Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving Break

As the holiday season approaches, we wanted to take a moment to wish all of our Forestville Families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Being back with our students five days a week is at the top of our Grateful List. The positive energy, student voice and laughter fills our hearts and hallways daily.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving holidays will be November 24-26.

Classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.

See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

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Forestville Friday Updates

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Nominations are Being Accepted for the FCPS 2021-2022 Outstanding Employee Awards The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, November 24th

To submit a nomination for a Forestville Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

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. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility categories are below.

 You may nominate an employee in any of the following categories:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding New Principal
  • Outstanding Leader
  • Outstanding Operational Employee
  • Outstanding Professional Employee

Forestville staff that are nominated will be recognized later this year and will have a chance to be acknowledged on a county level.

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, November 24th. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Wright.

Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

December 15th is the deadline to refer students in grades 2-6 for AAP Level IV services to begin at the start of the 2022-23 school year. If you would like your child screened for full-time AAP services, please submit the following no later than the 15th:

  • Level IV referral form (mandatory)- All forms should include information about why there may be a need for full-time AAP services. All forms must be signed and dated. Forms can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs-aap/advanced-academic-program-aap-forms
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (optional)- All forms should include specific examples to support student ratings. All forms must be signed and dated. Forms can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs-aap/advanced-academic-program-aap-forms
  • Up to 2 single-sided pages of work samples (optional)- Work samples must be on standard 8.5x11 copy paper. Works samples should demonstrate critical/creative thinking. It is recommended that works samples connect to academic content areas (language arts, math, science, and/or social studies). No worksheets that show fact/algorithm memorization, multiple choice, or fill-in-the-blank will be accepted.
  • Additional testing (optional)- any ability testing taking through George Mason’s testing center or a licensed psychologist may be included. Testing through a psychologist must also include the psychologist’s license. Any achievement testing from a previous school district may also be included.

All items need to be submitted digitally to Ms. Twitchell, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, through email at srtwitchell@fcps.edu. If digital submission is not possible, then you can drop off a hard copy in the main office with an email address on the envelope to confirm submission but digitally is the preferred method of submission. All items must be received by 4:00pm on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Dismissal Reminder

Please read the following reminder around picking students up early from school:

Picking up students prior to dismissal – Please submit an online note by noon at  https://forestvillees.fcps.edu/early-dismissal-or-change-transportation-form

In order to help minimize confusion and congestion at the end of the day, parents/guardians needing to pick up their child(ren) prior to dismissal need to do so BEFORE 3:30 p.m.  After 3:30 p.m., parents/guardians will need to wait for the 4 p.m. bell. For 2-hour early dismissal days, please do so before 1:30 p.m. or parents/guardians will need to wait for the 2:00 p.m. bell.

Thank you in advance for adhering to this policy!

Quarentine Update - Resume In-Person Instruction on Day 11

Effective, Monday November 15, 2021, FCPS students who are quarantined on or after November 15, 2021 will be permitted to resume in-person following the 10th day of quarantine (Day 11). This is a change from the previous 14 days that was required as part of quarantining.

Parents/Guardians must keep their child at home until one of the following quarantine periods is met:

● 10 days of quarantine, the child remains symptom free AND parents provide a copy of the FCPS pause letter indicating the return to school date; or

● 14 days of quarantine and parents provide a copy of the clearance email from the health department. 

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Veterans Day

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Happy Veterans Day!

At Forestville Elementary we want to take a moment to say Happy Veterans Day to all of our military veterans in our Forestville community!

Today we honor and thank all of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day is a good time to remember that our freedom isn’t free or guaranteed. It’s protected by the men and women in our Armed Forces. Along with our Veterans, we want to acknowledge and thank the family members of our Veterans, who make sacrifices as well, to ensure our freedoms. 

Once again, Happy Veterans Day to our soldiers, both past and present – you are valued members of our community. We salute you and thank you for your service and sacrifice!

Have a great day!

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Outstanding Employee Awards

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Nominations for Forestville Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Forestville Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

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. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility categories are below.

 You may nominate an employee in any of the following categories:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher
  • Outstanding New Principal
  • Outstanding Leader
  • Outstanding Operational Employee
  • Outstanding Professional Employee

Forestville staff that are nominated will be recognized later this year and will have a chance to be acknowledged on a county level.

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, November 24th. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Wright.

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Forestville Friday Updates!

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Upcoming Dates

November 11: 2 hour early release- dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

November 24 - 26: Student Holidays - No school for students 

See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

Covid-19 Screening Testing Updates

Optional COVID-19 screening testing for students will begin November 15, not November 8 as previously announced. The change aligns all student screening testing start dates, making it more convenient for families with students in different grade levels. Preregistration and consent information will be shared with families soon. For all the details about COVID-19 screening testing, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

Screening testing is an important layered prevention strategy that helps keep our school a safe place for all students to learn.

2022-2023 School Year Calendar Survey

Recently, FCPS shared the 2022-23 Calendar Survey with the community and staff. Due to some technical issues, you may have had trouble opening the survey or it may have been redirected to spam or junk folders. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

We will be sending out an updated version of the survey as soon as the technical issues are resolved.

We encourage you to complete the survey at your earliest convenience. Employees and students in grades 7-12 will be invited to take a similar survey as well. The results will be used to inform and support FCPS staff as well as the Fairfax County School Board as they work to adopt the 2022-23 calendar. All responses are confidential. If you have any questions about the survey, please email FCPSsurvey@fcps.edu.  

Also, mark your calendars for a virtual Calendar Community Meeting on Monday, November 8, 7-8 p.m. Stay tuned for more details.  

This year, FCPS is using a different process to develop the calendar. Learn about the criteria being used in the development of the 2022-23 calendar. about the calendar process in general.

FLE Parent Preview Info

You are invited to attend an opportunity to preview Family Life Education media/lessons as well as talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on November 19th from 9:00am-10:00am at the Great Falls Elementary school library.  All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the opt out form found online by visiting https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education.

If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form.

Children Ages 5-11 Now Eligible to VaxUP

Community clinics and local pediatricians will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 very soon. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities will be available on our website

FCPS asked local pediatricians to talk with us about some of the questions families have about the vaccine. In this short video  we learn how the vaccine works and its safety. 

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Forestville Friday Updates

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Upcoming Dates

November 1 & 2: Teacher Workdays - No school for students

November 11: 2 hour early release- dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

Fairfax County Public Schools
News & Updates COVID-19 Screening Testing Updates

Optional COVID-19 screening testing for students will begin November 15, not November 8 as previously announced. The change aligns all student screening testing start dates, making it more convenient for families with students in different grade levels. Preregistration and consent information will be shared with families soon. For all the details about COVID-19 screening testing, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

Screening testing is an important layered prevention strategy that helps keep our school a safe place for all students to learn. I hope you will consider enrolling your child in screening testing until your child is eligible for vaccination.

2022-23 School Year Calendar Survey

Wednesday, FCPS shared the 2022-23 Calendar Survey with the community and staff. Due to some technical issues, you may have had trouble opening the survey or it may have been redirected to spam or junk folders. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

We will be sending out an updated version of the survey as soon as the technical issues are resolved.

We encourage you to complete the survey at your earliest convenience. Employees and students in grades 7-12 will be invited to take a similar survey as well. The results will be used to inform and support FCPS staff as well as the Fairfax County School Board as they work to adopt the 2022-23 calendar. All responses are confidential. If you have any questions about the survey, please email FCPSsurvey@fcps.edu.  

Also, mark your calendars for a virtual Calendar Community Meeting on Monday, November 8, 7-8 p.m. Stay tuned for more details.  

This year, FCPS is using a different process to develop the calendar. Learn about the criteria being used in the development of the 2022-23 calendar. about the calendar process in general.

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Forestville Friday Updates!

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Calendar Reminders

October 29: 2 hour early release- dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

November 1 & 2: Teacher Workdays - No school for students

November 11: 2 hour early release- dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

Federal Impact Aid Survey

FCPS is asking all families to fill out and return a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Please be on the lookout for the form coming home with your child in the near future. We need you to complete the pre-printed form for each student enrolled in your household. Please complete, sign, and date each form and have your student return their form to their classroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Video link - https://youtu.be/1xRtyRxco_U

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement.

School Screening for Covid-19

All FCPS families should have received the email from FCPS this week around FCPS schools starting Covid-19 screening. As a reminder, screening will only happen once parent permission is giving via the online portal. Be on the lookout for communication around the online portal for consent or non-consent. Additionally, FCPS will be communicating more details around the plans for screening that will have more details around the screening process. Please see the information below that was sent out to FCPS families this week:

In support of our commitment to safety, FCPS will begin COVID-19 screening testing in schools.

COVID-19 screening testing for individual unvaccinated students will begin:

  • The week of November 1 student-athletes and contracted staff (required)
  • The week of November 8 for elementary students (with parent/guardian consent)
  • The week of November 15 for middle and high school students (with parent/guardian consent) and hourly staff (required)

Screening testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. FCPS will test at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent, which follows the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Parent/Guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. Parents may provide their child(ren)’s vaccination status and indicate consent via a secure online portal. The link to the portal will be shared as soon as it is up and running.

Test results are kept confidential, like all medical records. Parents/guardians will receive their child’s test results through the vendor’s online portal. There is no cost to families for testing.

For more information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS, visit our website.

Reminder Around Updated Guidance for Students Being Sent Home

As a reminder, earlier this month, FCPS updated their policy around students being sent home with Covid-like symptoms.

Previously:  When a student exhibited symptoms aligned with Covid-19, they had to visit a doctor, get tested, and have a doctor sign a release form. No home testing kit results were accepted.

New Guidance that started Oct. 4th: The below slide is for students sent home with symptoms aligned with Covid-19; however, this guidance also pertains to when a parent indicates their child is sick with symptoms at home.

** Please note the small red print at the bottom – we still pause and quarantine for students testing positive and/or exposed to Covid-19.

Parents/ Guardians We Need Your Consent

 

 

At Forestville, we use a variety of digital tools to support meaningful student learning. Some of these tools require parental consent before they can be used.

You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at Forestville ES. The tools have been carefully reviewed to ensure that they align with the FCPS Learning Model and FCPS conducts the same technical evaluations for all products that use student information. 

Included on our digital page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. 

Remember, your child(ren) will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission, so please submit this form ASAP!  Reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions, or if you prefer to give your consent via email or phone.  

84% of our school population has already completed the form - THANK YOU VERY MUCH!  Our goal is 100%!!

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Forestville Friday Updates!!!

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Calendar Reminders

October 29: 2 hour early release- dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

November 1 & 2: Teacher Workdays - No school for students

November 11: 2 hour early release- dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

Federal Impact Aid Survey

In the coming days, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Please be on the lookout for the form coming home with your child in the near future. We need you to complete the pre-printed form for each student enrolled in your household. Please complete, sign, and date each form and have your student return their form to their classroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Forestville is Hiring

A classroom/student monitor is needed. If interested, please email Ms. Arbach at marbach@fcps.edu and apply here.  

Description: Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and noninstructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.

Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom. 

Contract Length: Temporary through end of school year -Hourly $15.73 - No Benefits

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement.

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Forestville Updates!

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Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 11 -  Indigenous Peoples' Day Student Holiday 

No School for Students

Federal Impact Aid Survey

In the coming days, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Please be on the lookout for the form coming home with your child in the near future. We need you to complete the pre-printed form for each student enrolled in your household. Please complete, sign, and date each form and have your student return their form to their classroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

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Non-Profit Flyer Distribution

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Great Falls Lacrosse Association

 

The Great Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to offer GFLA Little Lax, a program designed for boys ages 5-7 who want to begin learning the game of lacrosse. Boys who are younger or older than 5-7 are welcome too, and their families should speak with GFLA Commissioner Adam Jackson to make sure that the program is a good fit for their son.

The Little Lax program is designed for players with little to no prior lacrosse experience. Do not worry if your son has never held a stick, you will be amazed how fast he will pick it up.

 

Dates: Saturday mornings, September 25 - October 30 (6 weeks)

Time: 9-10:30am

Location: Nike 4 Park, Great Falls (turf field)

Cost:  $95, and will be pro-rated for players who join mid-season (this also requires a $25 USA lacrosse membership for insurance, etc.).

 

The coaches are Richard Milone and Matthew See, two Great Falls residents with decades of playing and coaching experience, assisted by some of the top 8th grade players in the region.

For more information, please visit GFLA website, www.greatfallslacrosse.com.  Click register online, boys lax.

Spring Community Flyers Distributed on April 27

 

The spring community flyer distribution date will be April 27, 2022. This flyer must be submitted to the principal by April 13, 2022.

FCPS Regulation 1367.2 -To ensure that schools remain neutral, do not appear to approve or disapprove any particular religious or political viewpoint, and do not sponsor or endorse the classes or activities sponsored by any community organization, all non-school and non-governmental materials made available through the schools shall include the following disclaimer: These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this school.

Please call the office at 703-404-6000 for additional information.

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Forestville Friday Updates!

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Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 11: Indigenous Peoples' Day - Student Holiday: No School for Students 

Fall Carnival

Thanks for a great Fall Carnival! It was so nice seeing our students, staff and families at a community event. It is important to make sure that our Forestville community stays connected and equally important to make sure that we stay as safe as possible while doing so.  

A big thanks to our PTA and everyone who had a hand in helping make this a successful event!

Laptop Charging at Home: Students in Grades 3rd-6th

We thank you for taking care of your child's FCPS laptop at home each night.  Charging it at home ensures that it's ready to go for the next school day.

Masks and Water Bottle Reminders

Please remember to send your children to school with a mask every day. We do have masks available for emergencies. Water bottles (please no glass) are also very important to send in with your child each day. Please write your child's name in permanent marker on their water bottle.

Daily Health Screening Reminder

Parents, caregivers, and guardians are asked to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through a home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction. Please consider the questions in the HealthScreeningQuestionnaire for 2021-2022.pdf each morning before sending your child to school. If you answer “YES” to any of these questions, please keep your child home:

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills –documented temperature of 100.4°F or higher? 
  • Has there been any use of fever reducing medication within the last 24 hours? 
  • A new cough that is not due to another health condition? 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose?
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that is not due to another health condition?
  • New chills that are not due to another health condition?
  • A new sore throat that is not due to another health condition?
  • New muscle aches that are not due to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)? 
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual)? 
  • Headache? 
  • A new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting? 
  • New onset of poor appetite or poor feeding? 
  • Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days? 
  • Were you currently tested for COVID-19 because you were sick and are still waiting for the lab results? 
  • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
New Health Department Process to Expedite Communications for Students Awaiting Covid-19 Contact Interviews

The Fairfax County Health Department announced a change in their communication process for students waiting for COVID-19 contact interviews. You may read about these changes on the FCHD website. You may also wish you review the FCHD FAQs for parents of school-aged children. We appreciate the continued partnership between FCPS, FCHD and our Forestville community. 

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Meet Our Newest Cardinal

Hello, fellow Forestville Cardinals! My name is Pamela Ficker and I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining you all as the new Preschool Autism Classroom (PAC) teacher! 

A little bit about me: I'm originally from Massachusetts but have lived in northern Virginia for the past 15 years. I graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in psychology and began a Master’s program with Florida Tech to study applied behavior analysis. However, after 4 years of providing behavioral services to families with children of all ages, I decided to make the switch to teaching so I could focus more on my passion for early childhood education.

I am most excited about helping my students to develop the foundational skills that will set them on the path for success. Specifically, I am passionate about teaching communication skills and discovering functional alternatives for problem behavior.  I am a firm believer in individualized education and teaching students the way they learn.

In my free time I like to read, craft, and cuddle with my cat (his name is Prince Harry....he's royal and he knows it). I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and being a part of the Forestville team! 

Welcome to the Forestville Family Pam!

Advanced Academic Program (AAP): Parent Information Meeting 9/22

This meeting is for parents interested in learning more about the AAP program, referral process and eligibility.  

This information session will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 22nd at 9:40-10:20am in the cafeteria. Please notice the time change from the previous time of 9:30am to the new time of 9:40am. Additionally, the meeting location has changed from the Library to the Cafeteria. This is an in-person event, so masks are required. Please enter through Door #1 (main entrance), starting at 9:30am at the earliest.

During this session, we will look at the AAP levels of service offered within FCPS as well as an overview of the Level IV AAP screening process. This meeting is open to any parent wanting to learn more about advanced academic services but will be particularly helpful to our second-grade parents and parents new to FCPS.

Important Dates

Wednesday, September 22nd- Parent Information Session

Thursday, October 7th- Level IV referral forms and optional materials are due to the school for new FCPS students in grades 3-6 interested in being screened for full-time AAP services to begin at the start of third quarter.

Wednesday, December 15th- Level IV referral forms and optional materials are due to the school for students in grades 2-6 interested in being screened for full-time AAP services to begin at the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

For any questions, please contact Shana Twitchell at srtwitchell@fcps.edu

New Health Department Process to Expedite Communications for Students Awaiting Covid-19 Contact Interviews

The Fairfax County Health Department announced a change in their communication process for students waiting for COVID-19 contact interviews. You may read about these changes on the FCHD website. You may also wish you review the FCHD FAQs for parents of school-aged children. We appreciate the continued partnership between FCPS, FCHD and our Forestville community. 

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Keeping Our Schools Safe: Response to Cases at School

FCPS has a dashboard that documents all positive cases at schools.

FCPS’ goal is to keep students learning in-person all year. We are doing our part by implementing layered prevention strategies and will work with FCHD to address issues if they arise.

Every FCPS student and family can do their part by wearing masks, getting vaccinated when they are eligible, practicing healthy hygiene, and staying home when sick. 

Notifications, pausing, quarantining, and isolating are tools we use to keep schools safe when a positive COVID-19 case is reported. Understanding the difference between the three scenarios can help families be prepared. FCPS uses these  procedures to respond to a COVID positive case at school

Covid-19 Symptoms

This is just a friendly reminder that there are very stringent protocols in place for “COVID-19 like” symptoms in school.  We appreciate your extra vigilance this year in making sure that all of our students and staff are safe. 

If your child is experiencing any of these in the morning before school, please keep them at home.  Otherwise, they will be sent to the Care Room and sent home and may not return without a clearance from a medical professional.

  • Fever greater than 100.4
  • A new cough (not due to another health condition)
  • Headache (not due to another health condition, hunger, thirst, stress or injury)
  • A new sore throat (not related to another health condition)
  • Abdominal Pain (unrelated to hunger, constipation, injury or stress)
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea (not associated with a chronic gastrointestinal condition)
  • Runny nose/Congestion (unrelated to allergies or another health condition)
  • New loss of taste, smell or appetite
  • Fatigue (more than normal or sudden onset)
  • New muscle pain (unrelated to a health condition or P.E./Recess)

If your child has seasonal allergies or a health condition, please let our School Health Aide, Ms. Choudhary, know. She can be reached at 703-404-6010. As always please feel free to reach out to Ms. Choudhary with any questions.

Cafeteria Updates

To help with spreading out our students, at needed times in the cafeteria, we have made a couple of adjustments to lunch time.

We have a couple of classes that are now eating their lunch in the main hallway outside of the cafeteria. Long rectangular tables have been provided for students along with table shields. There are also a couple of classes that are eating their lunch in the SACC room, with tables and shields provided as well. This has allowed us to spread other classes throughout the cafeteria to provide more space between students.

Additionally, we have received our cafeteria tri-fold table shields that we are utilizing for the cafeteria tables. These shields help to section off students to help make things safer for our students and staff in the cafeteria.   

Parents of Walkers

Please help our staff members out at dismissal time by waiting for a staff member to release your child to you once you have waited your turn in line to pick up your child. As a school, the safety of our children is a major priority and we want to make sure that we have each child properly placed with their parent/guardian each day.   

Even if your child is in the walker line to be released inside the cafeteria, please do not ask your child to come out before they have been released by a staff member to do so.

We thank you in advance for adhering to this policy to help keep all our students as safe as possible.

Dismissal Reminders
  • Please do not park in the Fire Lane by the school dumpsters. This area should not be used by parents as a pickup area for their children. Doing so is a violation of Virginia law.
  • Please do not park across the street from the school on the curb side of Utterback Store Road and have your child cross the street to their car. This is a safety hazard for many reasons. One, our school is not assigned a crossing guard to help children cross the street, so doing so on their own, presents safety risks. This also causes issues for a school bus that needs to turn onto the next street, and they cannot do so because of the cars that are stopping alongside Utterback Store Road.
  • Additionally, our neighbors that live on Loran Road, right across from the school, have requested us to remind our parent community that they should not be parking on Loran Road to pick up their children.
Reporting Attendance and Changes in Transportation Information

Please use the following links to report necessary attendance information to the school and any transportation changes that may take place on a given day:

Please report absences, late arrivals, early dismissals by 9AM at this link https://forestvillees.fcps.edu/about/attendance-form and include specific reasons for absences.

For changes in transportation, submit the form by 11AM at this link https://forestvillees.fcps.edu/early-dismissal-or-change-transportation-form

Absences that are not reported will be marked as unexcused.

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Forestville Updates!

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Calendar Reminder: Labor Day Holidays Keeping Our Schools Safe: Response to Cases at School

Given the many challenges that we are all facing together, Forestville has had a strong start to the school year. It is such a pleasure seeing and hearing joyful noise in our hallways and classrooms. 

FCPS has a dashboard that documents all positive cases at schools.

FCPS’ goal is to keep students learning in-person all year. We are doing our part by implementing layered prevention strategies and will work with FCHD to address issues if they arise.

Every FCPS student and family can do their part by wearing masks, getting vaccinated when they are eligible, practicing healthy hygiene, and staying home when sick. 

Notifications, pausing, quarantining, and isolating are tools we use to keep schools safe when a positive COVID-19 case is reported. Understanding the difference between the three scenarios can help families be prepared. FCPS uses these  procedures to respond to a COVID positive case at school

During periods of paused in-person instruction, isolation or quarantine, asynchronous learning will be provided to students. In cases where an entire class is affected and the teacher is not experiencing symptoms, virtual and asynchronous learning is provided. 

Covid 19 Symptoms

This is just a friendly reminder that there are very stringent protocols in place for “COVID-19 like” symptoms in school.  We appreciate your extra vigilance this year in making sure that all of our students and staff are safe. 

If your child is experiencing any of these in the morning before school, please keep them at home.  Otherwise, they will be sent to the Care Room and sent home and may not return without a clearance from a medical professional.

  • Fever greater than 100.4
  • A new cough (not due to another health condition)
  • Headache (not due to another health condition, hunger, thirst, stress or injury)
  • A new sore throat (not related to another health condition)
  • Abdominal Pain (unrelated to hunger, constipation, injury or stress)
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea (not associated with a chronic gastrointestinal condition)
  • Runny nose/Congestion (unrelated to allergies or another health condition)
  • New loss of taste, smell or appetite
  • Fatigue (more than normal or sudden onset)
  • New muscle pain (unrelated to a health condition or P.E./Recess)

If your child has seasonal allergies or a health condition, please let our School Health Aide, Ms. Choudhary, know. She can be reached at 703-404-6010. As always please feel free to reach out to Ms. Choudhary with any questions.

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Forestville Friday Updates

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Important Dates
  • September 3 and September 6 - No School (Labor Day Holiday)
Week 1: In the Books

Thank you for partnering with us to have a successful first week of school here at Forestville.

We look forward to another great week next week!

Digital Tools Parent Permission 

 

At Forestville, we use a variety of digital tools to support meaningful student learning. Some of these tools require parental consent before they can be used.

 You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at Forestville ES. The tools have been carefully reviewed to ensure that they align with the FCPS Learning Model and FCPS conducts the same technical evaluations for all products that use student information. 

Included on our digital page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. Your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission, so the sooner we can get the permission the better!

Office Updates

Please report absences, late arrivals, early dismissals by 9AM at this link https://forestvillees.fcps.edu/about/attendance-form and include specific reasons for absences.

For changes in transportation, submit the form by 11AM at this link https://forestvillees.fcps.edu/early-dismissal-or-change-transportation-form

Schoology Information 

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. Here is what you need to know now:

  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology: http://bit.ly/FCPSSIS
  • Use your SIS/ParentVUE login information to login to Schoology: https://lms.fcps.edu. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the right login page. 

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Power Outage!

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Power Outage

Just wanted to communicate that with the storm going on, our power went out. Emergency lighting is on and with the day light, visibility is pretty good around the school. 

We have walked around to all classes and checked on each class and our students and staff are safe and well.

We will continue with dismissal procedures at the normal time.

Thanks - Forestville  

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Power Outage!

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Power Outage

We wanted to communicate that the power went out here at Forestville due to the storm about 20-25 minutes ago. We hope that you were able to stay connected to your child's teacher for the last few minutes of BTSN. But if you weren't, we wanted to let you know why you were disconnected.

Thanks for your understanding - Forestville

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