Screen Free Week

Screen Free Week Starts April 17

Events are being planned.  Stay tuned for details but here are some highlights:

Monday -Soccer clinic hosted by Goldenboot Soccer

Tuesday – CORE Tennis clinic at Poplar Heights and Lee Graham, PAWS to Read at Mary Riley Styles Library

Wednesday – Science Night at Mt. Daniel

Thursday – Earth Day park clean up at Frady Park and TJ

Friday – Elementary Night at Mason Boys Varsity Soccer game

Thanks to Eileen Brown for chairing this event!


Budget Watch

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The school board has passed the budget for 2017-2018 asking for a 3.7% increase over current funding levels, which includes a step increase in teacher pay and a pay raise for other staff.  This request is an increase from the expected transfer from the city. The budget is expected to go before city council in mid March with a final voted expected in April.  The School Board has also asked for an amendment to the city budget to include $2.6 million more in funding for Mt. Daniel construction costs.

Click here for the budget clearinghouse which includes detailed information about requests and impact if funding needs are not met.  Click here to contact school board members to let your views be heard.

High School Development Planning  In other school board news, here is the link to the George Mason/MEH redevelopment project. Contact the school board here to share your views.

Box Tops!


Start collecting Box Tops for our next round of class competitions this spring.  Please cut any unexpired box tops from participating products and send them in to school in a ziplock labeled with your child’s teacher’s name.  It adds up — with your help we have received over $1500

Many thanks to Katrina Wagner and Leah Kuo for organizing Box Tops!

Home and Garden Tour


The 2017 Home & Garden tour is Sunday, April 30th.  Advanced tickets are now available — $30 per ticket or $100/4 tickets.  On site sales are $35 per ticket.  Click here for tickets.  Interesting historic and modern homes and gardens will be featured.  For more information, please contact co-chairs Jessica Morris and Nadine Block at  Follow us on Twitter at @fchgtour2017.

Ongoing Fundraisers

Every day you have an opportunity to help the PTA, just by shopping with these merchants.  Thousands of dollars are raised when you buy through these fundraisers.  For Certifikid use promotion code FCES.  Thank you for your ongoing support!

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180 Days of Gratitude

FCEPTA and other school affiliated organizations want to celebrate the people who make a difference. Do you know someone who should be recognized?

Email us at #fccps #180gratitude




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