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Our Kindergarten students thank our wonderful secretaries for all their help. Our 6th Grade Showcase entertained the audience at our 50th Anniversary Celebration. Our 6th grade band students put on a fabulous concert! We love Ms. MacLean and Ms. Semler! Our fabulous Mrs. Rivera and her co-author discuss their book, The Teachers Want a Snow Day. Students in Ms. Rivera's class learned the importance of voting. Our Leprechaun and Pixie gave out lucky shamrocks.
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Welcome to Fairfax Villa!

Author Visit: Wendy Wan-Long Shang

We are excited to host author Wendy Wan-Long Shang on Friday, June 10, 2016.  She will be visiting with students in grades 3 through 6 to share her books and explain the writing and publishing process.  Ms Shang is a former Fairfax Villa student.  Ms Shang has published two books; The Way Home Looks Now and The Great Wall of Lucy Wu.   The Way Home Looks Now has been selected to represent Virginia on the National Book Festival’s Great Reads list!  Books can be purchased at a local bookstore or online.  Ms Shang will happily autograph any books that students bring on Friday, June 10.

Our SOL Schedule

Our yearly SOL tests are coming up in May for our students in grades 3-6. Please check the schedule below so that you know when your children will be taking their tests. We appreciate you trying not to schedule appointments during the days your children will test.

There will be more information about the SOL tests coming home soon.

SOL Schedule for Fairfax Villa ES

Grade 3 Math

Wednesday, June 1st  and Thursday, June 2nd

Grade 3 Reading

Monday, May 23rd and Tuesday, May 24th

Grade 4 Math

Thursday, June 2nd and Friday, June 3rd

Grade 4 Reading

Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th

Grade 4 Virginia History

Friday, May 27th

Grade 5 Math

Wednesday, May 25th and Thursday, May 26th

Grade 5 Reading

Wednesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 19th

Grade 5 Science

Wednesday, June 1st (correction)

Grade 6 Math

Wednesday, May 25th

Grade 6 Reading

Wednesday, May 18th

 

6th Grade Showcase Update

Many of you know that, in years past, the two classes of Fairfax Villa 6th grade students participated in a musical that delighted the entire student body and community. Many Monday afternoon hours after the early-release time were dedicated to rehearsals for many weeks.

Last year, faced with the challenges of not having the Monday afternoons for practice and  the increased population of 6th grade students resulting in an additional 6th grade class, our staff looked for a different way to showcase the talents of our students within the new confines we were dealt.  With less time for preparation and more students to involve, we started a new tradition: the 6th Grade Showcase! This new presentation featured student talents and strengths and allowed for flexibility within the final performance. We are proud to once again this year feature our 6th graders in a fun, entertaining, and unique bonding experience that will be a part of their special Villa memories. We look forward to continuing our new Villa tradition for the next 50 years!

Online Activities

Looking for some fun online activities to do at home? Spend some time enjoying Dreambox, myOn, Type to Learn 4,Wixie or Sumdog.

Dreambox - online math fun...students use their "usual" FCPS user names and passwords to log in at: https://play.dreambox.com/login/qk88/fairfaxve

You can download the Dreambox app for an iPad and use this school code: qk88/fairfaxve

myOn - Click on the Library tab on the left for log in information on this great online reading resource.

Type to Learn 4 - see the parent information below for how to download this program to your home computer and how your students log in. Be sure to take note of the first-time code you will need.

Wixie - an online site like Pixie! Students in grades 1-5 can click here to log in with their "usual" FCPS log in information. Enjoy creating!

Sumdog - fun math games that some (not all) students have user names and passwords for. These do not match their FCPS log ons. http://www.sumdog.com/

Advanced Academics Information

Screening for Advanced Academics Programs Level IV occurs in the fall for students who are new to FCPS and in the spring for all other students. The referral deadline was January 15, 2016 for students not new to FCPS this year. For that spring deadline, a referral may be submitted any date from September 8 until January 15 to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher. No late submissions will be accepted.

Additional information is available in the Parent Information Packet, published on the AAP website, http://www.fcps.edu/is/aap.

Here is the pdf for the information session powerpoint that was shown to parents and here is the continuum of services graphic.

Please contact Morgan Occhuizzo, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, at mlocchuizzo@fcps.edu if you should have any questions.

Parent SIS and Blackboard 24/7

Just a reminder that parents now use their Parent SIS account username and password for both Parent SIS and Blackboard.

If you do not have a Parent SIS account, please email Barbara Schmidt at bdschmidt@fcps.edu or Beth Hollander at eahollander@fcps.edu to request a new activation key and instructions on how to set up the SIS Parent Account.

  • If you have forgotten your SIS password, click here and then on Forgot Password on that page.
  • For more information on what is found in the SIS Parent account, click here.
  • To view a video about how to set up your SIS Parent account, click here.
  • To log in to your SIS Parent account, click here.

DREAMBOX

What is Dreambox? DreamBox is a rigorous math curriculum that students access online both at school and at home.  It adapts to meet each student’s educational needs while playing within the program in an engaging learning environment on a desktop computer, laptop or iPad.

Click the following links to read more (in English and Spanish) about Dreambox and how parents can access Dreambox online and on an iPad as well as how to set up their own parent account. If you have any questions about how your student should log in to Dreambox, please contact your child's teacher. For more information, click here to get more Parent Information on Dreambox.

Here is the link for our Fairfax Villa Dreambox login. Have your child enter his or her username and password on the left side of the screen.

Type to Learn 4

Type to Learn 4 is a keyboarding program purchased by our school for home and/or school use. Here is a parent information letter that explains how you can download the program to your home computer and how your students log in to the program. The letter also contains a help link from the company in case you have trouble downloading Type to Learn 4.

Fundraising for Our School

Help us raise money for technology! When you access Amazon.com from this link, up to 8% of your order cost will be donated to Fairfax Villa - at NO extra cost to you!. Spread the word to your family and friends.

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Learn More About Ms. Bumbrey!

Watch this link to learn more about our wonderful principal, Liz Bumbrey. She also explains the importance of communication in this video from IGNITE- the Strategic Plan of FCPS.

 

The Villa Voice

Click here to read the latest copy of our school newsletter, the Villa Voice.

 

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