Wednesday Word 4/10/24

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  UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • April 26- Kindergarten Orientation 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • April 26- FES PTA Movie Night
  • April 26 - Donuts with Dandelions 8:30 am in the cafeteria

 

  The Franconia Penguin Talent Show

Franconia Elementary is proud to present the 2024 Penguin Talent Show.  If you are interested in auditioning for a spot in the show, you and a parent will need to read and agree to the guidelines on this form.  Then fill out the permission slip, and return the form to Mrs. Yortzidis by April 26th.

Filling out a permission slip does not mean that your child will be in the talent show. That will be determined during auditions.

School Auditions will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 during the school day.  Your child will audition during their specials time on that day. We are looking for the BEST talent.  ARE YOU THE NEXT TOP TALENT?

  Field Day Spirit Wear is Here  

Get ready for a Field Day full of Penguin Pride with Field Day Spirit Wear!

CLICK HERE to purchase!

Please note there are separate listings for child and adult sizes.

Orders are online-only and will be delivered to the school for distribution in early May.

  PURPLE UP FRANCONIA!

Don't forget that next week is our spirit week for the Month of the Military Child. 

Additionally, be on the lookout for information inviting military-connected parents to help us recognize their students on April 26th, at 8:30am in the cafeteria. We will provide light refreshments and donuts for our "Donuts with Dandelions" celebration to wrap up the Month of the Military Child. You should find an invitation in your child's Wednesday folder.

  Show your Spirit Penguins!   A Note from PE

We are continuing with our dribbling with feet unit. For your students safety, please send them to school wearing sneakers or another type of athletic shoe. Please refrain from wearing crocs, slides, boots, and other footwear that would be unsafe. Thank you.

-PE Team 

 

 Pokemon Club starting soon!

 

Are you in to Pokemon?  Do you want to get together with other Franconia Penguins to play Pokemon games and/or trade Pokemon cards?  If you answered "YES" to these questions, then keep reading!  On the following Fridays, April 19th, April 26th, May 10th, and May 17 th, from 3:30-4:30, Franconia will host a Pokemon after school club. Students are invited to stay after school to enjoy all things Pokemon with their fellow students and some Franconia teachers.

 

Sign up for all sessions HERE

 

  Monday Munch 'Ems!

Welcome to Monday Munch ‘Ems! We are Sophia Lyon and Mira Stanish and we are 8th grade students at Mark Twain Middle School and Franconia Elementary Alumni! During the month of April, on the Monday morning news, we will be sharing healthy, nutritious and super affordable snacks. We are Girl Scout Juliettes and this is part of our Silver Award Take Action project. Look for more details coming home soon in Wednesday folders. Here is a link to the recipe we shared this week: http://www.readingconfetti.com/2014/01/sledding-penguins-frozen-banana-snack.html

  Autism Awareness Month

It’s Autism Awareness Month and our very own Ms. Lucius created a website where everyone can learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder. The website features those who may have had Autism in the past based on what we know about them and also showcases musicians and performers who have been diagnosed with Autism. You can access this amazing site HERE

  Kindergarten Orientation

Do you have a child who will be 5 years of age by September 30, 2024, and do you plan on sending them to kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year?

We are in the process of preparing for our kindergarten registration and orientation.  If your child is ready for kindergarten, call the school so we may add you to our list of rising kindergarten students.

Please consider joining us at school with your future kindergartener for our Kindergarten Orientation on Friday, April 26. 2024 from 5:30pm-6:30pm.   During this presentation, we will provide information about the Kindergarten program at Franconia Elementary; while the future kindergarteners get to explore the classroom and participate in fun kindergarten activities. 

 

❤ Kindergarten Team

 

  LOST & FOUND

Lots of items have accumulated in our school lost and found.  If you think your child may be missing an item, please come up to the school between 9:00am-4:00pm and take a look through the piles.

All unclaimed items will be donated after Friday, April 12.

  Counselor Corner 

 

Character Trait of the Month

The character trait for April is Responsibility- to do what’s expected in behavior and actions

In March, we highlighted the character trait of Patience- to wait calmly without complaining. 

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Patience last month:

https://youtu.be/70mhCOjdy40

 

 We are so proud of our Patience award winners!

  Franconia PTA News Last Chance to Enter Read-A-Thon Drawing!

 

We're thrilled to announce that our Read-A-Thon is well underway! We're counting on your involvement to make it a success. If you haven't already, please take a moment to activate your child’s personal reader page by clicking on the following link:

https://www.read-a-thon.com/readers/r/323739343438

All readers with accounts that have been activated by midnight tonight will be entered in a drawing to win a special prize basket at tomorrow's all-school morning meeting! It only takes a minute or two, and your support will greatly assist us in meeting our goals.

Thank you for your help in supporting childhood literacy through the Read-A-Thon.

   Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Screening for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level 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 Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

Students can be screened for subject specific and part time AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.

 

Screening Process for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

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 Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

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.

 

Subject Specific and Part-Time Services Overview

 

Subject Specific and Part-Time 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:

 

Access to Rigor, 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 Access to Rigor services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

 

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, 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 in those subjects,
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness, and
  • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.

 

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.

Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

 

Screening for Full-Time (Level IV) Services

 

Screening Timeline for Full-Time Services

Screening for full-time (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 full-time (level IV) services occurs during two specific screening cycles:

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January. ο Fall referrals are due October 15, annually.
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student. ο 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 advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).

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, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content.

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

 

  Kindergarten Registration Is Now Open For SY 24-25

 

We look forward to welcoming our newest Penguins to Franconia Elementary for the 2024-25 School Year. Registration packets are available in the Franconia ES Main Office, or you may download the forms using the links below.

The registration requirements are as follows:

For incoming Kindergarten students – please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

It is important that you have filled out all the paperwork, and bring with you the following:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Original Birth Certificate
  3. Proof of Residency (Deed or Lease to your home)
  4. Virginia Physical and Immunization Record (due prior to school starting in August)

When you are ready, and have gathered most of your documentation, please contact me to set up your registration appointment. All registrations are done by appointment only.

I look forward to meeting with you!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Patrick Pacak, Registrar/SIA

Franconia Elementary School

 

PHONE 703-822-2200     FAX 703-822-2297     EMAIL [email protected]

 

Tullar Tennis Academy

 

Tennis classes and private lessons

 

6 week weekend classes starting

April 27th and 28th

at John R Lewis High School

 

Classes available for adults and children

Beginner to advanced skill levels

Register online today to confirm your spot!

https://www.tullartennisacademy.com/

 

Deadline to register is April 24th

Email questions to [email protected]

 

TJ TWIST PRESENTS

TECHSTRAVAGANZA 2024

Annual STEM activity fair for students of ALL AGES

 

Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia. In previous years, we've hosted more than 4,500 students and 70 labs presenting STEM activities. Our exhibitors range from TJHSST clubs and our own TWIST volunteers to organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. This year, we will be holding the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10 AM to 4 PM at TJHSST.

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology 

6560 Braddock Rd,

Alexandria, VA 22312

 

FREE ENTRY

Event website: TJTechstrav.org

Sign up: HERE


Calendar Reminders

 

April -
  • Month of the Military Child - April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families.

 

  • National Arab American Heritage Month - FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

 

  • Muslim American Heritage Month - Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

 

 

  • Autism Acceptance Month - April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

 

  •  April 7-13 - National Library Week - April is School Library Month and it's a great time to celebrate the essential role that school librarians play in the lives of students. School librarians ensure students have access to a wide variety of high-quality books and resources that connect them to the world and build a culture of literacy. Librarians develop lessons that are meaningful to students and help them develop critical thinking, inquiry, and information literacy skills. They support learning across all subject areas by teaching students the skills to be independent problem-solvers and creative thinkers. By creating a safe environment for all students to be engaged and curious learners, FCPS libraries are places where everyone belongs. Take a moment to learn more about FCPS Library Programs and share your appreciation of your school librarian!

 

  • April 17 - Purple Up! Day - To show our support for all our military-connected families, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” on April 17  for military children. Why purple? Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and Space Force blue.

 

  • April 22, 23 - Passover and Half-O Days - Many Jewish communities in the United States celebrate Passover, a recognition of the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs, recalling the harsh life of slavery. Learn more about Passover in NatGeo Kids

Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, are designated half-O days in recognition of the first two days of Passover. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days.

 

  • April 24 - Theravada New Year (O Day) - In countries where Theravada Buddhism is the most dominant religion, New Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon in April. Theravada means “the teachings of the elders.” Celebrations begin with people attending the local temple in the morning for chanting and meditation. In the afternoon they have a water festival in which they meet the Buddha image and pay respect to the elderly by watering their hands together. Building sandcastles is also one of the most popular activities during this day of celebration.

Wednesday, April 24, is designated as an O day for Theravada New Year. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

 

See the complete School Year Calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

  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

Wednesday Word 4/03/24

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  UPCOMING EVENTS
  • April 10- No School, Eid Holiday
  • April 26- Kindergarten Orientation 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • April 26- FES PTA Movie Night
  PURPLE UP FRANCONIA!

April is the Month of the Military Child and here at Franconia we plan to recognize our military-connected students all month long. If you currently serve in the Armed Forces, we invite you to help us honor your children. Please be on the lookout for more information in future Wednesday Word editions and your child's Wednesday folder. We thank you and your family for their service, and we are honored to have your child as part of our Penguin family.

  Show your Spirit Penguins!   The Book Fair is Here!

The Book Fair is OPEN and will continue to run through April 9th. students will be able to shop during the school day. Families can shop on Thursday, April 4 and Monday, April 8 from 3:45PM until 6:15PM!

We’d LOVE to have you volunteer! Find volunteer opportunities here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CAEAD2FAAF49-48631914-franconia

  Autism Awareness Month

It’s Autism Awareness Month and our very own Ms. Lucius created a website where everyone can learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder. The website features those who may have had Autism in the past based on what we know about them and also showcases musicians and performers who have been diagnosed with Autism. You can access this amazing site HERE

 

Mrs. Haffner's class is LOVING their new rug!  Thank you PTA!!

  Kindergarten Orientation

Do you have a child who will be 5 years of age by September 30, 2024, and do you plan on sending them to kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year?

We are in the process of preparing for our kindergarten registration and orientation.  If your child is ready for kindergarten, call the school so we may add you to our list of rising kindergarten students.

Please consider joining us at school with your future kindergartener for our Kindergarten Orientation on Friday, April 26. 2024 from 5:30pm-6:30pm.   During this presentation, we will provide information about the Kindergarten program at Franconia Elementary; while the future kindergarteners get to explore the classroom and participate in fun kindergarten activities. 

 

❤ Kindergarten Team

 

  LOST & FOUND

Lots of items have accumulated in our school lost and found.  If you think your child may be missing an item, please come up to the school between 9:00am-4:00pm and take a look through the piles.

All unclaimed items will be donated after Friday, April 12.

  Counselor Corner 

 

Character Trait of the Month

The character trait for April is Responsibility- to do what’s expected in behavior and actions

In March, we highlighted the character trait of Patience- to wait calmly without complaining. 

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Patience last month:

https://youtu.be/70mhCOjdy40

 

 We are so proud of our Patience award winners!

  Franconia Elementary PTA

 

 Franconia Elementary School PTA Read-A-Thon starts today!

 

Our school Read-A-Thon begins today, Wednesday, April 3rd and concludes on Friday, April 19th. It is sure to be an exciting event with many opportunities for our young readers to win fun prizes.

Use the link below to activate your student's Read-A-Thon account. The instructions are straightforward, making it quick and hassle-free, and it should take less than 5 minutes of your time.

This account will serve as a hub for recording and monitoring your child's progress as a Reader in the event, and for you to share their Read-A-Thon message with friends and family. Also, recording your child's reading minutes is necessary for them to be eligible to win many of the Read-A-Thon prizes. 

https://www.read-a-thon.com/readers/r/323739343438/1

 

Thank you so much for your participation and support. Together, we can make this Read-A-Thon an amazing experience for our young readers! 

   Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Screening for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level 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 Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

Students can be screened for subject specific and part time AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.

 

Screening Process for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

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 Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

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.

 

Subject Specific and Part-Time Services Overview

 

Subject Specific and Part-Time 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:

 

Access to Rigor, 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 Access to Rigor services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

 

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, 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 in those subjects,
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness, and
  • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.

 

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.

Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

 

Screening for Full-Time (Level IV) Services

 

Screening Timeline for Full-Time Services

Screening for full-time (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 full-time (level IV) services occurs during two specific screening cycles:

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January. ο Fall referrals are due October 15, annually.
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student. ο 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 advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).

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, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content.

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

 

  Kindergarten Registration Is Now Open For SY 24-25

 

We look forward to welcoming our newest Penguins to Franconia Elementary for the 2024-25 School Year. Registration packets are available in the Franconia ES Main Office, or you may download the forms using the links below.

The registration requirements are as follows:

For incoming Kindergarten students – please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

It is important that you have filled out all the paperwork, and bring with you the following:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Original Birth Certificate
  3. Proof of Residency (Deed or Lease to your home)
  4. Virginia Physical and Immunization Record (due prior to school starting in August)

When you are ready, and have gathered most of your documentation, please contact me to set up your registration appointment. All registrations are done by appointment only.

I look forward to meeting with you!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Patrick Pacak, Registrar/SIA

Franconia Elementary School

 

PHONE 703-822-2200     FAX 703-822-2297     EMAIL [email protected]

 

Tullar Tennis Academy

 

Tennis classes and private lessons

 

6 week weekend classes starting

April 27th and 28th

at John R Lewis High School

 

Classes available for adults and children

Beginner to advanced skill levels

Register online today to confirm your spot!

https://www.tullartennisacademy.com/

 

Deadline to register is April 24th

Email questions to [email protected]


Calendar Reminders

 

April -
  • Month of the Military Child - April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families.

 

  • National Arab American Heritage Month - FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

 

  • Muslim American Heritage Month - Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

 

 

  • Autism Acceptance Month - April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

 

  •  April 7-13 - National Library Week - April is School Library Month and it's a great time to celebrate the essential role that school librarians play in the lives of students. School librarians ensure students have access to a wide variety of high-quality books and resources that connect them to the world and build a culture of literacy. Librarians develop lessons that are meaningful to students and help them develop critical thinking, inquiry, and information literacy skills. They support learning across all subject areas by teaching students the skills to be independent problem-solvers and creative thinkers. By creating a safe environment for all students to be engaged and curious learners, FCPS libraries are places where everyone belongs. Take a moment to learn more about FCPS Library Programs and share your appreciation of your school librarian!

 

  • April 9, 10 - Eid al-Fitr (Half-O Day, Holiday)In Islam, Eid-al-Fitr is a three day festival to mark the end of Ramadan. Muslims dress in new clothes, give charity, and pray in congregation. Eid is celebrated with the exchange of presents and delicious food with family and friends. Read more at Britannica.com.

Tuesday, April 9, has been designated as a half-O day. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. Wednesday, April 10, is an FCPS holiday and all schools and offices will be closed.

 

  • April 17 - Purple Up! Day - To show our support for all our military-connected families, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” on April 17  for military children. Why purple? Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and Space Force blue.

 

  • April 22, 23 - Passover and Half-O Days - Many Jewish communities in the United States celebrate Passover, a recognition of the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs, recalling the harsh life of slavery. Learn more about Passover in NatGeo Kids

Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, are designated half-O days in recognition of the first two days of Passover. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days.

 

  • April 24 - Theravada New Year (O Day) - In countries where Theravada Buddhism is the most dominant religion, New Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon in April. Theravada means “the teachings of the elders.” Celebrations begin with people attending the local temple in the morning for chanting and meditation. In the afternoon they have a water festival in which they meet the Buddha image and pay respect to the elderly by watering their hands together. Building sandcastles is also one of the most popular activities during this day of celebration.

Wednesday, April 24, is designated as an O day for Theravada New Year. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

 

See the complete School Year Calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

  Penguin Points Click on a link for information

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Employment Opportunity Become a Classroom Monitor

 

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Franconia ES is looking for several people to serve as a Classroom Monitor for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year.

  • Pay is $16.36/hour
  • Flexible schedule - YOU decide which days and hours (max is 7 hrs/day)

 

Monitors will directly support classrooms by providing teachers with additional planning time.  Teachers will provide directions/assignments for monitors and students to complete.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support the school and monitors will experience all classroom environments (general education and special education).

***NEW LINK***

Please click here to apply  

 

If you have any questions, please call 703-822-2200 for more information.

When you have applied, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Melissa Anderson, at [email protected].

 

 

Family Engagement Survey

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today! 

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy 
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

 

Penguin Points Click on a link for information

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Employment Opportunity Become a Classroom Monitor

 

SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED

 

Franconia ES is looking for several people to serve as a Classroom Monitor for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year.

  • Pay is $16.36/hour
  • Flexible schedule - YOU decide which days and hours (max is 7 hrs/day)

 

Monitors will directly support classrooms by providing teachers with additional planning time.  Teachers will provide directions/assignments for monitors and students to complete.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support the school and monitors will experience all classroom environments (general education and special education).

 

Please click here to apply  

 

If you have any questions, please call 703-822-2200 for more information.

When you have applied, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Melissa Anderson, at [email protected].

 

 

Family Engagement Survey

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today! 

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy 
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

 

Penguin Points Click on a link for information

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  UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • March 20- World Showcase Day, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • March 22- End of Third Quarter
  • March 25-29- Holiday (Spring Break)
  • April 1,2- School Planning Day/Teacher Work Day
  • April 26- Kindergarten Orientation 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • April 26- FES PTA Movie Night
  World Showcase Spirit Week just two more days to participate!  

We are excited to celebrate our rich cultural diversity at Franconia during World Showcase Week, March 18th to 22nd

Our students and staff will participate in activities, games, and learning experiences throughout the week. See below for our daily themes of the week. Please offer your penguin the opportunity to participate in any or all of our World Showcase Spirit Days!

 

Thursday, 3/21

Meeting & Greeting!

*Teach your classmates how to say hello or another greeting in a new language.

 

Friday, 3/22

Penguin Power! 

*Celebrate our amazing Penguin Culture here at Franconia! 

Wear your Penguin spirit gear or dress in green or yellow clothing.

 

   World Down Syndrome Day is March 21st! 

Since 2012, March 21st has signified a day the world comes together to celebrate, advocate, and educate about Down Syndrome. As a school community we plan to CELEBRATE this special day!  The National Down Syndrome Society celebrates this day by MOVING for 3.21.  During specials on this day, FES students will be able to run, walk, dance, cartwheel, MOVE for 3.21 minutes, miles, reps, etc.!

 

On Thursday, 3/21, students can show their support by:

  • Wearing Blue and Yellow: Down Syndrome Awareness Colors
  • Wear sneakers.
  • Rock your Socks!: wear mismatched socks (as socks look like the shape of chromosomes) to show their celebration of the Down Syndrome Community.

 

  Order Your Yearbooks by Friday

Yearbook sales have been extended! 2023-24 Yearbooks are $20.00 and can be ordered now through March 22nd. No yearbook orders will be taken after that date. So order yours today!

Yearbooks are only sold/purchased online. Start your purchase by going  to: yearbookordercenter.com, typing in 21927 or searching for Franconia Elementary, Alexandria VA, will take you to our ordering site.

 

  The Book Fair is Coming!

The Book Fair is coming right after Spring Break! From April 3rd to 9th students will be able to shop during the school day. Families can shop on Thursday, April 4 and Monday, April 8 until 6:15PM!

We’d LOVE to have you volunteer! Find volunteer opportunities here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CAEAD2FAAF49-48631914-franconia

 

 

The Franconia ES Main Office will be CLOSED for Spring Break.  We will re-open on Monday, April 1st.  School for students resumes Wednesday, April 3rd.   We wish each of you a safe & wonderful Spring Break!

 

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

We account for every child, everyday.  If your child is going to be absent, please Submit an absence using our attendance form: https://franconiaes.fcps.edu/attendance-form

or one of these other two methods.  

 

Family Engagement Survey

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today! 

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy 
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

   Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Screening for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level 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 Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

Students can be screened for subject specific and part time AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.

 

Screening Process for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

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 Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

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.

 

Subject Specific and Part-Time Services Overview

 

Subject Specific and Part-Time 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:

 

Access to Rigor, 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 Access to Rigor services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

 

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, 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 in those subjects,
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness, and
  • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.

 

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.

Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

 

Screening for Full-Time (Level IV) Services

 

Screening Timeline for Full-Time Services

Screening for full-time (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 full-time (level IV) services occurs during two specific screening cycles:

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January. ο Fall referrals are due October 15, annually.
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student. ο 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 advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).

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, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content.

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

 

  Kindergarten Orientation

Do you have a child who will be 5 years of age by September 30, 2024, and do you plan on sending them to kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year?

We are in the process of preparing for our kindergarten registration and orientation.  If your child is ready for kindergarten, call the school so we may add you to our list of rising kindergarten students.

Please consider joining us at school with your future kindergartener for our Kindergarten Orientation on Friday, April 26. 2024 from 5:30pm-6:30pm.   During this presentation, we will provide information about the Kindergarten program at Franconia Elementary; while the future kindergarteners get to explore the classroom and participate in fun kindergarten activities. 

 

❤ Kindergarten Team

 

  Kindergarten Registration Is Now Open For SY 24-25

 

We look forward to welcoming our newest Penguins to Franconia Elementary for the 2024-25 School Year. Registration packets are available in the Franconia ES Main Office, or you may download the forms using the links below.

The registration requirements are as follows:

For incoming Kindergarten students – please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

It is important that you have filled out all the paperwork, and bring with you the following:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Original Birth Certificate
  3. Proof of Residency (Deed or Lease to your home)
  4. Virginia Physical and Immunization Record (due prior to school starting in August)

When you are ready, and have gathered most of your documentation, please contact me to set up your registration appointment. All registrations are done by appointment only.

I look forward to meeting with you!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Patrick Pacak, Registrar/SIA

Franconia Elementary School

 

PHONE 703-822-2200     FAX 703-822-2297     EMAIL [email protected]

 

  Music Notes from Mrs. Lucius

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Go Fish - the Musical

Attention all Kindergarten and 1st Grade Families:

Your child will be in a mini-musical Go Fish! Ms. Lucius is auditioning students this week and next week and will send home scripts for those who have lines. The musical involves ALL students and rehearsals are during their music classes. During this process, students will learn to become “triple threats” by singing, dancing and acting all at the same time!

All friends and families are encourage to save the dates:

Kindergarten performance: May 22 from 11:10 – 12:10 in the Franconia Gym/Stage

1st Grade performance: May 23 from 9:10 – 10:10 in the Franconia Gym/Stage

Stay tuned for volunteer information coming soon!

 

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  Save the Date! 

Save the date for Franconia’s 3rd musical: Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

When: May 1 and May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Franconia Gym/Stage

Ticket information still to come.

  Counselor Corner 

 

Character Trait of the Month

The character trait for March is Patience- to wait calmly without complaining

In February, we highlighted the character trait of Empathy- A feeling or understanding of what someone else is feeling.

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Empathy last month:https://youtu.be/6hnScbGfumo

We are so proud of our Empathy award winners!

 

  Franconia Elementary PTA

 

It's almost time for the Franconia Elementary School PTA Read-A-Thon!

Our school Read-A-Thon begins on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 and concludes Friday, April 19, 2024. It is sure to be an exciting event with many opportunities for our young readers to win fun prizes.

We understand that your time is valuable. We also know that providing the best education for your child is important. That's why we are encouraging everyone to activate their student's Read-A-Thon account as soon as possible. The instructions are straightforward, making it quick and hassle-free, and it should take less than 5 minutes of your time.

This account will serve as a hub for recording and monitoring your child's progress as a Reader in the event, and for you to share their Read-A-Thon message with friends and family. Also, recording your child's reading minutes is necessary for them to be eligible to win many of the Read-A-Thon prizes. Use the link below to activate your student's Reader account:

https://www.read-a-thon.com/readers/r/323739343438/1

Activate your child's account by April 1st for a chance to win a Read-A-Thon gift basket.

Thank you so much for your participation and support. Together, we can make this Read-A-Thon an amazing experience for our young readers! 

 

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Mark Your Calendars

Franconia Elementary Movie Night! 

Friday, April 26th

More Details Coming Soon 

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Join the 2024 - 2025 PTA Board

Please consider joining the PTA Board for the 2024 - 2025 school year. We need YOUR support to keep the Franconia PTA growing and doing great things. Please consider stepping into a leadership role. The more input we have, the better we will be. Email [email protected] for information.

Why join and participate?

- Have a say in the programming and activities for the year

- Vote to determine how funds are spent

- Appeal for advocacy efforts and change (PTA is the largest child advocacy organization in the U.S.)

- Meet other FES parents and build our Penguin community

- Model volunteering for the kids - they love to see their grownups involved!

 


Calendar Reminders

 

March
  • National Women’s History Month - Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids

 

  • Equity in Education Month - FCPS — in conjunction with the Virginia School Boards Association — observes March as Equity in Education Month, a division-wide opportunity to deepen our commitment to creating a climate and curriculum where all students receive the resources they need to reach their fullest potential.  

 

  •  March 22 - Quarter End

 

  • March 25- 29 Spring Break🌷

March 25-29 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break! 

 

  • March 29 - Good Friday (Falls during spring break) 

Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, is the day on which Christians annually observe the commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Good Friday is a day of mourning. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus's suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith. Read more at Britannica.com

 

  • March 31 - Easter (Falls during weekend/spring break) 

Learn more about Easter in NatGeo Kids.

 

April
  • April 1,2 - School Planning Day/Teacher Work Day

There will be no school for students on April 1 and 2 for school planning/teacher work days.

 

See the complete school year calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

 

  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

Wednesday Word 3/13/24

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  UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • March 15- FES Career Day
  • March 20- World Showcase Day Fashion Show, 2:00 pm
  • March 20- World Showcase Day, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • March 22- End of Third Quarter
  • March 25-29- Holiday (Spring Break)
  • April 1,2- School Planning Day/Teacher Work Day
  Women’s History Month Spirit Week Just two more days to participate

 

Thursday, March 14, Powerful Purple

Purple has been used to represent the women’s movement for centuries. The National Woman’s Party published "Purple is the colour of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause." in 1913. Today, purple is the color of international women’s day.

Wear purple to honor those who fought for women’s rights!

 

Friday, March 15, Career Day

Throughout history, women were denied education and banned from certain careers. Let’s celebrate access to education and promote career equality!

Dress as your future career or wear college gear!

 

  Career Day is Coming!

“Oh The Places You’ll Go” Career day is March 15th from 9:10-10:40

Students will have the opportunity to hear first hand  from Franconia community members about their careers and the importance Our younger Penguins will have a "careers on wheels" experience.

Students can dress in their future careers or represent a college or university.

 

 

Penguins Perform at the Area Band Concert

 

Last night 13 Franconia students performed on the stage of John Lewis High School as members of the 106 member-strong 2024 Greater Springfield-Franconia Area Honor Band!  These students had been preparing this concert with other schools in the Lewis and Edison pyramid since early January.  We are extremely proud of their excellent musical performance and representation of Franconia!

  World Showcase Spirit Week March 18th to 22nd  

We are excited to celebrate our rich cultural diversity at Franconia during World Showcase Week, March 18th to 22nd

Our students and staff will participate in activities, games, and learning experiences throughout the week. See below for our daily themes of the week. Please offer your penguin the opportunity to participate in any or all of our World Showcase Spirit Days!

 

Monday, 3/18

Name Game!

*Ask your family to tell you the story of how they chose your name. 

Share the story with your class.

 

Tuesday, 3/19 

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

*Represent your favorite national or international sports team by wearing a jersey, gear, or the team's colors.

 

Wednesday, 3/20

Worldwide Wear!

*Dress in your heritage clothing or wear a t-shirt representing a country of your choice. 

The fashion show and evening program are today!

 

Thursday, 3/21

Meeting & Greeting!

*Teach your classmates how to say hello or another greeting in a new language.

 

Friday, 3/22

Penguin Power! 

*Celebrate our amazing Penguin Culture here at Franconia! 

Wear your Penguin spirit gear or dress in green or yellow clothing.

 

 

Our own Strings Teacher, Mr. Johnson, organized an elementary orchestra concert for the Edison Pyramid last night. 100 students participated, including several from Franconia! 

   World Down Syndrome Day is March 21st! 

Since 2012, March 21st has signified a day the world comes together to celebrate, advocate, and educate about Down Syndrome. As a school community we plan to CELEBRATE this special day!  The National Down Syndrome Society celebrates this day by MOVING for 3.21.  During specials on this day, FES students will be able to run, walk, dance, cartwheel, MOVE for 3.21 minutes, miles, reps, etc.!

 

On Thursday, 3/21, students can show their support by:

  • Wearing Blue and Yellow: Down Syndrome Awareness Colors
  • Wear sneakers.
  • Rock your Socks!: wear mismatched socks (as socks look like the shape of chromosomes) to show their celebration of the Down Syndrome Community.

 

  Last Call for Yearbooks 

Yearbook sales have been extended! 2023-24 Yearbooks are $20.00 and can be ordered now through March 22nd. No yearbook orders will be taken after that date. So order yours today!

Yearbooks are only sold/purchased online. Start your purchase by going  to: yearbookordercenter.com, typing in 21927 or searching for Franconia Elementary, Alexandria VA, will take you to our ordering site.

 

  Attendance Matters!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

 

  Music Notes from Mrs. Lucius

.

Go Fish - the Musical

Attention all Kindergarten and 1st Grade Families:

Your child will be in a mini-musical Go Fish! Ms. Lucius is auditioning students this week and next week and will send home scripts for those who have lines. The musical involves ALL students and rehearsals are during their music classes. During this process, students will learn to become “triple threats” by singing, dancing and acting all at the same time!

All friends and families are encourage to save the dates:

1st Grade performance: May 21 from 9:10 – 10:10 in the Franconia Gym/Stage

Kindergarten performance: May 22 from 11:10 – 12:10 in the Franconia Gym/Stage

Stay tuned for volunteer information coming soon!

 

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Save the Date! 

Save the date for Franconia’s 3rd musical: Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

When: May 1 and May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Franconia Gym/Stage

Ticket information still to come.

.

 

Mrs. Haffner's class took part in fort and flashlight reading in celebration of Read Across America week!

  Kindergarten Orientation

Do you have a child who will be 5 years of age by September 30, 2024, and do you plan on sending them to kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year?

We are in the process of preparing for our kindergarten registration and orientation.  If your child is ready for kindergarten, call the school so we may add you to our list of rising kindergarten students.

Please consider joining us at school with your future kindergartener for our Kindergarten Orientation on Friday, April 26. 2024.  During this presentation, we will provide information about the Kindergarten program at Franconia Elementary; while the future kindergarteners get to explore the classroom and participate in fun kindergarten activities. 

 

❤ Kindergarten Team

 

  Kindergarten Registration Is Now Open For SY 24-25

 

We look forward to welcoming our newest Penguins to Franconia Elementary for the 2024-25 School Year. Registration packets are available in the Franconia ES Main Office, or you may download the forms using the links below.

The registration requirements are as follows:

For incoming Kindergarten students – please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

It is important that you have filled out all the paperwork, and bring with you the following:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Original Birth Certificate
  3. Proof of Residency (Deed or Lease to your home)
  4. Virginia Physical and Immunization Record (due prior to school starting in August)

When you are ready, and have gathered most of your documentation, please contact me to set up your registration appointment. All registrations are done by appointment only.

I look forward to meeting with you!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Patrick Pacak, Registrar/SIA

Franconia Elementary School

 

PHONE 703-822-2200     FAX 703-822-2297     EMAIL [email protected]

 

  Library volunteers needed!

Mrs. Vandersande could reallllllly use some extra hands to help shelve books! Volunteers are welcome anytime during the school day, and are welcome to come regularly or to just drop-in when available.

Email the librarian at [email protected] or stop by the library for more information!

 

  Counselor Corner 

 

Character Trait of the Month

The character trait for March is Patience- to wait calmly without complaining

In February, we highlighted the character trait of Empathy- A feeling or understanding of what someone else is feeling.

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Empathy last month:https://youtu.be/6hnScbGfumo

We are so proud of our Empathy award winners!

 

  Franconia Elementary PTA Get Ready! Read-A-Thon Starts on Wednesday, April 3rd

 

Strong reading skills are key to educational success and our Read-A-Thon gets students involved and excited about reading books and other materials. Read-A-Thon is also our largest fundraiser, which allows the PTA to continue to support our Penguin students and teachers. More details are coming soon! 

 

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 Mark Your Calendars Franconia Elementary Movie Night

Friday, April 26th

More Details Coming Soon 

 

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Join the 2024 - 2025 PTA Board

Please consider joining the PTA Board for the 2024 - 2025 school year. We need YOUR support to keep the Franconia PTA growing and doing great things. Please consider stepping into a leadership role. The more input we have, the better we will be. Email [email protected] for information.

Why join and participate?

- Have a say in the programming and activities for the year

- Vote to determine how funds are spent

- Appeal for advocacy efforts and change (PTA is the largest child advocacy organization in the U.S.)

- Meet other FES parents and build our Penguin community

- Model volunteering for the kids - they love to see their grownups involved!

 

  Support the Edison Annual Mulch Sale Benefitting the Class of 2024 ANGP

 

 

The Edison High School PTSA is holding their annual Mulch Sale. Order now for pick up or delivery on Saturday, April 6th!  

Proceeds go to help fund the Class of 2024 All Night Grad Party. This party is held every year from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. at the Franconia Rec Center to give Edison grads a safe place to celebrate the night of their graduation. 

https://www.edisonangp.com/mulch-sale 

Thank you for supporting Edison’s Class of 2024!

 

  Hayfield Craft Fair & Silent Auction Hayfield Secondary School Class of 2024 Indoor Craft Fair & Silent Auction Saturday, March 16th - 9:00AM-3:00PM

 

  • Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA
  • FREE ADMISSION!!!
  • OVER 125 vendors
  • A HUGE silent auction display filled with our vendor’s craft items, gift certificates, sporting event tickets, experiences and much more!
  • Lots of tables filled with edible goodies!
  • We will ALSO have KidCreate Studio and face painting for our younger visitors!!!!!
  • NEW this year…a room full of young entrepreneurs offering their creative items!
  • COME HUNGRY!!! A wide variety of lunch choices for YOU!

 

 

All proceeds raised will go towards Hayfield’s Class of 2024 All Night Grad Party (ANGP) celebration on Friday, June 7th at The St. James. The event is sponsored through the Hayfield SS PTSA and provides our 2024 graduates with a FUN and SAFE alcohol/drug/smoke-free celebration.

 


Calendar Reminders

 

March
  • National Women’s History Month - Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids

 

  • Equity in Education Month - FCPS — in conjunction with the Virginia School Boards Association — observes March as Equity in Education Month, a division-wide opportunity to deepen our commitment to creating a climate and curriculum where all students receive the resources they need to reach their fullest potential.  

 

  •  March 22 - Quarter End

 

  • March 25- 29 Spring Break🌷

March 25-29 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break! 

 

  • March 29 - Good Friday (Falls during spring break) 

Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, is the day on which Christians annually observe the commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Good Friday is a day of mourning. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus's suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith. Read more at Britannica.com

 

  • March 31 - Easter (Falls during weekend/spring break) 

Learn more about Easter in NatGeo Kids.

 

April
  • April 1,2 - School Planning Day/Teacher Work Day

There will be no school for students on April 1 and 2 for school planning/teacher work days.

 

See the complete school year calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

 

  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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  UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • March 8-Spring Picture Day
  • March 15- FES Career Day
  • March 20- World Showcase Day Fashion Show, 2:00 pm
  • March 20- World Showcase Day, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • March 22- End of Third Quarter
  • March 25-29- Holiday (Spring Break)
  Spring Picture Day is this FRIDAY!  

Get those smiles ready! Spring picture day is FridayMarch 8th

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

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

All orders (with the exception of panoramic pre-order) will be placed AFTER picture day.

Approximately 10 days after picture day, you will receive a link from Victor O’Neill to view and order pictures on-line.

Pictures will be sent to the school.

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

 

 Women’s History Month Spirit Week March 11th to 15th

 

Let's celebrate Women’s History Month with a Spirit Week!

 

Monday, March 11, Support Suffragettes

Suffrage is the right to vote, and people who fought for women’s right to vote were called suffragettes. People wore yellow to support women’s suffrage, and women were finally given the right to vote on August 18, 1920.

All students and staff will get a yellow ribbon with a pin to honor those who fought for women’s right to vote!

 

Tuesday, March 12, Fierce Friendships

Did you know that strong friendships not only make you happier, they also make you HEALTHIER! The health benefits of close friendships are especially strong in women.

All students and staff will get a friendship bracelet to tie us together in friendship.

 

Wednesday, March 13, Trailblazers in Trousers

In the early 1900s women could be arrested for wearing pants! The right to wear pants is just one of the many rights given to women in the 1900s.

Wear your favorite trousers to celebrate women’s rights!

 

Thursday, March 14, Powerful Purple

Purple has been used to represent the women’s movement for centuries. The National Woman’s Party published "Purple is the colour of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause." in 1913. Today, purple is the color of international women’s day.

Wear purple to honor those who fought for women’s rights!

 

Friday, March 15, Career Day

Throughout history, women were denied education and banned from certain careers. Let’s celebrate access to education and promote career equality!

Dress as your future career or wear college gear!

 

Word Showcase Day- NIGHT EVENT (Final Call)

 

When: Wednesday, March 20th

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

We would love for our parents and community to be a part of this memorable event.  Please submit a form or sign-up using link to participate in the NIGHT EVENT of WSD by Monday, March 11.

 

https://forms.gle/KXY2QgHobd2nSPCB6

 

Families can choose to participate by:

  • Presenting a display (poster board) about a country of your choice.
  • Sharing food and/or artifacts from the country of your choice.
  • Teaching students how to play a game played in a country of your choice

 

Career Day is Coming!

“Oh The Places You’ll Go” Career day is March 15th from 9:10-10:40

Students will have the opportunity to hear first hand  from Franconia community members about their careers and the importance Our younger Penguins will have a "careers on wheels" experience.

Students can dress in their future careers or represent a college or university.

 

Students enjoyed reading outside for Read Across America Week.

World Showcase Spirit Week March 18th to 22nd  

We are excited to celebrate our rich cultural diversity at Franconia during World Showcase Week, March 18th to 22nd

Our students and staff will participate in activities, games, and learning experiences throughout the week. See below for our daily themes of the week. Please offer your penguin the opportunity to participate in any or all of our World Showcase Spirit Days!

 

Monday, 3/18

Name Game!

*Ask your family to tell you the story of how they chose your name. 

Share the story with your class.

 

Tuesday, 3/19 

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

*Represent your favorite national or international sports team by wearing a jersey, gear, or the team's colors.

 

Wednesday, 3/20

Worldwide Wear!

*Dress in your heritage clothing or wear a t-shirt representing a country of your choice. 

The fashion show and evening program are today!

 

Thursday, 3/21

Meeting & Greeting!

*Teach your classmates how to say hello or another greeting in a new language.

 

Friday, 3/22

Penguin Power! 

*Celebrate our amazing Penguin Culture here at Franconia! 

Wear your Penguin spirit gear or dress in green or yellow clothing.

 

 World Down Syndrome Day is March 21st! 

Since 2012, March 21st has signified a day the world comes together to celebrate, advocate, and educate about Down Syndrome. As a school community we plan to CELEBRATE this special day!  The National Down Syndrome Society celebrates this day by MOVING for 3.21.  During specials on this day, FES students will be able to run, walk, dance, cartwheel, MOVE for 3.21 minutes, miles, reps, etc.!

 

On Thursday, 3/21, students can show their support by:

  • Wearing Blue and Yellow: Down Syndrome Awareness Colors
  • Wear sneakers.
  • Rock your Socks!: wear mismatched socks (as socks look like the shape of chromosomes) to show their celebration of the Down Syndrome Community.

 

Last Call for Yearbooks 

Yearbook sales have been extended! 2023-24 Yearbooks are $20.00 and can be ordered now through March 22nd. No yearbook orders will be taken after that date. So order yours today!

Yearbooks are only sold/purchased online. Start your purchase by going  to: yearbookordercenter.com, typing in 21927 or searching for Franconia Elementary, Alexandria VA, will take you to our ordering site.

 

Mrs. Pina’s class invited a Mystery Reader to Kick -Off Read Across America Week. Thank you Ms. Kuss!

 

Music Notes from Mrs. Lucius

.

Go Fish - the Musical

Attention all Kindergarten and 1st Grade Families:

Your child will be in a mini-musical Go Fish! Ms. Lucius is auditioning students this week and next week and will send home scripts for those who have lines. The musical involves ALL students and rehearsals are during their music classes. During this process, students will learn to become “triple threats” by singing, dancing and acting all at the same time!

All friends and families are encourage to save the dates:

1st Grade performance: May 21 from 9:10 – 10:10 in the Franconia Gym/Stage

Kindergarten performance: May 22 from 11:10 – 12:10 in the Franconia Gym/Stage

Stay tuned for volunteer information coming soon!

 

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Save the Date! 

Save the date for Franconia’s 3rd musical: Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

When: May 1 and May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Franconia Gym/Stage

Ticket information still to come.

.

Kindergarten Orientation

Do you have a child who will be 5 years of age by September 30, 2024, and do you plan on sending them to kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year?

We are in the process of preparing for our kindergarten registration and orientation.  If your child is ready for kindergarten, call the school so we may add you to our list of rising kindergarten students.

Please consider joining us at school with your future kindergartener for our Kindergarten Orientation on Friday, April 26. 2024.  During this presentation, we will provide information about the Kindergarten program at Franconia Elementary; while the future kindergarteners get to explore the classroom and participate in fun kindergarten activities. 

 

❤ Kindergarten Team

 

Kindergarten Registration Is Now Open For SY 24-25

 

We look forward to welcoming our newest Penguins to Franconia Elementary for the 2024-25 School Year. Registration packets are available in the Franconia ES Main Office, or you may download the forms using the links below.

The registration requirements are as follows:

For incoming Kindergarten students – please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

It is important that you have filled out all the paperwork, and bring with you the following:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Original Birth Certificate
  3. Proof of Residency (Deed or Lease to your home)
  4. Virginia Physical and Immunization Record (due prior to school starting in August)

When you are ready, and have gathered most of your documentation, please contact me to set up your registration appointment. All registrations are done by appointment only.

I look forward to meeting with you!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Patrick Pacak, Registrar/SIA

Franconia Elementary School

 

PHONE 703-822-2200     FAX 703-822-2297     EMAIL [email protected]

 

Our First Grade Penguins are awesome and industrious!

Pictured on top: A First Grader working hard on WIDA.

Pictured on bottom:  A First Grader piecing together a puzzle.

 

Counselor Corner 

 

Character Trait of the Month

The character trait for March is Patience- to wait calmly without complaining

In February, we highlighted the character trait of Empathy- A feeling or understanding of what someone else is feeling.

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Empathy last month:https://youtu.be/6hnScbGfumo

We are so proud of our Empathy award winners!

 

Franconia Elementary PTA

 

Read-a-Thon is Back

Strong reading skills are key to educational success and our Read-A-Thon gets students involved and excited about reading books and other materials. Read-A-Thon is also our largest fundraiser, which allows the PTA to continue to support our Penguin students and teachers. More details are coming soon! 

 

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Join the 2024 - 2025 PTA Board

Please consider joining the PTA Board for the 2024 - 2025 school year. We need YOUR support to keep the Franconia PTA growing and doing great things. Please consider stepping into a leadership role. The more input we have, the better we will be. Email [email protected] for information.

Why join and participate?

- Have a say in the programming and activities for the year

- Vote to determine how funds are spent

- Appeal for advocacy efforts and change (PTA is the largest child advocacy organization in the U.S.)

- Meet other FES parents and build our Penguin community

- Model volunteering for the kids - they love to see their grownups involved!

 

Support the Edison Annual Mulch Sale Benefitting the Class of 2024 ANGP

 

 

The Edison High School PTSA is holding their annual Mulch Sale. Order now for pick up or delivery on Saturday, April 6th!  

Proceeds go to help fund the Class of 2024 All Night Grad Party. This party is held every year from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. at the Franconia Rec Center to give Edison grads a safe place to celebrate the night of their graduation. 

https://www.edisonangp.com/mulch-sale 

Thank you for supporting Edison’s Class of 2024!

 

Hayfield Craft Fair & Silent Auction Hayfield Secondary School Class of 2024 Indoor Craft Fair & Silent Auction Saturday, March 16th - 9:00AM-3:00PM

 

  • Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA
  • FREE ADMISSION!!!
  • OVER 125 vendors
  • A HUGE silent auction display filled with our vendor’s craft items, gift certificates, sporting event tickets, experiences and much more!
  • Lots of tables filled with edible goodies!
  • We will ALSO have KidCreate Studio and face painting for our younger visitors!!!!!
  • NEW this year…a room full of young entrepreneurs offering their creative items!
  • COME HUNGRY!!! A wide variety of lunch choices for YOU!

 

 

All proceeds raised will go towards Hayfield’s Class of 2024 All Night Grad Party (ANGP) celebration on Friday, June 7th at The St. James. The event is sponsored through the Hayfield SS PTSA and provides our 2024 graduates with a FUN and SAFE alcohol/drug/smoke-free celebration.

 

Calendar Reminders

 

March
  • National Women’s History Month - Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids

 

  • Equity in Education Month - FCPS — in conjunction with the Virginia School Boards Association — observes March as Equity in Education Month, a division-wide opportunity to deepen our commitment to creating a climate and curriculum where all students receive the resources they need to reach their fullest potential.  

 

See the complete school year calendar.

 

Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

 

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

Wednesday Word 2/28/24

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To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

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  UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • March 5- Student Holiday
  • March 8-Spring Picture Day
  • March 15- FES Career Day
  • March 20- World Showcase Day Fashion Show, 2:00 pm
  • March 20- World Showcase Day, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • March 22- End of Third Quarter
  • March 25-29- Holiday (Spring Break)
  Student Holiday March 5th 📅 Calendar Reminder: March 5 Presidential Primary — Student Holiday/School Planning Day

 

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

March 5 will be a holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day for teachers.

 

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Just Two More Days to Celebrate  Black History Month Spirit Week!

Black History Month was created to honor the contributions of African Americans to the United States. Join us in celebrating Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people brought over from Africa in the 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

                                                                                                                                     

THURSDAY  2/29                               Revolutionary Roots in Rap

Dress in your best 90’s Hip Hop fashion! Or, come prepared to share your favorite artist/song.   

                                                                                                                                     

FRIDAY 3/1 I Have a Dream 

Inspired by MLK’s famous speech, end the week in your favorite pajamas!  

 

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Students and staff alike have enjoyed exploring and celebrating the lives and contributions of African Americans during Black History Month.

   Trends in the Drug Culture Parent Only Presentation, Tomorrow Night

 

Many challenges and responsibilities come with being a parent, and having to address a difficult topic with your child, such as drug culture, trends and identifying signs of substance use, can be stressful. Drugs and drug paraphernalia is now being disguised as common everyday items out in plain sight, to go unrecognized by parents or other adults.  Substance Abuse Prevention Program want to provide you with information so you will be able to recognize drugs and drug paraphernalia and also the signs of drug use to equip you to have real and meaningful dialog with your child concerning these issues. 

Join us on February 29th, 2024 @ 6:00pm at Edison High School where we will be hosting a parent presentation to provide information on the trends in drug culture. After the presentation there will be time to ask questions or to receive more information. The trends in drug culture have created innovative ways to hook your child and we are here to arm you by providing information concerning these topics that will assist in effective communication with your child.  Also, a Narcan Training with be provided by a member of the Community Services Board.

Questions? contact Shawn Elliott, BS, QMHP-C Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at [email protected]

 

 

Last Chance to Order a Yearbook

Don’t miss out on the chance to get your child a yearbook. 2023-24 Yearbooks are $20.00 and can be ordered now through February 29th. No yearbook orders will be taken after that date. So make plans to order yours today!

Yearbooks are only sold/purchased online. Start your purchase by going  to: yearbookordercenter.com, typing in 21927 or searching for Franconia Elementary, Alexandria VA, will take you to our ordering site.

 

  Spring Picture Day is Coming! Friday, March 8th

 

Get those smiles ready! Spring picture day is next FridayMarch 8th

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

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

All orders (with the exception of panoramic pre-order) will be placed AFTER picture day.

Approximately 10 days after picture day, you will receive a link from Victor O’Neill to view and order pictures on-line.

Pictures will be sent to the school.

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

 

 

It Is WIDA testing season!  Here are a few of our First and Sixth Graders working hard toward WIDA success.

 

  LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! Franconia ES After-School Enrichment Programs

 

 

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* All programs start at 3:35 and end at 4:35 p.m., unless otherwise listed.

* Questions? Contact Matt at [email protected]

* More information is also available at: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/w/afterschool

 

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Girls on the Run (GOTR)

Grades 3-6 (Girls)
$185 (late fee applies after February 28)
Tues/Thurs, March 4 - May 18

Register: https://www.gotrnova.org/3rd-5th-grade-program-details

Creative curriculum that integrates running with empowering life lessons to inspire confident, healthy girls! Ends in a 5K the team will complete together. Financial Assistance Available! More info and registration at
www.gotrnova.org

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Magnus Chess Academy
Grades K-6
$223 (11 weeks)
Mondays, March 4 - June 3 (no club on March 25, April 1, May 27)

Register: www.chessacademy.com

Each week students of all levels do a fun but challenging lesson with one of our great coaches from our world class curriculum followed by practice games against other students in the class.

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Crochet Club with Ms. Pater - FULL
Grades 4-6
$150 (10 weeks)
Wednesday, March 6 – May 22 (no club on March 27, April 10)

Register:  https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983102

Learn to crochet and work on projects together, led by Ms. Pater. No experience necessary and all materials provided.

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Ultimate PE Games by Gamepoint Athletics
Grades K-3
$130 (8 weeks)
Monday, March 4 – May 6 (no club on March 25 or April 1)

Register: https://gamepointathletics.com/registration/franconiaupegamesspring24/


A sampling of games to be played are Nerf Dodge Ball, Dome Ball, Capture the Flag, parachute activities, Omni–kin ball, and numerous tag games that require strategy and a willingness to have intense joy! The action-packed session ensures kid movement does not stop until it is time to go home! 

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Soccer Stars by Gamepoint Athletics
Grades 3-6
$130 (8 weeks)
Friday, March 8 – May 10 (no club on Mar 29 or May 3)

Register: https://gamepointathletics.com/registration/franconiasoccerspring24/

Train like the superstars of the world in this action packed session! Participants will experience all kinds of exciting soccer activities, including a World Cup style tournament! All participants, regardless of skill level, will learn and practice basic dribbling, ball control, passing, trapping, defense, and proper offensive movement without the ball. 

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Financial Planning Club with Ms. Octaviano
Grades 3-6
$120 (8 weeks)
Mondays, March 4 – May 5 (No club on March 25, April 1)

Register: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983104

Students will learn about topics like bills and budgeting during this engaging project-based class. Topics include applying for jobs, paying taxes, picking health insurance, and household budgeting when considering the cost of food, housing and the unexpected costs life brings us.

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Learning Pokemon the Game with Mr. Harris - FULL
Grades K-6
$120 (8 weeks)
Tuesdays, March 12 – May 14 (No club on March 26, April 2)

Register:  https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983114

Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was? Come learn how to play the Pokemon card game. We will go over what each card means, how trainer cards work and what energy cards are actually used for. When
all is said and done you will go from a Pokemon beginner to a Pokemon gym leader!!! 

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Action Art by KidCreate
Grades K-2

$184 (8 weeks)                                                                                           

Tuesdays, March 12 - May 14 (skip March 26, April 2)

Register: https://app.amilia.com/store/en/kidcreate-studio-alexandria/api/Activity/Detail?activityId=xB1XrVl

Are you excited to see your child get their artistic groove on? Our Action Art class is the perfect place for their creative spirit to shine while they move and groove to their heart's content. Your little one will have a blast creating vivid and energetic artwork, with endless chances to smear, splatter, and swipe their way to unique and charming masterpieces.

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Science Seed
Grades K-2
$146 (8 weeks)
Thursday, March 7 – May 2 (no club on March 28)

Register: https://forms.gle/YcdjujFW2TRBuKTE9

A science enrichment program designed to develop a love of science that will last a lifetime. The Science Seed teaches geology, chemistry, biology/nature, physics and nutrition in fun, interactive, and age-appropriate ways.

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Tech Club by iCode
Grades 1-3 and 4-6
$155 (6 weeks)

Friday, March 1- April 12

Register: (G 1-3) https://secure-portal.icodeschool.com/Base/EmbededUrl/3F0181C44C

Register: (G4-6) https://secure-portal.icodeschool.com/Base/EmbededUrl/BBF323099A

Through Tech Club, iCode will offer a STEAM program to help students become comfortable with technology in a fun approach that enhances learning in math, science, engineering, and the arts. Each class involves an exciting hands-on activity designed to teach a new skill!

 

  World Showcase Day Fashion Show Walk the Red Carpet in Fashion!

 

Franconia Elementary will be holding a World Showcase Day Program on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 2pm.  We are looking for students who are willing to walk the red carpet and model their culture-based outfits at the World Showcase Assembly.  Interested students must have a signed form and a completed description on the origin of the outfit and any additional information about the outfit.  Filling out this form confirms that you will be in the Fashion Show.  Please return this form to Mrs. Yortzidis by March 4th.

 

  World Showcase Day

When: Wednesday, March 20th

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

We would love for our parents and community to be a part of this memorable event.  Families can choose to paticipate by:

 

  • Presenting a display (poster board) about a country of your choice.
  • Sharing food and/or artifacts from the country of your choice.
  • Teaching students how to play a game played in a country of your choice.

 

If you are interested, please visit the link below:

https://forms.gle/KXY2QgHobd2nSPCB6

 

 

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Kindergarten Registration Is Now Open For SY 24-25

 

We look forward to welcoming our newest Penguins to Franconia Elementary for the 2024-25 School Year. Registration packets are available in the Franconia ES Main Office, or you may download the forms using the links below.

The registration requirements are as follows:

For incoming Kindergarten students – please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

It is important that you have filled out all the paperwork, and bring with you the following:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Original Birth Certificate
  3. Proof of Residency (Deed or Lease to your home)
  4. Virginia Physical and Immunization Record (due prior to school starting in August)

When you are ready, and have gathered most of your documentation, please contact me to set up your registration appointment. All registrations are done by appointment only.

I look forward to meeting with you!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Patrick Pacak, Registrar/SIA

Franconia Elementary School

 

PHONE 703-822-2200     FAX 703-822-2297     EMAIL [email protected]

 

 

Students from Mrs. Pina's Third Grade class participating in a Restorative Circle with Ms. Branson and Mr. AJ.

  Kindergarten Orientation

Do you have a child who will be 5 years of age by September 30, 2024, and do you plan on sending them to kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year?

We are in the process of preparing for our kindergarten registration and orientation.  If your child is ready for kindergarten, call the school so we may add you to our list of rising kindergarten students.

Please consider joining us at school with your future kindergartener for our Kindergarten Orientation on Friday, April 26. 2024.  During this presentation, we will provide information about the Kindergarten program at Franconia Elementary; while the future kindergarteners get to explore the classroom and participate in fun kindergarten activities. 

 

❤ Kindergarten Team

 

  Counselor Corner 

 

February Guidance Topics

This month,  all grade levels except for 5th grade will be learning about how to calm strong/big emotions. Fifth grade will begin their lessons on strong emotions soon, but for now we will conclude our lessons on conflict by discussing I-messages.

 

Character Trait of the Month

The character trait for March is Patience- to wait calmly without complaining

In February, we highlighted the character trait of Empathy- A feeling or understanding of what someone else is feeling.

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Empathy last month:https://youtu.be/6hnScbGfumo

We are so proud of our Empathy award winners!

 

  Franconia Elementary PTA

 

Read-a-Thon is Coming Back Soon

Volunteers Needed! 

The Franconia PTA is excited to announce the return of the Read-a-Thon! To make this popular event a success, we need your help. At least 3-4 volunteers are needed to administer the event, track progress, hype up the student body, and organize the distribution of prizes. No experience required - just enthusiasm and a desire to support our Franconia Penguins!

 

Interested? Contact Kristine at [email protected].

 

 

Support the Edison Annual Mulch Sale Benefitting the Class of 2024 ANGP

 

 

The Edison High School PTSA is holding their annual Mulch Sale. Order now for pick up or delivery on Saturday, April 6th!  

Proceeds go to help fund the Class of 2024 All Night Grad Party. This party is held every year from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. at the Franconia Rec Center to give Edison grads a safe place to celebrate the night of their graduation. 

https://www.edisonangp.com/mulch-sale 

Thank you for supporting Edison’s Class of 2024!

 

  Hayfield Craft Fair & Silent Auction Hayfield Secondary School Class of 2024 Indoor Craft Fair & Silent Auction Saturday, March 16th - 9:00AM-3:00PM

 

  • Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA
  • FREE ADMISSION!!!
  • OVER 125 vendors
  • A HUGE silent auction display filled with our vendor’s craft items, gift certificates, sporting event tickets, experiences and much more!
  • Lots of tables filled with edible goodies!
  • We will ALSO have KidCreate Studio and face painting for our younger visitors!!!!!
  • NEW this year…a room full of young entrepreneurs offering their creative items!
  • COME HUNGRY!!! A wide variety of lunch choices for YOU!

 

 

All proceeds raised will go towards Hayfield’s Class of 2024 All Night Grad Party (ANGP) celebration on Friday, June 7th at The St. James. The event is sponsored through the Hayfield SS PTSA and provides our 2024 graduates with a FUN and SAFE alcohol/drug/smoke-free celebration.

 

  Play Tee-Ball or Coach Pitch with Central Springfield Little League Mid March-Mid June 2024

No experience needed.

Everyone plays, everyone learns!

 

 

  • Approx. 60 -90 minutes, twice a week (one weekday + Saturday)
  • Generally no Fridays or Sundays
  • Most practices and all games at Trailside Park
  • Co-ed

GEAR

  • Gear provided:  jersey, hat socks, pants, and belt
  • Gear needed: glove
  • Optional Gear:
  • Bat & Batting helmet (the team will have some for use), rubber cleats

 

SIGN-UP FEES

  • $255 ($100 is refundable volunteer fee with 12 volunteer hours)

 

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER AT CSLL.ORG

 

 

Calendar Reminders

 

February
  • Feb. 27-March 3 - Public Schools Week - Public Schools Week is an annual celebration that brings together school leaders, educators, parents & community leaders to recognize the importance of our nation’s public schools.

 

March
  • National Women’s History Month - Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids

 

  • Equity in Education Month - FCPS — in conjunction with the Virginia School Boards Association — observes March as Equity in Education Month, a division-wide opportunity to deepen our commitment to creating a climate and curriculum where all students receive the resources they need to reach their fullest potential.  

 

  • March 2 - Read Across America Day (Observed Friday, March 1) -  Read Across America Day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids excited about reading. Learn more about Equitable Access to Literacy in this video. 

 

  • March 3-9 - National School Social Work Week - March 3-9 is National School Social Work Week. Social workers in FCPS help to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral factors from affecting a student's ability to perform at their best. Their primary goal is to remove barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling their academic potential. Social workers are assigned to every school and center in the school system. Most social workers serve one to two sites. Learn more about the role of social workers in FCPS.

 

  • March 4-8 - National School Breakfast Week - National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) celebrates the importance of a nutritious school breakfast in fueling students for success. 

 

  • March 5 - Student holiday/School Planning Day (Virtual)- Presidential Primary - The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

 

See the complete school year calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

 

 

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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**Please note the correction to today's Wednesday Word below.  We have all of next week to celebrate Black History Month with a dedicated spirit week.

 

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Black History Month  Spirit Week February 26 to March 1

Black History Month was created to honor the contributions of African Americans to the United States. Join us in celebrating Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people brought over from Africa in the 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

 

MONDAY  2/26        Unity Day     

Wear ALL BLACK to celebrate unity and solidarity together! 

 

TUESDAY 2/27 Neon Day 

Let’s shine bright with acceptance and respect!                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                       

WEDNESDAY 2/28 Fast Forward

Celebrate the present and empower the FUTURE! Dress to impress as your future self!                                                                                                                                      

THURSDAY  2/29                               Revolutionary Roots in Rap

Dress in your best 90’s Hip Hop fashion! Or, come prepared to share your favorite artist/song.   

                                                                                                                                     

FRIDAY 3/1 I Have a Dream 

Inspired by MLK’s famous speech, end the week in your favorite pajamas!  

 

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

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

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  UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • March 5- Student Holiday
  • March 15- FES Career Day
  • March 20- World Showcase Day Fashion Show, 2:00 pm
  • March 20- World Showcase Day, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • March 22- End of Third Quarter
  • March 25-29- Holiday (Spring Break)

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Just Two More Days to Celebrate  Black History Month Spirit Week!

Black History Month was created to honor the contributions of African Americans to the United States. Join us in celebrating Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people brought over from Africa in the 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

                                                                                                                                     

THURSDAY  2/29                               Revolutionary Roots in Rap

Dress in your best 90’s Hip Hop fashion! Or, come prepared to share your favorite artist/song.   

                                                                                                                                     

FRIDAY 3/1 I Have a Dream 

Inspired by MLK’s famous speech, end the week in your favorite pajamas!  

 

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   Trends in the Drug Culture Parent only Presentation, February 29, 2024 

 

Many challenges and responsibilities come with being a parent, and having to address a difficult topic with your child, such as drug culture, trends and identifying signs of substance use, can be stressful. Drugs and drug paraphernalia is now being disguised as common everyday items out in plain sight, to go unrecognized by parents or other adults.  Substance Abuse Prevention Program want to provide you with information so you will be able to recognize drugs and drug paraphernalia and also the signs of drug use to equip you to have real and meaningful dialog with your child concerning these issues. 

Join us on February 29th, 2024 @ 6:00pm at Edison High School where we will be hosting a parent presentation to provide information on the trends in drug culture. After the presentation there will be time to ask questions or to receive more information. The trends in drug culture have created innovative ways to hook your child and we are here to arm you by providing information concerning these topics that will assist in effective communication with your child.  Also, a Narcan Training with be provided by a member of the Community Services Board.

Questions? contact Shawn Elliott, BS, QMHP-C Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at [email protected]

 

  Franconia ES Afterschool Enrichment Programs   Registration NOW OPEN and filling up fast, for Franconia ES After-School Enrichment Programs Programs begin the week of March 1; All clubs run 3:35-4:35p unless otherwise listed. 

 

1 parent volunteer is still needed for Tech Club (Grade 4-6). Parent volunteers are asked to be present at every club meeting, to help take attendance, notify office of absences, and ensure children are picked up by appropriate individuals.

 

Questions?  Contact Matt at [email protected]

Info also available at: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/w/afterschool

 

Girls on the Run  (GOTR)

Grades 3-6 (Girls)

$185 (late fee applies after February 28)

Tues/Thurs,  March 4-May 18

Register: https://www.gotrnova.org/3rd-5th-grade-program-details

Creative curriculum that integrates running with empowering life lessons to inspire confident, healthy girls! Ends in a 5K the team will complete together.  Financial Assistance Available!  More info and registration at www.gotrnova.org

 

Magnus Chess Academy  

Grades K-6 

$223 (11 weeks)

Mondays, March 4- June 3 (no club March 25, April 1, May 27)

Register: www.chessacademy.com

Each week students of all levels do a fun but challenging lesson with one of our great coaches from our world class curriculum followed by practice games against other students in the class.

 

Crochet Club with Ms Pater

Grades 4-6

$150 (10 weeks)

Wednesday, March 6 – May 22 (no club March 27, April 10)

Register: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983102

Learn to crochet and work on projects together, led by Ms Pater. No experience necessary and all materials provided.

 

Ultimate PE Games by Gamepoint Athletics

Grades K-3

$130 (8 weeks)

Monday, March 4 – May 6 (no club March 25 or April 1)

Register: https://gamepointathletics.com/registration/franconiaupegamesspring24/

A sampling of games to be played are Nerf Dodge Ball, Dome Ball, Capture the Flag, parachute activities, Omni – kin Ball, and numerous tag games that require strategy and a willingness to have intense joy! The action-packed session ensures kid movement does not stop until it is time to go home! 

 

Soccer Stars by Gamepoint Athletics

Grades 3-6     

$130 (8 weeks)

Friday, March 8 – May 10 (no club Mar 29 or May 3)

Register: https://gamepointathletics.com/registration/franconiasoccerspring24/

Train like the superstars of the world in this action packed session!  Participants will experience all kinds of exciting soccer activities, including a World Cup style tournament! All participants, regardless of skill level, will learn and practice basic dribbling, ball control, passing, trapping, defense, and proper offensive movement without the ball. 

 

Financial Planning Club with Ms Octaviano

Grades 3-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Mondays, March 4 – May 5 (No club March 25, April 1)

Register: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983104

Students will learn about topics like bills and budgeting during this engaging project-based class.  Topics include applying for jobs, paying taxes, picking health insurance, and household budgeting when considering the cost of food, housing and the unexpected costs life brings us.

 

Learning Pokemon the Game with Mr Harris

Grades K-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Tuesdays, March 12 – May 14 (No club March 26, April 2)

Register:  https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983114

Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was? Come learn how to play the Pokemon card game. We will go over what each card means, how trainer cards work and what energy cards are actually used for. When all is said and done you will go from a Pokemon beginner to a Pokemon gym leader!!! 

 

Kickball! with Mr Harris

Grades 3-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Wednesdays, March 6 – May 8 (No club March 27, April 10)

Register:  https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983110

Do you love watching the staff vs student kickball game? Do you want to make sure you are prepared to play when it’s your turn? Come learn how to play kickball and become a superstar and beat the teachers!!! We will learn how to play and have fun playing a bunch of mini games against one another.

 

Action Art by KidCreate

Grades K-2     

$184 for 8 weeks

Tuesdays, March 12-May 14 (skip March 26, April 2)

Register: https://app.amilia.com/store/en/kidcreate-studio-alexandria/api/Activity/Detail?activityId=xB1XrVl

Are you excited to see your child get their artistic groove on? Our Action Art class is the perfect place for their creative spirit to shine while they move and groove to their heart's content. Your little one will have a blast creating vivid and energetic artwork, with endless chances to smear, splatter, and swipe their way to unique and charming masterpieces.

 

Nailed It! by KidCreate

Grades 3-6

Tuesday, March 12 – May 14 (skip March 26, April 2)

$184 for 8 weeks

Register at:

https://app.amilia.com/store/en/kidcreate-studio-alexandria/api/Activity/Detail?activityId=xq5dQr4

 

Calling all creative kids! Just like on the the popular TV show Nailed It!, we’ll show you a final product and give you all the goods needed to recreate it. The rest is up to you! Your challenges will include creating a unicorn cake, painting a fox at sunset, a llama with a flower crown, and so much more. This is Nailed It!, Kidcreate-style, so instead of baking, we’ll be sculpting, painting, collaging, and more! Kids will make and take home a

new project every week so make room!

 

Science Seed     

Grades K-2    

$146 (8 weeks)

Thursday, March 7 – May 2 (no club March 28)

Register: https://forms.gle/YcdjujFW2TRBuKTE9

A science enrichment program designed to develop a love of science that will last a lifetime. The Science Seed teachers geology, chemistry, biology/nature, physics and nutrition in fun, interactive, and age-appropriate ways.

 

Tech Club by iCode      

Grades 1-3 and 4-6

$155 (6 weeks)

Friday, March 1- April 12

Register:

(G 1-3) https://secure-portal.icodeschool.com/Base/EmbededUrl/3F0181C44C

(G4-6) https://secure-portal.icodeschool.com/Base/EmbededUrl/BBF323099A

Through Tech Club, iCode will offer a STEAM program to help students become comfortable with technology in a fun approach that enhances learning in math, science, engineering, and the arts. Each class involves an exciting hands-on activity designed to teach a new skill!

Parent Volunteer needed for the Grade 4-65 club in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

  Franconia Elementary PTA

 

 Thank You for Supporting Fund-a-Rug!

Thanks to your generous support of our Fund-a-Rug campaign, Penguin Families raised $7,218! This amount will allow us to buy 17 new classroom rugs for our teachers. 

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Read-a-Thon is Coming Back Soon

Volunteers Needed! 

The Franconia PTA is excited to announce the return of the Read-a-Thon! To make this popular event a success, we need your help. At least 3-4 volunteers are needed to administer the event, track progress, hype up the student body, and organize the distribution of prizes. No experience required - just enthusiasm and a desire to support our Franconia Penguins!

 

Interested? Contact Kristine at [email protected].

 

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Kindergarten Registration

 

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host.

Many schools are currently planning kindergarten orientations, so make sure you don't miss out!

Read more about the registration process.

 

💻 Register Your Child Online

Looking for Online Registration for the 2024-25 School Year? (Kindergarten through 12th Grade)

Online Registration for the 2024-25 School Year will open Tuesday, April 2.

 

 

Yearbooks Now on Sale 

Don’t miss out on the chance to get your child a yearbook. 2023-24 Yearbooks are $20.00 and can be ordered now through February 29th. No yearbook orders will be taken after that date. So make plans to order yours today!

Yearbooks are only sold/purchased online. Start your purchase by going  to: yearbookordercenter.com, typing in 21927 or searching for Franconia Elementary, Alexandria VA, will take you to our ordering site.

 

  Hayfield Craft Fair & Silent Auction Hayfield Secondary School Class of 2024 Indoor Craft Fair & Silent Auction Saturday, March 16th - 9:00AM-3:00PM

 

  • Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA
  • FREE ADMISSION!!!
  • OVER 125 vendors
  • A HUGE silent auction display filled with our vendor’s craft items, gift certificates, sporting event tickets, experiences and much more!
  • Lots of tables filled with edible goodies!
  • We will ALSO have KidCreate Studio and face painting for our younger visitors!!!!!
  • NEW this year…a room full of young entrepreneurs offering their creative items!
  • COME HUNGRY!!! A wide variety of lunch choices for YOU!

 

 

All proceeds raised will go towards Hayfield’s Class of 2024 All Night Grad Party (ANGP) celebration on Friday, June 7th at The St. James. The event is sponsored through the Hayfield SS PTSA and provides our 2024 graduates with a FUN and SAFE alcohol/drug/smoke-free celebration.

 

  World Showcase Day

When: Wednesday, March 20th

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

We would love for our parents and community to be a part of this memorable event.  Families can choose to paticipate by:

 

  • Presenting a display (poster board) about a country of your choice.
  • Sharing food and/or artifacts from the country of your choice.
  • Teaching students how to play a game played in a country of your choice.

 

If you are interested, please visit the link below:

https://forms.gle/KXY2QgHobd2nSPCB6

 

 

  World Showcase Day Fashion Show Walk the Red Carpet in Fashion!

 

Franconia Elementary will be holding a World Showcase Day Program on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 2pm.  We are looking for students who are willing to walk the red carpet and model their culture-based outfits at the World Showcase Assembly.  Interested students must have a signed form and a completed description on the origin of the outfit and any additional information about the outfit.  Filling out this form confirms that you will be in the Fashion Show.  Please return this form to Mrs. Yortzidis by March 4th.

 

  Kindergarten Orientation

Do you have a child who will be 5 years of age by September 30, 2024, and do you plan on sending them to kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year?

We are in the process of preparing for our kindergarten registration and orientation.  If your child is ready for kindergarten, call the school so we may add you to our list of rising kindergarten students.

Please consider joining us at school with your future kindergartener for our Kindergarten Orientation - date TBD.  During this presentation, we will provide information about the Kindergarten program at Franconia Elementary; while the future kindergarteners get to explore the classroom and participate in fun kindergarten activities. 

 

❤ Kindergarten Team

 

  Volunteer for Career Day

Franconia Elementary School will be hosting a Career Day entitled “Oh the Places You’ll Go” inspired by Dr. Seuss.  The event will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 9:10-10:40 ( inclement weather: Friday, March 22, 2024- same time).

 

On Career Day,  you are invited to come and share with our students about your career and the importance of staying in school.  If you are a person who has a career that will interest K-6 students and enjoys enthusiastically speaking in front of children, then we need you! If interested, please complete the Google Form HERE. The last day to submit your interest is by February 16, 2024. For further questions, please contact school counselor, Veronica Guillion at 703-822-2200.

  Counselor Corner 

 

February Guidance Topics

This month,  all grade levels except for 5th grade will be learning about how to calm strong/big emotions. Fifth grade will begin their lessons on strong emotions soon, but for now we will conclude our lessons on conflict by discussing I-messages.

 

Character Trait of the Month

The character trait for February is Empathy- A feeling or understanding of what someone else is feeling.

In January, we highlighted the character trait of Acceptance- Including and respecting everyone regardless of beliefs, race, gender, religion, etc...

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Acceptance last month:https://youtu.be/GFH0BI9zPOc

We are so proud of our Acceptance award winners!

 

  Play Tee-Ball or Coach Pitch with Central Springfield Little League Mid March-Mid June 2024

No experience needed.

Everyone plays, everyone learns!

 

 

  • Approx. 60 -90 minutes, twice a week (one weekday + Saturday)
  • Generally no Fridays or Sundays
  • Most practices and all games at Trailside Park
  • Co-ed

GEAR

  • Gear provided:  jersey, hat socks, pants, and belt
  • Gear needed: glove
  • Optional Gear:
  • Bat & Batting helmet (the team will have some for use), rubber cleats

 

SIGN-UP FEES

  • $255 ($100 is refundable volunteer fee with 12 volunteer hours)

 

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER AT CSLL.ORG

 

 

Calendar Reminders

 

  • February 22 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

 

  • Feb. 27-March 3 - Public Schools Week - Public Schools Week is an annual celebration that brings together school leaders, educators, parents & community leaders to recognize the importance of our nation’s public schools.

March

  • National Women’s History Month - Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids

 

  • Equity in Education Month - FCPS — in conjunction with the Virginia School Boards Association — observes March as Equity in Education Month, a division-wide opportunity to deepen our commitment to creating a climate and curriculum where all students receive the resources they need to reach their fullest potential.  

 

  • March 2 - Read Across America Day (Observed Friday, March 1) -  Read Across America Day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids excited about reading. Learn more about Equitable Access to Literacy in this video. 

 

  • March 3-9 - National School Social Work Week - March 3-9 is National School Social Work Week. Social workers in FCPS help to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral factors from affecting a student's ability to perform at their best. Their primary goal is to remove barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling their academic potential. Social workers are assigned to every school and center in the school system. Most social workers serve one to two sites. Learn more about the role of social workers in FCPS.

 

  • March 4-8 - National School Breakfast Week - National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) celebrates the importance of a nutritious school breakfast in fueling students for success. 

 

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See the complete school year calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

 

 

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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  UPCOMING EVENTS
  • February 19- Holiday (George Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day)
  • March 5- Student Holiday
  • March 15- FES Career Day
  • March 20- World Showcase Day Fashion Show, 2:00 pm
  • March 20- World Showcase Day, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • March 22- End of Third Quarter
  • March 25-29- Holiday (Spring Break)

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Black History Month  Spirit Week February 26 to March 1

Black History Month was created to honor the contributions of African Americans to the United States. Join us in celebrating Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people brought over from Africa in the 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

 

MONDAY  2/26        Unity Day     

Wear ALL BLACK to celebrate unity and solidarity together! 

 

TUESDAY 2/27 Neon Day 

Let’s shine bright with acceptance and respect!                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                       

WEDNESDAY 2/28 Fast Forward

Celebrate the present and empower the FUTURE! Dress to impress as your future self!                                                                                                                                      

THURSDAY  2/29                               Revolutionary Roots in Rap

Dress in your best 90’s Hip Hop fashion! Or, come prepared to share your favorite artist/song.   

                                                                                                                                     

FRIDAY 3/1 I Have a Dream 

Inspired by MLK’s famous speech, end the week in your favorite pajamas!  

 

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  Franconia ES Afterschool Enrichment Programs   Registration NOW OPEN and filling up fast, for Franconia ES After-School Enrichment Programs Programs begin the week of March 1; All clubs run 3:35-4:35p unless otherwise listed. 

 

1 parent volunteer is still needed for Tech Club (Grade 4-6). Parent volunteers are asked to be present at every club meeting, to help take attendance, notify office of absences, and ensure children are picked up by appropriate individuals.

 

Questions?  Contact Matt at [email protected]

Info also available at: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/w/afterschool

 

Girls on the Run  (GOTR)

Grades 3-6 (Girls)

$185 (late fee applies after February 28)

Tues/Thurs,  March 4-May 18

Register: https://www.gotrnova.org/3rd-5th-grade-program-details

Creative curriculum that integrates running with empowering life lessons to inspire confident, healthy girls! Ends in a 5K the team will complete together.  Financial Assistance Available!  More info and registration at www.gotrnova.org

 

Magnus Chess Academy  

Grades K-6 

$223 (11 weeks)

Mondays, March 4- June 3 (no club March 25, April 1, May 27)

Register: www.chessacademy.com

Each week students of all levels do a fun but challenging lesson with one of our great coaches from our world class curriculum followed by practice games against other students in the class.

 

Crochet Club with Ms Pater

Grades 4-6

$150 (10 weeks)

Wednesday, March 6 – May 22 (no club March 27, April 10)

Register: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983102

Learn to crochet and work on projects together, led by Ms Pater. No experience necessary and all materials provided.

 

Ultimate PE Games by Gamepoint Athletics

Grades K-3

$130 (8 weeks)

Monday, March 4 – May 6 (no club March 25 or April 1)

Register: https://gamepointathletics.com/registration/franconiaupegamesspring24/

A sampling of games to be played are Nerf Dodge Ball, Dome Ball, Capture the Flag, parachute activities, Omni – kin Ball, and numerous tag games that require strategy and a willingness to have intense joy! The action-packed session ensures kid movement does not stop until it is time to go home! 

 

Soccer Stars by Gamepoint Athletics

Grades 3-6     

$130 (8 weeks)

Friday, March 8 – May 10 (no club Mar 29 or May 3)

Register: https://gamepointathletics.com/registration/franconiasoccerspring24/

Train like the superstars of the world in this action packed session!  Participants will experience all kinds of exciting soccer activities, including a World Cup style tournament! All participants, regardless of skill level, will learn and practice basic dribbling, ball control, passing, trapping, defense, and proper offensive movement without the ball. 

 

Financial Planning Club with Ms Octaviano

Grades 3-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Mondays, March 4 – May 5 (No club March 25, April 1)

Register: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983104

Students will learn about topics like bills and budgeting during this engaging project-based class.  Topics include applying for jobs, paying taxes, picking health insurance, and household budgeting when considering the cost of food, housing and the unexpected costs life brings us.

 

Learning Pokemon the Game with Mr Harris

Grades K-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Tuesdays, March 12 – May 14 (No club March 26, April 2)

Register:  https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983114

Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was? Come learn how to play the Pokemon card game. We will go over what each card means, how trainer cards work and what energy cards are actually used for. When all is said and done you will go from a Pokemon beginner to a Pokemon gym leader!!! 

 

Kickball! with Mr Harris

Grades 3-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Wednesdays, March 6 – May 8 (No club March 27, April 10)

Register:  https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983110

Do you love watching the staff vs student kickball game? Do you want to make sure you are prepared to play when it’s your turn? Come learn how to play kickball and become a superstar and beat the teachers!!! We will learn how to play and have fun playing a bunch of mini games against one another.

 

Action Art by KidCreate

Grades K-2     

$184 for 8 weeks

Tuesdays, March 12-May 14 (skip March 26, April 2)

Register: https://app.amilia.com/store/en/kidcreate-studio-alexandria/api/Activity/Detail?activityId=xB1XrVl

Are you excited to see your child get their artistic groove on? Our Action Art class is the perfect place for their creative spirit to shine while they move and groove to their heart's content. Your little one will have a blast creating vivid and energetic artwork, with endless chances to smear, splatter, and swipe their way to unique and charming masterpieces.

 

Nailed It! by KidCreate

Grades 3-6

Tuesday, March 12 – May 14 (skip March 26, April 2)

$184 for 8 weeks

Register at:

https://app.amilia.com/store/en/kidcreate-studio-alexandria/api/Activity/Detail?activityId=xq5dQr4

 

Calling all creative kids! Just like on the the popular TV show Nailed It!, we’ll show you a final product and give you all the goods needed to recreate it. The rest is up to you! Your challenges will include creating a unicorn cake, painting a fox at sunset, a llama with a flower crown, and so much more. This is Nailed It!, Kidcreate-style, so instead of baking, we’ll be sculpting, painting, collaging, and more! Kids will make and take home a

new project every week so make room!

 

Science Seed     

Grades K-2    

$146 (8 weeks)

Thursday, March 7 – May 2 (no club March 28)

Register: https://forms.gle/YcdjujFW2TRBuKTE9

A science enrichment program designed to develop a love of science that will last a lifetime. The Science Seed teachers geology, chemistry, biology/nature, physics and nutrition in fun, interactive, and age-appropriate ways.

 

Tech Club by iCode      

Grades 1-3 and 4-6

$155 (6 weeks)

Friday, March 1- April 12

Register:

(G 1-3) https://secure-portal.icodeschool.com/Base/EmbededUrl/3F0181C44C

(G4-6) https://secure-portal.icodeschool.com/Base/EmbededUrl/BBF323099A

Through Tech Club, iCode will offer a STEAM program to help students become comfortable with technology in a fun approach that enhances learning in math, science, engineering, and the arts. Each class involves an exciting hands-on activity designed to teach a new skill!

Parent Volunteer needed for the Grade 4-65 club in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

 

Yearbooks Now on Sale 

Don’t miss out on the chance to get your child a yearbook. 2023-24 Yearbooks are $20.00 and can be ordered now through February 29th. No yearbook orders will be taken after that date. So make plans to order yours today!

Yearbooks are only sold/purchased online. Start your purchase by going  to: yearbookordercenter.com, typing in 21927 or searching for Franconia Elementary, Alexandria VA, will take you to our ordering site.

 

February Reading BINGO!

Keep an eye out for a February Reading BINGO board coming home with library books. This a chance for students to explore the celebrations of February through reading. The BINGO board includes books for Black History Month, Chinese New Year, President’s Day, and more! Students who complete a BINGO get a shout-out on the school news, and students who complete the whole board get lunch in the library. More information is on the BINGO papers that students will bring home this week. Students can turn their completed BINGO papers in at the library and get extra papers if they need. Click here for a sample board with links to book lists.

  World Showcase Day

When: Wednesday, March 20th

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

We would love for our parents and community to be a part of this memorable event.  Families can choose to paticipate by:

 

  • Presenting a display (poster board) about a country of your choice.
  • Sharing food and/or artifacts from the country of your choice.
  • Teaching students how to play a game played in a country of your choice.

 

If you are interested, please visit the link below:

https://forms.gle/KXY2QgHobd2nSPCB6

  World Showcase Day Fashion Show Walk the Red Carpet in Fashion!

 

Franconia Elementary will be holding a World Showcase Day Program on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 2pm.  We are looking for students who are willing to walk the red carpet and model their culture-based outfits at the World Showcase Assembly.  Interested students must have a signed form and a completed description on the origin of the outfit and any additional information about the outfit.  Filling out this form confirms that you will be in the Fashion Show.  Please return this form to Mrs. Yortzidis by March 4th.

  Kindergarten Orientation

Do you have a child who will be 5 years of age by September 30, 2024, and do you plan on sending them to kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year?

We are in the process of preparing for our kindergarten registration and orientation.  If your child is ready for kindergarten, call the school so we may add you to our list of rising kindergarten students.

Please consider joining us at school with your future kindergartener for our Kindergarten Orientation - date TBD.  During this presentation, we will provide information about the Kindergarten program at Franconia Elementary; while the future kindergarteners get to explore the classroom and participate in fun kindergarten activities. 

 

❤ Kindergarten Team

  Franconia Elementary PTA FUND-A-RUG

 

Roses are Red,

Children are Sticky,

Help fund new Rugs,

The old ones are Icky!

 

  LAST CALL FOR DONATIONS!

 Please click here to donate today!

Show your love for Franconia Elementary this Valentine's with a donation to Fund-a-Rug. We are $4k away from our goal, which will allow us to buy 24 new classroom carpets. Help us get there by Valentine's Day. Your teachers and your children will be ever so thankful. 

Remember, your donation is tax-deductible. Make your donation before the deadline on Thursday, February 15. 

 

Read-a-Thon is Coming Back Soon

Volunteers Needed! 

The Franconia PTA is excited to announce the return of the Read-a-Thon! To make this popular event a success, we need your help. At least 3-4 volunteers are needed to administer the event, track progress, hype up the student body, and organize the distribution of prizes. No experience required - just enthusiasm and a desire to support our Franconia Penguins!

 

Interested? Contact Kristine at [email protected].

 

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Read-a-Thon is Coming Back Soon

Volunteers Needed! 

The Franconia PTA is excited to announce the return of the Read-a-Thon! To make this popular event a success, we need your help. At least 3-4 volunteers are needed to administer the event, track progress, hype up the student body, and organize the distribution of prizes. No experience required - just enthusiasm and a desire to support our Franconia Penguins!

 

Interested? Contact Kristine at [email protected].

 

 

  Volunteer for Career Day

Franconia Elementary School will be hosting a Career Day entitled “Oh the Places You’ll Go” inspired by Dr. Seuss.  The event will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 9:10-10:40 ( inclement weather: Friday, March 22, 2024- same time).

 

On Career Day,  you are invited to come and share with our students about your career and the importance of staying in school.  If you are a person who has a career that will interest K-6 students and enjoys enthusiastically speaking in front of children, then we need you! If interested, please complete the Google Form HERE. The last day to submit your interest is by February 16, 2024. For further questions, please contact school counselor, Veronica Guillion at 703-822-2200.

  Counselor Corner 

 

February Guidance Topics

This month,  all grade levels except for 5th grade will be learning about how to calm strong/big emotions. Fifth grade will begin their lessons on strong emotions soon, but for now we will conclude our lessons on conflict by discussing I-messages.

 

Character Trait of the Month

The character trait for February is Empathy- A feeling or understanding of what someone else is feeling.

In January, we highlighted the character trait of Acceptance- Including and respecting everyone regardless of beliefs, race, gender, religion, etc...

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Acceptance last month:https://youtu.be/GFH0BI9zPOc

We are so proud of our Acceptance award winners!

 

 

Calendar Reminders

 

February - Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

February 14 - Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting in many Western Christian denominations. It marks the beginning of Lent, a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving leading up to Easter. Many Christians attend special Ash Wednesday church services, at which churchgoers receive ash on their foreheads. Ash Wednesday derives its name from this practice. Read more about Ash Wednesday in Britannica.com. 

February 19 - Presidents Day (Holiday)

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

February 22 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

 

See the complete school year calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

 

 

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

Wednesday Word 2/07/24

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اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

  UPCOMING EVENTS
  • February 8- PTA meeting, 7:00 pm in the cafeteria
  • February 12- FES Afterschool Enrichment Registration opens
  • February 19- Holiday (George Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day)
  • March 5- Student Holiday
  • March 15- FES Career Day
  • March 20- World Showcase Day Fashion Show, 2:00 pm
  • March 20- World Showcase Day, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • March 22- End of Third Quarter
  • March 25-29- Holiday (Spring Break)

 

PTA Meeting- Tomorrow Night

Franconia Elementary PTA meeting tomorrow, February 8th at

7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria 

 

Join us tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. for our general membership meeting. Our meeting will include a presentation by a financial planning specialist who will discuss the importance of financial planning for your children's education and the steps you can take now to prepare. 

Free childcare for school-aged children will be provided. Please plan to join this important meeting.  

 

Join your PTA today! PTA membership and dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs; advocating on behalf of children and educators at the local, state and national levels; and building an inclusive school community for all families. 

Questions or comments? Contact your PTA team at [email protected]

  National School Counseling Week We Celebrate Mrs. Guillion

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, highlighting the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve success.  Our own Mrs. Guillion works closely with school staff to support student success through classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, consultation, referral, and crisis response. Additionally, she is the cornerstone of our Character trait of the Month and Mindfulness Lab programs.

Thank you, Mrs. Guillion, for all you do to help make Franconia a place of comfort, support and growth for all!

 

Yearbooks Now on Sale 

Don’t miss out on the chance to get your child a yearbook. 2023-24 Yearbooks are $20.00 and can be ordered now through February 29th. No yearbook orders will be taken after that date. So make plans to order yours today!

Yearbooks are only sold/purchased online. Start your purchase by going  to: yearbookordercenter.com, typing in 21927 or searching for Franconia Elementary, Alexandria VA, will take you to our ordering site.

 

February Reading BINGO!

Keep an eye out for a February Reading BINGO board coming home with library books. This a chance for students to explore the celebrations of February through reading. The BINGO board includes books for Black History Month, Chinese New Year, President’s Day, and more! Students who complete a BINGO get a shout-out on the school news, and students who complete the whole board get lunch in the library. More information is on the BINGO papers that students will bring home this week. Students can turn their completed BINGO papers in at the library and get extra papers if they need. Click here for a sample board with links to book lists.

 

Students in Mrs. Haffner's Third Grade class, share their love of reading with their Kindergarten book buddies.

  World Showcase Day

When: Wednesday, March 20th

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

We would love for our parents and community to be a part of this memorable event.  Families can choose to paticipate by:

 

  • Presenting a display (poster board) about a country of your choice.
  • Sharing food and/or artifacts from the country of your choice.
  • Teaching students how to play a game played in a country of your choice.

 

If you are interested, please visit the link below:

https://forms.gle/KXY2QgHobd2nSPCB6

  World Showcase Day Fashion Show Walk the Red Carpet in Fashion!

 

Franconia Elementary will be holding a World Showcase Day Program on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 2pm.  We are looking for students who are willing to walk the red carpet and model their culture-based outfits at the World Showcase Assembly.  Interested students must have a signed form and a completed description on the origin of the outfit and any additional information about the outfit.  Filling out this form confirms that you will be in the Fashion Show.  Please return this form to Mrs. Yortzidis by March 4th.

 

Fourth grade families met up at The National Museum of the United States Army to coincide with their historical fiction unit. Students experienced living history through interactive displays and learned more about the Revolutionary War, World War II, and the Cold War. 

 

  Kindergarten Orientation

Do you have a child who will be 5 years of age by September 30, 2024, and do you plan on sending them to kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year?

We are in the process of preparing for our kindergarten registration and orientation.  If your child is ready for kindergarten, call the school so we may add you to our list of rising kindergarten students.

Please consider joining us at school with your future kindergartener for our Kindergarten Orientation on the tentative date of Wednesday, March 20th at 5:30-6:30pm.  During this presentation, we will provide information about the Kindergarten program at Franconia Elementary; while the future kindergarteners get to explore the classroom and participate in fun kindergarten activities. 

 

❤ Kindergarten Team

 

Franconia ES After-School Enrichment Programs

Registration Opens February 12 (except GOTR already open)

Programs begin March 1; All clubs run 3:35-4:35p unless otherwise listed.

 

1 parent volunteer is still needed for Tech Club (Grade 4-6). Parent volunteers are asked to be present at every club meeting, to help take attendance, notify office of absences, and ensure children are picked up by appropriate individuals.

 

Questions?  Contact Matt at [email protected]

Info also available at: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/w/afterschool

 

Girls on the Run  (GOTR)

Grades 3-6 (Girls)

$185 (late fee applies after February 28)

Tues/Thurs,  March 4-May 18

Register: https://www.gotrnova.org/3rd-5th-grade-program-details

Creative curriculum that integrates running with empowering life lessons to inspire confident, healthy girls! Ends in a 5K the team will complete together.  Financial Assistance Available!  More info and registration at www.gotrnova.org

 

Magnus Chess Academy  

Grades K-6 

$223 (11 weeks)

Mondays, March 4- June 3 (no club March 25, April 1, May 27)

Register: www.chessacademy.com

Each week students of all levels do a fun but challenging lesson with one of our great coaches from our world class curriculum followed by practice games against other students in the class.

 

Crochet Club with Ms Pater

Grades 4-6

$150 (10 weeks)

Wednesday, March 6 – May 22 (no club March 27, April 10)

Register: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983102

Learn to crochet and work on projects together, led by Ms Pater. No experience necessary and all materials provided.

 

Ultimate PE Games by Gamepoint Athletics

Grades K-3

$130 (8 weeks)

Monday, March 4 – May 6 (no club March 25 or April 1)

Register: https://gamepointathletics.com/registration/franconiaupegamesspring24/

A sampling of games to be played are Nerf Dodge Ball, Dome Ball, Capture the Flag, parachute activities, Omni – kin Ball, and numerous tag games that require strategy and a willingness to have intense joy! The action-packed session ensures kid movement does not stop until it is time to go home! 

 

Soccer Stars by Gamepoint Athletics

Grades 3-6     

$130 (8 weeks)

Friday, March 8 – May 10 (no club Mar 29 or May 3)

Register: https://gamepointathletics.com/registration/franconiasoccerspring24/

Train like the superstars of the world in this action packed session!  Participants will experience all kinds of exciting soccer activities, including a World Cup style tournament! All participants, regardless of skill level, will learn and practice basic dribbling, ball control, passing, trapping, defense, and proper offensive movement without the ball. 

 

Financial Planning Club with Ms Octaviano

Grades 3-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Mondays, March 4 – May 5 (No club March 25, April 1)

Register: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983104

Students will learn about topics like bills and budgeting during this engaging project-based class.  Topics include applying for jobs, paying taxes, picking health insurance, and household budgeting when considering the cost of food, housing and the unexpected costs life brings us.

 

Learning Pokemon the Game with Mr Harris

Grades K-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Tuesdays, March 12 – May 14 (No club March 26, April 2)

Register:  https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983114

Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was? Come learn how to play the Pokemon card game. We will go over what each card means, how trainer cards work and what energy cards are actually used for. When all is said and done you will go from a Pokemon beginner to a Pokemon gym leader!!! 

 

Kickball! with Mr Harris

Grades 3-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Wednesdays, March 6 – May 8 (No club March 27, April 10)

Register:  https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/store/items/983110

Do you love watching the staff vs student kickball game? Do you want to make sure you are prepared to play when it’s your turn? Come learn how to play kickball and become a superstar and beat the teachers!!! We will learn how to play and have fun playing a bunch of mini games against one another.

 

Action Art by KidCreate

Grades K-2     

$184 for 8 weeks

Tuesdays, March 12-May 14 (skip March 26, April 2)

Register: https://app.amilia.com/store/en/kidcreate-studio-alexandria/api/Activity/Detail?activityId=xB1XrVl

Are you excited to see your child get their artistic groove on? Our Action Art class is the perfect place for their creative spirit to shine while they move and groove to their heart's content. Your little one will have a blast creating vivid and energetic artwork, with endless chances to smear, splatter, and swipe their way to unique and charming masterpieces.

 

Nailed It! by KidCreate

Grades 3-6

Tuesday, March 12 – May 14 (skip March 26, April 2)

$184 for 8 weeks

Register at:

https://app.amilia.com/store/en/kidcreate-studio-alexandria/api/Activity/Detail?activityId=xq5dQr4

 

Calling all creative kids! Just like on the the popular TV show Nailed It!, we’ll show you a final product and give you all the goods needed to recreate it. The rest is up to you! Your challenges will include creating a unicorn cake, painting a fox at sunset, a llama with a flower crown, and so much more. This is Nailed It!, Kidcreate-style, so instead of baking, we’ll be sculpting, painting, collaging, and more! Kids will make and take home a

new project every week so make room!

 

Science Seed     

Grades K-2    

$146 (8 weeks)

Thursday, March 7 – May 2 (no club March 28)

Register: https://forms.gle/YcdjujFW2TRBuKTE9

A science enrichment program designed to develop a love of science that will last a lifetime. The Science Seed teachers geology, chemistry, biology/nature, physics and nutrition in fun, interactive, and age-appropriate ways.

 

Tech Club by iCode      

Grades 1-3 and 4-6

$155 (6 weeks)

Friday, March 1- April 12

Register:

(G 1-3) https://secure-portal.icodeschool.com/Base/EmbededUrl/3F0181C44C

(G4-6) https://secure-portal.icodeschool.com/Base/EmbededUrl/BBF323099A

Through Tech Club, iCode will offer a STEAM program to help students become comfortable with technology in a fun approach that enhances learning in math, science, engineering, and the arts. Each class involves an exciting hands-on activity designed to teach a new skill!

Parent Volunteer needed for the Grade 4-65 club in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

  Franconia Elementary PTA FUND-A-RUG

 

Roses are Red,

Children are Sticky,

Help fund new Rugs,

The old ones are Icky!

 

 Please click here to donate today!

Show your love for Franconia Elementary this Valentine's with a donation to Fund-a-Rug. We are $4k away from our goal, which will allow us to buy 24 new classroom carpets. Help us get there by Valentine's Day. Your teachers and your children will be ever so thankful. 

Remember, your donation is tax-deductible. 

  Volunteer for Career Day

Franconia Elementary School will be hosting a Career Day entitled “Oh the Places You’ll Go” inspired by Dr. Seuss.  The event will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 9:10-10:40 ( inclement weather: Friday, March 22, 2024- same time).

 

On Career Day,  you are invited to come and share with our students about your career and the importance of staying in school.  If you are a person who has a career that will interest K-6 students and enjoys enthusiastically speaking in front of children, then we need you! If interested, please complete the Google Form HERE. The last day to submit your interest is by February 16, 2024. For further questions, please contact school counselor, Veronica Guillion at 703-822-2200.

  Spring SEL Screener

Hello families,

 

The Spring Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener will be administered to students in grades 3-6 during the window of February 26th- March 15th. Students use the SEL Screener twice a year to share their perspectives on how well their school and community help them develop skills they need to succeed. The screener works by asking questions or presenting statements that students can think about and respond to. More information is available about the SEL Screener by accessing this link: 

https://www.fcps.edu/student-tests-and-assessments/student-assessment-details/social-emotional-screener  

 

Please note, families who have opted their child out of the screener will not participate.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our SEL Screener Lead, Veronica Guillion, at 703-822-2200.

  Counselor Corner 

 

Character Trait of the Month

The character trait for February is Empathy- A feeling or understanding of what someone else is feeling.

In January, we highlighted the character trait of Acceptance- Including and respecting everyone regardless of beliefs, race, gender, religion, etc...

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Acceptance this month:https://youtu.be/GFH0BI9zPOc

We are so proud of our Acceptance award winners!

 

 

Calendar Reminders

 

February - Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

February 5-9 - National School Counseling Week

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

February 10 - Lunar New Year (Falls on a weekend this year)

The Lunar New Year is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids.

February 14 - Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting in many Western Christian denominations. It marks the beginning of Lent, a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving leading up to Easter. Many Christians attend special Ash Wednesday church services, at which churchgoers receive ash on their foreheads. Ash Wednesday derives its name from this practice. Read more about Ash Wednesday in Britannica.com. 

February 19 - Presidents Day (Holiday)

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

February 22 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

 

See the complete school year calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

 

 

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  UPCOMING EVENTS
  • February 8- PTA meeting, 7pm in the cafeteria
  • February 12- FES Afterschool Enrichment Registration opens
  • February 19- Holiday (George Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day)
  • March 5- Student Holiday
  • March 15- FES Career Day
  • March 22- End of Third Quarter
  • March 25-29- Holiday (Spring Break)

 

Yearbooks Sales Starting

Don’t miss out on the chance to get your child a yearbook. 2023-24 Yearbooks are $20.00 and the ordering window is February 1st through February 29th. No yearbook orders will be taken after that date. So make plans to order yours today!

Yearbooks are only sold/purchased online. Start your purchase by going  to: yearbookordercenter.com, typing in 21927 or searching for Franconia Elementary, Alexandria VA, will take you to our ordering site.

 

February Reading BINGO!

Keep an eye out for a February Reading BINGO board coming home with library books. This a chance for students to explore the celebrations of February through reading. The BINGO board includes books for Black History Month, Chinese New Year, President’s Day, and more! Students who complete a BINGO get a shout-out on the school news, and students who complete the whole board get lunch in the library. More information is on the BINGO papers that students will bring home this week. Students can turn their completed BINGO papers in at the library and get extra papers if they need. Click here for a sample board with links to book lists.

  Edison Pyramid Concerts   Franconia Musicians Perform

On January 25th the inaugural Edison Pyramid Band concert was held, and it was AMAZING!  Over 130 students participated, including our own Franconia Penguins along with musicians from Edison, Twain, Springfield Estates, Clermont, Bush Hill, and Rose Hill!

 

  Our Chorus Performed as well

Not to be outdone, our Franconia Penguin Chorus performed at their own Pyramid Concert.  They sang two songs solo and joined their peers from Edison HS, Twain MS, Springfield Estates, Clermont, Cameron, Bush Hill, Rose Hill and Mount Eagle to sing a third. By all accounts, they were wonderful! 

 

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PTA Meeting- Save the date!

 

Franconia Elementary PTA meeting on Thursday, February 8th at

7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria 

 

Join us next Thursday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m. for our general membership meeting. Our meeting will include a presentation by a financial planning specialist who will discuss the importance of financial planning for your children's education and the steps you can take now to prepare. 

Free childcare for school-aged children will be provided. Please plan to join this important meeting.  

 

Join your PTA today! PTA membership and dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs; advocating on behalf of children and educators at the local, state and national levels; and building an inclusive school community for all families. 

Questions or comments? Contact your PTA team at [email protected]

  Spring SEL Screener

 

Hello families,

 

The Spring Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener will be administered to students in grades 3-6 during the window of February 26th- March 15th. Students use the SEL Screener twice a year to share their perspectives on how well their school and community help them develop skills they need to succeed. The screener works by asking questions or presenting statements that students can think about and respond to. More information is available about the SEL Screener by accessing this link: 

https://www.fcps.edu/student-tests-and-assessments/student-assessment-details/social-emotional-screener  

 

Please note, families who have opted their child out of the screener will not participate.

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to our SEL Screener Lead, Veronica Guillion, at 703-822-2200.

  World Showcase Day

When: Wednesday, March 20th

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

We would love for our parents and community to be a part of this memorable event.  Families can choose to paticipate by:

 

  • Presenting a display (poster board) about a country of your choice.
  • Sharing food and/or artifacts from the country of your choice.
  • Teaching students how to play a game played in a country of your choice.

 

If you are interested, please visit the link below:

https://forms.gle/KXY2QgHobd2nSPCB6

  Calling all Pokémon Lovers..

Are you in to Pokemon?  Do you want to get together with other Franconia Penguins to play Pokemon games and/or trade Pokemon cards?  If you answered "YES" to these questions, then keep reading!  On the following Fridays, Feb. 2nd, Feb. 9th, Feb. 16th, Feb. 23, March 1st and March 8th, from 3:30-4:30, Franconia will host a Pokemon after school club. Students are invited to stay after school to enjoy all things Pokemon with their fellow students and some Franconia teachers.

Sign up below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4AA4A928A6FB6-45373173-pokmon

 

If you have any questions, please contact Renee Octaviano at [email protected].

  Franconia Elementary PTA
FUND-A-RUG 

Help Us Reach Our Goal!

 

Click HERE to donate today!

A big thank you to our Penguin Families for your generous donations to our Fund-A-Rug campaign! We continue to make great progress in our fundraising efforts so far and have collected $6,378, which is 63% of our total goal of raising $10,000. We're so close to reaching our goal of purchasing new rugs for every classroom!! Please donate today so that we can provide a safe, clean, and comfy space for our Penguins to learn, share, and connect. No donation amount is too big or too small! 

 

Franconia Spring After-School Enrichment offerings

 

Franconia ES After-School Enrichment Programs
Registration Opens February 12 (except GOTR opens on 2/5)

 

Program registration links coming soon.

* All programs start at 3:35 and end at 4:35 p.m., unless otherwise listed.

* 1 parent volunteer is needed to attend select clubs as listed below. Parent volunteers are asked to be present at every club meeting, to help take attendance, notify office of absences, and ensure children are picked up by the  appropriate individuals.

* Questions? Contact Matt at [email protected]

* More information is also available at:

https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/w/afterschool

 

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**NEW AFTER SCHOOL ADDITION**

Nailed It! by KidCreate

Grades 3-6

$184 (8 weeks)   

Tuesdays, March 12 - May 14                                                                                                                                                                                

Calling all creative kids! Just like on the popular TV show Nailed It!, we'll show you a final product and give you all the goods needed to recreate it. The rest is up to you! Your challenges will include creating a unicorn cake, painting a fox at sunset, a llama with a flower crown, and so much more. This is Nailed It!, KidCreate-style, so instead of baking, we'll be sculpting, painting, collaging, and more! Kids will make and take home a new project every week so make room! 

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

********

Girls on the Run (GOTR)

Grades 3-6 (Girls)
$185 (late fee applies after February 28)
Tues/Thurs, March 4 - May 18
Creative curriculum that integrates running with empowering life lessons to inspire confident, healthy girls! Ends in a 5K the team will complete together. Financial Assistance Available! More info and registration at
www.gotrnova.org

********

Magnus Chess Academy
Grades K-6
$223 (11 weeks)
Mondays, March 4 - June 3 (no club on March 25, April 1, May 27)
Each week students of all levels do a fun but challenging lesson with one of our great coaches from our world class curriculum followed by practice games against other students in the class.
Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

********

Crochet Club with Ms. Pater
Grades 4-6
$150 (10 weeks)
Wednesday, March 6 – May 22 (no club on March 27, April 10)
Learn to crochet and work on projects together, led by Ms. Pater. No experience necessary and all materials provided.

********

Ultimate PE Games by Gamepoint Athletics
Grades K-3
$130 (8 weeks)
Monday, March 4 – May 6 (no club on March 25 or April 1)
A sampling of games to be played are Nerf Dodge Ball, Dome Ball, Capture the Flag, parachute activities, Omni–kin ball, and numerous tag games that require strategy and a willingness to have intense joy! The action-packed session ensures kid movement does not stop until it is time to go home! 
Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

********

Soccer Stars by Gamepoint Athletics
Grades 3-6
$130 (8 weeks)
Friday, March 8 – May 10 (no club on Mar 29 or May 3

Train like the superstars of the world in this action packed session! Participants will experience all kinds of exciting soccer activities, including a World Cup style tournament! All participants, regardless of skill level, will learn and practice basic dribbling, ball control, passing, trapping, defense, and proper offensive movement without the ball. 
Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

********

Financial Planning Club with Ms. Octaviano
Grades 3-6
$120 (8 weeks)
Mondays, March 4 – May 5 (No club on March 25, April 1)
Students will learn about topics like bills and budgeting during this engaging project-based class. Topics include applying for jobs, paying taxes, picking health insurance, and household budgeting when considering the cost of food, housing and the unexpected costs life brings us.

********

Learning Pokemon the Game with Mr. Harris
Grades K-6
$120 (8 weeks)
Tuesdays, March 12 – May 14 (No club on March 26, April 2)
Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was? Come learn how to play the Pokemon card game. We will go over what each card means, how trainer cards work and what energy cards are actually used for. When
all is said and done you will go from a Pokemon beginner to a Pokemon gym leader!!! 

********

Kickball! with Mr. Harris
Grades 3-6
$120 (8 weeks)
Wednesdays, March 6 – May 8 (No club on March 27, April 10)
Do you love watching the staff vs student kickball game? Do you want to make sure you are prepared to play when it’s your turn? Come learn how to play kickball and become a superstar and beat the teachers!!! We will learn how to play and have fun playing a bunch of mini games against one another.

********

Action Art by KidCreate
Grades K-2     

$84 (8 weeks)                                                                                             

Tuesdays, March 12 - May 14
Are you excited to see your child get their artistic groove on? Our Action Art class is the perfect place for their creative spirit to shine while they move and groove to their heart's content. Your little one will have a blast creating vivid and energetic artwork, with endless chances to smear, splatter, and swipe their way to unique and charming masterpieces.
Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

********

Science Seed
Grades K-2
$146 (8 weeks)
Thursday, March 7 – May 2 (no club on March 28)
A science enrichment program designed to develop a love of science that will last a lifetime. The Science Seed teaches geology, chemistry, biology/nature, physics and nutrition in fun, interactive, and age-appropriate ways.
Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

********

Tech Club by iCode
Grades 1-3 and 4-6
$155 (6 weeks)

Friday, March 1- April 12
Through Tech Club, iCode will offer a STEAM program to help students become comfortable with technology in a fun approach that enhances learning in math, science, engineering, and the arts. Each class involves an exciting hands-on activity designed to teach a new skill!
Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

 

Registration is now open for LVMSC Soccer and Flag Football

LVMSC spring sports programs promise to be filled with thrilling moments, camaraderie, and unforgettable experiences. Now is the perfect time to secure your spot and take advantage of the current registration rates.

Important Dates:

  • Regular Registration: December 1st, 2023, to January 31st, 2024 
  • Late Registration: February 1st to February 15th, 2024 Late Registration Fees Apply
  • Registration Closes: February 15th, 2024 

INFORMATION ON SPRING SOCCER

INFORMATION ON SPRING FLAG FOOTBALL

REGISTER HERE 

Need help with registration? Reach out to Carolina Guido-Parada at [email protected] for assistance.

 

  Counselor Corner    Character Trait of the Month

The character trait for February is Empathy- A feeling or understanding of what someone else is feeling.

In January, we highlighted the character trait of Acceptance- Including and respecting everyone regardless of beliefs, race, gender, religion, etc...

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Acceptance this month:https://youtu.be/GFH0BI9zPOc

We are so proud of our Acceptance award winners!

 

  Volunteer for Career Day

Franconia Elementary School will be hosting a Career Day entitled “Oh the Places You’ll Go” inspired by Dr. Seuss.  The event will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 9:10-10:40 ( inclement weather: Friday, March 22, 2024- same time).

 

On Career Day,  you are invited to come and share with our students about your career and the importance of staying in school.  If you are a person who has a career that will interest K-6 students and enjoys enthusiastically speaking in front of children, then we need you! If interested, please complete the Google Form HERE. The last day to submit your interest is by February 16, 2024. For further questions, please contact school counselor, Veronica Guillion at 703-822-2200.

 

Calendar Reminders

 

February - Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

February 5-9 - National School Counseling Week

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

February 10 - Lunar New Year (Falls on a weekend this year)

The Lunar New Year is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids.

February 14 - Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting in many Western Christian denominations. It marks the beginning of Lent, a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving leading up to Easter. Many Christians attend special Ash Wednesday church services, at which churchgoers receive ash on their foreheads. Ash Wednesday derives its name from this practice. Read more about Ash Wednesday in Britannica.com. 

February 19 - Presidents Day (Holiday)

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

February 22 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

 

See the complete school year calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

 

 

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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Quarter End, Early Release, and Student Holiday

 

Tomorrow, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Franconia will dismiss at 1:30 on Thursday, January 25Schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day.

 See the complete school year calendar.

  Calling all Pokémon Lovers..

 

Are you in to Pokemon?  Do you want to get together with other Franconia Penguins to play Pokemon games and/or trade Pokemon cards?  If you answered "YES" to these questions, then keep reading!  On the following Fridays, Feb. 2nd, Feb. 9th, Feb. 16th, Feb. 23, March 1st and March 8th, from 3:30-4:30, Franconia will host a Pokemon after school club. Students are invited to stay after school to enjoy all things Pokemon with their fellow students and some Franconia teachers.

Sign up below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4AA4A928A6FB6-45373173-pokmon

 

If you have any questions, please contact Renee Octaviano at [email protected].

 

 

 

Penguin Winter Wonderland Dance DEADLINE FOR PERMISSION SLIP AND PAYMENT IS TOMORROW 1/25/2024

 

Who: 5th and 6th grade students ONLY

When: February 2nd, 2024

Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30pm

Location: Franconia Elementary Gym

Cost: $10 per person (price include pizza, drinks, and a treat)

 

  • Tickets will go home Wednesday 1/31 only if a permission slip AND payment has been received by Ms. Ibrahim. 
  • Payments can be made either by cash or My School Bucks
  • Drop off between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm
  • Pick up NO LATER THAN 8:30pm

 

 8th Annual Art Supply Drive Sponsored by the Franconia Student Council Association

For the eighth year in a row, the Franconia SCA is teaming up with Paint the Globe Foundation to provide school and art supplies for kids in need across the globe.  Paint the Globe Foundation is currently working on a campaign in Kigali, Rwanda to build a pre-K art center. All items donated will be delivered to this center to allow students to use art for creative, educational, and therapeutic endeavors.

Items will be accepted 1/10-1/31:

Composition Books* Sketch Books* Colored Pencils* Markers * Construction Paper* Finger Paint* Erasers* Plain White Printer Paper* 

For additional information about Paint the Globe Foundation, or to make monetary donations, please visit:

www.painttheglobefoundation.org

 

Please donate only NEW items. Each grade will have a box  in which students can place their donations. Grade level that donates the most items will win a ice cream sundae party!! (Alternate treats for students with food allergies will be provided as necessary.)

With your help, we can make a difference. AGAIN!!!

 

Photos from past supply drives

 

Top: 21-22 Campaign: Rural Women’s Network Nepal

Middle: 22-23 Campaign: Flourishing Future of Mongolia

Bottom: 19-20 Campaign: The HUG Project - Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

Franconia Penguins making 

  a difference! We will be the 

   CHANGE we want to see 

    in the WORLD!

.

  Franconia Elementary PTA
FUND-A-RUG 

 

Click HERE to donate!

A big thank you to our Penguin Families for your generous donations to our Fund-A-Rug campaign! We've made great progress in our fundraising efforts so far and have collected $5,690, which means we are just $4,310 (43%) away from reaching our total goal of raising $10,000.

Please donate today so that we can give our amazing teachers NEW rugs for the NEW year!! Your donation will benefit every student and every classroom at Franconia Elementary. A $20 contribution from each FES student would help us achieve our goal, but no donation is too big or too small! The Fund-A-Rug campaign is the PTA's largest and only fundraiser this year, so don't miss this opportunity to support our Penguins. 

 

 

PTA Meeting- Save the date!

 

Franconia Elementary PTA meeting on Thursday, February 8th at

7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria 

 

 

Join your PTA today! PTA membership and dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs; advocating on behalf of children and educators at the local, state and national levels; and building an inclusive school community for all families. 

Questions or comments? Contact your PTA team at [email protected]

 

Franconia Spring After-School Enrichment offerings

 

Franconia ES After-School Enrichment Programs

Registration Opens February 12 (except GOTR open February 5)

Registration links coming soon.

Programs begin March 1; All clubs run 3:35-4:35p unless otherwise listed.

 

One parent volunteer is needed to attend select clubs as listed below. Parent volunteers are asked to be present at every club meeting, to help take attendance, notify office of absences, and ensure children are picked up by appropriate individuals.

 Questions?  Contact Matt at [email protected]

Info also available at: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/w/afterschool

 

 

 

Girls on the Run  (GOTR)

Grades 3-6 (Girls)

$185 (late fee applies after February 28)

Tues/Thurs,  March 4-May 18

Creative curriculum that integrates running with empowering life lessons to inspire confident, healthy girls! Ends in a 5K the team will complete together.  Financial Assistance Available!  More info and registration at https://www.gotrnova.org/

 

Magnus Chess Academy  

Grades K-6 

$223 (11 weeks)

Mondays, March 4- June 3 (no club March 25, April 1, May 27)

Each week students of all levels do a fun but challenging lesson with one of our great coaches from our world class curriculum followed by practice games against other students in the class.

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

Crochet Club with Ms Pater

Grades 4-6

$150 (10 weeks)

Wednesday, March 6 – May 22 (no club March 27, April 10)

Learn to crochet and work on projects together, led by Ms. Pater. No experience necessary and all materials provided.

 

Ultimate PE Games by Gamepoint Athletics

Grades K-3

$130 (8 weeks)

Monday, March 4 – May 6 (no club March 25 or April 1)

A sampling of games to be played are Nerf Dodge Ball, Dome Ball, Capture the Flag, parachute activities, Omni – kin Ball, and numerous tag games that require strategy and a willingness to have intense joy! The action-packed session ensures kid movement does not stop until it is time to go home! 

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

Soccer Stars by Gamepoint Athletics

Grades 3-6     

$130 (8 weeks)

Friday, March 8 – May 10 (no club Mar 29 or May 3)

By Gamepoint Athletics

Train like the superstars of the world in this action packed session!  Participants will experience all kinds of exciting soccer activities, including a World Cup style tournament! All participants, regardless of skill level, will learn and practice basic dribbling, ball control, passing, trapping, defense, and proper offensive movement without the ball. 

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

Financial Planning Club with Ms. Octaviano

Grades 3-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Mondays, March 4 – May 5 (No club March 25, April 1)

Students will learn about topics like bills and budgeting during this engaging project-based class.  Topics include applying for jobs, paying taxes, picking health insurance, and household budgeting when considering the cost of food, housing and the unexpected costs life brings us.

 

Learning Pokemon the Game with Mr. Harris

Grades K-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Tuesdays, March 12 – May 14 (No club March 26, April 2)

Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was? Come learn how to play the Pokemon card game. We will go over what each card means, how trainer cards work and what energy cards are actually used for. When all is said and done you will go from a Pokemon beginner to a Pokemon gym leader!!! 

 

Kickball! with Mr. Harris

Grades 3-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Wednesdays, March 6 – May 8 (No club March 27, April 10)

Do you love watching the staff vs student kickball game? Do you want to make sure you are prepared to play when it’s your turn? Come learn how to play kickball and become a superstar and beat the teachers!!! We will learn how to play and have fun playing a bunch of mini games against one another.

 

Action Art by KidCreate

Grades K-2     

Tuesdays, Dates TBD

Are you excited to see your child get their artistic groove on? Our Action Art class is the perfect place for their creative spirit to shine while they move and groove to their heart's content. Your little one will have a blast creating vivid and energetic artwork, with endless chances to smear, splatter, and swipe their way to unique and charming masterpieces.

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

Science Seed     

Grades K-2    

$146 (8 weeks)

Thursday, March 7 – May 2 (no club March 28)

A science enrichment program designed to develop a love of science that will last a lifetime. The Science Seed teachers geology, chemistry, biology/nature, physics and nutrition in fun, interactive, and age-appropriate ways.

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

Tech Club by iCode      

Grades 1-3 and 4-6

$155 (6 weeks)

Friday, March 1- April 12

Through Tech Club, iCode will offer a STEAM program to help students become comfortable with technology in a fun approach that enhances learning in math, science, engineering, and the arts. Each class involves an exciting hands-on activity designed to teach a new skill!

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

 

 

Registration is now open for LVMSC Soccer and Flag Football

 

LVMSC spring sports programs promise to be filled with thrilling moments, camaraderie, and unforgettable experiences. Now is the perfect time to secure your spot and take advantage of the current registration rates.

Important Dates:

  • Regular Registration: December 1st, 2023, to January 31st, 2024 
  • Late Registration: February 1st to February 15th, 2024 Late Registration Fees Apply
  • Registration Closes: February 15th, 2024 

INFORMATION ON SPRING SOCCER

INFORMATION ON SPRING FLAG FOOTBALL

REGISTER HERE 

Need help with registration? Reach out to Carolina Guido-Parada at [email protected] for assistance.

 

  Counselor Corner 

 

Guidance Topics for January

 

Kindergarten-1st   Using Kelso choices to solve conflict.

2nd- 3rd grade- Social Filtering: Learning how to mindfully think before you speak.

4th grade- Using I- messages to solve conflict.

5th grade- Resolving conflicts with peers using the S.T.E.P method. 

6th grade- Choosing classes choosing success: learning how to choose classes based on strengths.

 

Character Trait of the Month

 

The character trait for January is Acceptance - Including and respecting everyone regardless of beliefs, race, gender, religion, etc...

In December, we highlighted the character trait of Generosity - To share and give to others.

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Generosity this month:https://youtu.be/H7TIF6aAowc

We are so proud of our Generosity award winners!

 

  Volunteer for Career Day

Franconia Elementary School will be hosting a Career Day entitled “Oh the Places You’ll Go” inspired by Dr. Seuss.  The event will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 9:10-10:40 ( inclement weather: Friday, March 22, 2024- same time).

 

On Career Day,  you are invited to come and share with our students about your career and the importance of staying in school.  If you are a person who has a career that will interest K-6 students and enjoys enthusiastically speaking in front of children, then we need you! If interested, please complete the Google Form HERE. The last day to submit your interest is by February 16, 2024. For further questions, please contact school counselor, Veronica Guillion at 703-822-2200.

 

 Inclement Weather Plan Update

 

As mentioned in Superintendent Reid’s Weekly Reflections, FCPS will not have virtual learning when school is closed due to inclement weather for the 2023-24 school year.

Eleven snow days are built into our existing calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will enable us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services. 

You are encouraged to share ideas for learning about winter that students can use during winter break and snow days. Email ideas to [email protected].  

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

 

Calendar Reminders

 

  • January 25, 26- *Quarter End, Early Release and Student holiday/Teacher Work Day
  • February 19- Holiday (George Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day)
  • March 5- Student Holiday
  • March 22- End of Third Quarter
  • March 25-29- Holiday (Spring Break)

See the complete school year calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

 

 

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

Wednesday Word 1/17/24

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • Thursday, January 25 - Quarter End, 2 Hour Early Release
  • Friday, January 26 -  No School, Teacher Workday

 

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Dual Language Immersion Programs

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for updated information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

One virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

 

 

 8th Annual Art Supply Drive Sponsored by the Franconia Student Council Association

For the eighth year in a row, the Franconia SCA is teaming up with Paint the Globe Foundation to provide school and art supplies for kids in need across the globe.  Paint the Globe Foundation is currently working on a campaign in Kigali, Rwanda to build a pre-K art center. All items donated will be delivered to this center to allow students to use art for creative, educational, and therapeutic endeavors.

Items will be accepted 1/10-1/31:

Composition Books* Sketch Books* Colored Pencils* Markers * Construction Paper* Finger Paint* Erasers* Plain White Printer Paper* 

For additional information about Paint the Globe Foundation, or to make monetary donations, please visit:

www.painttheglobefoundation.org

 

Please donate only NEW items. Each grade will have a box  in which students can place their donations. Grade level that donates the most items will win a ice cream sundae party!! (Alternate treats for students with food allergies will be provided as necessary.)

With your help, we can make a difference. AGAIN!!!

 

Photos from past supply drives

 

Top: 21-22 Campaign: Rural Women’s Network Nepal

Middle: 22-23 Campaign: Flourishing Future of Mongolia

Bottom: 19-20 Campaign: The HUG Project - Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

Franconia Penguins making 

  a difference! We will be the 

   CHANGE we want to see 

    in the WORLD!

.

 

Penguin Winter Wonderland Dance  

Who: 5th and 6th grade students ONLY

When: February 2nd, 2024

Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30pm

Location: Franconia Elementary Gym

Cost: $10 per person (price include pizza, drinks, and a treat)

 

Deadline for permission slips and payment is 1/24/2024

 

  • Tickets will handed out once a permission slip and payment has been received by Ms. Ibrahim. 
  • Permission slips will be sent in Wednesday folders. 
  • Payments can be made either by cash or My School Bucks
  • Drop off between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm
  • Pick up NO LATER THAN 8:30pm

 

  Franconia Elementary PTA
FUND-A-RUG 

Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to support ALL Penguins!

 

Click HERE to donate!

All donations are tax deductible.

 

 Did you know?

  • The current classroom rugs at Franconia Elementary are over 10 years old and are well overdue for an upgrade.
  • The average classroom of students spends about 40% of their classroom time on the carpet! 

How can I help?

  • Donate what you can so that we can give our amazing teachers NEW rugs for the NEW year!!
  • Spread the word to your family, friends, and our local community!

If we work together, we can make it happen. Your donation will benefit every student and every classroom at Franconia Elementary. A $20 contribution from each FES student would help us achieve our goal, but no donation is too big or too small!

 

Our fundraising goal is $10,000

 

 

Franconia Spring After-School Enrichment offerings

 

Franconia ES After-School Enrichment Programs

Registration Opens February 12 (except GOTR open February 5)

Registration links coming soon.

Programs begin March 1; All clubs run 3:35-4:35p unless otherwise listed.

 

One parent volunteer is needed to attend select clubs as listed below. Parent volunteers are asked to be present at every club meeting, to help take attendance, notify office of absences, and ensure children are picked up by appropriate individuals.

 Questions?  Contact Matt at [email protected]

Info also available at: https://fes-pta.memberhub.com/w/afterschool

 

 

 

Girls on the Run  (GOTR)

Grades 3-6 (Girls)

$185 (late fee applies after February 28)

Tues/Thurs,  March 4-May 18

Creative curriculum that integrates running with empowering life lessons to inspire confident, healthy girls! Ends in a 5K the team will complete together.  Financial Assistance Available!  More info and registration at https://www.gotrnova.org/

 

Magnus Chess Academy  

Grades K-6 

$223 (11 weeks)

Mondays, March 4- June 3 (no club March 25, April 1, May 27)

Each week students of all levels do a fun but challenging lesson with one of our great coaches from our world class curriculum followed by practice games against other students in the class.

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

Crochet Club with Ms Pater

Grades 4-6

$150 (10 weeks)

Wednesday, March 6 – May 22 (no club March 27, April 10)

Learn to crochet and work on projects together, led by Ms. Pater. No experience necessary and all materials provided.

 

Ultimate PE Games by Gamepoint Athletics

Grades K-3

$130 (8 weeks)

Monday, March 4 – May 6 (no club March 25 or April 1)

A sampling of games to be played are Nerf Dodge Ball, Dome Ball, Capture the Flag, parachute activities, Omni – kin Ball, and numerous tag games that require strategy and a willingness to have intense joy! The action-packed session ensures kid movement does not stop until it is time to go home! 

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

Soccer Stars by Gamepoint Athletics

Grades 3-6     

$130 (8 weeks)

Friday, March 8 – May 10 (no club Mar 29 or May 3)

By Gamepoint Athletics

Train like the superstars of the world in this action packed session!  Participants will experience all kinds of exciting soccer activities, including a World Cup style tournament! All participants, regardless of skill level, will learn and practice basic dribbling, ball control, passing, trapping, defense, and proper offensive movement without the ball. 

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

Financial Planning Club with Ms. Octaviano

Grades 3-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Mondays, March 4 – May 5 (No club March 25, April 1)

Students will learn about topics like bills and budgeting during this engaging project-based class.  Topics include applying for jobs, paying taxes, picking health insurance, and household budgeting when considering the cost of food, housing and the unexpected costs life brings us.

 

Learning Pokemon the Game with Mr. Harris

Grades K-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Tuesdays, March 12 – May 14 (No club March 26, April 2)

Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was? Come learn how to play the Pokemon card game. We will go over what each card means, how trainer cards work and what energy cards are actually used for. When all is said and done you will go from a Pokemon beginner to a Pokemon gym leader!!! 

 

Kickball! with Mr. Harris

Grades 3-6     

$120 (8 weeks)

Wednesdays, March 6 – May 8 (No club March 27, April 10)

Do you love watching the staff vs student kickball game? Do you want to make sure you are prepared to play when it’s your turn? Come learn how to play kickball and become a superstar and beat the teachers!!! We will learn how to play and have fun playing a bunch of mini games against one another.

 

Action Art by KidCreate

Grades K-2     

Tuesdays, Dates TBD

Are you excited to see your child get their artistic groove on? Our Action Art class is the perfect place for their creative spirit to shine while they move and groove to their heart's content. Your little one will have a blast creating vivid and energetic artwork, with endless chances to smear, splatter, and swipe their way to unique and charming masterpieces.

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

Science Seed     

Grades K-2    

$146 (8 weeks)

Thursday, March 7 – May 2 (no club March 28)

A science enrichment program designed to develop a love of science that will last a lifetime. The Science Seed teachers geology, chemistry, biology/nature, physics and nutrition in fun, interactive, and age-appropriate ways.

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

Tech Club by iCode      

Grades 1-3 and 4-6

$155 (6 weeks)

Friday, March 1- April 12

Through Tech Club, iCode will offer a STEAM program to help students become comfortable with technology in a fun approach that enhances learning in math, science, engineering, and the arts. Each class involves an exciting hands-on activity designed to teach a new skill!

Parent Volunteer needed in exchange for free tuition*. Contact Matt at [email protected]

 

 

  Volunteer for Career Day

Franconia Elementary School will be hosting a Career Day entitled “Oh the Places You’ll Go” inspired by Dr. Seuss.  The event will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 9:10-10:40 ( inclement weather: Friday, March 22, 2024- same time).

 

On Career Day,  you are invited to come and share with our students about your career and the importance of staying in school.  If you are a person who has a career that will interest K-6 students and enjoys enthusiastically speaking in front of children, then we need you! If interested, please complete the Google Form HERE. The last day to submit your interest is by February 16, 2024. For further questions, please contact school counselor, Veronica Guillion at 703-822-2200.

  Counselor Corner 

 

 

Guidance Topics for January

 

Kindergarten-1st   Using Kelso choices to solve conflict.

2nd- 3rd grade- Social Filtering: Learning how to mindfully think before you speak.

4th grade- Using I- messages to solve conflict.

5th grade- Resolving conflicts with peers using the S.T.E.P method. 

6th grade- Choosing classes choosing success: learning how to choose classes based on strengths.

 

Character Trait of the Month

 

The character trait for January is Acceptance - Including and respecting everyone regardless of beliefs, race, gender, religion, etc...

In December, we highlighted the character trait of Generosity - To share and give to others.

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Generosity this month:https://youtu.be/H7TIF6aAowc

We are so proud of our Generosity award winners!

 

 

 Inclement Weather Plan Update

 

As mentioned in Superintendent Reid’s Weekly Reflections, FCPS will not have virtual learning when school is closed due to inclement weather for the 2023-24 school year.

Eleven snow days are built into our existing calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will enable us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services. 

You are encouraged to share ideas for learning about winter that students can use during winter break and snow days. Email ideas to [email protected].  

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

 

Calendar Reminders

 

  • Orthodox Epiphany

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 and commemorates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi. It is believed that Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan began Christ's ministry on earth and revealed the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to mankind.

The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

 

  • 25,26 *Quarter End, Early Release and Student holiday/Teacher Work Day

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day.

 

See the complete school year calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

 

 

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

Wednesday Word 1/10/24

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • Wednesday, January 10 - Community Conversation with Dr. Reid. 6pm at Edison High School
  • Monday, January 15 - No School, Martin Luther King Holiday
  • Thursday, January 25 - Quarter End, 2 Hour Early Release
  • Friday, January 26 -  No School, Teacher Workday

 

  Community Conversation With Dr. Reid at Edison HS TONIGHT

 

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse. 

 

  Outstanding Employee Nominees

 

Franconia Elementary staff met to recognize all of our school’s nominees for FCPS’ Outstanding Employee Awards. Thank you to our school community for nominating so many of our wonderful teachers and staff!

 

Here are our nominees:

 

Outstanding Teacher

Lauren Dickerson

Megan Grazman

Kristen Stump

Debby Vandersande

Anna Yortzidis

 

Outstanding Operational Employee

Holly Painten

 

Without further ado, the winning candidates are:

 

Outstanding Teacher

Anna Yortzidis

 

Outstanding Operational Employee

Holly Painten

 

These staff members will now be considered for the Edison Pyramid level awards program in their categories. Join us in congratulating Mrs. Yortzidis and Mrs. Painten! They have fostered a love for learning in our school community and FCPS for decades and this honor is well deserved.

 

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Franconia Fourth Graders building collaboratively!

 

Dual Language Immersion Programs

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for updated information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

One virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

 

 

 8th Annual Art Supply Drive Sponsored by the Franconia Student Council Association

For the eighth year in a row, the Franconia SCA is teaming up with Paint the Globe Foundation to provide school and art supplies for kids in need across the globe.  Paint the Globe Foundation is currently working on a campaign in Kigali, Rwanda to build a pre-K art center. All items donated will be delivered to this center to allow students to use art for creative, educational, and therapeutic endeavors.

Items will be accepted 1/10-1/31:

Composition Books* Sketch Books* Colored Pencils* Markers * Construction Paper* Finger Paint* Erasers* Plain White Printer Paper* 

For additional information about Paint the Globe Foundation, or to make monetary donations, please visit:

www.painttheglobefoundation.org

 

Please donate only NEW items. Each grade will have a box  in which students can place their donations. Grade level that donates the most items will win a ice cream sundae party!! (Alternate treats for students with food allergies will be provided as necessary.)

With your help, we can make a difference. AGAIN!!!

 

Photos from past supply drives

 

Top: 21-22 Campaign: Rural Women’s Network Nepal

Middle: 22-23 Campaign: Flourishing Future of Mongolia

Bottom: 19-20 Campaign: The HUG Project - Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

Franconia Penguins making 

  a difference! We will be the 

   CHANGE we want to see 

    in the WORLD!

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Penguin Winter Wonderland Dance

 

Who: 5th and 6th grade students ONLY

When: February 2nd, 2024

Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30pm

Location: Franconia Elementary Gym

Cost: $10 per person (price include pizza, drinks, and a treat)

 

  • Tickets will handed out once a permission slip and payment has been received by Ms. Ibrahim. 
  • Permission slips will be sent in Wednesday folders. 
  • Payments can be made either by cash or on My School Bucks
  • The deadline for permission slips and payment is 1/24/2024
  • Drop off between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm
  • Pick up NO LATER THAN 8:30pm

 

  Franconia Elementary PTA
FUND-A-RUG 

Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to support ALL Penguins!

 

Click HERE to donate!

All donations are tax deductible.

 

 Did you know?

  • The current classroom rugs at Franconia Elementary are over 10 years old and are well overdue for an upgrade.
  • The average classroom of students spends about 40% of their classroom time on the carpet! 

How can I help?

  • Donate what you can so that we can give our amazing teachers NEW rugs for the NEW year!!
  • Spread the word to your family, friends, and our local community!

If we work together, we can make it happen. Your donation will benefit every student and every classroom at Franconia Elementary. A $20 contribution from each FES student would help us achieve our goal, but no donation is too big or too small!

 

Our fundraising goal is $10,000

 

  Volunteer for Career Day

Franconia Elementary School will be hosting a Career Day entitled “Oh the Places You’ll Go” inspired by Dr. Seuss.  The event will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 9:10-10:40 ( inclement weather: Friday, March 22, 2024- same time).

 

On Career Day,  you are invited to come and share with our students about your career and the importance of staying in school.  If you are a person who has a career that will interest K-6 students and enjoys enthusiastically speaking in front of children, then we need you! If interested, please complete the Google Form HERE. The last day to submit your interest is by February 16, 2024. For further questions, please contact school counselor, Veronica Guillion at 703-822-2200.

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First Grade Artists creating snow people.

  Counselor Corner 

 

 

Guidance Topics for January

 

Kindergarten-1st   Using Kelso choices to solve conflict.

2nd- 3rd grade- Social Filtering: Learning how to mindfully think before you speak.

4th grade- Using I- messages to solve conflict.

5th grade- Resolving conflicts with peers using the S.T.E.P method. 

6th grade- Choosing classes choosing success: learning how to choose classes based on strengths.

 

Character Trait of the Month

 

The character trait for January is Acceptance - Including and respecting everyone regardless of beliefs, race, gender, religion, etc...

In December, we highlighted the character trait of Generosity - To share and give to others.

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Generosity this month:https://youtu.be/H7TIF6aAowc

We are so proud of our Generosity award winners!

 

 Inclement Weather Plan Update

 

As mentioned in Superintendent Reid’s Weekly Reflections, FCPS will not have virtual learning when school is closed due to inclement weather for the 2023-24 school year.

Eleven snow days are built into our existing calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will enable us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services. 

You are encouraged to share ideas for learning about winter that students can use during winter break and snow days. Email ideas to [email protected].  

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

 

Calendar Reminders

 

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

 

  • Orthodox Epiphany

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 and commemorates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi. It is believed that Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan began Christ's ministry on earth and revealed the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to mankind.

The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

 

  • 25,26 *Quarter End, Early Release and Student holiday/Teacher Work Day

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day.

 

See the complete school year calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

 

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

Wednesday Word 1/03/24

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • Monday, January 15 - No School, Martin Luther King Holiday
  • Thursday, January 25 - Quarter End, 2 Hour Early Release
  • Friday, January 26 -  No School, Teacher Workday

 

  Franconia Elementary PTA
FUND-A-RUG 

Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to support ALL Penguins!

 

Click HERE to donate!

All donations are tax deductible.

 

 Did you know?

  • The current classroom rugs at Franconia Elementary are over 10 years old and are well overdue for an upgrade.
  • The average classroom of students spends about 40% of their classroom time on the carpet! 

How can I help?

  • Donate what you can so that we can give our amazing teachers NEW rugs for the NEW year!!
  • Spread the word to your family, friends, and our local community!

If we work together, we can make it happen. Your donation will benefit every student and every classroom at Franconia Elementary. A $20 contribution from each FES student would help us achieve our goal, but no donation is too big or too small!

 

Our fundraising goal is $10,000

 

  Second Grade's Itty Bitty City Stores

For the finale of their economics unit, our second grade students created Itty Bitty City Stores. These stores had students being producers of goods and services to sell to customers. Items sold included journals, jewelry, purses, and origami. Services offered for purchase included hair and nail services, hand massages, and temporary tattoos.

Thank you to Mrs. Octaviano for sharing these wonderful photos!

  Volunteer for Career Day

Franconia Elementary School will be hosting a Career Day entitled “Oh the Places You’ll Go” inspired by Dr. Seuss.  The event will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 9:10-10:40 ( inclement weather: Friday, March 22, 2024- same time).

 

On Career Day,  you are invited to come and share with our students about your career and the importance of staying in school.  If you are a person who has a career that will interest K-6 students and enjoys enthusiastically speaking in front of children, then we need you! If interested, please complete the Google Form HERE. The last day to submit your interest is by February 16, 2024. For further questions, please contact school counselor, Veronica Guillion at 703-822-2200.

  Counselor Corner 

 

Character Trait of the Month

 

The character trait for January is Acceptance - Including and respecting everyone regardless of beliefs, race, gender, religion, etc...

In December, we highlighted the character trait of Generosity - To share and give to others.

Here’s the student video for student’s who showed Generosity this month:https://youtu.be/H7TIF6aAowc

We are so proud of our Generosity award winners!

 

 Inclement Weather Plan Update

 

As mentioned in Superintendent Reid’s Weekly Reflections, FCPS will not have virtual learning when school is closed due to inclement weather for the 2023-24 school year.

Eleven snow days are built into our existing calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will enable us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services. 

You are encouraged to share ideas for learning about winter that students can use during winter break and snow days. Email ideas to [email protected].  

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

 

SEL Screener Results

 

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

 

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is the SEL Screener.

Students in grades 3-12 took the SEL Screener during the month of October, providing information on their skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. 

The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create the learning, experiences, and environments students need to be successful.

The week of December 11th, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school. 

  Become a Bus Driver for FCPS

 

Fairfax County Public Schools Needs School Bus Drivers to Meet Our Growing Requirements.

School Bus Drivers earn $24.55/hour plus excellent benefits.

$2,000 signing bonus!

For more information call 571-423-3023

 

Calendar Reminders
  • Three Kings Day/Epiphany

Three Kings Day (January 6), also known as the Epiphany, is a Christian celebration that commemorates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child. This marks the official 12th day of Christmas. Learn more at National Geographic Kids

FCPS has designated Three Kings Day/Epiphany as a religious and cultural observance day (O day). There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that specific events that cannot be made up will not be held on these observance days.

 

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

 

  • Orthodox Epiphany

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 and commemorates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi. It is believed that Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan began Christ's ministry on earth and revealed the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to mankind.

The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

 

  • 25,26 *Quarter End, Early Release and Student holiday/Teacher Work Day

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day.

 

See the complete school year calendar.

 

  Reporting an Absence or Change to Dismissal

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.

 

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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