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Coronavirus Help for Parents - how to help your children deal

As we are all concerned with dealing with this situation, it is hard to know what to tell our children and how to help them deal with the stress and anxiety that they may be feeling at this time.  National Association of School Psychologists has put out this resource to help us help our children through this.  You can read their tips here:  

Additional Resources:


Comcast Offering reduced internet rates for families that apply during coronavirus outbreak:

Please join us for our Touch Base Event – an opportunity to meet briefly with your child’s teachers in order to get a snapshot of your child’s progress and achievement.  Parents will meet with each desired teacher for approximately 4 minutes.  For more information, please see “Frequently Asked Questions” on our website or go to

November 5, 2019

Marsteller Middle School

8:30 am – 11:30 am

 To register, please go to the Touch Base link on the Marsteller Web Page or


Career Day 2019 (Nov 26, 2019)

Career Day for this school year will be held on Tuesday, November 26 from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. This program is designed to assist our eighth grade students in learning from professionals the duties, responsibilities, educational requirements and training necessary in various career fields. Our parents and our community are an invaluable resource, and we are taking this time to request volunteers to participate in this year’s program.  We are looking for a wide variety of careers to be represented from all walks of life.  We need approximately 50 presenters for this program. 

For more information and a registration form, click I want to help MSMSCareer2019, or go to  or contact Mrs. Wark at

Moving On Up - Transition to High School

We will be holding a Transition to HS Parent Meeting Oct 14 at 10:30 am  Click  Transition to High School 2020  to see what will be discussed this year concerning 8th grade requirements,  high school requirements and options that are available for our students. It's not too early to start thinking ..... high school scheduling starts in January!  Most Specialty Program applications are due Feb 1, 2020!

Help!  My Baby’s Going to Middle School!!
A meeting for new Bulldog Parents
More information to come .......



Helping Young People in Crisis: Know the Warning Signs & What to Do

Free course trains school staff, parents, and others to help adolescents in trauma.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based, 8-hour interactive public education course designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, and others how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. 

There are four opportunities to take this one-day course:  
• Saturday, March 4
• Saturday, April 22
• Saturday, May 13
• Saturday, June 3

The course will be held 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center (room 1101 A/B) on March 4, April 22, and May 13. On June 3 it will be held at Gainesville Middle School. Lunch will be provided. (Choose only one date.)

Register here:

This course is open to all PWCS employees and parents and is offered by the Office of Student Services through a grant from the Potomac Health Foundation in collaboration with the Prince William County Community Services Board.

PWCS employees will receive professional development credit.