Week of January 5, 2016


Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this year's Night of the Dragon Auction. Night of the Dragon will be held on Saturday, February 27, at the Short Pump Hilton. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to reach the wider MLWGS community while giving back to the Governor’s School.

There are four levels of sponsorship - $500, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 - and corporate sponsors will be recognized in the electronic parent newsletter, in the auction catalog, on the auction website, and on signage at the event.

The sponsorship deadline is January 23. To learn more, or to refer an organization, please contact:

Laura Lewis at 804-354-1566, Laura.Lewis@GovernorsSchoolFoundation.org OR
Peggy Feldmann at 804-517-8957, pafeldm@aol.com.

Watch your mailbox for your auction invitation, which will be coming your way in early January!


Perhaps one of your new year's resolutions is to support MLWGS through SCRIP. Well you are in luck! The first order for 2016 is due to the SCRIP box in Room #100 off of the Bluestone lobby on Tuesday, January 12. Remember, gift cards are worth their full face value and cost nothing extra. When you purchase a gift card to your favorite store or restaurant, Maggie Walker receives a percentage of the sale. Order forms are available in the SCRIP box in Room #100 or can be downloaded from the MLWGS website by going to "Support" and then choosing the "PTSA and Booster Groups" option, then clicking on the SCRIP order form in the text. The complete SCRIP list of retailers can also be found on the same page on the MLWGS website and provides all the gift card options including retailers and card amounts not listed on the abbreviated order form.

Questions? Contact Karen Murtha at k.murtha@comcast.net or Lori Bekenstein at lori.bek@verizon.net.


Thanks to all of the 142 families who registered for the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  This quarter alone you helped MLWGS earn $2,844.87 to support Maggie Walker students and programs. For those of you who haven’t signed up, please use the link krogercommunityrewards.com and follow the directions.  MLWGS’s NPO number is 82125, or search using Maggie L Walker Governor’s School PTSA. The Kroger program runs through the summer, so you can still help out.

The Martin’s A+ School Rewards program is ongoing until March, so there’s still time to sign up and help the school. Log on to www.martinsfoods.com/aplus and designate our school ID #23112 using your BONUSCARD.

Target’s Take Charge of Education program ends this year, but there’s still time for Redcard holders to sign up and support Maggie Walker.  1% of sales goes directly to the PTSA.  Go to www.target.com/tcoe and sign up using school #104517. MLWGS has already accrued over $1,600 this year, to be paid out in February. That’s more than twice what the school raised for all of last year.


The wrestling team is hosting the Conference 33 Tournament February 6 and needs help providing meals for a Hospitality Room.  The team is looking for brunch and dinner foods to feed more than 40 coaches, officials, workers, and administrators. All contributors will be recognized in the program and offered space to display a banner in the Gym. The wrestling team is also looking for donors to get involved by sponsoring one or more of the 14 weight classes in the program; those donors will also have their banned displayed. Please contact Coach Don Blanton at DBlanton@gsgis.k12.va.us or 804-356-1753 by January 18.

Thank you for your help and support.

AP INFORMATION for Students and Parents

The week prior to the Holiday Break, AP teachers distributed the 2015-2016 AP Bulletin for Students and Parents as well as handouts explaining the process for the 2016 AP registration.  Please ask your child to share this information with you.  AP Exams this year will be $92 each.  Please keep in mind, however, that this up-front cost can have a huge payoff.   For example,
  • Students can earn college credit for college courses in a variety of subjects. Depending on the school, scoring a 3, 4 or 5 on the exam can earn students one or two semesters worth of college credit.
  • With enough AP (and/or dual enrollment) credits, it is possible for students to begin college as a second-semester freshman or even as a first-semester sophomore.  For example, attending a private school starting as a second semester freshman, can save more than $25,000 in college costs. Starting as a first semester sophomore potentially saves more than $50,000.  

Here are the important dates:

February 8        Online registration begins (go tototalregistration.net/AP/471851)
February 23-26 AP Fees collected in the School Counseling Office
February 26      Online registration ends (after this date a late fee will apply)

If you have any questions please contact Penny Deck in the School Counseling office.


On Saturday, November 21, 2015, MLWGS’s GSMA (Gender and Sexual Minority Alliance) hosted a regional conference for LGBTQ youth and their allies. More than fifty high-school students participated, representing Appomattox Regional Governor's School (ARGS), Chesterfield (Monacan, Cosby), Henrico (Freeman, Godwin, Hermitage), Richmond (Huguenot, Open), Louisa, Gloucester, Trinity, St. Catherine’s, and St. Christopher’s. Several club sponsors attended as well. 

After pitching this idea to MLWGS GSMA co-sponsors in August 2015, MLWGS junior Sarah Law (Chesterfield) formed a planning board of youth leaders from several area GSA/GSMA/Spectrum clubs, and they planned, organized, and executed a successful conference, handling budgeting, programming, meal planning, marketing, and fundraising.  Along with Sarah Law, MLWGS senior CeCe D’Arville (Henrico) and junior Emily Martin (Chesterfield) served on the conference planning board. Through this process, students also worked with community organizations like ROSMY and Virginia State University.  On November 21, all their hard work paid off as the first floor filled smiling students.

As a result of excellent fundraising by the planning board, the GSMA will be donating conference proceeds of $300 to Change the World RVA, a local non-profit that supports Richmond-area youth who are homeless or struggling with housing instability.


Congratulations to the following students for auditioning and earning seats in the District 1 Band Event:
  • Benjamin Campbell (’16, Powhatan), 4th French Horn, Symphonic Band
  • Jack Hendricks (’19, Hanover), 3rd Trombone, Symphonic Band
  • Charles Yang (’17, Henrico), 2nd Flute, Symphonic Band

(GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.)

GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.) has two upcoming opportunities participate in FAFSA events.

First, GRASP will hold its Saturdays at the Library FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) events on January 23 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. 

Second, GRASP will also provide free, financial aid assistance on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. from January through March at the Belmont Library (3100 Ellwood Ave., Richmond, VA  23221.)  

Call (804) 527-7743 to schedule your hour-long appointment.  More information is available at the GRASP website, www.grasp4va.org.