Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.May 2019 Especially for Parents
The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Parent Resource Center (PRC) provides resources, information, and consultations to support the success of all students. Confidential consultations, an extensive lending library, and a year-long calendar of workshops are offered for parents, educators, and community members. Contact the PRC by phone at 703-204-3941, email, or visit us Monday – Friday during the hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services.
Join Us for Our May Workshops
All workshops are held at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1 - Room 100, Dunn Loring, VA, unless otherwise noted. You may register for workshops online.
High School Prep: A Strategic Transition from Middle School to High School
If you've got a tween, you know that middle school is no cake walk. Multiple teachers, personal schedule responsibility, and long-term assignments all require more independent thought and focus. In ninth grade, that reality gets kicked up a notch. Join the PRC for this workshop to learn:
- How to finish middle school strong while building positive habits for the future.
- How to make the shift from guided to independent learning so your child doesn't feel overwhelmed or lost.
- The secret to effective time management as a high-school student balancing academics with sports, activities, friends, and work.
- How your teen can manage his or her all-important social life so it doesn’t interfere with school.
This workshop is presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author. Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon
Register for High School Prep: A Strategic Transition from Middle School to High School
Digital Citizenship: Tips for Parents
As parents in the digital age, being aware, alert, and involved in your children's use of the internet is crucial. What else can you do to keep your child safe on the internet? Digital Citizenship can be described as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior, its positive and negative impact on self and others, with regard to technology use. It is important for parents to help their child become safe, ethical, responsible, and respectful digital citizens. Join the PRC for this workshop to learn necessary supports so all students have a safe online space in which to learn healthy and respectful technology use at home and school. Richard Stegman, Andrea Jones, and Erika Deem, members of the FCPS Digital Citizenship team will present this workshop for all parents.
Friday, May 10, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon
Register for Digital Citizenship: Tips for Parents
Emergency Preparedness for Parents of Students with Disabilities
For the millions of Americans with disabilities, natural and human-made disasters present a substantial challenge. Fairfax County's Office of Emergency Management is committed to the inclusion of all by spreading the message of preparedness to its residents with disabilities with access and functional needs. Join the Office of Emergency Management for a discussion on emergency preparedness for your family, plans that exist in Fairfax County for evacuation and sheltering, and accommodations that might be needed during an emergency for your child.
Friday, May 17, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon
Register for Emergency Preparedness for Parents of Students with Disabilities
Each spring, Career and Transition Services conducts the annual Survey of School Leavers as required by Federal law. Attempts will be made to reach any student that had an IEP and left the school system during the 2017-2018 school year. Students, or their parents, will receive a phone call or electronic survey to determine if a student is currently in postsecondary education or training, employed, engaged with an adult service agency, or unengaged. Additional questions attempt to find out if a student is satisfied with their high school preparation and their current life in general. The information is confidential. In addition to reporting the data to the state Department of Education, follow-up data helps us make decisions for improving and enhancing services for students with disabilities.
During the 2018-19 school year, Assistive Technology Services (ATS) will be offering training sessions focused on the use of high-end Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. Participants will learn basic programming and maintenance of the devices, as well as integration ideas. These sessions are open to both staff and parents of students using the specific devices. To register, contact the ATS Resource Teacher who supports your school. May sessions will include the following topics:
- May 7, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Lanier Middle School
- May 13, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Proloquo2Go App – Leis Center
- May 14, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., PRC Devices – Lanier Middle School
- May 21, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon, Words for Life App – Virginia Hills Center
Extended School Year (ESY) 2019
2019 SUMMER ESY direct, class-based services will be July 1-26, 2019. July 4 and 5 will be student holidays. Site information, feeder lists, and bell schedules are now posted on the Extended School Year websiteEspecially for Staff Members
Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) Scoring Event
The scoring event will be held at Virginia Hills in Alexandria on the following dates:
- Secondary: April 30 and May 1, 2019
- Elementary: May 2 and May 3, 2019
Extended School Year (ESY) 2019
Direct, class-based ESY dates will be July 1-26, 2019. July 4 and 5 will be holidays. ESY job opportunities are available. Links to the various positions can be found on our ESY intranet website under ESY Employment Opportunities. Instructional staff contracts will begin in June, so please make note of the start date for these positions as all staff are expected to work on all contracted days.
The ESY Registration Database is now available and can be accessed from our ESY intranet website. Please be sure to use Chrome as your browser.
Office of Special Education Instruction (OSEI) Trainings for Staff Members
During the month of May, OSEI is offering the following trainings for staff members. Registration is available in My PLT. For more information about OSEI trainings, visit: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/trainings/osei/
- Adapted Physical Education Assessment Scale (APEAS II) Administration and Software Training – Course #SS-29089
- Mandt – Course #SS-25097
- Mandt Recertification – Course #SS-25098
- MTSS/RI Coaching for Elementary Schools: Academics – Course #SS-60196
- MTSS/RI Coaching for Secondary Schools – Course #SS-60197
Department of Special Services
Teresa L. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent
Michael Bloom, Acting Director, Office of Special Education Instruction