Week of September 6, 2016


Fall Festival is about fun, but it is also the major fundraiser for school clubs and organizations! The students have a chance to reach a wide audience and be creative in how they compete for attention, and tickets, by offering a variety of entertainment and food! The MLWGS PTSA makes Fall Festival possible by underwriting the expenses that come along with such a massive undertaking. Last year corporate sponsorships from Midlothian Behavioral Health Associates, Virginia Family Physicians, Patient First, Finance for Churches, Nyfeler Associates, Short Pump Dental, Natural Awakenings, Commonwealth Primary Care, and Laxmi Palace made it possible for the Fall Festival Committee to cover more of the yearly costs and to purchase items like tents and chaffing stands that can be used yearly by the Festival.

This year the Fall Festival hopes to reduce the amount of money charged to the clubs and organizations for participating in the festival, thereby increasing the amount of money they make, while also continuing to concentrate on safety and fun!

The Fall Festival is offering two levels of Corporate Sponsorship - Gold for $500 and Silver for $250! All donations are tax-deductible as the PTSA is a non-profit. All sponsors will receive the following:

  1. Inclusion as a sponsor in at least two online articles in Smoke and Scales. One article will appear before the Festival and one after. Smoke and Scales is the weekly newsletter of the MLWGS PTSA and is distributed widely within the MLWGS community and to numerous external supporters.
  2. Mention on the Fall Festival Facebook Page.
  3. Four announcements during the Festival. Approximately 1500 - 2000 people attend the festival each year! 
  4. Placard on Stand at Fall Festival Stage with Logo. Gold Sponsors will have larger logos at the top of the placard.

Please contact Debbie Taminger, debtaminger@gmail.com, with suggestions for businesses that would be willing to offer a corporate sponsorship. The deadline is Wednesday, September 28, but businesses will be promoted as sponsors as they sign up! 


On Monday, September 26, the Richmond World Affairs Council will be hosting Farahnaz Ispahani, the author of the recently released book Purifying The Land of The Pure: Religious Minorities in Pakistan.  Isphani has served as a scholar at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C. as well as at the Woodrow Wilson Center.  Prior to that, she served as a Member of Parliament and Media Advisor to the President of Pakistan from 2008-2012. This event will be held at the Jefferson Hotel and is free to students.  Click here for more info and to register:  http://www.richmondworldaffairs.org/our-events/religious-minorities-under-attack-the-story-of-pakistan/.

The Richmond Forum Scholars program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for five of the region’s highest achieving and most impressive high school juniors to volunteer behind the scenes at America's most respected speaker series.  Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. The Forum Scholars will have the unique and rare opportunity to interact directly with national and international speakers by playing important roles in the success of each Richmond Forum program evening.  Applications are due on September 30, 2016.   More information and the application can be found at https://richmondforum.org/forum-scholars.aspx.


Please check your ItsLearning course home page for instructions concerning training and how to start the course. All new students need to attend a training session during the first week of school. See ItsLearning to select and register for a training session. If you do not see a course for Economics listed in your ItsLearning, please contact your guidance counselor to register for the course. Other questions can be directed to Crista Ellis (cellis@gsgis.k12.va.us).