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From the PTA President

Next Week at Yorktown: Join the PTA Meeting and Help Thank YHS Teachers and Staff 

With the holidays and year-end activities, December is a busy month. But I hope you can find time to join other Yorktown families for two PTA activities next week:

The Yorktown PTA meeting will be held in the library on Monday, December 12, 7:30-8:30 PM. The PTA meeting takes just an hour and provides an opportunity to discuss PTA and school activities taking place at Yorktown this year. At Monday's meeting, we will hear about plans for the 2017 YHS Graduation Boat Party, an update on grocery program sign-ups, results from the community survey on the PTA website redesign, and more. Please join us!

The annual PTA "Snack Attack" for staff and teachers is Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM.  This PTA activity next week will express our appreciation for Yorktown teachers/staff -- thank you to all who have signed up already to bring snacks to school!  At this writing, there are still 24 slots open for contributions of sweet and savory foods, and for food gift cards. You can sign up here and get details about what is needed and when to drop items off: 

Thank you, Yorktown families, and I hope to see you on Monday--

Kathy Mimberg
Yorktown PTA President

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 9, Senior Breakfast, 7:45AM, cafeteria

Week of December 12, SGA Holiday Toy Drive

Monday, December 12, Band Concert with Australian Guest, 6:30PM, auditorium

Tuesday, December 13, Guitar & Choral Concert, 7PM, auditorium

Wednesday, December 14, Orchestra Concert, auditorium

Thursday, December 15, Interim Progress Reports Sent Home

December 22 - January 2 - Winter Break

Tuesday, January 3 - Classes Resume

Saturday, January 7, SAT and ACT Practice Tests, 8AM, Cafeteria

Week of January 9, Spirit Week

Monday, January 9, PTA Meeting, 7:30 PM, Library
Weekly Calendar

Monday, December 12:
SGA Holiday Toy Drive - all week
6:30 PM Band Concert with Guest Bands from Australia, auditorium
6:30 PM Gymnastics vs McLean, Hayfield, WL, Fairfax, Madison at McLean

Tuesday, December 13:
SGA Holiday Toy Drive - all week
4:30/5:45/7:30 PM Boys FR/JV/V Basketball vs Fairfax at HOME
4:30/5:45/7:30 PM Girls FR/JV/V Basketball at Fairfax
7:00 PM Guitar and Choral Concert, auditorium

Wednesday, December 14:
SGA Holiday Toy Drive - all week
5:30 PM CoEd Varsity Rifle vs Woodson HS at Masonic Lodge
6:00 PM JV Wrestling vs WS, WP, WL, Lee, Chantilly at Chantilly
7:00 PM Orchestra Concert, auditorium

Thursday, December 15:
SGA Holiday Toy Drive - all week

Interim Progress Reports Mailed Home
3:15 PM AP Scholars - 12th Grade Meeting, TBA

Friday, December 16:
4:30/5:45/7:30 PM Girls FR/JV/V Basketball vs Madison at HOME
5:30 PM Boys FR/JV basketball at Madison
5:30 PM CoEd Indoor Track vs Annandale, Mt. Vernon, and Wakefield at TJ Middle School
6:30 PM CoEd Swim & Dive vs McLean at Spring Hill Rec Center
7:15 PM Boys Varsity Basketball at Madison

Saturday, December 17:
9:00 AM Saturday School, room 344
9:00 AM Saturday Science
9:30 AM Varsity Wrestling, Woodson Classic at Woodson

It is the season to be THANKFUL! On behalf of our entire school community, the PTA’s Staff Appreciation Committee is hosting our annual “Snack Attack” on WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14TH.  We are looking for contributions for about 225 deserving staff and teachers at Yorktown.  We need your help –food contributions and a few helpers.  For all details and to sign up, please open this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949acab2aa57-yorktown1    THANK YOU!

If you haven’t ordered a yearbook yet, you have only until December 31st to purchase at $80.  January 1st the price goes up to $100.If you have any questions or would like an order form emailed to you please contact Amanda MacKaye by email amanda.mackaye@apsva.us.
How to order:
 -Students can pick up order forms in 246; completed forms should be returned with payment to the same room
-Order online at 
www.jostens.com (TAKE CARE! To assure you are ordering a book for Yorktown High School, Arlington VA)
-Order through school payments on the YHS home page (this option is for books with no personalization only)

The YHS Chamber Choir is once again selling White House Christmas Ornaments to raise money to support our choral program.  The 2016 ornament honors the administration of Herbert Hoover, who served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933. It is inspired by the fire trucks that responded to the 1929 Christmas Eve fire at the White House and the toy engines presented to children by the Hoovers the following Christmas. The ornament is crafted from shiny brass plated with nickel and 24-karat gold, and the engine carries a Christmas tree for delivery to the White House. It comes beautifully packaged in a gift box along with colorful historical notes, and makes the perfect holiday gift!  The ornaments cost $25 each and can be ordered from any current YHS Singer or by contacting Noreen Hecmanczuk at n.hecmanczuk@verizon.net.  Orders will be accepted through December 15, 2016.  Thank you in advance for supporting the Yorktown Choral Program!

Do you have any friends or associates with a science background?   We could use your help in locating Science Fair judges. A science fair judge needs three things:  (1) to be available on January 28, 2017 from 7:30am to noon; (2) to be familiar with the basic scientific principles, scientific method of experimentation, and hopefully statistics (the last one is a wish!); and (3) to have an open mind, kind heart and really want to interface with teens--that is the KEY to a great scientist being a super judge! One additional note:  Parents who have students in the fair are not always the best options--in fact, we try NOT to have judges who have kids in the fair, because not only could they run into their own, but their kid's friends.  It gets sticky.  If you can help with judge recruitment in anyway please contact Michelle Buehlmann via email. MichelleBuehlmann@hotmail.com


Yorktown Ice Hockey is going strong!  Come check out an upcoming game!  For more information, email YIHCVA@gmail.com.
Friday, December 9 v. McLean; 6:10-7:40; SkateQuest of Reston
Friday, December 16 v. Battlefield; 6:30-8:00; Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Thursday, January 5 JV v. Dematha; 8:10-9:30; Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Friday, January 6 v. Broad Run; 6:30-8:00; Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Friday, January 13 v. Centreville/Fairfax; 7:55-9:25; SkateQuest of Reston
Tuesday, January 17 JV v. Landon; 5:45 pm; Rockville Ice Arena
Friday, January 20 v. Kettle Run; 10:30pm-midnight; Haymarket
Friday, January 27 v. Madison; 7:55-9:25; SkateQuest of Reston
Thursday, February 2 JV v. Gonzaga; 8:10-9:30; Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Thursday, February 9 JV v. Potomac School; 8:10-9:30; Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Friday, February 10, JV game; 4:00; The Gardens Ice House
Friday, February 10 v. Chantilly; 9:40-11:10pm; SkateQuest of Reston
Friday, February 24 JV game 8:00-9:30; Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Friday, March 10 v. Washington-Lee; SENIOR NIGHT; 8:00-9:30; Kettler Capitals Iceplex

The YHS Class of 2018 is sponsoring one more SAT and ACT Practice Test.   Following the test, families will receive a detailed score report detailing individual strengths and weaknesses. Students of any grade are welcome to participate. The YHS Class of 2018 will collect a $25 registration fee the day of the event.  Please bring payment in the form of cash or check made payable to Yorktown High School.  All proceeds go directly to the YHS Class of 2018. Registration for the Practice Test closes the Tuesday prior to the event.
SAT or ACT Practice Test Event: 
Students select the full-length test of their choice.                        
Date: Saturday, January 7th
Time: 8AM – 12PM
Location: Cafeteria - Yorktown High School
To register, please visit 

2017 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide rising gifted high school juniors and seniors with free intensive educational experiences.  Students live on a college campus for four weeks and are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. Information and applications available at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/index.shtml
See Ms. Wagner in room 384 for more information.

due to Yorktown Counseling Office Friday, January 6, 2017.
Programs in Agriculture; Humanities; Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Mentorships in Marine Science; Medicine and Health; or Engineering.

Please show your support for Yorktown by joining the YHS PTA.  Follow this link to find more information and an opportunity to join online:
 http://www.yhspta.org   Contact Lindsay Levy, membership@yhspta.org if you have questions.

Show your YHS school pride by buying a t-shirt or sweatshirt whose purchase supports the PTA.  Follow http://www.yhspta.org/buy-yhs-gear/ to see pictures of the options. Contact Spiritwear chair, Lindsay Levy lylevy@clilffclimber.com if you have questions.


Support YHS while shopping.  It's so easy!  Visit http://www.yhspta.org/get-involved/grocery-target-cards/ for all the links!  Thank you YHS families.** These are exciting, easy fundraising programs and with your support will lead to a successful year allowing the PTA to fund deserving programs to support our teachers and students. Questions? Comments?  Please contact Ashley Rehr, the YHS PTA Volunteer Chair for these programs at YHSCards@gmail.com 

Grocery Cards: It’s time to link your Harris Teeter and Giant customer cards to benefit the Yorktown PTA..  With your support, our school has received over $26,600 in donations from the grocery card and shopping programs over the last two years.  

New This Year - You Shop and Amazon Gives.  Amazon will donate .5% of the price of eligible purchases to the YHS PTA. Sign up at 
smile.amazon.com, then Yorktown High PTA. Supporters must always start their shopping at smile.amazon.com to support Yorktown High PTA. 

Escrip Continues - Check the escrip web page for all the details on sign up and shopping options. 
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