Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Fairfax Villa Staff Farewells

As we move toward the end of the school year, there are always transitions for some of our staff members. We will be announcing a few of these each week. This week, we are sad to say goodbye to Michelle Coyne, Kelsey Ferrari, Brendan Lyons, and Surangi Mehta.

Michelle Coyne has worked with and made connections with so many of our parents and students! As one of our front office staff and our library assistant, she has made quite an impact in her two years at the Villa. Her first day found almost every staff member stopping by to introduce themselves and to give her welcoming words…this is what Michelle then did for our students and staff every day. She mentored and cared for a student who thrived on the help and attention given by Ms. Coyne – this mentoring made such a change in this student’s life. We will miss Ms. Coyne in many ways but are excited for her as she starts her first year of graduate work at George Mason for school counseling and continues to serve FCPS at another school. 

Kelsey Ferrari has served as our school psychologist for the two years she has worked for FCPS but now leaves to enter private practice in Fairfax. As the voice for managing the testing and evaluation of many of our students, Ms. Ferrari has worked with most of our teachers and served on both our local screening committee as well as on our MTSS committee. She has felt welcomed and cared for at Fairfax Villa and has felt a part of our school’s family from the very beginning. Although she was not at our school every day, the days that she was here began and ended with smiles, laughter, and much collegial enthusiasm and partnerships. We wish her luck in private practice and thank her for supporting our students in so many ways.

Brendan Lyons came to Fairfax Villa in the middle of the year to teach in our SPED department on a one year contract. He had taught in both Loudoun County and Fairfax County before coming to our school to work with 2nd grade. We wish him the best as he moves on to new opportunities.

Surangi Mehta has been at Fairfax Villa and FCPS for just one year but held many positions at our school. Starting as a long term substitute in 4th grade and ending as a PHTA for our intellectual disabilities program, Ms. Mehta has worked with many students. She felt the warmth that our school is known for with her interactions with both our staff and her students. She especially enjoyed working with the ESOL team and the 4th grade team as she started the year with them. With her 14 years of teaching in India, she hopes to continue working for FCPS and feels that she will always be a part of the Fairfax Villa family. Good luck to Ms. Mehta in her next instructional endeavor!

Student Material Distribution/Item Return Drive-Thru Days- June 8 and 9

On June 8 and 9 we will be hosting our Student Material Distribution via drive-thru in our Fairfax Villa kiss-n-ride.This will be your time as a parent to drive to the school and pick up your child/childrens materials, as well as drop off student supplies. More information will be coming soon with details in next week’s Friday message. 

Musical Instruments - Instruments need to be collected only from students in grade 6 and any other students moving out of FCPS.  Students continuing in the instrumental music program next year do not need to return instruments.  In the drive-thru on June 8 and 9, there will be an area for you to stop and drop off any instruments.

Library Books - we are asking that you search your houses and your child’s/children’s backpacks to find all Fairfax Villa library books.  Similar to the instruments, there will be an area for you to stop and drop off your books so that we can check them back in and remove them from your children's accounts.

Patrol Belts - 5th and 6th grade students are asked to return their patrol belts on June 8 and 9.  There will be a station in the drive-thru for parents to drop off the belts.

Student Medication Pickup

On June 16, we will be hosting our student medication pickup.  In our future Friday KIT messages, we will be sharing logistics and safety precautions for parents picking up their children's medications.

Student Laptop Return

For all 6th graders and any other students who will NOT be at our school next year who have a laptop from Fairfax Villa, we will be collecting your laptops on Tuesday, June 16 from 9:00 to 12:00. 

There will be a container in the kiss and ride lane for parents to drive up to and drop off the laptop bag. Please be sure that the laptop and power cord are both inside the bag. Don’t forget to check that there are no personal belongings of the student left in there.  We will not be able to return personal items left in the bag. Please leave all name tags on the bags and on the laptops. 

Friendly Reminder: Parent Input Form for 2020-21 Class Placement

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

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

In addition, we also value parent input.  If you feel there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, you may email Mr. Gerstner at drgerstner@fcps.edu. Emails are due to Mr. Gerstner by May 24thWhen responding to Mr. Gerstner, please copy and paste the following questions into your email:

1)    Student Name:

2)    Next Year’s Grade Level:

3) The three words that best describe my child in a classroom setting:

4) My child learns best in a classroom with the following characteristics (level of structure, learning environment, opportunities for collaboration, etc.):

5) Special considerations (health concerns, students that my child either does or does not learn well with, etc.):

We value and consider your insight into your child’s learning needs. Taken together with teacher input, your feedback informs class placements. Once again, we respectfully ask that you refrain from requesting a specific teacher.

Sincerely,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Registration for School Year 2020-2021

Looking to register your kindergarten student or a grade 1-6  student new to Fairfax Villa?  First, see if your student falls in the Fairfax Villa ES boundary by viewing the FCPS boundary locator

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.

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

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 year2020-2021 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 by Friday, May 22, 2020. 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.

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: 

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 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.

New Collection of eBooks and Audiobooks  New eBooks 

Library Information Services is pleased to announce a new collection of ebooks and audiobooks to support distance learning aimed at 5th & 6th grade students available through the MackinVia platform. This collection contains 715 titles curated with a focus on popular and appealing books that many students would find fun to read. Although not intended as instructional resources, these books could be accessed as choice reading or listening for learning activities. 

How to Access

MackinVIA is the FCPS ebook and audiobook platform. Users can download the MackinVIA app from the iOS and android app stores to read or listen on their mobile devices, or they can log in to fairfax.mackinvia.com using their FCPS network username and password.  Be sure to log in to the FCPS blue bar with your network credential, NOT the Follett prompt.

How to Navigate MackinVIA

Here is a four minute video demonstrating the features of MackinVia.

Digital Book Licenses 

Unfortunately, central purchases are limited to single-user licenses by publishers. That means that if a copy of a book is checked out, other users can make a request to place it on hold, but only one person may engage with the book at a time. If a school has purchased ebooks through MackinVIA, users at that school will see those titles integrated with the centrally purchased titles.

 Please email Robin Mims at rbmims@fcps.edu  for more information or assistance.

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

This year, we are trying out a new local vendor for school supplies and the prices are super competitive AND every order receives a fun Villa spirit bag!

If (like me) you’ve never ordered from our supply vendors before because you enjoy school supply shopping, THIS IS YOUR YEAR TO DO SO! Every grade’s list includes items that you will have a hard time finding, while our vendor has the supplies in stock! In addition, the PTA earns $1-$2 for every supply bag purchased. WIN WIN!

I price-compared the fourth grade list on Amazon and it was $20 more than our vendors’ price AND IT DIDN’T INCLUDE the paper/disinfectant supplies! 

ORDER ONLINE BY JULY 15! https://www.campussurvivalkits.com/fairfaxvilla

SEPTA Q&A MEETING NOTES

Huge thank you to Stephanie Brander for taking notes when she attended the SEPTA Q&A session with Dr. Brabrand on May 5. Please review them here for more information about how the school division has been thinking and planning for special education needs. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sF8x1137BZfP4oGx2uUIH5Se0Vz7AVuf/view?usp=sharing

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Parent Input Form for 2020-21 Class Placement

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

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

In addition, we also value parent input.  If you feel there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, you may email Mr. Gerstner at drgerstner@fcps.edu. Emails are due to Mr. Gerstner by May 24thWhen responding to Mr. Gerstner, please copy and paste the following questions into your email:

1)    Student Name:

2)    Next Year’s Grade Level:

3) The three words that best describe my child in a classroom setting:

4) My child learns best in a classroom with the following characteristics (level of structure, learning environment, opportunities for collaboration, etc.):

5) Special considerations (health concerns, students that my child either does or does not learn well with, etc.):

We value and consider your insight into your child’s learning needs. Taken together with teacher input, your feedback informs class placements. Once again, we respectfully ask that you refrain from requesting a specific teacher.

Sincerely,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

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

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Flynn performing distance learning with Mrs. Rivera on the computer and his new favorite "foot stool" beneath him.

Greetings Fairfax Villa Families,

We are excited to let you know that this week’s “live” teacher-led instruction has been a huge success! It was great seeing the faces of our favorite Dragons engaged in learning!  This week, an average of 69% of our students attended live sessions on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Students are expected to participate in Distance Learning through live teacher-led instruction, recorded instructional sessions, FCPS Distance Learning Youtube Channel, and/or learning packets that are sent home weekly.  We understand that not everyone can attend the live sessions every day. If your child misses the live teacher-led session, please encourage him/her to view the recorded sessions to stay up to date with the FCPS curriculum for this current school year. These recordings may be found in your teacher’s Google Classroom, Blackboard course, or through an email. If you do not know how to access a recording, please contact your teacher. We would love to see more of our students join the live teacher-led sessions to learn along with their peers in the coming weeks!

Attendance will be taken during live teacher-led instruction.  The purpose of taking the attendance is to track data as we move into next school year and determine appropriate student needs.  Please be advised that students who do not participate in the virtual synchronized learning are not penalized; however, students will be marked as absent when they do not participate in the virtual synchronized learning.    

As we emailed on Wednesday, the teachers and specialists have student-specific links to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to tighten security for synchronous learning. Each student-specific link is created and an email with the link was sent directly to each child’s fcpsschools.net gmail address. 

Here is a video that explains how to easily find your child’s FCPS gmail.  The “username” referred to there is the student number that students use to log into other applications such as Blackboard or myON.  When the narrator mentions the “waffle grid” that is what we sometimes refer to as the “9 dots.” The video has Spanish subtitles. If your student gets an error message when trying to log in to a session and there is a RECONNECT message there, have them click on that word to reconnect. 

Thank you for all you have been doing to support your child with Distance Learning at home.  

Stay safe and healthy!

Our best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Barbara Schmidt, School Based Technology Specialist

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

**Please look for a memberhub email today with more details about all of these items of note:

TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK: MAY 4-8

Not exactly as we planned/hoped, but we are still going to show our appreciation! This weekend, we will be placing a 16’ banner that Lifetouch so graciously made for us (!!) in front of the school building. (See it below)

  • On Tuesday, teachers and staff are encouraged to come to a drive-thru gift line where they will receive small tokens of our enormous appreciation from the administration and the PTA. They will also enjoy a take-home bag of delicious chips & salsa from Chuys (it’s Cinco de Mayo after all!). We are also encouraging them to park and safely take photos of themselves in front of our banner :)
  • Because we are hoping that many teachers/staff will be taking these pictures AND the weather looks good Sunday/Monday, we encourage you all to come by the school at any time and CHALK THE WALK in front of the building with notes of love and appreciation! Teachers will be there after 2pm on Tuesday May 5, so please complete your project before then! 
  • ALL WEEK: Send kind emails, e-gift-cards, video greetings, whatever you can think of to show appreciation. Teachers certainly don’t get into this line of work to be remote from children, so connecting and reaching out in any way will be so meaningful! Thank you for considering doing this for them, and don’t forget our amazing specials and admin team! If you need contact information, email Meg villaPTA@gmail.com 
SEPTA-SPONSORED Q&A with DR. BRABRAND PTA LEADERSHIP: WE NEED YOU!!
  • Before the school building closure, Meg Moody announced to you all that she has to step down from the President position at the end of this school year. Without a president, the PTA will be unable to run next year. This is a unique opportunity for someone (or a pair/trio of friends!) to be the PTA President for only one year (it is a two year commitment typically). DON’T LET OUR PTA GO AWAY, PLEASE CONSIDER STEPPING UP! 
Registration for School Year 2020-2021

Looking to register your kindergarten student or a grade 1-6  student new to Fairfax Villa?  First, see if your student falls in the Fairfax Villa ES boundary by viewing the FCPS boundary locator

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.

Visit the FCPS general registration page.

Updated Third Quarter Grading Timeline: 

Due to last week’s pause in teacher-led “live” instruction, the third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020. Students will work with their teachers to make up third quarter missing/incomplete assignments and complete reassessments by May 1, 2020. 

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.

Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will begin on May 12, 2020. To opt into electronic report card access: 

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. 

Distance Learning Continues

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

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 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.

New Collection of eBooks and Audiobooks  New eBooks 

Library Information Services is pleased to announce a new collection of ebooks and audiobooks to support distance learning aimed at 5th & 6th grade students available through the MackinVia platform. This collection contains 715 titles curated with a focus on popular and appealing books that many students would find fun to read. Although not intended as instructional resources, these books could be accessed as choice reading or listening for learning activities. .

How to Access

MackinVIA is the FCPS ebook and audiobook platform. Users can download the MackinVIA app from the iOS and android app stores to read or listen on their mobile devices, or they can log in to fairfax.mackinvia.com using their FCPS network username and password.  Be sure to log in to the FCPS blue bar with your network credential, NOT the Follett prompt.

How to Navigate MackinVIA

Here is a four minute video demonstrating the features of MackinVia.

Digital Book Licenses 

Unfortunately, central purchases are limited to single-user licenses by publishers. That means that if a copy of a book is checked out, other users can make a request to place it on hold, but only one person may engage with the book at a time. If a school has purchased ebooks through MackinVIA, users at that school will see those titles integrated with the centrally purchased titles.

 Please email Robin Mims at rbmims@fcps.edu  for more information or assistance.

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Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

Fairfax Villa Message to Parents on April 27

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Good Afternoon Fairfax Villa Parents,

We were so excited to see so many of your children back and ready for learning today. It was wonderful to see their smiling faces again!

 We wanted to give you a few tech tips on questions some of you have had.

  • Here is a quick reminder of how to get the links  from your student’s FCPS Google email:
    • Go to www.fcps.edu
    • Click on  G Suite at the top of the page.
    • Sign in by typing the student number in front of @fcpsschools.net
    • Click NEXT.
    • Type in student’s password.
    • Click on 9 dots in the upper right corner.
    • Click on the red M for Gmail.
    • Click on the email(s) from Blackboard Collaborate to  open them and  find the name of the session and the student’s link.
    • Copy and paste that link into Chrome.
    • Copy and paste each link into the Student Link Organizer.
    • When you click on your bookmark, it may show an image and message that says “Uh-oh! The link is no longer valid.” If you get this message, please click reconnect to get back into the live session with your class.
  • Here is a video that explains how to easily find your child’s FCPS gmail.  The “username” referred to there is the student number that students use to log into other applications such as Blackboard or myON.  When the narrator mentions the “waffle grid” that is what we sometimes refer to as the “9 dots.” The video has Spanish subtitles. 
  • As you may have noticed, our sessions for teaching and office hours are “open” sessions which means that they could potentially be accessed at any time. However, all sessions with students  are set so that there can be no communication between students if they were to join the session outside of the times that the class is meeting.
  • Each session link is for just that student. The links may not be shared. 
  • If you had more than one email about a session, that just means that the teacher resent the invitations.  The link for your child remains the same. Please copy and paste the link into the Student Link Organizer the teachers emailed to you on Friday. This will allow for you to make only one click to join the session each day versus logging into your child's Gmail each day.
  • If the audio/video on your personal device is not working, please check to see how you have it set up by going to the Control Panel on your family’s device. Also - many laptops have a toggle button on the top row of the keyboard that turns the microphone on and off. Be sure that it is toggled to be on.

Our best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Barbara Schmidt, School Based Technology Specialist

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Here is a picture of Leia and her brother Luca performing distance learning. They are doing two daily blocks of academic time where they practice writing, reading, social studies, math, science, PE, and music.

Good Morning Fairfax Villa Families,

We are excited to be going “live” again with our students on Monday with synchronous learning. We have missed seeing the faces of our favorite Dragons!  

As we emailed on Wednesday, the teachers and specialists are creating student-specific links to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to tighten security for synchronous learning. As each student-specific link is created, an email with the link is  sent directly to each child’s fcpsschools.net email address. More information will be sent out by your child’s teacher.

Here is a video that explains how to easily find your child’s FCPS gmail.  The “username” referred to there is the student number that students use to log into other applications such as Blackboard or myON.  When the narrator mentions the “waffle grid” that is what we sometimes refer to as the “9 dots.” The video has Spanish subtitles. 

Thank you for all you have been doing to support your children. We look forward to migrating synchronous (live) learning to the new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra links beginning Monday, April 27.

Stay safe and healthy!

Our best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Barbara Schmidt, School Based Technology Specialist

SPECIALS SCHEDULE

During this difficult time, our Specials Team has been working to provide activities and lessons to help your children continue their learning in the areas of PE, Music, Art, Library, Guidance, and Advanced Academics.

To help you and your child access those materials more easily, please see the information below for each Specials area. Please contact individual specialists as needed with any questions you may have about their materials.

Access to all Specials materials is also available on Blackboard in the Specials Course.

We are offering a Specials “Chat and Chew” Monday through Thursday with different teachers available each day from 12:30 PM -1:00 PM.  This is a time to chat, visit, and ask questions about materials and assignments, but NOT an instruction session. Each student, K-5, will receive one Specials BBCU link to use for all Specials Chat and Chews. 6th grade will use their 6th grade class BBCU link.

K-1st: Monday-Library/Art, Tuesday-Guidance/AAP, Wednesday-Music, Thursday-PE2nd-3rd: Monday-PE, Tuesday-Music, Wednesday-Library/Art, Thursday-Guidance/AAP4th-5th: Monday-Music, Tuesday-PE, Wednesday-Guidance, Thursday-Library/Art6th: Monday-Guidance, Tuesday-Library/Art, Wednesday-PE, Thursday-Music

For Specials that are using Google Classroom, please see the information below for instructions on accessing Google Classroom.

General Music – Mary Gaskins and Melissa Torres

General Music is using Google Classroom to provide musical materials, including videos, website links, and other activities.

Google Classroom Codes:K - dh5l2iw1st - cocs4za

2nd - eqzmio7

3rd - d3krgir

4th - q5klbfz

5th - 7azf76m

6th - rkgalba

Contact Info: mngaskins@fcps.edu & mmtorres@fcps.edu

Physical Education – Dave Beach and Robb Snyder

PE materials and activities are available in the Blackboard Specials Course – PE Tab.

Contact Info:

Mr. Beach dmbeach@fcps.edu

Mr. Snyder rbsnyder1@fcps.edu

Art – Danielle Sutter Paramore

Art will be using grade level Google Classrooms where students can access weekly lessons, online resources, drawing prompts and more!  Log in to Google Classroom and join with the class code.

Google Classroom Codes:K-ghleai21st-pplj3lk2nd-atosuld3rd-4t5p6x44th-dzci3eu5th-c6cd5776th-lfunvurMcNamee-wqxndr5Wilson-bkbm2zmMoore-krl4sme

Contact Info: DRSutter@fcps.edu

Library – Robin Mims

Library information, resources, and eBooks are available in the Blackboard Specials Course – Library Tab.

Contact Info:  rbmims@fcps.edu

Guidance – Virginia Kim and Ann Miller

We’re excited to continue our learning together through Mrs. Kim's and Mrs. Miller's Google Classroom page where we will share optional lessons, activities, read alouds.  We will also have resources for you and your family to use during your time at home. 

Google Classroom Codes:Kindergarten = rn2wwgb1st Grade = fwt3dkf2nd Grade = miquaid3rd Grade = ttsehma4th Grade = 4bgs7455th Grade = xknipv26th Grade = mklomk4

Contact Info: VRKim@fcps.edu & ammiller@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics – Cat Wilkins

Mrs. Wilkins has posted AAP/Critical and Creative Thinking and STEAM activities for all grades and will continue to add videos and activities weekly using Google Classroom, Flipgrid, and Padlet.

Google Classroom Codes: K- 5qm67r51st – deyejfg2nd – yyoer5a3rd – kqblhtz4th – 4i5vtyv5th –  77jx35c6th – h2fynfr

Contact Info: cmwilkins@fcps.edu

Band – Christina Ammirati

Ms. Ammirati is posting weekly activities, great videos, fun games, and even some read alouds on Google Classroom. As always, practicing is encouraged from student method books and she will post some additional exercises and exciting songs in Google Classroom as the weeks progress.

Class code: 24xjzjb

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 2:00 PM -3:00 PM

Contact Info: cmammirati@fcps.edu

Strings – Erin Reilly

Hello, parents of string students! Strings will be doing everything in one Google Classroom. You will find fun music activities, lessons, virtual performances, and helpful resources specific for strings. Ms. Reilly is also available everyday via email.

Class code: pu3tfa3

Office Hours: 1:00 PM -2:00 PM Tuesdays- Thursdays

Contact Info: eareilly@fcps.edu

Updated Third Quarter Grading Timeline

Due to last week’s pause in teacher-led “live” instruction, the third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020. Students will work with their teachers to make up third quarter missing/incomplete assignments and complete reassessments by May 1, 2020. 

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.

Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will begin on May 12, 2020. To opt into electronic report card access: 

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.

Distance Learning Plan Supports for Students with Disabilities

During these uncertain times, many parents have questions about how school closure will impact students who receive special education services. FCPS will be implementing Temporary Learning Plans (TLPs) for students with individualized education plans (IEPs) that will outline special education and related services during the school closure.

Special education teachers will discuss with parents their ability to use technology or instructional packets for educational activities in the home, as well as the specific needs each child has in the distance learning environment due to his or her disability. Selected and modified IEP goals and services will be offered that are individualized for students between now and the end of the school year.

More information about TLPs, annual IEP meetings, eligibility meetings, academic and social and emotional resources, and a list of contacts is now available online

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We look forward to synchronous (live) learning on April 27

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Good Morning Fairfax Villa Families,

We appreciate your patience as we continue to work through technical issues in Distance Learning. Several parents have shared how learning continues to happen despite technical challenges. Teachers, students and parents are continuing to demonstrate many Positivity Project character strengths.  

For the remainder of this week, we will be continuing with asynchronous learning materials, which will include the 1 hour of instruction that will be pre-recorded by our teachers. As you know, teachers shared yesterday how they will be holding their office hours. Some may still be holding the office hours through their Collaborate Ultra sessions via Blackboard 24/7 and some may be available via email at the time. 

We are creating student-specific links to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to tighten security for synchronous learning. As each student-specific link is created, an email with the link will be sent directly to each child’s fcpsschools.net email address, either today or on  Monday, April 27.  In addition, the teachers will be sending an email this week to parents and students with directions for accessing the new secure Blackboard Collaborate Ultra links and reminders of the scheduled times for instruction and office hours.

Thank you for all you have been doing to support your children. We look forward to migrating synchronous (live) learning to the new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra links beginning Monday, April 27.

Stay safe and healthy!

Our best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Barbara Schmidt, School Based Technology Specialist

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Distance Learning Update for 4/21: Fairfax Villa ES

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As a follow up to Dr. Brabrand’s email last night, we want to make certain our Fairfax Villa families know that we continue to  work diligently to educate and connect with our students. As stated from that email, we are not having synchronous (live) lessons or small group instruction until further notice.

  • You will receive an email from your child’s teacher by 11:00am that will explain where your child will find their asynchronous learning materials. We have asked our teachers to record their lesson for today and have it available by 1:00pm for students to view. This could be in the form of an email with an attachment or a link or in their Google Classroom -  if this has been used by your child’s class. 
  • Teachers will also share how they will be holding their office hours. Some may still be holding the office hours through their Collaborate Ultra sessions via Blackboard 24/7 and some may be available via email at the time. 

Thank you all for your continued patience during this crisis.  

Sincerely,

Dave Gerstner, Principal, Fairfax Villa Elementary School

The following message is sent on behalf of the Fairfax Villa ES School PTA. Its content reflects the views of the PTA. Teacher Appreciation Week — Remote Edition

We know everyone has a lot on their minds at this time of uncertainty but one thing is for certain -  we appreciate our Villa Teachers and staff even more now!! Please help us show them some love (from an appropriate distance) with a short video of gratitude! Take a short video of your child saying thanks or what they miss about school or a specific teacher and send it to 2019appreciate@gmail.com before April 24.

Maybe your child is shy? Video them giving the teachers and staff a round of applause (yes, clapping!. Parents, you can contribute as well. The more people who contribute, the more powerful this message of thanks can be! Please help us make this unique Teacher Appreciation Week one that they will remember!  Thank you for your help and again, please send the video to 2019appreciate@gmail.com before April 24!!

VILLA COMMUNITY STRONG!

Thanks to the generosity of FORTY-FIVE volunteers (from teacher, to parents, and even outside community members), we were able to create a unique Family Partnership Program from the ground up for this extraordinary time. We are so grateful to those families for their commitment to our Villa community. Hooray! 

TEMPORARY FREE LIBRARY

Thank you to Mrs. Mims and our administration! We have added another "free library" within walking distance of our school. Feel free to drop off materials for others or pick up different books for yourselves with careful COVID considerations. The location is: 4308 Mobile Drive, where the Grab and Go daily meal is served daily Monday-Friday from 8:30am-9:00am. 

Yearbook Orders

Dear Parents,

It’s that time of year again.  Don’t forget to order your 2019-2020 yearbook! 

Orders can be placed now through April 27th at:

www.YBPay.Lifetouch.com

Yearbook ID: 13698320

We also want to capture how our school is finishing out the school year doing distance learning.  We are looking for you to share fun photos of your children learning from home! We know this can be a difficult situation, but we want to highlight our students’ hard work, determination, and ability to persevere.

Please send photos and questions to:

VillaYearbook@gmail.com

Yearbooks are usually shipped to the school by the end of May and distributed in June.  However, due to current events and limited community gathering size, we are still working out the best possible way to distribute yearbooks to everyone who has placed an order.  We will update you with this information at a later date.

We hope that everyone is safe and healthy!

Danielle Sutter

Fairfax Villa Art Teacher & Yearbook Coordinator

Missing Learning Packets

Please be advised that learning packets are sent out by the central office in FCPS, not by your child’s classroom teacher.  To receive previously sent packets that you may not have received, as well as packets for the remainder of the school year, please email FCPSlearningpacket@fcps.edu and provide your child’s student ID and home mailing address.  The student ID can be found in your SIS ParentView account.  You will need to inform them that you have yet to receive a packet and that you would like to receive them for the remainder of the school year. 

Grading

No fourth quarter grades will be assigned to elementary students due to equity issues of access to technology and limited student ability to submit work during Distance Learning.  Elementary students will engage in teacher-led and independent learning. Learning packets were distributed by mail to all PK-6 students beginning the week of March 30. Literacy and math content will also be made available on FCPS Cable Channel 21. You can find that channel information here

Parent SIS Accounts (Parent VUE)

If you have not yet set up a Parent SIS account and would like to do that, please email our SBTS, Barbara Schmidt, today at bdschmidt@fcps.edu.  This account allows you to access your child’s Blackboard courses (ParentVue) as well as their information in our Student Information System (SIS). If you have already set up a ParentSIS account but cannot access it, please follow the directions here. Click on MORE OPTIONS.

FCPS Cable Channels

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.

Assistance with Basic Needs

For basic needs of Fairfax residents, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services administers public assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) formerly Food Stamps, as well as Medicaid. FCPS is coordinating with community partners to ensure the locations and timing of food centers and pantries are being communicated with FCPS families.

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services provides access and referrals to both government and community based resources for Fairfax County residents in need.  If you are facing difficulties - including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and more other needs, please call 703-222-0880 for assistance.

Below are links to resources in Fairfax to direct families who need this support. 

  • Britepaths Food assistance is by referral only.  Please go to the website link for more information.
  • Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on the website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!
Online Learning Resources: Recommended by Fairfax Villa ES Blackboard Learning

There are learning opportunities added by FCPS that can be found in every parent’s and student’s Blackboard account. After logging in to Blackboard 24/7 here, you will find activities for every grade level and subject. Please remember that these are not required or graded. You can also find a link to more information for families here. Parents do need a Parent SIS account to log into the parent side of Blackboard.

Below is the list of Reading and Math online learning resources.

READING RESOURCES

Starfall:  This site will help teach early emergent and beginning readers letter names and sounds along with some basic sight words.   http://www.starfall.com/

Pocket Phonics (app):   If your child already knows his/her letter names, this free app can be a useful next step in teaching letter-sound correspondence and basic phonics. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/abc-pocketphonics-lite/id302689971?mt=8

Grammar Blast:  This site is focused on 2nd-5th grade students.   In it, students answer a series of multiple choice questions regarding grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure.   http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/grammar/

Slime Kids Grammar/Spelling Games:   This site has a variety of games for both primary and upper elementary students to help practice grammar and spelling rules, as well as strengthen their typing skills. http://www.slimekids.com/games/grammar-games/

Wacky Tales:  This site is geared towards students in grades 3 and above and assumes knowledge of parts-of-speech.  As with Madlibs, students complete tales by inserting words for various parts-of-speech and create “Wacky Tales.”   http://www.eduplace.com/tales/

Comma Chameleon:  After choosing the correct punctuation, students help the chameleon place the punctuation properly into sentences.   There are also games to help learn and reinforce their understanding of the parts-of speech.   http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/punctuation.htm

Proofreading Makes Perfect:  This site focuses on 5th grade students and provides practice for students to correct sentences.  http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/language_arts/pmp/interactive_guide/g05/g05home.htm

Alien Punctuation:  This site is more appropriate for upper elementary students.   It is a challenging punctuation game sponsored by the BBC. In it, students help “zap” or edit corrections into sentences.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/using_punctuation/play/

Free Rice:  This site helps students expand their vocabulary and practice grammar rules from elementary school through high school.   It also has content in other subject areas. Importantly, the site is the result of a joint endeavor by the United Nations and Harvard University and sponsors food aid donations with every correct answer (bowls of rice add up to bushels, etc.).   It is a great website for teaching students that their learning efforts can make a difference. While it is an option to create a login to track points, there is no need to register in order to play.  www.freerice.com

Chomp-Chomp:  This site is also geared toward advanced upper elementary, middle school, and high school students.  It focuses on more advanced grammar rules that affect writing (ex., pronoun-antecedent and subject-verb agreement, compound and complex sentences, etc.).     http://www.chompchomp.com/exercises.htm

Virginia SOL Practice:  http://iq.whro.org/languagearts.htm   (prior SOL standards -- released tests)

Scholastic Learn at Home:  This free resource provides your children with 20+ days of articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges.  Children can complete them anytime. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

MATH RESOURCES

The Virginia Department of Education’s math website has many resources, including standards and practice SOL-test math questions. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/mathematics/index.shtml

 NRICH is an innovative collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge, part of the University’s Millennium Mathematics Project.  NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18, covering all stages of early years, primary and secondary school education - completely free and available to all. http://nrich.maths.org

youcubed: This fabulous website has resources for parents, teachers, and students. Watch videos, find engaging tasks, read articles, and learn about the “math revolution” that Stanford Professor Jo Boaler promotes!  https://www.youcubed.org/

CueThink: This National Science Foundation–funded program helps students strengthen math skills, inspires a growth mindset, and encourages critical thinking. Students will learn to solve problems and explain their thinking using mathematician George Polya’s four-step approach. https://www.cuethink.com/

GregTangMath strives to provide unparalleled math lessons for students as well as professional development for in-service teachers. Games, puzzles, and other resources, like free downloads, worksheets/word problems, math centers. https://www.gregtangmath.com/

Illuminations: This site, from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), features complete lesson plans, mobile games for students, interactive activities, and brain teasers. https://illuminations.nctm.org/

Khan Academy is on a mission to give a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Their personalized learning resources are available for all ages. Video learning segments are followed by practice activities.  https://www.khanacademy.org/  (Please note:  Internet Explorer doesn’t support this website.  Use Chrome)

Prodigy Software: Math games that tackle more than 1,200 crucial math skills in a fun and engaging way. https://www.prodigygame.com/

Splash Math:Boost confidence, increase scores, and get ahead. Fun for enrichment or regular practice. https://www.splashlearn.com/

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NVML): This National Science Foundation-supported project provides a large library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives and concept tutorials for math instruction. http://nlvm.usu.edu/

Math sites: Worksheets 

Common Core Sheets: Math worksheets for just about any area of study. Free downloads. Good for planning lessons, review, and independent work.  https://www.commoncoresheets.com/

Math-Aids: Dynamically created math worksheets for students, teachers, parents … anyone!  https://www.math-aids.com/

Math-Drills.com: Free Math Worksheets.  This website iincludes over 50 thousand free math worksheets that may be used to help students learn math. Our PDF math worksheets are available on a broad range of topics including number sense, arithmetic, pre-algebra, geometry, measurement, money concepts and much more. There are also a few interactive math features including the Sudoku and Dots math games, and the more serious math flash cards and unit converter.  https://www.math-drills.com/

Math sites: Upper Grade-levels

Jefferson Lab (Gr 3-11): Your students will love fun math games like Speed Math Deluxe, Mystery Math, Place Value Game, and more. https://education.jlab.org/indexpages/elementgames.html

Figure This (Gr 6-8): This site is sponsored by NCTM, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (among others), and features a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges.https://figurethis.nctm.org/index.html

Illustrative Math (Gr 6-8): High-quality educational resources for teachers and students. Excellent math tasks, videos, lesson plans, and problem-based curriculum modules. https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/

PBS Math Club (Gr 6-9): From PBS Learning Media, middle schoolers will love this entertaining video blog. Not only does each episode cover Common Core Standards, it makes math learning culturally relevant with pop-culture references. https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-math-club/#.WmY9epM-fJM

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Don’t forget to order your 2019-2020 yearbook!

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We have extended the Yearbook ordering deadline one week until April 27th  

Dear Parents,

It’s that time of year again.  Don’t forget to order your 2019-2020 yearbook! 

Orders can be placed now through April 27th at:

www.YBPay.Lifetouch.com

Yearbook ID: 13698320

We also want to capture how our school is finishing out the school year doing distance learning.  We are looking for you to share fun photos of your children learning from home! We know this can be a difficult situation, but we want to highlight our students’ hard work, determination, and ability to persevere.

Please send photos and questions to:

VillaYearbook@gmail.com

Yearbooks are usually shipped to the school by the end of May and distributed in June.  However, due to current events and limited community gathering size, we are still working out the best possible way to distribute yearbooks to everyone who has placed an order.  We will update you with this information at a later date.

We hope that everyone is safe and healthy!

Danielle Sutter

Fairfax Villa Art Teacher & Yearbook Coordinator

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Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

4/15 Update: Important message from Fairfax Villa

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Dear Fairfax Villa Families, 

All of our teachers received training this morning and we are ready to see our students once again.  However, Blackboard is now experiencing technical difficulties. We would ask that you use the directions below and try to log in at the time listed.  If you are not successful after attempting to log in, that means that Blackboard is still down and the session will be cancelled for today. Hopefully this issue will be resolved as we move throughout the school day. 

As we communicated with you last night, the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session links for teacher led instruction that your child’s teacher sent you will no longer work.  With that said, ALL students (K-12) will need to access the teacher led instruction and teacher office hours via Blackboard 24/7 (https://fcps.blackboard.com/).

Please refer to schedule below  for the new times for Wednesday, April 15th.  Again, we will resume our regular instructional schedule and teacher office hours on Thursday, April 16th.  : 

Instruction Time

Grade Level

11:00-12:00

4th Grade

11:30-12:30

5th Grade

11:30-12:30

3rd Grade

11:30-12:30

2nd Grade

11:30-12:30

6th Grade

12:30-1:30

Kindergarten

3:00-4:00 

1st Grade

 

To access the instructional sessions with teachers or the office hours with teachers (Update on 4/15):

  • All students will need to log into their FCPS Blackboard 24/7 account with their student number and their FCPS password. https://fcps.blackboard.com/
  • Click on the grade level course. (i.e.  Fairfax Villa Third Grade)
  • Look for the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra tab on the left menu. Click on that tab.
  • Students will see the sessions they are enrolled in. 
  • Click on the session button.
  • Click on the JOIN button to join the session. 
  • The student’s name will automatically show up.
  • Parents are NOT able to access this on their Blackboard  Parent account. 
  • Students are permitted to  log in 15 minutes early. 

We apologize for the last minute notice and we appreciate your flexibility as we learn to navigate Distance Learning together as a division during this unprecedented time.  Please know that we are in this with you and we will support our students through these times as best we can.  

Our best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Barbara Schmidt, School Based Technology Specialist

Therese Payne, Technology Support Specialist

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PLEASE READ ASAP: Important message from Fairfax Villa ES

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Dear Fairfax Villa Families, 

Due to the issues that some schools had with Blackboard Collaborate today, changes must be  made immediately in how students access their courses. In order to give teachers time to make these changes, all FCPS Distance Learning will begin two hours late tomorrow, April 15th.  

This means that all  teacher-led instruction will begin two hours late and all teacher office hours will be canceled on April 15th.  We will resume our regular instructional schedule and teacher office hours on Thursday, April 16th. 

Please see below for the new times for Wednesday, April 15th: 

Instruction Time

Grade Level

11:00-12:00

4th Grade

11:30-12:30

5th Grade

11:30-12:30

3rd Grade

11:30-12:30

2nd Grade

11:30-12:30

6th Grade

12:30-1:30

Kindergarten

3:00-4:00 

1st Grade

Students/families will not be using the links that were previously given to them by teachers. 

To access the instructional sessions with teachers or the office hours with teachers:

  • All students will need to log into their FCPS Blackboard 24/7 account with their student number and their FCPS password. https://fcps.blackboard.com/
  • Click on the grade level course. (i.e.  Fairfax Villa Third Grade)
  • Look for the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra tab on the left menu. Click on that tab.
  • Students will see the sessions they are enrolled in. 
  • Click on the session button to join the session. 
  • The student’s name will automatically show up.
  • Parents are NOT able to access this on their Blackboard  Parent account. 
  • Students are permitted to  log in 15 minutes early. 

We apologize for the last minute notice and we appreciate your flexibility as we learn to navigate Distance Learning together as a division during this unprecedented time.  Please know that we are in this with you and we will support our students through these times as best we can.  

Our best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Barbara Schmidt, School Based Technology Specialist

Therese Payne, Technology Support Specialist

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Your Fairfax Villa ES Staff Misses You So Much!

Check out this compilation of messages from the staff at Fairfax Villa  Elementary School to their students and families! Click on the link to view a message from us!

https://youtu.be/KfR_3bkKTbI

Missing Learning Packets

Please be advised that learning packets are sent out by the central office in FCPS, not by your child’s classroom teacher.  To receive previously sent packets that you may not have received, as well as packets for the remainder of the school year, please email FCPSlearningpacket@fcps.edu and provide your child’s student ID and home mailing address.  The student ID can be found in your SIS ParentView account.  You will need to inform them that you have yet to receive a packet and that you would like to receive them for the remainder of the school year. 

April 13th Parent Meeting on Blackboard Collaborate

As we informed you in our Fairfax Villa News You Choose Message last week the  FCPS Distance Learning will begin on Tuesday, April 14th.  

You have an opportunity to connect with your child’s teachers via Parent Meetings on Monday, April 13th.  Think of this parent meeting session as an open house for Distance Learning.  You have received a guest link to Blackboard Collaborate from your child’s teacher that you will click on to attend the parent meeting.  Please be advised that this will not be a one-on-one parent-teacher conference. It will be a shared guest link for all students’ families in your child’s grade level and you will see all teachers that work with your child’s grade level there.  Parent meeting times are as follows:

Time

Grade Level

9:00-9:45

3rd Grade

9:45-10:30

6th Grade

10:30-11:15

5th Grade

11:15-12:00

2nd Grade

12:45-1:30

Kindergarten

1:30-2:15

1st Grade

2:15-3:00

Specialists

3:00-3:45

4th Grade

Grading

No fourth quarter grades will be assigned to elementary students due to equity issues of access to technology and limited student ability to submit work during Distance Learning.  Elementary students will engage in teacher-led and independent learning. Learning packets were distributed by mail to all PK-6 students beginning the week of March 30. Literacy and math content will also be made available on FCPS Cable Channel 21. You can find that channel information here

The following message is sent on behalf of the Fairfax Villa ES School PTA. Its content reflects the views of the PTA. Teacher Appreciation Week — Remote Edition

We know everyone has a lot on their minds at this time of uncertainty but one thing is for certain -  we appreciate our Villa Teachers and staff even more now!! Please help us show them some love (from an appropriate distance) with a short video of gratitude! Take a short video of your child saying thanks or what they miss about school or a specific teacher and send it to 2019appreciate@gmail.com before April 24.

Maybe your child is shy? Video them giving the teachers and staff a round of applause (yes, clapping!. Parents, you can contribute as well. The more people who contribute, the more powerful this message of thanks can be! Please help us make this unique Teacher Appreciation Week one that they will remember!  Thank you for your help and again, please send the video to 2019appreciate@gmail.com before April 24!!

VILLA COMMUNITY STRONG!

Thanks to the generosity of FORTY-FIVE volunteers (from teacher, to parents, and even outside community members), we were able to create a unique Family Partnership Program from the ground up for this extraordinary time. We are so grateful to those families for their commitment to our Villa community. Hooray! 

TEMPORARY FREE LIBRARY

Thank you to Mrs. Mims and our administration! We have added another "free library" within walking distance of our school. Feel free to drop off materials for others or pick up different books for yourselves with careful COVID considerations. The location is: 4308 Mobile Drive, where the Grab and Go daily meal is served daily Monday-Friday from 8:30am-9:00am. 

Fairfax Villa Yearbook

It’s that time of year again.  Don’t forget to order your 2019-2020 yearbook! Orders can be placed now through April 18th at:

www.YBPay.Lifetouch.com

Yearbook ID: 13698320

We also want to capture how our school is finishing out the school year doing distance learning.  We are looking for you to share fun photos of your children learning from home! We know this can be a difficult situation, but we want to highlight our students’ hard work, determination, and ability to persevere.

Please send photos and questions to:

VillaYearbook@gmail.com

Yearbooks are usually shipped to the school by the end of May and distributed in June.  However, due to current events and limited community gathering size, we are still working out the best possible way to distribute yearbooks to everyone who has placed an order.  We will update you with this information at a later date.

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. 

Parent SIS Accounts (Parent VUE)

If you have not yet set up a Parent SIS account and would like to do that, please email our SBTS, Barbara Schmidt, today at bdschmidt@fcps.edu.  This account allows you to access your child’s Blackboard courses (ParentVue) as well as their information in our Student Information System (SIS). If you have already set up a ParentSIS account but cannot access it, please follow the directions here. Click on MORE OPTIONS.

FCPS Cable Channels

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.

Lifetouch Update

Based on the school closings along with State and Federal recommendations, Lifetouch has cancelled our Spring Picture Day event and has started to refund any pre-paid orders from your families. Any family that has pre-ordered a picture package will receive a refund within 10-14 days and Lifetouch has emailed families to share this information. Their dedicated Customer Service team is also available to answer any questions families may have about the refund process at 866-511-3510.

Assistance with Basic Needs

For basic needs of Fairfax residents, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services administers public assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) formerly Food Stamps, as well as Medicaid. FCPS is coordinating with community partners to ensure the locations and timing of food centers and pantries are being communicated with FCPS families.

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services provides access and referrals to both government and community based resources for Fairfax County residents in need.  If you are facing difficulties - including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and more other needs, please call 703-222-0880 for assistance.

Below are links to resources in Fairfax to direct families who need this support. 

  • Britepaths Food assistance is by referral only.  Please go to the website link for more information.
  • Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on the website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!
Online Learning Resources: Recommended by Fairfax Villa ES Blackboard Learning

There are learning opportunities added by FCPS that can be found in every parent’s and student’s Blackboard account. After logging in to Blackboard 24/7 here, you will find activities for every grade level and subject. Please remember that these are not required or graded. You can also find a link to more information for families here. Parents do need a Parent SIS account to log into the parent side of Blackboard.

Below is the list of Reading and Math online learning resources.

READING RESOURCES

Starfall:  This site will help teach early emergent and beginning readers letter names and sounds along with some basic sight words.   http://www.starfall.com/

Pocket Phonics (app):   If your child already knows his/her letter names, this free app can be a useful next step in teaching letter-sound correspondence and basic phonics. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/abc-pocketphonics-lite/id302689971?mt=8

Grammar Blast:  This site is focused on 2nd-5th grade students.   In it, students answer a series of multiple choice questions regarding grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure.   http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/grammar/

Slime Kids Grammar/Spelling Games:   This site has a variety of games for both primary and upper elementary students to help practice grammar and spelling rules, as well as strengthen their typing skills. http://www.slimekids.com/games/grammar-games/

Wacky Tales:  This site is geared towards students in grades 3 and above and assumes knowledge of parts-of-speech.  As with Madlibs, students complete tales by inserting words for various parts-of-speech and create “Wacky Tales.”   http://www.eduplace.com/tales/

Comma Chameleon:  After choosing the correct punctuation, students help the chameleon place the punctuation properly into sentences.   There are also games to help learn and reinforce their understanding of the parts-of speech.   http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/punctuation.htm

Proofreading Makes Perfect:  This site focuses on 5th grade students and provides practice for students to correct sentences.  http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/language_arts/pmp/interactive_guide/g05/g05home.htm

Alien Punctuation:  This site is more appropriate for upper elementary students.   It is a challenging punctuation game sponsored by the BBC. In it, students help “zap” or edit corrections into sentences.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/using_punctuation/play/

Free Rice:  This site helps students expand their vocabulary and practice grammar rules from elementary school through high school.   It also has content in other subject areas. Importantly, the site is the result of a joint endeavor by the United Nations and Harvard University and sponsors food aid donations with every correct answer (bowls of rice add up to bushels, etc.).   It is a great website for teaching students that their learning efforts can make a difference. While it is an option to create a login to track points, there is no need to register in order to play.  www.freerice.com

Chomp-Chomp:  This site is also geared toward advanced upper elementary, middle school, and high school students.  It focuses on more advanced grammar rules that affect writing (ex., pronoun-antecedent and subject-verb agreement, compound and complex sentences, etc.).     http://www.chompchomp.com/exercises.htm

Virginia SOL Practice:  http://iq.whro.org/languagearts.htm   (prior SOL standards -- released tests)

Scholastic Learn at Home:  This free resource provides your children with 20+ days of articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges.  Children can complete them anytime. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

MATH RESOURCES

The Virginia Department of Education’s math website has many resources, including standards and practice SOL-test math questions. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/mathematics/index.shtml

 NRICH is an innovative collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge, part of the University’s Millennium Mathematics Project.  NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18, covering all stages of early years, primary and secondary school education - completely free and available to all. http://nrich.maths.org

youcubed: This fabulous website has resources for parents, teachers, and students. Watch videos, find engaging tasks, read articles, and learn about the “math revolution” that Stanford Professor Jo Boaler promotes!  https://www.youcubed.org/

CueThink: This National Science Foundation–funded program helps students strengthen math skills, inspires a growth mindset, and encourages critical thinking. Students will learn to solve problems and explain their thinking using mathematician George Polya’s four-step approach. https://www.cuethink.com/

GregTangMath strives to provide unparalleled math lessons for students as well as professional development for in-service teachers. Games, puzzles, and other resources, like free downloads, worksheets/word problems, math centers. https://www.gregtangmath.com/

Illuminations: This site, from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), features complete lesson plans, mobile games for students, interactive activities, and brain teasers. https://illuminations.nctm.org/

Khan Academy is on a mission to give a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Their personalized learning resources are available for all ages. Video learning segments are followed by practice activities.  https://www.khanacademy.org/  (Please note:  Internet Explorer doesn’t support this website.  Use Chrome)

Prodigy Software: Math games that tackle more than 1,200 crucial math skills in a fun and engaging way. https://www.prodigygame.com/

Splash Math:Boost confidence, increase scores, and get ahead. Fun for enrichment or regular practice. https://www.splashlearn.com/

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NVML): This National Science Foundation-supported project provides a large library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives and concept tutorials for math instruction. http://nlvm.usu.edu/

Math sites: Worksheets 

Common Core Sheets: Math worksheets for just about any area of study. Free downloads. Good for planning lessons, review, and independent work.  https://www.commoncoresheets.com/

Math-Aids: Dynamically created math worksheets for students, teachers, parents … anyone!  https://www.math-aids.com/

Math-Drills.com: Free Math Worksheets.  This website iincludes over 50 thousand free math worksheets that may be used to help students learn math. Our PDF math worksheets are available on a broad range of topics including number sense, arithmetic, pre-algebra, geometry, measurement, money concepts and much more. There are also a few interactive math features including the Sudoku and Dots math games, and the more serious math flash cards and unit converter.  https://www.math-drills.com/

Math sites: Upper Grade-levels

Jefferson Lab (Gr 3-11): Your students will love fun math games like Speed Math Deluxe, Mystery Math, Place Value Game, and more. https://education.jlab.org/indexpages/elementgames.html

Figure This (Gr 6-8): This site is sponsored by NCTM, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (among others), and features a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges.https://figurethis.nctm.org/index.html

Illustrative Math (Gr 6-8): High-quality educational resources for teachers and students. Excellent math tasks, videos, lesson plans, and problem-based curriculum modules. https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/

PBS Math Club (Gr 6-9): From PBS Learning Media, middle schoolers will love this entertaining video blog. Not only does each episode cover Common Core Standards, it makes math learning culturally relevant with pop-culture references. https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-math-club/#.WmY9epM-fJM

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Robie is doing Jelly Bean math and science this week. He is learning about samples, population, mean, median, mode, ratios, and how data lies.

Dear Fairfax Villa Students and Families, 

I hope this message finds you well.  You all have been in our thoughts daily and we wish we could be together in person. As you may have already been informed, FCPS Distance Learning will begin on Tuesday, April 14th.  We are looking forward to resuming instruction through virtual learning. Our teachers are working hard planning and preparing for Distance Learning.  We can’t wait for you to see our faces in our virtual classrooms! 

Also, next week (April 6th-10th) is spring break for all students and staff members.  

You have an opportunity to connect with your child’s teachers via Parent Meetings on Monday, April 13th.  Think of this parent meeting session as an open house for Distance Learning.  You will receive a guest link to Blackboard Collaborate from your child’s teacher that you will click on to attend the parent meeting.  Please be advised that this will not be a one-on-one parent-teacher conference.  It will be a shared guest link for all students’ families in your child’s grade level and you will see all teachers that work with your child’s grade level there.  Parent meeting times are as follows:

Time

Grade Level

9:00-9:45

3rd Grade

9:45-10:30

6th Grade

10:30-11:15

5th Grade

11:15-12:00

2nd grade

12:45-1:30

Kindergarten

1:30-2:15

1st grade

2:15-3:00

Specialist

3:00-3:45

4th Grade

 

Below is our Fairfax Villa information about the Distance Learning Plan that will begin on April 14th.  

Roles and Responsibilities of Distance Learning

  • Student Roles and Responsibilities
  • Establish daily routines for learning.
  • Identify a space in home where you can learn and study comfortably.
  • Regularly check FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) for announcements and feedback from your teachers. 
  • Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty.
  • Do your best to meet due dates.
  • Communicate with school counselor, teacher, and caregivers if you lack the resources to engage in distance learning and/or if you are feeling overwhelmed. 
  • Be a good digital citizen.
  • Caregiver Roles and Responsibilities
  • Establish routines and expectations.
  • Identify a space in home where student(s) can learn comfortably. 
  • Monitor communication from teachers.
  • Begin and end each day with check in; be mindful of stress or worry. 
  • Encourage physical activity and/or exercise. Support students’ digital citizenship skills.

GRADING

No fourth quarter grades will be assigned to elementary students due to equity issues of access to technology and limited student ability to submit work during Distance Learning.  Elementary students will engage in teacher-led and independent learning.  Learning packets were distributed by mail to all PK-6 students beginning the week of March 30.  Literacy and math content will also be made available on FCPS Cable Channel 21. You can find that channel information here

SCHEDULE

Elementary School Students: Teachers will provide an hour of virtual instruction and also be available for one hour of “office” time to provide individual and small group support Monday through Thursday.  More detailed schedules will be sent today by your child’s teacher.

LEARNING ACTIVITIES 

  • Students will have access to weekly printed activities through centrally created and distributed learning packets. 
  • Students will engage with the teacher in virtual chat as detailed in the school schedule. 
  • Video lessons available on cable Channel 21 and through Channel 21 web streaming. 
  • Teacher-created activities will be posted in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard to ensure caregiver access. 
  • G Suite and Google Classroom may be used by students to complete activities. 
  • Students should have both off and on screen learning activities.

As we transition to this Distance Learning model of instruction, we are also focused on supporting the social and emotional needs of our students. Our Student Services team will be collaborating with our teachers during this transition, but please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s counselor if you need any assistance. 

We are looking forward to beginning this new learning experience with you and to “get back to school.”   If you have questions, concerns, or just want to say hello please reach out to us directly.

Best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal & KJ An, Assistant Principal

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

Thanks to the generosity of FORTY-FIVE volunteers (from teachers, to parents, and even outside community members), we were able to create a unique Family Partnership Program from the ground up for this extraordinary time. We are so grateful to those families for their commitment to our Villa community. Hooray! 

TEMPORARY FREE LIBRARY

Thank you to Mrs. Mims and our administration: we have added another "free library" within walking distance of our school. Feel free to drop off materials for others or pick up different books for yourselves with careful COVID consideration. The location is: 4308 Mobile Drive, where the Grab and Go daily meal is served daily Monday-Friday.

NOTE OF GRATITUDE FROM MEG MOODY, PRESIDENT

Many of you are aware of the non-stop behind-the-scenes work we have been doing in these circumstances to ensure food security and other matters of equity for our school community. In addition to those 45 families who signed up as partners (!!) I just want to give a note of public gratitude to Mr. Gerstner & Ms. An, who have been instrumental in this support and advocacy. Despite the enormous workload on her shoulders, Ms. An became my full partner in creating and seeing through the unique Family Partnership Program. I also want to say thank you to Stephanie & Matt Axelrod, along with advising on the food program, took on their own neighborhood initiative to collect school supplies for 50 students. Thanks also to my COVID program "committee": the Axelrods, Thomasina Ivy (who was the first parent to pull me aside and say "what can we do as a PTA?"), Julie Scoville, and Philippa VanGelder-Hindman who, with our administration and cafeteria manager Doug Lilly, joined me in advocating for the Grab and Go meal stop. Our work and successes are so meaningful, I appreciate all of you! We will continue to provide oversight to weekend food provision (thank you Food for Others), the partnership program, and other community initiatives. 

Fairfax Villa Yearbook

It’s that time of year again.  Don’t forget to order your 2019-2020 yearbook! Orders can be placed now through April 18th at:

www.YBPay.Lifetouch.com

Yearbook ID: 13698320

We also want to capture how our school is finishing out the school year doing distance learning.  We are looking for you to share fun photos of your children learning from home! We know this can be a difficult situation, but we want to highlight our students’ hard work, determination, and ability to persevere.

Please send photos and questions to:

VillaYearbook@gmail.com

Yearbooks are usually shipped to the school by the end of May and distributed in June.  However, due to current events and limited community gathering size, we are still working out the best possible way to distribute yearbooks to everyone who has placed an order.  We will update you with this information at a later date.

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

Parent SIS Accounts

If you have not yet set up a Parent SIS account and would like to do that, please email our SBTS, Barbara Schmidt, today at bdschmidt@fcps.edu.  This account allows you to access your child’s Blackboard courses (ParentVue) as well as their information in our Student Information System (SIS). If you have already set up a ParentSIS account but cannot access it, please follow the directions here. Click on MORE OPTIONS.

ParentVue Accounts

The FCPS IT department has mailed information out  to any parent who does not currently have a ParentVue account. Please sign up if you do not have an account.  You may also request this from our SBTS, Barbara Schmidt.

FCPS Cable Channels

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.

Lifetouch Update

Based on the school closings along with State and Federal recommendations, Lifetouch has cancelled our Spring Picture Day event and has started to refund any pre-paid orders from your families. Any family that has pre-ordered a picture package will receive a refund within 10-14 days and Lifetouch has emailed families to share this information. Their dedicated Customer Service team is also available to answer any questions families may have about the refund process at 866-511-3510.

Assistance with Basic Needs

For basic needs of Fairfax residents, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services administers public assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) formerly Food Stamps, as well as Medicaid. FCPS is coordinating with community partners to ensure the locations and timing of food centers and pantries are being communicated with FCPS families.

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services provides access and referrals to both government and community based resources for Fairfax County residents in need.  If you are facing difficulties - including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and more other needs, please call 703-222-0880 for assistance.

Below are links to resources in Fairfax to direct families who need this support. 

  • Britepaths Food assistance is by referral only.  Please go to the website link for more information.
  • Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on the website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!
Guidelines for Adults Supporting Students’ Distance Learning Caregiver Guidelines

The shift to distance learning comes at a time when families are already experiencing a disruption to their routines and priorities. While distance learning may offer welcome structure and connections with others that are likely missing in the disrupted environment of school and business closures, the transition will be challenging. Caregivers will need to think differently about how to support their children.

The Virginia Department of Education offers suggestions for caregivers to support learning at home in the resource, COVID-19: A Parent Guide for School-Aged Children. In addition to these recommendations from the state, the guidelines that follow represent considerations for caregivers in helping their children thrive in this new environment.

1— Health, Safety, and Family First

Be mindful of your child’s stress level and any anxiety related to world events or their own change in routine. Also, keep in mind that your child is sensitive to the stress and anxiety they perceive in you. If illness in your family makes it difficult for your child to participate in distance learning, be sure to share your situation with their teachers to work out a plan that is supportive of your immediate family needs while providing what access to learning is reasonable for your child.

2—Set Aside Time and Space

We encourage families to establish a physical space, if possible, where your child can participate in distance learning during the day. For many grade levels, there will be scheduled times when students are expected to join their teacher or class in a distance learning activity or check-in. Your child may need your help to be available for participation during these times. Consider how you can help maintain a sense of routine for your child, including expectations for wake up times and bedtimes that work for your family. Your children should move regularly and take periodic breaks as they study.

3—Stay Connected to Your Child’s Teachers

Teachers will communicate with caregivers through email or phone on a periodic basis. These check-ins will let you know how your child is progressing and give you additional insights into your child’s learning experiences. However, keep in mind that teachers are responsible for outreach and engagement with many students and their families. If you have a question or concern about your child’s learning, don’t hesitate to initiate contact with your child’s teacher.

4—Stay Active

Set expectations that your child engages in some form of physical exercise each day. Exercise will help your child maintain their health and development. This is vitally important to their health, wellbeing, and to their learning. FCPS’s physical education teachers will recommend activities or exercises, but it is also important for caregivers to model and encourage exercise. You may also think about how your children can help with additional chores or responsibilities at your home.

5—Monitor Screen Time

FCPS does not want its students working at computer screens for 7-8 hours a day. We ask that caregivers remember most teachers are not experts in distance learning and that it will require some trial-and-error before we find the right balance between online and offline learning experiences. We thank you in advance for your patience and partnership.

Blackboard Learning

There are learning opportunities added by FCPS that can be found in every parent’s and student’s Blackboard account. After logging in to Blackboard 24/7 here, you will find activities for every grade level and subject. Please remember that these are not required or graded. You can also find a link to more information for families here. Parents do need a Parent SIS account to log into the parent side of Blackboard.

Online Learning Resources: Recommended by Fairfax Villa ES

Below is the list of Reading and Math online learning resources.

READING

Starfall:  This site will help teach early emergent and beginning readers letter names and sounds along with some basic sight words.   http://www.starfall.com/

Pocket Phonics (app):   If your child already knows his/her letter names, this free app can be a useful next step in teaching letter-sound correspondence and basic phonics. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/abc-pocketphonics-lite/id302689971?mt=8

Grammar Blast:  This site is focused on 2nd-5th grade students.   In it, students answer a series of multiple choice questions regarding grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure.   http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/grammar/

Slime Kids Grammar/Spelling Games:   This site has a variety of games for both primary and upper elementary students to help practice grammar and spelling rules, as well as strengthen their typing skills. http://www.slimekids.com/games/grammar-games/

Wacky Tales:  This site is geared towards students in grades 3 and above and assumes knowledge of parts-of-speech.  As with Madlibs, students complete tales by inserting words for various parts-of-speech and create “Wacky Tales.”   http://www.eduplace.com/tales/

Comma Chameleon:  After choosing the correct punctuation, students help the chameleon place the punctuation properly into sentences.   There are also games to help learn and reinforce their understanding of the parts-of speech.   http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/punctuation.htm

Proofreading Makes Perfect:  This site focuses on 5th grade students and provides practice for students to correct sentences.  http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/language_arts/pmp/interactive_guide/g05/g05home.htm

Alien Punctuation:  This site is more appropriate for upper elementary students.   It is a challenging punctuation game sponsored by the BBC.   In it, students help “zap” or edit corrections into sentences.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/using_punctuation/play/

Free Rice:  This site helps students expand their vocabulary and practice grammar rules from elementary school through high school.   It also has content in other subject areas.   Importantly, the site is the result of a joint endeavor by the United Nations and Harvard University and sponsors food aid donations with every correct answer (bowls of rice add up to bushels, etc.).   It is a great website for teaching students that their learning efforts can make a difference.  While it is an option to create a login to track points, there is no need to register in order to play.  www.freerice.com

Chomp-Chomp:  This site is also geared toward advanced upper elementary, middle school, and high school students.  It focuses on more advanced grammar rules that affect writing  (ex., pronoun-antecedent and subject-verb agreement, compound and complex sentences, etc.).     http://www.chompchomp.com/exercises.htm

Virginia SOL Practice:  http://iq.whro.org/languagearts.htm   (prior SOL standards -- released tests)

Scholastic Learn at Home:  This free resource provides your children with 20+ days of articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges.  Children can complete them anytime. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

MATH RESOURCES

The Virginia Department of Education’s math website has many resources, including standards and practice SOL-test math questions. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/mathematics/index.shtml

 NRICH is an innovative collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge, part of the University’s Millennium Mathematics Project.  NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18, covering all stages of early years, primary and secondary school education - completely free and available to all. http://nrich.maths.org

youcubed: This fabulous website has resources for parents, teachers, and students. Watch videos, find engaging tasks, read articles, and learn about the “math revolution” that Stanford Professor Jo Boaler promotes!  https://www.youcubed.org/

CueThink: This National Science Foundation–funded program helps students strengthen math skills, inspires a growth mindset, and encourages critical thinking. Students will learn to solve problems and explain their thinking using mathematician George Polya’s four-step approach. https://www.cuethink.com/

GregTangMath strives to provide unparalleled math lessons for students as well as professional development for in-service teachers. Games, puzzles, and other resources, like free downloads, worksheets/word problems, math centers. https://www.gregtangmath.com/

Illuminations: This site, from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), features complete lesson plans, mobile games for students, interactive activities, and brain teasers. https://illuminations.nctm.org/

Khan Academy is on a mission to give a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Their personalized learning resources are available for all ages. Video learning segments are followed by practice activities.  https://www.khanacademy.org/  (Please note:  Internet Explorer doesn’t support this website.  Use Chrome)

Prodigy Software: Math games that tackle more than 1,200 crucial math skills in a fun and engaging way. https://www.prodigygame.com/

Splash Math:Boost confidence, increase scores, and get ahead. Fun for enrichment or regular practice. https://www.splashlearn.com/

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NVML): This National Science Foundation-supported project provides a large library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives and concept tutorials for math instruction. http://nlvm.usu.edu/

Math sites: Worksheets 

Common Core Sheets: Math worksheets for just about any area of study. Free downloads. Good for planning lessons, review, and independent work.  https://www.commoncoresheets.com/

Math-Aids: Dynamically created math worksheets for students, teachers, parents … anyone!  https://www.math-aids.com/

Math-Drills.com: Free Math Worksheets.  This website iincludes over 50 thousand free math worksheets that may be used to help students learn math. Our PDF math worksheets are available on a broad range of topics including number sense, arithmetic, pre-algebra, geometry, measurement, money concepts and much more. There are also a few interactive math features including the Sudoku and Dots math games, and the more serious math flash cards and unit converter.  https://www.math-drills.com/

Math sites: Upper Grade-levels

Jefferson Lab (Gr 3-11): Your students will love fun math games like Speed Math Deluxe, Mystery Math, Place Value Game, and more. https://education.jlab.org/indexpages/elementgames.html

Figure This (Gr 6-8): This site is sponsored by NCTM, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (among others), and features a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges.https://figurethis.nctm.org/index.html

Illustrative Math (Gr 6-8): High-quality educational resources for teachers and students. Excellent math tasks, videos, lesson plans, and problem-based curriculum modules. https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/

PBS Math Club (Gr 6-9): From PBS Learning Media, middle schoolers will love this entertaining video blog. Not only does each episode cover Common Core Standards, it makes math learning culturally relevant with pop-culture references. https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-math-club/#.WmY9epM-fJM

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Don’t forget to order your 2019-2020 yearbook!

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Dear Parents,

It’s that time of year again.  Don’t forget to order your 2019-2020 yearbook! Orders can be placed now through April 18th at:

www.YBPay.Lifetouch.com

Yearbook ID: 13698320

We also want to capture how our school is finishing out the school year doing distance learning.  We are looking for you to share fun photos of your children learning from home! We know this can be a difficult situation, but we want to highlight our students’ hard work, determination, and ability to persevere.

Please send photos and questions to:

VillaYearbook@gmail.com

Yearbooks are usually shipped to the school by the end of May and distributed in June.  However, due to current events and limited community gathering size, we are still working out the best possible way to distribute yearbooks to everyone who has placed an order.  We will update you with this information at a later date.

We hope that everyone is safe and healthy!

Danielle Sutter

Fairfax Villa Art Teacher & Yearbook Coordinator

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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This was P.E. on Friday at the Scoville household!

Dear Fairfax Villa Families, 

Hello from all of us at home to all of you at  home! Although we are not physically together, we are excited to continue sharing our days with you and to keep you informed with updates from our school, our community, and FCPS.

Beginning Monday, Fairfax Villa and the Positivity Project will focus on the character strength of humor. This is one of those strengths that most people don't associate with the concept of "character." However, we know how important humor is in our lives -- individually and collectively -- especially during times of adversity. Though what the world faces now is a very serious matter, humor can help us see the lighter side of life and gain strength to overcome the unique challenges we all face.

For a one-page overview of humor, please click here.

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

This week’s character strength example is Robin Williams. He was an all-time great comedian who loved to make other people smile. In the below video, from the movie Patch Adams, Williams plays the real-life character of Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams. In this clip, Patch is using his character strength of humor to lift the spirits of children in the hospital

As I stated last week, my sincerest hope is that all of you will remain healthy and that this time will bring your families closer together. In addition, I hope that we will gain a renewed understanding of the importance a teacher makes in our child’s life. Teaching is a challenging and rewarding profession. Each person who works at Fairfax Villa values education and cares for your children. Students, as I mentioned in my twitter message to you earlier this week, we care for you, we love you, and we cannot wait to support you during this difficult time.

Dave Gerstner

Principal, Fairfax Villa Elementary School

https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/

@MrGerstner_FCPS (Twitter)

Thank you everyone and be well. Also remember to follow the PTA on Facebook, we'll continue to try more virtual fun and community building there!

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

Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in our Food Security efforts. We will update all PTA members when we finalize the details of our Family Partnerships plan. Thank you for your patience! In the meantime, we have received wonderful guidance from a hyperlocal nonprofit A Place to Stand, and we are grateful for their input as a model for our plan moving forward. Food for Others provides us with assistance for weekend food security in their provision of power packs. If you are looking to donate to organizations that directly impact our students, please consider those!

The weekend power packs will be distributed weekly to this PTA box and another location. The PTA box is located in the parking lot of the office at Waples Mobile Home Park. The lock code is 1965 (the year FVES opened) for anyone that needs food supplementation for their student(s) over the weekend. In addition, we plan to place another outdoor box next to it as a "free library" for people to drop off or pick out books at their own risk. We ask that you follow best practices for COVID prevention when dropping items off, like wiping down covers and not visiting the box if you have any symptoms. As a PTA, we will shut down the efforts if an area outbreak worsens.

Mrs. Eddy and her daughter went on a nature walk then came home to see if the items would sink or float.

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

Elementary School Distance Learning Plan

Our Distance Learning Plan provides for students to continue learning in developmentally appropriate ways, while being mindful of their health and wellness. The plan includes paper learning packets, video broadcasts, lessons/assignments and learning materials posted to Blackboard and completed individually or collaboratively, along with scheduled web chats.

Our Instructional Services team held web conferences with elementary and secondary principals last week to communicate the plan for staff training and resuming instruction.

Teachers will be returning to work virtually on Monday, March 30 in order to complete their distance learning training.

Please be assured that this plan was created with the understanding that some of our staff and families may face challenges participating in distance learning, and we will all need to work together in the best interest of our students.  

Here is how the Distance Learning Plan will work:

Elementary School Distance Learning Plan

      • Students will engage in teacher-led and independent learning.
      • There is also time for teacher check-ins, virtual chats, phone calls and emails with students.
      • Learning packets will be distributed by mail to all students (PK-6) beginning the week of March 30.
      • Principals will send parents a published schedule of instruction.
      • Literacy and math content will also be made available on FCPS Cable Channel 21 (check your local listings or stream online) beginning the week of March 30. 
      • Teacher-student virtual connections are encouraged. 
      • Specials teachers will post learning activities to Blackboard.

New FCPS Grab and Go Meal Pop-Up Location

Beginning Friday, March 27, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is adding a new pop-up location for grab and go meals at Waples Mill Mobile Home Park, 4308 Mobile Court, Fairfax, VA from 8:30-9:00 a.m. Both breakfast and lunch will be available to pick up.

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch. Other county children, under the age of 18, can also receive a meal. Adults meals are $2.

For a complete list of meal distribution locations visit: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources.

Parent SIS Accounts

If you have not yet set up a Parent SIS account and would like to do that, please email our SBTS, Barbara Schmidt, today at bdschmidt@fcps.edu.  This account allows you to access your child’s Blackboard courses (ParentVue) as well as their information in our Student Information System (SIS). If you have already set up a ParentSIS account but cannot access it, please follow the directions here. Click on MORE OPTIONS.

ParentVue Accounts

The FCPS IT department has mailed information out  to any parent who does not currently have a ParentVue account. Please sign up if you do not have an account.  You may also request this from our SBTS, Barbara Schmidt.

FCPS Cable Channels

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.

Lifetouch Update

Based on the school closings along with State and Federal recommendations, Lifetouch has cancelled our Spring Picture Day event and has started to refund any pre-paid orders from your families. Any family that has pre-ordered a picture package will receive a refund within 10-14 days and Lifetouch has emailed families to share this information. Their dedicated Customer Service team is also available to answer any questions families may have about the refund process at 866-511-3510.

Assistance with Basic Needs

For basic needs of Fairfax residents, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services administers public assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) formerly Food Stamps, as well as Medicaid. FCPS is coordinating with community partners to ensure the locations and timing of food centers and pantries are being communicated with FCPS families.

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services provides access and referrals to both government and community based resources for Fairfax County residents in need.  If you are facing difficulties - including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and more other needs, please call 703-222-0880 for assistance.

Below are links to resources in Fairfax to direct families who need this support. 

SACC 

SACC will be closed for the weeks of March 16 and March 23. SACC plans to offer an additional week of Spring Break services at consolidated sites the week of March 30 and plans to offer regularly scheduled Spring Break services the week of April 6. The system for registration for the weeks of March 30 and April 6 will be communicated to all SACC families. 

Blackboard Learning

There are learning opportunities added by FCPS that can be found in every parent’s and student’s Blackboard account. After logging in to Blackboard 24/7 here, you will find activities for every grade level and subject. Please remember that these are not required or graded. You can also find a link to more information for families here. Parents do need a Parent SIS account to log into the parent side of Blackboard.

Nathaniel worked on finding words using the letters in his name. He also practiced the positivity project traits of determination and perseverance as he learned how to ride a scooter.

Online Learning Resources: Recommended by Fairfax Villa ES

Below is the list of Reading and Math online learning resources.

READING

Starfall:  This site will help teach early emergent and beginning readers letter names and sounds along with some basic sight words.   http://www.starfall.com/

Pocket Phonics (app):   If your child already knows his/her letter names, this free app can be a useful next step in teaching letter-sound correspondence and basic phonics. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/abc-pocketphonics-lite/id302689971?mt=8

Grammar Blast:  This site is focused on 2nd-5th grade students.   In it, students answer a series of multiple choice questions regarding grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure.   http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/grammar/

Slime Kids Grammar/Spelling Games:   This site has a variety of games for both primary and upper elementary students to help practice grammar and spelling rules, as well as strengthen their typing skills. http://www.slimekids.com/games/grammar-games/

Wacky Tales:  This site is geared towards students in grades 3 and above and assumes knowledge of parts-of-speech.  As with Madlibs, students complete tales by inserting words for various parts-of-speech and create “Wacky Tales.”   http://www.eduplace.com/tales/

Comma Chameleon:  After choosing the correct punctuation, students help the chameleon place the punctuation properly into sentences.   There are also games to help learn and reinforce their understanding of the parts-of speech.   http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/punctuation.htm

Proofreading Makes Perfect:  This site focuses on 5th grade students and provides practice for students to correct sentences.  http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/language_arts/pmp/interactive_guide/g05/g05home.htm

Alien Punctuation:  This site is more appropriate for upper elementary students.   It is a challenging punctuation game sponsored by the BBC.   In it, students help “zap” or edit corrections into sentences.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/using_punctuation/play/

Free Rice:  This site helps students expand their vocabulary and practice grammar rules from elementary school through high school.   It also has content in other subject areas.   Importantly, the site is the result of a joint endeavor by the United Nations and Harvard University and sponsors food aid donations with every correct answer (bowls of rice add up to bushels, etc.).   It is a great website for teaching students that their learning efforts can make a difference.  While it is an option to create a login to track points, there is no need to register in order to play.  www.freerice.com

Chomp-Chomp:  This site is also geared toward advanced upper elementary, middle school, and high school students.  It focuses on more advanced grammar rules that affect writing  (ex., pronoun-antecedent and subject-verb agreement, compound and complex sentences, etc.).     http://www.chompchomp.com/exercises.htm

Virginia SOL Practice:  http://iq.whro.org/languagearts.htm   (prior SOL standards -- released tests)

Scholastic Learn at Home:  This free resource provides your children with 20+ days of articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges.  Children can complete them anytime. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

MATH RESOURCES

The Virginia Department of Education’s math website has many resources, including standards and practice SOL-test math questions. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/mathematics/index.shtml

 NRICH is an innovative collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge, part of the University’s Millennium Mathematics Project.  NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18, covering all stages of early years, primary and secondary school education - completely free and available to all. http://nrich.maths.org

youcubed: This fabulous website has resources for parents, teachers, and students. Watch videos, find engaging tasks, read articles, and learn about the “math revolution” that Stanford Professor Jo Boaler promotes!  https://www.youcubed.org/

CueThink: This National Science Foundation–funded program helps students strengthen math skills, inspires a growth mindset, and encourages critical thinking. Students will learn to solve problems and explain their thinking using mathematician George Polya’s four-step approach. https://www.cuethink.com/

GregTangMath strives to provide unparalleled math lessons for students as well as professional development for in-service teachers. Games, puzzles, and other resources, like free downloads, worksheets/word problems, math centers. https://www.gregtangmath.com/

Illuminations: This site, from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), features complete lesson plans, mobile games for students, interactive activities, and brain teasers. https://illuminations.nctm.org/

Khan Academy is on a mission to give a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Their personalized learning resources are available for all ages. Video learning segments are followed by practice activities.  https://www.khanacademy.org/  (Please note:  Internet Explorer doesn’t support this website.  Use Chrome)

Prodigy Software: Math games that tackle more than 1,200 crucial math skills in a fun and engaging way. https://www.prodigygame.com/

Splash Math:Boost confidence, increase scores, and get ahead. Fun for enrichment or regular practice. https://www.splashlearn.com/

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NVML): This National Science Foundation-supported project provides a large library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives and concept tutorials for math instruction. http://nlvm.usu.edu/

Math sites: Worksheets 

Common Core Sheets: Math worksheets for just about any area of study. Free downloads. Good for planning lessons, review, and independent work.  https://www.commoncoresheets.com/

Math-Aids: Dynamically created math worksheets for students, teachers, parents … anyone!  https://www.math-aids.com/

Math-Drills.com: Free Math Worksheets.  This website iincludes over 50 thousand free math worksheets that may be used to help students learn math. Our PDF math worksheets are available on a broad range of topics including number sense, arithmetic, pre-algebra, geometry, measurement, money concepts and much more. There are also a few interactive math features including the Sudoku and Dots math games, and the more serious math flash cards and unit converter.  https://www.math-drills.com/

Math sites: Upper Grade-levels

Jefferson Lab (Gr 3-11): Your students will love fun math games like Speed Math Deluxe, Mystery Math, Place Value Game, and more. https://education.jlab.org/indexpages/elementgames.html

Figure This (Gr 6-8): This site is sponsored by NCTM, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (among others), and features a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges.https://figurethis.nctm.org/index.html

Illustrative Math (Gr 6-8): High-quality educational resources for teachers and students. Excellent math tasks, videos, lesson plans, and problem-based curriculum modules. https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/

PBS Math Club (Gr 6-9): From PBS Learning Media, middle schoolers will love this entertaining video blog. Not only does each episode cover Common Core Standards, it makes math learning culturally relevant with pop-culture references. https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-math-club/#.WmY9epM-fJM

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Here is a cute learning activity that combines literacy and positive messaging! The Gerstner children had a great time... so did Principal Gerstner! Stay safe and healthy :-)

Dear Fairfax Villa Families, Queridas familias de Fairfax Villa,

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are dedicated to continuing our partnership with you as you focus on the health and safety of your families.  We are now several days into being out of school and I am extremely proud of our Fairfax Villa families who are working to implement a continuation of learning. As a dad myself, as well as your principal working from home, I have been working to stay abreast of changes by holding and participating in video conferences and online training. As a school staff and family, we have been following recommendations for social distancing. Meanwhile at home, the Gerstner kids, a preschooler and a first grader, have been engaging in learning of their own. As you can see from the picture above, we have been trying to create enriching activities at home that promote student learning.  Over the next couple of weeks, if you too 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

Mientras que la situación con COVID-19 continúa evolucionando, estamos dedicados a continuar nuestra asociación con usted, mientras que usted se enfoca en la salud y la seguridad de sus familias. Hace ya varios días que estamos fuera de la escuela y estoy extremadamente orgulloso de nuestras familias en Fairfax Villa las cuales están trabajando para implementar la continuación del aprendizaje. Como padre, y como su director trabajando desde casa, he estado trabajando para estar al tanto de los cambios, organizando y participando en videoconferencias y capacitación en línea. Como personal escolar y familia, hemos estado siguiendo recomendaciones para el distanciamiento social. Mientras tanto, en mi hogar, mi hijo en edad preescolar y mi hija de primer grado, se han dedicado a aprender por su cuenta. Como puede ver en la imagen de arriba, hemos estado tratando de crear actividades enriquecedoras en el hogar que promuevan el aprendizaje de los estudiantes. Durante las próximas semanas, si usted también ha creado actividades de aprendizaje que sus hijos hayan disfrutado, envíeme un correo electrónico a drgerstner@fcps.edu con una imagen y una breve descripción para que pueda compartirlas en los próximos mensajes semanales.

Based on the school closings along with State and Federal recommendations, Lifetouch has cancelled our Spring Picture Day event and has started to refund any pre-paid orders from your families. Any family that has pre-ordered a picture package will receive a refund within 10-14 days and Lifetouch has emailed families to share this information. Their dedicated Customer Service team is also available to answer any questions families may have about the refund process at 866-511-3510.

Dado el cierre de las escuelas y  las recomendaciones estatales y federales, Lifetouch ha cancelado nuestro evento Spring Picture Day (Foto de Primavera) y ha comenzado a reembolsar cualquier pedido prepago a las familias. Cualquier familia que haya ordenado previamente un paquete de fotos recibirá un reembolso dentro de 10-14 días. Lifetouch ha enviado un correo electrónico a las familias para compartir esta información. Su dedicado equipo de Servicio al Cliente también está disponible para responder cualquier pregunta que las familias puedan tener sobre el proceso de reembolso al 866-511-3510.

There are learning opportunities added by FCPS that can be found in every parent’s and student’s Blackboard account. After logging in to Blackboard 24/7 here, you will find activities for every grade level and subject. Please remember that these are not required or graded. You can also find a link to more information for families here. Parents do need a Parent SIS account to log into the parent side of Blackboard.

Hay oportunidades de aprendizaje agregadas por FCPS que se pueden encontrar en la cuenta de Blackboard de todos los padres y estudiantes. Después de iniciar sesión en Blackboard 24/7 aquí, encontrará actividades para cada grado y materia. Recuerde que estas actividades no son obligatorias ni calificadas. También puede encontrar un enlace con más información para familias aquí. Los padres necesitan una cuenta Parent SIS para iniciar sesión en el parte para padres de Blackboard.

If you have not yet set up a Parent SIS account and would like to do that, please email our SBTS, Barbara Schmidt, today at bdschmidt@fcps.edu.  This account allows you to access your child’s Blackboard courses (ParentVue) as well as their information in our Student Information System (SIS). If you have already set up a ParentSIS account but cannot access it, please follow the directions here. Click on MORE OPTIONS.

Si aún no ha creado una cuenta SIS para Padres y desea hacerlo, envíe un correo electrónico a nuestra SBTS, Barbara Schmidt, hoy a bdschmidt@fcps.edu. Esta cuenta le permite acceder a los cursos de Blackboard de su hijo (ParentVue), así como a su información en nuestro Sistema de información estudiantil (SIS). Si ya ha creado una cuenta ParentSIS pero no puede accederla, siga las instrucciones aquí. Haga clic en MÁS OPCIONES.

As I stated last week in my message to families, I recognize that during this unprecedented closure, you may feel anxiety or stress about the loss of instructional time and the impact on student learning. Fairfax County Public Schools will address questions related to end of quarter grading, state testing, and other assessments as soon as decisions have been reached. By March 27, 2020, FCPS will communicate decisions on the level of teacher-supported learning activities, if any, going forward. 

Como les comente la semana pasada en mi mensaje a las familias, reconozco que durante este cierre sin precedentes, usted pueda sentir ansiedad o estrés por la pérdida de tiempo instruccional y el impacto en el aprendizaje de los estudiantes. Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax abordarán las preguntas relacionadas con la calificación de fin de trimestre, las pruebas estatales y otras evaluaciones tan pronto como se hayan tomado las decisiones. Para el 27 de marzo de 2020, FCPS comunicará las decisiones sobre el nivel de las actividades de aprendizaje apoyadas por los maestros, si las hay, en el futuro.

My sincerest hope is that all of you will remain healthy and that this time will bring your families closer together. In addition, I hope that we will gain a renewed understanding of the importance a teacher makes in our child’s life. Teaching is a challenging and rewarding profession. Each person who works at Fairfax Villa values education and cares for your children. 

Espero sinceramente que todos ustedes se mantengan saludables y que este tiempo acerque más a sus familias. Además, espero que obtengamos una nueva comprensión de la importancia que un maestro tiene en la vida de nuestros hijos. La enseñanza es una profesión desafiante y gratificante. Cada persona que trabaja en Fairfax Villa valora la educación y cuida a sus hijos.

I miss you all, Los extraño a todos,

Dave Gerstner, Principal, Fairfax Villa Elementary School

Dave Gerstner, Director, Escuela Primaria Fairfax Villa

Superintendent Brabrand on Facebook Live TODAY (Friday 3/20) at 3 pm

Please join FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand on Facebook Live, Friday, March 20, at 3 p.m. Dr. Brabrand will share updates regarding COVID-19 and FCPS’ operating status. He’ll also be taking questions so please feel free to submit questions during the broadcast. https://www.facebook.com/fcpsva.

ParentVue Accounts

The FCPS IT department has mailed information out  to any parent who does not currently have a ParentVue account. Please sign up if you do not have an account.  You may also request this from our SBTS, Barbara Schmidt.

FCPS Cable Channels

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.

County-Wide Food Distribution

FCPS is committed to providing information to assist families that rely on free and reduced priced school meals and is providing grab and go meals at no cost for students as several sites throughout the county. FCPS students are welcome to come to any of the sites to pick up a meal during these time periods. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch. Other County children, under the age of 18, can also receive a meal. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. In order to receive federal reimbursement, students must be present to request the meals. For your convenience, we have highlighted and hyperlinked the maps of the sites that are close to Fairfax Villa.

School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver grab and go meals. The buses began serving neighborhoods in these school areas: 

  • Bonnie Brae Elementary School  (Click on the school name to access map)
  • Bull Run Elementary School
  • Island Creek Elementary School
  • Lorton Station Elementary School
  • Virginia Run Elementary School

Please click here for bus stop information.

Curbside pick up is also available at  Oak View Elementary School (Click on the school name to access map).   In addition, breakfast and lunch will be available from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m at multiple FCPS school sites. Those interested in picking up the meals are asked to follow the kiss and ride signage for traffic flow at the school. FCPS staff will deliver meals to children and adults while they wait in their cars in the kiss and ride line.  Please click here for a list of FCPS sites offering breakfast and lunch.  Of many school sites that offer grab and go meals, Providence Elementary School  is the closest site to our school and our neighborhoods.  For a complete list of distribution sites please click here.

Assistance with Basic Needs

For basic needs of Fairfax residents, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services administers public assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) formerly Food Stamps, as well as Medicaid. FCPS is coordinating with community partners to ensure the locations and timing of food centers and pantries are being communicated with FCPS families.

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services provides access and referrals to both government and community based resources for Fairfax County residents in need.  If you are facing difficulties - including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and more other needs, please call 703-222-0880 for assistance.

Below are links to resources in Fairfax to direct families who need this support. 

  • Britepaths Food assistance is by referral only.  Please go to the website link for more information.
  • Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on the website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!
SACC 

SACC will be closed for the weeks of March 16 and March 23. SACC plans to offer an additional week of Spring Break services at consolidated sites the week of March 30 and plans to offer regularly scheduled Spring Break services the week of April 6. The system for registration for the weeks of March 30 and April 6 will be communicated to all SACC families. 

Online Learning Resources: Recommended by Fairfax Villa ES

Below is the list of Reading and Math online learning resources.

READING

Starfall:  This site will help teach early emergent and beginning readers letter names and sounds along with some basic sight words.   http://www.starfall.com/

Pocket Phonics (app):   If your child already knows his/her letter names, this free app can be a useful next step in teaching letter-sound correspondence and basic phonics. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/abc-pocketphonics-lite/id302689971?mt=8

Grammar Blast:  This site is focused on 2nd-5th grade students.   In it, students answer a series of multiple choice questions regarding grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure.   http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/grammar/

Slime Kids Grammar/Spelling Games:   This site has a variety of games for both primary and upper elementary students to help practice grammar and spelling rules, as well as strengthen their typing skills. http://www.slimekids.com/games/grammar-games/

Wacky Tales:  This site is geared towards students in grades 3 and above and assumes knowledge of parts-of-speech.  As with Madlibs, students complete tales by inserting words for various parts-of-speech and create “Wacky Tales.”   http://www.eduplace.com/tales/

Comma Chameleon:  After choosing the correct punctuation, students help the chameleon place the punctuation properly into sentences.   There are also games to help learn and reinforce their understanding of the parts-of speech.   http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/punctuation.htm

Proofreading Makes Perfect:  This site focuses on 5th grade students and provides practice for students to correct sentences.  http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/language_arts/pmp/interactive_guide/g05/g05home.htm

Alien Punctuation:  This site is more appropriate for upper elementary students.   It is a challenging punctuation game sponsored by the BBC. In it, students help “zap” or edit corrections into sentences.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/using_punctuation/play/

Free Rice:  This site helps students expand their vocabulary and practice grammar rules from elementary school through high school.   It also has content in other subject areas. Importantly, the site is the result of a joint endeavor by the United Nations and Harvard University and sponsors food aid donations with every correct answer (bowls of rice add up to bushels, etc.).   It is a great website for teaching students that their learning efforts can make a difference. While it is an option to create a login to track points, there is no need to register in order to play.  www.freerice.com

Chomp-Chomp:  This site is also geared toward advanced upper elementary, middle school, and high school students.  It focuses on more advanced grammar rules that affect writing (ex., pronoun-antecedent and subject-verb agreement, compound and complex sentences, etc.).     http://www.chompchomp.com/exercises.htm

Virginia SOL Practice:  http://iq.whro.org/languagearts.htm   (prior SOL standards -- released tests)

Scholastic Learn at Home:  This free resource provides your children with 20+ days of articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges.  Children can complete them anytime. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

MATH RESOURCES

The Virginia Department of Education’s math website has many resources, including standards and practice SOL-test math questions. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/mathematics/index.shtml

 NRICH is an innovative collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge, part of the University’s Millennium Mathematics Project.  NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18, covering all stages of early years, primary and secondary school education - completely free and available to all. http://nrich.maths.org

youcubed: This fabulous website has resources for parents, teachers, and students. Watch videos, find engaging tasks, read articles, and learn about the “math revolution” that Stanford Professor Jo Boaler promotes!  https://www.youcubed.org/

CueThink: This National Science Foundation–funded program helps students strengthen math skills, inspires a growth mindset, and encourages critical thinking. Students will learn to solve problems and explain their thinking using mathematician George Polya’s four-step approach. https://www.cuethink.com/

GregTangMath strives to provide unparalleled math lessons for students as well as professional development for in-service teachers. Games, puzzles, and other resources, like free downloads, worksheets/word problems, math centers. https://www.gregtangmath.com/

Illuminations: This site, from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), features complete lesson plans, mobile games for students, interactive activities, and brain teasers. https://illuminations.nctm.org/

Khan Academy is on a mission to give a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Their personalized learning resources are available for all ages. Video learning segments are followed by practice activities.  https://www.khanacademy.org/  (Please note:  Internet Explorer doesn’t support this website.  Use Chrome)

Prodigy Software: Math games that tackle more than 1,200 crucial math skills in a fun and engaging way. https://www.prodigygame.com/

Splash Math:Boost confidence, increase scores, and get ahead. Fun for enrichment or regular practice. https://www.splashlearn.com/

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NVML): This National Science Foundation-supported project provides a large library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives and concept tutorials for math instruction. http://nlvm.usu.edu/

Math sites: Worksheets 

Common Core Sheets: Math worksheets for just about any area of study. Free downloads. Good for planning lessons, review, and independent work.  https://www.commoncoresheets.com/

Math-Aids: Dynamically created math worksheets for students, teachers, parents … anyone!  https://www.math-aids.com/

Math-Drills.com: Free Math Worksheets.  This website iincludes over 50 thousand free math worksheets that may be used to help students learn math. Our PDF math worksheets are available on a broad range of topics including number sense, arithmetic, pre-algebra, geometry, measurement, money concepts and much more. There are also a few interactive math features including the Sudoku and Dots math games, and the more serious math flash cards and unit converter.  https://www.math-drills.com/

Math sites: Upper Grade-levels

Jefferson Lab (Gr 3-11): Your students will love fun math games like Speed Math Deluxe, Mystery Math, Place Value Game, and more. https://education.jlab.org/indexpages/elementgames.html

Figure This (Gr 6-8): This site is sponsored by NCTM, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (among others), and features a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges.https://figurethis.nctm.org/index.html

Illustrative Math (Gr 6-8): High-quality educational resources for teachers and students. Excellent math tasks, videos, lesson plans, and problem-based curriculum modules. https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/

PBS Math Club (Gr 6-9): From PBS Learning Media, middle schoolers will love this entertaining video blog. Not only does each episode cover Common Core Standards, it makes math learning culturally relevant with pop-culture references. https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-math-club/#.WmY9epM-fJM

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Fairfax Villa Sunday Night Update

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Dear Fairfax Villa Families,

Dr. Brabrand's recent email updated the operating status for Fairfax County Public Schools.  All school buildings and central offices are CLOSED.  This means we cannot open the school for any reason over the next two weeks.  Therefore, the previously scheduled opportunity to get belongings and laptops is cancelled.  It will come as no surprise to you that as we were planning for Monday, over twenty staff members volunteered to come in and support our families. Mrs. Therese Payne, our technology support specialist, was working hard all day to prepare computers for checkout. Fairfax Villa Elementary is truly a community that lives the motto #OtherPeopleMatter.

In the meantime, I encourage you to use this time as an important opportunity to rest, rejuvenate and connect with loved ones. When we do return to learning, either virtually or in classrooms, our students will need us to be prepared to do our very best work in supporting their transition. Caring for ourselves during uncertain times is one of the most important ways we can prepare to support our students. All of the Woodson Pyramid Principals encourage our community to practice social distancing. Interacting face-to-face with friends and neighbors through apps like FaceTime and video chats can help to practice social distancing while not falling into social isolation.  Social media may allow engagement with others as well, but we want to caution our families not to become over-reliant on apps that promote likes over personal contact. We encourage you to make phone calls, talk to friends, and keep in contact over this time. The world has pressed pause on our school year -- take this time to slow down, stay home, and support one another.

Information on what we will do with 3rd quarter is still in process.  Please be patient and know that the entire county and state are dealing with this and decisions around grading and testing have many implications, therefore this will take additional time to determine next steps.

I recognize this is a difficult time and you and your child(ren) may be experiencing a variety of feelings, including fear and anxiety.  Should you or a loved one be in need of mental health support, please do not hesitate to reach out to:
- Text NEEDHELP to 85511 for the Crisis Link Hotline at or call them at 703-527-4077
- Chat online with a specialist at CrisisChat.org or ImAlive.org
- Call an emergency mental health center at 703 573-5679 (Merrifield Center), 703-536-2000 (Dominion Hospital), or 703-289-7560 (INOVA emergency services)

Please continue to direct students to the optional learning activities available on the FCPS cable channels and by subject area on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard). Note: these learning activities are not required or graded. Teachers will not be providing work at this time. Please do not email teachers requesting work.

Read Dr. Brabrand's message in its entirety, including information on the expanded availability of grab and go meals, at www.fcps.edu.

I will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available. Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Dave Gerstner

Your Proud Principal

Fairfax Villa Elementary School

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Important Update from Fairfax Villa

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Dear Fairfax Villa Families, 

I hope this message finds you well. As you have been notified, FCPS has made the decision to close schools for an extended period through April 10th for student and family safety, health, and well-being. Learning opportunities can be found in the superintendent’s message. All of these can be accessed from any computer; you do not have to have an FCPS computer. Your student will find these learning opportunities on the main page of his or her Blackboard site; parents will also see a link to them on their ParentVue Blackboard site. 

On Monday (3/16/2020), at Fairfax Villa, we will be distributing a limited number of laptops to Fairfax Villa students in grades 3 and 4 who do not have access to a device at home. The hours of laptop distribution to students with their parents are between 12:00 and 2:30 PM. You may come any time in that window. Note that you must attend with your student to sign our parent consent form that allows us to assign a device to your student. We will also work with your child while on site to make sure that they can log into the device before you leave. A few things to understand about the process on Monday:

  • There is a limited number of laptops available to our students and they are intended only for those 3rd and 4th grade students who have no other means to access learning resources from home. Please do not take a laptop if your family already has access to a computer or tablet at home.
  • During this time only, we are allowing 3rd and 4th graders to use an FCPS laptop that has been issued to an older sibling in 5th or 6th grade. 
  • It would be helpful to know ahead in advance if you are coming  so we can be prepared. Please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu with your student’s name and grade if you plan to come in to pick up a laptop.
  • The laptop is a temporary loan and will need to be returned to Fairfax Villa  as soon as school resumes.
  • If you do not have Internet access at home, you may fill out a parent permission form for a MiFi wireless internet device while you are picking up a laptop on this day. These MiFis will not be available for pickup on Monday; however, we will put your request in the queue and let you know if a device is available for pickup at a later date. 

For students who may need to access their belongings that were left at school, you may also come to school between 12:00 and 2:30 PM on Monday.  This includes all students in grades 5 and 6 who may have left their FCPS laptops at school.  

Please meet one of our staff members at door #1 (main entrance) and one of us will escort you to your child’s classroom.  Our custodians have been working hard to clean our building and classroom surfaces and we want to continue to keep them as clean as possible while the school is open from 12:00 - 2:30 on Monday.   

If you have not yet set up a Parent SIS account and would like to do that, please email our SBTS Barbara Schmidt today at bdschmidt@fcps.edu and she will have a letter ready for you to pick up on Monday from 12 - 2:30. This letter will have instructions on how to set up the account and will include your specific activation code. You will need to show your ID to pick up  the letter. This account allows you to access your child’s Blackboard courses (ParentVue) as well as their information in our Student Information System (SIS). If you have already set up a ParentSIS account but cannot access it, please follow the directions here. Click on MORE OPTIONS.

In addition, the health room will be open for those parents wanting to pick up medication on Monday between 12:00 and 2:30 PM. Deb MacLean, our School Health Aide, will release medication only to the student's parent so please be sure to have your photo ID with you.

Lastly, we will be distributing bags of non-perishable foods to those students who receive P3 bags on a weekly basis as well as to any students who need extra food while school is not in session.  We will also have books from our summer Tuesday Tales program that students can take home with them. 

Thank you for your patience and support of our efforts to provide an equitable experience for our students.

Sincerely,

Dave Gerstner

Proud Principal 

Fairfax Villa ES

Food Drop-offs

In addition to the emergency grab and go lunches that Fairfax County Public Schools is providing our students at no cost at designated locations around the county, Fairfax Villa staff and PTA are doing their best to keep all kids fed during this break.  We plan on dropping food at the Waples Mobile Home Park (Main Office), as well as the Robinson Square (Community Center).  Our students and families are asked to check in weekly at either location and take whatever they need.  Our hope is to continue this until we resume school on a regular basis.

Aparte de las comidas que FCPS va a proveer en ciertas escuelas, Fairfax Villa y el PTA van a tratar de proveer comida para nuestros estudiantes durante este tiempo que no hay clases.  Planeamos dejar comida en el centro de comunidad de Robinson Square y la oficina central de Waples Mobile Home Park.  Deseamos que estudiantes y sus familias vayan cada semana y recojan lo que necesiten.  Esperamos poder reemplazar cada semana.

ParentVue Accounts

In the coming days, IT will be pushing out emails to any parent who does not currently have a ParentVue account. Please sign up if you do not have an account.  You may also get this from our SBTS, Barbara Schmidt.

FCPS Cable Channels

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.

County-WIde Food Distribution

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing emergency grab and go lunches at no cost for students at five sites to students (more sites may be added), from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. School-age students are welcome to come to any of the five sites below to pick up a lunch during that time period.

  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church
  • Hutchison Elementary School, 13209 Parcher Avenue, Herndon
  • Hybla Valley Elementary School, 3415 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria
  • London Towne Elementary School, 6100 Stone Road, Centreville
  • Burke Center, 9645 Burke Lake Road, Burke

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

SACC 

SACC will be closed for the weeks of March 16 and March 23. SACC plans to offer an additional week of Spring Break services at consolidated sites the week of March 30 and plans to offer regularly scheduled Spring Break services the week of April 6. The system for registration for the weeks of March 30 and April 6 will be communicated to all SACC families. 

Online Learning Resources 

Below is the list of Reading and Math online learning resources.

READING

  • Starfall:  This site will help teach early emergent and beginning readers letter names and sounds along with some basic sight words.   http://www.starfall.com/
  • Pocket Phonics (app):   If your child already knows his/her letter names, this free app can be a useful next step in teaching letter-sound correspondence and basic phonics. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/abc-pocketphonics-lite/id302689971?mt=8
  • Grammar Blast:  This site is focused on 2nd-5th grade students.   In it, students answer a series of multiple choice questions regarding grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure.   http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/grammar/
  • Slime Kids Grammar/Spelling Games:   This site has a variety of games for both primary and upper elementary students to help practice grammar and spelling rules, as well as strengthen their typing skills. http://www.slimekids.com/games/grammar-games/
  • Wacky Tales:  This site is geared towards students in grades 3 and above and assumes knowledge of parts-of-speech.  As with Madlibs, students complete tales by inserting words for various parts-of-speech and create “Wacky Tales.”   http://www.eduplace.com/tales/
  • Comma Chameleon:  After choosing the correct punctuation, students help the chameleon place the punctuation properly into sentences.   There are also games to help learn and reinforce their understanding of the parts-of speech.   http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/punctuation.htm
  • Proofreading Makes Perfect:  This site focuses on 5th grade students and provides practice for students to correct sentences.  http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/language_arts/pmp/interactive_guide/g05/g05home.htm
  • Alien Punctuation:  This site is more appropriate for upper elementary students.   It is a challenging punctuation game sponsored by the BBC.   In it, students help “zap” or edit corrections into sentences.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/using_punctuation/play/
  • Free Rice:  This site helps students expand their vocabulary and practice grammar rules from elementary school through high school.   It also has content in other subject areas.   Importantly, the site is the result of a joint endeavor by the United Nations and Harvard University and sponsors food aid donations with every correct answer (bowls of rice add up to bushels, etc.).   It is a great website for teaching students that their learning efforts can make a difference.  While it is an option to create a login to track points, there is no need to register in order to play.  www.freerice.com
  • Chomp-Chomp:  This site is also geared toward advanced upper elementary, middle school, and high school students.  It focuses on more advanced grammar rules that affect writing  (ex., pronoun-antecedent and subject-verb agreement, compound and complex sentences, etc.).     http://www.chompchomp.com/exercises.htm
  • Virginia SOL Practice:  http://iq.whro.org/languagearts.htm   (prior SOL standards -- released tests)
  • Scholastic Learn at Home:  This free resource provides your children with 20+ days of articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges.  Children can complete them anytime. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

MATH RESOURCES

  • The Virginia Department of Education’s math website has many resources, including standards and practice SOL-test math questions. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/mathematics/index.shtml
  •  NRICH is an innovative collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge, part of the University’s Millennium Mathematics Project.  NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18, covering all stages of early years, primary and secondary school education - completely free and available to all. http://nrich.maths.org
  • youcubed: This fabulous website has resources for parents, teachers, and students. Watch videos, find engaging tasks, read articles, and learn about the “math revolution” that Stanford Professor Jo Boaler promotes!  https://www.youcubed.org/
  • CueThink: This National Science Foundation–funded program helps students strengthen math skills, inspires a growth mindset, and encourages critical thinking. Students will learn to solve problems and explain their thinking using mathematician George Polya’s four-step approach. https://www.cuethink.com/
  • GregTangMath strives to provide unparalleled math lessons for students as well as professional development for in-service teachers. Games, puzzles, and other resources, like free downloads, worksheets/word problems, math centers. https://www.gregtangmath.com/
  • Illuminations: This site, from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), features complete lesson plans, mobile games for students, interactive activities, and brain teasers. https://illuminations.nctm.org/
  • Khan Academy is on a mission to give a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Their personalized learning resources are available for all ages. Video learning segments are followed by practice activities.  https://www.khanacademy.org/  (Please note:  Internet Explorer doesn’t support this website.  Use Chrome)
  • Prodigy Software: Math games that tackle more than 1,200 crucial math skills in a fun and engaging way. https://www.prodigygame.com/
  • Splash Math:Boost confidence, increase scores, and get ahead. Fun for enrichment or regular practice. https://www.splashlearn.com/
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NVML): This National Science Foundation-supported project provides a large library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives and concept tutorials for math instruction. http://nlvm.usu.edu/

Math sites: Worksheets 

  • Common Core Sheets: Math worksheets for just about any area of study. Free downloads. Good for planning lessons, review, and independent work.  https://www.commoncoresheets.com/
  • Math-Aids: Dynamically created math worksheets for students, teachers, parents … anyone!  https://www.math-aids.com/
  • Math-Drills.com: Free Math Worksheets.  This website iincludes over 50 thousand free math worksheets that may be used to help students learn math. Our PDF math worksheets are available on a broad range of topics including number sense, arithmetic, pre-algebra, geometry, measurement, money concepts and much more. There are also a few interactive math features including the Sudoku and Dots math games, and the more serious math flash cards and unit converter.  https://www.math-drills.com/

Math sites: Upper Grade-levels

PBS Math Club (Gr 6-9): From PBS Learning Media, middle schoolers will love this entertaining video blog. Not only does each episode cover Common Core Standards, it makes math learning culturally relevant with pop-culture references. https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-math-club/#.WmY9epM-f

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Villa Tuesday News

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Dear Fairfax Villa Parents and Staff,

This spring all Fairfax Villa parents and staff will be contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. This survey is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various issues related to our school.  These issues include instructional leadership, school climate, human resources management, organizational management, communication and community relations and professionalism.

I have been honored to serve as your principal since January 2019! It is a privilege to be a member of a community where parents, teachers and students care for each other and strive to build relationships that promote academic and social growth.  I look forward to receiving your feedback, as well as working alongside you so that we can continue to create exciting and meaningful learning experiences for our students in the years to come.

The survey will be collected online between March 12 and March 26.  When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the survey.  Your opinions matter.

My best,

Dave Gerstner

Principal

Fairfax Villa Elementary School

https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/

@MrGerstner_FCPS (Twitter)

From the Principal's Desk

With 24/7 news coverage about the coronavirus, it is hard not to feel worried about your children and their well-being. Your children may be picking up on this worry as well. Our teachers and staff at Fairfax Villa are committed to continuing to provide a healthy environment for all, promoting healthy habits such as hand washing for 20 seconds, catching sneezes in tissues, using hand sanitizer right before eating or when they do not have ready access to a sink. Our custodial staff have been directed to sanitize all surfaces and high-contact areas such as doorknobs, handrails, light switches, and water fountains. Please keep your child home if they are sick, please remind them to use good hygiene, and please reassure them if they express concern. A variety of resources about coronavirus, including "Talking to Children about Covid-19," a handout about COVID-19 from the FCHD, and updated FAQs have been posted at https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update

Please reach out if you have questions or concerns.

Welcome To The Villa!

 

Ms. Riley Holman

Welcome to Ms. Holman!

We are happy to welcome Ms. Riley Holman as a student teacher who is working with Ms. Marsh in 4th grade and will be her long-term substitute when Ms. Marsh goes on maternity leave.  Ms. Holman is currently a student at James Madison University where she is working towards a Master’s Degree in Education.

Ms. Holman loves traveling to new places with her family and friends and spending time with her dog. Since she grew up in Fairfax County, she is looking forward to returning to FCPS schools as a teacher. A fun fact: her Mom went to Fairfax Villa!  Ms. Holman is excited to get to know our Villa students.

Welcome to the Villa family, Ms. Holman!

 

Ms. Monica Rohrbach

Welcome to Ms. Rohrbach!

We are happy to welcome Ms. Monica Rohrbach as a student teacher who is working with Ms. Autman in 2nd grade. Ms. Rohrbach is currently a student at George Mason University where she is working towards a Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Connecticut College.  After moving to this area, Ms. Rohrbach was an assistant teacher at The Langley School in McLean for a few years before transitioning back to being a full-time graduate student at GMU.

She loves to travel whenever she can! Growing up in Zimbabwe and attending high school in South Africa, Ms. Rohrbach is always looking for new adventures. She loves spending time outdoors so is eager for consistent warmer weather so she can spend more time hiking, playing tennis and exploring new national parks.

Welcome to the Villa family, Ms. Rohrbach!

 

 

Ms. Alexis Neff

 

Welcome to Ms. Neff!

We are happy to welcome Ms. Alexis Neff as a student teacher who is working with Ms. Gaskins in her general music classes. Ms. Neff is currently a student at George Mason University where she is pursuing her degree in Music Education and is excited to join the staff of Fairfax Villa.

After growing up in Chesapeake, Virginia, she loves spending time at the beach there in the summer. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends - whether that be lazily hanging out at someone’s apartment or going out for dinner at a new restaurant. She currently sings as a guest artist with the National Philharmonic Chorale at the Strathmore and also works as a hospitality assistant at the Center for the Arts at George Mason. Ms. Neff plans to stay in the Northern Virginia area after graduation to get a job as a music teacher.

Welcome to the Villa family, Ms. Neff!

 

Ms. Carrie Leaman

Welcome to Ms. Leaman!

We are happy to welcome Ms. Carrie Leaman as an intern who, after completing a practicum at Luther Jackson Middle School, is now working with Ms. Kim to learn more about school counseling.  Ms. Leaman is currently a graduate student at George Mason University and will receive her Master’s Degree in School Counseling this May.

When not working toward her degree in counseling, Ms. Leaman teaches ballet at the Mia Saunders School of Ballet where she works with ballet students from ages 4 to 18 – and loves all of it. With her recent engagement, she is also busy working on wedding planning! She is excited to be here at Fairfax Villa with us.

Welcome to the Villa family, Ms. Leaman!

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

March 20:            Bingo Night

April 2nd:               5th/6th Grade Spring Chorus Concert

April 13th:             Villa Kindergarten Orientation

Check Out our Villa Website: March Happenings

Click here to enjoy pictures of events happening at Fairfax Villa this month.

Message from Dr. Scott Brabrand

Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

The 2020 Census count impacts how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed each year for programs and services that are critical for schools and students such as special education, Head Start, food assistance, and Title I grants that help serve low-income families.

We are encouraging all of our parents, guardians, staff, and community members to take part in the U.S. Census. As the 2020 Census approaches, it is critical that everyone participate to ensure a complete and accurate count.

Beginning March 12, a postcard will go out to all residences letting individuals know how they can complete the census online or by phone. If a person has not completed the census by April 3, a paper questionnaire will be mailed to the residence. Census responses are confidential.

A kindergartner counted in the 2020 Census this spring will be in high school when the next census comes around in 2030; that’s 10 years of vital resources for our schools that are dependent on ensuring every child is counted in FCPS.

Please participate in the census and help shape our children’s future.  Everyone counts!

Sincerely,

Scott Brabrand, Superintendent ​​​​​​​Fairfax County Public Schools

Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021

Do you have a rising kindergartener or know someone in the community who will have a child in kindergarten next year? Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 school year. Please contact our registrar, Jose Flores, at 703.267.2801 or JLFlores@fcps.edu, to make an appointment and start the registration process. Click here for more information about kindergarten registration.

Kindergarten Orientation

Help us spread the word that KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION will take place, Monday, April 13th beginning at 2:00 PM in the Fairfax Villa cafeteria.  Doors open at 1:40 pm for students and parents to begin arrival check-in.  We look forward to meeting our future young scholars and their families.

Outdoor learning on a sunny day!

 

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Villa Fun Run

Many many thanks to the supporters and volunteers that made this event so successful! Did you know that 35 Boosterthon laps = 2.5 miles? Wow to our amazing students!

 

PTA Meeting This Thursday

PLEASE plan to attend our meeting THIS THURSDAY MARCH 12 at 6:30 pm in the library. Lots to discuss! Mr. Gerstner will be there for a “state of the Villa” chat and to answer questions. The PTA board will be making an important announcement and we’d love to see you all there!

After School Activities

Winter After School Activities END this week.

Spring After School Activities:

Registration will END at midnight on Sunday, March 15.  Late registrations will not be accepted.  There is still space in all classes. Some classes need a few more registrations in order to run.  Reserve your student's spot today!

Fairfax Villa Elementary

Bingo Night!

Are you feeling Lucky?  Come to Bingo Night! Bingo games, special games, raffle, food/drink & FUN!

When:  Friday, March 20

Time:   6:00 pm for pre-sale pizza pick up, drinks & snacks.  Bingo games start at 6:30 pm

Price:  Early bird special!  $10.00 for 2 people to play 8 games.  Early bird special ends on Friday, March 13

Special guest bingo callers!  Great prizes, such as jump tickets to Launch Trampoline Park, climbing tickets to Summit Ropes, mini golf tickets and more!!!  Fun for the whole family

Bingo Night Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers.  Please check out the Sign-Up Genius:

Are You Feeling Lucky? BINGO Night!

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Villa Weekly News

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2nd Graders are inspired by their Boosterthon Flags!

 

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

March 20th:          Villa Bingo Night

April 2nd:              5th/6th Grade Spring Chorus Concert

April 13th:             Villa Kindergarten Orientation

Read Across America School Spirit Week

Hello, Villa Families! Please, join us for our annual Read Across America Spirit Week, this week. Tomorrow is "Character Day"!

Check Out our Villa Website: Our ECO People!

Click here to learn more about the ECO People who are making a difference at Fairfax Villa!

Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021

Do you have a rising kindergartener or know someone in the community who will have a child in kindergarten next year? Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 school year. Please contact our registrar, Jose Flores, at 703.267.2801 or JLFlores@fcps.edu, to make an appointment and start the registration process. Click here for more information about kindergarten registration.

Kindergarten Orientation

Help us spread the word that KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION will take place, Monday, April 13th beginning at 2:00 PM in the Fairfax Villa cafeteria.  Doors open at 1:40 pm for students and parents to begin arrival check-in.  We look forward to meeting our future young scholars and their families.

2020 CLICK FOR SCHOOL

Help Fairfax Villa win $10,000 (grand prize), $7,500 (first place prize), or $5,000 (second place) by clicking here: 

https://wtop.com/contests/2020-click-for-kids-voting/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Click4Kids%203/2%20Vote%20Promo&utm_term=All%20Contacts%2010517

Vote for our school everyday through  5 p.m., Wednesday, March 11th.  Money won will be used to provide summer/after school learning opportunities for our students!   Pass it on to friends and family!

Rules for voting:

  • One vote per person, per day
  • You must be 13 or older to vote
  • People who submit with multiple email addresses are subject to disqualification.
2020 HAGA CLIC PARA LA ESCUELA

 Ayuda a Fairfax Villa a ganar $ 10,000 (gran premio), $ 7,500 (primer lugar) o $ 5,000 (segundo lugar) hacienda clic aquí:

4th Grade Yorktown Lesson Fun!

 

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PTA Meeting Next Thursday! 3/12

Please attend our important meeting next Thursday evening at 6:30pm in the library. Mr. Gerstner will be there to present information and answer questions about our school and AAP programming, and there will be an important announcement from our PTA board. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! We hope to see you there!

Winter After School Activities

Please note: these will be ending the week of March 9

Spring After School Activities 

Registration is open!  Please go to Fairfax Villa Elementary for more information and to register for activities.  A flyer with class descriptions went home in last week's Tuesday folder.  Registration runs until midnight on March 15. Classes do fill out fast, so reserve your space now.

Bingo Night!

Mark your calendars for a family favorite.  Our Annual Bingo Night will be Friday, March 20.  Check in/bingo card sales, pizza pick up/sales and concessions open at 6:00 pm.  Bingo games start at 6:30 pm. Check out the flyer in the Tuesday folder. More info to come!

Special Education Events & More

Don’t forget to check out all of the free events and resources compiled by the Fairfax County Special Education PTA, they update frequently! Of note, an overview presentation like this one: 

Special Education: Understanding the Process 

Friday, March  6, 10:00 am-12:00 noon

Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. # 1, Dunn Loring

Find out about special education, how children qualify for it, and the roles of various individuals in developing special education plans.

Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941

All other events: https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/upcoming-community-events/  

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We love our custodians! Mr. H. Nguyen, Ms. Ayala, Ms. Carranza and Mr. T. Nguyen

 

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

February 25th:    3rd Grade Folk Dance Night 6:30 pm in the Villa Gym

March 2nd:           Read Across America Day

March 5th:            Boosterthon FunRun -Wear Your New Boosterthon Tee Shirt!

April 2nd:               5th/6th Grade Spring Chorus Concert

April 13th:             Villa Kindergarten Orientation

Check Out our Villa Website: Our February Happenings!

Click here to see  pictures of some of the many happenings at FVES in February!

Read Across America School Spirit Week

Hello, Villa Families! Please, join us for our annual Read Across America Spirit Week, March 2- 6. The schedule will be as follows: 

Monday:              Pajama Day

Tuesday:             School Planning Day/No School

Wednesday:        Hat Day

Thursday:            School-wide Fun Run

Friday:                 Character Day

Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021

Do you have a rising kindergartener or know someone in the community who will have a child in kindergarten next year? Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 school year. Please contact our registrar, Jose Flores, at 703.267.2801 or JLFlores@fcps.edu, to make an appointment and start the registration process. Click here for more information about kindergarten registration.

Positivity Character Trait Of The Week: Zest /Enthusaiasm

What does ZEST / ENTHUSIASM mean?  Zest/Enthusiasm is the ability to bring life and excitement to different situations. It often leads to a higher level of involvement and engagement both for individuals and for groups. Those who demonstrate zest and enthusiasm bring an energy and level of intensity to individual and group work.

WHY DOES IT MATTER? For individuals, zest and enthusiasm are easily identifiable and highly desirable personality traits. We feel good when we are energized by an activity or opportunity – and we like to spend time with people who are excited about life.  For groups, enthusiasm and zest are can be directly tied to high levels of success, happiness, and achievement. Enthusiasm is contagious.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” - MARY LOU RETTON

Kindergarten Orientation

Help us spread the word that KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION will take place, Monday, April 13th beginning at 2:00 PM in the Fairfax Villa cafeteria.  Doors open at 1:40 pm for students and parents to begin arrival check-in.  We look forward to meeting our future young scholars and their families.

Parent Survey of Students Grades 3-8 About AAP Level IV (full-time) Services

Fairfax County Public Schools has engaged with external researchers to examine our Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in grades 3-8, with a focus on Level IV services.  As one of several data collections in the review, researchers are seeking input from all parents of students in grades 3-8 through an online survey.  Individual survey responses will be anonymous, will go directly to the researchers, and will not be viewed by FCPS staff.  

Responses will be used by the researchers to craft recommendations for program improvements that will be shared with the FCPS School Board in late March.  Parents are asked to complete the survey only one time, even if they have multiple children in grades 3-8.  The survey is expected to start being sent directly to parent emails by mid-February and will close on February 28, 2020, in order to give researchers time to analyze results for their final report in March of 2020.  There will be a School Board work session on March 24, 2020 with the final report.  

Ms. Nuttmann’s 5th graders were very creative thinkers when it came to onomatopoeias!

 

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It’s Boosterthon Time!!

Parents: Remember to logon to funrun.com to create your student(s) registration and begin reaching out to friends and family members! Plan on cheering your students on at the VILLA FUN RUN on March 5. 

Schedule (planning for both indoor and outdoor possibilities) can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aU3DF0BOr9Z4FpPQZqEnV8egD9dzWmwqr5jidV_dOkw/edit?usp=sharing

 

Winter After School Activities

Please note: these will be ending the week of March 9.

Spring After School Activities

Registration is open!  Please go to Fairfax Villa Elementary for more information and to register for activities.  A flyer with class descriptions went home in last week's Tuesday folder.  Registration runs until midnight on March 15. Classes do fill up fast, so reserve your space now.

Bingo Night!

Mark your calendars for a family favorite.  Our Annual Bingo Night will be Friday, March 20.  Check in/bingo card sales, pizza pick up/sales and concessions open at 6:00 pm.  Bingo games start at 6:30 pm. Check out the flyer in the Tuesday folder. More info to come!

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