Fairfax Villa News Summer Edition 6/15/2021

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Fairfax Villa News Summer Edition 6/15/2021 IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Laptop Return Information

  2. Yearbook Sales & Pickup

  3. Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

  4. Summer Reading Information

  5. FCPS Summer Digital Resources

  6. FCPS Summer Practice Books

  7. Summer Office Hours

  8. Parent Help Desk Summer Hours

  9. PTA 

1.Laptop Return Information

At the end of the school year, Fairfax Villa is collecting the laptops and power cords that were given to your child to use at home and school  this school year. (If you were given a laptop bag, please plan to return that also.) Students who are returning to Fairfax Villa in the fall will be issued another laptop at that time. Students going to middle school will be issued a laptop by that school later.

  • Students who are enrolled in the SOAR, Bridge to 1, and Young Scholars  summer school programs at FVES may keep their FCPS laptops for those programs. They will be collected on the last day of the program. 
  • Students who are in school on the last day of school (Friday, June 11th) will turn in their laptops and power cords that day. A staff member will come to the classroom to get them. If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please send a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also send the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you. 
    • If your child is virtual or a two-day student who is not in school on Friday, June 11th, parents will need to return the laptop, power cord, and bag (if you have one) to the school  by doing the following.
  • Come to Fairfax Villa at these days/times. 
  • Tuesday, June 15th from 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 15th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
    • Look for the tent in the front of the school and pull your car up to that point.
    • Bring the laptop, charger, and bag to the table. 
    •  Please have all the equipment out of the bag. Leave the name tags on the laptop or bag.
    • We will check the barcode to make sure that the laptop matches the one that was checked out to your child.
    • If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please bring a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also bring the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you.  

Thank you for returning your child’s laptop on time so that we are able to start getting them ready for the next school year.

2.Yearbook Pickup and Sales

The yearbooks have arrived unexpectedly early! If you have already purchased a yearbook and have not received it, please stop into the office between 9:30-1:45, Monday-Friday.  Please be aware that this Friday is a holiday and the office will be closed.

We have been able to reorder more yearbooks from our vendor.  If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, please send in your payment of $15.00 per yearbook.  Payments can be made by either a check made out to “Fairfax Villa Elementary” or cash (exact amount) to the attention of Ms. Wells. If you have any questions please email Ms. Wells at kewells@fcps.edu

3.Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcoming Future Dragons!

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

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

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

https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration

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

4.Summer Reading Information

Be sure to keep reading this summer! Below are several resources that Ms. Case shared with the students:

5.FCPS Summer Digital Resources

Great news!  All current students will continue to have access to many of the digital resources they have utilized this school year.  Students will be able to access the programs housed in Clever (ST Math, Imagine Learning, Wixie) through August 6th.  After that point, class sectioning will begin at the IT level, so Clever access will be limited.  Throughout the summer, students will still have access to MyOn, PebbleGo, TumbleBooks, and all of our research databases.  Student usernames and passwords will remain the same over the summer, so logging in will be no different.  Check out our Student Resources Site, which serves as a landing page for our digital resources!

* Please note that some applications on the Student Resources Site require a student (fcpsschools.net) login for security purposes.*

6.FCPS Summer Practice Books

Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students to provide suggested activities for students to support continued learning.  Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive digital copies of the Summer Practice Books.  Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11, 2021.  Families will receive email communication in May about upcoming book arrival.  Digital versions of books will be emailed to the enrolling parent SIS account in PDF format the week of June 7, 2021.

  • Pre-Kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary Summer Practice Book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book by course enrollment.  These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English Learners and Special Education students may receive additional or customized books.   

More information can be accessed on the Summer Practice Books public webpage.

7.Summer Office Hours

Our school office will be open this summer from 9:30am - 1:45pm Monday through Friday except on holidays.

8. Parent Help Desk Summer Hours

The Parent Technology Help Desk will continue to support parents and students through the summer months.

Beginning on Monday, June 14, we are moving the service to our in-house Service Desk. The phone number for parents will stay the same -  833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) - and the reduced hours for summer are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday in June, July and early August. Outside of those hours, parents can also visit the Parent and Student IT Support Portal to find self-help resources or submit a tech support request ticket.

9.PTA News

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

School Supplies!

The PTA is offering school supply kits again for next year! You will get exactly what your teacher requests and avoid the stress of back-to-school shopping, all while earning a small amount of money for the PTA! Get yours by ordering here by July 15. (ID class kits are NOT sold out - they will be coming soon!)

https://www.campussurvivalkits.com/fairfaxvilla 

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Farewelling Our Staff

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Farewelling Our Staff As we move toward the end of the school year, there are always transitions for some of our staff members. We want to let our Villa community know who will be moving on to new adventures and to pass along their messages to you! 1. Denise Wilmot 

It was a pleasure joining the Villa team.  Even though my time here was short, I will remember it always. I have worked with elementary school students my entire 13 years as an educator, I am excited to start a new journey. I will be moving up to Mclean Highschool to work with teenagers.  Let the adventure begin!

2. Ann Miller

I have worked as the part-time school counselor at Fairfax Villa Elementary School for the last two years and I am sad to be leaving the students I have grown to love so much. Next year I will be working at Mason Crest Elementary School in Annandale and will also be devoting time to my private practice in Fairfax. The Villa community is a special one and I will always remember my time here fondly.

3. Deborah Stoll

I have really enjoyed my four years as a member of the Villa community: Small school, Big Heart. I love the diversity and cultural exchanges I’ve been able to share with my students and their families. I will be deciding what’s next soon, but I’m looking forward to fulfilling some long planned dreams and enjoying my new granddaughter as she grows.

4. Morgan McCracken

I have enjoyed being a part of the Villa community for the past two years. Next year, I will be teaching 5th grade in Loudoun County. I will miss all of my students and families. Thank you to the Villa community for always being so welcoming and friendly.

5. Cara Rubin

I am so fortunate to have been able to begin my teaching career here at Fairfax Villa. I have learned so much from my colleagues while working as a third-grade teacher at the Villa for the past four years. Next year I will be teaching second grade at Wolftrap Elementary School. I have decided to continue my teaching career at a school closer to home. I have enjoyed working with the amazing students and their families and will miss the whole Villa community!

6. Eileen Findley

I am leaving Fairfax Villa for a new position as the school librarian at Crestwood Elementary in Springfield, Va.  I have enjoyed being a member of the Villa staff as an instructional assistant for the past ten years.  I recall that when I  joined the Villa staff in 2011, the new addition, which now houses kindergarten and first grade, had not been built.  Even though the school addition brought an increase in enrollment, the Villa maintained its small school atmosphere.  I will miss the Villa students and staff and am grateful for having had the opportunity to be a part of the Villa community.

7. Kathryn Bussenger

After 6 years of working at the Villa, I will be saying my final farewell. My husband has started a new job working for Penn Medicine and my family will be moving to Philadelphia. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania and we are very excited to move closer to family. Fairfax Villa was the home to my first teaching job and many important milestones in my life. I will forever be grateful for the kindness my colleagues, students and families have shown me over the years.

8. Katrin Nuttmann

I have been at the Villa as a teacher for the past 8 years, in addition to being a student here in the 90s! I will miss all of the wonderful staff, students, and families that have made this school “home”. Next year, I will be teaching 5th grade in Loudoun County, but will still be around the neighborhood often as my dad still lives here. I hope to stay in touch!

9. Robb Snyder

After calling Fairfax Villa my home for 11 years, the decision to leave was not an easy one. I have consistently felt the warmth of this community wholeheartedly and can’t possibly express my gratitude and appreciation for making my time in Virginia most memorable. I will remember the positive vibes and incredible sense of family within the halls of this small school. My most joyful memories include the excitement of field days and seeing students push themselves to meet their fitness goals and overcome obstacles.

10. Helene Shapiro

I am retiring after 19 years with FCPS. I was part of the Villa family for just this year. Previously, I taught at Fairfax HS, Franklin MS, and Cardinal Forest ES. I enjoyed being a virtual Villa family member and will treasure the virtual friendships that I made. The students, families, staff, and administration are the best!  Future plans: start an education consulting LLC, curriculum development, professional development, special education advocacy. I will also adjunct at the post-secondary levels and research/publish. In my spare time, I plan to  travel the world!

11. Kim Johnson

I came to Fairfax Villa 23 years ago as a substitute teacher. From the first day I walked into the office, I could tell this school was special and I was thrilled when I was offered a position as a long-term sub for fifth grade. I have been here ever since!  My first impression of this school was right. This school is special. It is a place where everyone takes care of and looks out for each other. “We are family” here and I am grateful that I have been able to be a small part of it.  Although I am looking forward to traveling with my husband and spending lots of time with my 3 (so far!) grandchildren, I will miss this little school with a big heart. 

We will miss all of our staff who are leaving, thank them for the inspiring and incredible job they did, and wish each of them all the best. We especially thank our retiring teachers for their many years of dedication. You will always be remembered and cherished.

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates 

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

6/11: Virtual Student Good-Bye Drive Through from 2:30-2:50pm

6/14: Kindergarten Orientation 

6/14 and 6/15: Laptop Turn In Days

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Virtual Student Drive Through
  2. End of Year Assessment Reporting to Families
  3. Laptop Return Information
  4. NEW: Schoology Accounts
  5. Yearbook Sales
  6. Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year
  7. Kindergarten Orientation
  8. FCPS Summer Practice Books
  9. PTA 

Hello students, parents, and family members,

As we are writing this final message and reflecting upon this year of online learning, we wanted to thank each one of you for everything you have done - not just supporting your own learning but also the learning of your other community members.  We cannot tell you enough how delighted we are of your accomplishments. It is an honor to work for you and be a member of a great school that continually has students positively affect one another, even when some of our students have not physically been in our school building.  This summer, please take the time to relax, enjoy life, and be with your friends and families. As we told our 6th graders at the promotion ceremony yesterday, “So keep on laughing, keep working hard, and work for something you believe in, something that truly inspires you.”

If you’d like to view a message from some of our staff members to our students, click here.

Wishing you all the very best,

Dave Gerstner, Principal

KJ An, Assistant principal

Barbara Schmidt, School Based Technology Specialist 

1.Virtual Student Drive Through

On Friday, June 11, from 2:30-2:50pm, we want to say goodbye to our online students with an in-person activity.  During this 20 minute window, we ask our parents of virtual students only to drive them  through the Fairfax Villa kiss-n-ride parking lot where our teachers will be waiting to wave goodbye and wish them a safe and wonderful summer of fun!  Please take advantage of this great opportunity. We hope to see all of our virtual families on that day.

2.End of Year Assessment Reporting for Families

If your child took the SOLs this year, the score should be in your Parent Vue by late July. If you do not yet have a ParentVue account, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu.

If your child took the Virginia Remote Student Progress Test in place of SOLs, those scores will be mailed to you before the start of the new school year.

3.Laptop Return Information

At the end of the school year, Fairfax Villa  will be collecting the laptops and power cords that were given to your child to use at home and school  this school year. (If you were given a laptop bag, please plan to return that also.) Students who are returning to Fairfax Villa in the fall will be issued another laptop at that time. Students going to middle school will be issued a laptop by that school later.

  • Students who are enrolled in the SOAR, Bridge to 1, and Young Scholars  summer school programs at FVES may keep their FCPS laptops for those programs. They will be collected on the last day of the program. 
  • Students who are in school on the last day of school (Friday, June 11th) will turn in their laptops and power cords that day. A staff member will come to the classroom to get them. If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please send a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also send the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you. 
  • If your child is virtual or a two-day student who is not in school on Friday, June 11th, parents will need to return the laptop, power cord, and bag (if you have one) to the school  by doing the following.
    • Come to Fairfax Villa at any of these days/times:
      • Monday, June 14th from 7:30am - 9:30am
      • Monday, June 14th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
      • Tuesday, June 15th from 11:00am - 1:00pm
      • Tuesday, June 15th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
    • Look for the tent in the front of the school and pull your car up to that point.
    • Bring the laptop, charger, and bag to the table. 
    •  Please have all the equipment out of the bag. Leave the name tags on the laptop or bag.
    • We will check the barcode to make sure that the laptop matches the one that was checked out to your child.
    • If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please bring a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also bring the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you.  

Thank you for returning your child’s laptop on time so that we are able to start getting them ready for the next school year.

4.FCPS Transitions to Schoology Learning Management System on July 1

Fairfax County Public Schools’ contract with Blackboard ends on June 30. The new learning management system is Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/). Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families. Schoology will be used division-wide starting in July.

Schoology was chosen to: 

  • Support and implement instructional practices aligned to our learning model.  
  • Help students reach the Portrait of a Graduate goals.
  • Provide all students with equitable access to meaningful learning experiences.
  • Offer anytime access to their virtual learning space.

Students will have a Schoology account by June 18.

  • Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology.
  • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts.

As a parent or guardian, you will be able to use Schoology to view:

  • Your child’s class. 
  • Your child’s assignments and participation.
  • Your child’s calendar.
  • Teacher comments, scores, and feedback.

Parent accounts will be available in mid-August. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. If you do not have a ParentVue account, please contact Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu.

More information about Schoology is available online.

5.Yearbook Sales 

We thank you so much for your patience!  We have been able to reorder more yearbooks from our vendor.  The estimated delivery date for this order is the end of July.  If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, please send in your payment of $15.00 per yearbook.  Payments can be made by either a check made out to “Fairfax Villa Elementary” or cash (exact amount) to the attention of Ms. Wells.  You will be notified as soon as the yearbooks arrive and we will schedule a time for you to pick them up in the office.  If you have any questions please email Ms. Wells at kewells@fcps.edu

6.Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcoming Future Dragons!

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

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

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

https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration

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

7.Kindergarten Orientation

Fairfax Villa will be having an in-person presentation for rising Kindergarten parents on Monday, June 14 from 10:00-11:00am. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the 2021-22 kindergarten team and learn more about our school and what to expect for your child’s important year in kindergarten. Due to Covid restrictions, we are allowing only 2 adults per family to come to the presentation. This will be a parent only presentation. Please do not bring any children. Be sure to wear your mask!

8.FCPS Summer Practice Books

Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students to provide suggested activities for students to support continued learning.  Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive digital copies of the Summer Practice Books.  Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11, 2021.  Families will receive email communication in May about upcoming book arrival.  Digital versions of books will be emailed to the enrolling parent SIS account in PDF format the week of June 7, 2021.

  • Pre-Kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary Summer Practice Book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book by course enrollment.  These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English Learners and Special Education students may receive additional or customized books.   

More information can be accessed on the Summer Practice Books public webpage.

9.PTA News

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

School Supplies!

The PTA is offering school supply kits again for next year! You will get exactly what your teacher requests and avoid the stress of back-to-school shopping, all while earning a small amount of money for the PTA! Get yours by ordering here by July 15. (ID class kits are NOT sold out - they will be coming soon!)

https://www.campussurvivalkits.com/fairfaxvilla 

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Attendance: 703-267-2828 | Web | Twitter

Fairfax Villa Elementary Assistant Principal Announcement

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Dear Fairfax Villa Families,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I have accepted an offer to become the next assistant principal at Oak Hill Elementary School beginning this July.  Both FCPS and the Region 5 office believe in professional growth and new opportunities for all staff members and they have provided me the opportunity to expand my professional experience as an assistant principal.  As happy as I am to be pursuing my next administrative endeavor, I am also sad that I find myself saying goodbye to you and your children. 

I would like to thank you for the opportunity you have given me to serve the Villa community in the last five years.  Fairfax Villa is a very special place to me and I am grateful that our paths have crossed in this amazing community.  It has been my honor and privilege to have served such a special community. 

All my best,

KJ An

Your proud AP for life!

Dear Fairfax Villa Staff and Community,

It comes with great excitement that I have been asked to be part of your community. I am transitioning from the assistant principal at Cub Run Elementary School to the assistant principal at Fairfax Villa Elementary School.

I am excited to bring a wealth of knowledge through my varied experiences as your new assistant principal and as a dedicated educator for over 30 years. As a military spouse, I’ve lived in many different states and taught in many different schools. I’ve spent the last 17 years of my career serving as a classroom teacher (of multiple grade levels), a math resource teacher at Providence Elementary School, an instructional coach in different elementary schools, and an administrative intern in a Title One elementary school. During that time, I supported the community in implementing best practice strategies that support what is now known as the county’s Theory of Action. Some highlights include implementing a county-wide training of how to better recycle our waste to save our environment and to give our middle and high school students equitable and various opportunities through a volunteer and apprenticeship program known as X2Vol. However, the best highlights have been to see my students learn and grow year after year.

I am thrilled to join your team and community and look forward to watching our Fairfax Villa Dragons learn and grow!

Sincerely,
Shelia Sobeski

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Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories tonight & Tomorrow Virtual Synchronous Learning Day

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Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on May 17th for our Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories. We loved hearing Ms. Gates, Ms. Paramore, and Ms. Ammirati read to us.
Our last Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be tonight at 7:00 PM. Our readers this time will be Ms. Shapiro and Ms. Torres
Please join us using tonight this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.
We can’t wait to see you tonight! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

 

6/8: Election Day and Virtual Synchronous Learning Day for ALL STUDENTS

No In-Person Classes

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates 

6/7: Dragon Dreams with Guest Family Reading

6/7: Library Books Due

6/8:  Election Day: Virtual Synchronous Learning Day for ALL STUDENTS 

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

6/11: Virtual Student Good-Bye Drive Through 

6/14: Kindergarten Orientation 

6/14 and 6/15: Laptop Turn In Days

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. End of Year Assessment Reporting to Families
  2. Laptop Return Information
  3. Library Book Information
  4. NEW: Yearbook Sales
  5. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories
  6. June 8th: Virtual Synchronous Learning Day For Students
  7. Virtual Student Drive Through
  8. Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year
  9. Kindergarten Orientation
  10. FCPS Summer Practice Books
  11. PTA
1.End of Year Assessment Reporting for Families

If your child took the SOLs this year, the score should be in your Parent Vue by late July. If you do not yet have a Parent Vue account, please email Ms. Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu.

If your child took the Virginia Remote Student Progress Test in place of SOLs, those scores will be mailed to you before the start of the new school year.

2.Laptop Return Information

At the end of the school year, Fairfax Villa  will be collecting the laptops and power cords that were given to your child to use at home and school  this school year. (If you were given a laptop bag, please plan to return that also.) Students who are returning to Fairfax Villa in the fall will be issued another laptop at that time. Students going to middle school will be issued a laptop by that school later.

  • Students who are enrolled in the SOAR, Bridge to 1, and Young Scholars  summer school programs at FVES may keep their FCPS laptops for those programs. They will be collected on the last day of the program. 
  • Students who are in school on the last day of school (Friday, June 11th) will turn in their laptops and power cords that day. A staff member will come to the classroom to get them. If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please send a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also send the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you. 
  • If your child is virtual or a two-day student who is not in school on Friday, June 11th, parents will need to return the laptop, power cord, and bag (if you have one) to the school  by doing the following.
    • Come to Fairfax Villa at any of these days/times:
      • Monday, June 14th from 7:30am - 9:30am
      • Monday, June 14th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
      • Tuesday, June 15th from 11:00am - 1:00pm
      • Tuesday, June 15th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
    • Look for the tent in the front of the school and pull your car up to that point.
    • Bring the laptop, charger, and bag to the table. 
    •  Please have all the equipment out of the bag. Leave the name tags on the laptop or bag.
    • We will check the barcode to make sure that the laptop matches the one that was checked out to your child.
    • If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please bring a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also bring the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you.  

Thank you for returning your child’s laptop on time so that we are able to start getting them ready for the next school year.

3.Library Book Information

All library books are due back by June 7. Thank you for helping us to have ALL of these turned in on time.

4.Yearbook Sales 

We thank you so much for your patience!  We have been able to reorder more yearbooks from our vendor.  The estimated delivery date for this order is the end of July.  If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, please send in your payment of $15.00 per yearbook.  Payments can be made by either a check made out to “Fairfax Villa Elementary” or cash (exact amount) to the attention of Ms. Wells.  You will be notified as soon as the yearbooks arrive and we will schedule a time for you to pick them up in the office.  If you have any questions please email Ms. Wells at kewells@fcps.edu

5.Special Announcement: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on May 17 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing   Ms. Gates, Ms. Paramore, and Ms. Ammirati  read  their favorite books to us.

Our last Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, June 7 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Shapiro, Ms. Torres, and Ms. Tyrell.

We are excited to announce that our special reader guests that evening will be the Shrimankar family. We look forward to hearing Reva and Aditya read a favorite book.

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

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

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

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

7.Virtual Student Drive Through

On Friday, June 11, from 2:30-2:50pm, we want to say goodbye to our online students with an in-person activity.  During this 20 minute window, we ask our parents of virtual students only to drive them  through the Fairfax Villa kiss-n-ride parking lot where our teachers will be waiting to wave goodbye and wish them a safe and wonderful summer of fun!  Please take advantage of this great opportunity. We hope to see all of our virtual families on that day.

8.Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcoming Future Dragons!

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

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

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

https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration

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

9.Kindergarten Orientation

Fairfax Villa will be having an in-person presentation for rising Kindergarten parents on Monday, June 14 from 10:00-11:00am. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the 2021-22 kindergarten team and learn more about our school and what to expect for your child’s important year in kindergarten. Due to Covid restrictions, we are allowing only 2 adults per family to come to the presentation. This will be a parent only presentation. Please do not bring any children. Be sure to wear your mask!

10.FCPS Summer Practice Books

Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students to provide suggested activities for students to support continued learning.  Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive digital copies of the Summer Practice Books.  Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11, 2021.  Families will receive email communication in May about upcoming book arrival.  Digital versions of books will be emailed to the enrolling parent SIS account in PDF format the week of June 7, 2021.

  • Pre-Kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary Summer Practice Book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book by course enrollment.  These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English Learners and Special Education students may receive additional or customized books.   

More information can be accessed on the Summer Practice Books public webpage.

11.PTA News

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

PTA Board Candidates

We are very excited to announce the slate of candidates for the 2021-2023 PTA Board!

President - Jennifer Snyder

Vice President - Bindiya Sentil

Treasurer - Julia Colque

Secretary - Carmen Mandeville

 

Check out the candidate bios here: http://bit.ly/VillaPTA2021Ballot 

 

PTA Members, please vote by 6 PM on Tuesday, May 25!

https://forms.gle/Zfm81inR95Hkx7sx5

AmazonSmile

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

 

 Outside Activities - Boy Scouts

Are you interested in Cub Scouts?  Check out Pack 1513!  We have programs for grades K-5.  Activities are held both virtually and in person (with Covid 19 protocols in place). 

We have a few activities coming up and would like to invite you to see us in action:

Campout at Lake Fairfax the weekend of May 22 – come for some of the activities Saturday, May 22, such as a morning hike or an evening campfire.

4th of July Parade – planned for Saturday, July 3 in Fairfax (if COVID protocols permit)

If you have questions or are interested in attending, please contact us at pack1513fairfax@gmail.com.

@ FairfaxVillaPTA on Instagram & Twitter 

@ PTAFairfaxVilla on Facebook

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Yearbook Sales | Ventas del anuario

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Yearbook Sales

We thank you so much for your patience!  We have been able to reorder more yearbooks from our vendor.  The estimated delivery date for this order is the end of July.  If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook please send in your payment of $15.00 per yearbook. Supplies are limited and are on first come first serve basis. Payments can be made by either check made out to “Fairfax Villa Elementary” or Cash (Exact amount) to the attention of Ms. Wells.  You will be notified as soon as the yearbooks arrive and we will schedule a time for you to pick them up in the office.  If you have any questions please email Ms. Wells at kewells@fcps.edu.

 

¡Muchas gracias por su paciencia! Hemos podido reordenar más anuarios de nuestro proveedor. La fecha estimada para ordenar su pedido es finales de julio. Si está interesado en comprar un anuario, envíe su pago de $ 15.00. Los suministros son limitados y se asignan por orden de llegada. Los pagos pueden hacerse con cheque a nombre de “Fairfax Villa Elementary” o en efectivo (monto exacto) a la atención de la Sra. Wells. Se le notificará tan pronto como lleguen los anuarios y programaremos una hora para que los recoja en la oficina. Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíe un correo electrónico a la Sra. Wells a kewells@fcps.edu.

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates 

5/31:  Memorial Day Holiday

6/2:  6th Grade Ukulele Concert

6/7: Dragon Dreams with Guest Family Reading

6/7: Library Books Due

6/8:  Election Day: Virtual Synchronous Learning Day for ALL STUDENTS 

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

6/11: Virtual Student Good-Bye Drive Through 

6/14: Kindergarten Orientation 

6/14 and 6/15: Laptop Turn In Days

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Ukulele Concert
  2. Laptop Return Information
  3. Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year
  4.  Kindergarten Orientation
  5. Library Book Information
  6. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories
  7. June 8th: Virtual Synchronous Learning Day For Students
  8. Virtual Student Drive Through
  9. FCPS Summer Practice Books
  10. PTA 
1.Ukulele Concert

LIVE Ukulele Performance!

Ms. Gaskins and Ms. Torres are excited to announce that our Villa 6th graders will be presenting a LIVE performance of their ukulele skills on Wednesday, June 2nd, at 7pm. Thanks to recent changes in social distancing guidelines, we are able to have our performance indoors in the Fairfax Villa gym! Seats will be provided for the audience. Students should arrive at the school by 6:30 and meet in Ms. Gaskins’ room to prepare. The gym will also be open for audience seating at that time.

 

Please note that masks are required inside the school building, regardless of vaccination status.

We are so proud of the hard work our 6th Grade Dragons have been doing, and we can’t wait for them to share their music with you! 6th Grade Families, please check your email for additional details.

2.Laptop Return Information

At the end of the school year, Fairfax Villa  will be collecting the laptops and power cords that were given to your child to use at home and school  this school year. (If you were given a laptop bag, please plan to return that also.) Students who are returning to Fairfax Villa in the fall will be issued another laptop at that time. Students going to middle school will be issued a laptop by that school later.

  • Students who are enrolled in the SOAR, Bridge to 1, and Young Scholars  summer school programs at FVES may keep their FCPS laptops for those programs. They will be collected on the last day of the program. 
  • Students who are in school on the last day of school (Friday, June 11th) will turn in their laptops and power cords that day. A staff member will come to the classroom to get them. If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please send a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also send the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you. 
  • If your child is virtual or a two-day student who is not in school on Friday, June 11th, parents will need to return the laptop, power cord, and bag (if you have one) to the school  by doing the following.
    • Come to Fairfax Villa at any of these days/times:
      • Monday, June 14th from 7:30am - 9:30am
      • Monday, June 14th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
      • Tuesday, June 15th from 11:00am - 1:00pm
      • Tuesday, June 15th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
    • Look for the tent in the front of the school and pull your car up to that point.
    • Bring the laptop, charger, and bag to the table. 
    •  Please have all the equipment out of the bag. Leave the name tags on the laptop or bag.
    • We will check the barcode to make sure that the laptop matches the one that was checked out to your child.
    • If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please bring a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also bring the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you.  

Thank you for returning your child’s laptop on time so that we are able to start getting them ready for the next school year.

3.Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcoming Future Dragons!

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

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

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

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

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

4.Kindergarten Orientation

Fairfax Villa will be having an in-person presentation for rising Kindergarten parents on Monday, June 14 from 10:00-11:00am. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the 2021-22 kindergarten team and learn more about our school and what to expect for your child’s important year in kindergarten. Due to Covid restrictions, we are allowing only 2 adults per family to come to the presentation. This will be a parent only presentation. Please do not bring any children. Be sure to wear your mask!

5.Library Book Information

All library books are due back by June 7. Thank you for helping us to have ALL of these turned in on time.

6.Special Announcement: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on May 17 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing   Ms. Gates, Ms. Paramore, and Ms. Ammirati  read  their favorite books to us.

Our last Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, June 7 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Shapiro, Ms. Torres, and Ms. Tyrell.

We are excited to announce that our special reader guests that evening will be the Shrimankar family. We look forward to hearing Reva and Aditya read a favorite book.

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

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

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

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

8.Virtual Student Drive Through

On Friday, June 11, from 2:30-2:50pm, we want to say goodbye to our online students with an in-person activity.  During this 20 minute window, we ask our parents of virtual students only to drive them  through the Fairfax Villa kiss-n-ride parking lot where our teachers will be waiting to wave goodbye and wish them a safe and wonderful summer of fun!  Please take advantage of this great opportunity. We hope to see all of our virtual families on that day.

9.FCPS Summer Practice Books

Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students to provide suggested activities for students to support continued learning.  Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive digital copies of the Summer Practice Books.  Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11, 2021.  Families will receive email communication in May about upcoming book arrival.  Digital versions of books will be emailed to the enrolling parent SIS account in PDF format the week of June 7, 2021.

  • Pre-Kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary Summer Practice Book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book by course enrollment.  These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English Learners and Special Education students may receive additional or customized books.   

More information can be accessed on the Summer Practice Books public webpage.

10.PTA News

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

New PTA Board for 2021-2022

We are very excited to announce the new PTA Board for the 2021-2022 school year!

President - Jennifer Snyder

Vice President - Bindiya Sentil

Treasurer - Julia Colque

Secretary - Carmen Mandeville

PTA General Membership Meeting

Thanks for joining us for the last PTA meeting of the year. If you missed it, you can watch the recording here:

https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/863e963634c44387bbf1326e6fd2f711

 

AmazonSmile

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

 

Outside Activities - Boy Scouts

Are you interested in Cub Scouts?  Check out Pack 1513!  We have programs for grades K-5.  Activities are held both virtually and in person (with Covid 19 protocols in place). 

We have a few activities coming up and would like to invite you to see us in action:

Campout at Lake Fairfax the weekend of May 22 – come for some of the activities Saturday, May 22, such as a morning hike or an evening campfire.

4th of July Parade – planned for Saturday, July 3 in Fairfax (if COVID protocols permit)

If you have questions or are interested in attending, please contact us at pack1513fairfax@gmail.com.

@ FairfaxVillaPTA on Instagram & Twitter 

@ PTAFairfaxVilla on Facebook

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Fairfax Villa Yearbooks - Sold out!

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Thank you, Villa parents and families, for your overwhelming support of this year’s Yearbook! Unfortunately, we have sold out of available copies, and there won’t be any reprints. We appreciate the memorable virtual photos submitted by parents, and many thanks to Danielle Paramore for documenting our journey during this most unprecedented year.

¡Gracias, padres y familias de Villa, por su abrumador apoyo al Anuario de este año! Desafortunadamente, se agotaron las copias disponibles y no habrá reimpresiones. Agradecemos las memorables fotos virtuales enviadas por los padres y muchas gracias a Danielle Paramore por documentar nuestro viaje durante este año sin precedentes. (Este texto se tradujo con Google Translate.)

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates 

5/31:  Memorial Day Holiday

6/2:  6th Grade Ukulele Concert

6/7: Dragon Dreams with Guest Family Reading

6/7: Library Books Due

6/8:  Virtual Synchronous Learning Day for ALL STUDENTS 

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

6/11: Virtual Student Drive Through 

6/14: Kindergarten Orientation 

6/14 and 6/15: Laptop Turn In Days

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Laptop Return Information
  2. Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year
  3. Parent Input Form for 2021-22 Class Placement
  4. Ukulele Concert
  5. NEW: Library Book Information
  6. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories
  7. May School Spirit Days
  8. New: Kindergarten Orientation
  9. June 8th: Virtual Synchronous Learning Day For Students
  10. NEW:Virtual Student Drive Through
  11. FCPS Summer Practice Books
  12. PTA 
1.Laptop Return Information

At the end of the school year, Fairfax Villa  will be collecting the laptops and power cords that were given to your child to use at home and school  this school year. (If you were given a laptop bag, please plan to return that also.) Students who are returning to Fairfax Villa in the fall will be issued another laptop at that time. Students going to middle school will be issued a laptop by that school later.

  • Students who are enrolled in the SOAR, Bridge to 1, and Young Scholars  summer school programs at FVES may keep their FCPS laptops for those programs. They will be collected on the last day of the program. 
  • Students who are in school on the last day of school (Friday, June 11th) will turn in their laptops and power cords that day. A staff member will come to the classroom to get them. If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please send a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also send the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you. 
  • If your child is virtual or a two-day student who is not in school on Friday, June 11th, parents will need to return the laptop, power cord, and bag (if you have one) to the school  by doing the following.
    • Come to Fairfax Villa at any of these days/times:
      • Monday, June 14th from 7:30am - 9:30am
      • Monday, June 14th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
      • Tuesday, June 15th from 11:00am - 1:00pm
      • Tuesday, June 15th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
    • Look for the tent in the front of the school and pull your car up to that point.
    • A staff member will come to your car to get the laptop. 
    •  Please have all the equipment out of the bag. Leave the name tags on the laptop or bag.
    • We will check the barcode to make sure that the laptop matches the one that was checked out to your child.
    • If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please bring a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also bring the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you.  

Thank you for returning your child’s laptop on time so that we are able to start getting them ready for the next school year.

2.Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcoming Future Dragons!

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

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

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

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

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

3.Parent Input Form for 2021-22 Class Placement

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

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

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

4.Ukulele Concert

LIVE Ukulele Performance!

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

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

5.Library Book Information

The last day for students to put a library book on hold is May 24. All library books are due back by June 7. Thank you for helping us to have ALL of these turned in on time.

6.Special Announcement: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on May 17 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing   Ms. Gates, Ms. Paramore, and Ms. Ammirati  read  their favorite books to us.

Our last Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, June 7 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Shapiro, Ms. Torres, and Ms. Tyrell.

We are excited to announce that our special reader guests that evening will be the Shrimankar family. We look forward to hearing Reva and Aditya read a favorite book.

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

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

7.May School Spirit Days

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

 

8.Kindergarten Orientation

Fairfax Villa will be having an in-person presentation for rising Kindergarten parents on Monday, June 14 from 10:00-11:00am. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the 2021-22 kindergarten team and learn more about our school and what to expect for your child’s important year in kindergarten. Due to Covid restrictions, we are allowing only 2 adults per family to come to the presentation. This will be a parent only presentation. Please do not bring any children. Be sure to wear your mask!

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

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

10.Virtual Student Drive Through

On Friday, June 11, from 2:30-2:50pm, we want to say goodbye to our online students with an in-person activity.  During this 20 minute window, we ask our parents of virtual students only to drive them  through the Fairfax Villa kiss-n-ride parking lot where our teachers will be waiting to wave goodbye and wish them a safe and wonderful summer of fun!  Please take advantage of this great opportunity. We hope to see all of our virtual families on that day.

11.FCPS Summer Practice Books

Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students to provide suggested activities for students to support continued learning.  Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive digital copies of the Summer Practice Books.  Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11, 2021.  Families will receive email communication in May about upcoming book arrival.  Digital versions of books will be emailed to the enrolling parent SIS account in PDF format the week of June 7, 2021.

  • Pre-Kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary Summer Practice Book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book by course enrollment.  These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English Learners and Special Education students may receive additional or customized books.   

More information can be accessed on the Summer Practice Books public webpage.

12.PTA News

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

PTA Board Candidates

We are very excited to announce the slate of candidates for the 2021-2023 PTA Board!

President - Jennifer Snyder

Vice President - Bindiya Sentil

Treasurer - Julia Colque

Secretary - Carmen Mandeville

 

Check out the candidate bios here: http://bit.ly/VillaPTA2021Ballot 

PTA Members, please vote by 6 PM on Tuesday, May 25!

https://forms.gle/Zfm81inR95Hkx7sx5

PTA General Membership Meeting

Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 26 at 7 PM. Hope to see you there to hear the results of the PTA Board elections! This will be the last meeting of the school year!

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

Spirit Night at PJ Skidoos

Mark your calendars for Spirit Night at PJ Skidoos on Monday, May 24! They will be donating 15% of all Fairfax Villa carry out and dine in orders from lunch and dinner that day!

AmazonSmile

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

Outside Activities - Boy Scouts

Are you interested in Cub Scouts?  Check out Pack 1513!  We have programs for grades K-5.  Activities are held both virtually and in person (with Covid 19 protocols in place). 

We have a few activities coming up and would like to invite you to see us in action:

Campout at Lake Fairfax the weekend of May 22 – come for some of the activities Saturday, May 22, such as a morning hike or an evening campfire.

4th of July Parade – planned for Saturday, July 3 in Fairfax (if COVID protocols permit)

If you have questions or are interested in attending, please contact us at pack1513fairfax@gmail.com.

 

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@ FairfaxVillaPTA on Instagram & Twitter 

@ PTAFairfaxVilla on Facebook

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Purchase your Fairfax Villa Yearbook!

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Yearbook Orders

Dear Parents,

It’s that time of year again.  Remember this remarkable year by ordering your 2020-2021 yearbook

Flyers will be coming home with your in-person students on May 19th so please check their backpacks!

Orders can be placed now through June 11th while supplies last.  Yearbooks are $15 each! 

Exact cash or checks made out to "Fairfax Villa" will be accepted in the front office to the attention of Ms. Wells. Please note: Supplies are limited and are on first come first serve basis.

We hope that everyone is safe and healthy!

Danielle Paramore

Fairfax Villa Art Teacher & Yearbook Coordinator

 

Please click the order form below to download and print

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Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories tonight at 7pm

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Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

We are excited to announce a special opportunity for our families - a chance to be a guest reader on our last Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories on June 7! All families who log in and listen to our books tonight at 7pm will have a chance to be asked to read a book along with the 3 teachers on June 7th.  Our readers for tonight will be Ms. Gates, Ms. Paramore, and Ms. Ammirati.

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

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

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates 

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

5/17:  Dragon Dreams

5/31:  Memorial Day Holiday

6/2:  6th Grade Ukulele Concert

6/7: Dragon Dreams with Guest Family Reading

6/8:  Virtual Synchronous Learning Day for ALL STUDENTS 

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

6/11: Virtual Student Drive Through 

6/14: Kindergarten Orientation 

6/14 and 6/15: Laptop Turn In Days

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. Laptop Return Information
  2. Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year
  3. Parent Input Form for 2021-22 Class Placement
  4. Ukulele Concert
  5. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories
  6. May School Spirit Days
  7. New: Kindergarten Orientation
  8. Rec-PAC This Summer at Fairfax Villa
  9. Your Lifetouch Pictures
  10. June 8th: Virtual Synchronous Learning Day For Students
  11. NEW:Virtual Student Drive Through
  12. Attention All 6th Grade Parents!
  13. FCPS Summer Practice Books
  14. PTA
1.Laptop Return Information

At the end of the school year, Fairfax Villa  will be collecting the laptops and power cords that were given to your child to use at home and school  this school year. (If you were given a laptop bag, please plan to return that also.) Students who are returning to Fairfax Villa in the fall will be issued another laptop at that time. Students going to middle school will be issued a laptop by that school later.

  • Students who are enrolled in the SOAR, Bridge to 1, and Young Scholars  summer school programs at FVES may keep their FCPS laptops for those programs. They will be collected on the last day of the program. 
  • Students who are in school on the last day of school (Friday, June 11th) will turn in their laptops and power cords that day. A staff member will come to the classroom to get them. If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please send a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also send the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you. 
  • If your child is virtual or a two-day student who is not in school on Friday, June 11th, parents will need to return the laptop, power cord, and bag (if you have one) to the school  by doing the following.
    • Come to Fairfax Villa at any of these days/times:
      • Monday, June 14th from 7:30am - 9:30am
      • Monday, June 14th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
      • Tuesday, June 15th from 11:00am - 1:00pm
      • Tuesday, June 15th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
    • Look for the tent in the front of the school and pull your car up to that point.
    • A staff member will come to your car to get the laptop. 
    •  Please have all the equipment out of the bag. Leave the name tags on the laptop or bag.
    • We will check the barcode to make sure that the laptop matches the one that was checked out to your child.
    • If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please bring a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also bring the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you.  

Thank you for returning your child’s laptop on time so that we are able to start getting them ready for the next school year.

2.Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcoming Future Dragons!

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

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

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

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

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

3.Parent Input Form for 2021-22 Class Placement

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

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

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

4.Ukulele Concert

LIVE Ukulele Performance!

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

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

5.Special Announcement: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

We are excited to announce a special opportunity for our families - a chance to be a guest reader on our last Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories on June 7! All families who log in and listen to our books on May 17 will have a chance to be asked to read a book along with the 3 teachers on June 7th. 

Thank you to all those families who joined us on May 3 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing  Ms. VonAncken, Ms. Reilly, and Ms. Pivarnik read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, May 17 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Gates, Ms. Paramore, and Ms. Ammirati.

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

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

6.May School Spirit Days

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

7.Kindergarten Orientation

Fairfax Villa will be having an in-person presentation for rising Kindergarten parents on Monday, June 14 from 10:00-11:00am. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the 2021-22 kindergarten team and learn more about our school and what to expect for your child’s important year in kindergarten. Due to Covid restrictions, we are allowing only 2 adults per family to come to the presentation. This will be a parent only presentation. Please do not bring any children. Be sure to wear your mask!

8.Rec-PAC This Summer at Fairfax Villa

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

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

Link to brochure

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

9.Your Lifetouch Pictures

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

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

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

11.Virtual Student Drive Through

On Friday, June 11, from 2:30-2:50pm, we want to say goodbye to our online students with an in-person activity.  During this 20 minute window, we ask our parents of virtual students only to drive them  through the Fairfax Villa kiss-n-ride parking lot where our teachers will be waiting to wave goodbye and wish them a safe and wonderful summer of fun!  Please take advantage of this great opportunity. We hope to see all of our virtual families on that day.

12.Attention all 6th Grade Parents!

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

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

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

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

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

13.FCPS Summer Practice Books

Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students to provide suggested activities for students to support continued learning.  Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive digital copies of the Summer Practice Books.  Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11, 2021.  Families will receive email communication in May about upcoming book arrival.  Digital versions of books will be emailed to the enrolling parent SIS account in PDF format the week of June 7, 2021.

  • Pre-Kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary Summer Practice Book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book by course enrollment.  These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English Learners and Special Education students may receive additional or customized books.   

More information can be accessed on the Summer Practice Books public webpage.

14.PTA News

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

PTA Board Candidates

We are very excited to announce the slate of candidates for the 2021-2023 PTA Board!

 

President - Jennifer Snyder

Vice President - Bindiya Sentil

Treasurer - Julia Colque

Secretary - Carmen Mandeville

 

PTA Members, keep an eye out for more information about the candidates and an electronic ballot to complete before our next meeting on May 26.

 

PTA General Membership Meeting

Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 26 at 7 PM. Hope to see you there to hear the results of the PTA Board elections! This will be the last meeting of the school year!

 

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

 

Spirit Night at PJ Skidoos

Mark your calendars for Spirit Night at PJ Skidoos on Monday, May 24! They will be donating 15% of all Fairfax Villa carry out and dine in orders from lunch and dinner that day! Stay tuned for more details. 

AmazonSmile

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

Outside Activities - Boy Scouts

Are you interested in Cub Scouts?  Check out Pack 1513!  We have programs for grades K-5.  Activities are held both virtually and in person (with Covid 19 protocols in place). 

We have a few activities coming up and would like to invite you to see us in action:

Campout at Lake Fairfax the weekend of May 22 – come for some of the activities Saturday, May 22, such as a morning hike or an evening campfire.

4th of July Parade – planned for Saturday, July 3 in Fairfax (if COVID protocols permit)

If you have questions or are interested in attending, please contact us at pack1513fairfax@gmail.com.

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates 

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

5/17:  Dragon Dreams

5/31:  Memorial Day Holiday

6/2:  6th Grade Ukulele Concert

6/7: Dragon Dreams with Guest Family Reading

6/8:  Virtual Synchronous Learning Day for ALL STUDENTS 

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

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: Laptop Return Information
  2. Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year
  3. Parent Input Form for 2021-22 Class Placement
  4. Ukulele Concert
  5. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories
  6. May School Spirit Days
  7. Rec-PAC This Summer at Fairfax Villa
  8. Your Lifetouch Pictures
  9. Last Call: Boosterthon Prize Pickup
  10. June 8th: Virtual Synchronous Learning Day For Students
  11. Attention All 6th Grade Parents!
  12. PTA 
1.Laptop Return Information

At the end of the school year, Fairfax Villa  will be collecting the laptops and power cords that were given to your child to use at home and school  this school year. (If you were given a laptop bag, please plan to return that also.) Students who are returning to Fairfax Villa in the fall will be issued another laptop at that time. Students going to middle school will be issued a laptop by that school later.

  • Students who are enrolled in the SOAR, Bridge to 1, and Young Scholars  summer school programs at FVES may keep their FCPS laptops for those programs. They will be collected on the last day of the program. 
  • Students who are in school on the last day of school (Friday, June 11th) will turn in their laptops and power cords that day. A staff member will come to the classroom to get them. If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please send a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also send the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you. 
  • If your child is virtual or a two-day student who is not in school on Friday, June 11th, you will need to return the laptop, power cord, and bag (if you have one) to the school  by doing the following.
    • Come to Fairfax Villa at any of these days/times:
      • Monday, June 14th from 7:30am - 9:30am
      • Monday, June 14th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
      • Tuesday, June 15th from 11:00am - 1:00pm
      • Tuesday, June 15th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
    • Look for the tent in the front of the school and pull your car up to that point.
    • A staff member will come to your car to get the laptop. 
    •  Please have all equipment out of the bag. Leave the name tags on the laptop or bag.
    • We will check the barcode to make sure that the laptop matches the one that was checked out to your child.
    • If you have lost the power cord and need to replace it, please bring a check for $23 made out to Fairfax Villa Elementary. You may also bring the exact amount in cash. We will not be able to make change for you.  

Thank you for returning your child’s laptop on time so that we are able to start getting them ready for the next school year.

2.Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcoming Future Dragons!

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

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

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

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

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

3.Parent Input Form for 2021-22 Class Placement

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

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

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

4.Ukulele Concert

LIVE Ukulele Performance!

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

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

5.Special Announcement: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

We are excited to announce a special opportunity for our families - a chance to be a guest reader on our last Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories on June 7! All families who log in and listen to our books on May 17 will have a chance to be asked to read a book along with the 3 teachers on June 7th. 

Thank you to all those families who joined us on May 3 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing  Ms. VonAncken, Ms. Reilly, and Ms. Pivarnik read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, May 17 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Gates, Ms. Paramore, and Ms. Ammirati.

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

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

 

 

6.May School Spirit Days

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

7.Rec-PAC This Summer at Fairfax Villa

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

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

Link to brochure

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

8.Your Lifetouch Pictures

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

9.Last Call: Boosterthon Prize Pickup 

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

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

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

11.Attention all 6th Grade Parents!

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

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

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

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

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

12.PTA News

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

Calling Candidates for the next PTA Board!

We already have a couple of interested candidates to join the 2021-2023 PTA Board! We’re looking for a couple more! We are especially looking for candidates for Vice President and Treasurer. Please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com if you'd like to discuss or to put your name on the candidate list.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is here!

Thank you SO much to everyone who donated ideas, supplies, money, and time to this year’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week! Your contributions helped to restock the faculty lounge (including a new microwave, kettle, supply cart and lots of snacks!), gift some plant seedlings and seeds, provide Italian ice and Chick-fil-A lunch, and fill up some fun gift bags with t-shirts, gift cards, lotion, colorful pens, and sticky notes. And we loved seeing the appreciation sheets that the kids sent back! We are grateful to all of our Fairfax Villa teachers and staff for everything they do for our kids, and we are grateful to all our families for helping us celebrate them!

PTA General Membership Meeting

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

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

 

Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 28 at 7 PM. Hope to see you there for PTA Board elections! 

 

AmazonSmile

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

 

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Tonight: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

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Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

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

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

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

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

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Fairfax Villa Friday Message

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Important Upcoming Dates  

5/3-5/7:  Teacher Appreciation Week

5/3:  Dragon Dreams

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

5/31:  Memorial Day Holiday

6/2:  6th Grade Ukulele Concert

6/8:  Virtual Synchronous Learning Day for ALL STUDENTS 

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

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: Administrative Professionals Week

  2. Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year

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

  4. NEW: Ukulele Concert

  5. UPDATED: Positivity Information

  6. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  7. May School Spirit Days

  8. Rec-PAC This Summer at Fairfax Villa

  9. Your Lifetouch Pictures

  10. Last Call: Boosterthon Prize Pickup

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

  12. NEW: Attention All 6th Grade Parents!

  13. PTA 

1.Administrative Professionals Week

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

2.Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcoming Future Dragons!

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

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

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

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

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

3.Parent Input Form for 2021-22 Class Placement

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

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

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

4.Ukulele Concert

LIVE Ukulele Performance!

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

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

5.Positivity Information May 3-7:  LEADERSHIP

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

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

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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

6.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

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

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

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

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

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

7.May School Spirit Days

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

8.Rec-PAC This Summer at Fairfax Villa

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

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

Link to brochure

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

9.Your Lifetouch Pictures

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

10.Last Call: Boosterthon Prize Pickup 

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

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

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

12.Attention all 6th Grade Parents!

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

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

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

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

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

13.PTA News

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

Calling Candidates for the next PTA Board!

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

PTA General Membership Meeting

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

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

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is coming up!

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

Here’s the plan:

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

Tuesday, May 4: Freshly stocked lounge reveal!

Wednesday, May 5: Rita’s Desserts!

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

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

Help Us Refill the Dragon Snacks!

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

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

AmazonSmile

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

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Important Upcoming Dates  

5/3-5/7  Teacher Appreciation Week

5/3 - Dragon Dreams

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

5/31- Memorial Day Holiday

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

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

Welcoming Future Dragons!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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

3.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

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

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

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

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

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

4.April School Spirit Days

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

5.Your Lifetouch Pictures

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

6.PTA News

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

Come hear about Level IV AAP at Fairfax Villa!

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

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is coming up!

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

Here’s the plan:

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

Tuesday, May 4: Freshly stocked lounge reveal!

Wednesday, May 5: Rita’s Desserts!

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

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

Please sign up here:

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

Are you the next Fairfax Villa PTA Treasurer?? 

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

Help Us Refill the Dragon Snacks!

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

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

AmazonSmile

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

Outside Activities

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

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Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

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

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

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

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

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Important Upcoming Dates  

4/19 - Dragon Dreams

5/3-5/7  Teacher Appreciation Week

5/3 - Dragon Dreams

5/31- Memorial Day Holiday

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

IN THIS ISSUE
  1. NEW: Our New Meal Procedures

  2. Testing Information 

  3. Kindergarten Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year

  4. UPDATED: Positivity Information

  5. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  6. April School Spirit Days

  7. NEW: Your Lifetouch Pictures

  8. PTA

1.Our New Meal Procedures

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

Breakfast

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

Snacks

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

Lunch

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

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

  • Virginia Remote Student Progress Test

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

  • SOLs

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

3.Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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

5.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

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

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

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

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

6.April School Spirit Days

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

7.Your Lifetouch Pictures

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

8.PTA News

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

Are you the next Fairfax Villa PTA Treasurer??

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

PTA General Membership Meeting

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

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AmazonSmile

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

Outside Activities

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

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Important Upcoming Dates  

4/16 - School Spirit Day - Hat Day!

4/19 - Dragon Dreams

5/3-5/7 - Teacher Appreciation Week

5/3 - Dragon Dreams

5/31- Memorial Day Holiday

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

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. NEW:Parent Action Needed Concerning SOLs

  2. Kindergarten Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year

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

  4. UPDATED: Calling All Photos!

  5. NEW: School Spirit Day-Hat Day 

  6. UPDATED: Positivity Information

  7. Boosterthon Prize Pickup

  8. Boosterthon Reward Fun with Mr. Gerstner

  9. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  10. April School Spirit Days

  11. NEW: Your Lifetouch Pictures

  12. School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

  13. PTA 

1.Parent Action Needed Concerning SOLs

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sent home due to COVID Like Illness (CLI)

  • Reports a positive COVID-19 test

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

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

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

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

4.Calling All Photos!

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

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

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

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

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

The deadline for both of these is April 12. 

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

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

5.School Spirit Day: Hat Day

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

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

6.Positivity Information April 12 - 16

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

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

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

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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

7.Boosterthon Prize Pickup 

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

8.Boosterthon Reward Fun With Mr. Gerstner

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

9.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

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

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

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

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

10.April School Spirit Days

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

11.Your Lifetouch Pictures

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

12.School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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

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

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

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

13.PTA News

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

Are you the next Fairfax Villa PTA Secretary??

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

PTA General Membership Meeting

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

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AmazonSmile

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

Outside Activities

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

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