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Town Hall with Superintendent Brabrand

Join Superintendent Scott Brabrand, at 6:30pm this evening, while he answers questions about the return to school plan. This live-stream will be available on this web site at  https://www.fcps.edu/tv/ch99  or on local Cable Providers listed here.

FCPS Student Enrollment for the Fall: Deadline to Select Option is July 10th

All parents\guardians of students registered at Forestville ES for the 2020-2021 school year should have received an email from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) last week which provided you with a link asking you to select your preference for distance learning or in-school learning for the fall.

The plan offers families two choices: 

  • Option 1: Full-time online instruction. Students will take part in virtual, teacher-directed instruction four days a week.  Details.
  • Option 2: Students will receive at least two full days of instruction in school each week. Students will be engaged in independent study and work on the days they are not in the school building.  Details

If you did not receive the email from FCPS, the link and other information are below:

  • https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020
  • Deadline to submit your student(s) enrollment option is Friday, July 10th.
  • Student ID is needed to complete the survey. Student ID numbers can be found in your ParentVue account. If you have any trouble finding the ID number, please contact Shelby Fanning at spfanning@fcps.edu.
  • Additional information about the FCPS Return To School plan can be found here:  https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool.
  • The FCPS website includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions, which can be found here:  frequently asked questions (FAQ)

 

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Parent Coffee Reminder

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Parent Coffee

Just wanted to send a reminder out about the Parent Coffee that will be taking place tomorrow morning (7/6) from 9:30-10:30am. During the coffee, we will talk about the return to learn options and provide time for a Q and A as well.

Please us the link below for the Parent Coffee on July 6th from 9:30-10:30am. The link will be available to log in with starting at 9:20am.

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/4739a167798c478badb93900ad65d214 

Hopefully you will be able to join us tomorrow morning.

Have a great rest of your evening!

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Forestville News!

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Principal-Parent Coffee

Dear Forestville Families, 

I hope that our students have been enjoying their summer break so far and that our families are settling into their summer routines!

Over the last week, you have been asked to complete a survey about next school year. I know that there are a lot of wonderings around what school will look like this coming year. While there will not be any new information shared, I would like to extend an invitation to a Principal's Coffee this coming Monday, July 6th from 9:30-10:30am. During this coffee, I hope that we will be able to hear from each other, connect about concerns and discuss what school options may look like.

Please us the link below for our Principal's Coffee on July 6th from 9:30-10:30am. The link will be available to log in with starting at 9:20am.

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/4739a167798c478badb93900ad65d214

I look forward to seeing you on July 6th! 

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

The Juggle: Building Your Resilience through Self-Care: A Webinar for Parents and Caregivers

Parenting is challenging. We are constantly juggling demands and especially now, need to practice self-care more than ever. This workshop will acknowledge and celebrate parents/caregivers and introduce practical strategies to build resilience based on brain science.  

Webinar Highlights:

  • Importance of self-care
  • Identifying when you need self-care
  • Tips and activities for adults to improve self-care
    • Movement and breath practices
    • Letting go of the “shoulds”
    • Benefits of using humor

Presented by Laura Thieman and Stephanie Herman, FCPS School Social Worker Supervisors

Friday, July 10, 2020 10 -11:30 a.m.

Register for The Juggle: Building Your Resilience through Self-Care

 

Saying Goodbye to a Staff Member

It is with deep gratitude for his service to the Forestville community, that we say goodbye to Mr. LeLoup, who will be leaving Forestville this year.

Mr. LeLoup is in the process of moving and will be taking a teaching job that will be a lot closer to home for him and his family.

Please join us in wishing him the best of luck on his new adventure!

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Forestville News!

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Congrats to Forestville!

The Virginia Board of Education recognized 51 Fairfax County public schools for high student achievement or continuous improvement under the board’s exemplar performance school recognition program. The awards are based on performance and practice during 2018-19 and prior years. Forestville Elementary, Kings Park Elementary, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and Wolftrap Elementary were recognized for earning the 2020 Board of Education Highest Achievement Award. We were among 71 schools statewide to earn the award.

Congrats to our wonderful staff, students, parents and Forestville community!

Yearbook Update

Just wanted to give a quick update on yearbooks.

We have reached out to the yearbook company to find out when our yearbooks will be shipped out. At the current time, they haven’t been shipped yet but hopefully they will be on their way in the near future. As soon as we receive them, we will communicate out a plan for distribution.

Language Arts and Math Essentials Summer Practice Books

Language Arts and Math Essentials Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students enrolled in grades K-8 during the 2019-20 school year. Books will be mailed to all families enrolled as of June 12, including those families opting out of receiving printed distance learning packets. Practice books will begin arriving on June 26. The books are currently posted to the FCPS 24/7 Learning Distance Learning Support site for staff. The ESOL and special education offices are also developing practice books that will be mailed to select elementary, middle, and high school students and posted to FCPS 24/7.

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Final Reminder!

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Final Reminder - Summer Continuity of Learning

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide recommended distance learning opportunities for students throughout the summer. Your students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st.

Additionally, students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year.

As students access these activities from June 29 to July 31, they will have the opportunity to attend one virtual office hour each week with one of our own outstanding staff members. The schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten: Ms. Carleigh Johnson, Tuesday 9:00am-10am

Grade 1: Ms. Carleigh Johnson, Tuesday 10:00am-11:00am

Grade 2: Mr. Patrick Mills, Thursday 9:00am-10:00am

Grade 3: Mr. Patrick Mills, Thursday 10:00am-11:00am

Grade 4: Ms. Margaret Zuerner, Wednesday, 10:00am-11:00am

Grade 5: Mr. Adriel Ignacio, Wednesday, 11:00am-12:00pm

Grade 6: Ms. Alysha Akbar, Tuesday, 10:00-11:00am

Special Education: Ms. Letitia Lock, Tuesday, 11:00am-12:00pm

English Language Development: Ms. Karen Robinson, Thursday, 10:00am-11:00am

To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete this sign up for CONTINUTY OF LEARNING.  Once registered, your child will receive log-in information via their FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.  Please fill out this form by June 24th.

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Forestville Updates!

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Important Dates

Friday, June 19
FCPS Offices Closed in Observance of Juneteenth

Wednesday, June 24
Registration Deadline for Summer Continuity of Learning

To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete this sign up for CONTINUTY OF LEARNING. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information via their FCPS Google email address prior to the first session. Please fill out this form by June 24th.

Fairfax County School Board and Superintendent Brabrand Acknowledge Importance of Juneteenth

The Fairfax County School Board’s agenda today includes a resolution acknowledging the historical significance and importance of Juneteenth, observed annually on June 19th. Additionally, all FCPS employees join state and county employees  in observing Friday, June 19 as an official holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 that word of the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War finally reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, effectively marking the end of slavery in the United States. 

In a letter to FCPS employees, Superintendent Scott Brabrand expressed his support for the observance and encouraged all employees to use the day to reflect and learn. His letter to staff is posted here.

 

Read full resolution here.

 

Kindergarten and New Student Registration Info

 

If you or anyone you know, has a child who will be five by September 30, 2020, or needs to register a new student, please direct them to our school website where they will find the information for how to register during this time so that we can get them information as soon as possible.

Children who are five by September 30, 2020 are eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration details are available on our FES website at: https://forestvillees.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21. Visit the Kindergarten Registration page on the FCPS Kindergarten Registration website  for required registration packets.

Once your child’s registration forms have been received by our school registrar, you will be kept updated with any pertinent information. After visiting the websites, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our school registrar, Ms. Huong Tran at httran2@fcps.edu.

For those who were not able to join in on our virtual Kindergarten orientation that took place on May 8th, please find the following recording on the online orientation that will provide you with the information that was covered during that session: Forestville Kindergarten Orientation - recording_1.

 

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End-Of-Year Message and Info!

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End-Of-Year Message

Dear Forestville Families,

We’d like to take a moment to thank all of you for your continued support and partnership during the 2019-2020 school year. As we celebrate the end of another school year, we continue to value the creativity, collaboration, flexibility and perseverance demonstrated by our students, staff, parents and community members this year.

This school year has presented us with many changes and transitions as we have moved from physical classrooms to virtual ones. Together we learned, grew and stayed connected; creating different kinds of special memories along the way. It’s really hard to believe that it’s already June. We now find ourselves struggling, as we do every year but even more so this year, to say our farewells. We are so proud of the determination and hard work that the amazing students and staff of Forestville have shown, in their classrooms here at school and in their virtual classrooms at home. We celebrate their achievements, and we will certainly miss seeing them every day, whether here at school or virtually.

Please use the following link, to view the end of the year message to students:

https://flipgrid.com/d3f9a989

Once again, if there is anything that we can do to support you or your family over the summer break, please do not hesitate to reach out, we are here for you.

Tony Washington, Principal         Mari Arbach, Assistant Principal

Summer Continuity of Learning Resources and Sign-Up

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide recommended distance learning opportunities for students throughout the summer. Your students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st.

Additionally, students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year.

As students access these activities from June 29 to July 31, they will have the opportunity to attend one virtual office hour each week with one of our own outstanding staff members. The schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten: Ms. Carleigh Johnson, Tuesday 9:00am-10am

Grade 1: Ms. Carleigh Johnson, Tuesday 10:00am-11:00am

Grade 2: Mr. Patrick Mills, Thursday 9:00am-10:00am

Grade 3: Mr. Patrick Mills, Thursday 10:00am-11:00am

Grade 4: Ms. Margaret Zuerner, Wednesday, 10:00am-11:00am

Grade 5: Mr. Adriel Ignacio, Wednesday, 11:00am-12:00pm

Grade 6: Ms. Alysha Akbar, Tuesday, 10:00-11:00am

Special Education: Ms. Letitia Lock, Tuesday, 11:00am-12:00pm

English Language Development: Ms. Karen Robinson, Thursday, 10:00am-11:00am

To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete this sign up for CONTINUTY OF LEARNING.  Once registered, your child will receive log-in information via their FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.  Please fill out this form by June 24th.

Goodbye to a Few of our Forestville Staff Members

With deep gratitude for their service to the Forestville community, it is time to say goodbye to some very special staff members who will be leaving Forestville this year:

Ms. Laura Stanley, 2nd grade

Ms. Lexi Jewell-Sharma, Kindergarten IA

We will definitely miss them!

Please join us in wishing them the best of luck in their new adventures!

Grab and Go Meals Update

Although the school year has ended for Fairfax County Public Schools, grab and go meal distribution will continue Monday, June 15, at all existing locations and bus routes. Please visit the Food Resources page on the FCPS website for locations and times.

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services

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Continuity of Learning Resources and Sign-Up

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FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide recommended distance learning opportunities for students throughout the summer. Your students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st.

Additionally, students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year.

As students access these activities from June 29 to July 31, they will have the opportunity to attend one virtual office hour each week with one of our own outstanding staff members. The schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten: Ms. Carleigh Johnson, Tuesday 9:00am-10am

Grade 1: Ms. Carleigh Johnson, Tuesday 10:00am-11:00am

Grade 2: Mr. Patrick Mills, Thursday 9:00am-10:00am

Grade 3: Mr. Patrick Mills, Thursday 10:00am-11:00am

Grade 4: Ms. Margaret Zuerner, Wednesday, 10:00am-11:00am

Grade 5: Mr. Adriel Ignacio, Wednesday, 11:00am-12:00pm

Grade 6: Ms. Alysha Akbar, Tuesday, 10:00-11:00am

Special Education: Ms. Letitia Lock, Tuesday, 11:00am-12:00pm

English Language Development: Ms. Karen Robinson, Thursday, 10:00am-11:00am

To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete this sign up for CONTINUTY OF LEARNING.  Once registered, your child will receive log-in information via their FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.  Please fill out this form by June 24th.

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Forestville Updates!

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Forestville Updates Yearbooks

We wanted to give everyone an update on this year’s yearbook order. Due to Coivd-19, the yearbooks have not been able to be manufactured at the normal rate that schools are used to. We have been told that the yearbooks are going to be shipped out to the school around June 24th. We will be working on a distribution plan in the near future and will communicate that plan out to our community.

 

6th grade Promotion Video

6th grade Parents – we will be sending out a youtube link for the 6th grade promotion video on Friday (6/12) morning at 11:00am. This is not a live blackboard collaborate ultra-link with a live promotion ceremony. Included in the link will be messages from myself, Ms. Arbach and the 6th grade team of teachers. Following the messages from staff, there will be a picture slideshow, with music, that will showcase the wonderful Forestville Class of 2020!  

Please be on the lookout for the News You Choose email on Friday morning with the link to view the 6th grade promotion messages and slideshow.

 

Thursday, June 11th

Thursday, June 11th will be the last day of Distance Learning for elementary students in the county.

For those families who are interested in the extended summer distance learning opportunities, more information will be coming out tomorrow in terms of program details and how to register.

Helping Forestville Families in Need

At Forestville, we have a tradition of helping those in need. At the onset of this crisis, our community generously stepped up to help our sister school, Dranesville Elementary. We also realize that sometimes help is needed even closer to home. 

In light of the current economic situation brought on by Covid-19, the PTA has set aside a portion of the PTA's community affairs budget to serve our own Forestville community. We realize that there may be families within our community who are suffering from a financial hardship and could use some support.  

We encourage those families in need to reach out directly to Mr. Washington at dawashington@fcps.edu, Ms. Arbach at marbach@fcps.edu or Erin McRae, school social worker at eamcrae@fcps.edu.  As we always do, our community is here to support each other, and we want to make sure that our community knows that there are some supports available if needed. Rest assured that this is a confidential process and the only information that will be shared with the PTA is the specific family "need," not family information.

Please let us know if assistance is needed as soon as possible and by Friday, June 19th, so that we can put a plan in place to support those needs.

 

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Return of Items to School

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Return of Items to School

Only the following students are required to return items to Forestville

  • 6th grade students if you are not participating in Continuity of Learning Summer Program
  • students not returning to Forestville in 20-21 school year

All other students may hold on to items.

Please return laptops, band/ strings instruments, books, patrol belts and any other items belonging to Forestville

Item drop off will be on Wednesday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m.  Please use the bus loop and drive to door 1.

Forestville News!

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Extended Summer Learning Options

FCPS will be offering optional extended distance learning opportunities for students this summer. Students will have access to iReady digital resources as well as extended summer learning supports in the content areas of Mathematics and Language Arts. Additionally, through the summer continuity of learning option with Mathematics and Language Arts, students will have the chance to check in with a teacher during office hours on a weekly basis. Please be on the lookout for more info on the details of the summer learning options and how to sign-up.

 

Online Book Fair

REMINDER: Virtual Book Blitz thru June 13th!

Stock up your kiddos with some Summer Reading!!

Go to: www.bookwormcentral.com

Use organizational code: FORESTVILLE

All orders over $20 ship FREE!

 

Summer Reading Options

 

 

It is that time of year. The time when students truly get to choose their books of choice, find their favorite reading spot, and take an adventure, all without leaving home. They can even earn some rewards for reading. Check out the following options! Click on the titled links to be taken to their website.

Fairfax County Public Library

Barnes and Noble

Scholastic

Books A Million

Pizza Hut BOOK IT!

Washington Post Kids Club Summer Reading

Chuck E Cheese’s

 

 

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Parent Coffee Reminder

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Principal-Parent Coffee Reminder

As a reminder, our virtual Principal-Parent Coffee will take place today from 3:30-4:15pm through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Ms. Elaine Tholen, School Board Member for the Dranesville District, will be joining us in the virtual coffee as well. Agenda items will include changes and things coming up for the upcoming school year as it relates to regular Forestville school business (this part will have nothing to do with FCPS opening school year options due to Covid-19). Additionally, there will be talks around how we decide on class placements for each upcoming school year. There will be a brief Q and A session as well. Looking forward to seeing everyone this afternoon. Use this link to access the session: May 28th Parent Coffee

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Forestville Reminders!

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Retrieval of Student Items Reminder

As a reminder, on Friday, May 29th, you will be able to retrieve your child’s items from Forestville via curbside pickup during specific grade level timeframes. All student items have been packed up into a pre-labeled bag with each student’s name. There will be no access into the school during any of these pick-up times. 

If driving to school, please remain in your car and at the appropriate time open your trunk/door when the items are brought to your car. School staff will be wearing masks and handling items with gloves. Please help to expedite this process by having a piece of paper with your child’s last name and teacher name written in large block letters placed in the windshield. 

If you have multiple children at Forestville ES, we will be consolidating all of your children’s belongings with your oldest child. For example, if you have a 1st grader and a 4th grader, please go through the Kiss-N-Ride line from 10:30am-12:30pm and you will receive both of your children’s pre-labeled bags. See grade-level pickup locations and times below. This is a change from the previous email, as this process is being put in place to save you and our staff time.

Remember, if your child has any library books, patrol belts or is a 6th grader with a school-issued band or strings instrument at home, we ask that you return those items during this event. If there any additional school-issued items that are not needed for distance learning, those may be returned as well.    

This will be the only time to pick up items. Any remaining items after May 29th, will be discarded/donated and will not be kept by the school. Additionally, if you have medication stored in the nurse’s office, please contact Ms. Arbach to set up a date and time for pick up.

 

Please see the schedule below:

Date

Grades

Time

Location

Friday, 5/29

PreK and PAC

8:30-10:30am

Bus Loop

Kindergarten

10:30am-12:30pm

Bus Loop

1st Grade

12:30-2:30pm

Bus Loop

2nd Grade

8:30-10:30am

Kiss-N-Ride

3rd Grade

2:30-4:30pm

Bus Loop

4th Grade

10:30am-12:30pm

Kiss-N-Ride

5th Grade

12:30-2:30pm

Kiss-N-Ride

6th Grade

2:30-4:30pm

Kiss-N-Ride

 

 

 

 

 

Class Placement Parent Input Reminder

Our staff will soon begin working collaboratively to plan teacher and student assignments for the upcoming school year. We would like to provide you with the opportunity to share your insights about your child through our google form, Parent Input Form

As a reminder, please complete the fill-able form and submit. The information will go directly to Mr. Washington and will be shared with teachers during the placement process.

Please note:

  • All comments should be positive. These forms will be shared with school staff as we work to create class groupings.
  • Due to constant changes in personnel, we will not accept requests for specific teachers; this includes hints that reference specific teachers.
  • While it’s helpful to share names of your child’s friends, remember that assigning a child to be with all of their friends cannot be our highest priority. Classes will be constructed for instructional purposes and every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning abilities.
  • The deadline for any correspondence regarding the upcoming school year is Friday, May 29.

Our staff will use this information to work on tentative class groupings in June, with classroom assignments finalized in late August as the school year approaches. Please submit the electronic form no later than Friday, May 29. Due to the tight timeline before school is out, late submissions cannot be considered.

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Forestville Updates and Info!

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Forestville Updates & Important Info

In this newsletter:

Retrieval of Student Items

Principal Parent Coffee

Forestville's Got Talent

Book Blitz

Medication Retrieval

Library Books, Patrol Belts & 6th Grade Instruments

Supporting Executive Functions at Home: A Webinar for Families

No School on Memorial Day

Retrieval of Student Items

On Friday, May 29th, you will be able to retrieve your child’s items from Forestville via curbside pickup during specific grade level timeframes. All student items are currently being packed up this week into a pre-labeled bag with each student’s name. There will be no access into the school during any of these pick-up times. 

If driving to school, please remain in your car and at the appropriate time open your trunk/door when the items are brought to your car. School staff will be wearing masks and handling items with gloves. Please help to expedite this process by having a piece of paper with your child’s last name and teacher name written in large block letters placed in the windshield. 

If you have multiple children, you may pick one of the designated assigned timeframes to retrieve all of your children’s items, but please plan on this taking a little more time. This will take longer as the items may be stored in different locations, depending upon grade-levels. However, if you have multiple children here, we want to make sure that you get all of your children items at one time without having to come back multiple times.

Remember, if your child has any library books, patrol belts or is a 6th grader with a school-issued band or strings instrument at home, we ask that you return those items during this event. If there any additional school-issued items that are not needed for distance learning, those may be returned as well.    

This will be the only time to pick up items. Any remaining items after May 29th, will be discarded/donated and will not be kept by the school. Additionally, if you have medication stored in the nurse’s office, please contact Ms. Arbach to set up a date and time for pick up.

Please see the schedule below:

Date

Grades

Time

Location

Friday, 5/29

PreK and PAC

8:30-10:30am

Bus Loop

Kindergarten

10:30am-12:30pm

Bus Loop

1st Grade

12:30-2:30pm

Bus Loop

2nd Grade

8:30-10:30am

Kiss-N-Ride

3rd Grade

2:30-4:30pm

Bus Loop

4th Grade

10:30am-12:30pm

Kiss-N-Ride

5th Grade

12:30-2:30pm

Kiss-N-Ride

6th Grade

2:30-4:30pm

Kiss-N-Ride

 

 

Principal-Parent Coffee

I will be hosting another virtual Principal-Parent Coffee on Thursday, May 28th at 3:30pm through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Agenda items will include changes and things coming up for the upcoming school year as it relates to regular Forestville school business (this part will have nothing to do with FCPS opening school year options due to Covid-19). Additionally, there will be talks around how we decide on class placements for each upcoming school year. There will be a brief Q and A session as well. Looking forward to meeting with you on May 28th.  Click here to access the session:  May 28th Parent Coffee

Forestville’s Got Talent

Among so many events that we were sad to miss this year, we were especially sad that the students did not get to show their talent and hard work in the PTA Sponsored Talent Show themed “Forestville’s Got Talent.”  We hope our students will enjoy engaging with a FlipGrid activity we have created to allow the students to showcase their talent.  You may even see an appearance from some of our staff who prepared an act for the show.  Keep creating, practicing, and sharing your passion and talent during this strange time and use the link below to stay connected with all of the Forestville Cardinals.

Forestville’s Got Talent FlipGrid

Is this secure?

  • This FlipGrid is only visible within the closed environment of fcpsschools.net and anyone wishing to create or view the content must log in first
  • All topics are moderated meaning uploaded videos must be approved by one of the teachers managing the grid before students can see them
  • Commenting, likes, and student to student replies are disabled

 

Forestville's Virtual Spring Book Blitz!

When: May 29 - June 13

  • No need to miss out on our annual Book Blitz...we are taking it virtual!
  • Preview books ahead of time at www.bookwormcentral.com but wait to buy until the 29th! Stay tuned for the access code to our fair.
  • Orders of $20 or more ship FREE.
Medication Pick Up

If your child has medication that is currently being stored here at Forestville, that medication needs to be picked up. Please contact our assistant principal, Mari Arbach, at marbach@fcps.edu. Ms. Arbach will then be in contact with you about setting up a date and time for you to come and have a curb side pickup of the medication.

Return of Library Books, Patrol Belts and 6th Graders with School-issued Instruments

Parents, if your child has library books, a patrol belt or is a 6th grader that was given a school-issued band or strings instrument, please make sure that you drop those off at school when you come to pick up your child’s belongings on Friday, May 29th. Even if you have opted out of coming to pick up your child’s items, if your child has any of the school items described above, we would appreciate it if you would drop them off here at school on May 29th.

Supporting Executive Functions at Home: A Webinar for Families

Our FCPS Behavior Intervention Services team will provide resources to help families support the growth of student executive functioning skills during this time of distance learning and beyond.

Please use the following link to register for the webinar: Supporting Executive Functions at Home: A Webinar for Families

Webinar Highlights:

  • Connections between behavior and executive functions,
  • 6 executive function skill areas and their respective sub-skills
    • Working Memory
    • Self-Control
    • Goal Directed Persistence
    • Metacognition Strategies
    • Goal Directed Attention and Focus
    • Cognitive Flexibility and Shifting
  • Practical strategies to develop and strengthen their students' executive function skills when at home

As a reminder, there is no face to face instruction  this Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.

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Last Day to Submit Form for Laptop Checkout

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As a reminder, today is the last day to submit the google form to request a laptop for your child.   

We will hold one last laptop distribution this coming Wednesday, May 20 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.  

  • In order to obtain a laptop, you must complete the  Technology Form by  Monday, May 18th.
  • We will be emailing you back with specific time to pick up your laptop on Wednesday, May 20th.

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Laptop Distribution - May 20th

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Please read through this email carefully and in its entirety.There is a lot of information that is continually being sent to you; however, there are many details in this communication that should be read to ensure that your children get what they need to access online learning. 

Laptop Distribution for ALL students K-6:

We will hold one last laptop distribution this coming Wednesday, May 20th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am ONLY.  

  • This distribution of laptops includes our kinder-2nd grade AND 3-6th grade families who need additional technology at home to support FCPS digital learning efforts.
  • In order to obtain a laptop, you must complete THE FORM in its ENTIRETY no later than Monday, May 18th..
  • Please understand, should you need a laptop       you MUST complete the above form no later than Monday, May 18.  We will use Tuesday to prepare and clean devices to distribute on Wednesday.  Due to the tight turn-around, no requests will be permitted after Monday.
  • Laptop distribution will take place from 9:00-11:00 am. We do not all need to rush to get there right at 9:00 am. In fact, staggering is a good idea.
  • You will be able to remain in your car as you pull through the Bus Loop. You MUST have your student(s) ID Number and Password with you to access your laptops as we need this information.
  • Students will be allowed to keep laptops to support any distance learning efforts they may engage in over the summer.  

 

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Forestville Updates and Important Info!

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Forestville Updates & Important Info

In this newsletter:

Message from Mr. Washington

The staff and I hope that the consistency that we have experienced the past couple of weeks has reinforced a daily routine that supports you and your children’s needs. More importantly, we hope that you are witnessing your child’s engagement and productivity as a testament to the academic progress that can be made, even while using a new and modified platform for instruction and learning.

If you tuned into the School Board meeting this past Monday, you observed the critical thinking and ideas that our county is weighing at this time in order to make substantive decisions that will impact your child’s return to school. As soon as we are made aware of how these changes will impact our community, we will share these findings with you.

Additionally, over these next couple of weeks we will be sharing how Forestville will be providing opportunities for you to retrieve your child’s personal belongings (should this be something you’re interested in doing), pick-up medication, and drop-off instruments/library books. We are working on a process that will be supportive of your needs and our staff (as they continue to instruct your children while these procedures are being implemented) while keeping in mind the health, safety and well-being of all parties involved.  

I appreciate you, your partnership and your support with distance learning, during this difficult time.

Student Item Retrieval and Opt-Out Option
(for all grades)

Our teachers will be packing up student items within their classrooms over the next few weeks. This will include items such as: student work, pencil pouches, lunch boxes, etc. Teachers will be placing student items in a labeled bag for families to pick up at a later date.

We will also go through our Lost and Found items and add items that are labeled with names to these bags as well. All non-labeled lost and found belongings will be donated to a local charity.

If you would like to forego retrieval of student items (they will be donated to the school or a local charity), please complete this opt out form, Student Item Retrieval Opt-Out. Only fill out this form if you are OPTING OUT OF retrieving your student's belongings from Forestville Elementary. If we don't hear from you, we will assume you will pick up items. The pick-up information will be communicated to you at a later date.

If you have more than one child, please complete a separate form for EACH student.

Medication Pickup

Additionally, if your child has medication here at school that you would like to pick up, please provide us with the following information so that we can have that ready for you as well on our school’s distribution day. In order to receive it, will we need you to sign off on your child’s Medication Intake Form, that you are taking the medication.

Please complete the following form, if you would like to pick up your child’s medication, Medication Pick up Form.   

Class Placement Parent Input (all grades) 

Our staff will soon begin working collaboratively to plan teacher and student assignments for the upcoming school year. We would like to provide you with the opportunity to share your insights about your child through our google form, Parent Input Form

Please complete the fill-able form and submit. The information will go directly to Mr. Washington and will be shared with teachers during the placement process.

Please note:

  • All comments should be positive. These forms will be shared with school staff as we work to create class groupings.
  • Due to constant changes in personnel, we will not accept requests for specific teachers; this includes hints that reference specific teachers.
  • While it’s helpful to share names of your child’s friends, remember that assigning a child to be with all of their friends cannot be our highest priority. Classes will be constructed for instructional purposes and every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning abilities.
  • The deadline for any correspondence regarding the upcoming school year is Friday, May 29.

Our staff will use this information to work on tentative class groupings in June, with classroom assignments finalized in late August as the school year approaches. Please submit the electronic form no later than Friday, May 29. Due to the tight timeline before school is out, late submissions cannot be considered.

Progress Reports (all grades)

 

 Third quarter progress reports are currently visible in ParentVUE and StudentVUE.

The county anticipates the printed progress reports will be provided to the postal service by May 23rd. Actual delivery to homes will be dependent on the postal service. School addresses will be used as the return address on the report cards. To gain access to student progress reports in a timely manner, ParentVUE and StudentVUE are recommended.

Kindergarten Registration and Virtual Orientation Information

As you are aware, due to the COVID-19 health crisis, all FCPS schools and offices are closed through the end of this academic school year.  At this point in time we do not have a date staff will be returning to school, however, processes are in place for parents to register their child for kindergarten at Forestville for the upcoming school year.

If you or anyone you know, has a child who will be five by September 30, 2020, please direct them to our school website where they will find the information for how to register during this time so that we can get them information as soon as possible.

Children who are five by September 30, 2020 are eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration details are available on our FES website at: https://forestvillees.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21. Visit the Kindergarten Registration page on the FCPS Kindergarten Registration website  for required registration packets.

Once your child’s registration forms have been received by our school registrar, you will be kept updated with any pertinent information. After visiting the websites, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our school registrar, Ms. Huong Tran at httran2@fcps.edu.

For those who were not able to join in on our virtual Kindergarten orientation that took place on May 8th, please find the following recording on the online orientation that will provide you with the information that was covered last week: Forestville Kindergarten Orientation - recording_1.

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Forestville News!

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Distance Learning Message

It has been wonderful seeing our students and teachers on our secure BBCU distance learning platform this past week. We appreciate your ongoing support, as we all worked to ‘roll out’ our synchronous, face-to-face learning, in addition to our many asynchronous learning resources and opportunities. We have seen a lot of good learning taking place and smiles on your child’s face as they reconnect with their teachers and friends. Thank you again for your patience and support of our teachers and school, it is much appreciated!

Student Registration for 2020-2021

If you have a rising kindergartener or a student who will be new to Forestville in Grades 1-6, we would like to do a preliminary registration now

To start the registration process, please click on the following link, Registration. Ms. Tran, our school registrar, will be in contact with you in regards to what your next steps are to complete registration. If you have any questions or concerns about registration, please email Ms. Tran, at httran@fcps.edu.

Kindergarten Orientation

As you are probably aware, we scheduled our Kindergarten (K) Orientation here at Forestville on the afternoon of March 31st, however, due to covid-19, we had to postpone the orientation. Even though schools are still closed at this time, we will be hosting a virtual K orientation for our incoming K parents on Friday, May 8th, 2020.

The orientation will give you the opportunity to virtually meet our K team and other Forestville staff members, learn about our K program, see what a day in the life of a kindergartener looks like and provide you with a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have. In order to access the virtual orientation, a link will be sent out to you by email for you to join in the session. Please be on the lookout for that email next week.

Here are the details for the orientation:

What: Virtual K Orientation

Where: Online through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Link

When: Friday, May 8th from 2:00-3:30pm

Once again, we look forward to welcoming our newest members to the Forestville Elementary family and virtually meeting all of you next week. In the meantime, if you have any additional questions about registration, please contact Ms. Tran, our School Information Assistant, who handles our registrations, as she will support you through the process and answer any questions you may have. She can be reached at httran2@fcps.edu.

Updated 3rd Quarter Grading Timeline

The third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020. Students will work with their teachers to make up third quarter missing/incomplete assignments and complete reassessments by May 1, 2020. 

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Friday, May 1 at 4 p.m. until Saturday, May 9 at 6 a.m. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.

Report card mailings to all parents/guardians will begin on May 12, 2020.

Special education progress reports will be emailed to parents by May 22, 2020.

Specials Classes

P.E., music, art, band and strings classes are available on demand for students to access through Blackboard 24/7. Each week new classes are posted for students to complete over the course of the week.

Community-Based Resources for Our Families Discounted Internet Service

There are many companies offering discounted internet service and devices during this time. Please visit the links below to learn more. 

Cox: www.cox.com

Xfinity: www.xfinity.com   

Verizon: Verizon LifelineLifeline Discount Information

 

 

Stay Connected with Forestville on Social Media

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ForestvilleFCPS

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Access to Live Teaching Sessions

We look forward to the start of a great week of learning tomorrow morning!

Last week FCPS installed new procedures for students to access their synchronous learning sessions. This new process starts tomorrow. 

Access to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for the synchronous learning will be directly through your student's Backboard 24/7 Learn account log in. Each grade-level site will have a Collaborate Ultra Tab on the left which will provide this access.  

This short video highlights these steps. Please watch the video and practice this procedure prior to the start of your learning session.  

Please delete any links that were previously sent to you as these are no longer valid.

Thank you for your patience throughout this process.  Our Forestville team is excited and ready to go for tomorrow! 

FCPS YouTube Channel

Math and Language Arts Distance Learning Lessons broadcast on Apple 21 can now be accessed by teachers and students on demand.  To view, go to Fairfax County Public Schools Distance Learning on YouTube and subscribe.  Playlists are arranged by grade level (for math) and content (for language arts).  

Content can also be accessed on the FCPS Apple 21 cable television channel and Apple 21 streaming site.

A Note from the Forestville Student Services Team

We are here for our Forestville Students and Families. Please feel free to reach out to us if we can be of help in any way. Our Student Services Team has put together a list of community-based resources that we hope will be helpful. 

Be well,

Ms.Biggar, Ms. Urban and Ms. McRae

Information From FCPS  Stay connected with Forestville on Social Media

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