Week of January 26, 2016


Night of the Dragon Invitations are Out!
Saturday, February 27, Short Pump Hilton, 6-11 p.m.

Go to www.nightofthedragon.com/tickets to purchase tickets, drink tickets, and Heads or Tails Raffle tickets online.

Event tickets are $60 per person and must be purchased in advance no later than February 10, 2016. All tickets include reserved table seating. If you want to sit with friends, we will gladly attempt to accommodate your seating preference. Just let us know in the comment section. For ticket information or other questions, please contact Amy Patina at abpatina@comcast.net.

The catalog will be online in mid-February but here is a sample of our wonderful “Getaway” items to plan your bidding.   

  • Riverfront Home - Spend a week away from home on the Corrotoman River (just off of the Rappahannock).
  • Wintergreen Home - Spend 4 days and 3 nights in a home located on the mountain at Wintergreen Resort.
  • Shenandoah River House - Enjoy a one-week stay at this 100-year old converted barn located in Page County on the south fork of the Shenandoah River.
  • Hatteras Island Beach House - Enjoy a one-week stay at this beach-side house located in lovely Avon, NC.


Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are still available! With four levels of sponsorship - $500, $1000, $2500 and $5000 – businesses of all sizes have an opportunity to reach the wider MLWGS
community while giving back to the school.

To learn more about how your business can become a corporate sponsor, please contact Laura Lewis in the Governor's School Foundation at 354-1566, or Laura.Lewis@GovernorsSchoolFoundation.org no later than Friday, January 29. 


The MLWGS Mindfulness Committee has been working to bring mindfulness education and opportunities to faculty and students.  Mindfulness is the practice of bringing full attention to what’s happening in the present moment without judgment.  Among other benefits, it can be a powerful way to reduce stress and improve focus and productivity.

Students who are interested in participating in mindfulness activities at MLWGS should see Wendy DeGroat (wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us), Paige Hawkins (phawkins@gsgis.k12.va.us) or Karl Zweerink (kzweerink@gsgis.k12.va.us).  We are organizing mindfulness activities for the Spring semester.

In addition, The Cameron K. Gallagher Memorial Foundation is offering Mindful Mondays for GIRLS during the first Mondays of the month starting February 1, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., in western Henrico County.   Email jodi@ckgfoundation.org for more details and registration information.


Russia—An Enigma
The Richmond World Affairs Council presents Dr. Allen Lynch, UVA Professor and Russia Expert who will speak on “Russia—An Enigma” on Wednesday, February 10 at 5:45 p.m.  This event is free to students but registration and appropriate attire is required:

The Chinese New Year is celebrated Monday, February 8. These two events offer an opportunity for MLWGS to celebrate.

ChinaFest! Year of the Fire Monkey
VMFA, Saturday, February 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lunar New Year Celebration featuring the Henan Arts Troupe will be held at Center for the Arts, Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Avenue. Monday February 1, 2106 activities 5-7 p.m., performances 7-9 p.m.  Free admission, seating is limited.

ChinaFest Film Weekend
February 12–14, 2016 
An annual Richmond-area festival that promotes better understanding and goodwill between the China and the United States, ChinaFest marks its 11th  anniversary with a diverse lineup of classic and contemporary Chinese movies. Free and open to the public in Ukrop Auditorium at the Robins School of Business. For details go to http://library.richmond.edu/mrc/international-film-series.html

Free FAFSA assistance available through GRASP
(GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.)

GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.) will hold its Saturdays at the Library FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) events on January 30 and February 27, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richmond Public Main Library, 101 East Franklin Street.  GRASP advisors will provide FREE college financial aid counseling and assistance with completing the FAFSA, by appointment.  Call (804) 527-7743 to schedule your hour-long appointment.  More information is available at the GRASP website,www.grasp4va.org.

Free FAFSA assistance is also available from GRASP advisors at these times/locations:

Henrico County Library Evening Events:  February 3 at Fairfield (5-8 p.m.) and February 11 at Twin Hickory (5-8 p.m.) – One-hour appointments can be made by calling the particular branch library.

Belmont Library in Richmond: A GRASP Advisor is available Mondays from 6 - 8 p.m. – Appointments can be made by calling GRASP at 527-7743.


 Please “Save the Date” so that you are able to attend the upcoming General PTSA meetings at MLWGS.  These meetings are open to parents of all students, but will be particularly beneficial for parents of Freshman and Sophomores.  The MLWGS Counseling Department will be hosting the events to provide introductory information for parents on a few key topics.  Please know that parents of Juniors will be invited by the Senior Counselors to attend “College Kickoff” prior to the March 16 college overview meeting.

  • February 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons – Mr. Zweerwink will provide information on AP and Dual Enrollment courses.
  • March 16 at 8:00 a.m. in the Auditorium (this may change) – Dr. Loving and Ms. Deck will provide an overview of the College prep and application process at MLWGS.


College Kick Off for Juniors and parents will be held on February 9 from 12:45 – 2:25 p.m. in the MLWGS auditorium. Admissions representatives from University of Pittsburg, University of Richmond, University of Virginia, University of South Carolina, and Washington and Lee will discuss:

  • The College Search and Campus Visit
  • How Colleges Select Their Potential Freshman Class
  • The Application Process
  • Honors and Specialty Programs
  • The Role of Interview and Recommendations
  • Financial Aid Overview

Junior attendance is required; parents are strongly encouraged to attend. A parent “meet and greet” sponsored by the PTSA will follow this program from 2:45 - 3:15 p.m.


It's not too early to start thinking about Valentine's Day. SCRIP orders turned in to the SCRIP box in Ms. Williams' office off of the Bluestone Lobby by next Tuesday, January 26 will be delivery the following Tuesday, February 2, just in time to include with those special flowers and chocolates you're getting for your Valentine. Questions? Contact Karen Murtha at k.murtha@comcast.net or Lori Bekenstein at lori.bek@verizon.net.


Capital One is pleased to offer 12th Future Leaders Forum for Young Women on Saturday, March 19, 2016. This full-day event welcomes 300 young women in grades 9 through 12 to their Richmond campus, where they will participate in activities designed to inspire, encourage and build their leadership skills. Students can see Ms. Davis to pick up an application. Applications are due by March 4, 2016.