Week of November 1, 2016


Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 3 from 4 -7 p.m. and Monday, November 7 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.  Dr. McGee has sent MLWGS families a notice about using Signup Genius for conference registration.  The links and password are available in each student's Powerschool portal.  If you notice that a teacher you wanted to see either has a full schedule or is unavailable that day please email the teacher directly to schedule a phone conference.

Please contact Megan Perez at mperez@gsgis.k12.va.us or Karl Zweerink at kzweerink@gsgis.k12.va.us for any issues signing in to PowerSchool or questions about the signups.  Signups will close Wednesday afternoon.


Do you remember the night you and your student came to the Maggie Walker information session?  Do you remember how hungry you were by the time it was over? Do you remember the inviting and delicious reception that followed the event?  Well, now is your chance to help others relive your experience!  The PTSA Hospitality Committee will be collecting packaged cookies to use on November 14, 15 and 16 at the Prospective Student Night events.

We will be collecting your donations on Friday November 11 from 8-8:45 a.m. in the Concession stand just off the Blue Stone lobby.

Just send donations in with your student, or stop by yourself. Unfortunately we can’t accept home-baked goods, but any other packaged treat is fine.  

Any questions? Call (543-6498) or email (dabneyj.carr@comcast.net) Laura Carr.


Herff Jones collected measurements for graduation caps and gowns on Thursday, October 27 during lunch.  If your student was absent, please have them see Ms. Sheppard in room 330.  Students also received ordering information for graduation announcements.  Orders will be collected from Herff Jones on Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10 in the first floor commons during lunch.  This will be the only time Herff Jones collects these orders in the building.  You may contact the vendor directly at a later date, but all orders need to be placed before January 1 in order to ensure delivery in April.  There is no guarantee that there will be extra announcements available to order/purchase second semester.  Please contact Ms. Sheppard if you have questions - ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us or 804-354-6800 ext. 3304.


Mark your calendars, the 2017 “Night of the Dragon” is February 25, 2017 at the Short Pump Hilton!  Come support Maggie Walker by joining the committee to secure donations and then enjoy a wonderful night at the Short Pump Hilton on February 25, 2017.  The auction committee is organizing to make the event a fun (and profitable) night out for Maggie Walker parents, friends, alumni and staff.

The committee has hundreds of leads and points of contact for wonderful donations; too many to pursue all alone. On November 9 at 5:30 p.m. we will meet at MLWGS in room 153 to provide leads and points of contact.  

If making contacts or placing calls not your thing but you have a good idea or can make a donation – great! We are looking for sports packages, trips (vacation homes, hotels, restaurants, etc), baskets, spirits, etc. - anything people will desire enough to bid up the price.  

Please email auctionmlwgs@gmail.com with a short description or call Peggy Feldmann at 804-517-8957 by November 9. We will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss arrangements.

The 2017 Auction Committee thanks you for your support.


It's time to place holiday gift card orders! Sponsored by the MLWGS PTSA, this easy-to-use fundraiser allows parents and other school supporters to purchase gift cards for their favorite retail stores, hotels, gas stations, and restaurants with MLWGS receiving a percentage of the sale. The MLWGS SCRIP card is worth its full face value, costs nothing extra to the purchaser, and makes a great holiday gift! There will be two opportunities this year to order gift cards for the holidays. If you place your order by November 7, your gift cards will be delivered on November 15. If you place your order by November 28, your cards will be delivered December 6/7. Orders are due to the SCRIP box in Valenta Williams' first floor office Room #100 by 2 p.m. each of the order dates. Order forms can be downloaded on the MLWGS website by selecting "Support" and then "PTSA and Booster Groups" or they can be picked up in Office #100. A full list of available gift cards for purchase can be found by logging on to www.unitedscrip.com. If you see something you want on the master list that isn't on our Maggie Walker order form, you can write it in and we can get it for you.

Questions? Please contact:  Lori Bekenstein at lori.bek@verizon.net.


The Dragon’s Lair is overflowing with new designs!  By request, The Lair brought back some favorites with a new twist.  Stop by the store to pick up the newly designed and much softer Flannel Pants, a new handcrafted Pewter Keychain (or make it an Ornament with included ribbon), a Bow Tie to match last year’s Neck Tie design, MLWGS’s first Alumni Tee, or a large and comfy Blanket with logo stitching and carrying strap.

Also, back by popular demand – STICKERS!!!!  Medium sized, round logo stickers are now back in stock.  Thank you for your patience while The Lair secured a new vendor.  Another favorite, the Large Pewter Ornament, is restocked and just in time for the coming holidays.  This is a perfect gift for Freshmen and graduating Seniors. 

The Dragon’s Lair volunteers look forward to seeing you during Parent/Teacher Conferences or during normal hours on Tuesdays/Fridays during lunch (11:30-12:30) and the 1st and 3rd Wednesday mornings of the month from 8-9 a.m. 

  • Flannel Pants NEW ($30)
  • Ornament/Keychain Small – PEWTER ($11)
  • Bow Tie ($35)
  • Alumni Tee ($15)
  • Blanket NEW (not pictured) ($30)
  • Sticker - LOGO ROUND ($1)
  • Ornament Large – PEWTER ($12)