2700 S. Lang Street
Arlington, VA 22206
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Welcome to the Gunston PTA

  • REEP's 40th Anniversary Open House

    Posted by Gunston PTA at 1/13/2016

    A program at Sequoia Plaza that helps adult immigrants learn English and adjust to life in the U.S.

    marks its 40th anniversary this year. REEP, the Arlington Education and Employment Program, will celebrate

    with an Open House on February 11 at its central location, Syphax Education Center.

    REEP was started as a 90-day demonstration project to teach English to Southeast Asian refugees

    streaming into Northern Virginia following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. From that tentative beginning,

    the program has grown into a nationally-recognized language school that currently serves 1,000 learners per

    semester in classes at two main locations in South Arlington and at a number of local community centers.

    The program is part of Arlington Public Schools’ Office of Career, Technical and Adult education, but

    receives operating funds from Arlington County government (Department of Human Services), student tuition,

    and a number of smaller grants. The majority of students are Arlington residents who are working people with

    jobs ranging from child care and restaurant positions to embassy staff and entrepreneurs.

    As part of the 40th anniversary celebration, REEP will hold an Open House on Thursday, February 11 at

    Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd.- across from the Department of Human Services offices.

    Visitors can come from 10 a.m. to 12 noon or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The snow date is Feb. 25. For more information

    about the Open House or about REEP, visit the website, www.apsva.us/reep or call 703-228-4200.


    View the PDF

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  • 2015-2016 School Calendar

    Posted by Heather Dodson at 8/30/2015

    Click to view a PDF of upcoming events for the 2015-16 School Year.


    2015-2016 Calendar


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  • Save the Date

    Posted by Anne Ramsey at 8/23/2015

    Gunston Middle School

    6th Grade Summer Transition Orientation

    When:  Thursday, September 3

    Time:   3-4 PM

    Where: Theater I & TA classrooms


    7th & 8th Grade Summer Open House

    When:  Thursday, September 3

    Time:   Drop-in visits between 2-3PM

    Where: TA classrooms

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  • Guarde la Fecha

    Posted by Anne Ramsey at 8/23/2015

    Gunston Middle School

    2015 Orientación de Verano de 6o  Grado. 

    Cuando: Jueves 3 de septiembre

    Hora:      de 3PM a 4PM

    Donde:   Teatro I y en el salón de TA


    Invitación para visitar la escuela para estudiantes de 7o  & 8o  grado

    Cuando:   Jueves 3 de septiembre

    Hora:       Visitar entre la hora de 2PM a 3PM

    Donde:    Salón de TA

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  • Challenge Racism Through Stories and Conversation

    Posted by Anne Ramsey at 8/22/2015
    This Fall, Gunston is hosting “Challenge Racism Through Stories and Conversation,” a free discussion group on race for APS parents and community members.

    Arlington neighbors recommend this discussion as... “thought-provoking,” “life-changing,” “invaluable" and “eye-opening.”  One Swanson parent who participated said, “It will challenge and focus you in such a positive way.  You will feel energized by what you learn.”

    The discussions will be held at Gunston, however, this session is NOT limited to Gunston parents. All Arlington adults are all welcome. Challenge Racism is recommended for everyone.
    Watch the Challenge Racism video online at: www.youtube.com/challengeracism

    Find out more and register online: www.ChallengeRacism.org

    Questions? Please contact:

    Leah Maderal

    Cost: 100% Free.  The session is free and all materials are provided by the Office of Minority Achievement, Arlington Public Schools.

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  • ***Order Your Gunston Spiritwear Today***

    Posted by Anne Ramsey at 12/16/2014
    Due to popular demand you can now order Gunston Hoodies and long sleeve t-shirts in any size you want! These make wonderful holiday gifts. Orders must be placed by online by Tuesday, Dec. 23. To place an order, go to:
    Username:  gunstonmiddle (lower case)
    Password:   hornets2014 (lower case)
    If you’d prefer to pay by check or money order, please download the order form and return it along with your check or money order (made payable to “Gunston PTA”) to your child’s TA no later than  Mon., Dec. 22.
    Orders will be delivered to your child’s TA by Friday, Jan. 16. If this is a HOLIDAY GIFT and download a gift certificate.
    Please note – teal is not available in the hoodies or long sleeve shirts at this time.   
    Questions, email Clair Sassin at clair@sassinconsulting.com.
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  • Donate food for Arlington neighbors in need!

    Posted by Anne Ramsey at 12/5/2014

    Please make donations by December 19, so that our neighbors in need may enjoy over the holidays!

    As many of us fill up on holiday feasts, it’s a great time to help others in our community who may not be as fortunate.

    This year Gunston continues its support of the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) and is accepting food donations during the month of December. Students are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food donations to help the hungry right here in Arlington. Click here for more information.

    Thanks so much for your support!

    Gunston PTA

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  • Box Tops for Education

    Posted by Anne Ramsey at 10/26/2014

    Box Tops
    Next deadline for turning in boxtops is November 3rd. 


    Please put them in plastic ziploc-type bags or envelopes of either 10 or 50, and label each bag.  The collection box is just outside the school office
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  • First Day Packets & ParentVue

    Posted by Elena Rodriguez at 9/7/2013

    First-Day Packets

    On the first day of school, students are given a First-Day Packet to take home to their parents or guardians. Parents/guardians are asked to fill out, sign and return to their school the completed documents, during the first week of school.
    • A "Complete Family Packet" is distributed to the youngest student in the household, and
    • A "Forms Only Packet" is provided for all older siblings.

    Fill Out Forms Using ParentVUE

    ParentVUE Parents may fill out some of the First Day Packet information online, using ParentVUE. Once you log in, click on Student Information in the left nav, and make any changes necessary.
    Once parents have submitted student information, the school's registrar will approve the changes to your child's record. Changes are not effective immediately.
    Even if this student information is completed online, parents/guardians must complete the following forms by hand or by using the fillable pdfs below and submit them to the school:

    The Complete Family Packet

    is distributed to students on the first day of school and includes the following:
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  • We need your help!

    Posted by Anne Ramsey at 9/4/2013

    It's Back to School time and that means, time to join other parents and family members as volunteers to support Gunston Middle School!  We have a number of opportunities; some are one-time projects while others are ongoing.  Committee chairs are needed.  Please consider signing up to help with any of the following.  Any amount of help is appreciated.The Directory--This involves taking the info provided by the school and formatting it in the directory; would take approximately 10-15 hours during September/October.

    Reflections--Represent Gunston and coordinate the student submissions for the contest at the beginning of the school year; winners announced in mid October.

    Box Tops/Grocery Store Sign-up--Stop by the school once a week to collect the box tops and send out reminders to parents to sign up.

    PTA Membership--Help us recruit parents and family members to join the PTA.  Use your creativity to draw more folks to participate.

    T-shirt Sales--Organize sales during special events at the school to raise funds for the PTA.

    Arm Chair Fundraiser--Help us raise funds by coordinating this fundraiser through e-mail but also encourage support for it during special events at school.

    Printer Cartridge Recycling Coordinator--Pick up cartridges every few weeks and send out reminders to the community to turn in the cartridges.

    AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center) Coordinator (food drive)--Help coordinate the food drives and events throughout the year and deliver collection boxes to AFAC.

    Green Committee
    --Use your passion and creativity to coordinate activities to Go Green at Gunston!  

    Grounds Committee--Coordinate activities to help beautify the school grounds.

    Other event-related opportunities to volunteer include:

    • Fall Fun Fest
    • School Book Fairs

    Please email Maggie Ryner Ferm or Gabriela Uro at GunstonPTAVolunteer@gmail.com if you are interested in leading any of these committees.  We just need one or two people to lead each of these programs.

    Watch for our emails via "Sign Up Genius" and be ready to help! 
    The Gunston community thanks you!!   

    Go Hornets!

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Last Modified on January 13, 2016