SPEAK UP AT THE BUDGET TOWN HALL
TOMORROW DECEMBER 2, 6:00-7:30 P.M.
The annual budget development process for MLWGS is starting. Last year, parents and students spoke up about a variety of needs including a new activity bus and textbooks. Guess what? The activity bus was replaced as well as textbooks for some of the classes that need them. The Regional School Board will listen, it just needs your input. Come to the Budget Town Hall on Wednesday, December 2, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the MLWGS Auditorium. Speakers need to signup in advance by contacting Barbara Marshall at email@example.com no later than 10:00 am on December 2. For more information about the public comment procedure, click here. For other questions, please contact Anne Hayes, PTSA Advocacy Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COUNSELING SERVICES AVAILABLE
The MLWGS School Counseling Department would like to extend its sympathy to the family and classmates of Isabell McKinney. Izzy was an exceptional young person whose presence and contributions will be missed by all of us. For the first couple of days after Izzy’s death, Richmond Public Schools psychologists and social workers assisted the School Counseling office in supporting students. Students have also done a wonderful job supporting each other. MLWGS will be forming lunchtime grief support groups for those students who may need extra assistance. We hope to start these groups before leaving for Winter Break. Please contact your student’s counselor if you feel a group would be helpful for your child.
DID YOU FORGET TO ORDER YOUR GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS?
Never fear! Herff Jones will be accepting orders online through early January without a late penalty. Go to www.vagrad.com, type in “Maggie Walker” in the dialogue box at the top of the webpage. Once the page loads, click on “Graduation Products.” If you don’t see an option that fits your needs, simply scroll down to the bottom of the screen and “Create Your Custom Grad Package.” Don’t forget…you have already paid for your cap and gown (paid through senior dues). All orders received on time will be delivered in late April.
Please contact the vendor directly with questions about these products. If you have other questions regarding graduation, please contact Ms. Sheppard, MLWGS Graduation Coordinator, at 804-354-6800 ext. 3304 or email@example.com
GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE SEEKS NOMINATIONS
FOR VOLUNTEERISM AWARDS
On behalf of the Department of Education, I am pleased to announce that Governor Terence R. McAuliffe is seeking nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The awards recognize the outstanding efforts of Virginia’s volunteers. Nominations are open to small businesses, corporations, community groups, individuals and families that exemplify extraordinary volunteerism and community service. I encourage you to consider nominating an individual, family, parent, or organization that is making a positive impact in your school community. Awards will be presented in individual and group categories, including youth, senior and adult volunteers, faith-based organizations, families that volunteer together, community organizations, small businesses and corporations. This year’s winners will be honored this spring during an awards ceremony in Richmond. For more information or to nominate a person or group, click here or call (804) 726-7918,1-800-638-3839 FREE or email firstname.lastname@example.org . The deadline for nominations is December 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Barbara Marshall, Executive Assistant and
Regional School Board Clerk
NIGHT OF THE DRAGON DONATIONS WELCOME
The 14th Annual Night of the Dragon auction will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel & Spa at Short Pump. This annual event is the largest fundraiser of the year and collectively benefits the students at MLWGS through activities provided by all of the booster groups, the PTSA, and the Governor’s School Foundation. The solicitation committee is collecting donations of auction items.
Have something great to donate? A donation form is included here. Print out a form and return it to the PTSA box in Valenta Williams' office off the Bluestone Lobby or email to email@example.com. Last year's catalog is still online at www.nightofthedragon.com to provide ideas for donations. The deadline for donations to be included in this year's event is December 18, 2015. Have more questions? Please contact Peggy Feldmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-353-4533.
GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL FOUNDATION SEEKS PART-TIME FISCAL ASSISTANT
The Governor's School Foundation has an immediate opening for a part-time fiscal assistant. This position is responsible for maintaining and updating certain fiscal records for the Foundation, whose mission is to support MLWGS . The Fiscal Assistant plays an important role by providing financial accountability and administrative support to the Foundation.
Qualifications include proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, database management experience (eTapestry preferred) and knowledge of accounting/bookkeeping software (Quickbooks preferred.)
This 20 hour/week position is perfect for a Maggie Walker parent who is looking for a part-time opportunity. Click here for a copy of the job description. For more information, please e-mail Laura Lewis, Interim Development Officer, at laura.lewis@GovernorsSchoolFoundation.org, or call her at 354-1566.
HAVE YOU VISITED THE ONLINE VERSION OF THE MLWGS
The student-produced newspaper’s new website, supported by a Foundation grant that covered the one-time set-up fees of host organization SNO (School Newspapers Online), is available at mlwgsjabberwock.com. Be sure to visit this terrific site!
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