MLS Staff Appreciation Week is Here!

Staff appreciation week is May 7th through 11th and the PTO Hospitality Committee has put together a plan to help us all thank our amazing Bluebird staff.  In addition to providing small tokens of appreciation to staff members, there will be several treats and meals provided throughout the week so please keep an eye out for opportunities to contribute items to our efforts – sign up links will come your way from room moms and will also be posted in Meriwether Matters. Thanks to all of you for helping make this is a great week.

Monday, May 7th 
1) The Hospitality Committee will provide breakfast
2) Thank your Bus Driver day

Tuesday, May 8th
1) The Hospitality Committee will provide an all-day grab and go snack bar

2) Thank your Homeroom Teacher/Teacher’s Aide day

Wednesday, May 9th
1) The Hospitality Committee will provide a staff gift
2) Thank your Front Office staff and Administrators day

Thursday May 10th
1) The Hospitality Committee will provide sweet treats and lemonade
2) Thank your Specials and Intervention staff day

Friday, May 11th
1) The Hospitality Committee will provide a Fried Chicken Feast to end the week
2) Thank your Custodial and Lunchroom staff day

As always, feel free to thank any individual on any day and in any way – this schedule is just a guide to help you remember all of the people that influence your kids each and every day. THANK YOU!!!

Silent Auction Update

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Thank you for making our 2018 Auction a tremendous success! We are grateful to our volunteers, sponsors, and donors who made it all happen.

If you haven’t done so already, please log into to complete the checkout process for your purchases. After you have checked out, you will receive any unclaimed items via backpack mail or other arrangement as necessary.

We are thrilled to offer several ways to keep the fun going, including two amazing "Post Auction" items! Bidding will begin Wednesday morning at 8:00am and close Sunday, May 6th at 5:00pm. Be sure you log in to RSA to keep up with the action.

Package 1:
16 Suite Tickets for a UVA Women's Basketball Game
Bring up to 16 people to a private suite at John Paul Jones Arena for any agreed upon women’s basketball game for the 2018-2019 season! This package comes with 4 parking passes. Generously donated by the Bassett Family

Package 2:
Dave Matthews Band Tickets & VIP Lounge Passes
Did you miss out on our first DMB tickets at the auction? Don't worry, we have another great DMB opportunity for the Summer 2018 tour! This package includes 2 Tickets & 2 VIP Lounge Passes to see Dave Mathews Band at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Lounge passes offer access to a private hospitality area for friends and guests, where complimentary snacks and drinks are provided. Generously donated by the Bassett Family

Additional Mixer slots will also be opened up on Wednesday morning at 8:00am and will be available on a first come, first serve basis through Sunday, May 6th at 5:00pm. If you weren't able to attend the auction or simply missed out on signing up for some awesome mixers being offered this year, this will be your chance to get in on the party!

Giving Tree:
In conjunction with Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-May 11, we will leave open the Giving Tree items that were available for purchase at the auction. This is a fantastic way to support your teachers and have a direct impact on fulfilling their classroom needs! Gift Tree items are available for purchase now- May 11th. 


SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age

What: The film SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age
When: Thursday May 3 at 6:30
Where: Sutherland Middle School
Why: Because “screen time” crosses into all aspects of kids’ lives… what’s the impact?

As parents we know our kids spend a lot of time on digital devices and that time increases as they move into middle and high school. We worry... Is it impacting their development? How much time is too much? How are other parents handling this issue?

To help us examine these issues and more, Parent Council is hosting a screening of the documentary, SCREENAGERSGrowing Up in the Digital Age. More than 5000 schools and community groups have hosted screenings across the globe including companies like Pixar, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, just to name a few.

This film is only available as a community screening not for individual viewing, so hopefully you can attend! Here is a synopsis from the film maker:

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

 Here's a link to the film’s trailer:

Please let me know if you have questions and I hope to see you at the community screening next Thursday, 5/3 at 6:30 at Sutherland Middle School!  

This is a community event paid for by 8 area schools, including our MLS PTO.