  Volunteers for Fall Festival are still needed.  Student volunteers are welcome.  Please sign up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044caaac2d6-dragons1

Should you have any questions or requests, please email Shannon Adee at shannon.adee@comcast.net


…that didn’t get picked up at Back-to-School Night? Students who have not yet received their directories can pick them up in Ms. William's office.  The directories are sorted by grade, then alphabetically.


Students’ email accounts have been transitioned to a new server to allow MLWGS to provide them with enhanced access to Microsoft programs. When they first access their MLWGS email account on the new server, students should follow the steps below.
  1. Open a web browser (e.g. Chrome, Internet Explorer) and go to http://mail.office365.com
  2. On the Office 365 welcome screen that appears, sign in with an MW e-mail user name (username@gsgis.k12.va.us) and password (not the Google user name with the # in front).
  3. Select a language and time zone.
  4. Click Save.

Once this initial set-up is complete, students may access Microsoft Outlook Online, as well as the other apps associated with Office 365 Online. When logging back into O365 Online, students may go to https://login.microsoftonline.com/. Like Google Docs, Office 365 Online apps are streamlined versions of Office programs and support collaboration.

For full-featured PowerPoint, Word, and Excel programs, students may use a school computer and/or install Office 2013 on a home computer for free.

Related installation instructions are in a PDF available in the "Forms" box on the dashboard of the Student Information course (where students accessed their handbook quiz earlier this month).

--Wendy DeGroat, MLWGS Librarian


Congratulations to the following students for auditioning and earning seats in the Senior Regional Orchestra Event:

Willow Kwak (’18, Henrico), First Violin
Andrew Shin (’18, Henrico), First Viola
Alec Handy (’16, Richmond), Second Viola
Rachel Zhao (’18, Henrico), Sixth Cello

By participating in the event, these students gain eligibility to audition for the All-State Orchestra Event in February.