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Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on April 19 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories. We loved hearing  Ms. McNamee, Ms. Stoll, and Ms. Quinn  read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be tonight at 7:00 PM. Our readers this time will be Ms. VonAncken, Ms Reilly, and Ms. Pivarik.

Please join us using tonight this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you tonight! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

10900 Santa Clara Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030  |  Main Office: 703-267-2800
Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

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Important Upcoming Dates  

5/3-5/7:  Teacher Appreciation Week

5/3:  Dragon Dreams

4/28-6/4:  SOL Assessments (Grades 3-6 only)

5/31:  Memorial Day Holiday

6/2:  6th Grade Ukulele Concert

6/8:  Virtual Synchronous Learning Day for ALL STUDENTS 

6/11:  Last Day of School (Early Release - Dismissal at 2:15)

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: Administrative Professionals Week

  2. Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year

  3. NEW: Parent Input Form for 2021-22 Class Placement

  4. NEW: Ukulele Concert

  5. UPDATED: Positivity Information

  6. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  7. May School Spirit Days

  8. Rec-PAC This Summer at Fairfax Villa

  9. Your Lifetouch Pictures

  10. Last Call: Boosterthon Prize Pickup

  11. NEW: June 8th: Virtual Synchronous Learning Day For Students

  12. NEW: Attention All 6th Grade Parents!

  13. PTA 

1.Administrative Professionals Week

Last week was Administrative Professionals Week, and we couldn’t let it pass by without expressing our gratitude to our amazing office staff for all they have done to serve our staff, students and families and keep our office operations running smoothly throughout this school year. If you have received excellent service from one of these dedicated staff members, please consider dropping them a note of appreciation.

2.Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcoming Future Dragons!

Is your child turning 5 years old by September 30, 2021 or  is a 1st-6th grader ready to attend Fairfax Villa ES for the 2021-2022 school year?

First, see if your student falls in the Fairfax Villa ES boundary by viewing the FCPS boundary locator. 

If your student does fall in the Fairfax Villa ES boundary, please click on the link below and  complete the form to get on Principal Gerstner's email list regarding our 2021-22 kindergarten orientation and other updates. Your form will be submitted to Silvia Dossmann, our school registrar, who will be able to assist you with the registration process.

https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21

Please email any questions to Silvia Dossmann,  Fairfax Villa Student Information Assistant, at smdossmann@fcps.edu.

3.Parent Input Form for 2021-22 Class Placement

With May finally here, we are already looking ahead to next year. While we look at class placements for the coming year, we want you to be aware of the process. We place students in classrooms based on numerous criteria. Students are grouped so that classrooms are heterogeneous, having a balance of boys and girls, a balance of academic performance and ability, and groups that will allow for the greatest support from our resource teachers.

Classroom teachers will have input into the recommendations for next year, as will our counselors and specialists. Our staff has been told that we will not take requests for particular teachers because we base our placement on instructional criteria and individual student strengths and needs. It is unfair to give special consideration to some parents when it would be impossible to grant requests from all parents. Please be aware that grade level assignments for staff sometimes change, due to late enrollments or other changes.  Staff assignments are determined at the end of the summer. Our staff has been directed not to give out information about placement prior to that time. Children and parents are disappointed when changes must be made due to staffing issues.

In addition, we also value parent input.  If you feel there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, you may submit your input by clicking on this Google Form link: https://forms.gle/HZNFiP8tk4LM9xVY9. The parent input forms are due by May 24th.  We value and consider your insight into your child’s learning needs. Taken together with teacher input, your feedback informs class placements.

4.Ukulele Concert

LIVE Ukulele Performance!

Ms. Gaskins and Ms. Torres are excited to announce that our Villa 6th graders will be presenting a LIVE performance of their ukulele skills on Wednesday, June 2nd, at 7pm. The performance will be held outdoors behind the school. Since chairs will not be provided, families are encouraged to bring camp chairs or blankets to sit on. Masks and social distancing will be required. 

We are so proud of the hard work our 6th grade Dragons have been doing, and we can’t wait to share their music with you! More information will be shared with 6th grade families soon.

5.Positivity Information May 3-7:  LEADERSHIP

What does LEADERSHIP mean? Leadership can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. This character strength’s focus is on the personal qualities of leaders, rather than the practice of leadership. These qualities include the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal, the capacity to mitigate conflict and mold consensus, and the desire to lead other people.

WHY DOES IT MATTER? For individuals, leadership is a way to achieve what you know is important, as groups of people invariably achieve more than individuals. If you want to achieve your vision for the future, you need to inspire others to join you. As an individual’s ability to lead develops, so does that person’s confidence and sense of self-efficacy. However, common dangers to guard against are egotism and arrogance.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” -RONALD REAGAN

6.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on April 19 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing  Ms. McNamee, Ms. Stoll, and Ms. Quinn  read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, May 3 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. VonAncken, Ms Reilly, and Ms. Pivarik.

Please join us then using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

Stay tuned here for how your family can have a chance to read YOUR favorite book to us!

7.May School Spirit Days

Let's continue to show how excited we are to be Villa Dragons during the month of May with more  Villa Spirit Days. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!

8.Rec-PAC This Summer at Fairfax Villa

We are thrilled to welcome back Rec-PAC for another summer to support our families from June 28-August 5! PRE-REGISTRATION: April 19-June 11, 2021 Save $8 per week by pre-registering. Mail (payment and registration form): FCPA/Rec-PAC P.O. Box 4606, Fairfax, Va. 22038. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by June 11 to receive early registration discount. FAX: (703) 653-9440 (When registering by fax, you must include credit card information.) PHONE: (703) 222-4664, ONLINE: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes

Children who have completed kindergarten through those entering 7th grade and who are residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Falls Church. Children with disabilities may attend any location or select one of the lower ratio sites (specialized inclusion sites with staff trained to support children with disabilities). For ADA accommodations, call (703) 324-8563 or email Gary.Logue@fairfaxcounty.gov at least 10 working days in advance of your Rec-PAC start date. To register, call (703) 222-4664, TTY VA Relay 711

Link to brochure

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sites/parks/files/assets/documents/camps/rec-pac/2021-recpac-brochure.pdf

9.Your Lifetouch Pictures

Lifetouch Pictures have arrived!  If your student is Virtual, you may pick up his/her pictures in the main office Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.  For all IN-PERSON students, your pictures are being sent home with your student.  

10.Last Call: Boosterthon Prize Pickup 

The Boosterthon prizes are here! All students (whether or not they participated) will get a prize from the Boosterthon sponsor. Students who are attending in-person were given their prizes by their teacher. Parents of students who are attending virtually may come by the school Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm to pick up the prize for their student(s). After ringing the bell at door 1 and being let into the main lobby, look for the box for your child’s grade and take a prize from that box. All prizes are the same within each grade. Please note the last day to pick up prizes will be Friday, May 7th.

11.June 8th will be a virtual synchronous learning day for students.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 is Election Day and the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using Fairfax Villa ES as a polling place. Therefore, June 8th will be a virtual synchronous learning day for ALL students.  No students will come to school on that day. 

12.Attention all 6th Grade Parents!

Effective July 1, 2021, all students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), and Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).            

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Tdap and Meningococcal documentation. 

Thank you to those who have already submitted their TDAP and MenACWY immunizations records. If you have not already done so, please provide one of the following documents to Fairfax Villa ES as soon as possible. If shots are received after the end of this school year, please provide  records to Frost Middle School (or wherever your child will be attending 7th grade).

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the missing immunization(s).
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

13.PTA News

The following message is sent on behalf of the Fairfax Villa ES School PTA.  Its content reflects the PTA.

Calling Candidates for the next PTA Board!

We already have a couple of interested candidates! We’re looking for a couple more! Please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com if you'd like to discuss or to put your name on the candidate list.

PTA General Membership Meeting

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our PTA meeting on Wednesday night. If you missed it, check out the recording here. There’s a great presentation about the Local Level IV AAP program coming to Fairfax Villa next year!

https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/87f9d5ae586b4be586bd1614fe6ac0d6

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is coming up!

Starting May 3, we will spend the whole week showing our amazing Fairfax Villa teachers and staff how much we appreciate all the crazy hard work they have put in this school year! Thanks to everyone who made donations! 

Here’s the plan:

Monday, May 3: Restock and organize the staff lounge, to be ready for...

Tuesday, May 4: Freshly stocked lounge reveal!

Wednesday, May 5: Rita’s Desserts!

Thursday, May 6: Gift bags with Villa t-shirts and special supplies

Friday, May 7: Appreciation Lunch (with gift cards for remote teachers)

Help Us Refill the Dragon Snacks!

Our first round of snacks and water bottles lasted almost a month! With many students returning to the classroom four days a week, let's restock! Please sign up at the link below. You can drop off your contribution at the school office any day between 8:45 AM and 4:45 PM. (The sign up says April 20 - just ignore the date!) And many thanks to everyone who has already signed up and donated!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4EADA628A13-dragon1

AmazonSmile

We raised $55 in our first 3 months with AmazonSmile! You can continue to support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop. Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

10900 Santa Clara Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030  |  Main Office: 703-267-2800
Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates  

5/3-5/7  Teacher Appreciation Week

5/3 - Dragon Dreams

4/28-6/4  SOL Assessments (Grades 3-6 only)

5/31- Memorial Day Holiday

6/11 - Last Day of School (Early Release - Dismissal at 2:15)

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year
  2. UPDATED: Positivity Information
  3. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories
  4. April School Spirit Days
  5. NEW: Your Lifetouch Pictures
  6. PTA
1.Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcoming Future Dragons!

Is your child turning 5 years old by September 30, 2021 or  is a 1st-6th grader ready to attend Fairfax Villa ES for the 2021-2022 school year?

First, see if your student falls in the Fairfax Villa ES boundary by viewing the FCPS boundary locator. 

If your student does fall in the Fairfax Villa ES boundary, please click on the link below and  complete the form to get on Principal Gerstner's email list regarding our 2021-22 kindergarten orientation and other updates. Your form will be submitted to Silvia Dossmann, our school registrar, who will be able to assist you with the registration process.

https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21

Please email any questions to Silvia Dossmann,  Fairfax Villa Student Information Assistant, at smdossmann@fcps.edu.

2.Positivity Information April 26 - 30:  CONNECTION/PURPOSE

What does CONNECTION/PURPOSE mean? Connection/purpose gives individuals the sense that they are put on this earth for a reason and that they are somehow connected with humanity or the universe. People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. That reason can have all kinds of variety. It could be to create a unique invention, to bring joy through art or music, or to raise their children to become good people. These people have a true calling.

WHY DOES IT MATTER? Having a clear sense of purpose in life, and a belief that you’re connected to a larger meaning, gives individuals strength. It allows them to persevere and find courage in trying circumstances, or lead with kindness and love even when it’s not reciprocated. Those with a sense of purpose have more meaning in their life – and are more fulfilled.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” -JOHN F. KENNEDY

3.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on April 19 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing  Ms. McNamee, Ms. Stoll, and Ms. Quinn  read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, May 3 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. VonAncken, Ms Reilly, and Ms. Pivarik.

Please join us then using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

Stay tuned here for how your family can have a chance to read YOUR favorite book to us!

4.April School Spirit Days

Let's continue to show how excited we are to be Villa Dragons during the month of April with more Virtual Villa Spirit Days. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!

5.Your Lifetouch Pictures

Lifetouch Pictures have arrived!  If your student is Virtual, you may pick up his/her pictures in the main office Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.  For all IN-PERSON students, your pictures are being sent home with your student.  

6.PTA News

The following message is sent on behalf of the Fairfax Villa ES School PTA.  Its content reflects the PTA.

Come hear about Level IV AAP at Fairfax Villa!

Please join us for our next PTA general membership meeting on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 PM. Mr. Gerster will provide information about the local Level IV AAP program coming to Fairfax Villa next school year! And we’ll share more about our plans for Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week, May 3-7.

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is coming up!

Starting May 3, we will spend the whole week showing our amazing Fairfax Villa teachers and staff how much we appreciate all the crazy hard work they have put in this school year! We’re looking for donations to help make this happen! 

Here’s the plan:

Monday, May 3: Restock and organize the staff lounge, to be ready for...

Tuesday, May 4: Freshly stocked lounge reveal!

Wednesday, May 5: Rita’s Desserts!

Thursday, May 6: Gift bags with Villa t-shirts and special supplies

Friday, May 7: Appreciation Lunch (with gift cards for remote teachers)

Please sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4EADA628A13-teacher10

Are you the next Fairfax Villa PTA Treasurer?? 

We may have found our Secretary! Do you want to join in as another one of our amazing PTA board members next year? Are you good with numbers and want to get more involved? Interested in keeping the financial books for the PTA? Maybe the Treasurer is the position for you! Please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com if you'd like to discuss or to put your name on the candidate list.

Help Us Refill the Dragon Snacks!

Our first round of snacks and water bottles lasted almost a month! With many students returning to the classroom four days a week, let's restock! Please sign up at the link below. You can drop off your contribution at the school office any day between 8:45 AM and 4:45 PM. (The sign up says April 20 - just ignore the date!) And many thanks to everyone who has already signed up and donated!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4EADA628A13-dragon1

AmazonSmile

We raised $55 in our first 3 months with AmazonSmile! You can continue to support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop. Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

Outside Activities

Girl Scout troops are forming for girls entering Kindergarten next year! If you know any girls who are interested, please share this upcoming meeting.

10900 Santa Clara Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030  |  Main Office: 703-267-2800
Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

Tonight: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

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Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on April 5 for our Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories. We loved hearing Ms. Rubin, Ms. Romano and Ms. Bayder  read their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be tonight at 7:00 PM. Our readers this time will be Ms. McNamee, Ms. Stoll, and Ms. Quinn!

Please join us by using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you tonight at 7 PM! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

10900 Santa Clara Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030  |  Main Office: 703-267-2800
Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates  

4/19 - Dragon Dreams

5/3-5/7  Teacher Appreciation Week

5/3 - Dragon Dreams

5/31- Memorial Day Holiday

6/11 - Last Day of School (Early Release - Dismissal at 2:15)

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: Our New Meal Procedures

  2. Testing Information 

  3. Kindergarten Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year

  4. UPDATED: Positivity Information

  5. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  6. April School Spirit Days

  7. NEW: Your Lifetouch Pictures

  8. PTA

1.Our New Meal Procedures

Beginning on April 20, we are adjusting our meal practices in school.  Because  most of our classrooms are switching from the 6 feet to 3 feet distance requirement per CDC guidelines for classrooms, students may no longer eat in that smaller setup. Students must remain 6 feet apart when eating. 

Breakfast

  • We will be going back to our previous breakfast routine of students going to the cafeteria to eat breakfast.  
  • Since we are a late start school, we highly encourage all of our students to eat breakfast at home. 
  • Due to a smaller number of students attending  in person in some classes, some classrooms are still in the 6 foot guidance. In those classrooms, students are still allowed to eat there.  
  • At 9:30 am, students needing breakfast will enter the building and proceed directly to the cafeteria.  They will have until 9:45 am to finish their meal and transition to their classrooms for attendance and morning meeting. 
  • When students leave the cafeteria, they will not be allowed to take any leftover food to their classrooms.  However, for any student arriving late, our cafeteria manager, Mr. Lilly, will deliver 3 additional breakfast bags to each classroom.    

Snacks

  • As a school, we are building this into our mask breaks or recess and will have the students eat their snacks outside. 

Lunch

  • All K-6 students will eat in the cafeteria except 6th graders because of the cafeteria capacity limits. 6th graders will remain in their classrooms with the support of an FCPS staff member.
  • Similar to their breakfast routine, students will now be going to the cafeteria to eat their lunch.  
  • Per CDC guidelines, there are  desks that have been spaced 6 feet apart  and all face the same direction. There are no longer tables in the cafeteria.
  • Students will still have 30 minutes to eat their lunch.
2.Testing Information 
  • Universal Screener I-Ready Spring Window (April 19-June 4)

Spring window for Universal Screener iReady is April 19-June 4.  During this time frame, some students in grades K-6 will be taking the spring iReady tests.   If you would like to know specific dates of your child’s iReady tests, please contact your child’s teacher.  

  • Virginia Remote Student Progress Test

For those parents who opted out of the SOLs for their all-virtual students, you will soon receive a message about an alternate assessment that you may have your student take. It is called the Virginia Remote Student Progress Test (VRSPT).  It is meant only as a means for you to have information about your child’s academic achievement on grade-level content standards. It is an optional  assessment that you will monitor at home while your child takes it  during the hours of 7:00pm - 10:00pm Monday - Friday from May 10 - June 4. We will send all families who quality for this assessment a separate email with the details of how to access it.

  • SOLs

We will be sending out our SOL schedule next week. If your child is virtual and you did NOT opt out of the SOLs, you will receive an email with the date and time for your child to come to the school and take them. If you have not yet opted out and wish to, please email Ms. An (kan@fcps.edu ) and Ms. Schmidt (bdschmidt@fcps.edu) now. Please indicate that it is for a Covid-related reason. Students who are virtual AND students who are in person may be opted out.

3.Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Fairfax Villa ES needs your help in projecting the Kindergarten enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. Virginia Law, section 22.1-254, requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2021, must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year unless the parent or guardian notifies the school in writing that they do not wish the child to attend school until the following year.

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2021, please fill out the form at https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration no later than March 26, 2021.  You can also find the survey of preschool children / kindergarten enrollment form on the reverse side of this letter.  Our kindergarten staffing of teachers and instructional assistants is based on our kindergarten enrollment and our first staffing meeting for the 2021-22 school year is in early April.  We appreciate you filling out the form by that date.

If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Fairfax Villa families who do not have children currently attending our school. 

Please email any questions to Silvia Dossmann,  Fairfax Villa Student Information Assistant, at smdossmann@fcps.edu.

4.Positivity Information April 19 - 25: APPRECIATION OF BEAUTY AND EXCELLENCE

What does APPRECIATION mean? Appreciation of beauty and excellence is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. All of these feelings (awe, admiration, and moral elevation) help us forget ourselves and find increased joy and meaning in the world. You believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.

WHY DOES IT MATTER? Appreciating excellence and beauty helps an individual experience positive emotions and connect to the world around him/her. It’s an outward facing strength, meaning the individual is focused on the world outside his/her head. And, not only is the individual outwardly focused, but often deeply absorbed in a sense of awe or admiration, freeing him/her to forget anxieties and troubles. And it is associated with other strengths, such as gratitude, curiosity, love of learning, and connection/purpose.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.” -TONI MORRISON

5.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on April 5 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing Ms. Rubin, Ms. Romano and Ms. Bayder  read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, April 19 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. McNamee, Ms. Stoll, and Ms. Quinn!

Please join us then using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

6.April School Spirit Days

Let's continue to show how excited we are to be Villa Dragons during the month of April with more Virtual Villa Spirit Days. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!

7.Your Lifetouch Pictures

Lifetouch Pictures have arrived!  If your student is Virtual, you may pick up his/her pictures in the main office Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.  For all IN-PERSON students, your pictures are being sent home with your student.  

8.PTA News

The following message is sent on behalf of the Fairfax Villa ES School PTA.  Its content reflects the PTA.

Are you the next Fairfax Villa PTA Treasurer??

Have you ever thought about being one of our amazing PTA board members? Are you good with numbers and want to get more involved? Interested in keeping the financial books for the PTA? Maybe the Treasurer is the position for you! Please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com if you'd like to discuss or to put your name on the candidate list.

PTA General Membership Meeting

Please join us for our next PTA general membership meeting on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 PM. 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e553065b5c314a049de3492858780664

AmazonSmile

We raised $55 in our first 3 months with AmazonSmile! You can continue to support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop. Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

Outside Activities

Girl Scout troops are forming for girls entering Kindergarten next year! If you know any girls who are interested, please share this upcoming meeting.

10900 Santa Clara Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030  |  Main Office: 703-267-2800
Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

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Important Upcoming Dates  

4/16 - School Spirit Day - Hat Day!

4/19 - Dragon Dreams

5/3-5/7 - Teacher Appreciation Week

5/3 - Dragon Dreams

5/31- Memorial Day Holiday

6/11 - Last Day of School (Early Release - Dismissal at 2:15)

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. NEW:Parent Action Needed Concerning SOLs

  2. Kindergarten Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year

  3. UPDATED: Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form 

  4. UPDATED: Calling All Photos!

  5. NEW: School Spirit Day-Hat Day 

  6. UPDATED: Positivity Information

  7. Boosterthon Prize Pickup

  8. Boosterthon Reward Fun with Mr. Gerstner

  9. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  10. April School Spirit Days

  11. NEW: Your Lifetouch Pictures

  12. School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

  13. PTA 

1.Parent Action Needed Concerning SOLs

As soon as we have our SOL schedule, we will publish that here and also notify families of virtual students who have chosen to have their students take the SOLs of the day and time for them to come into school for each test.

Please remember that if parents opt out of the SOLs because of any concerns about Covid-19, there will be no penalty to either the child or to our school. Your child will still be promoted to the next grade level and there will be no impact as far as advanced math or AAP services are concerned.

Parent Action Needed for SOLs:  If you have not yet responded to the parent form sent to you for your options for the SOLs, you have until Wednesday, April 14th to do that. 

  • If you are the parent of a virtual student, we need you to give us an answer either way  - if you want your child to take the SOL or opt-out.
  • If you are the parent of an in-person student, we need you to fill out the form ONLY if you wish to opt out your child from the SOL testing.

Click here for the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTHXhLV9G-NQfJsVbOXkrPQ1Ck3108vcBVbKcosGNf3z21dQ/viewform

As soon as we have your information from these forms, we will be able to finalize our testing numbers and sessions and will be able to communicate that schedule with you. Thank you for your cooperation.

2.Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Fairfax Villa ES needs your help in projecting the Kindergarten enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. Virginia Law, section 22.1-254, requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2021, must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year unless the parent or guardian notifies the school in writing that they do not wish the child to attend school until the following year.

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2021, please fill out the form at https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration no later than March 26, 2021.  You can also find the survey of preschool children / kindergarten enrollment form on the reverse side of this letter.  Our kindergarten staffing of teachers and instructional assistants is based on our kindergarten enrollment and our first staffing meeting for the 2021-22 school year is in early April.  We appreciate you filling out the form by that date.

If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Fairfax Villa families who do not have children currently attending our school. 

Please email any questions to Silvia Dossmann,  Fairfax Villa Student Information Assistant, at smdossmann@fcps.edu.

3.Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form 

Effective April 5, 2021, when a student remains home from in-person instruction due to COVID-Like Illness (CLI), the parent/guardian will NO LONGER need to provide the Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form.

Rationale: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) did not originally require this documentation for students staying home when sick. FCPS implemented this in an abundance of caution. With more students returning, requiring and monitoring additional documentation is unsustainable for staff.

The Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form will continue to be required for the following situations and must be completed prior to the students return to in-person instruction: 

  • Sent home due to COVID Like Illness (CLI)

  • Reports a positive COVID-19 test

  • Is instructed to quarantine by a medical provider or the FCHD

Additional acceptable documentation for student return to in-person following illness:

  • A health care practitioner note is also acceptable. The note is to be attached to the Return to School Form/Child Care and placed in the student’s cum folder.

  • If the student is returning from quarantine or isolation and has been under the advisement of the FCHD, a copy of the SARA alert form is also acceptable.

4.Calling All Photos!

What is a yearbook without photos? Our time is running out!

This year we would like to capture everything you have been doing at home during virtual learning. 

Please share photos of your child learning virtually, playing outside, participating in spirit days, cooking, doing arts and crafts, practicing their instrument, creating science experiments, reading with pets, having fun over spring break, dancing for Boosterthon, or anything fun! We would love to include your memories of this school year in the yearbook!

Please send photos to be considered for the yearbook to: FairfaxVillaYearbook@gmail.com 

If you missed the scheduled Picture Day, please send a portrait of your child (and the grade level) that we can include in the yearbook with their grade level peers. Please click on the google form below for directions on how to submit a photo of your child.  Please make sure the photo of your child is taken vertically, is not a full body photo, and is taken in front of a neutral background.

The deadline for both of these is April 12. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSep_d6tV26kwnvfii8bQucHtkQV5pLWOEH7DftinIi9fkhDCA/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Paramore at drparamore@fcps.edu

5.School Spirit Day: Hat Day

Our Second Grade won the Read Across America/MyOn.com Reading Challenge by reading the greatest number of minutes over four weeks.  They have chosen Hat Day for our next Spirit Day on April 16. Please have all students wear a hat on Friday, April 16 - whether they are virtual or in-person. 

Thanks to all of our readers for their participation and congratulations to our fabulous second grade students!

6.Positivity Information April 12 - 16

POSITIVITY CHARACTER TRAIT OF THE WEEK (April 12-16): FAIRNESS

What does FAIRNESS mean? You believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.

WHY DOES IT MATTER? For individuals, cultivating the character strength of fairness is correlated with highly desirable developmental outcomes. It helps people to become trustworthy friends, responsible citizens, and generally moral people. Fairness is also essential for the good of the group. As individuals develop the capacity for moral reason they often find a strengthening of: the aptitude for self-reflection; self-awareness and self-confidence; and perspective taking.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” –U.S. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

7.Boosterthon Prize Pickup 

The Boosterthon prizes are here! All students (whether or not they participated) will get a prize from the Boosterthon sponsor. Students who are attending in-person were given their prizes by their teacher this week. Parents of students who are attending virtually may come by the school Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm to pick up the prize for their student(s). After ringing the bell at door 1 and being let into the main lobby, look for the box for your child’s grade and take a prize from that box. All prizes are the same within each grade. Please note that the school office will be closed during Spring Break and will reopen on Monday, April 5th.

8.Boosterthon Reward Fun With Mr. Gerstner

Since we met our Boosterthon  goal of raising at least $10,000,  Mr. Gerstner was silly stringed and pied by some of our students (and a surprise teacher) on Thursday. We know that many of you joined us to watch this fun event live.  If you would like to watch the recording of it, please click on this link. You will need to skip ahead to the 1 minute 5 second mark to start. Thank you for your patience with us that day as we had connectivity issues while outside the building! 

9.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on April 5 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing Ms. Rubin, Ms. Romano and Ms. Bayder  read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, April 19 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. McNamee, Ms. Stoll, and Ms. Christensen!

Please join us then using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

10.April School Spirit Days

Let's continue to show how excited we are to be Villa Dragons during the month of April with more Virtual Villa Spirit Days. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!

11.Your Lifetouch Pictures

Lifetouch Pictures have arrived!  If your student is Virtual, you may pick up his/her pictures in the main office Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.  For all IN-PERSON students, your pictures are being sent home with your student.  

12.School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Please use the following link to view the breakfast and lunch menus for Fairfax Villa ES students who are attending in-person learning.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/fairfax-villa-elementary

You may use the following link to view menus for other schools.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/

13.PTA News

The following message is sent on behalf of the Fairfax Villa ES School PTA.  Its content reflects the PTA.

Are you the next Fairfax Villa PTA Secretary??

Have you ever thought about being one of our amazing PTA board members? Are you available to attend the monthly PTA meetings and keep minutes? Could you maintain the official membership list and bylaws? Maybe the Secretary is the position for you! Please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com if you'd like to discuss or to put your name on the candidate list.

PTA General Membership Meeting

Please join us for our next PTA general membership meeting on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 PM. 

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AmazonSmile

We raised $55 in our first 3 months with AmazonSmile! You can continue to support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop. Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

Outside Activities

Girl Scout troops are forming for girls entering Kindergarten next year! If you know any girls who are interested, please share this upcoming meeting.

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Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on March 15 for our Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories. We loved hearing Ms. Davis, Ms. Quinn, and Ms. Thompson read their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be tonight, Monday, April 5 at 7:00pm. Our readers this time will be Ms. Rubin, Ms. Romano, and Ms. Bayder!

Please join us by using this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

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Important Upcoming Dates  

3/26 - End of Quarter 3 (Early Release - Dismissal at 2:15)

3/29 - 4/2 - Spring Break (There will not be a News You Choose message on April 2.)

4/5 - Teacher Workday; Student Holiday

4/5 - Dragon Dreams

4/19 - Dragon Dreams

5/31- Memorial Day Holiday

6/11 - Last Day of School (Early Release - Dismissal at 2:15)

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Fairfax Villa Spring Break Message

  2. NEW: Kindergarten Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year

  3. Calendar Reminder: Spring Break Is March 29-April 2

  4. Planning to Travel Over Spring Break? Here's the Guidance

  5. NEW: School Office Closed During Spring Break

  6. Boosterthon Prize Pickup

  7. Fun Live Event with Mr. Gerstner

  8. Yearbook Pictures Needed

  9. Read Across America Challenge

  10. UPDATED: Positivity Information

  11.  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  12.  April School Spirit Days

  13. NEW: Spring School-Based AAP Services

  14. School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

  15. PTA

1.Fairfax Villa Spring Break Message

Dear Fairfax Villa Families,

It’s hard to believe that spring break is here already!  As we look back at our year, we are appreciative of everyone’s support and flexibility as we navigate our Return to School for many of our students who have come back to the building.  In addition, we thank all of the families of our virtual students for your continued flexibility, partnership, and your efforts to stay connected with us. 

As Dr. Brabrand mentioned in his email to the community on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new guidance around social distancing in schools gives FCPS the opportunity to consider expanding in-person instruction to include additional days. FCPS is assessing student needs and working with their capacity architects to identify each school’s capacity and will share more information after Spring Break.

As we return from spring break, our administrative team will learn more about our next steps as a school.  This is based on possible revised capacity in classrooms as well as other factors based on student data and staffing. Please know that the school team will be directly reaching out to the families who will be impacted by the change and will make measured steps to support students as we are best able.  We appreciate your patience and support as we once again make a transition.

We wish everyone a wonderful spring break and we look forward to continuing to work with you and your child(ren) in the fourth quarter. 

Sincerely,

Barb Schmidt, KJ An, & Dave Gerstner

2.Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Fairfax Villa ES needs your help in projecting the Kindergarten enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. Virginia Law, section 22.1-254, requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2021, must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year unless the parent or guardian notifies the school in writing that they do not wish the child to attend school until the following year.

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2021, please fill out the form at https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration no later than March 26, 2021.  You can also find the survey of preschool children / kindergarten enrollment form on the reverse side of this letter.  Our kindergarten staffing of teachers and instructional assistants is based on our kindergarten enrollment and our first staffing meeting for the 2021-22 school year is in early April.  We appreciate you filling out the form by that date.

If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Fairfax Villa families who do not have children currently attending our school. 

Please email any questions to Silvia Dossmann,  Fairfax Villa Student Information Assistant, at smdossmann@fcps.edu.

3.Spring Break Is March 29-April 2

Spring break is March 29-April 2. Also, Monday, April 5, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. Teachers will not be available for office hours and students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

4.Planning to Travel Over Spring Break? Here's the Guidance

Spring break is just around the corner. Here are some tips to be aware of as you make plans to travel:

  • The Virginia Department of Health urges all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19.

  • FCPS does not currently have travel restrictions. Students are not required to quarantine or provide COVID 19 test results for either domestic or international travel. Parents may opt to keep their students at home for 14 days after they return from travel, however, it is not required.

  • Per the Student Health and Safety Guidance Document, a Daily Health Screening Questionnaire will be required for all students attending in-person instruction. These daily health screening questionnaires will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

  • Upon returning, any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness is asked to stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19. 

Updates and more information are available online

5.School Office Closed During Spring Break

The Fairfax Villa Main Office will be closed Monday, March 29th through Friday, April 2nd.  We will reopen on Monday, April 5th. 

Our Villa Office Staff would like to wish you a wonderful and safe Spring Break! 

6.Boosterthon Prize Pickup 

The Boosterthon prizes are here! All students (whether or not they participated) will get a prize from the Boosterthon sponsor. Students who are attending in-person were given their prizes by their teacher this week. Parents of students who are attending virtually may come by the school Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm to pick up the prize for their student(s). After ringing the bell at door 1 and being let into the main lobby, look for the box for your child’s grade and take a prize from that box. All prizes are the same within each grade. Please note that the school office will be closed during Spring Break and will reopen on Monday, April 5th.

7.Fun Live Event with Mr. Gerstner

Since we met our Boosterthon  goal of raising at least $10,000,  Mr. Gerstner will be silly stringed and pied by some of our students  on Thursday, April 8 at 9:50am.  The teachers will share the BBC guest link with their virtual students at 9:45  and then will take the in-person students to the blacktop to watch. Because our 3rd graders raised the most money, the names of the 3rd grade students who are here that day will be drawn to have some of them  participate in this fun event.

8.Yearbook Pictures Needed

This year we would like to capture everything you have been doing at home during virtual learning.  Please share photos of your child learning virtually, playing outside, participating in spirit days, cooking, doing arts and crafts, practicing their instrument, creating science experiments, reading, or anything fun! We would love to include your memories in the yearbook. 

Please send photos to be considered for the yearbook to: FairfaxVillaYearbook@gmail.com 

If you missed the scheduled Picture Day, you can still have your individual child’s photo included in the yearbook with their grade level. Please click on the google form below for directions on how to submit a photo of your child.  Please make sure the photo of your child is taken vertically, is not a full body photo, and is taken in front of a neutral background.

The deadline for both of these is April 12. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSep_d6tV26kwnvfii8bQucHtkQV5pLWOEH7DftinIi9fkhDCA/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Paramore at drparamore@fcps.edu

9.Read Across America Challenge

Fairfax Villa students are taking part in a schoolwide challenge to read in myOn from March 2nd to April 6th. The grade with the most minutes will get to choose the theme for an upcoming spirit day! Let’s go, Villa Dragons! Show us how much you can read!

10.Positivity Information April 5-9: Humor

What does HUMOR mean? Humor is a sense of playfulness and lightness. It is a way of looking at and describing the world that brings laughter to people. A person with the strength of humor is skilled at seeing the funny side of things, bringing smiles and laughter to others, and identifying and communicating the absurdities in life. People with this strength don’t specifically need to be joke tellers, although many are. Humor can have a dark side, depending on how it’s used. Some humor is mean spirited and bullying. The strength of humor that the character strength focuses on is that which raises the spirits of other people.

WHY DOES IT MATTER? For individuals, humor has important health benefits, both mental and physical. Humor stretches the mind to look at things from different perspectives, keeping people mentally agile and alert. Making people laugh also produces positive emotions and happiness for the initiator. And, when people are on the receiving end of humor, they also receive many benefits. Scientists have shown that laughter reduces stress, promotes connection with other people, and can even improve focus. Laughter is contagious and bonds us to other people.

Humor plays an important role in helping groups of people rise above difficult circumstances and boost morale. It removes us from our present difficulties by easing tension and making life more fun. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”  -MARK TWAIN

11.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on March 15 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing  Ms. Davis, Ms. Quinn, and Ms. Thompson  read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, April 5 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Rubin, Ms. Romano, and Ms. Bayder!

(Due to Spring Break, we will NOT have one on March 29.)

Please join us then using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

12.April School Spirit Days

Let's continue to show how excited we are to be Villa Dragons during the month of April with more Virtual Villa Spirit Days. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!

13.Spring School-Based AAP Services 

ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (AAP)SCREENING FOR SCHOOL-BASED (LEVEL II-III) SERVICES

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in grades K-8.  Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extensions of the Program of Studies (POS).  Teachers, administrators, and advanced academic resource teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services in each elementary school:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking Lessons, Grades K-6 (Level I)

All students in kindergarten through grade six receive level I services which consist of model lessons that are designed to teach critical and creative thinking skills.  The lessons are modeled in all classrooms by AARTs and the thinking strategies are then used throughout the year by classroom teachers and other teachers who work with students. Student responses to these model lessons are used as part of the identification process for AAP services.  Parents may also practice the thinking strategies during family conversations and activities.  A description of the nine critical and creative thinking strategies can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/advanced-academics/critical-and-creative-thinking.  

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

The AART collaborates with classroom teachers to provide additional challenge through lessons and resources that extend and enrich the POS.  Level II services are part of a talent development pool.  Students are rescreened annually to make decisions about the need for this level of service. 

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

Students identified by a local school screening committee for part-time advanced academic services are challenged through models and strategies designed to extend and enrich the POS in the four core subject areas.  Students receive direct instruction from the AART at the local school using curriculum from the AAP Curriculum and Resources to Support the Differentiated Framework.  Students identified for Level III services continue to receive level III services through grade 6.

 Screening for school-based services can happen at any time during the school year but is done schoolwide in the spring to determine services for the next school year.  Parents or guardians may initiate the screening for school-based (level II and III) services by submitting the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form (available at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/elementary-school/current-fcps in the Forms section) to Cat Wilkins, AART, at cmwilkins@fcps.edu prior to spring screening by April 30, 2021.   Multiple criteria are used to screen students for all levels of AAP services.  Parents or guardians who submit a referral will be notified by Mrs. Wilkins of their student’s eligibility status by June 8, 2021.  

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 Mrs. Wilkins.  

If you have any questions, please contact Cat Wilkins at cmwilkins@fcps.edu. 

14.School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Please use the following link to view the breakfast and lunch menus for Fairfax Villa ES students who are attending in-person learning.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/fairfax-villa-elementary

You may use the following link to view menus for other schools.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/

15.PTA News

The following message is sent on behalf of the Fairfax Villa ES School PTA.  Its content reflects the PTA.

PTA 2021-2022 Board Nominations

Have you ever thought about being one of our next amazing PTA board members? No experience necessary! We’ll be sending out more information about each of the positions soon. Please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com if you'd like to discuss or volunteer.

PTA Meeting Recording

If you were not able to join the PTA meeting this week, you can view the recording here:

https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/97d39148b4b24cc38048436735762d36

Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 PM.

Lasagna Love

Here’s a chance to give a meal or receive a meal! This is a national campaign that makes local matches between families that are able to make lasagnas and families that need assistance.  https://www.lasagnalove.org  

AmazonSmile

We raised $55 in our first 3 months with AmazonSmile! You can continue to support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop. Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates  

3/26 - End of Quarter 3 (Early Release - Dismissal at 2:15)

3/29 - 4/2 - Spring Break

4/5 - Teacher Workday; Student Holiday

4/5 - Dragon Dreams

5/31- Memorial Day Holiday

6/11 - Last Day of School (Early Release - Dismissal at 2:15)

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Kindergarten Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year

  2. Calendar Reminder: Two-Hour Early Dismissal on March 26; Spring Break Is March 29-April 2

  3. Planning to Travel Over Spring Break? Here's the Guidance

  4. Return to School 

  5. Boosterthon Prize Pickup

  6. Yearbook Pictures Needed

  7. Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

  8. Read Across America Challenge

  9. NEW: Positivity Information

  10. UPDATED: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  11.  March School Spirit Days

  12. School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

  13. PTA

1.Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Fairfax Villa ES needs your help in projecting the Kindergarten enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. Virginia Law, section 22.1-254, requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2021, must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year unless the parent or guardian notifies the school in writing that they do not wish the child to attend school until the following year.

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2021, please fill out the form at https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration no later than March 26, 2021.  You can also find the survey of preschool children / kindergarten enrollment form on the reverse side of this letter.  Our kindergarten staffing of teachers and instructional assistants is based on our kindergarten enrollment and our first staffing meeting for the 2021-22 school year is in early April.  We appreciate you filling out the form by that date.

If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Fairfax Villa families who do not have children currently attending our school. 

Please email any questions to Silvia Dossmann,  Fairfax Villa Student Information Assistant, at smdossmann@fcps.edu.

2.Calendar Reminder: Two-Hour Early Dismissal on March 26; Spring Break Is March 29-April 2

As a reminder, Friday, March 26, is the last day of the third quarter. Students will attend their in-person or virtual classes as usual and then will be dismissed two hours early.

Spring break is March 29-April 2. Also, Monday, April 5, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. Teachers will not be available for office hours and students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

3.Planning to Travel Over Spring Break? Here's the Guidance

Spring break is just around the corner. Here are some tips to be aware of as you make plans to travel:

  • The Virginia Department of Health urges all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19.

  • FCPS does not currently have travel restrictions. Students are not required to quarantine or provide COVID 19 test results for either domestic or international travel. Parents may opt to keep their students at home for 14 days after they return from travel, however, it is not required.

  • Per the Student Health and Safety Guidance Document, a Daily Health Screening Questionnaire will be required for all students attending in-person instruction. These daily health screening questionnaires will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

  • Upon returning, any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness is asked to stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19. 

4.Return to School Monday Student Schedule

For the remainder of the school year, students will attend morning meetings on Mondays with their teachers from 9:45am-10:15am.  This will allow teachers the opportunity to take attendance, review the asynchronous work for the day, as well as answer any questions.  Following the morning meeting, students in grades PreK-2 will complete up to 2 hours of asynchronous work and students in grades 3-6 will complete up to 2.5 hours of asynchronous work.  On Monday, April 5 and Monday, May 31, students will not be logging on with their teachers or performing asynchronous work due to the student holidays.

School Supplies and Laptops

If your child brings school supplies back and forth to school, please be sure that they bring them in for every in-person day.

In-person students should bring their charged laptops to school every day. Please ensure that your child is plugging in and charging the laptop each evening so that it remains charged during the school day.

Art Materials

If your child is coming to school in person on a day that they have art, they should bring their school provided art kit in the Ziploc bag containing a sketchbook and watercolors.  Parents should provide a pencil, scissors, glue, and crayons or colored pencils. If students never picked up their school provided art kit from the school, please contact Ms. Paramore at drparamore@fcps.edu.

5.Boosterthon Prize Pickup 

The Boosterthon prizes are here! All students (whether or not they participated) will get a prize from the Boosterthon sponsor. Students who are attending in-person will be given their prizes by their teacher next week. Parents of students who are attending virtually may come by the school Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm to pick up the prize for their student(s). After ringing the bell at door 1 and being let into the main lobby, look for the box for your child’s grade and take a prize from that box. All prizes are the same within each grade.

6.Yearbook Pictures Needed

This year we would like to capture everything you have been doing at home during virtual learning.  Please share photos of your child learning virtually, playing outside, participating in spirit days, cooking, doing arts and crafts, practicing their instrument, creating science experiments, reading, or anything fun! We would love to include your memories in the yearbook. 

Please send photos to be considered for the yearbook to: FairfaxVillaYearbook@gmail.com 

If you missed the scheduled Picture Day, you can still have your individual child’s photo included in the yearbook with their grade level. Please click on the google form below for directions on how to submit a photo of your child.  Please make sure the photo of your child is taken vertically, is not a full body photo, and is taken in front of a neutral background.

The deadline for both of these is April 12. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSep_d6tV26kwnvfii8bQucHtkQV5pLWOEH7DftinIi9fkhDCA/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Paramore at drparamore@fcps.edu

7.Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As many students return to in-person instruction, parents and caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) re-enter school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through ParentVUE (PVUE) or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

8.Read Across America Challenge

Fairfax Villa students are taking part in a schoolwide challenge to read in myOn from March 2nd to April 6th. The grade with the most minutes will get to choose the theme for an upcoming spirit day! Let’s go, Villa Dragons! Show us how much you can read!

9.Positivity Information March 22-26

While there is no Positivity Character Trait for the week of March 22nd-26th we invite all students to join us in celebrating character strengths and positive relationships during our P2 Spirit Day on Thursday March 25th.  Staff and students can show their support by wearing GREEN or VILLA SCHOOL COLORS.  

10.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on March 15 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing  Ms. Davis, Ms. Quinn, and Ms. Thompson  read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, April 5 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Rubin, Ms. Romano, and Ms. Bayder!

(Due to Spring Break, we will NOT have one on March 29.)

Please join us then using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

11.March School Spirit Days

Let's continue to show how LUCKY we are to be Villa Dragons during the month of March with more Virtual Villa Spirit Days. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!

12.School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Please use the following link to view the breakfast and lunch menus for Fairfax Villa ES students who are attending in-person learning.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/fairfax-villa-elementary

You may use the following link to view menus for other schools.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/

13.PTA News

The following message is sent on behalf of the Fairfax Villa ES School PTA.  Its content reflects the PTA.

Dragon Snacks

With some students back in the classroom, we're making sure that every child has a snack! Thank you to everyone who signed up to donate something next week - you filled all the slots in under 2 hours! We'll be posting a sign up for another delivery as soon as we hear that the school needs more.

PTA General Membership Meeting

Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 PM.

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e553065b5c314a049de3492858780664

PTA 2021-2022 Board Nominations

Are you interested in helping to find our next amazing PTA Board members? The first step in electing a new board in May is creating a 3-person nominating committee to find candidates. Or are you interested in running for one of the board positions? Please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

Lasagna Love

Here’s a chance to give a meal or receive a meal! This is a national campaign that makes local matches between families that are able to make lasagnas and families that need assistance.  https://www.lasagnalove.org  

AmazonSmile

We raised $55 in our first 3 months with AmazonSmile! You can continue to support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop. Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates  

3/15 - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

3/16- Grades 3-6 Tues/Wed Cohort Return to Building 

3/18- Grades 3-6 Thurs/Fri Cohort Return to Building

3/26 - End of Quarter 3 (Early Release - Dismissal at 2:15)

3/29 - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

3/29 - 4/2 - Spring Break

4/5 - Teacher Workday; Student Holiday

5/31- Memorial Day Holiday

6/11 - Last Day of School (Early Release - Dismissal at 2:15)

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Bus Schedule Information for grades 1 through 6 

  2. Return to School 

  3. Yearbook Pictures Needed

  4. Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

  5. Lunchboxes Now Allowed

  6. Video: FCPS Is Ready to Return

  7. Read Across America Challenge

  8. Kindergarten Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year

  9. NEW: Positivity Character Trait for March 15-19

  10. UPDATED: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  11.  March School Spirit Days

  12. Fairfax Villa Main Office Hours Have Changed

  13. School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

  14. PTA

1.Bus Schedule Information for grades 1 through 6

Parents/guardians of students in grades 1 through 6 will not receive direct notification from FCPS Transportation regarding bus schedules.  Instead, parents/guardians can find their children’s transportation information in their SIS ParentVUE accounts.  Once you log in, click on Student Info in the menu on the left, and scroll down to Transportation.  The information listed will be the FVES Bus route number, times of pick up and drop off, and bus stop location.

If you requested that your child be added to a bus or there has been a change in the days he/she is attending, please allow 5 days for any additions or changes to be made to the schedule.

Additionally, please feel free to call the Fairfax Villa office between 8:45 am - 4:45 pm (703-267-2800) if you are unable to find your child’s transportation details.

2.Return to School

Dates of Return for Student Groups

Group 7: Grades 3-6

  • March 16 (for the Tuesday/Wednesday in-person students) 
  • March 18 (for the Thursday/Friday in-person students) 
Teacher Preparation Days

Please note: Teachers will be assigning asynchronous work to students in Group 7 on March 12 and 15. There will be no direct instruction or morning meeting on these days. These days will be used as teacher preparation days as we continue to plan for the return to school. 

Art Materials

If your child is coming to school in person on a day that they have art, they should bring their school provided art kit in the Ziploc bag.  This contains a sketchbook and watercolors, along with a pencil, scissors, glue, and crayons or colored pencils. If students never picked up their school provided art kit from the school, please contact Ms. Paramore (drparamore@fcps.edu).

3.Yearbook Pictures Needed

This year we would like to capture everything you have been doing at home during virtual learning.  Please share photos of your child learning virtually, playing outside, participating in spirit days, cooking, doing arts and crafts, practicing their instrument, creating science experiments, reading, or anything fun! We would love to include your memories in the yearbook. 

Please send photos to be considered for the yearbook to: FairfaxVillaYearbook@gmail.com 

If you missed the scheduled Picture Day, you can still have your individual child’s photo included in the yearbook with their grade level. Please click on the google form below for directions on how to submit a photo of your child.  Please make sure the photo of your child is taken vertically, is not a full body photo, and is taken in front of a neutral background.

The deadline for both of these is April 12. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSep_d6tV26kwnvfii8bQucHtkQV5pLWOEH7DftinIi9fkhDCA/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Paramore at drparamore@fcps.edu

4.Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As many students return to in-person instruction, parents and caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) re-enter school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through ParentVUE (PVUE) or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

5.Lunchboxes Now Allowed

As of March 3, lunchboxes are NOW allowed.  Students will need to put them back inside their backpacks after lunch. 

6.Video: FCPS Is Ready to Return

The School Board has given its support  and FCPS' health and safety plans are tested and in place for students to return to the classroom. Watch the video on Return to School.

7.Read Across America Challenge

Fairfax Villa students are taking part in a schoolwide challenge to read in myOn from March 2nd to April 6th. The grade with the most minutes will get to choose the theme for an upcoming spirit day! Let’s go, Villa Dragons! Show us how much you can read!

8.Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

We need your help in projecting the Kindergarten enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. Virginia Law, section 22.1-254, requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2021, must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year unless the parent or guardian notifies the school in writing that they do not wish the child to attend school until the following year.

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2021, please fill out the form at https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration no later than March 15, 2021. 

If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Fairfax Villa families who do not have children currently attending our school.

Please email any questions to Silvia Dossmann, Student Information Assistant, at smdossmann@fcps.edu.

9.Positivity Character Trait for March 15-19: Love of Learning 

What does LOVE OF LEARNING mean? Those with a love of learning are intrinsically motivated and engaged in a topic regardless of achieving an external standard. They enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning. They don’t need a prize or a high grade as a reward. Their reward is the process of doing the work and improving. People who love learning experience positive feelings in the process of acquiring skills, building on existing knowledge, or learning something completely new.

WHY DOES IT MATTER? Developing a love of learning is highly beneficial for an individual. It means that they are intrinsically motivated to deepen their existing skills and abilities, or learn something completely new. Since intrinsically motivated action is correlated with positive emotions, those who act on their love of learning may also have enhanced mental and physical health. Additionally, individuals who love learning have the desire and ability to overcome challenges, due to a sense of autonomy and control over their environment.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”        -NEIL deGRASSE TYSON

10.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on March 1 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing  Ms.Gaskins, Ms. Eddy, and Ms. Vadala  read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, March 15 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Davis, Ms. Quinn, and Ms. Thompson!

Please join us then using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

11.March School Spirit Days

Let's continue to show how LUCKY we are to be Villa Dragons during the month of March with more Virtual Villa Spirit Days. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!

12.Fairfax Villa Main Office Hours Have Changed

The office will now be open from 8:45 am - 4:45 pm to reflect the new bell schedule. 

13.School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Please use the following link to view the breakfast and lunch menus for Fairfax Villa ES students who are attending in-person learning.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/fairfax-villa-elementary

You may use the following link to view menus for other schools.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/

14.PTA News

The following message is sent on behalf of the Fairfax Villa ES School PTA.  Its content reflects the PTA.

Boosterthon

The PTA extends a very special THANK YOU to the FVES community for your amazing support of this year’s virtual Boosterthon! We know that these times are tough for everyone, in many different ways, and we are truly grateful for your participation. We hope that all the kids had a great time dancing!

PTA General Meeting

Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 PM.

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e553065b5c314a049de3492858780664

Volunteer Opportunities!

The PTA will be assisting with classroom snacks as our kids return to the classroom! We’ll be looking for volunteers to bring snacks to the school once we learn more about how many kids are returning and how many snacks are needed. Keep an eye out for sign ups soon!

Are you interested in helping to find our next amazing PTA Board members? The first step in electing a new board in May is creating a 3-person nominating committee to find candidates. Please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

Lasagna Love

Here’s a chance to give a meal or receive a meal! This is a national campaign that makes local matches between families that are able to make lasagnas and families that need assistance.  https://www.lasagnalove.org  

AmazonSmile

We raised $55 in our first 3 months with AmazonSmile! You can continue to support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop. Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

PTA Membership

PTA Membership is still open! Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/. Memberships are $10/person. If you would like to pay by check or need financial assistance, please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com.

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Fairfax Villa Dance Fit Final Numbers!

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Hey FVES!

We made it to our goal during our bonus week. Congratulations, Fairfax Villa Elementary! You all have crushed it and knocked it out of the park! Thank you so much for all the support. It's been amazing to see everyone come together and work towards this goal.

I am happy to announce our funds raised, which are located below. Thank you for a great year everyone!

Molly Liskey

Program Support

(772) 631-3045

MollyLiskey@boosterthon.com

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Teacher Workday - No School March 8

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On March 8th, staff will participate in a variety of professional development and planning activities and will not be available for morning meetings, office hours, or small group instruction. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar.

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates  

3/5 -2 hour early dismissal (School ends at 2:15)

3/8 - Student Holiday (No Asynchronous Work)/Teacher Workday

3/9 - Grades 1 and 2 Tues/Wed cohort Return to Building 

3/10 - 3/12 - Spring Pictures

3/11 - Grades 1 and 2 Thurs/Fri  Cohort Return to Building 

3/15 - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

3/16- Grades 3-6 Tues/Wed Cohort Return to Building 

3/18- Grades 3-6 Thurs/Fri Cohort Return to Building

3/29 - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

3/29 - 4/2 - Spring Break

4/5 - Teacher Workday; Student Holiday

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Bus Schedule Information for grades 1 through 6 

  2. Return to School Dates

  3. FCPS Covid-19 Update

  4. Classroom Monitors 

  5. School Picture Days

  6. Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

  7. NEW:Lunchboxes Now Allowed

  8. Video: FCPS Is Ready to Return

  9. NEW:Read Across America Challenge

  10. NEW:Kindergarten Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year

  11. NEW: Positivity Character Trait for March 8-12

  12. UPDATED: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  13.  March School Spirit Days

  14. Fairfax Villa Main Office Hours Have Changed

  15. School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

  16. PTA 

1.Bus Schedule Information for grades 1 through 6

Parents/guardians of students in grades 1 through 6 will not receive direct notification from FCPS Transportation regarding bus schedules.  Instead, parents/guardians can find their children’s transportation information in their SIS ParentVUE accounts.  Once you log in, click on Student Info in the menu on the left, and scroll down to Transportation.  The information listed will be the FVES Bus route number, times of pick up and drop off, and bus stop location.

If you requested that your child be added to a bus or there has been a change in the days he/she is attending, please allow 5 days for any additions or changes to be made to the schedule.

Additionally, please feel free to call the Fairfax Villa office between 8:45 am - 4:45 pm (703-267-2800) if you are unable to find your child’s transportation details.

2.Return to School

Dates of Return for Student Groups

Group 6: Grades 1-2 

  • March 9 (for the Tuesday/Wednesday in-person students) 
  • March 11 (for the Thursday/Friday in-person students) 

Group 7: Grades 3-6

  • March 16 (for the Tuesday/Wednesday in-person students) 
  • March 18 (for the Thursday/Friday in-person students) 
Teacher Preparation Days

Please note: Teachers will be assigning asynchronous work to students in Group 6 on March  5,and 8 and to students in Group 7 on March 8, 11, 12, and 15. There will be no direct instruction or morning meeting on these days. These days will be used as teacher preparation days as we continue to plan for the return to school. 

Art Materials

If your child is coming to school in person on a day that they have art, they should bring their school provided art kit in the Ziploc bag.  This contains a sketchbook and watercolors, along with a pencil, scissors, glue, and crayons or colored pencils. If students never picked up their school provided art kit from the school, please contact Ms. Paramore (drparamore@fcps.edu).

3.FCPS Covid-19 Update

There has been an update on how families are notified about a potential exposure to Covid-19 in a classroom.  While the notification process will be generally the same as the one FCPS used in the fall, the Fairfax County Health Department will now determine which students and/or staff have potentially been exposed and needs to return to a virtual setting pending contact tracing.

This return to a virtual learning setting will last until the Health Department completes contact tracing. Any students and/or staff directed by local health officials to quarantine will need to follow Health Department guidance.

4.Employment Opportunities at Fairfax Villa: Classroom Monitors 

Fairfax Villa ES is looking for a classroom monitor to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when some staff members continue to work virtually. If you would like more information about the position, review the job description online and apply if interested. Please share information about this opportunity with anyone you think may be interested and make sure to contact Karen Wells (KEWells@fcps.edu) if you would like to become a classroom monitor at Fairfax Villa.

5.School Picture Days

Coming Soon! Fairfax Villa ES Picture Days! All in-person students in grades K-2 will have their pictures taken on Wednesday, March 10th and Thursday March 11th.  

For all students in grades 3-6 and virtual students in grades K-2, we have a SignUp Genius Link below for you to use to  sign up your student for their picture on Friday, March 12th.  The time slots will be from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.  You will enter and exit through door 8 (by Kiss and Ride loop). 

Please click on the link to sign up for your slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CA5A72BA3FBC43-fairfax

6.Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As many students return to in-person instruction, parents and caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) re-enter school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through ParentVUE (PVUE) or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

7.Lunchboxes Now Allowed

As of March 3, lunchboxes are NOW allowed.  Students will need to put them back inside their backpacks after lunch. 

8.Video: FCPS Is Ready to Return

The School Board has given its support  and FCPS' health and safety plans are tested and in place for students to return to the classroom. Watch the video on Return to School.

9.Read Across America Challenge

Fairfax Villa students are taking part in a schoolwide challenge to read in myOn from March 2nd to April 6th. The grade with the most minutes will get to choose the theme for an upcoming spirit day! Let’s go, Villa Dragons! Show us how much you can read!

10.Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

We need your help in projecting the Kindergarten enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. Virginia Law, section 22.1-254, requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2021, must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year unless the parent or guardian notifies the school in writing that they do not wish the child to attend school until the following year.

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2021, please fill out the form at https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration no later than March 15, 2021. 

If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Fairfax Villa families who do not have children currently attending our school.

Please email any questions to Silvia Dossmann, Student Information Assistant, at smdossmann@fcps.edu.

11.Positivity Character Trait for March 8-12: SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE

What does SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE mean? Social intelligence refers to a person’s ability to understand and manage interpersonal relationships. It is distinct from a person’s IQ or “book smarts.” It includes an individual’s ability to understand, and act on, the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of other people.Examples of social intelligence include knowing when to talk or listen, what to say, and what to do.

WHY DOES IT MATTER? Social intelligence helps individuals build relationships – and is important to numerous aspects of a person’s life. It allows an individual to form friendships and alliances. And, it assists a person against being taken advantage of. People with social intelligence can “read” other people’s faces and know what motivates them. Social intelligence builds over time and as a person ages. In this sense, it is similar to the character strength of perspective.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.” -ABRAHAM LINCOLN

12.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on March 1 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing  Ms.Gaskins, Ms. Eddy, and Ms. Vadala  read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, March 15 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Davis, Ms. Quinn, and Ms. Thompson!

Please join us then using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

13.March School Spirit Days

Let's continue to show how LUCKY we are to be Villa Dragons during the month of March with more Virtual Villa Spirit Days. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!

14.Fairfax Villa Main Office Hours Have Changed

The office will now be open from 8:45 am - 4:45 pm to reflect the new bell schedule. 

15.School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Please use the following link to view the breakfast and lunch menus for Fairfax Villa ES students who are attending in-person learning.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/fairfax-villa-elementary

You may use the following link to view menus for other schools.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/

16.PTA News

The following message is sent on behalf of the Fairfax Villa ES School PTA.  Its content reflects the PTA.

Volunteer Opportunities!

The PTA will be assisting with classroom snacks as our kids return to the classroom! We’ll be looking for volunteers to bring snacks to the school once we learn more about how many kids are returning and how many snacks are needed. Keep an eye out for sign ups soon!

Are you interested in helping to find our next amazing PTA Board members? The first step in electing a new board in May is creating a 3-person nominating committee to find candidates. Please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

Lasagna Love

Here’s a chance to give a meal or receive a meal! This is a national campaign that makes local matches between families that are able to make lasagnas and families that need assistance.  https://www.lasagnalove.org  

PTA General Meeting

If you missed our PTA meeting last week, you can watch the recording at:

https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/7b45d240ab0945d1b42c72fec7828b87

And please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 PM.

AmazonSmile

We raised $55 in our first 3 months with AmazonSmile! You can continue to support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop. Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

PTA Membership

PTA Membership is still open! Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/. Memberships are $10/person. If you would like to pay by check or need financial assistance, please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com.

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Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

Fairfax Villa Elementary Dance Fit Event

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FVES Families,

TODAY IS THE BIG DAY!  We are so pumped to have our Fairfax Villa Elementary Dance Fit Event from home today! We hope your students have a blast as they get active for 35 minutes to help our school! 

Today your students will be dancing during designated times:

  • Kindergarten = 11am 
  • 3rd grade = 12pm 
  • 4-6 grades = 1:30pm 

Also, we’d love to see videos of your students participating at home!  If you post any videos or photos on social media, make sure to tag our school, our PTA Facebook page, and @choosebooster!

As a reminder, if you have registered your student on funrun.com, they will be recorded as completing 35 minutes danced after this event unless we are notified otherwise. 

(Email MollyLiskey@boosterthon.com by 9:00 on FRIDAY EVENING if notifying us of a different number of minutes).

Thank you all so much for your support and generosity these past two weeks.  We loved seeing our school community come together to help us raise funds for ukuleles, teacher appreciation gifts and special projects for the school. We are at about $7,991 towards our goal of $10,000 right now, there is still time to donate!

Thanks again for supporting Fairfax Villa Elementary!  Go Dragons!

- FVES Team

Molly Liskey

Program Support

(772) 631-3045

MollyLiskey@boosterthon.com

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Team Day 6 Recap + Communication | FVES

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FVES Families, the Fairfax Villa Dance-a-Thon is TOMORROW! With only one night left before the event, make sure to support our school by:

We are nearing our fundraising goal but still need your help to keep the momentum going. We also still have our registration goal that we are working on! Check details below!

We can’t wait to celebrate your students and cheer them on tomorrow. You’re invited to join us for the fun and dance along with you student! The logistics are: 

11am = Kindergarten

12pm = 3rd Grade

1:30pm = 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade

Fairfax Villa Elementary Families! It’s the last night before our BIG events tomorrow! Which means the last weekend to get donations to go towards Grade Level pledge-o-meter incentives! #Boosterthon

That’s a wrap on Sports City Now! The students absolutely LOVED this character theme. They got to learn the character lessons TEAMWORK, CARE, COURAGE, GRIT, & CELEBRATION from kids just like them. Ask your student which sport they liked best and what they learned.

Molly Liskey

Program Support

(772) 631-3045

MollyLiskey@boosterthon.com

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Team Day 5 Recap + Communication

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Hey FVES Families! Who wants a virtual Dance Party? Check out tonight's #Boosterthon challenge to find out how!

 

Today, students learned about CELEBRATION from Kathy, a volleyball player from Boston, MA.  Celebration is about joyfully affirming others—their strengths, gifts, and accomplishments! 🎉🥳 You can watch the short video on funrun.com with your student tonight! #Boosterthon 

Molly Liskey

Program Support

(772) 631-3045

MollyLiskey@boosterthon.com

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Boosterthon Team Day 4 Recap + Communication

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FVES Families! Check out the #Boosterthon pie challenge details!  

 

FVES Families! Did you know we have a registration goal? Check out the details below! #Boosterthon

 

Yesterday, students learned about GRIT from Cal, a ninja warrior from Philadelphia, PA.  Grit is all about loving a challenge and never giving up, even when it’s difficult! 💪 You can watch the short video on funrun.com with your student tonight! #Boosterthon 

Molly Liskey

Program Support

(772) 631-3045

MollyLiskey@boosterthon.com

10900 Santa Clara Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030  |  Main Office: 703-267-2800
Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

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Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on February 15th for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing  Ms.Marsh, Ms. Atkinson, and Ms. Clarke read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, March 1 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Gaskins, Ms. Eddy, and Ms. Vadala!

Please join us then using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

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Boosterthon Team Day 3 Recap + Communication

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FVES families! The weekend is here! I hope you enjoy some much-deserved relaxation this weekend.

Thank you for every share and donation you all have contributed to our fundraiser. This year is an important one for our school. We appreciate everyone’s support as we raise funds for student ukuleles, teacher appreciation gifts, Positivity Projects and a courtyard classroom project. If you haven’t registered your student on funrun.com, it’s easy to do this weekend.

Then, consider sharing with extended family and friends.

And if you are able to, consider making a donation as well.

Every share and donation adds up to make a big difference for our school.

If your family does get a donation this weekend, you’ll be part of the Weekend Challenge which is if any student receives a pledge for $2 per dance minute ($60 flat donation) or more, this weekend, they will earn a BONUS prize!

Thank you for supporting our school.

Have a great weekend!

Molly Liskey

Program Support

(772) 631-3045

MollyLiskey@boosterthon.com

 

Fairfax Villa Families! Check out tonight’s #Boosterthon challenge! BONUS PRIZE ALERT!

 

 

On Friday, students learned about COURAGE from Hunter, an adaptive surfer from Oceanside, CA.  Courage is all about taking the next step, even if you feel fear! 🌊 You can watch the short video on funrun.com with your student tonight! #Boosterthon

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates  

3/1 - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

3/5 -2 hour early dismissal (School ends at 2:15)

3/9 - Grades 1 and 2 Tues/Wed cohort Return to Building 

3/11 - Grades 1 and 2 Thurs/Fri  cohort Return to Building 

3/15 - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

3/16- Grades 3-6 Tues/Wed cohort Return to Building 

3/18- Grades 3-6 Thurs/Fri cohort Return to Building

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Our Return to School Parent Information Sessions

  2. Return to School Dates

  3. Classroom Monitors 

  4. School Picture Days

  5. Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

  6. Video: FCPS Is Ready to Return

  7. NEW: Positivity Character Trait for March 1-5

  8. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  9. NEW: March School Spirit Days

  10. Fairfax Villa Main Office Hours Have Changed

  11. School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

  12. PTA 

1.Our Return to School Parent Information Sessions

The  FCPS School Board has made the decision to move forward with Dr. Braband's proposed schedule of returning students in the hybrid/concurrent learning model for those families who have requested in-person instruction in our Fairfax Villa parent survey. 

In the coming weeks, we will be hosting a Return to School Parent session for families of each grade level.  These sessions are for all families, whether you have chosen online or in person, and will last approximately 45 minutes.  During these meetings, the administration and grade level teachers will be sharing information about in-person learning, mitigation strategies, and updates to schedules. We will also answer any questions families may have at the end of each session.  If you cannot attend the date and time listed below, we will be sending out a recording to all families connected with each grade level via eNotify. 

Parents will receive an email  from the current teacher the day before the Parent Information Session that will provide details as to virtual or in-person placement. 

Grade: 3

Parent Information Session Date: March 4

Parent Information Session Time: 3:30 - 4:30

BBCU Link for Parents Session: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/2634c43ba91e419c86659b48b90f0393

Grade: 4

Parent Information Session Date: March 3

Parent Information Session Time: 3:30 - 4:30

BBCU Link for Parents Session: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/589f0657929a493daaa52c37d89c7b49

Grade: 5

Parent Information Session Date: March 2

Parent Information Session Time: 3:30 - 4:30

BBCU Link for Parents Session: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/9199cc501e764bae87243a82b86c3d17

Grade: 6

Parent Information Session Date: March 1

Parent Information Session Time: 3:30 - 4:30

BBCU Link for Parents Session: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/532d70175c9543498b3ff78f6e762632

2.Return to School

Dates of Return for Student Groups

Group 6: Grades 1-2 

  • March 9 (for the Tuesday/Wednesday in-person students) 
  • March 11 (for the Thursday/Friday in-person students) 

Group 7: Grades 3-6

  • March 16 (for the Tuesday/Wednesday in-person students) 
  • March 18 (for the Thursday/Friday in-person students) 

Please note: Teachers will be assigning asynchronous work to students in Group 6 on March 1, 4, 5, and 8 and students in Group 7 on March 8, 11, 12, and 15. There will be no direct instruction or morning meeting on these days. These days will be used as teacher preparation days as we continue to plan for the return to school. 

If your child is coming to school in person on a day that they have art, they should bring their school provided art kit in the Ziploc bag.  This contains a sketchbook and watercolors, along with a pencil, scissors, glue, and crayons or colored pencils. If students never picked up their school provided art kit from the school, please contact Ms. Paramore (drparamore@fcps.edu).

3.Employment Opportunities at Fairfax Villa: Classroom Monitors 

Fairfax Villa ES is looking for a classroom monitor to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when some staff members continue to work virtually. If you would like more information about the position, review the job description online and apply if interested. Please share information about this opportunity with anyone you think may be interested and make sure to contact Karen Wells (KEWells@fcps.edu) if you would like to become a classroom monitor at Fairfax Villa.

4.School Picture Days

Coming Soon! Fairfax Villa ES Picture Days! All in-person students in grades K-2 will have their pictures taken on Wednesday, March 10th and Thursday March 11th.  

For all students in grades 3-6 and virtual students in grades K-2, we have a SignUp Genius Link below for you to use to  sign up your student for their picture on Friday, March 12th.  The time slots will be from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.  You will enter and exit through door 8 (by Kiss and Ride loop). 

Please click on the link to sign up for your slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CA5A72BA3FBC43-fairfax

5.Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As many students return to in-person instruction, parents and caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) re-enter school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through ParentVUE (PVUE) or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

6.Video: FCPS Is Ready to Return

The School Board has given its support  and FCPS' health and safety plans are tested and in place for students to return to the classroom. Watch the video on Return to School.

7.Positivity Character Trait for March 1-5: ZEST/ENTHUSIASM

What does CHEERING OTHERS’ SUCCESS mean? Zest/Enthusiasm is the ability to bring life and excitement to different situations. It often leads to a higher level of involvement and engagement both for individuals and for groups. Those who demonstrate zest and enthusiasm bring an energy and level of intensity to individual and group work. These people are often identified as early leaders and innovators as a result of their outward excitement about a task or project.

WHY DOES IT MATTER? For individuals, zest and enthusiasm are easily identifiable and highly desirable personality traits. We feel good when we are energized by an activity or opportunity – and we like to spend time with people who are excited about life. Those who demonstrate a high level of enthusiasm are more likely to complete tasks and exceed minimum requirements as a result of their passion.

For groups, enthusiasm and zest can be directly tied to high levels of success, happiness, and achievement. Enthusiasm is contagious. One person’s enthusiasm can spark others to think, speak, and act with more energy and conviction. Groups that are enthusiastic about tasks are much more likely to spend longer periods of time in service to the group’s overall goals.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.’” -OPRAH WINFREY

8.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on February 15th for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing  Ms.Marsh, Ms. Atkinson, and Ms. Clarke read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, March 1 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Gaskins, Ms. Eddy, and Ms. Vadala!

Please join us then using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

9.March School Spirit Days

Let's continue to show how LUCKY we are to be Villa Dragons during the month of March with more Virtual Villa Spirit Days. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!

10.Fairfax Villa Main Office Hours Have Changed

The office will now be open from 8:45 am - 4:45 pm to reflect the new bell schedule. Thank you

11.School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Please use the following link to view the breakfast and lunch menus for Fairfax Villa ES students who are attending in-person learning.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/fairfax-villa-elementary

You may use the following link to view menus for other schools.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/

12.PTA News

The following message is sent on behalf of the Fairfax Villa ES School PTA.  Its content reflects the PTA.

PTA General Meeting

If you missed our PTA meeting this week, you can watch the recording at:

https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/7b45d240ab0945d1b42c72fec7828b87

And please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 PM!

Volunteer Opportunities!

The PTA will be assisting with classroom snacks as our kids return to the classroom! We’ll be looking for volunteers to bring snacks to the school once we learn more about how many kids are returning and how many snacks are needed. Keep an eye out for sign ups soon!

Are you interested in helping to find our next amazing PTA Board members? The first step in electing a new board in May is creating a 3-person nominating committee to find candidates. Please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer!

Spirit Wear

Get your Villa Dragon gear while you can! Today is the LAST DAY the store is open!

https://wildhaggissports.com/teamstore/team/FVES

AmazonSmile

We raised $55 in our first 3 months with AmazonSmile! You can continue to support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop. Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

PTA Membership

PTA Membership is still open! Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/. Memberships are $10/person. If you would like to pay by check or need financial assistance, please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com.

10900 Santa Clara Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030  |  Main Office: 703-267-2800
Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

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