Forestville Friday Updates!

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Calendar Updates

March 4th - 8th - Read Across America Week

March 5th - Student Holiday / Presidential Primary

March 10 - Daylight Savings Begins (Spring Forward) 

March 11-22 - Celebrate Great Falls Online Auction

Click here to view the 2023-2024 school year calendar.

Click here to view the 2024-2025 school year calendar.

Click here to read last week's FES PTA newsletter updates.

New Student Information Assistant

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Amani Kirk, as our new Student Information Assistant. Amani has done a wonderful job as our office assistant the past couple of school years and will now take over as our SIA. She “officially” begins her new role as SIA on Monday, March 4th. If you happen to see her while at school, please congratulate her on her new role as our SIA. 🎉

Read Across America Spirit Week BINGO Night

Last Friday was our annual Bingo Night and Ice Cream Social sponsored by the PTA. 

Thank you to our chairs, Lauren Hertling and Arati Mahna for organizing this program for our school community. 

Families enjoyed ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery and many prizes for kids and adults. Thank you to all who attended and supported this wonderful event - it was nice to see so many families having fun! 

Bus Driver Appreciation 🚌

February was Love the Bus Month, and February 22 was School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Forestville gave each of our bus drivers a goodie bag filled with treats!

FCPS employs more than 1,800 drivers who transport an estimated 131,000 students safely to and from school each day.

Our drivers and attendants take pride in being the first FCPS face students see in the morning and the last one they see before heading home for the evening.

FCPS Purple Up - T-Shirts Avaliable for Purchase 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is gearing up to honor and celebrate its military-connected youth in April, the Month of the Military Child and on Purple Up! Day! 

This year, Virginia will celebrate Purple Up! Day on Wednesday, April 17. Purple Up! Day is a special day for communities to come together and wear purple as a visible gesture of support for our military-connected youth and their families. Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military. 

FCPS Purple Up! t-shirts are available for purchase now through Friday, March 8, 2024 here. The shirts highlight our gratitude and appreciation for our 14,000 military-connected students and their families. #PurpleUpFCPS! 

For more information and/or to connect with FCPS resources, email us at [email protected]

Purchase a Yearbook! 

Yearbooks are available for purchase now here.  (School code 21994)

Reach out to the yearbook team at [email protected] with any questions.

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer our third Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Our families' feedback is critical in helping us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our schools. Topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight on March 3. A public link will be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will also be available at each school. Please stay tuned for more information.

📰FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Where FCPS Funding Comes From
  • Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs
  • FCPS Family Engagement Survey Opens March 3

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  

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Principal Coffee and BING Night TOMORROW 2/23

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Principal Coffee Tomorrow ☕

Our next Principal Coffee will be TOMORROW Friday, February 23rd at 9:30 a.m., in the Forestville cafeteria. We will have an informal Q & A on any topics of your choice. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning! 

PTA Bingo Tomorrow Night

One of our most beloved events is back again this year with the help of our volunteer co-chairs, Lauren Hertling and Arati Mahna. Get your tickets on our Memberhub site and get ready to have a fun time with Mr. Mills returning to call Bingo for us!

Volunteers are needed to make this a success! Please sign up to help us on Friday 23 February 2024 for BINGO Night and the Ice Cream Social! There are slots available for teens who might be looking for volunteer hours! For questions, please contact Anna Griffin at [email protected].

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Forestville Friday Updates!

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Calendar Reminders 

February 19th - No School/President's Day

February 23rd - Principals Coffee ☕*more information below / PTA BINGO Night

February 29th - PTA Yearbook Competition Ends

Trash or Treasure 

💗 WHAT: Candy Wrapper collection in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation and the Rubicon Company 

💕WHEN: The entire month of February

💗WHERE: Forestville Main Lobby 

💕WHY: The candy wrappers will be recycled into "doggie bags" instead of going into a landfill! 

Principal Coffee 2/23 ☕

Our next Principal Coffee will be on Friday, February 23rd. We will have an informal Q & A on any topics of your choice. We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd!

Spring 2024 SOL Testing Schedule 

Tuesday May 7th - 5th and 6th Reading SOL 

Wednesday May 8th - 3rd and 4th Reading SOL 

Tuesday May 14th - 5th and 6th Math SOL 

Wednesday May 15th - 3rd and 4th Math SOL 

Tuesday May 21st - 5th Science SOL 

*Students in 5th grade will participate in the Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW) Componet of the SOLs - the date for this assessment will be coming out in the next Forestville Friday Updates.

Purchase a Yearbook! 

Yearbooks are available for purchase now here.  (School code 21994)

Reach out to the yearbook team at [email protected] with any questions.

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

👩‍🏫 Help Students Achieve Their Dreams. Teach for FCPS!

Save the date! Attend FCPS’ instructional job fair on Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.-noon, at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Network and take advantage of interview opportunities with representatives from various FCPS schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair. Register today.

Eating Disorder Notification

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

📰FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget
  • Register for Superintendent Community Conversations
  • Kindergarten Registration

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.

Bingo Night

One of our most beloved events is back again this year with the help of our volunteer co-chairs, Lauren Hertling and Arati Mahna. Get your tickets on our Memberhub site and get ready to have a fun time with Mr. Mills returning to call Bingo for us!

Volunteers are needed to make this a success! Please sign up to help us on Friday 23 February 2024 for BINGO Night and the Ice Cream Social! There are slots available for teens who might be looking for volunteer hours! For questions, please contact Anna Griffin at [email protected].

Yearbook Announcement

We are excited to announce the return of the Forestville yearbook cover contest for 2024! Our theme this year will be "The World is your Playground". All students are invited to submit their entries by February 29th, 2024

Some guidelines for the artwork:

  • On 8.5 x 11 unlined white paper
  • Vertical orientation
  • Hand drawn original art work only - crayon, markers, colored pencils, etc.
  • Must include "Forestville Elementary School" and "2023-24"
  • Try to include school symbols and mottos
  • Do NOT include your name in the artwork
  • Only one entry per student
  • When scanning and sending, please use highest resolution possible

Please scan and email your artwork to the yearbook team at [email protected] and include your students name and grade in the email. The artwork itself should not contain the name of the student. Want to participate in other ways? All Forestville students are invited to submit an entry answering the question -

 "If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?"

 These entries can be submitted by uploading a photo of your child using eShare and adding their answer under the description. (Answers may be edited for brevity). These submissions are due by April 1st, 2024.

Link to eShare: https://hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=21994

All students who submit an entry will be entered into a raffle for a free yearbook!

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Picture Day Tomorrow 2/7 📸

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Picture Day TOMORROW! 

School Picture Day is TOMORROW Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Images will be available to view and purchase approximately two weeks following our school's picture day. Save time and Pre-order online here!

Purchase a Yearbook! 

Yearbooks are available for purchase now here.  (School code 21994)

Reach out to the yearbook team at [email protected] with any questions.

FES TRASH OR TREASURE

💗 WHAT: Candy Wrapper collection in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation and the Rubicon Company 

💕WHEN: The entire month of February

💗WHERE: Forestville Main Lobby 

💕WHY: The candy wrappers will be recycled into "doggie bags" instead of going into a landfill! 

FES TRASH OR TREASURE

💗 WHAT: Candy Wrapper collection in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation and the Rubicon Company 

💕WHEN: The entire month of February

💗WHERE: Forestville Main Lobby 

💕WHY: The candy wrappers will be recycled into "doggie bags" instead of going into a landfill! 

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National School Counseling Week!

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National School Counseling Week

This week is National School Counseling Week! As we begin National School Counseling Week, we want to start of by thanking Ms. Schnaue and Ms. Powers for all of the wonderful support they provide for our students, parents, and staff here at Forestville.

If you get a chance to see them this week, please let them know how much they are appreciated.

Thanks Ms. Schnaue and Ms. Powers!

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Forestville Friday Updates 2/2

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Calendar Reminders

February 3 - Rise Against Hunger Event @ Colvin Run ES 

February 7th - School Photos (individual &class) 📸

February 12th - Club Photos 📸

February 19th - No School / Presidents' Day

February 23rd - PTA Bingo Night *see flyer below

FES TRASH OR TREASURE 

💗 WHAT: Candy Wrapper collection in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation and the Rubicon Company 

💕WHEN: The entire month of February

💗WHERE: Forestville Main Lobby 

💕WHY: The candy wrappers will be recycled into "doggie bags" instead of going into a landfill! 

National School Counseling Week

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career. Our school counselors, Mrs. Schnaue and Mrs. Powers work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Take a moment next week, to let our school counselors know how much you appreciate them! 💟

Picture Day 2/7

School Picture Day is coming Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Images will be available to view and purchase approximately two weeks following our school's picture day. Save time and Pre-order online here.

End of Quarter SIS StudentVue and ParentVue Availability

The SIS StudentVUE and ParentVue Gradebook module will be unavailable from Thursday, January 25 at 4 pm to Monday, February 5 at 6 am to allow for teachers to complete their second quarter grades. Second quarter report cards will be available in SIS ParentVUE on February 5 at 6 am. A copy of your child’s report card will be sent home on Friday, February 9.

Purchase a Yearbook! 

Yearbooks are available for purchase now here.  (School code 21994)

Reach out to the yearbook team at [email protected] with any questions.

FCPS Summer Camp Information

The FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning engaging summer enrichment programs for students!  For our current Kindergarten - 5th grade students, we have Tech Adventure Camp.  For our current 6th - 11th grade students, we have CTE Summer Academy.  Please see the links below for more information and how to register.

Tech Adventure Camp (Gr. K-5), July 8-22

CTE Summer Academy (Gr. 6-11), July 8-26

Student Transfer Renewal Application Opens February 15

student transfer is valid for one year only. A parent or guardian must submit a renewal application each year for student transfer consideration. A renewal application may be submitted for students who continue to meet the same student transfer criteria as indicated on the original student transfer request. For students no longer meeting the same student transfer criteria, a new transfer request must be submitted.

For detailed information regarding the renewal process, please visit the Online Student Transfer Application: Renewal Process webpage.

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m

Learn more about the FCPS Magnet Programs here.  

📰FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Superintendent to Present Fiscal Year 2024-25 Budget
  • Here Comes the Bus App
  • Career Exploration Event for High School Students

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  

Bingo Night

One of our most beloved events is back again this year with the help of our volunteer co-chairs, Lauren Hertling and Arati Mahna. Get your tickets on our Memberhub site and get ready to have a fun time with Mr. Mills returning to call Bingo for us!

Volunteers are needed to make this a success! Please sign up to help us on Friday 23 February 2024 for BINGO Night and the Ice Cream Social! There are slots available for teens who might be looking for volunteer hours! For questions, please contact Anna Griffin at [email protected].

Yearbook Announcement

We are excited to announce the return of the Forestville yearbook cover contest for 2024! Our theme this year will be "The World is your Playground". All students are invited to submit their entries by February 29th, 2024

Some guidelines for the artwork:

  • On 8.5 x 11 unlined white paper
  • Vertical orientation
  • Hand drawn original art work only - crayon, markers, colored pencils, etc.
  • Must include "Forestville Elementary School" and "2023-24"
  • Try to include school symbols and mottos
  • Do NOT include your name in the artwork
  • Only one entry per student
  • When scanning and sending, please use highest resolution possible

Please scan and email your artwork to the yearbook team at [email protected] and include your students name and grade in the email. The artwork itself should not contain the name of the student. Want to participate in other ways? All Forestville students are invited to submit an entry answering the question -

 "If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?"

 These entries can be submitted by uploading a photo of your child using eShare and adding their answer under the description. (Answers may be edited for brevity). These submissions are due by April 1st, 2024.

Link to eShare: https://hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=21994

All students who submit an entry will be entered into a raffle for a free yearbook!

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Forestville Updates!

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Calendar Reminders

January 30th -  Parent/Guardian Program on Resiliency 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. *see below for more information 

January 31st - Career/Future Spirit Day *see below for more information 

February 3 - Rise Against Hunger Event @ Colvin Run ES *see below for more information 

February 7th - Picture Day 📷 *see below for more information 

Career/Future Spirit Day - Jan. 31st

Throughout the month of January students have been learning about an array of future pathways to include careers, trade schools, military, and post-secondary education. Forestville will have a Career/Future Self Spirit Day on Wednesday, January 31st. We are encouraging students to dress as their future selves in a career or trade of choice, or they may wear apparel that represents a school, college, company, or branch of the military.

Forestville ES Parent Program

We will be hosting a speaker on Tuesday, Jan. 30th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Forestville Elementary School. This event will offer strategies and ideas to support your child’s emotional well-being and give families tools to build resilience in children. For planning purposes, please RSVP to this event HERE. For questions about this event, please contact Sharon Powers at [email protected].

Picture Day 2/7

School Picture Day is coming Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Images will be available to view and purchase approximately two weeks following our school's picture day. Save time and Pre-order online here.

Portrait of a Graduate (POG) Information for Home

This year, we’re working on developing our Portrait of a Graduate skill of being a good Communicator. We’ll be sharing ideas of ways you can connect PoG skills at home throughout the year.

One tip: better questions get better answers! When you are talking to your kids at home, consider these ideas so that students will talk, share, and discuss important skills.

How I'm using skills:

  • “Who in your class did you work with today? What did you work on?”
  • “What new ideas did you create today?”
  • “How or what did you share today? With your teacher? With friends?”
  • “What are you doing in school that you are excited about? What do you like about it?”
  • “What is the hardest thing you did today?  What made it hard? What are you doing to make it seem easier?”
  • “What are you proud of that you are doing? Why?”
  • “Who is someone that you enjoy working with? (Teacher or student) What makes them enjoyable?”

How I'm growing:

  • “What are you getting better at?  How do you know?”
  • “What do you do best?  Why is it important?”

Why the skills are important:

Have a Conversation! Consider sharing stories about how YOU work with others, share ideas, and solve problems at work, home, and in the community. This will help students see how these skills are important in your life, too, and help them see connections between school skills and adult skills! “Today I . . . “ or “At my job, I . . .”

Birthday Treats Reminder

As a reminder, in order to make sure that all of our students are safe as possible, there should not be any bringing in of birthday treats to the classroom or sharing during lunch time. 

We recognize that celebrations are very important, so we have shared some additional ways to recognize students on their birthdays. Listed below are just a few suggested ways to recognize your child's special day, should you choose to participate. If you do, please make sure to communicate with your child's teacher in advance:

  • Donate a book to the school or your childs class library in honor of their birthday
  • Donate a board game to be used for indoor recess
  • Donate a jump rope or ball for outdoor recess games
  • Have your child read a story or share a special talent or skill, with their class

We are committed to allowing all of our students to fully participate in celebratory activities, while maintaining a safe environment for all. Thank you for understanding and we appreciate your support in ensuring the safety and health of all of our Forestville students. 

Rise Against Hunger

Please remember that our last day for collecting donations in school for our Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger Campaign will be Wednesday, January 31st. 

Donate money online: 
In order to reach our goal of 75,000 meals, the Langley Pyramid needs to raise $35,000 by January 31st . If your company makes matching contributions, please consider having them join you in making a tax-deductible donation today at Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger 2024 and help us Rise Against Hunger.  

If you would like to donate online personally or have your company contribute, please use the link above. The last day to donate online is Friday, February 2nd.  

If you want to volunteer for the big event day on Saturday, February 3rd at Colvin Run Elementary School, please use the following link that is specific to Forestville Elementary:

 www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C45ABA62FA1FC1-forestville 

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Forestville Friday Updates!

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Calendar Updates

January 15th - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School

January 18th - PTA Chick Fil A Spirit Day

January 25th - End of second quarter - EARLY RELEASE at 2:00 p.m. 

January 26th - Teacher Workday - No School for Students

🎶Langley Madrigals 

On Thursday, the Langley Madrigals Chorus visited our Forestville students. There were several Forestville Alum in the group. We really enjoyed their performance, having an opportunity to sing along, and learning about all of the opportunities to get involved in music!   

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Building Resilience in School-Aged Children

We will be hosting a speaker on Tuesday, Jan. 30th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Forestville Elementary School. This event will offer strategies and ideas to support your child’s emotional well-being and give families tools to build resilience in children. For planning purposes, please RSVP to this event HERE. For questions about this event, please contact Sharon Powers at [email protected].

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

Rise Against Hunger

On Saturday, February 3, 2024, families in the Langley Pyramid are joining together again this year to help children in need. In partnership with Rise Against Hunger, the Langley pyramid elementary, middle, and high schools are coming together with a goal to prepare 83,000 meal packages for schools and orphanages around the world.  

Donate and help raise money for the event: 

Each student is encouraged to donate loose change or money that they earn and wish to donate to Rise Against Hunger. They will soon bring home a small box in which to collect this money. Students should bring in any money they would like to donate. Each school will collect money January 8th-January 31st.  Each meal costs only 46 cents to make. For just $15, you can donate over 32 meals; $30 will make over 65 meals and $100 will make nearly 220 meals. 

In order to reach our goal of 75,000 meals, the Langley Pyramid needs to raise $35,000 by January 31st  If your company makes matching contributions, please consider having them join you in making a tax-deductible donation today at: Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger 2024 and help us Rise Against Hunger.  

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

📰 FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Tutor.com Helps with More Than Homework
  • Gap Year Fair
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

Join us for our first day time meeting with guest speaker Mary Smith. Here is a short clip of her talking about her unique micro-methods system for parenting. 

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PTA K-3 Fun Fest TONIGHT (1/12) 🎉

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🎉🎈 PTA K-3 FUN FEST TONIGHT 

Come join us this evening from 6-8 p.m. of fun for our Kindergarten - 3rd Grade students. Adults and children under three are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are $5.00 and will be sold at the door. 

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Parent Presentation

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Building Resilience in School-Aged Children

We will be hosting a speaker on Tuesday, Jan. 30th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Forestville Elementary School. This event will offer strategies and ideas to support your child’s emotional well-being and give families tools to build resilience in children. For planning purposes, please RSVP to this event HERE. For questions about this event, please contact Sharon Powers at [email protected].

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Forestville Friday Updates

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Calendar Updates

January 9th - 3rd & 4th Grade Math VGA 

January 10th - 5th & 6th Grade Math VGA

January 11th - Langley Madrigals Assembly (during school) 

January 12th - PTA K-3 Pajama Party *see flyer below 

January 15th -  No School - Martin Luther King Day 

New Forestville Marquee

We are so happy that our new marquee has been installed and ready to go! We want to thank our wonderful PTA for helping to make this a possibility!

Go Cardinals!

Rise Against Hunger

The Langley Pyramid is starting our RISE Against Hunger Campaign for 2024! Students can start donating on Monday, January 8th by bringing in loose change and money that they earn or wish to donate to Rise Against Hunger. Families can start donating as early as today!   

Please check your email for the newsletter that was sent out by the school today through e-notify. It will have all of the information that you need, to include, a link for donating online.

On January 10th, information will be coming out arond how to sign-up to volunteer on the big event date, which will be Saturday, February 3, 2024.

We thank you in advacne for your contributions, as the Langley Pyramid continues it's fight against world hunger!   

🔢 Virtual Math Week: Save the Date

Get ready for Virtual Math Week from Monday, January 8, through Friday, January 12. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, in English and Spanish, for families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. This is a free experience designed to make math fun for the whole family. Learn more about FCPS Math Week.

⛄ No Virtual Learning on Snow Days This Winter

FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days for the 2023-24 school year. There will be no virtual learning when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available online and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into FCPS’ existing calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will enable us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration 

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for updated information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

One virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

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Forestville Friday Updates!

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Calendar Reminders

December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break ⛄ (No School) 

Tuesday, January 2nd - Students Return

Thursday, January 4th -  3rd and 4th Grade Reading VGA

Friday, January 5th - 5th and 6th Reading VGA

Tuesday, January 9th - 3rd and 4th Math VGA

Wednesday, January 10th - 5th and 6th Math VGA 

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year

🦺Career Day Presenters Needed

Forestville Elementary School is planning a fun and engaging career exploration event for our students on Friday, February 2nd.

We are looking for dynamic presenters to share about their profession! The format of this event will be similar to a Career Fair where each presenter will have a table/designated area and students will rotate through the Career Fair to interact with presenters representing a host of career pathways. We encourage you to bring props, posters, and other engaging materials for our students as you will be interacting with students across multiple grade levels. Please complete this form if you would be interested in volunteering for this event.

We appreciate your help with our Career Fair as we work to expose our students to a wide array of career fields and future opportunities. For planning purposes, it would be helpful to respond by Friday, December 15th.

We will be in touch after winter break to provide further details about your participation in Career Day, along with our specific timeline for the event. If you have any questions please reach out to our school counselors, Mrs. Schnaue and Mrs. Powers.

Winter Virginia Growth Assessment Dates

The Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) are state assessments, for students in grades 3-12, measuring the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area. More information is available on the VGA webpage.

The winter VGA dates for Forestville are as follows:

Thursday, January 4th 

3rd and 4th Reading VGA

Friday, January 5th

5th and 6th Reading VGA

Tuesday, January 9th

3rd and 4th Math VGA 

Wednesday, January 10th

 5th and 6th Math VGA

⛄ Winter Resources

Student and Family Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit our winter resources webpage for information on academic support, mental health support, and county resources related to food, clothing, housing, and other needs.

School’s Closed, Learning Can Continue! 

FCPS encourages students to take advantage of fun learning opportunities during winter break and snow days. Consider these winter activities to blend education and play for your students during winter break or weather-related school closures. 

Promoting Mental Wellness During Winter Break

Although mental health indicators have improved over the past year, Fairfax County Youth Survey (FCYS) data suggest that more than 25% of students in 8th to 12th grade feel sad or hopeless every day for two weeks or more in a row. The holidays can be a time to reduce stress, but they can also contribute to it. Here are some tips for making winter break a positive time for the young people in your life

🔢 Virtual Math Week: Save the Date

Get ready for Virtual Math Week from Monday, January 8, through Friday, January 12. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, in English and Spanish, for families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. This is a free experience designed to make math fun for the whole family. Learn more about FCPS Math Week.

📰FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Winter Resources for Families
  • Academy Open Houses
  • Virtual Math Week Coming Soon! 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

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Forestville Friday Updates!

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Calendar Reminders

Friday, December 15thWindow for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes

December 18 - January 1: Winter Break (No School)

Winter Spirit Week!

Monday 12/11 - Throwback Monday

Tuesday 12/12 - Hat Day

Wednesday 12/13 - PJ Day

Thursday 12/14 - Tacky Thursday 

Friday 12/15 - Forestville Friday 

Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Elyssa McKinnon, AART,  at  [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time (level IV) referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Elyssa McKinnon, AART, at [email protected]

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.

🦺Career Day Presenters Needed

Forestville Elementary School is planning a fun and engaging career exploration event for our students on Friday, February 2nd.

We are looking for dynamic presenters to share about their profession! The format of this event will be similar to a Career Fair where each presenter will have a table/designated area and students will rotate through the Career Fair to interact with presenters representing a host of career pathways. We encourage you to bring props, posters, and other engaging materials for our students as you will be interacting with students across multiple grade levels. Please complete this form if you would be interested in volunteering for this event.

We appreciate your help with our Career Fair as we work to expose our students to a wide array of career fields and future opportunities. For planning purposes, it would be helpful to respond by Friday, December 15th.

We will be in touch after winter break to provide further details about your participation in Career Day, along with our specific timeline for the event. If you have any questions please reach out to our school counselors, Mrs. Schnaue and Mrs. Powers.

Winter Virginia Growth Assessment Dates

The Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) are state assessments, for students in grades 3-12, measuring the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area. More information is available on the VGA webpage.

The winter VGA dates for Forestville are as follows:

 

Thursday, January 4th 

3rd and 4th Reading VGA

Friday, January 5th

5th and 6th Reading VGA

Tuesday, January 9th

3rd and 4th Math VGA 

Wednesday, January 10th

5th and 6th Math VGA

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Snow Days
  • Winter Break Reminder
  • Food Insecurity Resources for Families

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Reminder!

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Principal Coffee

As a reminder, we will be hosting a Principal's Coffee tomorrow morning in the cafeteria at 9:30am. Our time together will focus in on various county and school assessments, what the scores from certian assessments mean and how we, as a school, use that data.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning at 9:30am.  

Thanks! 

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Forestville Updates!

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Calendar Reminders

Saturday, December 2nd - PTA Winter Bazaar ⛄ *see flyer below

Monday, December 4th - Band and Chorus Concert 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6th - Strings Concert 6:00 p.m.

Friday, December 8th - Principal's Coffee ☕ @ 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria

Friday, December 15th - Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes

Principal Coffee

Our second Principal's Coffee will be Friday, December 8th at 9:30am in the cafeteria. The main focus of our time together will focus on student assessments, the scaled scores of various assessments and how we, at the school level, utilize the data from the various assessments. Additionally, we will have an informal Q & A on any topics of your choice.

We look forward to seeing you Friday (12/8) morning! 

Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Elyssa McKinnon, AART,  at  [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time (level IV) referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Elyssa McKinnon, AART, at [email protected]

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.

🦺Career Day Presenters Needed

Forestville Elementary School is planning a fun and engaging career exploration event for our students on Friday, February 2nd.

We are looking for dynamic presenters to share about their profession! The format of this event will be similar to a Career Fair where each presenter will have a table/designated area and students will rotate through the Career Fair to interact with presenters representing a host of career pathways. We encourage you to bring props, posters, and other engaging materials for our students as you will be interacting with students across multiple grade levels. Please complete this form if you would be interested in volunteering for this event.

We appreciate your help with our Career Fair as we work to expose our students to a wide array of career fields and future opportunities. For planning purposes, it would be helpful to respond by Friday, December 15th.

We will be in touch after winter break to provide further details about your participation in Career Day, along with our specific timeline for the event. If you have any questions please reach out to our school counselors, Mrs. Schnaue and Mrs. Powers.

🌟Employee Awards

Each year FCPS strives to recognize outstanding staff throughout the county. This is an opportunity to recognize staff in any and all capacities. Both staff and community members can nominate Forestville Staff. You do not need to nominate for all categories. To submit a nomination for a Forestville Outstanding Employee please complete your nomination through this Google Form by December 4th. You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category listed in the form. If you have questions please reach out to Jennifer Wright.

Winter Virginia Growth Assessment Dates

The Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) are state assessments, for students in grades 3-12, measuring the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area. More information is available on the VGA webpage.

The winter VGA dates for Forestville are as follows:

 

Thursday, January 4th 

3rd and 4th Reading VGA

Friday, January 5th

5th and 6th Reading VGA

Tuesday, January 9th

3rd and 4th Math VGA 

Wednesday, January 10th

5th and 6th Math VGA

 

Social & Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • How FCPS Announces Weather Closings
  • Keeping Your Child Warm
  • Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

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Forestville Updates!

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Upcoming Dates

November 22nd - November 26th  No School/Thanksgiving Break

We want to wish our entire Forestville community a Happy Thanksgiving and we hope that everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving Break!

Kiss n Ride Reminders

Here are a few reminders as it relates to Kiss n Ride at arrival and dismissal: 

  • Please have students ready to exit the car when the car pulls up for drop off (this includes jackets, backpacks, instruments and anything else they need for the school day)
  • It is our goal to have the students in the first five (5) cars in line, ready to exit their cars (for example: if your car is third in line, have your child exit the car. Please do not wait to pull up to be the first car in line in order for your child to exit the car). This will help keep the Kiss n Ride line moving.
  • Please remember that our Kiss n Ride staff will start heading into the school at 9:13am to be ready to start the school day. Please do not leave your child if there is not a Kiss n Ride staff member present. 
  • If you arrive after the school day has started, please come inside to the main office to check your child in. 
  • Students should not be exiting or entering the car from the drivers side of the car. All students should be exiting or entering from the passenger side of the car in order to keep everyone safe.
  • Please do not try and pass another car in the Kiss n Ride line, unless a staff member tells you to do so. 

We thank you in advance for adhering to our Kiss n Ride protocols, as this will help us be efficient while making sure that our students and staff are safe upon arrival and dismissal. 

Physical Education - Medical Participation Form

If your child has had an injury or cannot participate in PE class due to a medical reason/physican's request, please have their medical practitioner fill out the Physical Education Medical Form and return it to school, so that our PE teachers are aware of what activities your child can and cannot participate in.

Thanks! 

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Ice Cream Social Tonight!

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Ice Cream Social Tonight!

We are excited to see our families this evening at our Ice Cream Social from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (in the cafeteria). Come and enjoy a sweet treat in appreciation of your support of the book fair! The book fair will be restocked with many popular titles and open during the ice cream social!

 

🎉🍨📚🍦

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Thanksgiving Lunch and Ice Cream Social Reminder!

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🍂Thanksgiving Lunch - Important Information

Tomorrow (11/15) 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.
  • Families are welcome to bring outside food to enjoy with their family. The PTA is doing spirit days with Jersey Mikes and Deli Italiano!
  • Lunch slots are 30 minutes. *see schedule below
  • Tables will be labeled with teacher names
  • 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 1st Grade

11:50 - 12:20 2nd Grade

12:20 - 12:50 4th Grade 

12:50 - 1:20 5th Grade

1:20 - 1:50 6th Grade 

1:50 - 2:20 3rd Grade


🎉Join us for a special Book Fair Ice Cream 🍦 Social THIS Thursday, November 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Forestville Cafeteria. During this time families will be able to enjoy a treat and shop the book fair! Ice cream is complimentary and community members are encouraged to visit with each other during this time.

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