Fun Run Tomorrow 11/30! 

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Fun Run/Glow Run Tomorrow! 

Due to the forecasted weather, we will be having an indoor Glow Run tomorrow 11/30 With exception of Kindergarten, the run will take place during grade-level specials time (see schedule below). There will be a dedicated cheering section for parents who would like to come! Parents will need to sign in at the main office before going to the gym. Thank you for supporting our school! 

9:20 – 10:20 2nd Grade

10:20 – 11:20 1st Grade

11:20 – 12:20 3rd Grade

12:20 – 12:50 Kindergarten

12:50 – 1:50 4th Grade

1:50 – 2:50  5th Grade

2:50 – 3:50 6th Grade

 

Here are a few reminders before your student(s) participate in the big event:

  • Make sure your student(s) wear appropriate foot and clothing attire to move and groove.
  • Log final donations TODAY on MYBOOSTER.COM.

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Happy Thanksgiving and Calendar Reminders!

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Thanksgiving Break

As a reminder, FCPS Schools and Offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving Break.

Here at Forestville, we hope that our Forestville community has a safe and healthy Thanksgiving day and break!

Classes will resume on Monday, November 28

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar

AAP Screening Deadline: Dec 15th

Full-Time Services, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)  

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).  

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive: 

  •   Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in       Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and 
  •       Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content.  

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year. 

Screening for Advanced Academic Program Services 

Multiple data points are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom. No pieces of the data are weighted in the holistic screening process.   

Eligibility decisions for subject-specific advanced differentiation and part-time services are made by a committee at the local school, and screening is ongoing throughout the school year. To refer for subject-specific advanced differentiation and part-time services, submit the AAP School-Based Referral Form to the AART at the local school. 

Eligibility decisions for full-time services are made by the countywide central selection committee. 

Screening for full-time services occurs during specific screening cycles:   

  •   Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January. 

The fall screening referral window is from the first day of school - October 15. 

  •   Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student.  

The spring screening referral window is from the first day of school - December 15. 

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in Grades 2-7. Referrals submitted after December 15th will not be accepted.   

Referral forms for all advanced academic program services are found at https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.  

For any additional questions, please contact Shana Twitchell, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, at [email protected]  

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Forestville Updates!!!

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Upcoming Dates

November 23 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break (no school - FCPS offices closed)

November 30 - PTA Fun Run (Fun Run schedule will be posted soon)

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

Thank You, Volunteers! 

Thank you to our PTA and volunteers who made the Book Fair and Thanksgiving Lunch a huge success! It was a wonderful way to connect with so many of our families. We appreciate you! 

Back to School Night Survey

As we start to move into the very early stages of planning for next year, we want to get your feedback on Back To School Night (BTSN). Please take a moment to fill out this survey to help us gather your feedback on BTSN. The deadline to fill out the survey is Friday, December 2. 

Preview and Opt-Out Information

You are invited to attend an opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 21st from 9:15a.m.- 10:15 a.m. at Great Falls Elementary School in the school library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.  Additional information on the curricula, as well as  FLE Opt Out Forms are available on the Family Life Education (FLE) page on the FCPS website. 

If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of the FLE program, please complete the opt out form included in this link and return the form to school prior to FLE instruction. Link to Opt Out Forms

FCPS Calendar Survey

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

Strategic Plan - Family Team Nominations

Developing the Strategic Plan will involve assembling multiple work teams that represent the perspectives of school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. FCPS is currently seeking nominations for families and caregivers who are interested in contributing to the strategic planning process as part of the Family Team (FT). This team will come together four times during the next several months. The families and caregivers of our current or prospective students can self-nominate or can be nominated using this form. Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 22.

National Family Engagement Month

National Family Engagement Month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Strong parental and family support is vital to the well-being and success of students. FCPS has many resources for families designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth. 

The following resources are available to all FCPS families. Visit the links below to learn more about workshops and classes for families, digital and printable resources for early childhood, mental health, military families, special education, multilingual and wellness topics.

Parent Education Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

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Book Fair Family Night & Thanksgiving Lunch

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Book Fair Family Night TONIGHT! 

Join our PTA TONIGHT (11/16) for an ice cream social and book fair family night! We will be scooping ice-cream and the book fair will be open for purchases from 6-8 p.m.

Thanksgiving Lunch - Important Information

Tomorrow (11/17) is our Thanksgiving Lunch. We are looking forward to welcoming families into the building!

Important information to know: 

  • Visitors must sign-in before proceeding to the cafeteria. Our office staff will have sign-in sheets and visitor stickers available as you come into the building.
  • Due to supply chain issues only students will be able to purchase school lunch. Families are welcome to bring outside food to enjoy with their family.
  • Since Thanksgiving Lunch is one day this year, lunch slots are 30 minutes. *see schedule below
  • Parents wishing to visit the book fair with their student during the lunch block must fill out this google form before leaving the cafeteria. This is so teachers and staff can account for students at all times. A QR code to this form will be posted on the cafeteria doors. If you are taking your student home with you, you must sign them out in the main office.
Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule:

10:45 - 11:15 Kindergarten

11:15 - 11:45 4th Grade 

11:45 - 12:15 1st Grade 

12:20 - 12:50 3rd Grade 

12:50 - 1:20 2nd Grade

1:20 - 1:50 5th Grade 

1:50 - 2:20 6th Grade

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Forestville Friday Updates!!!

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Upcoming Dates

November 14 - 18 - Book Fair (see important information below)

November 16 - Book Fair Ice Cream Social 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

November 17 - Thanksgiving Lunch (more information below) 

November 23 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break (no school)

November 30 - PTA Fun Run (Fun Run schedule will be posted soon)

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Forestville's Thanksgiving Luncheon will take place on Thursday, November 17th. This is the perfect kickoff to the holiday season and a wonderful way to gather together as a Forestville community. Families are invited to join their students for lunch in the cafeteria. 

Note: The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) department has informed us that due to supply chain issues, families will not be able to purchase Thanksgiving lunch from the cafeteria. Forestville students are the only attendees able to purchase cafeteria food. Families are welcome to bring outside food to enjoy with your family. 

Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule:

10:45 - 11:15 Kindergarten

11:15 - 11:45 4th Grade 

11:45 - 12:15 1st Grade 

12:20 - 12:50 3rd Grade 

12:50 - 1:20 2nd Grade

1:20 - 1:50 5th Grade 

1:50 - 2:20 6th Grade

Book Fair Information 

We are very excited to announce that the Book Fair is coming back to Forestville from November 14th – November 17th during regular school hours. Students will come to the Book Fair with their class twice during the week – once to preview the books and once to make purchases. The schedule for class visits can be found here. The book fair accepts cash and cards in addition to an “e-wallet” where families can add money online for their students to use for purchases. Click here for specific details on setting up the e-wallet.

Families are welcome to join us at the Book Fair for two special events:

  1. Wednesday, November 16 from 6-8pm, please join us for an ice cream social in the Forestville Cafeteria. During this time families will be able to enjoy a treat and shop the book fair!
  2. Thursday, November 17 Forestville will be hosting The Thanksgiving Luncheon. The class schedule for the luncheon can be found above. Families are welcome to shop the book fair during the Thanksgiving Lunch. **Please note that for safety reasons, you will need to fill out a Google Form when taking your child from the luncheon to the book fair. This is so teachers and staff can account for students. A QR code that directs you to the form will be posted on the cafeteria doors. 

Prefer to shop the Book Fair online? Click here to check out the wide range of books available for order. All orders placed via this link will still support the Forestville PTA and they’ll be delivered directly to your home!

The Marine Corps celebrated their 247th birthday on November 10th.

The Marine Corps was formed on November 10, 1775, by the Second Continental Congress, with the first Marines enlisting under Commandant Samuel Nicholas. But it was not until 1921 that the Corps began celebrating that historic day officially as its birthday.

Veterans Day

Fairfax County Public Schools pauses to express our deep gratitude and sincere appreciation to our Veterans for their brave and selfless service to our country. We encourage all members of our community to take a moment to reflect on the meaning of Veterans Day; to remember the sacrifices, the service with honor, the dedication of those who serve, and those who love and support them. It is important to acknowledge and thank Veterans for their service today, and throughout the year. 

Happy Veterans Day to those who have served, those who serve today, and future veterans - serving at home and abroad, from Fairfax County Public Schools. Thank you for your service.

Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview and Opt-Out Information

You are invited to attend an opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 21st from 9:15a.m.- 10:15 a.m. at Great Falls Elementary School in the school library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.  Additional information on the curricula, as well as  FLE Opt Out Forms are available on the Family Life Education (FLE) page on the FCPS website. 

If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of the FLE program, please complete the opt out form included in this link and return the form to school prior to FLE instruction. Link to Opt Out Forms

FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon!

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week. 

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

Online Tutoring Service Still Available

FCPS students have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Student participation is optional, and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students are able to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following instructional videos: 

Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to onlinetutori[email protected]

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Veteran's Day - November 11 - No School for Students

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Veteran's Day - November 11 No School for Students

As a reminder there is no school tomorrow, Friday, November 11, for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

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Arrival Change Reminder

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Morning Arrival Change for Spring Musical

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, November 9th - we will be making a slight adjustment to our arrival procedures. In order to accommodate practice time and space for our spring musical, all students, regardless of grade-level, will be reporting to the gym in the morning upon arrival. Our musical participants will be using the cafeteria for play practice.

This change to arrival procedures will be in place for a while and when it is time for Kinder-2nd grade students to report back to the cafeteria in the morning, we will communciate that out to our staff and parent community.

Students can continue to come to school by bus, as a walker through Door #11, or through Kiss n Ride. Starting on Wednesday, November 9th - all students upon arrival, will report to the gym until it is time to go to their classrooms to start the school day. 

Please help communicate this change to your child and we will have staff ready to remind students of the change tomorrow morning.

Thanks!  

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Forestville Friday Updates!!!

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Upcoming Dates

November 8 - Holiday, No School - Election Day

November 11 - School Planning Day, No School

November 14 - 18 - Book Fair

November 17 - Thanksgiving Lunch (more information below)

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

Morning Arrival Changes for Spring Musical

Starting on Wednesday, November 9th - we will be making a slight adjustment to our arrival procedures. In order to accommodate practice time and space for our spring musical, all students, regardless of grade-level, will be reporting to the gym in the morning upon arrival. Our musical participants will be using the cafeteria for play practice.

This change to arrival procedures will be in place for a while and when it is time for Kinder-2nd grade students to report back to the cafeteria in the morning, we will communciate that out to our staff and parent community.

Students can continue to come to school by bus, as a walker through Door #11, or through Kiss n Ride. Starting on Wednesday, November 9th - all students upon arrival, will report to the gym until it is time to go to their classrooms to start the school day. 

Thanks!  

Awards Nominations:

To submit a nomination for a Forestville Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete a nomination form below. You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. The links below have more information regarding the criteria for each award and the eligibility requirements. The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, November 7th, 2022.

Outstanding Teacher

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Professional Employee

Outstanding Operational Employee

Outstanding School-Based Leader

Thanksgiving Luncheon - Thursday, Nov. 17 

Forestville's Thanksgiving Luncheon will take place on Thursday, November 17th. This is the perfect kickoff to the holiday season and a wonderful way to gather together as a FES community.  Families are invited to join their students for lunch in the cafeteria. 

Note: The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) department has informed us that due to supply chain issues families will not be able to purchase Thanksgiving lunch from the cafeteria. Forestville students are the only attendees able to purchase cafeteria food. Families are welcome to bring outside food to enjoy with your family. 

Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule:

10:45 - 11:15 Kindergarten

11:15 - 11:45 4th Grade 

11:45 - 12:15 1st Grade 

12:20 - 12:50 3rd Grade 

12:50 - 1:20 2nd Grade

1:20 - 1:50 5th Grade 

1:50 - 2:20 6th Grade

FLE Parent Preview Time

You are invited to attend an opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 21st from 9:15a.m.- 10:15 a.m. at Great Falls Elementary School in the school library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.  Additional information on the curricula, as well as  FLE Opt Out Forms are available on the Family Life Education (FLE) page on the FCPS website.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is overflowing. We love sending items back home. Items are on display in the main hallway. If you child is missing something please have them check the racks!

PTA Fun Run 

Registration is now open for our Forestville PTA Fun Run! Our goal is to raise $30,000 for School Curriculum enhancement, teacher grants, & social events for the community (i.e. books & technology, school dance, field trips, assemblies, teacher grants).

⭐️ Register Now On MYBOOSTER.COM  ⭐️

Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!

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Forestville Friday Updates 10/28

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Upcoming Dates:

October 31 - Teacher Workday, No School 

November 8 - Holiday, No School - Election Day

November 11 - Student Holiday, No School

November 14 - 18 - Book Fair

November 17 - Thanksgiving Lunch (general information below; more specific information to follow)

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards!

To submit a nomination for a Forestville Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete a nomination by clicking one of the links below. You may nominate an employee in one or more categories.  All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a brief statement about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The links below have more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, November 7th, 2022.

Outstanding Teacher

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Professional Employee

Outstanding Operational Employee

Outstanding School-Based Leader

Thanksgiving Luncheon - Thursday, Nov. 17 

Forestville's Thanksgiving Luncheon will take place on Thursday, November 17th. This is the perfect kickoff to the holiday season and a wonderful way to gather together as a FES community.  Families are invited to join their students for lunch in the cafeteria. 

Note: Due to supply chain issues families will not be able to purchase Thanksgiving lunch from the cafeteria. FES students are the only attendees able to purchase cafeteria food. Families are welcome to bring outside food to enjoy with your family. We are finalizing a schedule that will closely mirror our current Cafeteria Schedule. Please be on the lookout for the lunch schedule in our next newsletter. 

Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS’ Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information.

Celebrate Great Falls Golf Tournament (All Grades)

Earlier this month, Colvin Run Elementary, Great Falls Elementary, and Forestville Elementary had the honor of accepting a generous donation from Celebrate Great Falls. A special thank you to CRES parent Mrs. Gibbons and former CRES parent Mrs. Cuomo and the entire Celebrate Great Falls Tournament team for their terrific efforts to benefit our schools. Our families appreciate it!

Feedback Welcome on Proposed Family Life Education Changes

The Fairfax County School Board is reviewing recommended changes to the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum and invites public feedback as part of the review process. In May 2022, the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC) presented recommended curriculum changes, to go into effect for the 2023-24 school year. Those changes include adopting gender-combined instruction, and exploring instruction of gender identity, recommended media, and other instructional changes. 

The recommendations reflect leading education and child development research and expert advice. According to research cited in the recommendations, these changes will create a more inclusive learning environment, result in higher academic achievement for students, and improve school climate.

Public feedback will be shared with FLECAC and the School Board. FCPS staff and the School Board will consider all feedback but are unable to reply to individuals. 

Learn more about the recommended changes on our website. The public feedback form will be available on our website and will be open October 31 through December 1

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Forestville Updates!

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Upcoming Dates: 

October 24 - Student and Staff Holiday (Diwali), No School 

October 26 - Community Conversations with Dr. Reid @ Langley High School

October 28 - Student Early Release (2 hour- 2pm), End of First Quarter

October 31 - Teacher Workday, No School 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

Superintendent Community Conversations - Langley Pyramid - October 26

Please save the date for a very special event!

Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Langley High School on October 26, 2022.   This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend. 

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards!

To submit a nomination for a Forestville Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete a nomination by clicking one of the links below. You may nominate an employee in one or more categories.  All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a brief statement about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The links below have more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, November 7th, 2022.

Outstanding Teacher

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Professional Employee

Outstanding Operational Employee

Outstanding School-Based Leader

 

Simply put, National Book Month is a wonderful opportunity to read a book (or two!). Try your best to make it a point to read with your children before bed — it’s unlikely you’re going to regret digging into a great new book. You can enjoy fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature. And enjoy your reading in the language of your choice!

Happy National Book Month!

Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS’ Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information.

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS started asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

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Upcoming Dates:

October 24 - Student and Staff Holiday (Diwali), No School 

October 26 - Community Conversations with Dr. Reid @ Langley High School

October 28 - Student Early Release (2 hour- 2pm), End of First Quarter

October 31 - Teacher Workday, No School 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Superintendent Community Conversations - Langley Pyramid - October 26

Please save the date for a very special event!

Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Langley High School on October 26, 2022.   This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend. 

FCPS Digital Citizenship Week

FCPS Digital Citizenship Week kicks off next week! We are engaging students with daily activities, working to weave digital citizenship lessons throughout the year, and promoting the importance of teaching digital citizenship to our school community using resources from Common Sense Education.

Use these conversation starters to help your kids talk about their digital lives:

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Forestville Friday Updates!

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Calendar Updates

October 10 - Staff Dev. Day (Indigenous Peoples' Day), No school 

October 11 - 14 - 2nd grade CogAT Testing

October 26 - Community Conversations with Dr. Reid @ Langley High School

October 24 - Student Holiday (Diwali), No school 

October 28 - Student Early Release (2 hour), End of First Quarter

October 31 - Teacher Workday, No school 

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Forestville Office Assistant

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Amani Kirk to Forestville, as our new Office Assistant. Amani started with us on Tuesday, October 4th and has been a wonderful addition to our main office team. As you will see from her message below, she is no stranger to Forestville. Please see the following message, as she introduces herself to the Forestville community:

Hi, my name is Amani Kirk. I am excited to join the staff here and become part of the Forestville community as the Office Assistant. I began my education with FCPS and graduated from LCPS but have come full circle and returned to the county as an employee. I have a long-standing connection with Forestville. My father opened the SACC center here over 25 years ago and my mother has been the Center Supervisor for the SACC program here at Forestville since 2003. I would roam the halls here as a child and am excited to now roam the halls as an employee. 

I graduated from George Mason University in 2017 with a degree in Hospitality Management. In my free time, I love reading, cooking and traveling all over the world with my family. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and supporting our students, staff and parent community.

Sincerely - Amani

Superintendent Community Conversations - Langley Pyramid - October 26

Please save the date for a very special event!

Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Langley High School on October 26, 2022.   This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend. 

ESSER III Public Input

Share Feedback on In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding helps FCPS maintain safe school environments and address the impact of COVID-19 on students. We want to hear from you about our work to provide in-person instruction and continuity of services to all FCPS students and families. Visit our website to learn more about FCPS’ plan to use ESSER III funding to support students and share feedback via an online form. The online form will be available through October 10. 

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.Visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meals website for more information on the criteria to be eligible and how to apply.

2022 Student Rights & Responsibilities Includes Cell Phone Usage Update

The new section on cell phones prohibits cell phone use in classrooms. We recognize that this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning. Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.

Students in K-8 must keep phones silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day unless there is a medical need or emergency, or teachers have allowed the usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool. Cell phones may only be used on campus before and after school. (Except in secondary schools where students in grades 7 and 8 may use phones during passing periods)

If a parent or guardian believes their child requires access to a personally owned device(s) as an accommodation, they should contact child’s school team—i.e., 504 Committee, Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, English Language Committee, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Team—to schedule a meeting to have their request considered. More information about the SR&R is available online.

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Forestville Friday Updates!

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Upcoming Dates:

October 5th - Student and Staff Holiday (Yom Kippur) 

October 10th - Staff Development Day - Student Holiday 

October 14th - PTA Movie Night

Thank You, Custodians and Cafeteria Staff! 

A big THANK YOU to our awesome custodial team for their commitment to our students and staff, for their hard work maintaining our school and grounds, and for their dependability and willingness to tackle any task. We also want to thank our wonderful cafeteria staff for all that they do to feed our students on a daily basis! We appreciate all of you! 

Custodial and Cafeteria Apprecaition Week: October 3rd-October 7th

Welcome, Forestville Parent Liaison 

Please help us welcome Ms. Maria Isaza, our new Family Liaison, to Forestville Elementary. Ms. Isaza is an experienced Family Liaison within Fairfax County Public Schools. Family liaisons work in schools and the community to help families get the information and assistance they need to support their children's success. Additionally they support new families as they transition to a new school community and returning families, connecting them with resources in the community. Please see the message below from Ms. Isaza:

 Hello Forestville Community,

I am Maria Isava, the new Family Liaison for Forestville Elementary. I have been with FCPS for 13 years serving as a Family Liaison, Interpreter and Instructor within the Flex program. As a Family Liaison, I will collaborate with our Social Worker, School Counselors, Clinical Team, Forestville Families, and our overall Forestville community, by connecting families to needed resources. I will share with our families information around events happening in the county and any important information going on in FCPS.

On a personal note, I enjoy nature and outdoor activities, music, world cuisine, and learning about other cultures. I am excited to be a part of the Forestville community and I look forward to collaborating with our school and parent community to provide any support that may be needed. 

Sincerely - Maria Isaza 

Superintendent Community Conversations

Dr. Michelle Reid will continue to host Superintendent Community Conversations across the division through November to get to know our communities. Events are being scheduled at high schools in each pyramid at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Schools will share registration information with families and employees in advance of each event. See the list of events that have been scheduled.

The save the date for the Langley Pyramid is 10/26/22

Preschool Community Peer Program

Forestville Elementary is pleased to announce that we will be having a community peers program for our preschool program. The Early Childhood Special Education staff have been investigating the possible opportunities for our students to participate in integration activities with typically developing peers. This will involve teaching preschoolers with delays and without delays in the same classroom. It can provide young children with a more stimulating environment, teach skills for coping with different situations, and provide the opportunity to learn appropriate social skills.

Our program will invite a limited number of community preschoolers (1-2 per class), who are of the age of 4-5 years old, to participate in our daily preschool activities. The children from the community will have the opportunity to make new friends and share experiences with current early childhood special education students. Our students will, in turn, benefit from being with community peers who can model appropriate language, motor, and social skills.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please feel free to contact Ms. Bahamonde, Forestville preschool teacher, at [email protected], to learn more about the program. 

Please reach out to Ms. Bahamonde as soon as possible if interested, as she will need you to fill out an interest form by October 3rd and the preschool program will be having a parent information session and playdate on October 6th, from 11:00-11:30am. 

ESSER III Funding Supports Student Success: Your Voice Matters

In the fall of 2021, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding to support the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on students. 

ESSER III focus areas have included resources for prevention and mitigation of COVID, academic services, multilingual engagement, support for students’ social emotional needs, and professional development. 

Your Voice Matters!

A feedback form will be live on the ESSER III webpage Friday, September 23. Your input will inform the School Board and FCPS staff on the community’s view of our work. Watch this video to see the impact ESSER III funds are having in our schools. Learn more on FCPS’ website

Our Voices, Our Future

Fairfax County Public Schools is launching the engagement phase that will help us develop our brand new Strategic Plan

During her Community Conversations listening tour in each high school pyramid, Superintendent Michelle Reid has heard from many of you about your hopes and aspirations for our students. That feedback will become part of our proactive strategic plan that will serve as our North Star—or guide—for the future.

Starting in October, we will be inviting the entire FCPS community to engage in building our shared future. This includes hearing from our parents and caregivers, students, and broader community, as well as surveying students in grades three and above. You will have an opportunity to have your voice heard in one of many sessions (both in-person and virtual) during November and December. We encourage you to join us in this journey by actively participating in the conversation.

The goal is to have the final strategic plan by June 2023. For a more detailed overview, visit FCPS’ Strategic Planning webpage.

SEL Screener Updates (K-2)

Students in grades K-2 will no longer participate in the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) screener. Instead, the Child Behavior Rating Scale administered in kindergarten, existing attendance, and behavior data will be used to determine necessary social emotional instruction and supports. School teams will use these measures alongside family input, as they develop their understanding of students’ needs and strategies to support them.

Students in grades 3-12 will be able to participate in the SEL screener. School teams and families use this information to develop positive school cultures and support students academically and personally. This year, students will participate in the screener in the fall (October/November) and spring (March). Parents are able to opt their child out of taking the SEL screener. Read more about SEL and signature practices online.

FCPS Parent Resource Center

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year it offers family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include:

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter

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Nonprofit Flyer Distribution 9/28/2022

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Non-Profit Community Flyer Distribution

As outlined by FCPS Regulation 1367.2, school principals shall offer options to nonprofit organizations that want to make their materials available to students and parents. Please see the flyers we have collected for our fall nonprofit flyer distribution here.

These flyers must be related to the school’s educational mission and be age-appropriate. Community organizations must submit their materials in advance to the school’s administration and must include the disclaimer “These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this School.”

Any questions or request to submit flyers for the spring distribution can be directed to Jennifer Wright.

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Forestville Friday Updates!

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Upcoming Dates:

September 26 - Student Holiday (Rosh Hashanah)

October 5 - Student Holiday (Yom Kippur) 

October 10 - Staff Development Day - Student Holiday 

Superintendent Community Conversations

Dr. Michelle Reid will continue to host Superintendent Community Conversations across the division through November to get to know our communities. Events are being scheduled at high schools in each pyramid at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Schools will share registration information with families and employees in advance of each event. See the list of events that have been scheduled.

The save the date for the Langley Pyramid is 10/26/22.

Ability Testing

FCPS uses ability testing as one consideration of the holistic screening process for advanced academic services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT)
  • All students in Grade 2 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

Information from the assessment also may be considered when making instructional decisions for student differentiation needs, such as access to advanced mathematics coursework in elementary school. 

Forestville Elementary School will administer the CogAT the week of October 11th, 2022 to all second grade students, as well as select 3rd-6th grade students without an abilities test score on file. The NNAT3 will be administered to all students in first grade in March 2023. 

Parents of students in 3rd-6th grade, may request a one-time retake of the CogAT (week of October 11) or the NNAT3 (week of November 15). Please email Afton Carlson by Thursday, September 29th if you would like to exercise this one-time retake for your child. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academic Teacher, Shana Twitchell, ([email protected])  or Assistant Principal, Afton Carlson ([email protected]). More information regarding the Advanced Academic Program and Ability Testing can be found by visiting this website.

Preschool Community Peer Program

Forestville Elementary is pleased to announce that we will be having a community peers program for our preschool program. The Early Childhood Special Education staff have been investigating the possible opportunities for our students to participate in integration activities with typically developing peers. This will involve teaching preschoolers with delays and without delays in the same classroom. It can provide young children with a more stimulating environment, teach skills for coping with different situations, and provide the opportunity to learn appropriate social skills.

Our program will invite a limited number of community preschoolers (1-2 per class), who are of the age of 4-5 years old, to participate in our daily preschool activities. The children from the community will have the opportunity to make new friends and share experiences with current early childhood special education students. Our students will, in turn, benefit from being with community peers who can model appropriate language, motor, and social skills.

All children learn through their play. Intellectual growth occurs in a social context, influenced strongly by the quality of social interactions. The goal of this program is to encourage active learning and promote social interaction and acceptance through shared experiences between the community children and our preschoolers with special needs. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please feel free to contact Ms. Bahamonde, Forestville preschool teacher, at [email protected], to learn more about the program. 

Please reach out to Ms. Bahamonde as soon as possible if interested, as she will need you to fill out an interest form by October 3rd and the preschool program will be having a parent information session and playdate on October 6th, from 11:00-11:30am. 

Dining Room Assistant Position:

This position supports and works with another staff member in the cafeteria - $12.03 per Hour

Description: Assists students during lunchtime. Supervises student clean-up, keeps order and dismisses students to their teachers.

Qualifications: Friendly, energetic, and assertive in maintaining expectations of cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Please email Afton Carlson at [email protected] if interested. 

PRC Webinars

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year it offers family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include: 

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter

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AAP Reminder and Cafeteria Hostess Information

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AAP Information Session Final Reminder

Join us for an information session on how Advanced Academic Programming in FCPS K-12 is delivered. The presentation will cover information on the different levels of AAP services and how we offer these services at Forestville. In addition, we will review the Level lV screening process for anyone in grades 2-6 who are interested in applying.

If you are unable to attend the AAP Information Session in-person, please use the following zoom link to attend online:https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/96402872129 

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Please contact Shana Twitchell for additional information about the meeting.

Cafeteria Hostess Position Needed

Dining Room Assistant :  $12.03 per Hour

This position supports and works with another staff member in the cafeteria.  

Description: Assists students during lunch time. Supervises student clean-up, keeps order, and dismisses students to their teachers.

Qualifications: Friendly, energetic, and assertive in maintaining expectations of cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Please email Ms. Carlson at [email protected] or Mr. Washington at [email protected] if interested. 

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Forestville News!

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Upcoming Dates

September 20th, 2022 - Advanced Academic Program Information Session @ 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria

Monday, September 26th, 2022 - Student Holiday (Rosh-                         Hashanah)

Advanced Academic Information Session

Join us for an information session on how Advanced Academic Programming in FCPS K-12 is delivered. The presentation will cover information on the different levels of AAP services and how we offer these services at Forestville. In addition, we will review the Level lV screening process for anyone in grades 2-6 who are interested in applying.

If you are unable to attend the AAP Information Session in-person, please use the following zoom link to attend online:https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/96402872129 

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Please contact Shana Twitchell for additional information about the meeting.

Celebrations

We shared some of our many celebrations with our staff when they came back from summer break and we also shared them at the PTA meeting last week. We wanted to share out some of the many academic celebrations from the past school year:

  • Preliminary rates for Spring 2022 indicate that Forestville ES is Level 1 in English, Math and Science (Level 1 is the highest level a school can achieve) 
  • We are also Level 1 in English Achievement Gap and Math Achievement Gap
  • Forestville’s current year pass rate for the Reading and Math SOL, is higher than the cumulative 3-year rate (to include before covid years). This includes multiple subgroups!
  • There was a 25% increase in the pass rate on the Reading SOL for English Learners (ELs) in the Spring of ‘22, as compared to the Spring of ‘19.
  • For our Students with Disabilities - our current rate was higher in English and Math, as compared to our 3-year rate (to include before covid years) in English and Math 
  • We also want to celebrate all of the hard and wonderful work that took place with our ESSER and Summer SOAR programs!

A big shout goes to our amazing Forestville staff for all of their hard work that went into these celebrations. We also want to thank our wonderful parent community for their support and partnership as well!    

SR&R Info

The 2022-2023 Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child or teen so that he or she is well prepared for success when the school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contact numbers and other resources. This document is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet

Please log on to your SIS ParentVue account and sign to acknowledge review of this document OR sign and return the Signature Sheet to your child’s school by September 30, 2022.

Virginia Growth Assessment

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. Forestville's 3rd - 6th graded students will take the Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics on the following dates:

Grade-Level: 

Reading VGA:

Math VGA:

3rd                             

September 22nd             

September 29th

4th

September 22nd

September 29th

5th

September 21st

September 28th 

6th

September 20th

September 27th  

 

Information is available on the VGA webpage. The Grade Level Tests webpage provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  Please contact your child’s teacher or our school test coordinator, Afton Carlson, if you have questions.

Social Emotional Screener

The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12.

All students in grades K-12 will participate in the screener twice a year, in the fall and spring. For students in grades K-2, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences. S

Parents have the right to opt their children out of taking this screener. For more information regarding this screener and access to the Opt-out form, click here. If you have already filled out the Opt-out form, that came home in the first Tuesday folder on 8/23/2022 you do not need to follow out another form.

Change In Transportation

If you would like to report a change in your child's method of transportation for the day please use our online "Change in Transportation" form. The Change of Transportation Form  can be located on the Forestville school website. It will allow for quick and easy notification to students and staff. Changes must be submitted by 12:00 PM daily in order to allow adequate time for our office staff to distribute the forms to teachers and students before dismissal each day. More information about changes in transportation along with information about Forestville's arrival and dismissal procedures can be found in our family handbook

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Forestville Elementary Community Flyer Distribution

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Community Flyer Distribution 

If you or your organization would like to participate in Forestville ES’s fall community flier distribution, thru News You Choose, please send fliers to Jennifer Wright, [email protected]by September 16th, 2022. Non-profit organizations are welcome to participate. September 23, 2022 will be our first distribution date. All fliers must be approved by school representatives before they are distributed. Our spring community flier distribution will go out on March 17th.  All community fliers will need to be received by March 10th. All flyers must include the disclaimer “These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this School.”

Please see FCPS Regulation 1367.2 for more information. 

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Forestville Friday Updates!!!

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Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 16th, 2022 - PTA Fall Carnival

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 - Advanced Academic                                     Program Information Session @ 9:30 a.m. 

                       Monday, September 26th, 2022 - Student Holiday (Rosh-                                 Hashanah)

Advanced Academic Program Information Session

Join us for an information session on how Advanced Academic Programming in FCPS K-12 is delivered. The presentation will cover information on the different levels of AAP services and how we offer these services at Forestville. In addition, we will review the Level lV screening process for anyone in grades 2-6 who are interested in applying.

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Please contact Shana Twitchell for additional information about the meeting.

Change in Transportation?

If you would like to report a change in your child's method of transportation for the day please use our online "Change in Transportation" form. The Change of Transportation Form  can be located on the Forestville school website. It will allow for quick and easy notification to students and staff. Changes must be submitted by 12:00 PM daily in order to allow adequate time for our office staff to distribute the forms to teachers and students before dismissal each day. More information about changes in transportation along with information about Forestville's arrival and dismissal procedures can be found in our family handbook

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA)

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. Forestville's 3rd - 6th graded students will take the Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics on the following dates:

Grade-Level:  Reading VGA: Math VGA: 3rd  September 22nd September 29th 4th September 22nd September 29th 5th September 21st September 28th  6th September 20th September 27th  

 

Information is available on the VGA webpage. The Grade Level Tests webpage provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  Please contact your child’s teacher or our school test coordinator, Afton Carlson, if you have questions.

Social Emotional Screener

The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12.

All students in grades K-12 will participate in the screener twice a year, in the fall and spring. For students in grades K-2, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences. S

Parents have the right to opt their children out of taking this screener. For more information regarding this screener and access to the Opt-out form, click here. If you have already filled out the Opt-out form, that came home in the first Tuesday folder on 8/23/2022 you do not need to follow out another form.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Dr. Michelle Reid will continue to host Superintendent Community Conversations across the division through November to get to know our communities. Events are being scheduled at high schools in each pyramid at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Schools will share registration information with families and employees in advance of each event. See the list of events that have been scheduled.

The save the date for the Langley Pyramid is 10/26/22.

Student Rights & Responsibilities

We are extremely happy to have your child in our school with us this year!

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

New Cell Phone Policy in SR&R:

An important update made to the Student Rights & Responsibilities document (SR&R) for the coming school year is the regulation to prohibit cell phone use in classrooms. Students will not be permitted to use their cell phones during class unless permitted by the teacher for instructional purposes. We acknowledge this new policy may be a shift for some students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning. Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class. Please talk to your child(ren) arouund appropariate cell phone usage at school. Families may also review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users.

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