Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 5/18/22

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UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Tuesday, 5/24 - Spring Music Concert (7:00pm)
  • Friday, 5/27 - Field Day (k-2 in am; 3-6 in pm)
  • Monday, 5/30 - NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day Holiday)
  • Tuesday, 5/31 -  Rain date for field day
  • Wednesday, 6/1 - 1st Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Thursday, 6/2 -  2nd Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Thursday, 6/2 - Music Man Performance (6:30 pm)
  • Friday, 6/3 -  Kindergarten End of Year Ceremonies
  • Friday, 6/3 - Music Man Performance (6:30 pm)
  • Monday, 6/6 -  3rd Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Tuesday, 6/7 - 4th Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Wednesday, 6/8 - 5th Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Wednesday, 6/8 - Kickball game 6th grade vs. staff (2:30pm)
  • Thursday, 6/9 - 6th Grade End of Year Ceremony
  • Friday, 6/10 - Talent Show
  • Friday, 6/10 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - EARLY DISMISSAL

 

 

SOL Assessments Grades 3-6

Please ensure your child gets a good night's sleep the night before and eats a healthy breakfast.

5/19 - 5th, math; 5th, advanced math

5/20 - MAKEUPS for 5th, 6th, & 7th, math & Goings, math

5/23 - 5/27 - Expedited retakes

 

May 23rd - May 27th To celebrate our upcoming Field Day we are having a spirit week!

 

Monday 5/23: Jersey Day- Wear your favorite sports team (or your own) jersey!

Tuesday 5/24: Dress like a P.E. teacher! (Wear your favorite fitness clothes)

Wednesday 5/25: Tie Dye Day

Thursday 5/26: Olympic Ring Color Day (Wear green, yellow, black, red, or blue!)

Friday 5/27 (FIELD DAY!) : Wear your field day or Franconia gear!

 

  Character Trait of the Month

Last month, we highlighted the character trait responsibility which means to do what is expected and to own actions and behaviors. We are so proud of our responsibility winners. If you would like to see our winners, please click on the link below:

https://youtu.be/kOv-4uYC5z4

May’s Character Trait: Resilience-when things are hard, we don’t give up but choose to bounce back!

How can I help my child become resilient view FCPS Healthy Minds Blog for tips: Healthy Minds Blog: Resilience Tips

     

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Mindfulness at Franconia!

Hello Parents,

Within these past couple of months, students have participated in our mindful movement classes. Through calm poses, students have learned how to take deep breaths, focus their attention in the present moment and calm their bodies and mind. We will continue our mindfulness culture by introducing students to our mindfulness lab! In our mindfulness lab, students will explore our mindfulness centers such as deep breathing, listening, coloring, mindful movement, focus games and much more! While students rotate through our mindfulness centers, our hope is that it will cause students to “just be”  in the present moment, release worries and stress, and fun being mindful through play! We are so excited to begin our work in creating a mindfulness culture at Franconia.

For more information about mindfulness and how create mindfulness at home. Please view FCPS Healthy Minds:

Mindfulness at home

 

  Summer Learning Programs (Bridge to Kindergarten, SOAR, Youth Scholars)

 

Registration for our summer learning programs has been sent out to students who are eligible. If your student was selected, please complete the registration google form as soon as possible as space is limited.

 

  Spring Concert Tuesday, May 24, 7:00pm Gymnasium

We are thrilled to announce that a bit of normalcy returns to Franconia this spring!  We will hold our annual spring concert featuring our band, strings and chorus members on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Franconia gym. Mark your calendars!

Here are a few details of what to expect:

There will be a schoolwide assembly during the school day on May 24, time TBD.

ALL musicians need to wear a plain white top and black pants / skirt with black shoes to BOTH the day and night performances.

Skirts should be below the knee.

Musicians are expected to report to their music classroom locations at 6:30pm fully dressed for warm up and attendance.

Gym doors will open at 6:45pm for friends and family.

We will offer a Zoom option for those who cannot attend.  The link will be sent before the performance.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Lucius at [email protected].

 

 

Field Day is Coming! Penguin Olympics Gr K-2: Friday May 27, 2022 9:00 AM-11:45 PM Gr 3-6 Friday May 27, 2022 12:15-3:15PM Rain Date (Same Times) May 31st  

 

More information on field day to come! 😊

Volunteers:

Do you want to help with field day? Use our sign up genius to sign up for volunteering day of, or with other needs (such as popsicles, and more)!

Use this link to sign up!

 

 

Last Call for Library Books! All Books Due 5/27

 

Due date for all library books is Friday, May 27th.  Please take a moment to gather any books you may have forgotten and return them to the library.

 

 

Franconia Elementary School Presents the Penguin Players in The Music Man   Thursday, 6/2, 6:30pm Friday, 6/3, 6:30pm Franconia ES Gymnasium - doors open at 6:15pm   Musical tickets are ON SALE NOW so get yours before it's sold out!

Though there is no cost to attend the show, we are happily taking any donations at the door which will go toward our future Penguin Productions. See you at the show!

To reserve your spot for the THURSDAY 6/2 performance, click here.

To reserve your spot for the FRIDAY 6/3 performance, click here.

 

Based on Meredith Willson's six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man KIDS features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance.  The Music Man KIDS is family entertainment at its best — a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!

Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow.  Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize.  The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef.  His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

 

For more information or questions, please contact the Franconia music teacher, Ms. Lucius, at [email protected].

 

 

End of Year Recognition Ceremonies Information and Schedule

 

Below are our in-person ceremony attendee guidelines:

  • Parking for all visitors will be in the parking lot at the back of the building off Kathmoor Dr by the Kiss & Ride loop.
  • Visitors will enter and exit through the rear gym doors.
  • Programs will be limited to approximately 30-40 minutes maximum.
  • No food, drink, or gifts (no balloons, etc). 
  • If you wish to take your child home with you at the conclusion of the program, you must sign them out with a Franconia employee stationed at the exit of the gym.

Please direct any questions to your child’s teacher.

 

Wednesday, 6/1 (first grade)

  • 10:15 - Bolden
  • 11:15 - Bonsall
  • 1:30 - Ibrahim
  • 2:30 - King

Thursday, 6/2 (second grade)

  • 11:15 - Dennison
  • 12:00 - Webbs
  • 1:15 - Yortzidis
  • 2:15 - Octaviano

Friday, 6/3 (kindergarten)

  • 9:15 - Allen
  • 10:15 - Channon
  • 12:00 - Tran/Moon

Monday, 6/6 (third grade)

  • 9:30 - Pina
  • 10:30 - Stump
  • 2:15 - Haffner

Tuesday, 6/7 (fourth grade)

  • 9:30 - Blum
  • 10:30 - Hagy
  • 2:00 - Rim

Wednesday, 6/8 (fifth grade)

  • 9:30 - Copeland
  • 10:15 - Pater
  • 12:15 - Ryman     

Thursday, 6/9 (sixth grade) Promotion Ceremony starts at 9:30, and will be hosted in the cafeteria.  More information regarding grade 6 to come soon                                                        .

  • 9:30 - All sixth grade classes

 

 

TALENT SHOW Friday, June 10 (in the am)

Way to go to all the students who auditioned!  Results have been emailed to parents.

For any questions, please contact Anna Yortzidis at [email protected].

 

 

Congratulations! FCPS All County Choral Festival 2022

Congratulations to singers Molly Lucius and Mira Stanish for earning a spot in this year's all county 6th grade chorus.  They performed, along with selected 6th graders from across the district, on Tuesday, April 12.

The broadcast recording of the concert can be views on channel Red Apple 21 on Cox, Verizon, and Comcast.

Check the schedule here:

https://www.fcps.edu/event/all-county-choral-festival

 

 

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Screening for School-Based (Level II-III) Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.

 

Screening for Levels II-III

Students can be screened for school-based (level II-III) AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, local schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.  

 

Screening Process for Levels II-III

Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services.  Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent or guardian input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.

 

Appeals Process for Levels II-III

If a parent or guardian wishes to appeal an ineligible decision, they may submit an appeal with new data for consideration by the local school screening committee. This new information should be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher or Assistant Principal.

  School-Based Services Overview

 

School-Based Services in Elementary School   

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services to students’ needs rather than labeling students.  Students have:

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to support student learning and growth.

Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services at the elementary level:

 

Tier 1 Access to AAP Curriculum and Strategies, Grades K-6 (Level I)

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

 

Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)

Some students require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in at least one specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness.

Level II Services are re-evaluated each year and may change from year to year.

 

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas and require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in multiple content areas.

  • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Level III services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

 

Screening for Full-Time (Level IV) Services

 

Screening Timeline for Level IV

Screening for level IV AAP services happens at the district/central level rather than by local schools. For your planning for next school year, please know that screening for Level IV services occurs during two specific screening cycles:

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.  Fall referrals are due in early October (contact the AART for more information).
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student. The referral window is from the first day of school - December 15, annually.

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students

 

Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)

Some students require regular advanced differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science) and on a full-time basis. Students identified for level IV AAP require depth, complexity, and/or acceleration beyond the needs of their age-level peers at their current setting.

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies curriculum, and
  • Increased intensity of depth, complexity, and acceleration compared to the needs of age-level peers in their current setting.

Level IV services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

 

 

Edison Coed Basketball Skills Camp July 11-15   9am-3pm Cost $200 per camper

Have fun with games, drills & prizes!

Click here to register.

(Space is limited) 

Additional information can be found at www.edisonsports.org

Contact Coach Lewis with questions: [email protected]

 

 

Virginia Hills Baptist Church Summer Camps 2022

We are incredibly excited to introduce our new summer camp program!  This program consists of individual weekly themed camps of a variety of topics/subjects.

We are offering camps each week from June 13 - August 12 for each of our 3 age groups:

3 years old - 5 years old

kindergarten - 2nd grade

3rd grade - 6th grade

We will also have an additional camp for elementary school-aged children during the week of August 15-19.

Our camp program runs from 9:00am-3:30pm, but not all camps are the whole 6.5 hours.  We have some morning camps (9:00am-12:00pm) and some afternoon camps (12:30pm-3:30pm).

Any child registered for both a morning and afternoon camp on the same week will have a supervised lunch from 12:00pm-12:30pm.

Children will need to bring their own lunch and a water bottle labeled with their name.

Every registration has a $10 fee.  We reserve the right to cancel camps due to low registration.

REGISTER HERE:

https://www.vhbcpreschool.org/summercamps


Please contact [email protected] for payment plan opportunities.

 

 

Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time and the front parking lot will be off limits
  • Changes in dismissal mode (https://franconiaes.fcps.edu/about/change-dismissal-form)

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

FCPS CARES Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105 Dunn Loring, VA

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.

 

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER CONTACT INFO:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 703-204-3941

Web: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Twitter: @prc_fcps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcpsprc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FCPSParentResourceCenter

 

 

FREE CONSULTATIONS:

  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

TUTOR LIST:

  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] for more information.

FREE LENDING LIBRARY:

  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.

 

FREE WEBINARS:

  • Register here - https://bit.ly/3hSRIZW
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.

 

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Penguin Points Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

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Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 5/4/22

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UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Tuesday, 5/24 - Spring Music Concert (7:00pm)
  • Friday, 5/27 - Field Day (k-2 in am; 3-6 in pm)
  • Monday, 5/30 - NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day Holiday)
  • Tuesday, 5/31 -  Rain date for field day
  • Wednesday, 6/1 - 1st Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Thursday, 6/2 -  2nd Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Thursday, 6/2 - Music Man Performance (6:30 pm)
  • Friday, 6/3 -  Kindergarten End of Year Ceremonies
  • Friday, 6/3 - Music Man Performance (6:30 pm)
  • Monday, 6/6 -  3rd Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Tuesday, 6/7 - 4th Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Wednesday, 6/8 - 5th Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Wednesday, 6/8 - Kickball game 6th grade vs. staff (2:30pm)
  • Thursday, 6/9 - 6th Grade End of Year Ceremony
  • Friday, 6/10 - Talent Show
  • Friday, 6/10 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - EARLY DISMISSAL

 

 

SOL Assessments Grades 3-6

Please ensure your child gets a good night's sleep the night before and eats a healthy breakfast.

5/12 - 3rd, math

5/13 - 3rd, math

5/16 - MAKEUPS for 3rd & 4th gr math; VAAP

5/17 - MAKEUPS for 5th science; VAAP

5/18 - 6th & 7th, math

5/19 - 5th, math; 5th, advanced math

5/20 - MAKEUPS for 5th, 6th, & 7th, math & Goings, math

5/23 - 5/27 - Expedited retakes

 

 

Summer Learning Programs (Bridge to Kindergarten, SOAR, Youth Scholars)

 

Registration for our summer learning programs has been sent out to students who are eligible. If your student was selected, please complete the registration google form as soon as possible as space is limited.

 

 

UPDATE FROM FRANCONIA MUSIC DEPARTMENT ***NEW DATE*** Spring Concert Tuesday, May 24, 7:00pm Gymnasium

We are thrilled to announce that a bit of normalcy returns to Franconia this spring!  We will hold our annual spring concert featuring our band, strings and chorus members on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Franconia gym. Mark your calendars!

Here are a few details of what to expect:

There will be a schoolwide assembly during the school day on May 24, time TBD.

ALL musicians need to wear a plain white top and black pants / skirt with black shoes to BOTH the day and night performances.

Skirts should be below the knee.

Musicians are expected to report to their music classroom locations at 6:30pm fully dressed for warm up and attendance.

Gym doors will open at 6:45pm for friends and family.

We will offer a Zoom option for those who cannot attend.  The link will be sent before the performance.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Lucius at [email protected].

 

 

Field Day is Coming! Penguin Olympics Gr K-2: Friday May 27, 2022 9:00 AM-11:45 PM Gr 3-6 Friday May 27, 2022 12:15-3:15PM Rain Date (Same Times) May 31st

 

Leading up to field day to celebrate we will be having a spirit week!

 

Monday 5/23: Jersey Day- Wear your favorite sports team (or your own) jersey!

Tuesday 5/24: Dress like a P.E. teacher! (Wear your favorite fitness clothes)

Wednesday 5/25: Tie Dye Day

Thursday 5/26: Olympic Ring Color Day (Wear green, yellow, black, red, or blue!)

Friday 5/27 (FIELD DAY!) : Wear your field day or Franconia gear!

 

More information on field day to come! 😊

Volunteers:

Do you want to help with field day? Use our sign up genius to sign up for volunteering day of, or with other needs (such as popsicles, and more)!

Use this link to sign up!

 

 

Last Call for Library Books! All Books Due 5/27

 

Due date for all library books is Friday, May 27th.  Please take a moment to gather any books you may have forgotten and return them to the library.

 

 

Franconia Elementary School Presents the Penguin Players in The Music Man   Thursday, 6/2, 6:30pm Friday, 6/3, 6:30pm Franconia ES Gymnasium - doors open at 6:15pm

 

Tickets go “on sale” May 16th. 

Tickets are free, but donations will happily be taken at the door for our future musical programs!

Click the links below to reserve your seat once tickets are LIVE!

To reserve your spot for the THURSDAY 6/2 performance, click here.

To reserve your spot for the FRIDAY 6/3 performance, click here.

 

Based on Meredith Willson's six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man KIDS features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance.  The Music Man KIDS is family entertainment at its best — a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!

Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow.  Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize.  The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef.  His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

 

For more information or questions, please contact the Franconia music teacher, Ms. Lucius, at [email protected].

 

 

End of Year Recognition Ceremonies Information and Schedule

 

Below are our in-person ceremony attendee guidelines:

  • Parking for all visitors will be in the parking lot at the back of the building off Kathmoor Dr by the Kiss & Ride loop.
  • Visitors will enter and exit through the rear gym doors.
  • Programs will be limited to approximately 30-40 minutes maximum.
  • No food, drink, or gifts (no balloons, etc). 
  • If you wish to take your child home with you at the conclusion of the program, you must sign them out with a Franconia employee stationed at the exit of the gym.

Please direct any questions to your child’s teacher.

 

Wednesday, 6/1 (first grade)

  • 10:15 - Bolden
  • 11:15 - Bonsall
  • 1:30 - Ibrahim
  • 2:30 - King

Thursday, 6/2 (second grade)

  • 11:15 - Dennison
  • 12:00 - Webbs
  • 1:15 - Yortzidis
  • 2:15 - Octaviano

Friday, 6/3 (kindergarten)

  • 9:15 - Allen
  • 10:15 - Channon
  • 12:00 - Tran/Moon

Monday, 6/6 (third grade)

  • 9:30 - Pina
  • 10:30 - Stump
  • 2:15 - Haffner

Tuesday, 6/7 (fourth grade)

  • 9:30 - Blum
  • 10:30 - Hagy
  • 2:00 - Rim

Wednesday, 6/10 (fifth grade)

  • 9:30 - Copeland
  • 10:15 - Pater
  • 12:15 - Ryman

Friday, 6/11 (sixth grade) Promotion Ceremony starts at 9:30, and will be hosted in the cafeteria.  More information regarding grade 6 to come soon.

  • 9:30 - All sixth grade classes

 

 

TALENT SHOW Friday, June 10 (in the am)

Way to go to all the students who auditioned!  Results have been emailed to parents.

For any questions, please contact Anna Yortzidis at [email protected].

 

 

Congratulations! FCPS All County Choral Festival 2022

Congratulations to singers Molly Lucius and Mira Stanish for earning a spot in this year's all county 6th grade chorus.  They performed, along with selected 6th graders from across the district, on Tuesday, April 12.

The broadcast recording of the concert can be views on channel Red Apple 21 on Cox, Verizon, and Comcast.

Check the schedule here:

https://www.fcps.edu/event/all-county-choral-festival

 

 

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Screening for School-Based (Level II-III) Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.

 

Screening for Levels II-III

Students can be screened for school-based (level II-III) AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, local schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.  

 

Screening Process for Levels II-III

Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services.  Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent or guardian input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.

 

Appeals Process for Levels II-III

If a parent or guardian wishes to appeal an ineligible decision, they may submit an appeal with new data for consideration by the local school screening committee. This new information should be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher or Assistant Principal.

  School-Based Services Overview

 

School-Based Services in Elementary School   

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services to students’ needs rather than labeling students.  Students have:

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to support student learning and growth.

Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services at the elementary level:

 

Tier 1 Access to AAP Curriculum and Strategies, Grades K-6 (Level I)

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

 

Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)

Some students require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in at least one specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness.

Level II Services are re-evaluated each year and may change from year to year.

 

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas and require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in multiple content areas.

  • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Level III services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

 

Screening for Full-Time (Level IV) Services

 

Screening Timeline for Level IV

Screening for level IV AAP services happens at the district/central level rather than by local schools. For your planning for next school year, please know that screening for Level IV services occurs during two specific screening cycles:

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.  Fall referrals are due in early October (contact the AART for more information).
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student. The referral window is from the first day of school - December 15, annually.

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students

 

Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)

Some students require regular advanced differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science) and on a full-time basis. Students identified for level IV AAP require depth, complexity, and/or acceleration beyond the needs of their age-level peers at their current setting.

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies curriculum, and
  • Increased intensity of depth, complexity, and acceleration compared to the needs of age-level peers in their current setting.

Level IV services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

 

 

Edison Coed Basketball Skills Camp July 11-15   9am-3pm Cost $200 per camper

Have fun with games, drills & prizes!

Click here to register.

(Space is limited) 

Additional information can be found at www.edisonsports.org

Contact Coach Lewis with questions: [email protected]

 

 

Virginia Hills Baptist Church Summer Camps 2022

We are incredibly excited to introduce our new summer camp program!  This program consists of individual weekly themed camps of a variety of topics/subjects.

We are offering camps each week from June 13 - August 12 for each of our 3 age groups:

3 years old - 5 years old

kindergarten - 2nd grade

3rd grade - 6th grade

We will also have an additional camp for elementary school-aged children during the week of August 15-19.

Our camp program runs from 9:00am-3:30pm, but not all camps are the whole 6.5 hours.  We have some morning camps (9:00am-12:00pm) and some afternoon camps (12:30pm-3:30pm).

Any child registered for both a morning and afternoon camp on the same week will have a supervised lunch from 12:00pm-12:30pm.

Children will need to bring their own lunch and a water bottle labeled with their name.

Every registration has a $10 fee.  We reserve the right to cancel camps due to low registration.

REGISTER HERE:

https://www.vhbcpreschool.org/summercamps


Please contact [email protected] for payment plan opportunities.

 

 

Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time and the front parking lot will be off limits
  • Changes in dismissal mode (https://franconiaes.fcps.edu/about/change-dismissal-form)

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

FCPS CARES Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105 Dunn Loring, VA

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.

 

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER CONTACT INFO:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 703-204-3941

Web: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Twitter: @prc_fcps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcpsprc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FCPSParentResourceCenter

 

 

FREE CONSULTATIONS:

  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

TUTOR LIST:

  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] for more information.

FREE LENDING LIBRARY:

  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.

 

FREE WEBINARS:

  • Register here - https://bit.ly/3hSRIZW
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.

 

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

 

Managing Fighting and Aggression: A Webinar for Families

Ever wonder how to manage difficult behavior like fighting and aggression between your children?

Join Karen Coad, LCSW,  local Clinical Social Worker and Therapist, for this important webinar as we discuss some of the reasons why children fight, and the skills that children need to cooperate and get along well with others.

May 13, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Managing Fighting and Aggression: A webinar for Families

 

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-Person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
 
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9 a.m-noon in-person Providence Community Center.

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person, and Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

 

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Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

Franconia Musical - The Music Man

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Franconia Elementary School Presents the Penguin Players in The Music Man   Thursday, 6/2, 6:30pm Friday, 6/3, 6:30pm Franconia ES Gymnasium - doors open at 6:15pm

 

To reserve your spot now, click here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-man-kids-tickets-331967643157?utm-campaign=social%2Cemail&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing

 

Based on Meredith Willson's six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man KIDS features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance.  The Music Man KIDS is family entertainment at its best — a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!

Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow.  Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize.  The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef.  His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

 

For more information or questions, please contact the Franconia music teacher, Ms. Lucius, at [email protected].

 

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Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 4/27/22

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UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Monday, 4/25 - Friday, 4/29 - National Administrative Professionals Week
  • Monday, 4/25 - SOLs start
  • Sunday, 5/1 - National School Principals Day
  • Monday, 5/2 - Friday, 5/6 - Staff Appreciation Week
  • Monday, 5/2 - Friday, 5/6 - National School Nurses Week
  • Monday, 5/9 - 2nd grade field trip to Children's Science Center Lab
  • Tuesday, 5/10 - 3rd grade field trip to Frying Pan Park
  • Tuesday, 5/24 - Spring Music Concert (7:00pm)
  • Friday, 5/27 - Field Day (k-2 in am; 3-6 in pm)
  • Monday, 5/30 - NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day Holiday)
  • Wednesday, 6/8 - Kickball game 6th gr vs. staff (2:30pm)
  • Friday, 6/10 - Talent Show
  • Friday, 6/10 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - EARLY DISMISSAL

 

 

SOL Assessments Grades 3-6

Please ensure your child gets a good night's sleep the night before and eats a healthy breakfast on testing day.

4/25 - 5th, reading

4/26 - 4th, reading

4/27 - 4th, reading

4/28 - 6th, reading

4/29 - MAKEUPS for 5th & 6th reading; Goings, reading

5/3 - VAAP

5/4 - 3rd, reading

5/5 - 3rd, reading

5/6 - MAKEUPS for 3rd & 4th reading; Goings, science

5/9 - 4th, math

5/10 - 4th, math

5/11 - 5th, science

5/12 - 3rd, math

5/13 - 3rd, math

5/16 - MAKEUPS for 3rd & 4th gr math; VAAP

5/17 - MAKEUPS for 5th science; VAAP

5/18 - 6th & 7th, math

5/19 - 5th, math; 5th, advanced math

5/20 - MAKEUPS for 5th, 6th, & 7th, math & Goings, math

5/23 - 5/27 - Expedited retakes

 

 

Lewis High School Presents You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

 

April 28th - 7pm

April 29th - 7pm

April 30th - 7pm

May 6th - 7pm

May 8th - 2pm

$12 Admission

$10 for Students, Faculty & Seniors

$5 for kids 10 and under

Buy Tickets ONLINE

https://event.etix.com/ticket/v/15640

 

John R. Lewis High School Auditorium

6540 Franconia Rd

Springfield, VA 22150

 

 

You Belong in Girl Scouts! Monday, 5/9, 6:00pm
  • Join Girl Scouts for Fall 2022!
  • Girl Scout troops are forming and filling spaces for 2022-2023 rising kindergarteners and up: save your space and join the fun today!
  • To get more information, join us at a formation meeting! Monday, May 9, at 6pm in the Franconia ES Cafeteria.
  • Contact the Volunteer Troop Organizer, Tiffany Haffner, at [email protected].

 

 

UPDATE FROM FRANCONIA MUSIC DEPARTMENT ***NEW DATE*** Spring Concert Tuesday, May 24, 7:00pm Gymnasium

We are thrilled to announce that a bit of normalcy returns to Franconia this spring!  We will hold our annual spring concert featuring our band, strings and chorus members on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Franconia gym. Mark your calendars!

Here are a few details of what to expect:

There will be a schoolwide assembly during the school day on May 24, time TBD.

ALL musicians need to wear a plain white top and black pants / skirt with black shoes to BOTH the day and night performances.

Skirts should be below the knee.

Musicians are expected to report to their music classroom locations at 6:30pm fully dressed for warm up and attendance.

Gym doors will open at 6:45pm for friends and family.

We will offer a Zoom option for those who cannot attend.  The link will be sent before the performance.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Lucius at [email protected].

 

 

TALENT SHOW Friday, June 10 (in the am)

Way to go to all the students who auditioned!  Results have been emailed to parents.

For any questions, please contact Anna Yortzidis at [email protected].

 

 

Congratulations! FCPS All County Choral Festival 2022

Congratulations to singers Molly Lucius and Mira Stanish for earning a spot in this year's all county 6th grade chorus.  They performed, along with selected 6th graders from across the district, on Tuesday, April 12.

The broadcast recording of the concert can be views on channel Red Apple 21 on Cox, Verizon, and Comcast.

Check the schedule here:

https://www.fcps.edu/event/all-county-choral-festival

 

 

Virginia Hills Baptist Church Summer Camps 2022

We are incredibly excited to introduce our new summer camp program!  This program consists of individual weekly themed camps of a variety of topics/subjects.

We are offering camps each week from June 13 - August 12 for each of our 3 age groups:

3 years old - 5 years old

kindergarten - 2nd grade

3rd grade - 6th grade

We will also have an additional camp for elementary school-aged children during the week of August 15-19.

Our camp program runs from 9:00am-3:30pm, but not all camps are the whole 6.5 hours.  We have some morning camps (9:00am-12:00pm) and some afternoon camps (12:30pm-3:30pm).

Any child registered for both a morning and afternoon camp on the same week will have a supervised lunch from 12:00pm-12:30pm.

Children will need to bring their own lunch and a water bottle labeled with their name.

Every registration has a $10 fee.  We reserve the right to cancel camps due to low registration.

REGISTER HERE:

https://www.vhbcpreschool.org/summercamps


Please contact [email protected] for payment plan opportunities.

 

 

Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time and the front parking lot will be off limits
  • Changes in dismissal mode (https://franconiaes.fcps.edu/about/change-dismissal-form)

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

FCPS CARES Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105 Dunn Loring, VA

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.

 

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER CONTACT INFO:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 703-204-3941

Web: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Twitter: @prc_fcps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcpsprc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FCPSParentResourceCenter

 

 

FREE CONSULTATIONS:

  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

TUTOR LIST:

  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] for more information.

FREE LENDING LIBRARY:

  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.

 

FREE WEBINARS:

  • Register here - https://bit.ly/3hSRIZW
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.

 

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 3/11/22: Supporting Self-Regulation Development in Early Learners
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

 

Worry and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Using Evidence-based Strategies to Help Kids and Caregivers Cope During Tough Times

Join us for this important webinar to help caregivers and families learn strategies to support children during tough times.

Topics include:

  • Science and biological roots of anxiety in children
    • Identifying an anxious child
    • Changing anxious thinking
    • Computer technology and the understanding of anxiety
  • Current treatment options (medications & CBT: cognitive behavioral therapy)
    • Different coping strategies needed for the current pandemic

Presented by Dr. Ramaris E. German, a clinical psychologist in the Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

May 6, 2022 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Worry and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Using Evidence-based Strategies to Help Kids and Caregivers Cope During Tough Times

 

Managing Fighting and Aggression: A Webinar for Families

Ever wonder how to manage difficult behavior like fighting and aggression between your children?

Join Karen Coad, LCSW,  local Clinical Social Worker and Therapist, for this important webinar as we discuss some of the reasons why children fight, and the skills that children need to cooperate and get along well with others.

May 13, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Managing Fighting and Aggression: A webinar for Families

 

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-Person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
 
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9 a.m-noon in-person Providence Community Center.

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person, and Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

 

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Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 4/20/22

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UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Wednesday, 4/20 - Friday, 4/22 - Book Fair
  • Thursday, 4/21 - Last SCA School Store
  • Thursday, 4/21 - Military Kids Spirit Week - dress up as a career
  • Thursday, 4/21 - Family Night at Book Fair
  • Friday, 4/22 - Military Kids Spirit Week - dress in yellow and green
  • Monday, 4/25 - Friday, 4/29 - National Administrative Professionals Week
  • Monday, 4/25 - SOLs start
  • Tuesday, 4/26 - PEP Night
  • Tuesday, 4/26 - Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  • Sunday, 5/1 - National School Principals Day
  • Monday, 5/2 - Friday, 5/6 - Staff Appreciation Week
  • Monday, 5/2 - Friday, 5/6 - National School Nurses Week
  • Monday, 5/9 - 2nd grade field trip to Children's Science Center Lab
  • Tuesday, 5/24 - Spring Music Concert
  • Monday, 5/30 - NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day Holiday)
  • Friday, 6/10 - Talent Show
  • Friday, 6/10 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - EARLY DISMISSAL

 

 

SCA Store Last Day - Thursday, April 21

Store hours 8:35-8:50

For questions, please contact the SCA Staff Sponsor, Renee Octaviano, at [email protected]

 

 

Franconia ES Celebrates Our Military-Connected Students Spirit Week Thursday, 4/21 - Career Day (dress up in your choice of career) Friday, 4/22 - School Spirit (wear yellow and green)

 

 

SPRING BOOK FAIR Monday, 4/18 - Friday, 4/22 (until noon) Join us! Family Night - Thursday, 4/21, 3:30-7:00

Forms of payment accepted: cash, check, or credit card

Please consider bringing your own bag!

To volunteer at the book fair, please sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4caead2faaf49-book2

 

 

SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR SALE Ends Friday, 4/22

Order your penguin t-shirts today!  We have a fun new tie-dye design and our best selling design from the fall. Orders will close Friday April 22, so please don't wait.  These shirts are perfect for field trips, field day, and penguin spirit days! 

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/spring-spiritwear-franconia2022  

We also have new penguin car magnets that will be available to purchase at the Book Fair during evening hours on Thursday April 21.

All proceeds from spirit wear purchases go to Franconia PTA which supports our students and staff.

Thank you for showing your Penguin Pride and supporting our school! 

We are also looking for more volunteers to help with end of year events and PTA Leadership for the 2022-2023 school year.

Please email [email protected] to get involved. 

Go Penguins! 

Franconia PTA

Parents as Educational Partners Tuesday, April 26, 7:00pm

Please join us for our virtual Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) meeting this coming Tuesday, April 26 @ 7pm.  We are excited to welcome Ms. Wright-Hudgens this meeting to chat with us about the special education process and program here at Franconia.

 

WHAT:  PEP is a parent-teacher organization for parents of students from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade of any language or cultural background.  

 

WHY:  The mission of PEP is to increase the academic achievement of students by developing and maintaining strong school-home partnerships tied to improved student achievement. 

 

HOW:  During our meetings, we will create a safe, informed space through which we can empower families to seek information to best support their children's educational journeys.

 

WHEN:  We will meet every other Tuesday at 7pm.  Our next session will take place Tuesday, April 26.

 

WHERE:  We will meet virtually via this Zoom link.  Please first log into your student's FCPS gmail account for easier access. 

 

Your PEP teachers are specifically prepared to provide you with accurate information about Franconia Elementary.  Some of the topics that we may cover during our meetings include:

  • School Personnel and the School Day
  • School Procedures
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Report Cards and Curriculum
  • Special Education and Advanced Academics
  • Study skills/Homework
  • School Health Procedures
  • Other school-specific topics that are of interest and benefit to the group 

Questions?  Please email [email protected]

 

 

SOL Assessments Grades 3-6

Please ensure your child gets a good night's sleep the night before and eats a healthy breakfast on testing day.

4/25 - 5th, reading

4/26 - 4th, reading

4/27 - 4th, reading

4/28 - 6th, reading

4/29 - MAKEUPS for 5th & 6th reading; Goings, reading

5/3 - VAAP

5/4 - 3rd, reading

5/5 - 3rd, reading

5/6 - MAKEUPS for 3rd & 4th reading; Goings, science

5/9 - 4th, math

5/10 - 4th, math

5/11 - 5th, science

5/12 - 3rd, math

5/13 - 3rd, math

5/16 - MAKEUPS for 3rd & 4th gr math; VAAP

5/17 - MAKEUPS for 5th science; VAAP

5/18 - 6th & 7th, math

5/19 - 5th, math; 5th, advanced math

5/20 - MAKEUPS for 5th, 6th, & 7th, math & Goings

5/23 - 5/27 - Expedited retakes

 

 

GUIDANCE LESSONS FOR APRIL

Kindergarten/First Grade - learning the difference between small and big problems and using I-Messages to solve problems

Second Grade - using I-Messages to solve peer conflict

Third Grade - using healthy coping skills overcome challenges/test anxiety

Fourth & Fifth Grades - goal setting and making the most of the remainder of the school year.  We will discuss test taking and test anxiety as well as the importance of self-care and rest during testing time.  I hope it is a wonderful break for all!

Sixth Grade - learning how to manage stress/anxiety

                      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

MINDFULNESS

Good News, Franconia Families!  We are excited to announce that we will be having a Mindful Movement Coach visiting our school to further augment the Mindfulness content we have been sharing all year long with your students.

Mindful movement helps to bring our attention to the present moment, tune into our bodies, check in on our emotions, and understand the subsequent effects of those emotions on the body, including the brain and nervous system. 

Teaching students to have an awareness of their mindset and feelings in the present moment facilitates a life-long practice of self-awareness and self-care.  Our aim is to further the understanding of mindful practices in personal development and understanding oneself more fully.

Plans are underway for where and how this instruction will take place during the school day.  Each student will participate in these fun coaching events for the remainder of the school year, and into next year as well.  We are excited as we know the impact this will have on student general well-being, as well as academic enjoyment and knowledge attainment.

We can’t wait to share more details with you all when we have finalized our plan and schedule.

From our Franconia School Counselors:

Veronica Guillion - [email protected]

Leslie Fry - [email protected]

 

 

UPDATE FROM FRANCONIA MUSIC DEPARTMENT ***NEW DATE*** Spring Concert Tuesday, May 24, 7:00pm Gymnasium

We are thrilled to announce that a bit of normalcy returns to Franconia this spring!  We will hold our annual spring concert featuring our band, strings and chorus members on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Franconia gym. Mark your calendars!

Here are a few details of what to expect:

There will be a schoolwide assembly during the school day on May 24, time TBD.

ALL musicians need to wear a plain white top and black pants / skirt with black shoes to BOTH the day and night performances.

Skirts should be below the knee.

Musicians are expected to report to their music classroom locations at 6:30pm fully dressed for warm up and attendance.

Gym doors will open at 6:45pm for friends and family.

We will offer a Zoom option for those who cannot attend.  The link will be sent before the performance.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Lucius at [email protected].

 

 

TALENT SHOW Friday, June 10 (in the am)

The End-of-the-Year Student Talent Show is back!  Below is information to know.

There may also be rehearsals scheduled after talent show acts have been announced.

 

 

Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time and the front parking lot will be off limits
  • Changes in dismissal mode (https://franconiaes.fcps.edu/about/change-dismissal-form)

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

FCPS CARES Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105 Dunn Loring, VA

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.

 

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER CONTACT INFO:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 703-204-3941

Web: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Twitter: @prc_fcps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcpsprc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FCPSParentResourceCenter

 

 

FREE CONSULTATIONS:

  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

TUTOR LIST:

  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] for more information.

FREE LENDING LIBRARY:

  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.

 

FREE WEBINARS:

  • Register here - https://bit.ly/3hSRIZW
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.

 

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 3/11/22: Supporting Self-Regulation Development in Early Learners
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

 

Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their families an introduction to options after high school.  Representatives from postsecondary and adult education, employment. community programs and services will be available.

Schedule:

6:30-7:30 p.m. Information Tables

7:30-7:45 p.m. Overview of Postsecondary options

7:45-8:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • College and Education Options: For students planning to continue their education in a two or four-year college
  • Alternatives to College, after High School: For students interested in employment and workforce development - highlights include military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Woodson High School

Register for Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

 

Worry and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Using Evidence-based Strategies to Help Kids and Caregivers Cope During Tough Times

Join us for this important webinar to help caregivers and families learn strategies to support children during tough times.

Topics include:

  • Science and biological roots of anxiety in children
    • Identifying an anxious child
    • Changing anxious thinking
    • Computer technology and the understanding of anxiety
  • Current treatment options (medications & CBT: cognitive behavioral therapy)
    • Different coping strategies needed for the current pandemic

Presented by Dr. Ramaris E. German, a clinical psychologist in the Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

May 6, 2022 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Worry and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Using Evidence-based Strategies to Help Kids and Caregivers Cope During Tough Times

 

Managing Fighting and Aggression: A Webinar for Families

Ever wonder how to manage difficult behavior like fighting and aggression between your children?

Join Karen Coad, LCSW,  local Clinical Social Worker and Therapist, for this important webinar as we discuss some of the reasons why children fight, and the skills that children need to cooperate and get along well with others.

May 13, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Managing Fighting and Aggression: A webinar for Families

 

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-Person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
 
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9 a.m-noon in-person Providence Community Center.

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person, and Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

 

Penguin Points Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 3/30/22

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U.S. Navy Band "The Cruisers" Performed at Franconia Wednesday, 3/30/22

 

GUIDANCE LESSONS FOR APRIL

Kindergarten/First Grade - learning the difference between small and big problems and using I-Messages to solve problems

Second Grade - using I-Messages to solve peer conflict

Third Grade - using healthy coping skills overcome challenges/test anxiety

Fourth & Fifth Grades - goal setting and making the most of the remainder of the school year.  We will discuss test taking and test anxiety as well as the importance of self-care and rest during testing time.  I hope it is a wonderful break for all!

Sixth Grade - learning how to manage stress/anxiety

                      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

MINDFULNESS

Good News, Franconia Families!  We are excited to announce that we will be having a Mindful Movement Coach visiting our school to further augment the Mindfulness content we have been sharing all year long with your students.

Mindful movement helps to bring our attention to the present moment, tune into our bodies, check in on our emotions, and understand the subsequent effects of those emotions on the body, including the brain and nervous system. 

Teaching students to have an awareness of their mindset and feelings in the present moment facilitates a life-long practice of self-awareness and self-care.  Our aim is to further the understanding of mindful practices in personal development and understanding oneself more fully.

Plans are underway for where and how this instruction will take place during the school day.  Each student will participate in these fun coaching events for the remainder of the school year, and into next year as well.  We are excited as we know the impact this will have on student general well-being, as well as academic enjoyment and knowledge attainment.

We can’t wait to share more details with you all when we have finalized our plan and schedule.

From our Franconia School Counselors:

Veronica Guillion - [email protected]

Leslie Fry - [email protected]

 

 

SCA Store Update! Re-opening Tuesday, April 12

The store will operate from 8:35-8:50 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

For questions, please contact the SCA Staff Sponsor, Renee Octaviano, at [email protected].

 

 

TALENT SHOW

The End-of-the-Year Student Talent Show is back!  Below is information to know.

  • Tuesday, April 12 - permission slips due
  • Wednesday, April 20 - auditions take place at school during the day
  • Friday, June 10 - last day of school - talent show will be performed in the morning

There may also be rehearsals scheduled after talent show acts have been announced.

Paper forms were sent home in Wednesday folders.  To obtain a replacement copy, please contact Anna Yortzidis (teacher in charge of the talent show), at [email protected].

 

Parents as Educational Partners Tuesday, April 12, 7:00pm

Please join us for our virtual Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) meeting this coming Tuesday, April 12th @ 7 p.m.  We are excited to welcome Ms. Wright-Hudgens this meeting to chat with us about the special education process and program here at Franconia.

 

WHAT:  PEP is a parent-teacher organization for parents of students from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade of any language or cultural background.  

 

WHY:  The mission of PEP is to increase the academic achievement of students by developing and maintaining strong school-home partnerships tied to improved student achievement. 

 

HOW:  During our meetings, we will create a safe, informed space through which we can empower families to seek information to best support their children's educational journeys.

 

WHEN:  We will meet every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.  Our next session will take place Tuesday, April 12th.

 

WHERE:  We will meet virtually via this Zoom link.  Please first log into your student's FCPS gmail account for easier access. 

 

Your PEP teachers are specifically prepared to provide you with accurate information about Franconia Elementary.  Some of the topics that we may cover during our meetings include:

  • School Personnel and the School Day
  • School Procedures
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Report Cards and Curriculum
  • Special Education and Advanced Academics
  • Study skills/Homework
  • School Health Procedures
  • Other school-specific topics that are of interest and benefit to the group 

Questions?  Please email [email protected]

 

 

SPRING BOOK FAIR Monday, 4/18 - Thursday, 4/21 Mark Your Calendar Now! Evening hours will be on Monday and Thursday

 

To volunteer at the book fair, please sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CAEAD2FAAF49-book1

 

 

UPDATE FROM FRANCONIA MUSIC DEPARTMENT Spring Concert Tuesday, April 26, 7:00pm Gymnasium

We are thrilled to announce that a bit of normalcy returns to Franconia this spring!  We will hold our annual spring concert featuring our band, strings and chorus members on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Franconia gym. Mark your calendars!

Here are a few details of what to expect:

There will be a schoolwide assembly during the school day on April 26, time TBD.

ALL musicians need to wear a plain white top and black pants / skirt with black shoes to BOTH the day and night performances.

Skirts should be below the knee.

Musicians are expected to report to their music classroom locations at 6:30pm fully dressed for warm up and attendance.

Gym doors will open at 6:45pm for friends and family.

We will offer a Zoom option for those who cannot attend.  The link will be sent before the performance.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Lucius at [email protected].

 

 

Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

FCPS CARES Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105 Dunn Loring, VA

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.

 

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER CONTACT INFO:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 703-204-3941

Web: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Twitter: @prc_fcps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcpsprc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FCPSParentResourceCenter

 

 

FREE CONSULTATIONS:

  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

TUTOR LIST:

  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] for more information.

FREE LENDING LIBRARY:

  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.

 

FREE WEBINARS:

  • Register here - https://bit.ly/3hSRIZW
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.

 

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 3/11/22: Supporting Self-Regulation Development in Early Learners
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

 

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

 

Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their families an introduction to options after high school.  Representatives from postsecondary and adult education, employment. community programs and services will be available.

Schedule:

6:30-7:30 p.m. Information Tables

7:30-7:45 p.m. Overview of Postsecondary options

7:45-8:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • College and Education Options: For students planning to continue their education in a two or four-year college
  • Alternatives to College, after High School: For students interested in employment and workforce development - highlights include military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Woodson High School

Register for Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

 

Penguin Points Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 3/23/22

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Music In Our Schools Month Spirit Week 3/21 - 3/25

Music In Our Schools Month engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the efforts of high quality music education programs in our schools.

Franconia Elementary believes in the power of music and its positive effects in our children.  By giving our students an outlet for creativity, we give them an opportunity to relate and share memorable experiences with their peers.  Those memories will carry them on their journey to adulthood and beyond.

Music is beneficial in so many ways and we are lucky to be able to expose our community to all we have to offer musically!

We will be celebrating Music In Our Schools month the week of March 21- March 25.  Students and staff are encouraged to participate!

  • Monday: Monday Blues - wear Blue!
  • Tuesday: Broadway Tuesday - think Hamilton, The Lion King, Annie and more!
  • Wednesday: A Day at the Opera - wear your fanciest clothes!
  • Thursday: Country vs. Rock - dress like a country singer or rock star!
  • Friday: Music ties us together - wear a tie to celebrate how music brings together people of all cultures and backgrounds

 

Twain MS Tiger Night Friday, 3/25, 5:30-7:30pm Join us as we step into Spring! Food trucks, games, and prizes!

 

 

U.S. Navy Band "The Cruisers" Performing at Franconia Wednesday, 3/30/22

We are excited to once again welcome this talented and entertaining group of musicians back to our school!

A STUDENT ONLY assembly will be held on 3/23 for the students to enjoy the band's music.

To read more about The Cruisers, please go to:

https://www.navyband.navy.mil/ensembles/cruisers

 

 

YEARBOOK DEADLINE EXTENDED Online ordering available until MARCH 31 $15.00

To reserve your yearbook now, go to http://YEARBOOKORDERCENTER.COM and use the school code for Franconia Elementary School - 21927.

Any additional funds received from yearbook sales will go towards our summer reading book grab!

PLEASE NOTE - EXTRA YEARBOOKS ARE NOT PURCHASED. THIS IS THE ONE TIME TO PURCHASE ONE.

 

 

LOST AND FOUND

Do you think your child may be missing a jacket?  A lunchbox?  All lost and found items are on a table by the office.  Please consider coming up to check anytime between 9:00am-3:00pm.

DEADLINE - March 31

All items will be donated after March 31.

 

 

HORIZON 2 ASSESSMENTS Grades 3-6 February 7 - March 31

Horizon division assessments will be administered to grades 3-6 students February 7-March 31.  The division assessments include Reading, Math (3-7 regular/advanced) and Science (grade 5 only).  These assessments provide a formative measure of current learning to inform reteaching, remediation, or support prior to spring SOL exams.

For more information, please contact your child’s teacher - staff directory.

 

 

GUIDANCE LESSONS FOR MARCH

Kindergarten - Identifying feelings

1st & 2nd grades - Zones of Regulation: Strategies to deal with strong emotions.

2nd-3rd grades - Using "I" statements to solve conflicts

4th-5th grades - review of the character traits we have highlighted so far this school year.  Emphasis will be put on making choices that exemplify integrity, and continuing to work in support of  others, and appreciation of differences.  Regularly in my lessons this year I use a picture of an iceberg to show that what we see with people is only the top of the iceberg.  The biggest part of the iceberg is below the surface, and it is the same with people.  I feel important to remind my students that we don’t know what is in other’s “icebergs” below the surface, that it is always different and it is where our hardships and struggles can be found.  It is important to know that peers may be enduring a hardship we cannot see,  so always show empathy, kindness, understanding, and patience.

6th grade - Learning how to view other’s perspective and solve conflicts from a positive approach.

                      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

CHARACTER TRAIT OF THE MONTH

January's character trait was empathy - to feel or understand what someone else is feeling.

Check out this video about empathy: https://youtu.be/we7ocDoues8

March's character trait is patience - to wait calmly without complaining.

                   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

MINDFULNESS

Good News, Franconia Families!  We are excited to announce that we will be having a Mindful Movement Coach visiting our school to further augment the Mindfulness content we have been sharing all year long with your students.

Mindful movement helps to bring our attention to the present moment, tune into our bodies, check in on our emotions, and understand the subsequent effects of those emotions on the body, including the brain and nervous system. 

Teaching students to have an awareness of their mindset and feelings in the present moment facilitates a life-long practice of self-awareness and self-care.  Our aim is to further the understanding of mindful practices in personal development and understanding oneself more fully.

Plans are underway for where and how this instruction will take place during the school day.  Each student will participate in these fun coaching events for the remainder of the school year, and into next year as well.  We are excited as we know the impact this will have on student general well-being, as well as academic enjoyment and knowledge attainment.

We can’t wait to share more details with you all when we have finalized our plan and schedule.

From our Franconia School Counselors:

Veronica Guillion - [email protected]

Leslie Fry - [email protected]

 

 

SCA Store Update! Re-opening Tuesday, April 12

The store will operate from 8:35-8:50 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

For questions, please contact the SCA Staff Sponsor, Renee Octaviano, at [email protected].

 

 

TALENT SHOW

The End-of-the-Year Student Talent Show is back!  Below is information to know.

  • Tuesday, April 12 - permission slips due
  • Wednesday, April 20 - auditions take place at school during the day
  • Friday, June 10 - last day of school - talent show will be performed in the morning

There may also be rehearsals scheduled after talent show acts have been announced.

Paper forms were sent home in Wednesday folders.  To obtain a replacement copy, please contact Anna Yortzidis (teacher in charge of the talent show), at [email protected].

 

 

SPRING BOOK FAIR Monday, 4/18 - Thursday, 4/21 Mark Your Calendar Now! Evening hours will be on Monday and Thursday

 

 

UPDATE FROM FRANCONIA MUSIC DEPARTMENT Spring Concert Tuesday, April 26, 7:00pm Gymnasium

We are thrilled to announce that a bit of normalcy returns to Franconia this spring!  We will hold our annual spring concert featuring our band, strings and chorus members on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Franconia gym. Mark your calendars!

Here are a few details of what to expect:

There will be a schoolwide assembly during the school day on April 26, time TBD.

ALL musicians need to wear a plain white top and black pants / skirt with black shoes to BOTH the day and night performances.

Skirts should be below the knee.

Musicians are expected to report to their music classroom locations at 6:30pm fully dressed for warm up and attendance.

Gym doors will open at 6:45pm for friends and family.

We will offer a Zoom option for those who cannot attend.  The link will be sent before the performance.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Lucius at [email protected].

 

 

Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

FCPS CARES Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105 Dunn Loring, VA

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.

 

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER CONTACT INFO:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 703-204-3941

Web: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Twitter: @prc_fcps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcpsprc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FCPSParentResourceCenter

 

 

FREE CONSULTATIONS:

  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

TUTOR LIST:

  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] for more information.

FREE LENDING LIBRARY:

  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.

 

FREE WEBINARS:

  • Register here - https://bit.ly/3hSRIZW
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.

 

Webinar: Parenting Skills for Arabic Families 4-part Series *Presented in Arabic

Thursdays in March 2022 6:30-8 p.m.

The webinar series addresses the challenges faced by Arab parents when raising their children in the United States of America and the cultural differences between generations.

Topics include:

  • Cultural, psychological, emotional, and personal differences 
  • Parenting strategies based on empathy and understanding

Join Sarah Amri, psychologist and Program Supervisor at Northern Virginia Family Service and Hunada Zeinedin, counselor at Northern Virginia Family Service

  • 3/03/2022 Bridging Cultural and Generational Differences
  • 3/10/2022 Effective Ways to Communicate
  • 3/17/2022 Discipline Strategies
  • 3/24/2022 Effective Parenting Styles

Register for Webinar: Parenting Skills for Arabic Families 4-part Series *Presented in Arabic

 

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 3/11/22: Supporting Self-Regulation Development in Early Learners
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

 

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

 

Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their families an introduction to options after high school.  Representatives from postsecondary and adult education, employment. community programs and services will be available.

Schedule:

6:30-7:30 p.m. Information Tables

7:30-7:45 p.m. Overview of Postsecondary options

7:45-8:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • College and Education Options: For students planning to continue their education in a two or four-year college
  • Alternatives to College, after High School: For students interested in employment and workforce development - highlights include military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Woodson High School

Register for Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

 

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Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

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U.S. Navy Band "The Cruisers" Performing at Franconia Tuesday, 3/23/22 ACTUAL DATE - THURSDAY, 3/30

We are excited to once again welcome this talented and entertaining group of musicians back to our school!

STUDENT ONLY assemblies will be held on 3/30 for the students to enjoy the band's music.

To read more about The Cruisers, please go to:

https://www.navyband.navy.mil/ensembles/cruisers

 

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Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

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HAYFIELD SECONDARY CRAFT FAIR & SILENT AUCTION SATURDAY MARCH 19, 9am-3pm 7630 Telegraph Rd. Alexandria, VA   FREE ADMISSION!!!  

Indoor Craft Fair

  • 80+ AWESOME vendors offering all handmade items for your home, kitchen, office, pets and family/friends! for you
  • Food and beverages available
  • FREE kids craft corner hosted by KidCreate Studio!!!!!

HUGE Silent Auction

  • Extensive selection of autographed/authenticated sports, movie and music memorabilia
  • Gift certificates and handmade craft items from our vendors
  • Capitals and Nationals tickets

 

 

Music In Our Schools Month Spirit Week 3/21 - 3/25

Music In Our Schools Month engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the efforts of high quality music education programs in our schools.

Franconia Elementary believes in the power of music and its positive effects in our children.  By giving our students an outlet for creativity, we give them an opportunity to relate and share memorable experiences with their peers.  Those memories will carry them on their journey to adulthood and beyond.

Music is beneficial in so many ways and we are lucky to be able to expose our community to all we have to offer musically!

We will be celebrating Music In Our Schools month the week of March 21- March 25.  Students and staff are encouraged to participate!

  • Monday: Monday Blues - wear Blue!
  • Tuesday: Broadway Tuesday - think Hamilton, The Lion King, Annie and more!
  • Wednesday: A Day at the Opera - wear your fanciest clothes!
  • Thursday: Country vs. Rock - dress like a country singer or rock star!
  • Friday: Music ties us together - wear a tie to celebrate how music brings together people of all cultures and backgrounds

 

Franconia students wearing attire celebrating the nation of Ghana during Read Across America's Spirit Week.

 

 

YEARBOOK DEADLINE EXTENDED Online ordering available until MARCH 31 $15.00

To reserve your yearbook now, go to http://YEARBOOKORDERCENTER.COM and use the school code for Franconia Elementary School - 21927.

Any additional funds received from yearbook sales will go towards our summer reading book grab!

PLEASE NOTE - EXTRA YEARBOOKS ARE NOT PURCHASED. THIS IS THE ONE TIME TO PURCHASE ONE.

 

Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) Tuesday, 3/22, 7:00pm

 

Please join us for our virtual Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) meeting this coming Tuesday, March 22nd at 7 p.m.  We are excited to pioneer this program here at Franconia!

 

WHAT:  PEP is a parent-teacher organization for parents of students from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade of any language or cultural background.  

 

WHY:  The mission of PEP is to increase the academic achievement of students by developing and maintaining strong school-home partnerships tied to improved student achievement. 

 

HOW:  During our meetings, we will create a safe, informed space through which we can empower families to seek information to best support their children's educational journeys.

 

WHEN:  We plan to meet every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.  Our next session will take place Tuesday, March 22nd.

 

WHERE:  We will meet virtually via this Zoom link.  Please first log into your student's FCPS gmail account for easier access. 

 

Your PEP teachers are specifically prepared to provide you with accurate information about Franconia Elementary.  Some of the topics that we may cover during our meetings include:

  • School Personnel and the School Day
  • School Procedures
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Report Cards and Curriculum
  • Special Education and Advanced Academics
  • Study skills/Homework
  • School Health Procedures
  • Other school-specific topics that are of interest and benefit to the group 

Questions?  Please email [email protected].

 

 

GUIDANCE LESSONS FOR MARCH

Kindergarten - Identifying feelings

1st & 2nd grades - Zones of Regulation: Strategies to deal with strong emotions.

2nd-3rd grades - Using "I" statements to solve conflicts

4th-5th grades - review of the character traits we have highlighted so far this school year.  Emphasis will be put on making choices that exemplify integrity, and continuing to work in support of  others, and appreciation of differences.  Regularly in my lessons this year I use a picture of an iceberg to show that what we see with people is only the top of the iceberg.  The biggest part of the iceberg is below the surface, and it is the same with people.  I feel important to remind my students that we don’t know what is in other’s “icebergs” below the surface, that it is always different and it is where our hardships and struggles can be found.  It is important to know that peers may be enduring a hardship we cannot see,  so always show empathy, kindness, understanding, and patience.

6th grade - Learning how to view other’s perspective and solve conflicts from a positive approach.

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CHARACTER TRAIT OF THE MONTH

January's character trait was empathy - to feel or understand what someone else is feeling.

Check out this video about empathy: https://youtu.be/we7ocDoues8

March's character trait is patience - to wait calmly without complaining.

                   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

MINDFULNESS

Good News, Franconia Families!  We are excited to announce that we will be having a Mindful Movement Coach visiting our school to further augment the Mindfulness content we have been sharing all year long with your students.

Mindful movement helps to bring our attention to the present moment, tune into our bodies, check in on our emotions, and understand the subsequent effects of those emotions on the body, including the brain and nervous system. 

Teaching students to have an awareness of their mindset and feelings in the present moment facilitates a life-long practice of self-awareness and self-care.  Our aim is to further the understanding of mindful practices in personal development and understanding oneself more fully.

Plans are underway for where and how this instruction will take place during the school day.  Each student will participate in these fun coaching events for the remainder of the school year, and into next year as well.  We are excited as we know the impact this will have on student general well-being, as well as academic enjoyment and knowledge attainment.

We can’t wait to share more details with you all when we have finalized our plan and schedule.

From our Franconia School Counselors:

Veronica Guillion - [email protected]

Leslie Fry - [email protected]

 

 

U.S. Navy Band "The Cruisers" Performing at Franconia Tuesday, 3/23/22

We are excited to once again welcome this talented and entertaining group of musicians back to our school!

STUDENT ONLY assemblies will be held on 3/23 for the students to enjoy the band's music.

To read more about The Cruisers, please go to:

https://www.navyband.navy.mil/ensembles/cruisers

 

 

Twain MS Tiger Night Friday, 3/25, 5:30-7:30pm Join us as we step into Spring! Food trucks, games, and prizes!

 

 

LOST AND FOUND

Do you think your child may be missing a jacket?  A lunchbox?  All lost and found items are on a table by the office.  Please consider coming up to check anytime between 9:00am-3:00pm.

DEADLINE - March 31

All items will be donated after March 31.

 

 

Franconia students participating in spirit week during Read Across America.

 

 

UPDATE FROM FRANCONIA MUSIC DEPARTMENT Spring Concert Tuesday, April 26, 7:00pm Gymnasium

We are thrilled to announce that a bit of normalcy returns to Franconia this spring!  We will hold our annual spring concert featuring our band, strings and chorus members on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Franconia gym. Mark your calendars!

Here are a few details of what to expect:

There will be a schoolwide assembly during the school day on April 26, time TBD.

ALL musicians need to wear a plain white top and black pants / skirt with black shoes to BOTH the day and night performances.

Skirts should be below the knee.

Musicians are expected to report to their music classroom locations at 6:30pm fully dressed for warm up and attendance.

Gym doors will open at 6:45pm for friends and family.

We will offer a Zoom option for those who cannot attend.  The link will be sent before the performance.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Lucius at [email protected].

 

 

HORIZON 2 ASSESSMENTS Grades 3-6 February 7 - March 31

Horizon division assessments will be administered to grades 3-6 students February 7-March 31.  The division assessments include Reading, Math (3-7 regular/advanced) and Science (grade 5 only).  These assessments provide a formative measure of current learning to inform reteaching, remediation, or support prior to spring SOL exams.

For more information, please contact your child’s teacher - staff directory.

 

 

SPRING BOOK FAIR Monday, 4/18 - Thursday, 4/21 Mark Your Calendar Now! Evening hours will be on Monday and Thursday

 

 

Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

FCPS CARES Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105 Dunn Loring, VA

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.

 

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER CONTACT INFO:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 703-204-3941

Web: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Twitter: @prc_fcps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcpsprc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FCPSParentResourceCenter

 

 

FREE CONSULTATIONS:

  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

TUTOR LIST:

  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] for more information.

FREE LENDING LIBRARY:

  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.

 

FREE WEBINARS:

  • Register here - https://bit.ly/3hSRIZW
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.

 

Webinar: Parenting Skills for Arabic Families 4-part Series *Presented in Arabic

Thursdays in March 2022 6:30-8 p.m.

The webinar series addresses the challenges faced by Arab parents when raising their children in the United States of America and the cultural differences between generations.

Topics include:

  • Cultural, psychological, emotional, and personal differences 
  • Parenting strategies based on empathy and understanding

Join Sarah Amri, psychologist and Program Supervisor at Northern Virginia Family Service and Hunada Zeinedin, counselor at Northern Virginia Family Service

  • 3/03/2022 Bridging Cultural and Generational Differences
  • 3/10/2022 Effective Ways to Communicate
  • 3/17/2022 Discipline Strategies
  • 3/24/2022 Effective Parenting Styles

Register for Webinar: Parenting Skills for Arabic Families 4-part Series *Presented in Arabic

 

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 3/11/22: Supporting Self-Regulation Development in Early Learners
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

 

Gang Prevention for Families and Community Members

Join us for this webinar about preventing gang involvement in Fairfax County. 

  • Participants will learn about programs, strategies, and supports to prevent youth involvement. 
  • Discussions will also include supports available to those youth who may already be involved with or are currently being recruited by gangs. 

Topics include:

  • What is a gang and why do youth join gangs?
  • Common gang activities
    • Risk factors associated with gang involvement 
    • Protective factors that reduce gang involvement
  • Supports available in Fairfax County and FCPS

Presented by:

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Kate Reen: Director of Youth Initiatives, Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Francisco Klockner Gonzalez - Gang Prevention Coordinator, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court 
  • Dianna Sosa, LCSW, FCPS School Social Worker

Friday March 18, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Gang Prevention for Families and Community Members

 

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Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

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SPRING PICTURE DAY Friday, March 11

Victor O'Neill Studios will be on site to take the following pictures:

  • student individual (full-length)
  • class group
  • 6th grade panoramic

All orders will be placed AFTER picture day.

You will be able to view and order your child’s photos in their online gallery approximately ten days after picture day.

If you have any questions leading up to picture day, please reach out to Victor O’Neill Studios by emailing [email protected].

 

 

FRANCONIA CELEBRATES READ ACROSS AMERICA 3/7 - 3/11

Read Across America week is a time to bring extra attention to and opportunities for diverse literature, diverse readers, and diverse writers.

Franconia will be celebrating the week of 3/7 - 3/11 and each day will have an opportunity for students to participate in different ways.

Here are the focuses for each day:

  • Monday, March 7: Cuddle Up with Fiction -> Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, March 8: Comics Vs. Graphic Novels -> Dress up like your favorite superhero
  • Wednesday, March 9: Hats Off to Poetry -> Wear a FUN hat
  • Thursday, March 10: Nonfiction Teaches -> Dress up as your favorite person or thing to learn about
  • Friday, March 11: Celebrate Cultures and Diversity -> Wear or bring something from a special place or culture

 

 

YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW Sale ends March 11 $15.00

To reserve your yearbook now, go to http://YEARBOOKORDERCENTER.COM and use the school code for Franconia Elementary School - 21927.

Any additional funds received from yearbook sales will go towards our summer reading book grab!

PLEASE NOTE - EXTRA YEARBOOKS ARE NOT PURCHASED FOR PURCHA. THIS IS THE ONE TIME TO PURCHASE ONE.

 

 

Fairfax County Health Department Immunization Clinic

The Fairfax County Health Department will be offering a special Immunization Clinic for Fairfax County Students to complete their school vaccine requirements. Call for an appointment.

Saturday, March 12, 2022, 8am to 12pm

Annandale District Office

7611 Little River Turnpike, #400-E

Annandle, Virginia 22003

To make an appointment please call our Fairfax County Health Department Clinic Service’s Appointment Line:

703-246-7100

 

 

GUIDANCE LESSONS FOR MARCH

Kindergarten - Identifying feelings

1st & 2nd grade - Zones of Regulation: Strategies to deal with strong emotions.

2nd-3rd grade - Using "I" statements to solve conflicts

6th grade - Learning how to view other’s perspective and solve conflicts from a positive approach.

From our Franconia School Counselors:

Veronica Guillion - [email protected]

Leslie Fry - [email protected]

 

 

UPDATE FROM FRANCONIA MUSIC DEPARTMENT Spring Concert Tuesday, April 26, 7:00pm Gymnasium

We are thrilled to announce that a bit of normalcy returns to Franconia this spring!  We will hold our annual spring concert featuring our band, strings and chorus members on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Franconia gym. Mark your calendars!

Here are a few details of what to expect:

There will be a schoolwide assembly during the school day on April 26, time TBD.

ALL musicians need to wear a plain white top and black pants / skirt with black shoes to BOTH the day and night performances.

Skirts should be below the knee.

Musicians are expected to report to their music classroom locations at 6:30pm fully dressed for warm up and attendance.

Gym doors will open at 6:45pm for friends and family.

We will offer a Zoom option for those who cannot attend.  The link will be sent before the performance.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Lucius at [email protected].

 

 

HAYFIELD SECONDARY CRAFT FAIR & SILENT AUCTION SATURDAY MARCH 19, 9am-3pm 7630 Telegraph Rd. Alexandria, VA   FREE ADMISSION!!!  

Indoor Craft Fair

  • 80+ AWESOME vendors offering all handmade items for your home, kitchen, office, pets and family/friends! for you
  • Food and beverages available
  • FREE kids craft corner hosted by KidCreate Studio!!!!!

HUGE Silent Auction

  • Extensive selection of autographed/authenticated sports, movie and music memorabilia
  • Gift certificates and handmade craft items from our vendors
  • Capitals and Nationals tickets

 

 

HORIZON 2 ASSESSMENTS Grades 3-6 February 7 - March 31

Horizon division assessments will be administered to grades 3-6 students February 7-March 31.  The division assessments include Reading, Math (3-7 regular/advanced) and Science (grade 5 only).  These assessments provide a formative measure of current learning to inform reteaching, remediation, or support prior to spring SOL exams.

For more information, please contact your child’s teacher - staff directory.

 

 

SPRING BOOK FAIR Monday, 4/18 - Thursday, 4/21 Mark Your Calendar Now! Evening hours will be on Monday and Thursday

 

 

Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

FCPS CARES Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105 Dunn Loring, VA

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.

 

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER CONTACT INFO:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 703-204-3941

Web: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Twitter: @prc_fcps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcpsprc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FCPSParentResourceCenter

 

 

FREE CONSULTATIONS:

  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

TUTOR LIST:

  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] for more information.

FREE LENDING LIBRARY:

  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.

 

FREE WEBINARS:

  • Register here - https://bit.ly/3hSRIZW
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.

 

Webinar: Parenting Skills for Arabic Families 4-part Series *Presented in Arabic

Thursdays in March 2022 6:30-8 p.m.

The webinar series addresses the challenges faced by Arab parents when raising their children in the United States of America and the cultural differences between generations.

Topics include:

  • Cultural, psychological, emotional, and personal differences 
  • Parenting strategies based on empathy and understanding

Join Sarah Amri, psychologist and Program Supervisor at Northern Virginia Family Service and Hunada Zeinedin, counselor at Northern Virginia Family Service

  • 3/03/2022 Bridging Cultural and Generational Differences
  • 3/10/2022 Effective Ways to Communicate
  • 3/17/2022 Discipline Strategies
  • 3/24/2022 Effective Parenting Styles

Register for Webinar: Parenting Skills for Arabic Families 4-part Series *Presented in Arabic

 

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 3/11/22: Supporting Self-Regulation Development in Early Learners
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

 

Gang Prevention for Families and Community Members

Join us for this webinar about preventing gang involvement in Fairfax County. 

  • Participants will learn about programs, strategies, and supports to prevent youth involvement. 
  • Discussions will also include supports available to those youth who may already be involved with or are currently being recruited by gangs. 

Topics include:

  • What is a gang and why do youth join gangs?
  • Common gang activities
    • Risk factors associated with gang involvement 
    • Protective factors that reduce gang involvement
  • Supports available in Fairfax County and FCPS

Presented by:

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Kate Reen: Director of Youth Initiatives, Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Francisco Klockner Gonzalez - Gang Prevention Coordinator, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court 
  • Dianna Sosa, LCSW, FCPS School Social Worker

Friday March 18, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Gang Prevention for Families and Community Members

 

Penguin Points Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

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SCHOOL UPDATES Thursday, 3/3 - 2-hour early dismissal Friday, 3/4 - NO SCHOOL

 

 

FRANCONIA CELEBRATES READ ACROSS AMERICA 3/7 - 3/11

Read Across America week is a time to bring extra attention to and opportunities for diverse literature, diverse readers, and diverse writers.

Franconia will be celebrating the week of 3/7 - 3/11 and each day will have an opportunity for students to participate in different ways.

Here are the focuses for each day:

  • Monday, March 7: Cuddle Up with Fiction -> Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, March 8: Comics Vs. Graphic Novels -> Dress up like your favorite superhero
  • Wednesday, March 9: Hats Off to Poetry -> Wear a FUN hat
  • Thursday, March 10: Nonfiction Teaches -> Dress up as your favorite person or thing to learn about
  • Friday, March 11: Celebrate Cultures and Diversity -> Wear or bring something from a special place or culture

 

 

Parents as Educational Partners Program Tuesday, 3/8, 7:00pm

Please consider joining us virtually for our Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) program on Tuesday, March 8th at 7 p.m.   We are excited to pioneer this program here at Franconia!

 

WHAT:  PEP is a parent-teacher organization for parents of students from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade of any language or cultural background.  

 

WHY:  The mission of PEP is to increase the academic achievement of students by developing and maintaining strong school-home partnerships tied to improved student achievement. 

 

HOW:  During our meetings, we will create a safe, informed space through which we can empower families to seek information to best support their children's educational journeys.

 

WHEN:  We plan to meet every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.  Our introductory session will take place tonight, February 22nd.

 

WHERE:  We will meet virtually via this Zoom link. **Please first log into your student’s gmail account for easier access to the Zoom meeting. 

 

Your PEP teachers are specifically prepared to provide you with accurate information about Franconia Elementary.  Some of the topics that we may cover during class include:

  • School Personnel and the School Day
  • School Procedures
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Report Cards and Curriculum
  • Special Education and Advanced Academics
  • Study skills/Homework
  • School Health Procedures
  • Other school-specific topics that are of interest and benefit to the group 

 

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Branson at [email protected]

 

 

YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW Sale ends March 11 $15.00

To reserve your yearbook now, go to http://YEARBOOKORDERCENTER.COM and use the school code for Franconia Elementary School - 21927.

Any additional funds received from yearbook sales will go towards our summer reading book grab!

 

 

Fairfax County Health Department Immunization Clinic

The Fairfax County Health Department will be offering a special Immunization Clinic for Fairfax County Students to complete their school vaccine requirements. Call for an appointment.

Saturday, March 12, 2022, 8am to 12pm

Annandale District Office

7611 Little River Turnpike, #400-E

Annandle, Virginia 22003

To make an appointment please call our Fairfax County Health Department Clinic Service’s Appointment Line:

703-246-7100

 

 

GUIDANCE LESSONS FOR MARCH

Kindergarten - Identifying feelings

1st & 2nd grade - Zones of Regulation: Strategies to deal with strong emotions.

2nd-3rd grade - Using "I" statements to solve conflicts

6th grade - Learning how to view other’s perspective and solve conflicts from a positive approach.

From our Franconia School Counselors:

Veronica Guillion - [email protected]

Leslie Fry - [email protected]

 

 

UPDATE FROM FRANCONIA MUSIC DEPARTMENT Spring Concert Tuesday, April 26, 7:00pm Gymnasium

We are thrilled to announce that a bit of normalcy returns to Franconia this spring!  We will hold our annual spring concert featuring our band, strings and chorus members on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Franconia gym. Mark your calendars!

Here are a few details of what to expect:

There will be a schoolwide assembly during the school day on April 26, time TBD.

ALL musicians need to wear a plain white top and black pants / skirt with black shoes to BOTH the day and night performances.

Skirts should be below the knee.

Musicians are expected to report to their music classroom locations at 6:30pm fully dressed for warm up and attendance.

Gym doors will open at 6:45pm for friends and family.

We will offer a Zoom option for those who cannot attend.  The link will be sent before the performance.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Lucius at [email protected].

 

EDISON THEATRE COMPANY Presents High School Musical!

Join us for all the fun at this family-friendly musical production - all ages welcome!  Get’cha Head in the Game!

Date: March 3, 4 and 5 at 7 pm, and Saturday March 5 at 2 pm 

Tickets: Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.edisontheatrecompany.org 

Address:5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310

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EdisonTheatre Company presenta: ¡High School Musical!

Únase anosotros para toda la diversión en esta producción musical familiar: ¡todas lasedades son bienvenidas! ¡Pon tu mente en el juego!

Fecha: 3, 4y 5 de marzo a las 7 de la noche, y sábado 5 de marzo a las 2 de la tarde

Entradas:Las entradas cuestan solo $5 y se pueden comprar en la puerta o por adelantadoen www.edisontheatrecompany.org

Dirección: 5801Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310

 

HAYFIELD SECONDARY CRAFT FAIR & SILENT AUCTION SATURDAY MARCH 19, 9am-3pm 7630 Telegraph Rd. Alexandria, VA   FREE ADMISSION!!!  

Indoor Craft Fair

  • 80+ AWESOME vendors offering all handmade items for your home, kitchen, office, pets and family/friends! for you
  • Food and beverages available
  • FREE kids craft corner hosted by KidCreate Studio!!!!!

HUGE Silent Auction

  • Extensive selection of autographed/authenticated sports, movie and music memorabilia
  • Gift certificates and handmade craft items from our vendors
  • Capitals and Nationals tickets

 

 

INTERESTED IN BASEBALL?

Pioneer Baseball is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers recreational baseball for boys and girls from ages 5 (Tee Ball) through 15 (Babe Ruth) and travel team opportunities for certain ages.

At its core, though, Pioneer is a community recreational league - we rely on volunteers to coach and we play games and practice at Clermont Park, Lee Rec Center, and Virginia Hills.  Board members volunteer their time. 

Pioneer takes steps to keep costs low.  There is a multi-player family discount, a refer-a-friend discount, and financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis.

In addition, Pioneer participates in the Washington Nationals' Team Up program through which the Nationals provide free uniforms, free admission to a game, other discount ticket opportunities, and more.  Pioneer does its best to make a great experience for the children.

Register at http://www.pbsl.org/

 

 

HORIZON 2 ASSESSMENTS Grades 3-6 February 7 - March 31

Horizon division assessments will be administered to grades 3-6 students February 7-March 31.  The division assessments include Reading, Math (3-7 regular/advanced) and Science (grade 5 only).  These assessments provide a formative measure of current learning to inform reteaching, remediation, or support prior to spring SOL exams.

For more information, please contact your child’s teacher - staff directory.

 

 

VOLUNTEER HELP

The Franconia School Librarian, Mrs. Vandersande, is looking for more parent volunteers to help in the library.

 

If you are interested, please sign up at the SignUp Genius link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4caead2faaf49-library

 

For any questions, please contact Mrs. Vandersande at [email protected].

 

 

Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

FCPS CARES Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105 Dunn Loring, VA

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.

 

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER CONTACT INFO:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 703-204-3941

Web: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Twitter: @prc_fcps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcpsprc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FCPSParentResourceCenter

 

 

FREE CONSULTATIONS:

  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

TUTOR LIST:

  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] for more information.

FREE LENDING LIBRARY:

  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.

 

FREE WEBINARS:

  • Register here - https://bit.ly/3hSRIZW
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.

 

Webinar: Parenting Skills for Arabic Families 4-part Series *Presented in Arabic

Thursdays in March 2022 6:30-8 p.m.

The webinar series addresses the challenges faced by Arab parents when raising their children in the United States of America and the cultural differences between generations.

Topics include:

  • Cultural, psychological, emotional, and personal differences 
  • Parenting strategies based on empathy and understanding

Join Sarah Amri, psychologist and Program Supervisor at Northern Virginia Family Service and Hunada Zeinedin, counselor at Northern Virginia Family Service

  • 3/03/2022 Bridging Cultural and Generational Differences
  • 3/10/2022 Effective Ways to Communicate
  • 3/17/2022 Discipline Strategies
  • 3/24/2022 Effective Parenting Styles

Register for Webinar: Parenting Skills for Arabic Families 4-part Series *Presented in Arabic

 

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-Person and Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
 
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Friday, March 4, 2022. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person, and Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

 

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 3/11/22: Supporting Self-Regulation Development in Early Learners
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

 

Gang Prevention for Families and Community Members

Join us for this webinar about preventing gang involvement in Fairfax County. 

  • Participants will learn about programs, strategies, and supports to prevent youth involvement. 
  • Discussions will also include supports available to those youth who may already be involved with or are currently being recruited by gangs. 

Topics include:

  • What is a gang and why do youth join gangs?
  • Common gang activities
    • Risk factors associated with gang involvement 
    • Protective factors that reduce gang involvement
  • Supports available in Fairfax County and FCPS

Presented by:

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Kate Reen: Director of Youth Initiatives, Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Francisco Klockner Gonzalez - Gang Prevention Coordinator, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court 
  • Dianna Sosa, LCSW, FCPS School Social Worker

Friday March 18, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Gang Prevention for Families and Community Members

 

Penguin Points Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

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Franconia Elementary The Penguin Performers Introduce The First School Musical: The Music Man

The Penguin Performers proudly announce the cast list for our very first musical, The Music Man- KidsDue to the high demand of stagehand sign-ups, we chose them by lottery.  We really appreciate everyone who auditioned, participated in the call backs, and signed up for stagehand interest.  Our Penguin Performers are so talented and we wish we could have cast everyone!!

Performances will be the first week of June.  Stay tuned for exact dates!

I hope you all are as excited as I am!!  On with the show!!

-Ms. Lucius

 

Harold: Gabe Ramos

Marian: Molly Lucius

Charlie: Talia Migliore-McCall

Marcellus: Cohen Roach

Mayor Shinn: Ian Lopez

Eulalie Shinn: Lily Fasano

Zaneeta Shinn: Kylie Chan

Gracie Shinn: Hadley Stump

Momma Paroo: Sophia Lewis

Winthrop Paroo: Cooper Lucius

Amaryllis: Basma Idris

Tommy Djilas: Elijah Bloyd

Conductor: Christian Turner

Constable Locke: Peyton Lawson

Pick-a-little Ladies/Townspeople:

  1. Ethel/Woman #3: Olivia McGhee
  2. Alma: Lily Marzoni
  3. Maud/Woman #1: Addisyn White
  4. Mrs. Squires/Woman#2: Isabella Nguyen 

Traveling Salesmen/Townspeople:

  1. Riley Davis
  2. Lorenzo Watson
  3. Ashton Garlington
  4. Mia Smith

Wan Tan Ye Girls/Townspeople:

  1. (& Newspaper Reader #1):Salimata Doramodou
  2. (& Newspaper Reader #2):Sydney Cunningham
  3. Arpita Dahal

Band/Townspeople:

  1. Saadiya Said
  2. Omnia Ali
  3. Peyton Clemmons
  4. Analise Pisconte
  5. Iman Hussain

Stage Hands

  1. Sentaro Hiragi
  2. Thomas Booth
  3. Anelise Gonzalez
  4. Ariana Gonzalez
  5. Stella Herda
  6. Kyley Dupré
  7. Serenity Marchlewski

 

Penguin Points Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 2/23/22

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SCHOOL UPDATES Thursday, 3/3 - 2-hour early dismissal Friday, 3/4 - NO SCHOOL

 

 

INTERESTED IN BASEBALL?

Pioneer Baseball is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers recreational baseball for boys and girls from ages 5 (Tee Ball) through 15 (Babe Ruth) and travel team opportunities for certain ages.

At its core, though, Pioneer is a community recreational league - we rely on volunteers to coach and we play games and practice at Clermont Park, Lee Rec Center, and Virginia Hills.  Board members volunteer their time. 

Pioneer takes steps to keep costs low.  There is a multi-player family discount, a refer-a-friend discount, and financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis.

In addition, Pioneer participates in the Washington Nationals' Team Up program through which the Nationals provide free uniforms, free admission to a game, other discount ticket opportunities, and more.  Pioneer does its best to make a great experience for the children.

Register at http://www.pbsl.org/

 

 

HORIZON 2 ASSESSMENTS Grades 3-6 February 7 - March 31

Horizon division assessments will be administered to grades 3-6 students February 7-March 31.  The division assessments include Reading, Math (3-7 regular/advanced) and Science (grade 5 only).  These assessments provide a formative measure of current learning to inform reteaching, remediation, or support prior to spring SOL exams.

For more information, please contact your child’s teacher - staff directory.

 

 

YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW Sale ends March 11 $15.00

To reserve your yearbook now, go to http://YEARBOOKORDERCENTER.COM and use the school code for Franconia Elementary School - 21927.

Any additional funds received from yearbook sales will go towards our summer reading book grab!

 

 

Parents as Educational Partners Program

We are looking into providing additional opportunities to help families be stronger advocates for Franconia Elementary School and their children, by implementing the PEP program - Parents as Educational Partners.

Our goal at Franconia Elementary is to increase family engagement and advocacy for parents through participating in interactive classes at the school with staff.

These learning sessions will answer questions parents may have about Special Education, ESOL programs, and/or any other additional questions you may have about helping your child and our school.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please answer the following questions and return them to your child's teacher. Thank you for supporting our school community.  Classes will be once a week via ZOOM.

  1. What additional questions would you like answered about the IEP process and Special Education?

 

  1. What questions do you have about the ESOL program?

 

  1. Do you know about AAP (Advance Academics Program)? What questions do you have about the program?

 

  1. What questions do you have about the content and curriculum your child is/will be learning?

 

  1. What questions do you have about the various types of assessments your child is/will be taking?

 

  1. Do you have questions about how to effectively communicate with your child’s teacher?

 

  1. For our PEP classes, we are going to meet on Tuesdays through ZOOM.. Which time would work better for you:  5:00pm or 7:00pm?

 

  1. What other questions or concerns would you like to ask/share?

 

  1. Do you have any questions about your child’s daily schedule?

 

  1. How do you think our school can do better?

 

  1. What is your name and how may we contact you?

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this form. We look forward to seeing you at PEP 2022!

ESOL Team

Franconia Elementary School

 

 

Fairfax County Health Department Immunization Clinic

The Fairfax County Health Department will be offering a special Immunization Clinic for Fairfax County Students to complete their school vaccine requirements. Call for an appointment.

Saturday, March 12, 2022, 8am to 12pm

Annandale District Office

7611 Little River Turnpike, #400-E

Annandle, Virginia 22003

To make an appointment please call our Fairfax County Health Department Clinic Service’s Appointment Line:

703-246-7100

 

 

VOLUNTEER HELP

The Franconia School Librarian, Mrs. Vandersande, is looking for more parent volunteers to help in the library.

 

If you are interested, please sign up at the SignUp Genius link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4caead2faaf49-library

 

For any questions, please contact Mrs. Vandersande at [email protected].

 

 

GUIDANCE LESSONS FOR FEBRUARY

K-3- Setting goals for the New Year (Part 2): Students will write their action plans for achieving their goals.

4th and 5th grades will have additional lessons on Conflict Resolution and supporting others during these difficult times.  Your students were wonderful listeners and participants so I am rewarding their effort this month with Conflict Resolution Bingo.  I love bringing as much fun as possible to the guidance lessons.  -Leslie Fry, School Counselor

6th grade: What would you do?  Students will learn about the importance of having personal integrity.

From our Franconia School Counselors:

Veronica Guillion - [email protected]

Leslie Fry - [email protected]

 

EDISON THEATRE COMPANY Presents High School Musical!

Join us for all the fun at this family-friendly musical production - all ages welcome!  Get’cha Head in the Game!

Date: March 3, 4 and 5 at 7 pm, and Saturday March 5 at 2 pm 

Tickets: Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.edisontheatrecompany.org 

Address:5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310

~~~~~~~~~~

EdisonTheatre Company presenta: ¡High School Musical!

Únase anosotros para toda la diversión en esta producción musical familiar: ¡todas lasedades son bienvenidas! ¡Pon tu mente en el juego!

Fecha: 3, 4y 5 de marzo a las 7 de la noche, y sábado 5 de marzo a las 2 de la tarde

Entradas:Las entradas cuestan solo $5 y se pueden comprar en la puerta o por adelantadoen www.edisontheatrecompany.org

Dirección: 5801Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310

 

SCHOOL BUS INFO

Did you know you can find out up-to-the minute updates on your child's school bus?

  • Check the The Here Comes the Bus® app, a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time.
  • Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System online or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app (mentioned above) to receive the delayed bus report.
    • Morning route information will be available until noon.
    • Afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.   e-Notify (SchoolMessenger) email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays of at least 30 minutes.
    • Need assistance or have questions? Contact the Transportation office listed for your school.
    • For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.
  • Carpool, walk, or bike to school if you are able to do so.

More information about transportation to and from school is available online.

 

 

A lot of new and updated information is available for schools and families due to the current COVID-19 surge and recent changes to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

Earlier this week we shared how the new CDC recommendations for quarantine and isolation periods would affect students and staff

The Health and Safety Guidance Document on our website is your source for the most up-to-date information. 

Here are some updates and answers to common questions:

Isolation and Quarantine

We follow the CDC definitions of isolation and quarantine. Understanding the difference is helpful when determining what you need to do following a diagnosis or being named a close contact.

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. When you or your child has tested positive for, or been medically diagnosed with, COVID-19, the instruction is to isolate.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who are exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. When you or your child has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, the instruction may be to quarantine.  

The First Step if Your Child Tests Positive or Receives a COVID-19 Diagnosis

If your child tests positive or receives a COVID-19 diagnosis, please notify your school so they can provide you with the FCPS Isolation Letter, which will include the anticipated return to school date for your child. 

The process for returning to school after a COVID-19 positive test, diagnosis, or exposure is outlined on our website.

Fully Vaccinated Students with School-related Exposures Can Be Exempt from Quarantine

Fully vaccinated students with a school-related COVID-19 exposure can be exempt from quarantine. Parents or guardians will receive the vaccination survey link in the FCPS Pause Letter provided by the school when the student is identified as a close contact. This survey is only available to school-related cases. 

Who Provides Clearance Letters

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will no longer provide return to school/work letters in most cases. FCPS pause letters will now serve as return documentation for students that are close contacts. The FCPS pause letters will provide the steps students will follow to return to school. 

The FCHD will provide clearance emails ONLY to students who are exempt from quarantine (see above).

Medical Questions About COVID-19

If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact your child’s physician or the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-267-3511 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends). You may email [email protected] (monitored 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays).

VaxUP FCPS

Vaccination continues to be the best protection against severe illness and our best tool to end the pandemic. Vaccination is now available for adults and kids five and up. Booster shots are available for everyone 12 and up, based on your vaccine vendor and last dose. 

If you need a vaccination or booster, the Fairfax County Health Department website is a great source of information about clinics and other vaccination opportunities.

 

 

DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS Applications start 1/24

Online registration for the county-wide lottery for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)  dual language immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 24. Current prekindergarten students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program and current kindergarten students may apply for the first-grade immersion programs for the 2022-23 school year.

For more information, click HERE.

 

 

Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

FCPS CARES Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105 Dunn Loring, VA

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.

 

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER CONTACT INFO:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 703-204-3941

Web: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Twitter: @prc_fcps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcpsprc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FCPSParentResourceCenter

 

 

FREE CONSULTATIONS:

  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

TUTOR LIST:

  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] for more information.

FREE LENDING LIBRARY:

  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.

 

FREE WEBINARS:

  • Register here - https://bit.ly/3hSRIZW
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.

 

 

What should I do before my child grows up? Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students with DisabilitiesJoin Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school!

It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult. 

Ensuring the postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for a month of webinars focused on planning for the future. 

Each week, webinar sessions will cover a range of topics: CTS programming and services for students with disabilities, short and long-term postsecondary supports, employment and postsecondary education considerations, Supported Decision Making, and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post-school success. 

This event also includes two evenings of student/parent panels where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planning for their child’s future.

Wednesday, 2/23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

My Journey - Part I: An FCPS Graduate Student and Parent Panel: Opportunity to hear from students and parents who navigated special education programs and services in FCPS.

The panel for Part I will consist of individuals with disabilities who are pursuing competitive employment and higher education opportunities after exiting FCPS. 

February 23

6:30 – 7:15     Session 1

Middle School Support: This session will provide an overview of planning for your future within the IEP and a discussion about why it’s important to start that planning early. 

7:15 – 8:30     Session 2

My Journey - Part II: An FCPS Graduate Student and Parent Panel: Opportunity to hear from students and parents who navigated the transition process in FCPS. 

The panel for Part II will consist of individuals with disabilities who are pursuing supported employment, group supported employment, or day support opportunities, and working with the Community Services Board (CSB) for on-going support after exiting FCPS.

Register for What should I do before my child grows up? Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students with Disabilities

 

Penguin Points Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 2/16/22

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HORIZON 2 ASSESSMENTS Grades 3-6 February 7 - March 31

Horizon division assessments will be administered to grades 3-6 students February 7-March 31.  The division assessments include Reading, Math (3-7 regular/advanced) and Science (grade 5 only).  These assessments provide a formative measure of current learning to inform reteaching, remediation, or support prior to spring SOL exams.

For more information, please contact your child’s teacher - staff directory.

 

 

YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW Sale ends March 11 $15.00

To reserve your yearbook now, go to http://YEARBOOKORDERCENTER.COM and use the school code for Franconia Elementary School - 21927.

Any additional funds received from yearbook sales will go towards our summer reading book grab!

 

 

Parents as Educational Partners Program

We are looking into providing additional opportunities to help families be stronger advocates for Franconia Elementary School and their children, by implementing the PEP program - Parents as Educational Partners.

Our goal at Franconia Elementary is to increase family engagement and advocacy for parents through participating in interactive classes at the school with staff.

These learning sessions will answer questions parents may have about Special Education, ESOL programs, and/or any other additional questions you may have about helping your child and our school.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please answer the following questions and return them to your child's teacher. Thank you for supporting our school community.  Classes will be once a week via ZOOM.

  1. What additional questions would you like answered about the IEP process and Special Education?

 

  1. What questions do you have about the ESOL program?

 

  1. Do you know about AAP (Advance Academics Program)? What questions do you have about the program?

 

  1. What questions do you have about the content and curriculum your child is/will be learning?

 

  1. What questions do you have about the various types of assessments your child is/will be taking?

 

  1. Do you have questions about how to effectively communicate with your child’s teacher?

 

  1. For our PEP classes, we are going to meet on Tuesdays through ZOOM.. Which time would work better for you:  5:00pm or 7:00pm?

 

  1. What other questions or concerns would you like to ask/share?

 

  1. Do you have any questions about your child’s daily schedule?

 

  1. How do you think our school can do better?

 

  1. What is your name and how may we contact you?

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this form. We look forward to seeing you at PEP 2022!

ESOL Team

Franconia Elementary School

 

 

Fairfax County Health Department Immunization Clinic

The Fairfax County Health Department will be offering a special Immunization Clinic for Fairfax County Students to complete their school vaccine requirements. Call for an appointment.

Saturday, March 12, 2022, 8am to 12pm

Annandale District Office

7611 Little River Turnpike, #400-E

Annandle, Virginia 22003

To make an appointment please call our Fairfax County Health Department Clinic Service’s Appointment Line:

703-246-7100

 

 

VOLUNTEER HELP

The Franconia School Librarian, Mrs. Vandersande, is looking for more parent volunteers to help in the library.

 

If you are interested, please sign up at the SignUp Genius link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4caead2faaf49-library

 

For any questions, please contact Mrs. Vandersande at [email protected].

 

 

GUIDANCE LESSONS FOR FEBRUARY

K-3- Setting goals for the New Year (Part 2): Students will write their action plans for achieving their goals.

4th and 5th grades will have additional lessons on Conflict Resolution and supporting others during these difficult times.  Your students were wonderful listeners and participants so I am rewarding their effort this month with Conflict Resolution Bingo.  I love bringing as much fun as possible to the guidance lessons.  -Leslie Fry, School Counselor

6th grade: What would you do?  Students will learn about the importance of having personal integrity.

From our Franconia School Counselors:

Veronica Guillion - [email protected]

Leslie Fry - [email protected]

 

EDISON THEATRE COMPANY Presents High School Musical!

Join us for all the fun at this family-friendly musical production - all ages welcome!  Get’cha Head in the Game!

Date:March 3, 4 and 5 at 7 pm, and Saturday March 5 at 2 pm 

Tickets:Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.edisontheatrecompany.org 

Address:5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310

~~~~~~~~~~

EdisonTheatre Company presenta: ¡High School Musical!

Únase anosotros para toda la diversión en esta producción musical familiar: ¡todas lasedades son bienvenidas! ¡Pon tu mente en el juego!

Fecha: 3, 4y 5 de marzo a las 7 de la noche, y sábado 5 de marzo a las 2 de la tarde

Entradas:Las entradas cuestan solo $5 y se pueden comprar en la puerta o por adelantadoen www.edisontheatrecompany.org

Dirección: 5801Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310

 

SCHOOL BUS INFO

Did you know you can find out up-to-the minute updates on your child's school bus?

  • Check the The Here Comes the Bus® app, a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time.
  • Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System online or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app (mentioned above) to receive the delayed bus report.
    • Morning route information will be available until noon.
    • Afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.   e-Notify (SchoolMessenger) email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays of at least 30 minutes.
    • Need assistance or have questions? Contact the Transportation office listed for your school.
    • For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.
  • Carpool, walk, or bike to school if you are able to do so.

More information about transportation to and from school is available online.

 

 

A lot of new and updated information is available for schools and families due to the current COVID-19 surge and recent changes to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

Earlier this week we shared how the new CDC recommendations for quarantine and isolation periods would affect students and staff

The Health and Safety Guidance Document on our website is your source for the most up-to-date information. 

Here are some updates and answers to common questions:

Isolation and Quarantine

We follow the CDC definitions of isolation and quarantine. Understanding the difference is helpful when determining what you need to do following a diagnosis or being named a close contact.

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. When you or your child has tested positive for, or been medically diagnosed with, COVID-19, the instruction is to isolate.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who are exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. When you or your child has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, the instruction may be to quarantine.  

The First Step if Your Child Tests Positive or Receives a COVID-19 Diagnosis

If your child tests positive or receives a COVID-19 diagnosis, please notify your school so they can provide you with the FCPS Isolation Letter, which will include the anticipated return to school date for your child. 

The process for returning to school after a COVID-19 positive test, diagnosis, or exposure is outlined on our website.

Fully Vaccinated Students with School-related Exposures Can Be Exempt from Quarantine

Fully vaccinated students with a school-related COVID-19 exposure can be exempt from quarantine. Parents or guardians will receive the vaccination survey link in the FCPS Pause Letter provided by the school when the student is identified as a close contact. This survey is only available to school-related cases. 

Who Provides Clearance Letters

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will no longer provide return to school/work letters in most cases. FCPS pause letters will now serve as return documentation for students that are close contacts. The FCPS pause letters will provide the steps students will follow to return to school. 

The FCHD will provide clearance emails ONLY to students who are exempt from quarantine (see above).

Medical Questions About COVID-19

If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact your child’s physician or the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-267-3511 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends). You may email [email protected] (monitored 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays).

VaxUP FCPS

Vaccination continues to be the best protection against severe illness and our best tool to end the pandemic. Vaccination is now available for adults and kids five and up. Booster shots are available for everyone 12 and up, based on your vaccine vendor and last dose. 

If you need a vaccination or booster, the Fairfax County Health Department website is a great source of information about clinics and other vaccination opportunities.

 

 

DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS Applications start 1/24

Online registration for the county-wide lottery for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)  dual language immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 24. Current prekindergarten students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program and current kindergarten students may apply for the first-grade immersion programs for the 2022-23 school year.

For more information, click HERE.

 

 

Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

FCPS CARES Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105 Dunn Loring, VA

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.

 

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER CONTACT INFO:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 703-204-3941

Web: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Twitter: @prc_fcps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcpsprc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FCPSParentResourceCenter

 

 

FREE CONSULTATIONS:

  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

TUTOR LIST:

  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] for more information.

FREE LENDING LIBRARY:

  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.

 

FREE WEBINARS:

  • Register here - https://bit.ly/3hSRIZW
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.

 

 

What should I do before my child grows up? Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students with DisabilitiesJoin Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school!

It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult. 

Ensuring the postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for a month of webinars focused on planning for the future. 

Each week, webinar sessions will cover a range of topics: CTS programming and services for students with disabilities, short and long-term postsecondary supports, employment and postsecondary education considerations, Supported Decision Making, and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post-school success. 

This event also includes two evenings of student/parent panels where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planning for their child’s future.

Wednesday, 2/23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

My Journey - Part I: An FCPS Graduate Student and Parent Panel: Opportunity to hear from students and parents who navigated special education programs and services in FCPS.

The panel for Part I will consist of individuals with disabilities who are pursuing competitive employment and higher education opportunities after exiting FCPS. 

February 23

6:30 – 7:15     Session 1

Middle School Support: This session will provide an overview of planning for your future within the IEP and a discussion about why it’s important to start that planning early. 

7:15 – 8:30     Session 2

My Journey - Part II: An FCPS Graduate Student and Parent Panel: Opportunity to hear from students and parents who navigated the transition process in FCPS. 

The panel for Part II will consist of individuals with disabilities who are pursuing supported employment, group supported employment, or day support opportunities, and working with the Community Services Board (CSB) for on-going support after exiting FCPS.

Register for What should I do before my child grows up? Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students with Disabilities

 

Penguin Points Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

AUDITIONS FOR SCHOOL MUSICAL

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Franconia Elementary The Penguin Performers Introduce The First School Musical: The Music Man

The Franconia Elementary Music Department is putting on its first musical The Music Man -Kids under the direction of our music teacher, Jen Lucius!  We are so excited to start a new tradition which will give students the opportunity to collaborate with their peers in a fun setting as they learn blocking, choreography, staging, and more. 

Here are the details of what to expect:

AUDITIONS:

  • Students in grades 4-6 may sign up for auditions until Friday, February 11.  Students who sign up will bring the information packet home which includes an information page, audition permission form and photo/video release form.
  • Auditions will be held on Wednesday, February 16, in Ms. Lucius’s music room from 3:45-5:00 p.m. 
  • Students who audition will need to be picked up at the Kiss and Ride line at 5:00 p.m. 
  •  Cast list will be posted by Friday, February 18. 

REHEARSALS:

  • First rehearsal starts Wednesday, February 23, from 3:45 - 4:45 in the music room. 
  • Rehearsals will be every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:45 - 4:45 (music room / on stage) and parents will pick up students in the Kiss and Ride line after each rehearsal.
  • Please understand that multiple absences in rehearsals will result in recasting your child’s part.  Please avoid absences as much as possible. 

PERFORMANCES:

  • Performances will be limited to daytime student assemblies during the first week of June due to COVID protocols.  If your child is in the musical, please make sure to avoid travel plans until after the musical. 
  • A recording of the performance will be on YouTube with a link provided to the entire school community. 

Ms. Lucius

[email protected]

 

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Franconia Elementary School website

 

6301 Beulah Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22310 | Office: 703-822-2200

Attendance: 703-822-2222 |  | Web | Twitter

Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 2/3/22

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Fairfax County Health Department Special Back to School Immunization Clinic

The Fairfax County Health Department will be offering a special Immunization Clinic for Fairfax County Students to complete their school vaccine requirements. Call for an appointment.

Saturday, February 5, 2022, 8am to 12pm

Joseph Willard Health Center

3750 Old Lee Highway

Fairfax, Virginia 22030

To make an appointment please call our Fairfax County Health Department Clinic Service’s Appointment Line:

703-246-7100

 

 

Franconia Student Council Winter Fundraiser Flowers will be delivered on Valentine’s Day, 2/14/22

Show some love to friends, teachers, and staff this Valentine’s Day while also helping the Falls Church Homeless Shelter.

One Flower = $3             Two Flowers = $5 Cash or check made out to Franconia Elementary School Payment and order form should be sent in for Ms. Octaviano

Your purchase will support the Falls Church Homeless Shelter.  This organization’s goal is to serve our community by providing shelter, food, and counseling services for adults in need during the winter season and by offering access to housing placement services to empower their guests and help break the cycle of homelessness.

(order forms were sent home in Wednesday folders - to obtain an additional form, contact the Franconia SCA staff rep, Ms. Octaviano, here.)

 

 

VOLUNTEER HELP

The Franconia School Librarian, Mrs. Vandersande, is looking for more parent volunteers to help in the library.

 

If you are interested, please sign up at the SignUp Genius link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4caead2faaf49-library

 

For any questions, please contact Mrs. Vandersande at [email protected].

 

 

GUIDANCE LESSONS FOR FEBRUARY

K-3- Setting goals for the New Year (Part 2): Students will write their action plans for achieving their goals.

6th grade: What would you do?  Students will learn about the importance of having personal integrity.

From our Franconia School Counselors:

Veronica Guillion - [email protected]

Leslie Fry - [email protected]

 

 

SCHOOL BUS INFO

Did you know you can find out up-to-the minute updates on your child's school bus?

  • Check the The Here Comes the Bus® app, a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time.
  • Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System online or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app (mentioned above) to receive the delayed bus report.
    • Morning route information will be available until noon.
    • Afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.   e-Notify (SchoolMessenger) email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays of at least 30 minutes.
    • Need assistance or have questions? Contact the Transportation office listed for your school.
    • For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.
  • Carpool, walk, or bike to school if you are able to do so.

More information about transportation to and from school is available online.

 

 

A lot of new and updated information is available for schools and families due to the current COVID-19 surge and recent changes to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

Earlier this week we shared how the new CDC recommendations for quarantine and isolation periods would affect students and staff

The Health and Safety Guidance Document on our website is your source for the most up-to-date information. 

Here are some updates and answers to common questions:

Isolation and Quarantine

We follow the CDC definitions of isolation and quarantine. Understanding the difference is helpful when determining what you need to do following a diagnosis or being named a close contact.

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. When you or your child has tested positive for, or been medically diagnosed with, COVID-19, the instruction is to isolate.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who are exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. When you or your child has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, the instruction may be to quarantine.  

The First Step if Your Child Tests Positive or Receives a COVID-19 Diagnosis

If your child tests positive or receives a COVID-19 diagnosis, please notify your school so they can provide you with the FCPS Isolation Letter, which will include the anticipated return to school date for your child. 

The process for returning to school after a COVID-19 positive test, diagnosis, or exposure is outlined on our website.

Fully Vaccinated Students with School-related Exposures Can Be Exempt from Quarantine

Fully vaccinated students with a school-related COVID-19 exposure can be exempt from quarantine. Parents or guardians will receive the vaccination survey link in the FCPS Pause Letter provided by the school when the student is identified as a close contact. This survey is only available to school-related cases. 

Who Provides Clearance Letters

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will no longer provide return to school/work letters in most cases. FCPS pause letters will now serve as return documentation for students that are close contacts. The FCPS pause letters will provide the steps students will follow to return to school. 

The FCHD will provide clearance emails ONLY to students who are exempt from quarantine (see above).

Medical Questions About COVID-19

If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact your child’s physician or the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-267-3511 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends). You may email [email protected] (monitored 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays).

VaxUP FCPS

Vaccination continues to be the best protection against severe illness and our best tool to end the pandemic. Vaccination is now available for adults and kids five and up. Booster shots are available for everyone 12 and up, based on your vaccine vendor and last dose. 

If you need a vaccination or booster, the Fairfax County Health Department website is a great source of information about clinics and other vaccination opportunities.

 

 

DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS Applications start 1/24

Online registration for the county-wide lottery for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)  dual language immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 24. Current prekindergarten students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program and current kindergarten students may apply for the first-grade immersion programs for the 2022-23 school year.

For more information, click HERE.

 

 

HYPOTHERMIA PREVENTION PROGRAM

Since 2005, the Hypothermia Prevention Program has prevented death and serious injuries among Fairfax County’s most vulnerable residents by ensuring that no one must sleep outside during the winter months.

This program - available to any adult in need of immediate shelter - provides warm shelter, food, and other supportive services to help connect guests to a variety of basic needs such as clothing, employment, housing, and more.

Note: Adults with children (ages 0-17) should contact Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880 (TTY 711), Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for referrals to family-oriented support and services.

If you need assistance after hours, please contact or visit one of the county’s family shelters – locations and contact information are available.

For more information:
https://bit.ly/Fairfax-Hypothermia-Program

About the Program
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/emergency-shelters

 

 

Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

FCPS CARES Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105 Dunn Loring, VA

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.

 

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER CONTACT INFO:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 703-204-3941

Web: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

Twitter: @prc_fcps

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcpsprc

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FCPSParentResourceCenter

 

 

FREE CONSULTATIONS:

  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

TUTOR LIST:

  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or [email protected] for more information.

FREE LENDING LIBRARY:

  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.

 

FREE WEBINARS:

  • Register here - https://bit.ly/3hSRIZW
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.

 

 

What should I do before my child grows up? Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students with DisabilitiesJoin Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school!

It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult. 

Ensuring the postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for a month of webinars focused on planning for the future. 

Each week, webinar sessions will cover a range of topics: CTS programming and services for students with disabilities, short and long-term postsecondary supports, employment and postsecondary education considerations, Supported Decision Making, and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post-school success. 

This event also includes two evenings of student/parent panels where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planning for their child’s future.

Wednesdays in February, 2022: 2/9, 2/16, & 2/23 6:30-8:30 p.m.

CTS Special Education Programs and Services Available in FCPS 
Career and Transition Services (CTS) Overview: Learn about the different course offerings, programs, and services available from CTS. Opportunity to ask questions and interact with teacher and staff representatives. 

February 9

6:30 – 7:30     Session 1

The Arc of Northern Virginia: Transition Planning and Supported Decision-Making: Learn how to successfully plan for the move from school to the adult world, including how to empower your child or student to maximize independence and rights protection by using a chosen team of supporters. 

7:30 – 8:30     Session 2

Supporting Students Accessing Adult Services: Learn about how the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the Community Services Board (CSB), and Career and Transition Services (CTS) work together to support students accessing adult service providers upon exiting FCPS. 

February 16

6:30 – 7:30     Session 1

College and Postsecondary Education Options: Understand the college planning process and learn how to find colleges/programs with the right support and services for your child or student. 

7:30 – 8:30     Session 2

My Journey - Part I: An FCPS Graduate Student and Parent Panel: Opportunity to hear from students and parents who navigated special education programs and services in FCPS.

The panel for Part I will consist of individuals with disabilities who are pursuing competitive employment and higher education opportunities after exiting FCPS. 

February 23

6:30 – 7:15     Session 1

Middle School Support: This session will provide an overview of planning for your future within the IEP and a discussion about why it’s important to start that planning early. 

7:15 – 8:30     Session 2

My Journey - Part II: An FCPS Graduate Student and Parent Panel: Opportunity to hear from students and parents who navigated the transition process in FCPS. 

The panel for Part II will consist of individuals with disabilities who are pursuing supported employment, group supported employment, or day support opportunities, and working with the Community Services Board (CSB) for on-going support after exiting FCPS.

Register for What should I do before my child grows up? Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students with Disabilities

 

Penguin Points Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website

 

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