School Communications

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  • Where do I find information about school and city-wide events?

    1. The George Mason PTA distributes a calendar of George Mason events for the year.

    2. Our online school calendar

    3. Our school newsletter, The Mason Messanger is sent out on an as-needed basis via email. As long as a parent has an active email address on file at the school they do not need to sign up for the principal email distribution.

    4. Finally, the PTA has an email distribution list that is sent out weekly to those parents who subscribe, detailing the upcoming weekly events, as well as its own website. If you are not already receiving the PTA email, please email and ask to be added to the PTA email list.

    What is the Thursday Folder?

    The Thursday Folder is our weekly “school-to-home-to-school” communication tool. Please take time to look through your child’s Thursday Folder, as it will contain all important school communications, as well as information from the PTA and from your child’s teacher, some of which may need to be returned. Keep in mind there may still be school or teacher communications that come home on any given day.

    If I have something to send in (such as PTA money or a note to the teacher) and it’s not Thursday night (so I can’t use the Thursday folder), what should I do?

    Please ask your child to give any item to his/her teacher first thing in the morning. The teacher will ensure that the item gets to the correct destination. There is also a PTA Box in the front office if you would like to deliver the item directly.

    May I call the school during the school day to talk with my child’s teacher?

    Classrooms will not be interrupted during the instructional day except in an emergency situation. If you must contact your child or teacher during school hours, please call the office at 703-706-4470 and leave a message. Another option is to email your child’s teacher letting them know that you would like to arrange a meeting with them. Many teachers check email during lunch breaks, etc.

    Is it possible to send items into school for distribution to other children (such as party invitations)?

    ACPS prohibits schools from sending home items in student backpacks that are not school-related or Alexandria City-approved documents. Please do not send such items to school with your child. You may use the School Directory to find the necessary family information you might need.

    What is the School Directory?

    The School Directory lists student and family contact information and parent email addresses. There is a listing of PTA Committees and members. The directory also includes the George Mason Staff Information roster. It is generally distributed in October. Is there a way to receive PTA and other George Mason information via email? Please email Sherry Reilly, PTA President, to ensure you receive her weekly email communication, “Coming Up at GM” ( Please make sure you provide your email address on the white emergency card you fill out in the beginning of the year.