Week of January 15, 2020


School is closed next Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 


1. Monday, January 20, is the last day to order a personalized 2020 Yearbook. Get a name stamp, name plate, or autograph supplement. Want more info? Pick up an order form outside room 123.

2. Senior ad submissions are due on January 17. Contact Mr. White for more information, or check the 2020 Parents Facebook page.


Great Lake Scrip gift card orders are due this Friday, January 17 by 3:00 p.m. If you plan to purchase any gift cards for your class auction basket, please consider using Great Lake Scrip to benefit MLWGS times two! Consider using Scrip cards for some of your everyday purchases such as pharmacy, gas, Target, Walmart, dining out, Starbucks, home improvement, clothing, and more. There are over 750 retailers, you are bound to be shopping at many of them. Let those retailers give back to our school at no extra cost to you! 

If you have an account, you can purchase Scrip Now digital certificates and receive them immediately on your computer or phone. If you don't have an account, you can always order with a paper form (available below) and a check made payable to MLWGS PTSA delivered to room 100 (Valenta Williams' office) by the deadline. A full list of retailers is available at www.shopwithscrip.com. If you have an account you can order on line and use credit card or Presto Pay (a PayPal equivalent) for your purchases. Please contact Laura Dysart at scrip@mlwgsptsa.org for our enrollment code if you would like to create an account or have questions. Thank you for your support, families have raised over $900 this year! Monthly orders will continue through the end of the year.

SCRIP order here


Attention Junior Parents!
On Tuesday, February 4, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. all Juniors and their parents are invited to attend “College Kick-Off 2020” in the auditorium at Maggie Walker. We will hear presentations from college admissions officers representing University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Miami, and Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by a time for general questions and answers about college admissions. After the program, students and parents are invited to continue the conversations with the college representatives who will be available to talk throughout the lunch block. See 
below for information on how to RSVP.

Attention Freshman and Sophomore Parents!
On Tuesday, February 4, from 1:30-3:10 p.m. all Sophomores and their parents are invited to attend “College Jump-Start 2020” in the auditorium at Maggie Walker. Senior counselors, Dr. Rachel Loving and Ms. Kierstin Streitel, will present on various topics including how students can identify their unique goals, what colleges consider important, and “zen” ways to approach the college admission process. College admissions officers representing University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Miami, and Virginia Commonwealth University will participate in a Q&A session with students and parents following the presentation. This program is for sophomores only; however, parents of Freshman are also welcome to attend if they wish to do so. See information below on how to RSVP.

Students do NOT need to RSVP. Parents have the option to RSVP, but it is not mandatory in order to attend.

Reminder for parents
Visitors to Maggie Walker must scan their photo IDs the first time they enter the building during school hours. During subsequent visits, visitors must type their names into the system upon entering the building and receive a printed visitor's badge with their photo. In an effort to maintain heightened security measures during these programs, all parents must sign in prior to reporting to the auditorium. To streamline the process, we are asking that parents WHO ARE ALREADY IN THE SYSTEM please RSVP using this program so that Ms. Valenta Williams can have your ID badge already printed for you in the Bluestone Lobby when you arrive. If you have NOT had your ID scanned into the system before, please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to allow time for this process. You may RSVP until 7:30 a.m. the morning of February 4 and an RSVP is NOT mandatory in order to attend. We are hoping that this process will assist parents in arriving in the auditorium on time. Please plan to utilize off-site parking at the James River Bus lot on Allen Avenue. If you have questions about the RSVP process or you are not sure if you are in the system, please contact Valenta Williams. All other questions about College Kick-Off or College Jump-Start may go to Kierstin Streitel.

Click HERE to RSVP for JUNIOR College Kick-Off.

Click HERE to RSVP for SOPHOMORE College Jump-Start.


Varun Mandgi (Richmond '21) and Nived Sanjay (Chesterfield '23) were awarded positions with the Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band, a VCU-sponsored auditioned ensemble. The band is comprised of the best high school jazz students from Richmond and surrounding counties. They will be featured in performances throughout the spring, including Saturday, May 2 at the Singleton Center at VCU. Congratulations to these students on their musical accomplishments!


LEAP DAY! February 29, 2020
The John Marshall Ballrooms
101 N. 5th Street, Richmond
6:30-10:30 p.m.

Night of the Dragon Tickets are now on sale! Purchase yours online HERE. You can also indicate online if there are friends you'd like to sit with during the dinner/live auction part of the evening. Don’t know who you would like to sit with? No worries. We will assign you to a table with other great folks so you can make new friends in the Dragon family. Either way, be sure to order your tickets soon so you can be part of the fun!

Turn your Night of the Dragon Experience into a Celebration – Become a Dragon Gold Table Sponsor!

By popular demand, we invite you to consider signing on as a Dragon Gold Table Sponsor at this year’s Quantum Leap event! Dragon Gold sponsorships are $1,000 and include 10 tickets and seating at a table in a premier location as well as special recognition signage and listing in the event catalog and online site. This is a great opportunity to plan a fun evening with your friends and also go that extra mile to support MLWGS! You can recognize your company or come up with a fun theme for your table. To serve as a Dragon Gold Table Sponsor, contact Suzannah Stora.

We will need a second editor for the newsletter starting with the 2020-2021 school year. A freshman or sophomore parent is preferable. Strong communication and editing skills are required.  Time requirement is 1-3 hours a week on Mondays.  Please reply to smokeandscales@gmail.com if you are interested.