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Important Upcoming Dates

1/11 - Monday, January 11 is an Asynchronous Independent Learning  Day. This means no morning meeting or other time that students meet with teachers.

1/14 - Frost MS Virtual Orientation

1/18  - Martin Luther King Day - Holiday

1/18 - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories at 7pm

1/20 - Inauguration Day - Holiday

1/22 - End of Quarter Two (2 Hour Early Release at 2:00) 

1/25 - Student Holiday for Teacher Workday

1/27- Mid-Year Check-In with Families (6 PM)

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Superintendent Update on Return to School Plan
  2. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories
  3. January School Spirit Days
  4. Message to 5th and 6th Grade Parents
  5. Local Level IV at Fairfax Villa 
  6. NEW: Employment Opportunities in FCPS
  7. PTA News

Our January 2021 school spirt days have become a huge success!

1.Superintendent Update on Return to School Plan

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and FCPS Staff,

At the January 5 Fairfax County School Board Work Session, I provided an update on our plan to bring students and staff back for in-person instruction. I shared a proposed timeline for a return to in-person learning that would bring back those staff and students who were already in buildings first, followed by a phased and measured approach to bringing in new groups of students and staff in January and early February.

Current community transmission of COVID-19 in Fairfax County remains high. After discussing the plan with the School Board and hearing from many parents and staff, we are going to continue to pause the plan to bring students and staff back into school buildings.  I will provide an update on the Return to School plan to the School Board on Tuesday, February 2.

Using Metrics and Mitigation Strategies to Make Decisions

We have developed a decision-making tool for in-person instruction in partnership with the Fairfax County Health Department that includes all three CDC core indicators.

There is accumulating evidence that demonstrates that schools can be safe when infection-control protocols are consistently implemented. In other words, the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the schools does not match the rate of community transmission when strong health and safety measures are in place. FCPS is focused on the strict implementation of these measures through education of staff, students, and families and the use of safety teams to monitor and support the efforts.

Pausing will provide additional time to work on our health and safety mitigation strategies, training and education, and also give us time to hire more classroom monitors.

New Bell Schedule Paused

Because we will not be transporting students to school during the pause in our plan, we will not be moving to the new bell schedule on January 12. We will continue to use the current bell schedule until we have a revised Return to School schedule. We will communicate any future changes to the bell schedule in advance. 

Looking Ahead

As previously shared, Monday, January 11 will remain an independent (asynchronous) learning day for students and a teacher preparation day. 

When we move closer to students and staff returning for in person instruction in school buildings, we will need to provide preparation days for teachers. Students will be doing independent learning on teacher preparation days. We will communicate those dates once we confirm return to school dates in the future.

We remain vigilant and we are working to develop a plan that will allow us to bring students and staff back to school buildings. We must all work together to stop the spread of COVID. Keeping schools safe for in-person learning is a shared responsibility - staff, students and families - and it can be done when we all work together.

Thank you for your continued support of our students.

Sincerely, 

Scott Brabrand, Superintendent

Fairfax County Public Schools

Please don’t forget to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and fun outdoor activities!

2.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on January 4th for our first Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing Mr. Gerstner, Ms. Nicole Lee, and Ms. Choi read one of their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, January 18th at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Rivera, Ms. O’Lare, and Ms. Case. 

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

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

3.January School Spirit Days

A great way to welcome in the New Year is to continue our Virtual Villa Days Of Cheer right on through the month of January. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!

4.Message to 5th and 6th Grade Parents 

If you chose not to fill out the survey for your preference for your child for either virtual or in-person, please know that we need that preference so that we can plan for the possible return of students. If we don’t know how many in-person and virtual students we may have, we cannot plan for what the class numbers will look like. The number of students allowed per class is  based on county and state regulations. If you have any concerns about choosing now and wanting to change later or any other questions about this process, please contact Mr. Gerstner. PLEASE help us by giving us your choices. 

We are using this - and not the FCPS survey from earlier in the year - to determine the needs of our students so if you are not sure that you completed this new survey, please access it below.

We still have 19 fifth grade parents and 18 sixth grade parents whom we have not heard from and do not know how to place their students. 

Thank you for helping us to honor your wishes for your child. 

Fifth Grade Parent Survey

Sixth Grade Parent Survey

5.Local Level IV at Fairfax Villa

Fairfax Villa will be offering Advanced Academics Local Level IV (LLIV) services beginning in 3rd grade next year. Information about Fairfax Villa becoming a LLIV school was presented at the PTA meeting on 12/16. A recording of the presentation can be found here: LLIV Presentation

Parents and caregivers are important partners in helping our program to be successful. Please complete the LLIV Parent Survey to provide your input as we plan for implementation next year. Surveys should be submitted by Jan. 13. Thank you for your support through this exciting time!

6.New Employment Opportunities in FCPS: Classroom Monitors and Substitute Teachers

FCPS schools and centers are hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when some staff members continue to work virtually. If you would like more information about the position, review the job description online and apply if interested. Please share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested. Anyone who is interested in this position, please email the Fairfax Villa administrative assistant, Karen Wells at  kewells@fcps.edu.

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply online or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more. To sign up for a session, visit the FCPS substitute teacher information page. 

7.PTA News

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

Upcoming PTA Meetings

The next Fairfax Villa PTA meeting will be Wednesday, January 27 at 7 PM. There will be a mid-year family check in just prior, at 6 PM. 

Little Run Elementary School is hosting a Q&A session with Megan McLaughlin, our Braddock District School Board representative. This meeting will be Wednesday, February 3 at 7 PM. Zoom link coming soon! 

Technology Mini-Grant

Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) is pleased to announce our 2020-21 Student Technology Mini-Grant Program. Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, FCCPTA is offering Fairfax County Public School students (in grades 3-11) an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of a computer and/or technology-related device or equipment.

There are six (6) mini-grants available. In order to apply, the student or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA.

Application deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021 Apply here

Virginia PTA Citizenship Essay Contest

Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children – tomorrow’s leaders. To demonstrate the value that Virginia PTA places on good citizenship, we are proud to sponsor, support, and encourage Virginia students to write an essay for the 2021 Citizenship Essay Contest. This year’s selected theme is “How can we stand together when we are so far apart?”

Application deadline: February 1, 2021

Details and online submission is OPEN HERE

On-Line Math Tutoring

A local Math tutoring company is offering Villa parents a special rate for anyone who wants to give their children some one-on-one math tutoring at a really reasonable rate.

https://www.learnzoe.com/

A percentage of all sales to Villa parents will go to math scholarship programs. Entering the code - ZOEFV2020 gets parents a free introductory offer!

Parents can redeem that gift code without entering credit card details at: https://www.learnzoe.com/purchase-assessment

AmazonSmile

You can support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop! Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

PTA Membership

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

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Important Upcoming Dates

1/4  - School Resumes (Asynchronous Monday)

1/4  - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories at 7pm

1/11 - Monday, January 11 is an Asynchronous Day. This means no morning meeting or other time that students meet with teachers.

1/12 - New Bell Schedule Starts

1/14 - Frost MS Virtual Orientation

1/18  - Martin Luther King Day - Holiday

1/18 - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories at 7pm

1/20 - Inauguration Day - Holiday

1/22 - End of Quarter Two (2 Hour Early Release at 2:15) 

1/25 - Student Holiday for Teacher Workday

1/27- Mid-Year Check-In with Families (6 PM)

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. New Bell Schedule beginning January 12
  2. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories
  3. January School Spirit Days
  4. Message to 5th and 6th Grade Parents
  5. Local Level IV at Fairfax Villa 
  6. PTA News
1.New Bell Schedule Beginning January 12

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Each year, the Office of Transportation Services reviews the bell schedules for all Fairfax County public schools and makes minor adjustments as necessary to improve on-time arrivals. As you can imagine, developing this school year’s bell schedule has been extremely challenging due to the pandemic.

You may remember that new school bell schedules were announced in July. Our school’s bell schedule was changed. However, given the all-virtual start to the school year, there was no need to implement the new bell schedule.

At the School Board Work session on December 10, Superintendent Brabrand presented a revised phased- plan to return all students who have selected the in-person option starting in January, 2021.  Staff worked to improve start times and end times for all levels.

Barring any changes to the plan that may be impacted by the pandemic, the following bell schedule will be in place effective January 12, 2021 for both virtual and in- person instruction.

Fairfax Villa Return to School Bell Schedule

Online/In-Person Instruction

9:45AM-4:15PM

AM Preschool

9:45AM-1:00PM

PM Preschool

1:00PM-4:15PM

 

We feel this plan is a significant improvement and less disruptive over what was presented in the original plan last summer.

The fifteen (15) minute reduction in the school day is due to the increased cleaning time required between bus runs. Additionally, as more students return to school, the number of students allowed on each bus will be reduced substantially to meet social distancing requirements. With fewer students able to ride a bus at the same time, FCPS has no choice but to adjust the times that our buses are transporting students.

We understand that changes may present a hardship to some of our families and staff. However, it is the only way that FCPS can return all our grade levels to in-person learning, while following the critical guidelines to help keep our students and staff safe.

Thank you for your understanding.

2.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

We are excited to invite all of our Dragons and their families to Fairfax Villa’s first Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories on Monday, January 4th at 7:00. Our staff members will be taking turns reading to our students the first and third Mondays of each month.

Please join us tonight using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video and chat is automatically turned off. Mr. Gerstner, Ms. Nicole Lee and  Ms. Choi will be reading stories to you. We can’t wait to see you! So put on your coziest pajamas and join us for stories as we start a New Year! 

3.January School Spirit Days

A great way to welcome in the New Year is to continue our Virtual Villa Days Of Cheer right on through the month of January. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!

4.Message to 5th and 6th Grade Parents 

If you chose not to fill out the survey for your preference for your child for either virtual or in-person, please know that we need that preference so that we can plan for the possible return of students. If we don’t know how many in-person and virtual students we may have, we cannot plan for what the class numbers will look like. The number of students allowed per class is  based on county and state regulations. If you have any concerns about choosing now and wanting to change later or any other questions about this process, please contact Mr. Gerstner. PLEASE help us by giving us your choices. 

We are using this - and not the FCPS survey from earlier in the year - to determine the needs of our students so if you are not sure that you completed this new survey, please access it below.

We still have 21 fifth grade parents and 20 sixth grade parents whom we have not heard from and do not know how to place their students. 

Thank you for helping us to honor your wishes for your child. 

Fifth Grade Parent Survey

Sixth Grade Parent Survey

5.Local Level IV at Fairfax Villa

Fairfax Villa will be offering Advanced Academics Local Level IV (LLIV) services beginning in 3rd grade next year. Information about Fairfax Villa becoming a LLIV school was presented at the PTA meeting on 12/16. A recording of the presentation can be found here: LLIV Presentation

Parents and caregivers are important partners in helping our program to be successful. Please complete the LLIV Parent Survey to provide your input as we plan for implementation next year. Surveys should be submitted by Jan. 13. Thank you for your support through this exciting time!

6.PTA News

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

PTA Meeting

Thanks to everyone who joined our PTA meeting before break. If you missed it, a recording is available here: https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/8f952ca1b38b4795afff355b6e3fd126. We hope to see you at the next meeting on Wednesday, January 27!

Winter Clothing Drive

We know there's a lot of closet cleaning going on now, so we hope you have some offerings for our Winter Clothing Drive that will run until January 5. 

We are collecting gently used winter clothes of all types which will be offered first to those in need in the Villa family and then to other groups. Please put all clean donations in a safe & secure container. A tied garbage bag will do.

There are two drop off options:

  • You can drop off your used clothing at Simon Bowyer’s house at the front door of 10922 Alta Vista Court, Fairfax (near the school).

  • On Tuesday, January 5, bring your donations to the school from 11:00am - 1:00pm. There will be a large tub located just inside Door #1 for your donations.

On-Line Math Tutoring

A local Math tutoring company is offering Villa parents a special rate for anyone who wants to give their children some one-on-one math tutoring at a really reasonable rate.

https://www.learnzoe.com/

A percentage of all sales to Villa parents will go to math scholarship programs. Entering the code - ZOEFV2020 gets parents a free introductory offer!

Parents can redeem that gift code without entering credit card details at: https://www.learnzoe.com/purchase-assessment

AmazonSmile

You can support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop! Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

PTA Membership

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

@ FairfaxVillaPTA on Instagram & Twitter

@ PTAFairfaxVilla on Facebook

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates

12/21 - 1/1 Winter Break

1/4  - School Resumes (Asynchronous Monday)

1/4  - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

1/12 - New Bell Schedule Starts

1/14 - Frost MS Virtual Orientation

1/18  - Martin Luther King Day - Holiday

1/18 - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

1/20 - Inauguration Day - Holiday

1/22 - End of Quarter (Two  2 Hour Early Release) 

1/25 - Student Holiday for Teacher Workday

1/27- Mid-Year Check-In with Families (6 PM)

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: New Bell Schedule beginning January 12
  2. NEW: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories
  3. NEW: January School Spirit Days
  4. NEW: FVES Office Hours For Winter Break

  5. NEW: Message to 5th and 6th Grade Parents
  6. UPDATE: Local Level IV at Fairfax Villa 
  7. PTA News
  8. Send us your pics!
  9. Frost MS Transition

Greetings Fairfax Villa Families,

December is upon us and with it comes all the excitement that the season brings.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank our students, staff, and  families for their continued support. Our school is truly a small school with a big heart and it is at this time of year when the closeness of friendship shines in everyone's faces.

We are so proud of ALL of our students and staff members for their resilience and their ability to adapt to difficult circumstances. 

School is important but so is your health. Please remember to take care of yourself and each other during your winter break, of course from a safe distance.  

We  wish you all peace, joy, hope, and happiness during this holiday season and throughout the New Year.

Our warmest wishes,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant Principal

Barbara Schmidt, School Based Technology Specialist

1. NEW: New Bell Schedule Beginning January 12

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Each year, the Office of Transportation Services reviews the bell schedules for all Fairfax County public schools and makes minor adjustments as necessary to improve on-time arrivals. As you can imagine, developing this school year’s bell schedule has been extremely challenging due to the pandemic.

You may remember that new school bell schedules were announced in July. Our school’s bell schedule was changed. However, given the all-virtual start to the school year, there was no need to implement the new bell schedule.

At the School Board Work session on December 10, Superintendent Brabrand presented a revised phased- plan to return all students who have selected the in-person option starting in January, 2021.  Staff worked to improve start times and end times for all levels.

Barring any changes to the plan that may be impacted by the pandemic, the following bell schedule will be in place effective January 12, 2021 for both virtual and in- person instruction.

Fairfax Villa Return to School Bell Schedule

Online/In-Person Instruction

9:45AM-4:15PM

AM Preschool

9:45AM-1:00PM

PM Preschool

1:00PM-4:15PM

 

We feel this plan is a significant improvement and less disruptive over what was presented in the original plan last summer.

The fifteen (15) minute reduction in the school day is due to the increased cleaning time required between bus runs. Additionally, as more students return to school, the number of students allowed on each bus will be reduced substantially to meet social distancing requirements. With fewer students able to ride a bus at the same time, FCPS has no choice but to adjust the times that our buses are transporting students.

We understand that changes may present a hardship to some of our families and staff. However, it is the only way that FCPS can return all our grade levels to in-person learning, while following the critical guidelines to help keep our students and staff safe.

Thank you for your understanding.

2. NEW: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

We are excited to invite all of our Dragons and their families to Fairfax Villa’s first Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories on Monday, January 4th at 7:00. Our staff members will be taking turns reading to our students the first and third Mondays of each month.

Please join us using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video and chat is automatically turned off. Mr. Gerstner, Ms. Nicole Lee and  Ms. Choi will be reading stories to you. We can’t wait to see you! So put on your coziest pajamas and join us for stories as we get ready to start a New Year! 

3. NEW: January School Spirit Days

A great way to welcome in the New Year is to continue our Virtual Villa Days Of Cheer right on through the month of January. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!

4. NEW: FVES Office Hours For Winter Break
  • The Fairfax Villa office will be closed Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1 for the winter break. 

  • Monday, January 4 is an asynchronous day. This means no morning meeting or other time that students meet with teachers.

  • Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 5.

5. NEW: Message to 5th and 6th Grade Parents

If you chose not to fill out the survey for your preference for your child for either virtual or in-person, please know that we need that preference so that we can plan for the possible return of students. If we don’t know how many in-person and virtual students we may have, we cannot plan for what the class numbers will look like. The number of students allowed per class is  based on county and state regulations. If you have any concerns about choosing now and wanting to change later or any other questions about this process, please contact Mr. Gerstner. PLEASE help us by giving us your choices. 

We are using this - and not the FCPS survey from earlier in the year - to determine the needs of our students.

We still have 32 fifth grade parents and 20 sixth grade parents whom we have not heard from and do not know how to place their students.

Thank you for helping us to honor your wishes for your child. 

Fifth Grade Parent Survey

Sixth Grade Parent Survey

6. Local Level IV at Fairfax Villa

Fairfax Villa will be offering Advanced Academics Local Level IV (LLIV) services beginning in 3rd grade next year. Information about Fairfax Villa becoming a LLIV school was presented at the PTA meeting on 12/16. A recording of the presentation can be found here: LLIV Presentation

Parents and caregivers are important partners in helping our program to be successful. Please complete the LLIV Parent Survey to provide your input as we plan for implementation next year. Surveys should be submitted by Jan. 13. Thank you for your support through this exciting time!

7. PTA News

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

PTA Meeting

Thanks to everyone who joined our PTA meeting this week. If you missed it, a recording is available here: https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/8f952ca1b38b4795afff355b6e3fd126. We hope to see you at the next meeting on Wednesday, January 27!

Winter Clothing Drive

We know there's a lot of closet cleaning going on now, so we hope you have some offerings for our Winter Clothing Drive that will run from now until January 5. 

We are collecting gently used winter clothes of all types which will be offered first to those in need in the Villa family and then to other groups. Please put all clean donations in a safe & secure container. A tied garbage bag will do.

There are two drop off options:

  • During the winter break, you can also drop off your used clothing at Simon Bowyer’s house at the front door of 10922 Alta Vista Court, Fairfax (near the school).

  • On Monday, January 4 - Tuesday, January 5, bring your donations to the school from 11:00am - 1:00pm. There will be a large tub located just inside Door #1 for your donations.

On-Line Math Tutoring

A local Math tutoring company is offering Villa parents a special rate for anyone who wants to give their children some one-on-one math tutoring at a really reasonable rate.

https://www.learnzoe.com/

A percentage of all sales to Villa parents will go to math scholarship programs. Entering the code - ZOEFV2020 gets parents a free introductory offer!

Parents can redeem that gift code without entering credit card details at: https://www.learnzoe.com/purchase-assessment

AmazonSmile

Are you doing any last-minute holiday shopping at Amazon.com? If so, you can support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop! Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

PTA Membership

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

@ FairfaxVillaPTA on Instagram & Twitter

@ PTAFairfaxVilla on Facebook

8.Send us your pics!

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

9.Frost MS Transition

Families of current 6th grade students who will be attending Frost Middle School during the 2021-2022 school year are invited to an upcoming transition event.  On January 14th at 6:30 PM, Frost will be hosting a virtual Rising 7th Grade Orientation.  Students and parents will be provided an overview of Frost, the registration process, class options, and more. More information, including the link to access the event, will be sent later this month. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Winter Clothing Drive

We know there's a lot of closet cleaning going on now, so we hope you have some offerings for our Winter Clothing Drive that will run from now until January 3rd. 

We are collecting gently used winter clothes of all types which will be offered first to those in need in the Villa family and then to other groups. Please put all clean donations in a safe & secure container. A tied garbage bag will do.

There are two drop off options:

  • From Wednesday, December 16 - Friday, December 18, bring your donations to the school from 11:00am - 1:00pm. There will be a large tub located just inside Door #1 for your donations.
  • During the winter break, you can also drop off your used clothing at Simon Bowyer’s house at the front door of 10922 Alta Vista Court, Fairfax (near the school).
On-Line Math Tutorial

A local Math tutoring company is offering Villa parents a special rate for anyone who wants to give their children some one-on-one math tutoring at a really reasonable rate.

 https://www.learnzoe.com/

A percentage of all sales to Villa parents will go to  math scholarship programs. Entering the code - ZOEFV2020 gets parents a free introductory offer!

Parents can redeem that gift code without entering credit card details at: https://www.learnzoe.com/purchase-assessment

See you all Wednesday

Our next PTA meeting is Wednesday, December 16 at  7pm. The BBCU link is https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e553065b5c314a049de3492858780664.

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Important Upcoming Dates

12/15 Interims for Second Quarter (As Needed)

12/21 - 1/1 Winter Holidays

1/4  - School Resumes (Asynchronous Monday)

1/14 - Frost MS Virtual Orientation

1/18  - Martin Luther King Day - Holiday

1/20 - Inauguration Day - Holiday

1/22 - End of Quarter Two  2 Hour Early Release (2:00)

1/25 - Student Holiday for Teacher Workday

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: Advanced Academic Program Local Level IV at Fairfax Villa
  2. NEW: Book Fair Update
  3. REMINDER: Parent Choice Survey for Grades 5 and 6
  4. REMINDER: Don’t Forget Your Child's Art Supplies 
  5. PTA News
  6. Send us your pics!
  7. Support Homeless Students for the Holidays
  8. Grab and Go Meals
  9. Frost MS transition

One of our kindergarten students enjoying her distance learning experience!

1.Advanced Academic Program Local Level IV at Fairfax Villa

Currently, more than half of FCPS elementary schools offer level IV services for students without having to leave their neighborhood school.  As one part of improving equity to access and opportunity, the district has a three year plan to expand AAP local level IV programming to all FCPS elementary schools that do not already have it.  As part of the expansion, Fairfax Villa will be offering Level IV services beginning in 3rd grade for the 2021-2022 school year. One grade level above will be added in each subsequent year.

A virtual informational meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the next PTA meeting.  The meeting link is https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e553065b5c314a049de3492858780664

Mark your calendars and plan on joining school administrators, Ms. Cat Wilkins, our FVES Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, and Ms. Kirsten Maloney, Coordinator of Advanced Academics Programs for FCPS, to learn more about this program.

In order to facilitate questions, a Google link has been created for you to submit any questions you may have prior to the meeting: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqTRlB8o2gTTuEoTdpmFGUDD_yOrgEbyA1Ll-hV6ko5CQNOA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please submit questions no later than Tuesday, December 15.

2.Book Fair Update

From Ms. Case, our Fairfax Villa Librarian:

Thank you for supporting our Fairfax Villa Book Fair! We hope you were able to find some great books in the new online fair. If you haven’t received your books yet, they are continuing to ship, and you should receive your order soon. We are excited to purchase some new books for our library that our students will be excited about reading!

3.Parent Choice Survey: 5th and 6th Graders 

If you have not yet filled out the form to tell us if you want your student to be all virtual or to come to school for  2 days a week once FCPS starts bringing students back into the building, please do that today. We want to honor your wishes for which choice you want and we need that information from each of you so that we can plan. 

We still have 36 fifth grade parents and 23 sixth grade parents whom we have not heard from.

Thank you for helping us to honor your wishes for your child.

Fifth Grade Parent Survey

Sixth Grade Parent Survey

4.REMINDER: Don’t Forget Your Child's Art Supplies 

Art Material Pickup for general education grades 1-6 have been going on for 3 weeks and we still have many students that need to pick up their art supplies for upcoming lessons.  

You can pick up the materials Monday-Friday from 9-3 in the front lobby. 

  • EACH student gets ONE bag of art materials.
  • Each bag includes: sketchbook, construction paper, a watercolor set, and modeling clay.
  • Please bring a pen to sign your child’s name and grade when you pick up a bag of materials
5.PTA News

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

PTA Meeting

Join us next week for our PTA meeting on Wednesday, December 16 at 7 PM. We are hosting special guests Ms. Kirsten Maloney, Coordinator of Advanced Academics Programs for FCPS and Ms. Cat Wilkins, our FVES Advanced Academics Resource Teacher. They will be sharing information about a local Level IV AAP program at Fairfax Villa. 

The meeting link is https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e553065b5c314a049de3492858780664

Original Works is still available!

Did you miss the deadline last week to order Original Works keepsakes? The Original Works At Home program is extended indefinitely, so you can still order! Orders placed now might not make it by the holidays, but they will try their best. And every order we place will benefit the PTA! Visit www.originalworks.com/atHome for instructions, and use our school code FAFA at checkout. Please contact Jessie at villata@gmail.com with any questions. 

PTA Membership

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

AmazonSmile

Are you doing your holiday shopping at Amazon.com this year? If so, you can support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop! Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

@ FairfaxVillaPTA on Instagram & Twitter

@ PTAFairfaxVilla on Facebook

6.Send us your pics!

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

7.Support Homeless Students for the Holidays

The Foundation for FCPS’ Kids in Need initiative is partnering with FCPS for our annual gift card drive to benefit homeless students. FCPS typically identifies up to 3,000 children per year as homeless. Many of them are unaccompanied, living without a parent or legal guardian. Securing essential needs such as clothing, medicine, emergency food, and hygiene supplies is even more of a struggle since the pandemic began. 

If you are able to help, please make a donation which will be used to purchase gift cards and empower students to make purchases for their own personal needs. If you would like to donate a physical gift card(s), please mail it to:

   Patti Parisi

   Gatehouse Administrative Center, 4214

   8115 Gatehouse Road

   Falls Church, VA  22042

Please contact Patti Parisi with questions at poparisi@fcps.edu. Thank you!

8.Important Update on Grab and Go Meals: Delivery Times and Some Bus Stop Locations Have Changed

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes.

As of November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations have changed. The updated bus schedule is now available online. Bus delivery times were changed to accommodate the need for more buses to transport students returning to school buildings for in-person learning.

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no-cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

9.Frost MS Transition

Families of current 6th grade students who will be attending Frost Middle School during the 2021-2022 school year are invited to an upcoming transition event.  On January 14th at 6:30 PM, Frost will be hosting a virtual Rising 7th Grade Orientation.  Students and parents will be provided an overview of Frost, the registration process, class options, and more. More information, including the link to access the event, will be sent later this month. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates

12/15 Interims for Second Quarter (As Needed)

12/21 - 1/1 Winter Holidays

1/4  - School Resumes

1/14 - Frost MS Virtual Orientation

1/18  - Martin Luther King Day - Holiday

1/20 - Inauguration Day - Holiday

1/22 - End of Quarter 2  2 Hour Early Release (2:00)

1/25 - Student Holiday for Teacher Workday

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Last Chance: Fairfax Villa Book Fair News and Link

  2. NEW: Virtual Villa Days of Cheer!

  3. NEW: 2nd Quarter Interims

  4. NEW: Outstanding Staff Members

  5. NEW: Kindergarteners Need Your Help!

  6. NEW: Support Homeless Students for the Holidays

  7. REMINDER: Don’t Forget Your Child's Art Supplies 

  8. REMINDER: Parent Choice Survey for Grades 3-6

  9. PTA News

  10. Send us your pics!

  11. UPDATE: Grab and Go Meals

  12. Frost MS transition

1. Last Chance: Fairfax Villa Book Fair 

Our Fairfax Villa Book Fair ends Sunday, December 6. All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Get Started” or “Shop the Store”:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/fairfaxvillaelemschool

 There are many features of our online Book Fair, including:

  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
  • All orders ship directly to your home
  • Free shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Happy reading! 

*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.

2. Virtual Villa Days of Cheer!

Dashing through December with some Virtual Villa Days of Cheer! This is totally optional but a fun way to keep you dashing to Winter Break!

3. Second Quarter Interims

On December 15, teachers will be emailing the 2nd Quarter Interims to parents of students who have 1s or 2s in core subject areas or citizenship areas.

4. Outstanding Staff Members

We are proud to announce this year’s outstanding staff members from Fairfax Villa. Each of these will now be  presented to our Woodson Pyramid for consideration as the winners for the Pyramid in each category.

Outstanding New Teacher: Melissa Torres, music teacher

Outstanding Teacher: Melissa Eddy, 6th grade teacher

Outstanding Professional Employee: Nicole Lee, intervention specialist and previous 3rd grade teacher

Outstanding Operational Employee: Karen Wells, administrative assistant and previous office assistant

If you would like to contribute any information about these staff members who receive the pyramid award that we can use in the nomination packet for our Region, please use the  form that is linked to their name. The deadline to submit a form is December 15.

5. Kindergarteners Need Your Help!

Some of our newest Villa Dragons need your help! Kindergarteners are picking up weekly materials at Door #1 to support their learning. However, some of our materials have been taken without student and teacher permission. Please help remind your child if they come up to the school to not touch the Kindergarten Materials on the cart. We want our youngest students to have everything to help them learn just like their older Villa Role Models. Thank you!

6. Support Homeless Students for the Holidays

The Foundation for FCPS’ Kids in Need initiative is partnering with FCPS for our annual gift card drive to benefit homeless students. FCPS typically identifies up to 3,000 children per year as homeless. Many of them are unaccompanied, living without a parent or legal guardian. Securing essential needs such as clothing, medicine, emergency food, and hygiene supplies is even more of a struggle since the pandemic began. 

If you are able to help, please make a donation which will be used to purchase gift cards and empower students to make purchases for their own personal needs. If you would like to donate a physical gift card(s), please mail it to:

   Patti Parisi

   Gatehouse Administrative Center, 4214

   8115 Gatehouse Road

   Falls Church, VA  22042

Please contact Patti Parisi with questions at poparisi@fcps.edu. Thank you!

7. REMINDER: Don’t Forget Your Child's Art Supplies 

Art Material Pickup for general education grades 1-6 have been going on for 3 weeks and we still have many students that need to pick up their art supplies for upcoming lessons.  

You can pick up the materials Monday-Friday from 9-3 in the front lobby. 

  • EACH student gets ONE bag of art materials.
  • Each bag includes: sketchbook, construction paper, a watercolor set, and modeling clay.
  • Please bring a pen to sign your child’s name and grade when you pick up a bag of materials
8. REMINDER: Parent Choice Survey for Grades 3-6

We still have about 140 parents who have not filled out the form. If you have not sent us your preferences, please do that now.  Please help us in our planning for your child by giving us your preferences.

If you did NOT fill out the survey sent to you from Ms. An in October that had you choose between the  4 days of virtual learning and the 2 days of in-person/2 days of virtual learning for your child, please do that now. We need this information now for each student. We will analyze this data to determine if we can continue to maintain our current  classes or if there becomes a need to adjust teacher assignments based on the families that decide to do in-person vs. virtual instruction. 

On October 15, the FCPS School Board voted to approve FCPS’s schedule to bring additional student groups back to school for in-person instruction in the near future. We will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff. To learn more about those protocols, visit here.

Third Grade Survey

Fourth Grade Parent Survey

Fifth Grade Parent Survey

Sixth Grade Parent Survey

9. PTA News 

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

Original Works Deadline!

Today is the deadline to order Original Works keepsakes! Visit www.originalworks.com/atHome for instructions, and use our school code FAFA at checkout. Please see the Fairfax Villa email from 10/28 for more details, or contact Jessie at villata@gmail.com. 

Next PTA Meeting

Join us for our next PTA meeting on Wednesday, December 16 at 7 PM. We are hosting special guests Principal Gerstner and Ms. Cat Wilkins, our FVES Advanced Academics Resource Teacher. They will be sharing information about a local Level IV AAP program at Fairfax Villa. 

The meeting link is https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e553065b5c314a049de3492858780664

Viewing of “The Kids We Lose” Documentary

Fairfax County SEPTA (Special Education PTA) and Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) are co-sponsoring a viewing of the documentary “The Kids We Lose” on Monday, December 7 at 7 PM. FCPS is in the process of finalizing its restraint and seclusion policy by January 1, 2021. In advance of the scheduled FCPS School Board vote on December 17, the Fairfax County SEPTA and the FCCPTA have joined together to advocate for schools to be free from restraint and seclusion. In order for the community and policymakers to understand this difficult issue, they present this award winning documentary, "The Kids We Lose," which outlines the challenges AND the solutions.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2161479742863343371

AmazonSmile

Do you shop at Amazon.com? If so, you can support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop! Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

PTA Membership

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

Outside Activities

 Girl Scouts make the world a better place! Become a Daisy Girl Scout while making new friends, playing outside, and having fun! This is an introductory program for Fairfax Villa Kindergarten girls not currently in Girl Scouts. (COVID-19 safety guidelines can be found at gscnc.org.)

One meeting left in this introductory program!

Sunday, December 6 via Zoom 

$25 (financial assistance available)

For more info, contact Elizabeth Wood at ewood@gscnc.org or 703-372-4344 (call/text)

@ FairfaxVillaPTA on Instagram & Twitter

@ PTAFairfaxVilla on Facebook

10. Send us your pics!

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

11. Important Update on Grab and Go Meals: Delivery Times and Some Bus Stop Locations Have Changed

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes.

As of November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations have changed. The updated bus schedule is now available online. Bus delivery times were changed to accommodate the need for more buses to transport students returning to school buildings for in-person learning.

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no-cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

12. Frost MS Transition

Families of current 6th grade students who will be attending Frost Middle School during the 2021-2022 school year are invited to an upcoming transition event.  On January 14th at 6:30 PM, Frost will be hosting a virtual Rising 7th Grade Orientation.  Students and parents will be provided an overview of Frost, the registration process, class options, and more. More information, including the link to access the event, will be sent later this month. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Fairfax Villa Book Fair News and Link

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Dear Families,

You are invited to shop our Fairfax Villa Scholastic Book Fair online until December 6. All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Get Started” or “Shop the Store”:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/fairfaxvillaelemschool

 There are many features of our online Book Fair, including:

  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
  • All orders ship directly to your home
  • Free shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Happy reading! 

*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.

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Dear Families,

Our Fairfax Villa Book Fair begins today! You are invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from November 23 – December 6. All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Get Started” or “Shop the Store”:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/fairfaxvillaelemschool

 There are many features of our online Book Fair, including:

  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
  • All orders ship directly to your home
  • Free shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Happy reading! 

*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates

11/23 - 12/6 Online Book Fair

11/25 - 11/27 Thanksgiving Holidays

12/1     Last day to submit Advanced Academics Referral (Contact:  Cat Wilkins cmwilkins@fcps.edu)

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Art Supplies Pickup

  2. Schools and Offices Closed November 25-27

  3. Book Fair is Coming!

  4. AAP Level IV Referrals

  5. REMINDER: Parent Choice Survey for Grades 3-6

  6. ParentVUE Account

  7. Technology News

  8. PTA News

  9. Send us your pics!

  10. UPDATE: Grab and Go Meals

1. Art Supplies Pickup

Art Material Pickup for general education grades 1-6 began on Monday, November 16th.  

If you have not yet picked up your child’s supplies, you can pick up the materials Monday-Friday from 9-3 in the front lobby. 

  • EACH student gets ONE bag of art materials.
  • Each bag includes: sketchbook, construction paper, a watercolor set, and modeling clay.
  • Please bring a pen to sign your child’s name and grade when you pick up a bag of materials
2. Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed November 25-27 for Thanksgiving Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, December 1. Monday, November 30 is an asynchronous day. 

We wish all of our Fairfax Villa families a restful and relaxing holiday. We are very thankful for each one of you!

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

3. NEW: Book Fair is Coming!

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While our Fair will be exclusively held online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for our kids. Features include:

  • Fairfax Villa’s own online store with a large selection of titles
  • A Virtual Fair so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience. Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and discover the comfort and joy of our Fair
  • Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!)

Save these dates:

  • Fair Dates: November 23 – December 6

You will get a link to our Fairfax Villa Fair when it opens on November 23rd. Stay tuned! We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair!

4. AAP Level IV Referrals

Tuesday, December 1 is the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)  Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the 2nd grade screening pool. If parents would like their student screened, they will need to submit a referral and any optional materials by December 1. All paperwork should be emailed to cmwilkins@fcps.edu. Acceptable formats are PDF, Word, and jpg/png. Referrals will not be accepted after December 1.

If you were unable to attend the parent information session about the Level IV referral process, a recording of the meeting can be found here, and  the accompanying slideshow can be found here. Additional information and all forms are available on the AAP website. If you have any additional questions after viewing the presentation, please contact Mrs. Wilkins at cmwilkins@fcps.edu.

Mrs. Wilkins will also be available during open office hours to answer specific questions as parents are working to complete the referral packet. The office hours will be from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on the next two Mondays:  November 23 and November 30. The BBCU link for the office hours is: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/59a7a63d74d44fcaa3f4e3caee3e6e56

5. REMINDER: Parent Choice Survey for Grades 3-6

We still have about 150 parents who have not filled out the form. If you have not sent us your preferences, please do that now. 

If you did NOT fill out the survey sent to you from Ms. An in October that had you choose between the  4 days of virtual learning and the 2 days of in-person/2 days of virtual learning for your child, please do that now. We need this information now for each student. We will analyze this data to determine if we can continue to maintain our current  classes or if there becomes a need to adjust teacher assignments based on the families that decide to do in-person vs. virtual instruction. 

On October 15, the FCPS School Board voted to approve FCPS’s schedule to bring additional student groups back to school for in-person instruction in the near future. We will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff. To learn more about those protocols, visit here.

Third Grade Survey

Fourth Grade Parent Survey

Fifth Grade Parent Survey

Sixth Grade Parent Survey

6.ParentVue Account

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that we have offered a PDF version of the progress report and elementary school parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports. 

Please take some time to log into your Parent Vue account here. If you have forgotten your password, click on “More Options” to reset or change it. There is a language option in the bottom right corner.

If you have not yet set up a ParentVue account, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu and request that she send you your activation code and instructions.

7.Technology News
  • If  you are having any problems with the laptop you were issued from Fairfax Villa, the first place to go is this parent help website. It has troubleshooting ideas for everything from finding your child’s google account to how to resolve audio/video issues.There is a helpline  (833-921-3277) that you can call from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you need a translator for your call, please let them know. 
  • If none of those fix your problems, there is also a link where parents can put in a RequestIT to the FCPS Service Desk. Please do not let your students put in a RequestIT. There are also parent information phone lines in different languages. Please do not contact your child’s teacher about technology problems unless it is a classroom specific issue (i.e. Google classroom code). 
  • If you do not have internet in your home and would like to learn how to obtain low-cost internet service  for qualifying families from Cox, please email our social worker, Maria Marris, at msmarris@fcps.edu.
8. PTA News 

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

Spirit Wear

The deadline to order Fairfax Villa Dragons t-shirts, masks, and other spirit wear is this Monday, November 23! Place your order before we close the store! 

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

KiwiKuisine Pies

The deadline to order KiwiKuisine pies is also coming up on Sunday, November 22! 

To place an order, visit the site at http://www.kiwikuisine.com/purchasing-pies and use the discount code DRAGONS (all caps). You will automatically get a 5% discount on your own order, plus the PTA will receive an additional 10% back to help us support our great school & staff.

You can choose to have your order shipped direct to you or pick up curbside yourself. Or, if you want group delivery, mention Fairfax Villa in the notes, and we will arrange for a pick up near the school for Monday, November 23 (in time for Thanksgiving!!). For direct shipping or curbside pickup, order by the end of November. If you want the group delivery, please order by November 22.

Original Works

Original Works has extended our program for two more weeks! There’s now more time for your child to make Original Works keepsakes! Original Works will turn your child’s artwork or a special photo into custom keepsakes to share with family and friends. Visit www.originalworks.com/atHome for instructions, and use our school code FAFA at checkout. Please see the Fairfax Villa email from 10/28 for more details, or contact Jessie at villata@gmail.com. The new order deadline is Friday, December 4.

AmazonSmile

Do you shop at Amazon.com? If so, you can support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop! Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

PTA Membership

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

Outside Activities

Girl Scouts make the world a better place! Become a Daisy Girl Scout while making new friends, playing outside, and having fun! This is an introductory program for Fairfax Villa Kindergarten girls not currently in Girl Scouts. (COVID-19 safety guidelines can be found at gscnc.org.)

Two meetings left in this introductory program! (note new dates from prior messages)

2 PM Sunday, November 22, at Westmore Park

Sunday, December 6 via Zoom 

$25 (financial assistance available)

For more info, contact Elizabeth Wood at ewood@gscnc.org or 703-372-4344 (call/text)

9. Send us your pics!

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

10. Important Update on Grab and Go Meals: Delivery Times and Some Bus Stop Locations Have Changed

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes.

As of November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations have changed. The updated bus schedule is now available online. Bus delivery times were changed to accommodate the need for more buses to transport students returning to school buildings for in-person learning.

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no-cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates

11/16   Art Supplies Pickup Begins

11/17    Return to School for Kindergarten (Virtual and In-Person)

11/17   New instructional schedule begins for K-2

11/23 - 12/6 Online Book Fair

11/25 - 11/27 Thanksgiving Holidays

12/1     Last day to submit Advanced Academics Referral (Contact:  Cat Wilkins cmwilkins@fcps.edu)

12/8     NEW date for Return to School for Grades 1 and 2 (Virtual and In-Person)

1/12     NEW date for Return to School for Grades 3-6 (Virtual and In-Person)

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: Instructional Schedule Change 
  2. NEW: Art Supplies Pickup
  3. NEW: Book Fair is Coming!
  4. UPDATE: AAPLevel IV Referrals
  5. UPDATE: Parent Choice Survey for Grades 3-6
  6. ParentVUE Account
  7. Technology News
  8. PTA News
  9. Send us your pics!

Our kindergarten staff is excited to physically welcome back some of our students!

1. Instructional Schedule Change

As we phase in groups of students back to the building, we find it necessary to alter our current schedule.   The implementation of the new schedule for K-2 and Ms. Christensen’s ID class will begin on Tuesday, November 17th.  Even if you chose virtual learning for your child, you will notice shifts in your child’s schedule.  Please understand that this is due to the fact that we needed to align the specials for in-person and virtual groups. 

Grades 3-6 will keep their current schedule until they phase into in-person learning in January 2021.  You will receive your child’s updated schedule as we get close to receiving the students back. 

K-2 Families:  Your new schedule will be implemented beginning Tuesday, November 17.  Your child’s teacher will share a new schedule with you by Monday, November 16. 

2. Art Supplies Pickup

Art Material Pickup for general education grades 1-6 will begin on Monday, November 16th.  

You can pick up the materials Monday-Friday from 9-3 in the front lobby. 

  • EACH student gets ONE bag of art materials.
  • Each bag includes: sketchbook, construction paper, a watercolor set, and modeling clay.
  • Please bring a pen to sign your child’s name and grade when you pick up a bag of materials
3. NEW: Book Fair is Coming!

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While our Fair will be exclusively held online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for our kids. Features include:

  • Fairfax Villa’s own online store with a large selection of titles
  • A Virtual Fair so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience. Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and discover the comfort and joy of our Fair
  • Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!)

Save these dates:

  • Fair Dates: November 23 – December 6

You will get a link to our Fairfax Villa Fair when it opens on November 23rd. Stay tuned! We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair!

4. AAP Level IV Referrals

The deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is December 1, 2020.  No late referrals will be accepted.  Please note that there has been a delay in releasing the 2nd grade screening pool, so parents are advised not to wait to find out if their child is in the pool. If parents would like their student screened, they should submit a referral and any optional materials by December 1. All paperwork should be emailed to cmwilkins@fcps.edu. Acceptable formats are PDF, Word, and jpg/png.

If you were unable to attend the parent information session about the Level IV referral process, a recording of the meeting can be found here, and  the accompanying slideshow can be found here. Additional information and all forms are available on the AAP website. If you have any additional questions after viewing the presentation, please contact Mrs. Wilkins at cmwilkins@fcps.edu.

Mrs. Wilkins will also be available during open office hours to answer specific questions as parents are working to complete the referral packet. The office hours will be from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on the next three Mondays:  November 16, 23, and 30. The BBCU link for the office hours is: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/59a7a63d74d44fcaa3f4e3caee3e6e56

5.REMINDER: Parent Choice Survey for Grades 3-6

If you did NOT fill out the survey sent to you from Ms. An in October that had you choose between the  4 days of virtual learning and the 2 days of in-person/2 days of virtual learning for your child, please do that now. We need this information now for each student. We will analyze this data to determine if we can continue to maintain our current  classes or if there becomes a need to adjust teacher assignments based on the families that decide to do in-person vs. virtual instruction. 

On October 15, the FCPS School Board voted to approve FCPS’s schedule to bring additional student groups back to school for in-person instruction in the near future. We will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff. To learn more about those protocols, visit here.

Third Grade Survey

Fourth Grade Parent Survey

Fifth Grade Parent Survey

Sixth Grade Parent Survey

6.ParentVue Account

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that we have offered a PDF version of the progress report and elementary school parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports. 

Please take some time to log into your Parent Vue account here. If you have forgotten your password, click on “More Options” to reset or change it. There is a language option in the bottom right corner.

If you have not yet set up a ParentVue account, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu and request that she send you your activation code and instructions.

7.Technology News
  • If  you are having any problems with the laptop you were issued from Fairfax Villa, the first place to go is this parent help website. It has troubleshooting ideas for everything from finding your child’s google account to how to resolve audio/video issues.There is a helpline  (833-921-3277) that you can call from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you need a translator for your call, please let them know. 
  • If none of those fix your problems, there is also a link where parents can put in a RequestIT to the FCPS Service Desk. Please do not let your students put in a RequestIT. There are also parent information phone lines in different languages. Please do not contact your child’s teacher about technology problems unless it is a classroom specific issue (i.e. Google classroom code). 
  • If you do not have internet in your home and would like to learn how to obtain low-cost internet service  for qualifying families from Cox, please email our social worker, Maria Marris, at msmarris@fcps.edu.
8. PTA News 

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

Original Works

There’s still time for your child to make Original Works keepsakes! Original Works will turn your child’s artwork or photo into custom keepsakes to share with family and friends. Visit www.originalworks.com/atHome for instructions, and use our school code FAFA at checkout. Please see the Fairfax Villa email from 10/28 for more details, or contact Jessie at villata@gmail.com. Order deadline is November 20! 

Spirit Wear

Do you or your child want Fairfax Villa t-shirts or masks? We have opened the Spirit Wear store with these and other great items! The store will be open until November 23, so place your orders now!

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

KiwiKuisine Pies

We are teaming up with KiwiKuisine, a great local company offering a super deal on handmade savory meat pies & dessert goodies. 

To place an order, visit the site at http://www.kiwikuisine.com/purchasing-pies and use the discount code DRAGONS (all caps). You will automatically get a 5% discount on your own order, plus the PTA will receive an additional 10% back to help us support our great school & staff.

You can choose to have your order shipped direct to you or pick up curbside yourself. Or, if you want group delivery, mention Fairfax Villa in the notes, and we will arrange for a pick up near the school for Monday, November 23 (in time for Thanksgiving!!). For direct shipping or curbside pickup, order by the end of November. If you want the group delivery, please order by November 22.

AmazonSmile

Do you shop at Amazon.com? If so, you can support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop! Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

PTA Membership

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

Outside Activities

Girl Scouts make the world a better place! Become a Daisy Girl Scout while making new friends, playing outside, and having fun! This is an introductory program for Kindergarten girls not currently in Girl Scouts. (COVID-19 safety guidelines can be found at gscnc.org.)

Thursdays October 22, November 5 & 19, and December 3  - alternating Zoom / Westmore Park (join anytime!)

$25 (financial assistance available)

For more info, contact Elizabeth Wood at ewood@gscnc.org or 703-372-4344 (call/text)

9. Send us your pics!

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

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Hello Villa Dragon families!

The Fairfax Villa PTA has two great offers this week!

Do you or your child want Fairfax Villa t-shirts or masks? We have opened the Spirit Wear store with these and other great items! The store will be open until November 23, so place your orders now!

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

We are also happy to team up with a great local company to offer a super food deal. Alexandria-based KiwiKuisine is a leader in producing great handmade savory meat pies & dessert goodies. 

To place an order, visit the site at http://www.kiwikuisine.com/purchasing-pies. Remember to use the discount code DRAGONS (all caps). You will automatically get a 5% discount on your own order, plus the PTA will receive an additional 10% back to help us support our great school & staff.

You can choose to have your order shipped direct to you or pick up curbside yourself. Or, if you want group delivery, mention Fairfax Villa in the notes, and we will arrange for a pick up near the school for Monday, November 23 (in time for Thanksgiving!!). For direct shipping or curbside pickup, order by the end of November. If you want the group delivery, please order by November 22.

These make great everyday dinner options and are excellent to store in the freezer for quick and easy meals. If you miss the deal, you can try them at local Wegmans stores, restaurants, or farmers markets (for much more money!).

Enjoy!

Your Fairfax Villa PTA

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates

11/7   Report Cards Available in ParentVue

11/11   Veterans’ Day 2 Hour Early Release (virtual learning ends at 2 PM); NO IN-PERSON CLASSES

11/25 - 11/27 Thanksgiving Holidays

12/1     Last day to submit Advanced Academics Referral

            (Contact:  Cat Wilkins cmwilkins@fcps.edu)

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Important Health Room News for In-Person Students
  2. UPDATE: Grab and Go Meals
  3. ParentVUE Account
  4. Technology News
  5. PTA News
  6. Send us your pics!
1.New: Revised Health Room Contactless Student Pick-Up and Revised Return to School Procedures

With everyone’s safety in mind during the COVID pandemic, we are transitioning to a new “contactless” student pick-up system during the school day for in-person learners. There are also new procedures for students returning to school after being sent home if they show one of the symptoms below.

Parents and/or guardians, please ring the front door bell, and be prepared to show your photo ID through the glass window. After your ID check, a Villa staff member will escort your student to the front door for pick up. If your student is showing any symptoms of illness, he/she will be sent home with a Sick Student Notification form. The guidelines on this form must be followed in order for your student to return to school, including either a 10 day stay-at-home period from onset of symptoms, or a note from a healthcare provider that explains the symptoms.

In an abundance of caution, if your student presents with any ONE of the following symptoms during in-person learning, they will need to be placed in isolation and picked up within one hour of notification. These symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste and smell
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Aches
  • Stomachache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Headache

**Due to COVID-19 in the community, evaluation by a healthcare provider is recommended for all sick children. **

The following guidelines explain when your child may return to school. A Permission to Return to School form will need to be filled out by the physician before being allowed to return. 

IF NO KNOWN EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 AND:

  • No COVID-19 test or Positive COVID-19 test – Stay home until 10 days from onset of symptoms, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving.
  • COVID-19 Test is negative – Stay home until no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving.
  • Alternate diagnosis by a healthcare provider that explains symptoms – stay home until no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving or longer per healthcare provider’s instructions.

IF KNOWN EXPOSURE TO COVID-19:

  • No Covid-19 test or negative test: Stay home for 14 days from date of last exposure, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving.
  • COVID-19 test is positive: Stay home until 10 days from onset of symptoms, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving. 
2. Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes.

Beginning Monday, November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations will change. The updated bus schedule will be posted on November 6. 

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

3. ParentVue Account

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that we have offered a PDF version of the progress report and elementary school parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports. 

Please take some time to log into your Parent Vue account here. If you have forgotten your password, click on “More Options” to reset or change it. There is a language option in the bottom right corner.

If you have not yet set up a ParentVue account, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu and request that she send you your activation code and instructions.

4.Technology News
  • If  you are having any problems with the laptop you were issued from Fairfax Villa, the first place to go is this parent help website. It has troubleshooting ideas for everything from finding your child’s google account to how to resolve audio/video issues.There is a helpline  (833-921-3277) that you can call from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you need a translator for your call, please let them know. 
  • If none of those fix your problems, there is also a link where parents can put in a RequestIT to the FCPS Service Desk. Please do not let your students put in a RequestIT. There are also parent information phone lines in different languages. Please do not contact your child’s teacher about technology problems unless it is a classroom specific issue (i.e. Google classroom code). 
  • If you do not have internet in your home and would like to learn how to obtain low-cost internet service  for qualifying families from Cox, please email our social worker, Maria Marris, at msmarris@fcps.edu.
5. PTA News 

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

School Directories & Membership

Fairfax Villa Elementary directories are coming soon! Directories are a special benefit for PTA members. 

We need fewer than 40 more members to match our membership from last school year! Can you help us get there? Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/. Memberships are $10/person. If you would like to pay by check or need financial assistance, please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com.

Original Works

Does your child love making art?? We are excited to be running the Original Works Online at Home program this year! Original Works will turn your child’s artwork or photo into custom keepsakes to share with family and friends. Visit originalworks.com/atHome for instructions, and use our school code FAFA at checkout. Please see the Fairfax Villa email from 10/28 for more details, or contact Jessie at villata@gmail.com.

Questions for the School or School Board

A main role of the PTA is to advocate for all Villa students. You may always contact the school or the school board directly, but the PTA Board is happy to pass along questions, comments, and suggestions. We can look for trends in questions from our families and send back consolidated answers. Contact us at villapta@gmail.com.

Outside Activities

Girl Scouts make the world a better place! Become a Daisy Girl Scout while making new friends, playing outside, and having fun! This is an introductory program for Kindergarten girls not currently in Girl Scouts. (COVID-19 safety guidelines can be found at gscnc.org.)

Thursdays October 22, November 5 & 19, and December 3  - alternating Zoom / Westmore Park (join anytime!)

$25 (financial assistance available)

For more info, contact Elizabeth Wood at ewood@gscnc.org or 703-372-4344 (call/text)

@ FairfaxVillaPTA on Instagram & Twitter 

@ PTAFairfaxVilla on Facebook

6. Send us your pics!

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

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Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates

10/30   End of first quarter:  2 Hour Early Release

            (virtual learning ends at 2 PM)

11/2 & 11/3  Parent Conference Days / Student Holidays;

                    Teacher Planning Days

11/3 Election Day; Fairfax Villa is a voting location so most staff will be working virtually to allow room for social distancing and parking for voters. SCHOOL OFFICE CLOSED.

11/7      Report Cards Available in ParentVue

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

11/25-11/27 Thanksgiving Holidays

12/1     Advanced Academics Referral Deadline

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: Important Health Room News for In-Person Students
  2. NEW: Tuesday Changes
  3.  Food for Others Form
  4. Advanced Academics Level IV Parent Meetings and Referral Deadlines
  5. ParentVUE Account
  6. Technology News
  7. PTA News
  8. Send us your pics!
1.New: Revised Health Room Contactless Student Pick-Up and Revised Return to School Procedures

With everyone’s safety in mind during the COVID pandemic, we are transitioning to a new “contactless” student pick-up system during the school day for in-person learners. There are also new procedures for students returning to school after being sent home if they show one of the symptoms below.

Parents and/or guardians, please ring the front door bell, and be prepared to show your photo ID through the glass window. After your ID check, a Villa staff member will escort your student to the front door for pick up. If your student is showing any symptoms of illness, he/she will be sent home with a Sick Student Notification form. The guidelines on this form must be followed in order for your student to return to school, including either a 10 day stay-at-home period from onset of symptoms, or a note from a healthcare provider that explains the symptoms.

In an abundance of caution, if your student presents with any ONE of the following symptoms during in-person learning, they will need to be placed in isolation and picked up within one hour of notification. These symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste and smell
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Aches
  • Stomachache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Headache

**Due to COVID-19 in the community, evaluation by a healthcare provider is recommended for all sick children. **

The following guidelines explain when your child may return to school. A Permission to Return to School form will need to be filled out by the physician before being allowed to return. 

IF NO KNOWN EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 AND:

  • No COVID-19 test or Positive COVID-19 test – Stay home until 10 days from onset of symptoms, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving.
  • COVID-19 Test is negative – Stay home until no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving.
  • Alternate diagnosis by a healthcare provider that explains symptoms – stay home until no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving or longer per healthcare provider’s instructions.

IF KNOWN EXPOSURE TO COVID-19:

  • No Covid-19 test or negative test: Stay home for 14 days from date of last exposure, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving.

COVID-19 test is positive: Stay home until 10 days from onset of symptoms, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms are improving.

2. NEW: Office Changes for Tuesday

Due to our school being a polling site on Tuesday, the school office will be closed. If you need to contact the school on Tuesday, please email Karen Wells at kewells@fcps.edu.

There will also not be our usual library book pick up on Tuesday. However, students may still come by on Wednesday - Friday for the books they have put on reserve. 

3. Food for Others Form

Throughout the year, we receive information about programs that may be helpful to our Fairfax Villa Families.  We are happy to announce that we will be continuing our partnership with Food For Others, which provides free weekend food packs to children in need in Northern Virginia.  Please fill out the form below if your family would like to accept this weekly donation.

This information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with anyone except the Fairfax Villa Administrators.

Thank you,

 Virginia Kim and Ann Miller, Fairfax Villa School Counselors 

Weekend Food Survey (English) 

Durante todo el año, recibimos información sobre programas que pueden ser útiles para nuestras familias de Fairfax Villa. Nos complace anunciar que continuaremos nuestra asociación con Food For Others, que ofrece paquetes de alimentos gratuitos los fines de semana a los niños necesitados en el norte de Virginia. Complete el formulario a continuación y háganos saber si su familia desea esta donación semanal.  Esta información se mantendrá estrictamente confidencial y no se compartirá con nadie excepto con los administradores de Fairfax Villa.

 Gracias,

Virginia Kim y Ann Miller, consejeras escolares de Fairfax Villa

Encuesta alimentaria de fin de semana (español)

4. Advanced Academics Level IV Parent Meetings Recording and Referral Deadlines

Thank you to everyone who attended the AAP Parent Information session on Oct. 13 or Oct. 19. If you were unable to attend, a recording of the meeting from Oct. 13 can be found here, and  the accompanying slideshow can be found here. Additional information and all forms are available on the AAP website. The deadline for submitting a Level IV referral is Dec. 1. If you have any additional questions after viewing the presentation, please contact Mrs. Wilkins at cmwilkins@fcps.edu.

5. ParentVue Account

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that we have offered a PDF version of the progress report and elementary school parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports. 

Please take some time to log into your Parent Vue account here. If you have forgotten your password, click on “More Options” to reset or change it. There is a language option in the bottom right corner.

If you have not yet set up a ParentVue account, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu and request that she send you your activation code and instructions.

6.Technology News
  • If  you are having any problems with the laptop you were issued from Fairfax Villa, the first place to go is this parent help website. It has troubleshooting ideas for everything from finding your child’s google account to how to resolve audio/video issues.There is a helpline  (833-921-3277) that you can call from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you need a translator for your call, please let them know. 
  • If none of those fix your problems, there is also a link where parents can put in a RequestIT to the FCPS Service Desk. Please do not let your students put in a RequestIT. There are also parent information phone lines in different languages. Please do not contact your child’s teacher about technology problems unless it is a classroom specific issue (i.e. Google classroom code). 

If you do not have internet in your home and would like to learn how to obtain low-cost internet service  for qualifying families from Cox, please email our social worker, Maria Marris, at msmarris@fcps.edu.

7. PTA News 

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

Spirit Night!

Please join us for Spirit Night at MOD Pizza/Lee Highway on Wednesday, November 4! This is a take-out and delivery event. Check out the event site at https://www.groupraise.com/events/166508 to find the MOD Pizza online ordering and event coupon code. Every purchase raises money for the PTA and for our students!

School Directories & Membership

Fairfax Villa Elementary directories are coming soon! Directories are a special benefit for PTA members. 

We need 41 more members to match our membership from last school year! Can you help us get there? Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/. Memberships are $10/person. If you would like to pay by check or need financial assistance, please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com.

Original Works

We are excited to be running the Original Works Online at Home program this year! Original Works will turn your child’s artwork or photo into custom keepsakes to share with family and friends. Visit originalworks.com/atHome for instructions, and use our school code FAFA at checkout. Please see the Fairfax Villa email from 10/28 for more details, or contact Jessie at villata@gmail.com.

This Week’s PTA Meeting

If you missed our meeting on Wednesday, check out the recording here: http://bit.ly/VillaPTAMeeting20201028

Questions for the School or School Board

A main role of the PTA is to advocate for all Villa students. You may always contact the school or the school board directly, but the PTA Board is happy to pass along questions, comments, and suggestions. We can look for trends in questions from our families and send back consolidated answers. Contact us at villapta@gmail.com.

Outside Activities

Girl Scouts make the world a better place! Become a Daisy Girl Scout while making new friends, playing outside, and having fun! This is an introductory program for Kindergarten girls not currently in Girl Scouts. (COVID-19 safety guidelines can be found at gscnc.org.)

Thursdays October 22, November 5 & 19, and December 3  - alternating Zoom / Westmore Park (join anytime!)

$25 (financial assistance available)

For more info, contact Elizabeth Wood at ewood@gscnc.org or 703-372-4344 (call/text)

8. Send us your pics!

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

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Original Works Online at Home Program

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Hello Fairfax Villa Elementary Families!

We are excited to announce that we are running an Original Works Online at Home program this year! Original Works will turn your child’s artwork or photo into custom keepsakes to share with family and friends. You will be able to upload an image, order online, and have the products shipped to your home, so it’s a great setup for our virtual learning environment. Each purchase supports the PTA and our students!

The attached flier has instructions for how to set up an account, create and upload artwork, and purchase products. Use the school code FAFA at checkout to ensure that Fairfax Villa gets credit for your order! Our ordering deadline is November 20, 2020.

If you are looking for inspiration, Original Works has provided some great art ideas: 

https://www.originalworks.com/artideas/

They also provide helpful guidelines so that your child’s art looks its best!

  • To produce the most stunning results, use the entire art paper with color, minimizing white space.
  • Placing a single small handprint (or similar) in the center of the white paper can often give the appearance that the hand is floating on the project.
  • Many products are printed using a full bleed, which means that the image is printed from edge to edge. Remember to keep the important details 1" from the edge!
  • Keep in mind… words written on the artwork can be hard to read when reproduced on the smaller products like keychains, small 4 pack magnets, etc.
  • Adding borders to your art creates a nice, finished look.  You can paint a border or use cardstock.
  • Bold bright colors reproduce best. Using pencil or lightly drawn images will often be hard to see.

Please contact Jessie Crain at villapta@gmail.com with any questions. We hope you’ll join us in making some amazing art!

Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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It was an exciting week as we were able to welcome our preschool students back into the school building.

Important Upcoming Dates

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

10/28  Virtual PTA Meeting with Listening Forum on Racial Equity

            and  Q & A with Mr. Gerstner and Ms. An

10/30   End of first quarter:  2 Hour Early Release

            (virtual learning ends at 2 PM)

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

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

12/1     Advanced Academics Referral Deadline

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. SR&R Acknowledgement Form - Due Today!
  2. NEW: Food for Others Form
  3. Advanced Academics Level IV Parent Meetings and Referral Deadlines
  4. ParentVUE Account
  5. Technology News
  6. PTA News
  7. Send us your pics!
1. SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form (due today!) 

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

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

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

2. NEW: Food for Others Form

Throughout the year, we receive information about programs that may be helpful to our Fairfax Villa Families.  We are happy to announce that we will be continuing our partnership with Food For Others, which provides free weekend food packs to children in need in Northern Virginia.  Please fill out the form below if your family would like to accept this weekly donation.

This information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with anyone except the Fairfax Villa Administrators.

Thank you,

 Virginia Kim and Ann Miller, Fairfax Villa School Counselors 

Weekend Food Survey (English) 

Durante todo el año, recibimos información sobre programas que pueden ser útiles para nuestras familias de Fairfax Villa. Nos complace anunciar que continuaremos nuestra asociación con Food For Others, que ofrece paquetes de alimentos gratuitos los fines de semana a los niños necesitados en el norte de Virginia. Complete el formulario a continuación y háganos saber si su familia desea esta donación semanal.  Esta información se mantendrá estrictamente confidencial y no se compartirá con nadie excepto con los administradores de Fairfax Villa.

 Gracias,

Virginia Kim y Ann Miller, consejeras escolares de Fairfax Villa

Encuesta alimentaria de fin de semana (español)

3. Advanced Academics Level IV Parent Meetings Recording and Referral Deadlines

Thank you to everyone who attended the AAP Parent Information session on Oct. 13 or Oct. 19. If you were unable to attend, a recording of the meeting from Oct. 13 can be found here, and  the accompanying slideshow can be found here. Additional information and all forms are available on the AAP website. The deadline for submitting a Level IV referral is Dec. 1. If you have any additional questions after viewing the presentation, please contact Mrs. Wilkins at cmwilkins@fcps.edu.

4. ParentVue Account

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that we have offered a PDF version of the progress report and elementary school parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports. 

Please take some time to log into your Parent Vue account here. If you have forgotten your password, click on “More Options” to reset or change it. There is a language option in the bottom right corner.

If you have not yet set up a ParentVue account, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu and request that she send you your activation code and instructions.

5. Technology News
  • If  you are having any problems with the laptop you were issued from Fairfax Villa, the first place to go is this parent help website. It has troubleshooting ideas for everything from finding your child’s google account to how to resolve audio/video issues.There is a helpline  (833-921-3277) that you can call from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you need a translator for your call, please let them know. 
  • If none of those fix your problems, there is also a link where parents can put in a RequestIT to the FCPS Service Desk. Please do not let your students put in a RequestIT. There are also parent information phone lines in different languages. Please do not contact your child’s teacher about technology problems unless it is a classroom specific issue (i.e. Google classroom code). 
  • If you do not have internet in your home and would like to learn how to obtain low-cost internet service  for qualifying families from Cox, please email our social worker, Maria Marris, at msmarris@fcps.edu.
6. PTA News 

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

Spirit Night!!

We’re excited to announce that our first Spirit Night will be at MOD Pizza/Lee Highway on Wednesday, November 4! This is a take-out and delivery event. Check out the event site at https://www.groupraise.com/events/166508 to find the MOD Pizza online ordering and event coupon code. Every purchase raises money for the PTA and for our students!

School Directories

Fairfax Villa Elementary directories are coming soon! Directories are a special benefit for PTA members. You can become a member of the PTA for the 2020-2021 school year at any time! Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/. Memberships are $10/person.

PTA Meetings

Our next virtual PTA meeting is Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. We will begin our meeting with a Virtual Listening Forum on Racial Equity hosted by FCPSAlso, Mr. Gerstner and Mrs. An will be available to address and clarify any concerns you may have as your children begin to return to in person learning.

Please join us on Blackboard Collaborate: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e553065b5c314a049de349258780664

Spirit Wear

We will be opening the store soon for spirit wear orders. Keep an eye out for your chance to buy FVES-branded shirts, masks, and other items!

After School Activities Survey

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

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

Outside Activities

Girl Scouts make the world a better place! Become a Daisy Girl Scout while making new friends, playing outside, and having fun! This is an introductory program for Kindergarten girls not currently in Girl Scouts. (COVID-19 safety guidelines can be found at gscnc.org.)

Thursdays October 22, November 5 & 19, and December 3  - alternating Zoom / Westmore Park (join anytime!)

$25 (financial assistance available)

For more info, contact Elizabeth Wood at ewood@gscnc.org or 703-372-4344 (call/text) 

@ FairfaxVillaPTA on Instagram & Twitter 

@ PTAFairfaxVilla on Facebook

7. Send us your pics!

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

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates

10/19    Advanced Academics Parent Meeting 3PM

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

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

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

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

12/1      Advanced Academics Referral Deadline

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. SR&R Acknowledgement Form
  2. Advanced Academics Level IV Parent Meetings and Deadlines
  3. Technology News
  4. PTA News
  5. Send us your pics!
1.SR & R Parent Acknowledge Form (due 10/23)

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

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

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

2.Advanced Academics Level IV Parent Meetings and Deadlines

Thank you to everyone who attended the AAP Parent Information session on Oct. 13. Another session will be on Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. If you are unable to attend, a recording of the meeting from Oct. 13 can be found here, and  the accompanying slideshow can be found here. Additional information and all forms are available on the AAP website. The deadline for submitting a Level IV referral is Dec. 1. If you have any additional questions after viewing the presentation, please contact Mrs. Wilkins at cmwilkins@fcps.edu.

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

3.Technology News
  • If  you are having any problems with the laptop you were issued from Fairfax Villa, the first place to go is this parent help website. It has troubleshooting ideas for everything from finding your child’s google account to how to resolve audio/video issues.There is a helpline  (833-921-3277) that you can call from 7am to 11pm 7 days a week. If you need a translator for your call, please let them know. 
  • If none of those fix your problems, there is also a link where parents can put in a RequestIT to the FCPS Service Desk. Please do not let your students put in a RequestIT. There are also parent information phone lines in different languages. Please do not contact your child’s teacher about technology problems unless it is a classroom specific issue (i.e. Google classroom code). 
  • If you do not have internet in your home and would like to learn how to obtain low-cost internet service  for qualifying families from Cox, please email our social worker, Maria Marris, at msmarris@fcps.edu.
4. PTA News 

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

School Directories

Fairfax Villa Elementary directories are coming soon! Directories are a special benefit for PTA members. You can still become a member of the PTA for the 2020-2021 school year! Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/. Memberships are $10/person.

PTA Meetings

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

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

Spirit Wear

We will be opening the store soon for spirit wear orders. Keep an eye out for your chance to buy FVES-branded shirts, masks, and other items!

After School Activities Survey

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

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

5. Send us your pics!

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

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Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

Fairfax Villa Advanced Academic Information Meetings

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Fairfax Villa Advanced Academic Information Meetings

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

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

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Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates

10/12   School Planning Day / Student Holiday

10/13   and 10/19  Advanced Academics Parent Meeting

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

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

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

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

12/1    Advanced Academics Referral Deadline

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

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

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

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

2.Advanced Academics Level IV Parent Meetings and Deadlines

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

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

3. NEW: Congratulations to Mr. Flores

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

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

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

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

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

Memberships

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

PTA Meetings

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

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

After School Activities Survey

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

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

7. Send us your pics!

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

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

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