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December 10, 2010

Morning Announcements

FCCPS Photo/Marybeth Connelly

- This is not PacMan gone berserk but an ingenious answer to a nagging problem at Mary Ellen Henderson. Seventh grade teacher, Karin Ritchey, came up with the idea of putting tennis balls on the bottoms of chair legs to dramatically reduce the 'scooting noise' in the classrooms and library below.

Other teachers now want in and are searching for old, used, even flat tennis balls to put on the chair legs. To donate tennis balls you may drop them by the MEHMS office or contact Karin Ritchey.


Federal Workers Can Donate to PTA/PTSA via CFC through Dec. 15

Federal employees can donate to any of the Falls Church City schools' three PTA organizations through the Combined Federal Campaign.

Through December 15th, you may make a donation by visiting or by obtaining a pledge form from the Campaign Coordinator in your workplace.


Elementary PTA: 14598

MEHMS PTA: 40097

GMHS PTSA: 79191

MEHMS Barnes & Noble Bookfair Ends TONIGHT!

Use the MEHMS code: 10211373 online at or at any Barnes & Noble store through midnight tonight, December 10th!

As always, the PTA and MEHMS value your support.


Today's Calendar

  7:30 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson Middle - (A Day)

  8:00 a.m. - George Mason High (ODD Day)
                       + International Relations Speaker: CIA representative (shhh...)

  8:35 a.m. - Mt. Daniel School

  8:35 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary (R Day)

  9:40 a.m. - School Board Special Meeting (GM)
                      + Public Hearing on Student Parking Fees

 10:30 a.m. - Mason @ NOVA Classic - (Wrestling) MAP

  9:20 p.m. - Oakton/Mason @ Freedom/Dominion (Club Hockey)  MAP   


Saturday's Calendar

  9:00 a.m. - Mason @ NOVA Classic - (Wrestling) MAP

  2:00 p.m. - Mason @ Battlefield Tip-Off - (G Basketball) MAP

  3:45 p.m. - Mason vs. Briar Woods - (Swimming) MAP

  9:20 p.m. - Oakton/Mason vs Yorktown (Club Hockey)    MAP

For a full look at the day visit

Full 2010-11 FCCPS Testing Calendar



BIE Partner:
LauraLynn Jansen, Vantage Fitness

LauraLynn, a personal trainer and yoga teacher at Vantage Fitness, is also a Business in Education Partner. She visited the George Mason High School IB Psychology class to talk about meditation and stress.

Her presentation covered academic topics that the class had studied with teacher Nisha Sensharma, and also gave the students a real-world opportunity to experience meditation and yoga.

For more information on
FCCPS BIE Partnerships contact:
Marybeth Connelly






FCCPS Photo/Marybeth Connelly


LauraLynn Jansen presents talk on meditation and stress to GM IB Psychology class.



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