Reminder: No School Monday, March 16
Calendar Reminder: March 30-April 3 is Spring Break
Students will be on holiday for one week for Spring Break. Classes will resume on April 6. See the complete 2014-15 calendar by going to http://www.fcps.edu/about/14-15cal.shtml
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March 25: Sweet Frog Fundraiser
March 30-April 3 Spring Break
April 24. Save the Date for International Night (Friday Night)
April 25. Save the Date for the Jaguar 5k-(Saturday)
2015-2016 Bell Schedule for Pine Spring
Pine Spring Elementary will start at 8:40 a.m. and dismiss at 3:25 p.m. in the 2015-2016 School Year.
Superintendent Garza and the School Board have indicated that the changes to the bell schedules are just a start. They want to work on making adjustments to the middle and elementary school schedules in future years.
The transportation team has been performing dry runs of all the bus routes in preparation for next fall. The bus schedules will be sent to families this summer as has been done in previous years.
As background, the School Board adopted a resolution in 2012 to seek solutions that will establish high school start times at 8 a.m. or later. In 2013, they awarded a contract to the Children’s National Medical Center to develop a proposal to achieve the goal. In total, the School Board held six work sessions since June 2012 to discuss the issue. Eight community meetings were held in 2014 during which approximately 1,000 participants shared their opinions on four options. In addition, more than 2,000 comments were gathered from an online feedback form. The School Board voted to approve the recommendation and cited research which demonstrates that school schedules should be aligned with the biological sleep rhythms of adolescents in order to improve their mental and physical health, academic performance, and safety.
Help Support Teacher Projects! DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.
When a project reaches its funding goal, they ship the materials to the school. You'll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. For more information, go to www.donorschoose.org
The Every Kid in a Park initiative
The Every Kid in a Park initiative is part of an effort to get schoolchildren outdoors and more active. It will start in the school year that begins next fall, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service in 2016. Family admission to national parks usually costs $80 for an annual pass, but fourth graders and their families will be able to get a free pass that will give them admission to national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and other federal public lands and waters…”
Full article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/02/19/obama-free-national-park-admission/23640451/
Pine Spring has earned the Golden Apple Wellness Award!
Pine Spring supports and promotes healthy nutrition. For more information, please visit the Fairfax County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Website and the Wellness Policy.