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Important Upcoming Dates

10/12   School Planning Day / Student Holiday

10/13   and 10/19  Advanced Academics Parent Meeting

10/23 SR & R Parent Acknowledgement for each student due (see #1 below)

10/30   End of first quarter:  2 Hour Early Release (school ends at 2 PM)

11/2 and 11/3   Parent Conference Days/ Student Holidays

11/11    Veterans’ Day  2 Hour Early Release (School ends at 2 PM)

12/1    Advanced Academics Referral Deadline

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: SR&R Acknowledgement Form
  2. Advanced Academics Level IV Parent Meetings and Deadlines
  3. NEW: Congratulations to Mr. Flores
  4. Technology News
  5. HIPPY: Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
  6. PTA News
  7. Send us your pics!
1.NEW:Student Rights and Responsibilities Form

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr

After reviewing the information, you must fill out this form by October 23, 2020 : Click on the link below  FCPS 2020-21 Parent and/or Guardian SR&R Acknowledgement  

The form must be filled out one time for each student.

2.Advanced Academics Level IV Parent Meetings and Deadlines

Mrs. Wilkins, Fairfax Villa’s Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, will hold parent information meetings on October 13 at 7:00 p.m. and October 19 at 3:00 p.m. Both meetings will include the same information, so families can choose which one best fits their schedule. At these meetings, Mrs. Wilkins will review the levels of service in FCPS and the updated information about the Level IV screening process for this year. Please note there have been several changes to the screening process, including an earlier referral deadline of December 1. Before attending the meeting, we invite you to view the  AAP Overview Video | La sinopsis de los servicios del Programa Académico Avanzado and updated  AAP Screening and Identification slideshow. Additional information is also available on the Fairfax Villa website and the Advanced Academics website.

Here is the guest link to join the meetings: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/68252f81bd624535bc75f8d8c06a170c

3. NEW: Congratulations to Mr. Flores

We are excited to announce that our very own Mr. Jose Flores was recently chosen as the Region 5 Outstanding School-Based Operational Employee for 2019-2020. As one of the first staff members who families meet with  when they come to enroll at Fairfax Villa,  Mr. Flores makes each family feel welcome right from the beginning. He continues to assist all  students and families in many ways throughout the school year. We are very proud that not only was he chosen as the award winner for our school and the Woodson Pyramid but also that he will now go on to represent Region 5 for the FCPS Outstanding School-Based Operational Employee Award. Congratulations and thank you for all you do, Mr. Flores!

4.Technology News
  • If  you are having any problems with the laptop you were issued from Fairfax Villa, the first place to go is this parent help website. It has troubleshooting ideas for everything from finding your child’s google account to how to resolve audio/video issues.There is a helpline  (833-921-3277) that you can call from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you need a translator for your call, please let them know. 

If none of those fix your problems, there is also a link where parents can put in a RequestIT to the FCPS Service Desk. Please do not let your students put in a RequestIT. There are also parent information phone lines in different languages. Please do not contact your child’s teacher about technology problems unless it is a classroom specific issue (i.e. Google classroom code). 

  • If you do not have internet in your home and would like to learn how to obtain low-cost internet service  for qualifying families from Cox, please email our social worker, Maria Marris, at msmarris@fcps.edu.
5.HIPPY: Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters 6. PTA News 

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

Memberships

You can still become a member of the PTA for the 2020-2021 school year! Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/. Memberships are $10/person.

PTA Meetings

Thanks to everyone who was able to participate in our first PTA meeting on September 23. If you missed it and would like to hear the discussion, a recording is available at http://bit.ly/VillaPTA20200923

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. We are excited that, to begin our meeting, there will be a Virtual Listening Forum on Racial Equity hosted by FCPS. 

After School Activities Survey

The PTA wants to hear from you about After School Activities and PTA participation! If you have a minute, please fill out our short survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NKXTFY6. Thanks!!

Please contact Jessie Crain & Simon Bowyer (Co-Presidents) anytime with questions at villapta@gmail.com.

7. Send us your pics!

Over the next couple of weeks, if you have created learning activities that your children have enjoyed or have pictures of your children learning online, please email us at drgerstner@fcps.edu and DRSutter@fcps.edu with a picture and a brief description.  We would like to share them in our upcoming Friday News You Choose messages and they may also be included in the 2020-21 yearbook.

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Important Upcoming Dates

10/12   School Planning Day / Student Holiday

11/2 and 11/3   Parent Conference Days/ Student Holidays

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: Food for Students During the School Year

  2. UPDATED: Library Book Distribution

  3. Send us your pics!

  4. iReady Testing at Home

  5. Important Information About Receiving Communication from Fairfax County Public Schools

  6. UPDATED:Technology News

  7. Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

  8. Family Assistance

  9. PTA News

1.NEW: Food for Students During the School Year

FCPS is currently providing free “grab-n-go” breakfast and lunch for all students through December 31, 2020. There are two daily pick-up locations:  6:25am-6:35am at Waples Mobile Community Park (intersection of Via Drive & Lee Hwy Access Rd), and 6:45am -6:55am at the front door of Fairfax Villa ES. Students do not need to be present. A parent can pick up for multiple children, and parents and siblings over the age of 18 may purchase a meal for $2. Please be sure to wear a mask, and maintain social distancing rules.

2.UPDATED: Library Book Distribution

Fairfax Villa is holding a curbside checkout of library books every Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Curbside checkout will provide students the opportunity to quickly and safely check-out and return library books. 

Here’s how the process will work:

  • Students will put up to 5 books on hold in the library catalog by the Thursday night before the curbside checkout event. Mrs. Case, our librarian, will show students how to put books on hold. Here is a screencast with the directions:

Putting Books on Hold Screencast

  • Mrs. Case will check out the books to the student and have them ready at the checkout event. Please note there is no browsing at this event. Books must be put on hold ahead of time.
  • Students should check their FCPS Gmail accounts the morning of the event to see if their books are ready. An email will be sent when the holds are ready to be picked up.
  • Checkout events will occur every Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 – 4:00. Any time in that window, you can come by Fairfax Villa to pick up books your child has put on hold.
  • On curbside checkout days, the books will be on a table right inside the main door of the school. When you come to the school, you can walk up and just take the books labeled with your child’s name. They will already be checked out to them.
  •  Books may be returned Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Please put the books in the box in the blue cart inside Door #1.
  • On Monday afternoons, we will be traveling to Waples Mobile Home Park office parking lot and Robinson Square community building parking lot to distribute books. The times are listed below:
    • 1:00 Waples
    • 1:30 Robinson Square
3.Send us your pics!

Over the next couple of weeks, if you have created learning activities that your children have enjoyed or have pictures of your children learning online, please email us at drgerstner@fcps.edu and DRSutter@fcps.edu with a picture and a brief description.  We would like to share them in our upcoming Friday News You Choose messages and they may also be included in the 2020-21 yearbook. 

4.iReady Testing at Home

All students in grades 1-6 have started or will start  taking the math and reading yearly screener called iReady. In past years, this screener has been given to students online at school. Because it is an adaptive assessment, students take different amounts of time to complete it. It is not a timed test.

This year, the students will START the test online with their teacher. Your child's teacher will let you know the schedule for each  test. They will begin at school (synchronous work).  If your child does not finish within the synchronous time provided by his/her teacher,  your child will finish it at home during specialized instruction/asynchronous time.  It must be completed within 21 calendar days of starting the test.

Please check this page to learn more about the iReady assessment at home,  for guidance in administering the assessment at home, and a checklist that will assist you in helping your child be successful. Please do not help your child in answering the assessment. 

The purpose of these assessments is to determine students’ areas of strength and growth. This data will help drive the teachers’ instruction and enable differentiation to best support your child this school year. These assessments will not be graded. To ensure equity, these assessments should be completed independently by the student. Below are a few suggestions on ways to encourage your student, rather than help, while they take assessments in the virtual environment.

Remind your student that the assessment is not graded and will be used by their teacher to help them learn this school year. It is okay if they do not know the answer to a question as it will tell the teacher that they need help to learn that concept.

Students in grades 1-6 will be taking the math and reading iReady (Universal Screener) assessment from now until October 30. 

Students in kindergarten will be taking the reading iReady (Universal Screener) assessment from October 5 to November 13.  

If you have questions about the assessment, please contact Ms. An at kan@fcps.edu or Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu.

5.Important Information About Receiving Communication from Fairfax County Public Schools 

How can I make sure I receive emergency information from Fairfax County Public Schools? 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) communicates all emergency and essential information to parents via email. The information is also translated into eight languages: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Information communicated via email includes:

  • School closings and delays
  • Attendance
  • Emergencies at school
  • Low lunch balance
  • Power, phone, or internet outages at school
  • Bus delays
  • Testing dates

When providing an e-mail address to FCPS, please avoid using an educational (.edu-including fcps.edu), military (.mil) or government (.gov) email address. The security settings on government servers often block messages from FCPS. It is a best practice to not use work related email addresses; therefore, it is important to use an email address from another internet service provider such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc.

How do I receive text messages from FCPS?

Parents can receive text messages for emergencies and essential information. Please make sure your parent cell phone numbers are listed in the “cell telephone” fields in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children.

 Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using the weCare@school feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning. Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on their cell phone service plan. More information: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/fcps-text-messaging-parents-and-students

6.Technology News
  • UPDATE:   Having trouble keeping track of your child’s BBCU links? Please do not “bookmark” the link directly  to the Chrome bookmarks bar. Instead, try this way of creating a google doc, copying and pasting the links into the doc, and then bookmarking  the google doc!
    • Start by creating a google doc in your child’s FCPS google drive. On the top left, select NEW..Google Doc. Title the doc “My Schedule.” You can choose to make a table for the links and the class they are for or just list them. 
    • Go to your child’s FCPS gmail and  find the emails in the BBCU Links folder on the left side.
    • Open the email and right click on the link for the class and select “COPY LINK ADDRESS.”
    • Back in the google doc, right click and PASTE. Hit your  ENTER key and the link will be live.
    • Be sure to then label which class this is (teacher’s class, specials’ class, etc.) either by typing that next to the link or making a table.
    • You may now easily place this document on the bookmark bar by clicking on the star at the top right of the website address bar. Choose “bookmark bar” for where to keep the bookmark. 
    • Now your child can just open this doc, click on the correct link, and connect to  the class. 
    • You could also add extra things to that doc such as a schedule or other notes that will help your child. 
  • Even if your child gets a message from FCPS to change the password, please do NOT do that. Those messages have been sent to some students in error! 
  • Password Recovery: (Rising 1st-6th only) We encourage parents to setup password recovery information for their student using the FCPS Account Manager system located here https://itweb.fcps.edu/AccountManager/
  • If  you are having any problems with the laptop you were issued from Fairfax Villa, the first place to go is this parent help website. It has troubleshooting ideas for everything from finding your child’s google account to how to resolve audio/video issues.There is a helpline  (833-921-3277) that you can call from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you need a translator for your call, please let them know. 

If none of those fix your problems, there is also a link where parents can put in a RequestIT to the FCPS Service Desk. Please do not let your students put in a RequestIT. There are also parent information phone lines in different languages. Please do not contact your child’s teacher about technology problems unless it is a classroom specific issue (i.e. Google classroom code). 

  • If you did not request an FCPS laptop for your child and would now like one, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu to set up an appointment to get one.
  • If you do not have internet in your home and would like to learn how to obtain low-cost internet service  for qualifying families from Cox, please email our social worker, Maria Marris, at msmarris@fcps.edu.
  • Don’t forget to give your consent for your student to use the approved digital applications for our school. Go here to see the list and find the link for submitting  your approval.
7.Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHN) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

As the school year begins virtually, it is important to communicate to our Fairfax Villa parents that both these forms are required for all students for SY 20-21 and are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school (weCare) module.

8.Family Assistance

We are STILL here to help!

Should you find your family in need of assistance, we are still here to help! Please let us know if your family is in need of school supplies, food, books, etc. We will try our best to help. We’re all in this together! Please contact Maria Marris at msmarris@fcps.edu.

9. PTA News 

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

Memberships

You can still become a member of the PTA for the 2020-2021 school year! Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/. Memberships are $10/person.

Please contact Jessie Crain & Simon Bowyer (Co-Presidents) anytime with questions at villapta@gmail.com.

After School Activities Survey

The PTA wants to hear from you about After School Activities and PTA participation! If you have a minute, please fill out our short survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NKXTFY6. Thanks!!

Outside Activities

Is your child looking for a safe, socially distant activity? Then check out Pack 1513 Cub Scouts!  Meetings are both in person and virtual.  Activities are outdoor with social distancing.  For more information, please contact pack1513fairfax@gmail.com.

Girl Scout troops are forming and have spaces for girls and adults in the Fairfax Villa Elementary School area. Become a Girl Scout family! To sign up to attend our virtual meeting on 10/4/2020 at 6:00 PM or get more information go to https://bit.ly/girlscouts-54-14. Questions? Email Elizabeth Fouche, GSCNC Membership Specialist, at efouche@gscnc.org. Hope to see you there!

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

9/21     Virtual Back to School Event

9/23     Virtual PTA Meeting

10/12   School Planning Day / Student Holiday

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Back to School Event

  2. NEW: iReady Testing at Home

  3. NEW: Important Information About Receiving Communication from Fairfax County Public Schools

  4. Technology News

  5. Library Book Distribution

  6. Send us your pics!

  7. LAST CALL: Registration for Band and Strings

  8. Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

  9. PTA News

1.Virtual Back to School Event, September 21

On September 21st, Fairfax Villa will be holding our first ever Virtual Back to School event for families. We look forward to meeting with families to provide information about the curriculum, daily schedule, learning expectations in a virtual environment, school routines and  procedures to help your child be successful. 

Your child’s teacher should have shared a guest link for a special BBC session. If you do not have that link, please contact your child’s teacher. 

The start times for each grade level are:

  • 1:00 - Kindergarten
  • 1:30 - 1st Grade
  • 2:00 - 2nd  Grade
  • 2:30 - 3rd Grade
  • 3:00 - 4th Grade
  • 3:30- 5th Grade
  • 4:00- 6th Grade
2.iReady Testing at Home

All students in grades 1-6 have started or will start  taking the math and reading yearly screener called iReady. In past years, this screener has been given to students online at school. Because it is an adaptive assessment, students take different amounts of time to complete it. It is not a timed test.

This year, the students will START the test online with their teacher. Your child's teacher will let you know the schedule for each  test. They will begin at school (synchronous work).  If your child does not finish within the synchronous time provided by his/her teacher,  your child will finish it at home during specialized instruction/asynchronous time.  It must be completed within 21 calendar days of starting the test.

Please check this page to learn more about the iReady assessment at home,  for guidance in administering the assessment at home, and a checklist that will assist you in helping your child be successful. Please do not help your child in answering the assessment. 

The purpose of these assessments is to determine students’ areas of strength and growth. This data will help drive the teachers’ instruction and enable differentiation to best support your child this school year. These assessments will not be graded. To ensure equity, these assessments should be completed independently by the student. Below are a few suggestions on ways to encourage your student, rather than help, while they take assessments in the virtual environment.

Remind your student that the assessment is not graded and will be used by their teacher to help them learn this school year. It is okay if they do not know the answer to a question as it will tell the teacher that they need help to learn that concept.

Students in grades 1-6 will be taking the math and reading iReady (Universal Screener) assessment from now until October 30. 

Students in kindergarten will be taking the reading iReady (Universal Screener) assessment from October 5 to November 13. 

If you have questions about the assessment, please contact Ms. An at kan@fcps.edu or Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu.

3.Important Information About Receiving Communication from Fairfax County Public Schools 

How can I make sure I receive emergency information from Fairfax County Public Schools? 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) communicates all emergency and essential information to parents via email. The information is also translated into eight languages: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Information communicated via email includes:

  • School closings and delays
  • Attendance
  • Emergencies at school
  • Low lunch balance
  • Power, phone, or internet outages at school
  • Bus delays
  • Testing dates

When providing an e-mail address to FCPS, please avoid using an educational (.edu-including fcps.edu), military (.mil) or government (.gov) email address. The security settings on government servers often block messages from FCPS. It is a best practice to not use work related email addresses; therefore, it is important to use an email address from another internet service provider such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc.

How do I receive text messages from FCPS?

Parents can receive text messages for emergencies and essential information. Please make sure your parent cell phone numbers are listed in the “cell telephone” fields in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children.

 Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using the weCare@school feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning. Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on their cell phone service plan. More information: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/fcps-text-messaging-parents-and-students

4.Technology News
  • Even if your child gets a message from FCPS to change the password, please do NOT do that. Those messages have been sent to some students in error! 
  • Password Recovery: (Rising 1st-6th only) We encourage parents to setup password recovery information for their student using the FCPS Account Manager system located here https://itweb.fcps.edu/AccountManager/
  • If  you are having any problems with the laptop you were issued from Fairfax Villa, the first place to go is this parent help website. It has troubleshooting ideas for everything from finding your child’s google account to how to resolve audio/video issues.There is a helpline  (833-921-3277) that you can call from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you need a translator for your call, please let them know. 

If none of those fix your problems, there is also a link where parents can put in a RequestIT to the FCPS Service Desk. Please do not let your students put in a RequestIT. There are also parent information phone lines in different languages. Please do not contact your child’s teacher about technology problems unless it is a classroom specific issue (i.e. Google classroom code). 

  • If you did not request an FCPS laptop for your child and would now like one, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu to set up an appointment to get one.
  • If you do not have internet in your home and would like to learn how to obtain low-cost internet service  for qualifying families from Cox, please email our social worker, Maria Marris, at msmarris@fcps.edu.
  • Don’t forget to give your consent for your student to use the approved digital applications for our school. Go here to see the list and find the link for submitting  your approval.
5.Library Book Distribution

Beginning Tuesday, September 22, Fairfax Villa will be holding a curbside checkout of library books every Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Curbside checkout will provide students the opportunity to quickly and safely check-out and return library books. 

Here’s how the process will work:

  • Students will put up to 5 books on hold in the library catalog by the Thursday night before the curbside checkout event. Mrs. Case, our librarian, will show students how to put books on hold. Here is a screencast with the directions:

Putting Books on Hold Screencast

  • Mrs. Case will check out the books to the student and have them ready at the checkout event. Please note there is no browsing at this event. Books must be put on hold ahead of time.
  • Students should check their FCPS Gmail accounts the morning of the event to see if their books are ready. An email will be sent when the holds are ready to be picked up.
  • On curbside checkout day, the books will be on a table right inside the main door of the school. When you come to the school, you can walk up and just take the books labeled with your child’s name. They will already be checked out to them.
  •  Books may be returned Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Please put the books in the box in the blue cart inside Door #1.
  • On Monday afternoons, we will be traveling to Waples Mobile Home Park office parking lot and Robinson Square community building parking lot to distribute books.  This will begin on September 21st and the times are listed below:
    • 1:00 Waples
    • 1:30 Robinson Square

I am looking forward to working with your children this year and supporting them in having great books to read!

6.Send us your pics!

Over the next couple of weeks, if you have created learning activities that your children have enjoyed or have pictures of your children learning online, please email us at drgerstner@fcps.edu and DRSutter@fcps.edu with a picture and a brief description.  We would like to share them in our upcoming Friday News You Choose messages and they may also be included in the 2020-21 yearbook. 

7.LAST CALL: Registration for Band or Strings

Would you like to be part of something “noteworthy” this year? Consider joining BAND (for 5th & 6th graders) or STRINGS (for 4th, 5th, & 6th graders)! Ms. Ammirati (band) and Ms. Reilly (strings) would be delighted to welcome you to their classes and promises there’ll be lots of awesome music-making and fun! Please take a look at the resources below to help guide your decision about joining one of the exciting programs! Online registration closes on Friday, September 18th and must be completed via the Google Form included in these links. 

Questions? Please email Ms. Ammirati (cmammirati@fcps.edu) or Ms. Reilly (eareilly@fcps.edu). Thank you!

BAND: https://sites.google.com/view/fvesband

STRINGS: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YHpZ_hVnYU-InR6h0QnV0692LRKMRWTr6w0JyMyza4w/edit?usp=sharing

8.Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHN) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

As the school year begins virtually, it is important to communicate to our Fairfax Villa parents that both these forms are required for all students for SY 20-21 and are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school (weCare) module.

9.PTA News 

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

Memberships

Membership is open for the 2020-2021 school year! Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/.

PTA Meeting

Mark your calendars for the first PTA meeting of the year! We will be meeting virtually on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 PM. Join us by using this Blackboard link:

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

Please contact Jessie Crain & Simon Bowyer (CO-PRESIDENTS) anytime with questions at villapta@gmail.com.

Outside Activities

Is your child looking for a safe, socially distant activity? Then check out Pack 1513 Cub Scouts!  Meetings are both in person and virtual.  Activities are outdoor with social distancing.  For more information, please contact pack1513fairfax@gmail.com.

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

9/21     Virtual Back to School Event - more information to come

9/23     Virtual PTA Meeting

10/12   School Planning Day / Student Holiday

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Resolving Laptop Issues
  2. Laptop Requests
  3. Library Book Distribution
  4. NEW: Asynchronous Work/Specialized Instruction Time
  5. NEW:Send me your pics!
  6. Registration for Band and Strings
  7. Health Information and Emergency Care Forms
  8. Parent Approval Needed for Digital Resources
  9. Student Passwords
  10. Laptops at Home
  11. Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year
  12. Family Life Education Instructional Program Information 
  13. PTA News
1. Resolving Laptop Issues

Please do not call the school to get tech issues resolved. It is important to have your request documented. Thanks for using the parent help desk and site below.

Even if your child gets a message from FCPS to change the password, please do NOT do that. Those messages have been sent to some students in error!

If  you are having any problems with the laptop you were issued from Fairfax Villa, the first place to go is this parent help website. It has troubleshooting ideas for everything from finding your child’s google account to how to resolve audio/video issues.There is a helpline  (833-921-3277) that you can call from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you need a translator for your call, please let them know. 

 

If none of those fix your problems, there is also a link where parents can put in a RequestIT to the FCPS Service Desk. Please do not let your students put in a RequestIT. There are also parent information phone lines in different languages. Please do not contact your child’s teacher about technology problems unless it is a classroom specific issue (i.e. Google classroom code). 

2. Laptop Requests 

If you have not yet requested a laptop and would still like to have one for your student, you will need to fill out the form below. As of Tuesday, the only times to pick up a laptop are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 noon. If you make a reservation on the form below, please be there or call the school to let us know. 

Fill out the information in this form. On the day you choose, you may come by yourself or bring your student.  You should allow about 15 minutes to follow the directions you will be given to log into the laptop and check a few items that are needed by your child. Please fill out the form at least one day before you plan to pick up the laptop so that we have time to get your child’s laptop ready. Be sure to wear a mask and bring your own pen. You will come to the school office to get your laptop.  

If you have put in a RequestIT via the parent tech portal, please be patient as we are working to get those issues resolved. Do not put in a duplicate request - that will only delay our response and ability to help you. 

3.Library Book Distribution

Hello, families! I am Mrs. Case and I am thrilled to be the new librarian at Fairfax Villa this year! I have been at Fairfax Villa for the last 10 years as a fifth and second grade teacher and am so excited to support your children in the library this year.

To help support students’ access to books, we are going to be holding a weekly curbside checkout event where students can pick up library books they choose. To support this process, students will need to put books on hold in the school library catalog; I will then check out those books to the student and have them ready to be picked up at our curbside events. There will be no browsing during the curbside checkout, only picking up books previously put on hold. I will show students how to put books on hold during their library lessons in the first month of school. Here is a screencast showing you how students will put books on hold.

Putting Books on Hold Screencast

To make the process run smoothly, students should put books on hold by Thursday night before the event. Students will receive an email to their FCPS Gmail accounts when their holds are ready, so students should check before the curbside event to make sure their books are available to be picked up. I appreciate your support in helping your child choose appropriate books and get into the routine of putting their choices on hold.

The first checkout event will be on September 22 and  will occur every Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00. Any time in that window, you can come by Fairfax Villa to pick up books your child has put on hold. The books will be on a table right inside the main door of the school. When you come to the school , you can walk up and just take the books labeled with your child’s name. They will already be checked out to them. 

To return library books, you may come by the school between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm and put the books in the box in the blue cart inside Door #1. 

Lastly, on Monday afternoons, we will be traveling to Waples Mobile Home Park office parking lot and Robinson Square community building parking lot to distribute books.  This will begin on September 21st and the times are listed below:

  • 1:00 Waples
  • 1:30 Robinson Square

I am looking forward to working with your children this year and supporting them in having great books to read!

4. Asynchronous Work/Specialized Instruction Time

What is Asynchronous Work/Specialized Instruction time?  

This block of the day will look different for each student. Some students might work on assignments in Google Classroom and others might be engaged in a website in the Clever Portal. Teachers might ask students to use the class link for small group work  while others might use a different link to work on language arts and math practice with another teacher. It is important that your child check Google Mail regularly for BBCU links and/or Google Meet links and pay close attention to the classroom teacher to find out what they need to do during this part of the day. Specialized Instruction  starts this Monday. 

5. Send me your pics!

Over the next couple of weeks, if you have created learning activities that your children have enjoyed, please email me at drgerstner@fcps.edu with a picture and brief description so that I can share them in upcoming weekly messages. 

6. Registration for Band or Strings

Would you like to be part of something “noteworthy” this year? Consider joining BAND (for 5th & 6th graders) or STRINGS (for 4th, 5th, & 6th graders)! Ms. Ammirati (band) and Ms. Reilly (strings) would be delighted to welcome you to their classes and promises there’ll be lots of awesome music-making and fun! Please take a look at the resources below to help guide your decision about joining one of the exciting programs! Online registration closes on Friday, September 18th and must be completed via the Google Form included in these links. 

Questions? Please email Ms. Ammirati (cmammirati@fcps.edu) or Ms. Reilly (eareilly@fcps.edu). Thank you!

BAND: https://sites.google.com/view/fvesband

STRINGS: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YHpZ_hVnYU-InR6h0QnV0692LRKMRWTr6w0JyMyza4w/edit?usp=sharing

7. Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHN) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

As the school year begins virtually, it is important to communicate to our Fairfax Villa parents that both these forms are required for all students for SY 20-21 and are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school (weCare) module.

8. Parent Approval Needed Now For Digital Resources

All  parents are required to  visit this page on our Fairfax Villa website to find the information and the link to the form that all parents need to submit for approval of digital resources. The information page lists the digital tools that may be used at Fairfax Villa  that require parental approval. Not all tools will be used by every student. The tools have been carefully reviewed to ensure that they align with the FCPS Learning Model and FCPS conducts the same technical evaluations for all products that use student information.

Please click here to get the link and submit your approval as soon as you can. Until you do, your child will not be able to use any of the tools that the teacher may want to use with the rest of the class. Teachers are able to see  which parents have approved use of the resources.

https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

9. Student Passwords

Student passwords will not expire this year! Your student can continue to login to their FCPS computer, Google Apps, FCPS 24/7 Blackboard, and  other FCPS applications that require their username and password.

Password Recovery: (Rising 1st-6th only) We encourage parents to setup password recovery information for their student using the FCPS Account Manager system located here https://itweb.fcps.edu/AccountManager/

10. Laptops at Home

.  If you currently have an FCPS issued laptop at home, please help your school’s technology team prepare devices to receive county updates by doing the following once per week until school starts:

  • Plug the laptop into an outlet.
  • Turn the laptop on and let it boot up.
  • Login to ensure it connects to the internet at that location.
  • Launch Google Chrome and visit the FCPS website to ensure the internet is connected on the computer.
  • Leave the laptop on and connected to the internet for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, the laptop may be shut down.
11. Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year

Attendance Form at https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/attendance-form

You may use the online form to submit your student's absence or late arrival. This information will be emailed directly to the Attendance Office. If you have any questions, please contact our attendance office at 703-267-2828.  By submitting this form, you do NOT need to call the office to report the absence/late arrival NOR do you need to write an actual note. This attendance form is to be submitted by the parent/legal guardian only. 

In Virginia, students enrolled in public schools are required to attend school regularly, regardless of the type of instruction offered. Our students need to be present, engaged, and supported as they return for the 2020-21 school year.  Teachers will take attendance daily and ensure that all students are counted. 

During our virtual opening:

  • FCPS must record student attendance every school day.
  • Parents should report their student’s absences to school any day students are unable to participate in learning, including on Mondays. They may report the absences by calling the school attendance line or emailing the school-designated attendance address.
  • When parents do not report their students’ absences, teachers and school personnel will call to identify the student’s absence reasons. 
    • An eNotify (electronic) message will reach parents about the student absence.
    • Parents then can reach the school and provide information about the student absences.

Common reason why students may not be able to participate in virtual learning:

  • Student illnesses
  • Religious holiday observances
  • Temporary family hardship, such as temporary relocation
  • Lack of reliable Internet connection.School personnel need to know if families are experiencing challenges in accessing online instruction, so that they can offer support and connect families to resources.
  • Stay in contact with your students’ schools so that we can work together to support their learning.
12.Family Life Education Instructional Program Information (REVISED)

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education ,  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) . FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/.  Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

13. PTA News 

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

Memberships

Membership is open for the 2020-2021 school year! Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/.

PTA Meeting

Mark your calendars for the first PTA meeting of the year! We will be meeting virtually on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 PM. Join us by using this Blackboard link:

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

Please contact Jessie Crain & Simon Bowyer (CO-PRESIDENTS) anytime with questions at villapta@gmail.com.

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SRR Forms, Laptops, & Student School Supply Pick Up

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr

After reviewing the information, you must fill out the FCPS 2020-21 Parent and/or Guardian SR&R Acknowledgement. 

The form must be filled out one time per student. 

Resolving Laptop Problems 

If  you are having any problems with the laptop you were issued from Fairfax Villa, the first place to go is this parent help website. It has troubleshooting ideas for everything from finding your child’s google account to how to resolve audio/video issues.There is a helpline  (833-921-3277) that you can call from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you need a translator for your call, please let them know. 

If none of those fix your problems, there is also a link where parents can put in a RequestIT to the FCPS Service Desk. Please do not let your students put in a RequestIT. There are also parent information phone lines in different languages. Please do not contact your child’s teacher about technology problems unless it is a classroom specific issue (i.e. Google classroom code). 

New Requests for Laptops
    • Parents of Students In PS-6 Who Have Not YET Filled Out a Laptop Request Form: If you have not yet filled out a form to request a laptop and would still like to have one for your student, here are your directions:
  • Fill out the information in this form. You will be asked to pick a day and time to come to the school office with your student to get the laptop. You should allow about 15 minutes to follow the directions you will be given. Please fill out the form at least one day before you plan to pick it up so that we have time to get your child’s laptop ready.
  • It is VERY important that if your child does not know his or her password to let us know that in the form. It will be reset and emailed to the parent.
    • You will come to the school office to get your laptop. Be sure to wear a mask and bring your own pen. It will take about 15 minutes.
Previous Requests for Laptops
  • Parents of Students in Preschool - 3rd Grade Who Filled Out the Laptop Request Form Last Week: Thank you to those who needed a laptop and requested it in the last round of signups.  Please come (with or without your child) anytime on Tuesday, September 8 from 12:00pm to 4:30pm. Please follow the directions below.  This will save you lots of time.

What to Do 

  • One parent must attend on Distribution Day. You may bring your child if you would like. Both must wear masks at all times. You are also welcome to wear protective gloves.
  • When entering school property, please park in  the side parking lot and walk to  the table at the Kiss and Ride door for a  staff member to check you in and give you the ID tag cards for your child. 
  • You and your child must stay 6 feet away from all other families and staff members.
  • You will be given a Covid-19 form to fill out  for both you and your child.
  • Once checked in, you will be given a laptop that is for your child’s grade and directed to a table where your child will log into the laptop. You and your child will follow the directions for signing in and finding the Google email and Google Classroom.  The parent will sign the parent responsibility forms. 
  • If your child does not remember his/her password from last year, Ms. Schmidt will reset the password when you are there.
  • Your child will leave with a laptop and power cord. 

What to Bring 

  • A sheet of paper with 
  • Student’s First and Last Name
  • Student ID # 
  • Password
  • A pen for you to use to sign the papers with.

Mandatory Safety Guidelines 

  • Masks are required throughout the distribution process.
  • Additional staff will be on hand to ensure safety measures are followed.
  • All staff members involved with distributing student items will be wearing gloves.
  • If there are 10 families already in the cafeteria, you will need to wait outside until one has left. We are limiting the number to ten student/parent groups in the cafeteria. 
Laptops for Grades 4,5, and 6

Parents of  Any Students in Grades 4-6: If you did not pick up your laptop yet, you may come (with or without your child) on Tuesday, September 8  between 12:00pm and 4:30pm. Please read and follow the guidelines ABOVE. This will save you lots of time!

LAST CHANCE Student School Supply Pick Up Day (TODAY)

On September 8 (TODAY) anytime between 12:00pm and 4:00pm, we will be hosting our LAST CHANCE Student School Supply Pick Up Day for anyone who missed September 3rd pick up day.  We have a supply bag for all students and these supply bags will include:

  • Art materials for all grade levels
  • Music materials for K-2 students
  • Grade-level specific materials that teachers are putting together for our students

Please note that these supply bags are for the first quarter only and we may have additional supply pick up days coming up in September and October.  Also, you are still encouraged to purchase school supplies (i.e., folders, notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, etc.) for your child for a successful start to the school year! 

Please follow these procedures for our no contact environment to meet all current safety and distancing guidelines:

  • You can come anytime today between 12:00pm and 4:00pm to pick up a supply bag for your child.  No sign-ups necessary and please come directly to Fairfax Villa, door 8 (our kiss n ride door)
  • You will tell the staff member your child's name and grade level.
  • The staff member will then bring you the bag of supplies that is for your child’s grade level.

If you ordered school material supply kits via the PTA, please let the staff member know that and it will also be brought out to you.  The PTA supply kits are separate from what we will be handing out to each student. 

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Fairfax Villa Message

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Important Upcoming Dates

9/8       First Day of Virtual Class

9/8       Laptop Distribution (Details Below)

9/21     Virtual Back to School Event - more information to come

9/23     Virtual PTA Meeting

10/12   School Planning Day / Student Holiday

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: Resolving Laptop Issues 
  2. NEW: Laptop Distribution, September 8
  3. LAST CHANCE Student School Supply Pick Up Day, September 8

  4. Meet our Specialists
  5. NEW: Registration for Band and Strings
  6. Virtual Back to School Event 
  7. NEW: Health Information and Emergency Care Forms
  8. Parent Approval Needed for Digital Resources
  9. Student Passwords
  10. Laptops at Home
  11. Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year
  12. Family Life Education Instructional Program Information 
  13. Student Registration (Kindergarten Registration/ 1-6 New Student Registration)
  14. Not Returning to Fairfax Villa Next School Year?
  15. PTA News
1. Resolving Laptop Issues

If  you are having any problems with the laptop you were issued from Fairfax Villa, the first place to go is this parent help website. It has troubleshooting ideas for everything from finding your child’s google account to how to resolve audio/video issues.There is a helpline  (833-921-3277) that you can call from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you need a translator for your call, please let them know. 

If none of those fix your problems, there is also a link where parents can put in a RequestIT to the FCPS Service Desk. Please do not let your students put in a RequestIT. There are also parent information phone lines in different languages. Please do not contact your child’s teacher about technology problems unless it is a classroom specific issue (i.e. Google classroom code). 

2.  Laptop Distribution 
    • Parents of Students In PS-6 Who Have Not Filled Out a Laptop Request Form: If you have not yet filled out a form to request a laptop and would still like to have one for your student, here are your directions:
  • Fill out the information in this form. You will be asked to pick a day and time to come to the school office with your student to get the laptop. You should allow about 15 minutes to follow the directions you will be given. Please fill out the form at least one day before you plan to pick it up so that we have time to get your child’s laptop ready.
  • It is VERY important that if your child does not know his or her password to let us know that in the form. It will be reset and emailed to the parent.
    • You will come to the school office to get your laptop. Be sure to wear a mask and bring your own pen. 
  • Parents of Students in Preschool - 3rd Grade Who Filled Out the Laptop Request Form This Week: Thank you to those who needed a laptop and requested it in the last round of signups.  Please come (with or without your child) anytime on Tuesday, September 8 from 12:00pm to 4:30pm. Please follow the directions below.  This will save you lots of time.
  • Parents of  Any Students in Grades 4-6: If you did not pick up your laptop yet, you may come (with or without your child) on Tuesday, September 8  between 12:00pm and 4:30pm. Please read and follow the guidelines below. This will save you lots of time!

What to Do 

  • One parent must attend on Distribution Day. You may bring your child if you would like. Both must wear masks at all times. You are also welcome to wear protective gloves.
  • When entering school property, please park in  the side parking lot and walk to  the table at the Kiss and Ride door for a  staff member to check you in and give you the ID tag cards for your child. 
  • You and your child must stay 6 feet away from all other families and staff members.
  • You will be given a Covid-19 form to fill out  for both you and your child.
  • Once checked in, you will be given a laptop that is for your child’s grade and directed to a table where your child will log into the laptop. You and your child will follow the directions for signing in and finding the Google email and Google Classroom.  The parent will sign the parent responsibility forms. 
  • If your child does not remember his/her password from last year, Ms. Schmidt will reset the password when you are there.
  • Your child will leave with a laptop and power cord. 

What to Bring 

  • A sheet of paper with 
  • Student’s First and Last Name
  • Student ID # 
  • Password
  • A pen for you to use to sign the papers with.

Mandatory Safety Guidelines 

  • Masks are required throughout the distribution process.
  • Additional staff will be on hand to ensure safety measures are followed.
  • All staff members involved with distributing student items will be wearing gloves.
  • If there are 10 families already in the cafeteria, you will need to wait outside until one has left. We are limiting the number to ten student/parent groups in the cafeteria. 
3. LAST CHANCE Student School Supply Pick Up Day, September 8

On September 8 between 12:00pm and 4:00pm, we will be hosting our LAST CHANCE Student School Supply Pick Up Day for anyone who missed the September 3rd pick up day.  We have a supply bag for all students and these supply bags will include:

  • Art materials for all grade levels
  • Music materials for K-2 students
  • Grade-level specific materials that teachers are putting together for our students

Please note that these supply bags are for the first quarter only and we may have additional supply pick up days coming up in September and October.  Also, you are still encouraged to purchase school supplies (i.e., folders, notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, etc.) for your child for a successful start to the school year! 

Please follow these procedures for our no contact environment to meet all current safety and distancing guidelines:

  • You can come anytime between 12:00pm and 4:00pm to pick up a supply bag for your child.  No sign-ups necessary and please come directly to Fairfax Villa, door 8 (our kiss n ride door)
  • You will tell the staff member your child's name and grade level.
  • The staff member will then bring you the bag of supplies that is for your child’s grade level.

If you ordered school material supply kits via the PTA, please let the staff member know that and it will also be brought out to you.  The PTA supply kits are separate from what we will be handing out to each student. 

4. Meet our Specialists

Welcome back, Fairfax Villa families! The Specials Team is looking forward to teaching your children this year! Take a moment to meet our fantastic team in this brief video. See you soon!

Please click the YouTube link to view the video. https://youtu.be/Bv4Od1RQog8. 

5. Registration for Band or Strings

Would you like to be part of something “noteworthy” this year? Consider joining BAND (for 5th & 6th graders) or STRINGS (for 4th, 5th, & 6th graders)! Ms. Ammirati (band) and Ms. Reilly (strings) would be delighted to welcome you to their classes and promises there’ll be lots of awesome music-making and fun! Please take a look at the resources below to help guide your decision about joining one of the exciting programs! Online registration closes on Friday, September 18th and must be completed via the Google Form included in these links.

Questions? Please email Ms. Ammirati (cmammirati@fcps.edu) or Ms. Reilly (eareilly@fcps.edu). Thank you!

BAND: https://sites.google.com/view/fvesband

STRINGS: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YHpZ_hVnYU-InR6h0QnV0692LRKMRWTr6w0JyMyza4w/edit?usp=sharing

6. Virtual Back to School Event, September 21

On September 21st, Fairfax Villa will be holding our first ever Virtual Back to School event for families. This event was originally scheduled for August 28; however, we have decided to select this date to allow families the opportunity to begin engaging  in the learning process and to experience the virtual platform and practices for this year.  We look forward to meeting with families to answer any questions that you may have in the first two weeks about online learning.

Here is the schedule for the virtual Back to School Event.  A guest link will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher as we get closer to the date.   

Start time for Back to School Event is as follows: 

  • 1:00 - Kindergarten
  • 1:30 - 1st Grade
  • 2:00 - 2nd  Grade
  • 2:30 - 3rd Grade
  • 3:00 - 4th Grade
  • 3:30- 5th Grade
  • 4:00- 6th Grade
7. Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHN) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

As the school year begins virtually, it is important to communicate to our Fairfax Villa parents that both these forms are required for all students for SY 20-21 and are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school (weCare) module.

8. Parent Approval Needed Now For Digital Resources

All  parents are required to  visit this page on our Fairfax Villa website to find the information and the link to the form that all parents need to submit for approval of digital resources. The information page lists the digital tools that may be used at Fairfax Villa  that require parental approval. Not all tools will be used by every student. The tools have been carefully reviewed to ensure that they align with the FCPS Learning Model and FCPS conducts the same technical evaluations for all products that use student information.

Please click here to get the link and submit your approval as soon as you can. Until you do, your child will not be able to use any of the tools that the teacher may want to use with the rest of the class. Teachers are able to see  which parents have approved use of the resources.

https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

9. Student Passwords

Student passwords will not expire this year! Your student can continue to login to their FCPS computer, Google Apps, FCPS 24/7 Blackboard, and  other FCPS applications that require their username and password.

Password Recovery: (Rising 1st-6th only) We encourage parents to setup password recovery information for their student using the FCPS Account Manager system located here https://itweb.fcps.edu/AccountManager/

10. Laptops at Home

.  If you currently have an FCPS issued laptop at home, please help your school’s technology team prepare devices to receive county updates by doing the following once per week until school starts:

  • Plug the laptop into an outlet.
  • Turn the laptop on and let it boot up.
  • Login to ensure it connects to the internet at that location.
  • Launch Google Chrome and visit the FCPS website to ensure the internet is connected on the computer.
  • Leave the laptop on and connected to the internet for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, the laptop may be shut down.
11. Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year

In Virginia, students enrolled in public schools are required to attend school regularly, regardless of the type of instruction offered. Our students need to be present, engaged, and supported as they return for the 2020-21 school year.  Teachers will take attendance daily and ensure that all students are counted. 

During our virtual opening:

  • FCPS must record student attendance every school day.
  • Parents should report their student’s absences to school any day students are unable to participate in learning, including on Mondays. They may report the absences by calling the school attendance line or emailing the school-designated attendance address.
  • When parents do not report their students’ absences, teachers and school personnel will call to identify the student’s absence reasons. 
    • An eNotify (electronic) message will reach parents about the student absence.
    • Parents then can reach the school and provide information about the student absences.

Common reason why students may not be able to participate in virtual learning:

  • Student illnesses
  • Religious holiday observances
  • Temporary family hardship, such as temporary relocation
  • Lack of reliable Internet connection.School personnel need to know if families are experiencing challenges in accessing online instruction, so that they can offer support and connect families to resources.
  • Stay in contact with your students’ schools so that we can work together to support their learning.
12. Family Life Education Instructional Program Information (REVISED)

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/.  Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

13. Student Registration (Kindergarten/ Grades 1-6 New Students)  Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021

If your upcoming kindergarten student does fall in the Fairfax Villa ES boundary, please complete the form on the link below. Your form will be submitted to Jose Flores, our school registrar, who will be able to assist you with the registration process.

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

Registration for Students in Grades 1-6 New to Fairfax Villa

If you need to register a new student in grades 1-6, please contact Jose Flores, our school registrar, at jlflores@fcps.edu. Please provide the student's first and last name, enrolling parent's first and last name, student mailing address, enrolling parent's email address, and the enrolling parent's phone number. Mr. Flores will be in contact with you via email.

14. Not Returning to Fairfax Villa?

In planning for both staffing and materials for the coming 2020-2021 school year, it is extremely important that we have a reasonable projection on the number of students who will be returning to Fairfax Villa ES next school year.

Please complete the Student Intention form for next school year,  2020-2021 Student Intention Form if your student is transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Fairfax Villa ES
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • Out of the United States

Only those families whose students are transferring need to return the completed form to our Registrar, Jose Flores at jlflores@fcps.edu. Please complete and email this form as soon as possible. If you are unsure what your intentions are for the next school year, please note this on the form.

Visit the FCPS general registration page.

15. PTA News 

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

Memberships

Membership is open for the 2020-2021 school year! Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/.

PTA Meeting

Mark your calendars for the first PTA meeting of the year! We will be meeting virtually on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 PM. We will share more information and the Blackboard meeting link soon.

Please contact Jessie Crain & Simon Bowyer (CO-PRESIDENTS) anytime with questions at villapta@gmail.com.

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Virtual Student Orientation & Student School Supply Pick Up Day

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Virtual Student Orientation, September 2

On September 2, Fairfax Villa will be holding our first ever Virtual Student Orientation for students and caregivers. The goal is to make the student transition to virtual learning as smooth as possible and to reduce any anxiety leading up to and on the first day of school.  The virtual orientation is an opportunity to meet the teacher(s), provide an overview of how virtual learning will work, such as basic expectations on logging into students’ FCPS Gmail accounts to access virtual classroom links and how to use BBCU, and teachers to answer basic questions to prepare families for the first day of school.

Here’s how you can access the virtual student orientation:

  • Students can find the link that they will use to join the orientation in an email in their FCPS Google Gmail. It will not be from the teacher’s name  but from Blackboard Collaborate Support. 
  • The link in blue in that email is a student-specific link and cannot be shared with others. Since this is the same link that you will use when you start class on September 8th, please click on the star beside the email. Once you “star” that email, it will show up when you click on “STARRED”  on the left side. That will make it easy for you to find the link and enter your class. 
Student School Supply Pick Up Day, September 3

On September 3 between 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, we will be hosting our first Student School Supply Pick Up Day.  We have a supply bag for all students. These supply bags will include:

  • Art materials for all grade levels
  • Music materials for K-2 students
  • Grade-level specific materials that teachers are putting together for our students

Please note that these supply bags are for the first quarter only and we may have additional supply pick up days coming up in September and October.  Also, you are still encouraged to purchase school supplies (i.e., folders, notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, etc.) for your child for a successful start to the school year! 

Please follow these procedures for our no contact environment to meet all current safety and distancing guidelines:

  • You can come anytime between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to pick up a supply bag for your child.  No sign-ups necessary. 
  • You will drive up to the main entrance to pick up your child’s school supply bag.  
  • You will tell the staff member your child's name and grade level.
  • The  staff  member will  then bring you the bag of supplies that is for your child’s grade level.
  • Once the car in front of you has exited the area, the next car in line will pull up and this will continue one car at a time.
  •  If parents choose to walk to the school for this, masks must be worn and you will have to get in the same line to receive your bags. Please do not send students alone to this event.

If you ordered school material supply kits via the PTA, please let the staff member know that and it will also be brought out to you.  The PTA supply kits are separate from what we will be handing out to each student on Thursday. 

Orientación virtual para estudiantes (2 de Septiembre)

El 2 de septiembre, Fairfax Villa llevará a cabo nuestra primera Orientación Virtual Estudiantil para estudiantes y cuidadores. El objetivo de esta oientación es hacer que la transición del estudiante al aprendizaje virtual sea lo más fluida posible y reducir cualquier ansiedad antes y durante el primer día de clases. La orientación virtual es una oportunidad para conocer al maestro (a)(s), proporcionar una descripción general de cómo funcionará el aprendizaje virtual, las expectativas básicas, como iniciar sesión en las cuentas de Gmail de FCPS de los estudiantes, como acceder a los enlaces del aula virtual y cómo usar BBCU, y una oportunidad para que los maestros puedan responder preguntas básicas para preparar a las familias con el primer día de clases.

Así es como puede acceder a la orientación virtual para estudiantes:

  • Los estudiantes pueden encontrar el enlace que usarán para unirse a la orientación en un correo electrónico en su FCPS Google Gmail. No tendrá del nombre del profesor, si no de Blackboard Collaborate Support.
  • El enlace en azul en el correo electrónico es un enlace específico del estudiante y no se puede compartir con otros. Dado que este es el mismo enlace que usará cuando comience las clases el 8 de septiembre. Por favor, haga clic en la estrella junto al correo electrónico. Una vez que “destaque” este correo electrónico, aparecerá cuando haga clic en ka “ESTRELLA AMARILLA” en el lado izquierdo. Eso le facilitará encontrar el enlace e ingresar a su clase.
  • Si su hijo aún necesita ayuda para encontrar el enlace enviado a FCPS GMail del estudiante, consulte los recursos aquí para obtener consejos sobre cómo localizar Gmail y los enlaces. https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/technology-support-familie

Hora de la Orientación Virtual

Grado

9:00 

6th Grade

10:00 

5th Grade

11:00

4th Grade

12:00

3rd Grade

1:00 

2nd Grade

2:00

1st Grade

3:00

Kindergarten

 

Día de entrega de útiles escolares para estudiantes (3 de Septiembre)

El 3 de septiembre entre las 9:00 A.M. y las 3:00 P.M., organizaremos nuestro primer día de entrega de útiles escolares para estudiantes. Tenemos una bolsa de suministros para todos los estudiantes. Estas bolsas de suministros incluirán:

  • Materiales de arte para todos los grados.
  • Materiales musicales para estudiantes de K-2
  • Materiales específicos de nivel de grado que los maestros están preparando para nuestros estudiantes.

Tenga en cuenta que estas bolsas de suministros son solo para el primer trimestre y es posible que tengamos días adicionales de recolección de suministros en septiembre y octubre. Además, se le anima a que compre útiles escolares (es decir, carpetas, cuadernos, lápices, crayones, marcadores, etc.) para que su hijo comience con éxito el año escolar.

Siga estos procedimientos para que nuestro entorno sin contacto cumpla con todas las pautas actuales de seguridad y distancia:

  • Puede venir en cualquier momento entre las 9:00 AM y las 3:00 PM para recoger una bolsa de suministros para su hijo. No es necesario registrarse.
  • Conducirá hasta la entrada principal para recoger la bolsa de útiles escolares de su hijo.
  • Le dirá al miembro del personal el nombre y el grado de su hijo.
  • El miembro del personal le traerá la bolsa de suministros correspondiente al nivel de grado de su hijo.
  • Una vez que el automóvil que este adelante de usted haya salido del área, el siguiente automóvil de la fila se detendrá y continuará (un automóvil a la vez).
  • Si los padres deciden caminar a la escuela, deben usar máscaras y usted tendrá que hacer la misma fila para recibir su bolsa. No envíe a los estudiantes solos a este evento.

Sí ordenó kits de suministros de material escolar a través de la PTA, dígale al miembro del personal y también se los entregarán. Los kits de suministros de la PTA son distintos a 

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates

8/31     Laptop Distribution (see below for details)

9/1       Laptop Distribution (see below for details)

9/2       Virtual Student Orientation

9/3       Student School Supply Pick Up Day (9 AM-3 PM)

9/8       First Day of Virtual Class

9/21     Virtual Back to School Event - more information to come

9/23     Virtual PTA Meeting

10/12   School Planning Day / Student Holiday

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: Virtual Student Orientation
  2. NEW: Student School Supply Pick Up Day

  3. NEW: Virtual Back to School Event (Date Change)
  4. NEW: Laptop Distribution 
  5. NEW: Parent Approval Needed for Digital Resources
  6. Student Passwords
  7. Laptops at Home
  8. NEW: FCPS Launches New Parent Technology Help Desk
  9. NEW: Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year

  10. NEW: Family Life Education Instructional Program Information (REVISED)

  11. Student Registration (Kindergarten Registration/ 1-6 New Student Registration)
  12. Not Returning to Fairfax Villa Next School Year?
  13. PTA News

Greetings Fairfax Villa Families,

We hope you are enjoying these last weeks of summer!  Our staff has been very busy preparing for a successful opening of the new school year.  Although it is going to be in a virtual format, we are very excited to welcome returning Dragons back to the Villa and welcome new Dragons to the Villa!   In this issue of News You Choose, we have added new information about many things that you will need to know before the first day of school.  Please read the new information carefully. 

Also, on Wednesday, August 26, our teachers sent emails to parents to introduce themselves to their 2020-21 students and families.  The email includes teacher assignment, student schedule, how the teacher will communicate throughout the year, information about virtual student orientation as well as our Back to School Event.  It is strongly recommended that you have your child access the grade level Google Classroom NOW with the code that was linked in the email from the teacher. The use of the classroom will be discussed at the virtual orientation on September 2 and accessing it now will help your child to be ready for the orientation. 

Lastly, we wish you a wonderful last week of summer!  Continue to stay safe and healthy!

All the best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Barbara Schmidt, School-Based Technology Specialist (SBTS)

1. Virtual Student Orientation, September 2

On September 2, Fairfax Villa will be holding our first ever Virtual Student Orientation for students and caregivers. The goal is to make the student transition to virtual learning as smooth as possible and to reduce any anxiety leading up to and on the first day of school.  The virtual orientation is an opportunity to meet the teacher(s), provide an overview of how virtual learning will work, such as basic expectations on logging into students’ FCPS Gmail accounts to access virtual classroom links and how to use BBCU, and teachers to answer basic questions to prepare families for the first day of school.

Here’s how you can access the virtual student orientation:

  • Students can find the link that they will use to join the orientation in an email in their FCPS Google Gmail. It will not be from the teacher’s name  but from Blackboard Collaborate Support. 
  • The link in blue in that email is a student-specific link and cannot be shared with others. Since this is the same link that you will use when you start class on September 8th, please click on the star beside the email. Once you “star” that email, it will show up when you click on “STARRED”  on the left side. That will make it easy for you to find the link and enter your class. 
2. Student School Supply Pick Up Day, September 3

On September 3 between 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, we will be hosting our first Student School Supply Pick Up Day.  We have a supply bag for all students.  Our staff has been busy creating school supply bags for each student in grades PK-6 will need to begin the school year.  

Please follow these procedures for our no contact environment to meet all current safety and distancing guidelines:

  • You will drive up to the main entrance to pick up your child’s school supply bag.  
  • You will tell the staff member your child's name and grade level.
  • The  staff  member will  then bring you the bag of supplies that is for your child’s grade level.
  • Once the car in front of you has exited the area, the next car in line will pull up and this will continue one car at a time.
  •  If parents choose to walk to the school for this, masks must be worn and you will have to get in the same line to receive your bags. Please do not send students alone to this event.

If you ordered school material supply kits via the PTA, please let the staff member know that and it will also be brought out to you.

3.Virtual Back to School Event, September 21

On September 21st, Fairfax Villa will be holding our first ever Virtual Back to School event for families. This event was originally scheduled for August 28; however, we have decided to select this date to allow families the opportunity to begin engaging  in the learning process and to experience the virtual platform and practices for this year.  We look forward to meeting with families to answer any questions that you may have in the first two weeks about online learning.

Here is the schedule for the virtual Back to School Event.  A guest link will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher as we get closer to the date.   

Start time for Back to School Event is as follows: 

  • 1:00 - Kindergarten
  • 1:30 - 1st Grade
  • 2:00 - 2nd  Grade
  • 2:30 - 3rd Grade
  • 3:00 - 4th Grade
  • 3:30- 5th Grade
  • 4:00- 6th Grade
4.  Laptop Distribution 
  • Parents of Students in Preschool - 3rd Grade: If you did not request a laptop earlier but now need one  for your child in grades Preschool - 3, complete this form  for your child. You do NOT need to complete the form for grades 4-6.  https://forms.gle/a9isDgbyhaRDymo3A

This form will close on Wednesday, September 2  at 2:00. Look for details on when to pick up your child's laptop in the Keep in Touch newsletter on Thursday, September  3rd. Please wait on those details and do not come for the distribution listed below.

  • Parents of Students in Grades K-3 Who Already Signed Up: If you signed up on the first form sent to parents to request a laptop for your child, you will be able to bring your child with you and get the laptop at the following days and times below  according to your child’s last name.
  • Parents of Students in Grades 4-6: If you did not pick up your laptop this week, you will be able to bring your child with you and  still get the laptop at the following days and times below according to your child’s last name. 

Please read and follow the guidelines below. This will save you lots of time!

Monday, August 31

    • 8:00- 9:00: Students whose last name starts with A-B
  • 9:00 - 10:00: Students whose last name starts with C-G
  • 10:00 - 11:00: Students whose last name starts with H-K
  • 11:00 - 12:00: Student whose last name starts with L-M

Tuesday, September 1

  • 10:00 - 11:00: Students whose last name starts with N-R
  • 11:00 - 12:00: Students whose last name starts with S
  • 12:00 - 1:00: Students whose last name starts with T-Z
  • 1:00 - 2:00: Any student & parent who could not come at their assigned time.

What to Do 

  • Please note: If you or your child are not feeling well the day of distribution, please contact Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu to reschedule.
  • One parent and the student must attend on Distribution Day. Both must wear masks at all times. You are also welcome to wear protective gloves.
  • When entering school property, please park in  the side parking lot and walk to  the table at the Kiss and Ride door for a  staff member to check you in and give you the ID tag cards for your child. 
  • You and your child must stay 6 feet away from all other families and staff members.
  • You will be given a Covid-19 form to fill out  for both you and your child.
  • Once checked in, you will be given a laptop that is for your child’s grade and directed to a table where your child will log into the laptop. The parent will have to sign the parent responsibility forms. 
  • If your child does not remember his/her password from last year, Ms. Schmidt will reset the password when you are there.
  • There will be directions on the table for what your child needs to do once logged on. 
  • Your child will leave with a laptop and power cord. 

What to Bring 

  • A sheet of paper with 
  • Student’s First and Last Name
  • Student ID # 
  • Password
  • A pen for you to use to sign the papers with.

Mandatory Safety Guidelines 

  • Masks are required throughout the distribution process.
  • Additional staff will be on hand to ensure safety measures are followed.
    • All staff members involved with distributing student items will be wearing gloves.
  • If there are 10 students/parents already in the cafeteria, you will need to wait outside until one has left. We are limiting the number to ten student/parent groups in the cafeteria. 

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5. Parent Approval Needed Now For Digital Resources

Parents can now  visit this page on our Fairfax Villa website to find the information and the link to the form that all parents need to submit for approval of digital resources. The information page lists the digital tools that may be used at Fairfax Villa  that require parental approval. Not all tools will be used by every student. The tools have been carefully reviewed to ensure that they align with the FCPS Learning Model and FCPS conducts the same technical evaluations for all products that use student information.

Please visit this page to get the link and submit your approval as soon as you can. Until you do, your child will not be able to use any of the tools that the teacher may want to use with the rest of the class. Teachers will be able to see  which parents have approved use of the resources.

https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

6. Student Passwords

Student passwords will not expire this year! Your student can continue to login to their FCPS computer, Google Apps, FCPS 24/7 Blackboard, and  other FCPS applications that require their username and password.

Password Recovery: (Rising 1st-6th only) We encourage parents to setup password recovery information for their student using the FCPS Account Manager system located here https://itweb.fcps.edu/AccountManager/

7. Laptops at Home

.  If you currently have an FCPS issued laptop at home, please help your school’s technology team prepare devices to receive county updates by doing the following once per week until school starts:

  • Plug the laptop into an outlet.
  • Turn the laptop on and let it boot up.
  • Login to ensure it connects to the internet at that location.
  • Launch Google Chrome and visit the FCPS website to ensure the internet is connected on the computer.
  • Leave the laptop on and connected to the internet for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, the laptop may be shut down.
8. FCPS Launches New Parent Technology Help Desk, Readies Students and Families for Virtual Learning

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, Fairfax County Public Schools is launching a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective today, Monday, August 24. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and an interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

9. Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year

In Virginia, students enrolled in public schools are required to attend school regularly, regardless of the type of instruction offered. Our students need to be present, engaged, and supported as they return for the 2020-21 school year.  Teachers will take attendance daily and ensure that all students are counted. 

During our virtual opening:

  • FCPS must record student attendance every school day.
  • Parents should report their student’s absences to school any day students are unable to participate in learning, including on Mondays. They may report the absences by calling the school attendance line or emailing the school-designated attendance address.
  • When parents do not report their students’ absences, teachers and school personnel will call to identify the student’s absence reasons. 
    • An eNotify (electronic) message will reach parents about the student absence.
    • Parents then can reach the school and provide information about the student absences.

Common reason why students may not be able to participate in virtual learning:

  • Student illnesses
  • Religious holiday observances
  • Temporary family hardship, such as temporary relocation
  • Lack of reliable Internet connection.School personnel need to know if families are experiencing challenges in accessing online instruction, so that they can offer support and connect families to resources.
  • Stay in contact with your students’ schools so that we can work together to support their learning.
10.Family Life Education Instructional Program Information (REVISED)

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/.  Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

11. Student Registration (Kindergarten/ Grades 1-6 New Students)  Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021

If your upcoming kindergarten student does fall in the Fairfax Villa ES boundary, please complete the form on the link below. Your form will be submitted to Jose Flores, our school registrar, who will be able to assist you with the registration process.

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

Registration for Students in Grades 1-6 New to Fairfax Villa

If you need to register a new student in grades 1-6, please contact Jose Flores, our school registrar, at jlflores@fcps.edu. Please provide the student's first and last name, enrolling parent's first and last name, student mailing address, enrolling parent's email address, and the enrolling parent's phone number. Mr. Flores will be in contact with you via email.

12. Not Returning to Fairfax Villa Next School Year?

In planning for both staffing and materials for the coming 2020-2021 school year, it is extremely important that we have a reasonable projection on the number of students who will be returning to Fairfax Villa ES next school year.

Please complete the Student Intention form for next school year,  2020-2021 Student Intention Form if your student is transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Fairfax Villa ES
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • Out of the United States

Only those families whose students are transferring need to return the completed form to our Registrar, Jose Flores at jlflores@fcps.edu. Please complete and email this form as soon as possible. If you are unsure what your intentions are for the next school year, please note this on the form.

Visit the FCPS general registration page.

13.PTA News 

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

Memberships

Membership is open for the 2020-2021 school year! Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/.

PTA Meeting

Mark your calendars for the first PTA meeting of the year! We will be meeting virtually on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 PM. We will share more information and the Blackboard meeting link soon.

Please contact Jessie Crain & Simon Bowyer (CO-PRESIDENTS) anytime with questions at villapta@gmail.com.

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Fairfax Villa Updates

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Laptop Distribution Information

Preschool - 6th Grade

  • Parents of Students in Preschool - 3rd Grade: If you did NOT request a laptop earlier but now need one  for your child in grades Preschool - 3, complete this form  for your child. You do NOT need to complete the form for grades 4-6. There is information below for those students.  https://forms.gle/a9isDgbyhaRDymo3A

This form will close on Wednesday, September 2  at 2:00. Look for details on when to pick up your child's laptop in the Keep in Touch newsletter on Thursday, September  3rd. Please wait on those details and do not come for the distribution listed below.

  • Parents of Students in Grades K-3 Who Already Signed Up: If you signed up on the first form sent to parents to request a laptop for your child, you will be able to bring your child with you and get the laptop at the following days and times below  according to your child’s last name. 
  • Parents of Students in Grades 4-6: If you did not pick up your laptop this week, you will be able to bring your child with you and  still get the laptop at the following days and times below according to your child’s last name. 

Please read and follow the guidelines below the schedule. This will save you lots of time!

Monday, August 31 

    • 8:00- 9:00: Students whose last name starts with A-B
  • 9:00 - 10:00: Students whose last name starts with C-G
  • 10:00 - 11:00: Students whose last name starts with H-K
  • 11:00 - 12:00: Student whose last name starts with L-M

Tuesday, September 1

  • 10:00 - 11:00: Students whose last name starts with N-R
  • 11:00 - 12:00: Students whose last name starts with S
  • 12:00 - 1:00: Students whose last name starts with T-Z
  • 1:00 - 2:00: Any student & parent who could not come at their assigned time.

What to Do 

  • Please note: If you or your child are not feeling well the day of distribution, please contact Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu to reschedule.
  • One parent and the student must attend on Distribution Day. Both must wear masks at all times. You are also welcome to wear protective gloves.
  • When entering school property, please park in  the side parking lot and walk to  the table at the Kiss and Ride door for a  staff member to check you in and give you the ID tag cards for your child. 
  • You and your child must stay 6 feet away from all other families and staff members.
  • You will be given a Covid-19 form to fill out  for both you and your child.
  • Once checked in, you will be given a laptop that is for your child’s grade and directed to a table where your child will log into the laptop. The parent will have to sign the parent responsibility forms. 
  • If your child does not remember his/her password from last year, Ms. Schmidt will reset the password when you are there.
  • There will be directions on the table for what your child needs to do once logged on. 
  • Your child will leave with a laptop and power cord. 

What to Bring 

  • A sheet of paper with 
  • Student’s First and Last Name
  • Student ID # 
  • Password
  • A pen for you to use to sign the papers with.

Mandatory Safety Guidelines 

  • Masks are required throughout the distribution process.
  • Additional staff will be on hand to ensure safety measures are followed.
    • All staff members involved with distributing student items will be wearing gloves.
  • If there are 10 students/parents already in the cafeteria, you will need to wait outside until one has left. We are limiting the number to ten student/parent groups in the cafeteria. 
Teacher Assignment for 2020-2021 School Year

Yesterday our teachers sent emails to parents to introduce themselves to their 2020-21 students and families.  The email includes teacher assignment, student schedule, how the teacher will communicate throughout the year, information about virtual student orientation as well as our Back to School Event.  

It is strongly recommended that you have your child access the grade level Google Classroom NOW with the code that was linked in the email from the teacher. The use of the classroom will be discussed at the virtual orientation on September 2 and accessing it now will help your child to be ready for the orientation. 

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Fairfax Villa Laptop Distribution

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Good Morning,

In case you received a text or email from FCPS about laptop distribution being cancelled, that was not for our school. For the Fairfax Villa families who signed up, we are still doing laptop distribution for today, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please be sure to come at the day and time you reserved.

Thanks!

Barbara Schmidt School Based Technology Specialist

School Testing Coordinator Fairfax Villa ES 703.267.2893

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates

8/24      Grade 6 Laptop Distribution (By reservation only)

8/25      Grade 5 Laptop Distribution  (By reservation only)

8/26      Grade 4 Laptop Distribution  (By reservation only)

8/26       Teacher Assignment Emails

9/2         Virtual Student Orientation

9/8         First Day of Virtual Class

9/21       Virtual Back to School Event - more information to come

9/23       PTA Meeting

10/12     School Planning Day / Student Holiday

Greetings Fairfax Villa Families! IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Teacher Assignment Emails
  2. Virtual Student Orientation
  3. Virtual Back to School Event (Date Change)
  4. 2020-21 Fairfax Villa Instructional Schedule
  5. Kindergarten Orientation Recording
  6. Laptop Distribution for Grades 4,5, and 6
  7. Student Passwords
  8. Laptops at Home
  9. Virtual Student Supply KIT
  10. Family Life Education Instructional Program Information (REVISED)

  11. PTA News
  12. Student Registration (Kindergarten Registration/ 1-6 New Student Registration)
  13. Not Returning to Fairfax Villa Next School Year?
  14. Resources for Families
1. Teacher Assignment Emails, August 26

On August 26th, our teachers will be sending emails to parents to introduce themselves to their 2020-21 students and caregivers.  The email will include:

  1. Teacher Assignment
  2. Student Schedule
  3. Teacher Communication
  4. Virtual Student Orientation
  5. Back to School Event
2. Virtual Student Orientation, September 2

On September 2, Fairfax Villa will be holding our first ever Virtual Student Orientation for students and caregivers. The goal is to make the student transition to virtual learning as smooth as possible and to reduce any anxiety leading up to and on the first day of school.

The virtual orientation will include the following opportunities:

  • Opportunity to support building relationships and community
  • Opportunity to meet the teacher(s)
  • Opportunity to provide an overview of how virtual learning will work, such as basic expectations on logging into students’ FCPS Gmail accounts to access virtual classroom links, and how to use BBCU
  • Opportunity to answer basic questions and to provide information to prepare families for the first day of school.

Time of Event

Grade Level

9:00 

6th Grade

10:00 

5th Grade

11:00

4th Grade

12:00

3rd Grade

1:00 

2nd Grade

2:00

1st Grade

3:00

Kindergarten

3. Virtual Back to School Event, September 21

On September 21st, Fairfax Villa will be holding our first ever Virtual Back to School event for families. This event was originally scheduled for August 28; however, we have decided to select this date to allow families the opportunity to begin engaging  in the learning process and to experience the virtual platform and practices for this year.  We look forward to meeting with families to answer any questions that you may have in the first two weeks about online learning. 

Here is the schedule for the virtual Back to School Event.  A guest link will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher as we get closer to the date.

1:00 

Kindergarten

1:30 

1st Grade

2:00

2nd Grade

2:30

3rd Grade

3:00 

4th Grade

3:30

5th Grade

4:00

6th Grade

4. 2020-2021 Fairfax Villa Instructional Schedule

Dear Fairfax Villa Families and Friends,

As we prepare for our first day of school for the 2020-21 school year, we want to share our grade level virtual schedules. The schedules presented today are draft schedules and are subject to change. We have been focused on developing a robust and adaptive instructional schedule that meets the needs of all students and programs. We would like to highlight a few considerations and guidelines that were utilized to develop these schedules.

  • All FCPS elementary schools are providing consistent instructional minutes for the content areas.
  • Our schedules closely align with a typical school day and schedule. Our students will experience a similar instructional day as they would in our in-person learning environment. As noted in a previous update, our bell schedule will be 9:10 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • We understand the concerns around screen time and we have been intentional in our decision-making with content areas, breaks, specials, and asynchronous learning.
  • The week will include 4 days of live, face-to-face (synchronous) online instruction with teachers Tuesday through Friday. Mondays will be used for independent learning (asynchronous) and/or individualized instruction.
  • Daily schedules for Tuesday through Friday are based on a full day of school to include: Morning Meeting, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, Specials, Specialized/Individualized Instruction, screen time breaks, lunch, and asynchronous/independent learning activities.
  • To support our families’ schedules, our lunch time and  family choice activity block is the same time across all grade levels.

The first day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Please see below for our instructional  schedule.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s schedule, please contact Mr. Gerstner or Ms. An.  

Our very best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Barbara Schmidt, School Based Technology Specialist

5. Kindergarten Orientation Recording

To view the Kindergarten Orientation that occurred on Wednesday, please click below:

Fairfax Villa Kindergarten Orientation - recording_1

6.  Laptop Distribution For Grades 4,5, and 6 

(We are hoping to distribute laptops for K-3 on August 31 and September 1. More information will be coming to the families who signed up for one.)

Grades 4,5, and 6: What to Do 

  • Please note: If you or your child are not feeling well the day of distribution, please contact Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu to reschedule.
  • One parent and the student must attend on Distribution Day. Both must wear masks at all times. You are also welcome to wear protective gloves.
  • When entering school property, please park in  the side parking lot and walk to  the table by the Kiss and Ride door for a  staff member to check you in and give you the ID tag cards for your child. 
  • You and your child must stay 6 feet away from all other families and staff members.
  • You will be given a Covid-19 form to fill out  for both you and your child.
  • Once checked in, you will be directed to a table where your child will log into the laptop that is there while you sign the parent responsibility forms. 
  • If your child does not remember his/her password from last year, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu. She will reset the password and let you know what it is when you pick up the laptop.
  • There will be directions on the table for what your child needs to do once logged on. 
  • Your child will leave with a laptop, bag, and power cord. 

What to Bring 

  • A sheet of paper with 
  • Student’s First and Last Name
  • Student ID # 
  • Password
  • If your child does not remember his/her password from last year, please email Ms. Schmidt NOW at bdschmidt@fcps.edu. She will reset the password and let you know what it is when you pick up the laptop.
  • A pen for you to use to sign the papers with.

Mandatory Safety Guidelines 

  • Masks are required throughout the distribution process.
  • Additional staff will be on hand to ensure safety measures are followed.
  • All staff members involved with distributing student items will be wearing gloves.
7. Student Passwords

Student passwords will not expire this year! Your student can continue to login to their FCPS computer, Google Apps, FCPS 24/7 Blackboard, and  other FCPS applications that require their username and password.

Password Recovery: (Rising 1st-6th only) We encourage parents to setup password recovery information for their student using the FCPS Account Manager system located here https://itweb.fcps.edu/AccountManager/

8. Laptops at Home

.  If you currently have an FCPS issued laptop at home, please help your school’s technology team prepare devices to receive county updates by doing the following once per week until school starts:

  • Plug the laptop into an outlet.
  • Turn the laptop on and let it boot up.
  • Login to ensure it connects to the internet at that location.
  • Launch Google Chrome and visit the FCPS website to ensure the internet is connected on the computer.
  • Leave the laptop on and connected to the internet for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, the laptop may be shut down.
9. Virtual Student Supply Kit

Fairfax Villa is working to put together a basic supply kit for each student to begin the school year.  These kits will contain basic supplies needed for virtual learning including art, music, and other educational supplies. As we move forward in the school year,  please be advised that teachers may request additional supplies as necessary. For the parents who pre-ordered supplies in the spring, please feel free to hold onto the supplies to be used for when the students transition back into the school building.

When the Virtual Student Supply Kits are available for pick up, we will follow up with parents.

10.  Family Life Education Instructional Program Information (REVISED)

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/.  Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

11. PTA News (e-mail: villapta@gmail.com)

NEW LEADERSHIP FOR 2020-2021

We are thrilled to introduce your 2020-2021 PTA Board! 

CO-PRESIDENTS: Jessie Crain & Simon Bowyer

CO VICE-PRESIDENTS: Prachi Lotlikar & Shilpa Prasad

Returning board members: Morgan Crump (Treasurer) & Jessica Sabatino (Secretary)

Our school is in GREAT HANDS with this group. SHOW SUPPORT BY JOINING THE PTA FOR 2020-2021 early! https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/

You may email the PTA board by clicking here. 

12. Student Registration (Kindergarten/ Grades 1-6 New Students)  Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021

If your upcoming kindergarten student does fall in the Fairfax Villa ES boundary, please complete the form on the link below. Your form will be submitted to Jose Flores, our school registrar, who will be able to assist you with the registration process.

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

Registration for Students in Grades 1-6 New to Fairfax Villa

If you need to register a new student in grades 1-6, please contact Jose Flores, our school registrar, at jlflores@fcps.edu. Please provide the student's first and last name, enrolling parent's first and last name, student mailing address, enrolling parent's email address, and the enrolling parent's phone number. Mr. Flores will be in contact with you via email.

13. Not Returning to Fairfax Villa Next School Year?

In planning for both staffing and materials for the coming 2020-2021 school year, it is extremely important that we have a reasonable projection on the number of students who will be returning to Fairfax Villa ES next school year.

Please complete the Student Intention form for next school year,  2020-2021 Student Intention Form if your student is transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Fairfax Villa ES
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • Out of the United States

Only those families whose students are transferring need to return the completed form to our Registrar, Jose Flores at jlflores@fcps.edu. Please complete and email this form as soon as possible. If you are unsure what your intentions are for the next school year, please note this on the form.

Visit the FCPS general registration page.

14. Resources for Families
  • Free Virtual Summer Camps!   Click on the link here to access a variety of free virtual summer camps for your children!
  • Internet Access for Low Income Families in FCPS

Cox Connect2Compete supplies broadband internet access to low-income, unconnected families in Fairfax County. Households who meet income and other guidelines will be offered free Internet service through July 15, ($9.95 per month afterward), free modem rental, free installation, and a price guarantee for two years. Schools who are aware of families without internet access can share this resource with families. More information is available on the Cox website: https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html To ensure all families in need have access to the Internet, FCPS MiFi delivery continues at elementary schools this week.

  • Distance Learning Resource for Families

FCPS has provided a website for  families to answer questions they may have about accessing and troubleshooting Distance Learning. Available in many languages, it covers topics from connecting to the internet to the use of the Student Rights and Responsibilities during Distance Learning. There are also phone numbers to call to get help in different languages. 

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/instruction/technology-support

  • Distance Learning Continues

Distance learning is continuing as teachers will provide new instructional opportunities through a variety of tools. Some resources for parents include: 

  • Distance Learning YouTube Channel

Math and Language Arts Distance Learning Lessons broadcast on Apple 21 can now be accessed by teachers and students on demand.  To view, go to Fairfax County Public Schools Distance Learning on YouTube and subscribe.  Playlists are arranged by grade level (for math) and content (for language arts).  

Content can also be accessed on the FCPS Apple 21 cable television channel and is streaming at https://www.fcps.edu/news-features-and-events/cable-tv/cable-tv-guide.

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Important Information for Parents of 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders

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Important Information for Parents of 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders

If you have not yet reserved a time to pick up your child’s laptop, you have until 3:00 on Thursday, August 20 to reserve a time.  Please understand that after that time, we will not be able to honor late reservations and  your child  will have to wait until the next round of distributions for your grade. 

Please use the links below for your child’s grade’s Sign Up Genius  to reserve your spot on the following days:

Grade 6: Monday, August 24 from 8:30 - 3:00  [Click here]

Grade 5: Tuesday, August 25 from 8:30 - 3:00   [Click here]

Grade 4: Wednesday, August 26 from 8:30 - 3:00   [Click here]

Distribution Day

What to Do 

  • Please note: If you or your child are not feeling well the day of distribution, please contact Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu to reschedule.
  • One parent and the student must attend on Distribution Day. Both must wear masks at all times.
  • When entering school property, please park in  the side parking lot and walk to  the table by the Kiss and Ride door for a  staff member to check you in and give you the ID tags for your child. 
  • You and your child must stay 6 feet away from all other families and staff members.
  • You will be given a Covid-19 form to fill out  for both you and your child.
  • Once checked in, you will be directed to a table where your child will log into the laptop that is there while you sign the parent responsibility forms. 
  • If your child does not remember his/her password from last year, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu. She will reset the password and let you know what it is when you pick up the laptop.
  • There will be directions on the table for what your child needs to do once logged on. 
  • Your child will leave with a laptop, bag, and power cord. 

What to Bring 

  • A sheet of paper with 
  • Student’s First and Last Name
  • Student ID # 
  • Password
  • If your child does not remember his/her password from last year, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu. She will reset the password and let you know what it is when you pick up the laptop.
  • A pen for you to use to sign the papers with.

Mandatory Safety Guidelines 

  • Masks are required throughout the distribution process.
  • Additional staff will be on hand to ensure safety measures are followed.
  • All staff members involved with distributing student items will be wearing gloves.

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Student Passwords

Student passwords will not expire this year! Your student can continue to login to their FCPS computer, Google Apps, FCPS 24/7 Blackboard, and  other FCPS applications that require their username and password.

Password Recovery: (Rising 1st-6th only) We encourage parents to setup password recovery information for their student using the FCPS Account Manager system located here https://itweb.fcps.edu/AccountManager/

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Kindergarten Orientation

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Kindergarten Orientation

On August 19, 2020, Fairfax Villa ES will be holding our Kindergarten Orientation from 10am-11am.  We are thrilled to provide this opportunity for our rising kindergarten families to virtually meet the teachers and to find out more about our wonderful program.  Please know that this will be an online orientation and you can click the link below to join as early as 9:45am. 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f7d8b72496b548b9b6fe6ff749aebdd7

As for students’ class assignments, emails/letters will be sent to families the week of August 24 before our K-6 Back to School Event on August 28. 

Our very best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Barbara Schmidt, School Based Technology Specialist

Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021

If your upcoming kindergarten student does fall in the Fairfax Villa ES boundary, please complete the form on the link below. Your form will be submitted to Jose Flores, our school registrar, who will be able to assist you with the registration process.

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

 

Orientación del jardín de infantes

El 19 de agosto de 2020, Fairfax Villa ES celebrará nuestra Orientación de Kindergarten de 10am-11am.  Estamos encantados de brindar esta oportunidad para que nuestras familias de jardín de infantes en ascenso conozcan virtualmente a los maestros y descubran más sobre nuestro maravilloso programa.  Por favor, sepa que esta será una orientación en línea y puede hacer clic en el siguiente enlace para unirse tan pronto como 9:45am.

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f7d8b72496b548b9b6fe6ff749aebdd7

En cuanto a las tareas de clase de los estudiantes, los correos electrónicos/cartas se enviarán a las familias la semana del 24 de agosto antes de nuestro evento K-6 Back to School el 28 de agosto.

Nuestro mejor,

Dave Gerstner, Director

KJ An, Subdirector

Barbara Schmidt, especialista en tecnología escolar

Registro de Kindergarten para 2020-2021

Si su próximo estudiante de jardín de infantes cae en el límite de Fairfax Villa ES, por favor complete el formulario en el siguiente enlace. Su formulario será enviado a José Flores, nuestro registrador escolar, quien podrá ayudarle con el proceso de inscripción.

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

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Fairfax Villa PTA News

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Fairfax Villa PTA News e-mail: villapta@gmail.com @ FairfaxVillaPTA on Instagram & Twitter  @ PTAFairfaxVilla on Facebook

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

 

2020-2021 Membership Sign-up is OPEN!

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES

DON’T FORGET to order from our vendor to get this great bag for your student and take the burden of finding sanitizing items off your list! They deliver directly to the school and restock mid-year! Plus the PTA gets a small donation ($1-$2) included in EACH supply set purchased. So.much.winning. The supplies will still be useful for virtual learning, and you will be able to pick up the kits from school.

ORDER ONLINE: FINAL DEADLINE AUGUST 15! 

(orders placed after the deadline may be delivered to your home for a small fee) https://www.campussurvivalkits.com/fairfaxvilla

2020-2021 ¡La inscripción de membresía está ABIERTA!

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Suminstros escolares

NO OLVIDE pedir a nuestro proveedor para obtener esta gran bolsa para su estudiante  y tomar la carga de encontrar artículos desinfectantes de su lista! ¡Entregan directamente a la escuela y reposan a mediados de año!  Además,  la PTA recibe una pequeña donación ($1-$2) incluida en CADA conjunto de suministros comprado. Así que.mucho.ganar. Los suministros seguirán siendo útiles para el aprendizaje virtual, y usted será capaz de recoger los kits de la escuela.

PEDIDO ONLINE: FINAL DEADLINE 15 DE AGOSTO!

(los pedidos realizados después de la fecha límite pueden ser entregados a su casa por una pequeña tarifa)  https://www.campussurvivalkits.com/fairfaxvilla

 

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Important Technology Message to Parents of Rising 4th and 5th  Graders

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Important Technology Message to Parents of Rising 4th and 5th  Graders

DISTRIBUTION OF NEW 4TH AND 5TH GRADE LAPTOPS

We have had only about half  of you sign up to pick up the new laptop for your child. Because of COVID restrictions, this must  be done by reservation. There will not be any drop-ins.

If your child had an FCPS laptop from us last year, they can keep it for this year and you do not need to sign up.

Due to the strict  limitations on the number of people we can have in the building, please limit this visit  to one parent and the child. You will be coming into the cafeteria and following the social distancing guidelines there. Don’t forget your masks! You may also want to bring your own pen!

Please use the links below for your child’s grade’s Sign Up Genius  to reserve your spot on the following days:

Grade 5: Tuesday, August 25 from 8:30 - 3:00   [Click here]

Grade 4: Wednesday, August 26 from 8:30 - 3:00   [Click here]

 If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu.

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Important Technology Message to Parents of Rising 6th Graders

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Important Technology Message to Parents of Rising 6th Graders

RETURN OF 5TH GRADE LAPTOPS

Thank you to all the parents who have returned the laptops that their students used last year for 5th grade. For those parents who have not yet returned the laptop, please return it to the school office between the hours of 9:00 and 3:00 as soon as you can. If your child’s 5th grade laptop is not returned, we cannot prepare the (brand)  new one for them. Because of the volume of laptops we are preparing, there is a turnaround time of a few days. 

DISTRIBUTION OF NEW 6TH GRADE LAPTOPS

We have had only about 30 of you sign up to pick up the new laptop for your child. Because of COVID restrictions, this must  be done by reservation. There will not be any drop-ins.

Due to the strict  limitations on the number of people we can have in the building, please limit this visit  to one parent and the child. You will be coming into the cafeteria and following the social distancing guidelines there. Don’t forget your masks! You may also want to bring your own pen!

Please use the link below for the Sign Up Genius  to reserve your spot on the following day:

Grade 6: Monday, August 24 from 8:30 - 3:00  [Click here]

 If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu.

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2020-2021 Fairfax Villa Instructional Schedule

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2020-2021 Fairfax Villa Instructional Schedule

Dear Fairfax Villa Families and Friends,

As we prepare for our first day of school for the 2020-21 school year, we want to share our grade level virtual schedules. The schedules presented today are draft schedules and are subject to change. We have been focused on developing a robust and adaptive instructional schedule that meets the needs of all students and programs. We would like to highlight a few considerations and guidelines that were utilized to develop these schedules.

  • All FCPS elementary schools are providing consistent instructional minutes for the content areas.
  • Our schedules closely align with a typical school day and schedule. Our students will experience a similar instructional day as they would in our in-person learning environment. As noted in a previous update, our bell schedule will be 9:10 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • We understand the concerns around screen time and we have been intentional in our decision-making with content areas, breaks, specials, and asynchronous learning.
  • The week will include 4 days of live, face-to-face (synchronous) online instruction with teachers Tuesday through Friday. Mondays will be used for independent learning (asynchronous) and/or individualized instruction.
  • Daily schedules for Tuesday through Friday are based on a full day of school to include: Morning Meeting, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, Specials, Specialized/Individualized Instruction, screen time breaks, lunch, and asynchronous/independent learning activities.
  • To support our families’ schedules, our lunch time and  family choice activity block is the same time across all grade levels.

The first day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Please see below for our instructional  schedule.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s schedule, please contact Mr. Gerstner or Ms. An.  

Our very best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Barbara Schmidt, School Based Technology Specialist

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Woodson Pyramid Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness Town Hall

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Woodson Pyramid Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness Town Hall

The Woodson Pyramid is comprised of  Woodson High School and its feeder schools: Frost Middle School, Canterbury Woods Elementary School, Fairfax Villa Elementary School, Little Run Elementary School, Mantua Elementary School, Olde Creek Elementary School, and Wakefield Forest Elementary School.

The Woodson Pyramid principals invite our communities to come together on August 11 from  7-8 PM to engage in a shared conversation around cultural proficiency/cultural responsiveness in our pyramid.  This town hall will be facilitated by our Equity Leads and administrators from each school.  We will present 3-5 guiding questions to solicit feedback around experiences and practices in our school community.  This discussion will allow schools to draw similarities for future work around equity and cultural proficiency/cultural responsiveness throughout our pyramid schools.  Each school will hold a follow-up town hall at another time to share specific actions happening in each individual school to address cultural proficiency/cultural responsiveness.  We hope you will join us to contribute to the conversation. 

Here is the link for joining this Town Hall.

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/22dcdf9c16734f42a74596bd2324c5d4

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates

8/10     LAST DAY to Return all 5th and 6th Grade laptops

8/11     Return form below for  ALL students in Grades K-3 (Laptop Needs)

8/12     Release of 2020-21 Fairfax Villa Online Instructional Schedule

             (Via News you Choose Email)

8/19     Virtual Kindergarten Orientation (10:00-11:00 AM) 

8/20     LAST DAY to sign up for a laptop distribution spot (Grades 4-6 only)

8/24     Grade 6 Laptop Distribution  -

             Use link below to sign up for your spot by 8/20

8/25     Grade 5 Laptop Distribution -

             Use link below to sign up for your spot by 8/20

8/26      Grade 4 Laptop Distribution  -

              Use link below to sign up for your spot by 8/20

8/28       Virtual Back to School Event - more information to come

9/8         First Day of Virtual Class

10/12     School Planning Day / Student Holiday

Greetings Fairfax Villa Families! IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Principal Message
  2. Return of ALL  5th and 6th Grade Student Laptops
  3. 2020-2021 Bell Schedule
  4. Laptop Distribution News
  5. Virtual Student Supply KIT
  6. PTA News
  7. Woodson Pyramid Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness Town Hall
  8. Student Registration (Kindergarten Registration/ 1-6 New Student Registration)
  9. Not Returning to Fairfax Villa Next School Year?
  10. Resources for Families
1. Principal Message

Fairfax Villa Families, 

Recently, Dr. Brabrand proposed and the Fairfax County School Board approved a full virtual start for the beginning of the upcoming school year. In the communication Dr. Brabrand sent out to the community, he shared the following:

For distance learning, our first priority is to provide access and equity in the learning experience for each of our students.  We understand that there are significant academic and social/emotional challenges to our students learning remotely.  FCPS has strengthened our digital learning model so that we can provide an even more rigorous and engaging virtual learning program with greater connections for all students at all grade levels. 

  • Online learning provides four days (Tuesday through Friday) of live, face-to-face instruction with teachers. 
  • Mondays will remain a teacher planning day with intervention supports for selected students.  All students are expected to be engaged in learning either via asynchronous learning or intervention sessions with teachers. 
  • At the elementary level, students will receive real-time, interactive instruction each day. 
  • The elementary day will also consist of small group instruction, intervention supports, and independent learning activities assigned to students. 
  • Student work will be graded  and attendance is required. 

At Fairfax Villa, we are committed to supporting our students and families in starting the school year successfully in an online environment.  Teachers will receive additional training to meet the needs of our students and we will provide distance learning supports and guidance for our families. 

As we prepare for a virtual start, we are also keeping in mind the need to be able to pivot to in-person learning when FCPS determines students can safely return back to the building. 

We know this is a very challenging time and everyone is dealing with many different emotions around the start of the school year. Together we will continue to soar and create outstanding learning environments for our students even in these challenging times.

We will continue to share information and more details in the upcoming weeks.  As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Our very best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Barbara Schmidt, School Based Technology Specialist

2. Return of ALL 5th and 6th Grade Student Laptops

If you were not able to return last year’s 5th or 6th grader’s laptop earlier this week, please do so on Monday, August 10 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Leave all name tags on the laptop and the bag.
  • Put the power cord that came with the laptop in the zipper pocket. The barcode on it should match the barcode of the laptop.
  • Put the laptop in the main part of the bag and zip it shut.
  • Check to make sure that any personal items are taken out of the bag. If any are found, they cannot be returned.
  • If your student has lost the laptop, please email Ms. Payne and Ms. Schmidt now at tjpayne@fcps.edu and bdschmidt@fcps.edu
  • Please drive to the front door of the school. When you exit your car, you will be shown by a staff member where to put the laptop. This will be done with safe distancing. Masks are mandatory when coming by.

Except for 5th and 6th graders, if your student has a Fairfax Villa laptop that is working, it should be kept for this coming school year.  

Thank you for your cooperation as we get our technology ready for the next school year.

3. 2020-2021 Bell Schedule

The first day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Our virtual school day for the 2020-21 school year will begin at 9:10 am and end at 4:00 pm, Tuesday - Friday. 

As for our 2020-21 Fairfax Villa Online Instructional Schedule, we will be sending that to parents via our News You Choose messaging on Wednesday, August 12.

4. Laptop Distribution News

As you may have read in the recent message  from Dr. Brabrand, there are changes being implemented  across FCPS to improve the technology access for all of our students and to assist our families with support that they need with that technology. Below is the Fairfax Villa plan for implementing those changes.

GRADES K-3

If you have children in grades Kindergarten - 3, please fill out this form no later than 3:00 pm on Tuesday, August 11  to let us know if you will or will not need a laptop from us for your child to use this year.  For those families without internet access, you can also let us know  if a miFi device is needed. A miFi device provides a limited but adequate amount of internet access for use with FCPS laptops only. 

Link to Form: https://forms.gle/eZD9qKgb22tk3gZS9

 We hope to  be scheduling the distribution of the  kindergarten - 3rd grade laptops  for the week of August 31. We are still waiting for them to be delivered to our school.

GRADES 4-6

We will be distributing  laptops to all of our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. (6th graders will be getting brand new laptops; that is why they needed to return the ones they had.) 

Due to the limitations on the number of people we can have in the building, please limit this visit  to one parent and the child. You will be coming into the cafeteria and following the social distancing guidelines there. Don’t forget your masks!

Please use the links below for your child’s grade’s Sign Up Genius  to reserve your spot on the following days:

Grade 6: Monday, August 24 from 8:30 - 3:00  [Click here]

Grade 5: Tuesday, August 25 from 8:30 - 3:00   [Click here]

Grade 4: Wednesday, August 26 from 8:30 - 3:00   [Click here]

5. Virtual Student Supply Kit

Fairfax Villa is working to put together a basic supply kit for each student to begin the school year.  These kits will contain basic supplies needed for virtual learning including art, music, and other educational supplies. As we move forward in the school year,  please be advised that teachers may request additional supplies as necessary. For the parents who pre-ordered supplies in the spring, please feel free to hold onto the supplies to be used for when the students transition back into the school building.

When the Virtual Student Supply Kits are available for pick up, we will follow up with parents.

6. PTA News (e-mail: villapta@gmail.com)

NEW LEADERSHIP FOR 2020-2021

We are thrilled to introduce your 2020-2021 PTA Board! 

CO-PRESIDENTS: Jessie Crain & Simon Bowyer

CO VICE-PRESIDENTS: Prachi Lotlikar & Shilpa Prasad

Returning board members: Morgan Crump (Treasurer) & Jessica Sabatino (Secretary)

Our school is in GREAT HANDS with this group. SHOW SUPPORT BY JOINING THE PTA FOR 2020-2021 early! https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/

You may email the PTA board by clicking here

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

DON’T FORGET to order from our vendor to get this great bag for your student and take the burden of finding sanitizing items off your list! They deliver directly to the school and restock mid-year! Plus the PTA gets a small donation ($1-$2) included in EACH supply set purchased. So.much.winning. 

ORDER ONLINE: DEADLINE EXTENDED! https://www.campussurvivalkits.com/fairfaxvilla

7. Woodson Pyramid Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness Town Hall

The Woodson Pyramid is comprised of  Woodson High School and its feeder schools: Frost Middle School, Canterbury Woods Elementary School, Fairfax Villa Elementary School, Little Run Elementary School, Mantua Elementary School, Olde Creek Elementary School, and Wakefield Forest Elementary School.

The Woodson Pyramid principals invite our communities to come together on August 11 from  7-8 PM to engage in a shared conversation around cultural proficiency/cultural responsiveness in our pyramid.  This town hall will be facilitated by our Equity Leads and administrators from each school.  We will present 3-5 guiding questions to solicit feedback around experiences and practices in our school community.  This discussion will allow schools to draw similarities for future work around equity and cultural proficiency/cultural responsiveness throughout our pyramid schools.  Each school will hold a follow-up town hall at another time to share specific actions happening in each individual school to address cultural proficiency/cultural responsiveness.  We hope you will join us to contribute to the conversation. 

The link for joining this town hall  will be sent  to our families on Tuesday, August 11. 

8. Student Registration (Kindergarten/ Grades 1-6 New Students)  Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021

If your upcoming kindergarten student does fall in the Fairfax Villa ES boundary, please complete the form on the link below. Your form will be submitted to Jose Flores, our school registrar, who will be able to assist you with the registration process.

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

Registration for Students in Grades 1-6 New to Fairfax Villa

If you need to register a new student in grades 1-6, please contact Jose Flores, our school registrar, at jlflores@fcps.edu. Please provide the student's first and last name, enrolling parent's first and last name, student mailing address, enrolling parent's email address, and the enrolling parent's phone number. Mr. Flores will be in contact with you via email.

9. Not Returning to Fairfax Villa Next School Year?

In planning for both staffing and materials for the coming 2020-2021 school year, it is extremely important that we have a reasonable projection on the number of students who will be returning to Fairfax Villa ES next school year.

Please complete the Student Intention form for next school year,  2020-2021 Student Intention Form if your student is transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Fairfax Villa ES
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • Out of the United States

Only those families whose students are transferring need to return the completed form to our Registrar, Jose Flores at jlflores@fcps.edu. Please complete and email this form as soon as possible. If you are unsure what your intentions are for the next school year, please note this on the form.

Visit the FCPS general registration page.

10. Resources for Families
  • Free Virtual Summer Camps!   Click on the link here to access a variety of free virtual summer camps for your children!
  • Internet Access for Low Income Families in FCPS

Cox Connect2Compete supplies broadband internet access to low-income, unconnected families in Fairfax County. Households who meet income and other guidelines will be offered free Internet service through July 15, ($9.95 per month afterward), free modem rental, free installation, and a price guarantee for two years. Schools who are aware of families without internet access can share this resource with families. More information is available on the Cox website: https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html To ensure all families in need have access to the Internet, FCPS MiFi delivery continues at elementary schools this week.

  • Distance Learning Resource for Families

FCPS has provided a website for  families to answer questions they may have about accessing and troubleshooting Distance Learning. Available in many languages, it covers topics from connecting to the internet to the use of the Student Rights and Responsibilities during Distance Learning. There are also phone numbers to call to get help in different languages. 

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/instruction/technology-support

  • Distance Learning Continues

Distance learning is continuing as teachers will provide new instructional opportunities through a variety of tools. Some resources for parents include: 

  • Distance Learning YouTube Channel

Math and Language Arts Distance Learning Lessons broadcast on Apple 21 can now be accessed by teachers and students on demand.  To view, go to Fairfax County Public Schools Distance Learning on YouTube and subscribe.  Playlists are arranged by grade level (for math) and content (for language arts).  

Content can also be accessed on the FCPS Apple 21 cable television channel and is streaming at https://www.fcps.edu/news-features-and-events/cable-tv/cable-tv-guide.

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Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

Laptop Dropoff Change for Tuesday

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Laptop Dropoff Change for Tuesday 8-11am; 6th Grade Laptops

Due to the forecast of heavy rain tomorrow, we will be having  parents drop the laptops off at the FRONT of the school instead of the Kiss and Ride lane.

This is for the 5th grade laptops, the 6th grade laptops that did not get returned today, and any other laptops that need repair.

Parents of our former grade 6 students: if you did not return your student’s laptop on Monday, PLEASE return your student’s laptop on Tuesday. We had only about one third of them returned today. Your student will be given a much better laptop to use in middle school and we need these back for our students for the upcoming year. They will not be able to get their new one if their 6th grade one is not returned.  Thank you!

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Leave all name tags on the laptop and the bag.
  • Put the power cord that came with the laptop in the zipper pocket. The barcode on it should match the barcode of the laptop.
  • Put the laptop in the main part of the bag and zip it shut.
  • Check to make sure that any personal items are taken out of the bag. If any are found later, they cannot be returned.
  • If you have lost the power cord, you may pay for it with a check made out to FVES for $38. 
  • If your student has lost the laptop, please email Ms. Payne and Ms. Schmidt now at tjpayne@fcps.edu and bdschmidt@fcps.edu. 
  • When you drive up to the front of the school, please give the staff member there your child’s last name and then put the laptop bag on the cart.

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

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