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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. 

The Auction is Coming Up!
Thursday, April 26
Meriwether Springs Vineyard at 6pm 

Final Reminder! The spring auction is Thursday, April 26 at 6 pm!

The spring auction provides a significant portion of the PTO’s annual operating budget and is a fun way to get to know other parents! 

How to Have a Great Night at the Auction

1. Carpool: Make your night easy by sharing a ride with friends.
2. Arrive Ready: Set Up Your Account Now: This will streamline your arrival at the auction and reduce congestion at the check-in table. You can also check out what’s for sale and save your favorites.

It's quick and easy:
-       Access
-       Enter the zip code when prompted for the event code: 22901
-       From here, you can browse the full auction catalog.
-       To create an account, click My Account
-       Click Request Account
-       Enter your information when prompted and click Request Account
-       You should receive an email. Use the link it includes to complete your account setup

3. Have a Plan: The full catalog is available on the auction website (log in using your account). Take some time to review what’s available so you’re ready to bid when you arrive.

4. Arrive Hungry: Be ready to enjoy dinner from the brand new Fardowner’s Mobile Food Truck or Two Brother’s Southwest Grill, have a glass of Veritas Wine or Random Row beer while you support our great school.

Tips for Bidders
·      Log into your account and review the catalog before the event so you’re ready when bidding opens!
·      If you have your heart set on an item, or just want to bypass the bidding process, the Win It Now is always available.
·      Check out the Otto-Assisted (Max) Bid tool to simplify your bidding process and help you win more items.

If You Can’t Make It

Of course, we’d love to see you at the auction but even if you’re not there, you can still get in on the action! Just follow the steps above to set up an account, review the catalog, and place your bid between 6 and 8:45pm on Thursday.

Email with any questions.

We can’t wait to see you there! Thank you so much for your support!

 This year, the annual spring fundraiser will take place at Meriwether Springs Vineyard on Owensville Road. This event traditionally accounts for about half of the PTO’s annual budget, which provides supplemental funds for your children’s classrooms, professional development for teachers, and community-building events we all look forward to. 

In addition to the new location, other big changes for this year’s event include:

  • Meriwether Springs Vineyard, Veritas Vineyards, and Random Row Brewery are generously sponsoring this year’s auction. Thanks to their support, we’ve dramatically reduced the cost of the event and increased the impact of every donation!
  • Two food trucks will be on site for you to purchase your dinner
  • You will have the chance to directly fund requests from our teachers through the Giving Tree
  • Bidding will take place entirely online so you can bid even if you can’t make it to the auction

I’m excited to announce that bidding for a VIP Package for the Foxfield Races on Saturday, April 28 will be open for bidding starting today until Friday at 5 pm!

Valued at over $600, the package includes everything for a great day at the races!

  • A reserved “rail” Green section parking spot (front row)
  • 6 admission tickets (children under 8 are free and do not need a ticket)
  • $40 Wegman’s gift card
  • Two bottles of King Family wine and a growler of Star Hill beer
  • All your tailgate needs including a folding table, soft sided cooler, wine tote, growler carrier, wine glasses, and koozies 

Step 1: Set Up Your Account

Online bidding is easy and fun! Even if you aren’t sure you want to bid on the Foxfield VIP package, setting up an account now will streamline the process when you arrive at the auction.

It's quick and easy:

  • Access
  • Enter the zip code when prompted for the event code: 22901
  • From here, you can browse the full auction catalog.
  • To create an account, click My Account
  • Click Request Account
  • Enter your information when prompted and click Request Account
  • You should receive an email. Use the link it includes to complete your account setup

 Step 2: Place Your Bid

  • Navigate to Available Items and select the Foxfield VIP Package
  • Place your bid
  • If you are outbid, you will receive a notification based on your preferences
  • Bidding closes at 5 pm on Friday so bid early and bid often!

Please email if you need help.

Please check Meriwether Matters and the MLS PTO Facebook page for updates in the coming weeks.

Is Your Sitter Ready?
The auction is on a Thursday night this year so it’s important to plan ahead! Don’t forget to secure childcare and plan your week so you don’t miss out.

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Have you made plans for Foxfield yet?

The Auction Has You Covered!
For the week after Spring Break, we’ll be opening up the online auction for pre-bidding on an exciting package for Foxfield Races on Saturday April 28, 2018.

The package includes six tickets, parking passes, and a fun VIP package to help make your day even more fun! Look for details about how to log in and place your bid in upcoming communications.

There’s Still Time to Host a Meriwether Mixer
It’s not too late to get in on the fun by signing up to host a mixer. These events are a great way to contribute to the auction.

We are still looking for hosts for:
-       The MLS chili cook off
-       The 2018 corn hole tournament
-       Grade-level specific mixers for 2nd grade and 3rd grade

Get together with your neighborhood or other MLS friends to host. If you’re interested in hosting, please contact the auction committee at

Mark Your Calendars for the MLS PTO 2018 Silent Auction!

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Meriwether Springs Vineyard
6:00 pm

This year, we’re moving to a beautiful new venue right in our own backyard. Longtime supporters of Meriwether Lewis, the owners have generously donated the space for our use on a weeknight. Now you can support the school and have your weekend free!  This is a FREE ADMISSION and casual event. 

Want to get involved with the planning committee for a big or small job? Have something to donate to the Auction? Want to host a mixer? Let us know!  Please contact Beth McCarthy or Stacey Carden at to get involved.

Please Consider Hosting a Mixer! 

Hosting a "Kid Mixer" party or "Parent Mixer" party, where tickets are purchased at the SIlent Auction to attend the parties, are a major component of our fundraising efforts!

Kid Mixers are always an important contribution to the auction. Typically 2-4 families will get together to host the mixer by grade, donating the party to the cause and other families in that same grade will buy tickets to participate. These can be very simple parties: e.g, for a past kindergarten mixer, a few families went together on a magician who came to one of the houses and did a little magic show, with balloon animals etc., followed by popsicles and outdoor playtime for about 20 kindergartners. The mixers can take place anytime after the auction through the summer and even well into the fall. Other popular ideas from previous years have been:

  • Pool Parties
  • Sports themed parties
  • Kindergarten Dance party
  • Simple cooking classes
  • Art Class
  • Sports themed parties (basketball, flag football, rollerskating, kickball)

The parties can be for boys, girls or mixed. We hope folks can get creative and think of some fun mixers for the kids. 

Adult Mixers are also a key component of the auction and operate much like the Kid Mixers.  So, feel free to get together with friends to throw a fun party for the MLS adults!  These have ranged from Farm to Table dinners, Summer Soirees, Adult Olympics, wine tasting, etc. We're always looking for fun new ideas, so please feel free to share any that come to mind!

If you are interested or have more questions, please contact Beth McCarthy at  We appreciate your role in supporting the school this year!  

The MLS PTO Silent Auction is an annual event for parents and friends of MLS students to benefit MLS School PTO. In previous years the Silent Auction has been the largest fundraising event, raising over $25,000, which we hope to surpass this year!

Contact for more information.