En Pocas Palabras FCPS Podcast

By Office of ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement
May 11, 2021

Episodio/Episode 10

Edu-Futuro: Empowering Students, Involving Parents and Transforming Communities

Listen to this informative and inspiring discussion about how Edu Futuro, a leading organization that advocates for families, prides itself in the whole family approach. They empower students, engage parents and transform communities. Victoria Mejía, Youth Programs Coordinator and Maria Mateus, Parent Support Specialist talk about the valuable programs that Edu Futuro offers families. They particularly talk about families goals of attaining a post-secondary education and career, and how Edu Futuro offers mentors and scholarships. To find out more about Edu Futuro, you can call 571-309-5455. Online their website is https://edu-futuro.org/

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FCPS المختصر المفيد عن • May 11 | Arabic 

FCPS에 관한 몇마디 • May 11 |  Korean 

Episodio/Episode 9

Meet the FCPS Ombudsman and Assistant Ombudsman for Special Education

In this episode, you meet Armando Peri, FCPS Ombudsman and Dawn Clements, Assistant Ombudsman for Special Education. They explain their roles and responsibilities, how they help parents navigate difficult situations, and what parents can expect when they contact the Ombudsman. To contact them, call 571-423-4014 or email ombudsman@fcps.edu

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FCPS المختصر المفيد عن • May 11 | Arabic 

FCPS에 관한 몇마디 • May 11 |  Korean 


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Yes, We Want Your Child Back in School! Attendance Matters!

2020 and 2021 have posed many challenges for all of us.  We miss our students who have been absent. FCPS wants your child back in school and is ready to help. Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on why we want your child back in school. We care and attendance matters!  The podcasts hosts and guests engage in a passionate discussion on how we care, why attendance matters, common reasons for absence, school procedures regarding attendance, and what parents can do to partner with the school to get students back on track and in school.

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FCPS المختصر المفيد عن • Apr 28 | Arabic 

FCPS에 관한 몇마디 • Apr 28 |  Korean 


Episodio/Episode 7

What FCPS Families Should Know about ESOL Services

Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on why Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) families should know about ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) services. Nearly 49 percent—or 87,571 students—speak a second language. Listen to a discussion about FCPS English language services. Rich Pollio, director of ESOL services, talks about why ESOL services are important, how families are notified about ESOL services, how families can help at home, new school-to-home communication tools, and adult English language classes

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FCPS المختصر المفيد عن • Apr 21 | Arabic 

FCPS에 관한 몇마디 • Apr 21 |  Korean 

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FCPS Kindergarten Registration and Early Childhood Programs 

Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on FCPS Kindergarten Registration and Early Childhood Programs. FCPS Family Services staff share information on Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) and Early Head Start (EHS) Programs. The FCPS Pre-K and EHS Programs provide an early education program for families who meet income requirements and live in Fairfax County. For information on how to apply, visit Pre-K and EHS Programs' website and/or call 703-208-7901.  It's time for FCPS Kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years old on or by September 30. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.

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FCPS المختصر المفيد عن • Apr 8 | Arabic 

FCPS에 관한 몇마디 • Apr 8|  Korean 

Episodio/Episode 5

Dr. Brabrand’s Multilingual Podcast Interviews: A Message of Hope, Appreciation and Readiness! 

These podcasts bring families timely, important information in three languages -  Spanish, Arabic, and Korean.  Listen to the most recent podcast where Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent of Schools, is interviewed and offers a message of hope, appreciation and readiness. Dr. Brabrand expresses how proud he is of the students, staff, and families. He discusses how FCPS is Safe, Steady and Ready for students to either return to classrooms or continue virtual learning at home. He thanks families and gives information on school safety strategies which are detailed in the Family Guide to Return to School. Dr. Brabrand also talks about the importance of students’ social-emotional well-being.

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El Dr. Brabrand, Superintendente de División de FCPS, ofrece un mensaje de esperanza y expresa lo orgulloso que está de los estudiantes, el personal y las familias. Habla de cómo FCPS ha creado un ambiente seguro y estable y está listo para que los estudiantes regresen a las aulas o continúen con el aprendizaje virtual en casa. Agradece a las familias y brinda información sobre las estrategias de seguridad escolar que se detallan en un folleto de la Guía familiar de FCPS. El Dr. Brabrand también habla sobre la importancia del bienestar socioemocional de los estudiantes.  

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FCPS المختصر المفيد عن • Mar 12 | Arabic 

FCPS에 관한 몇마디 • Mar 12 |  Korean 


Episodio/Episode 4

March 2, 2021 (15 minutes)

Estratégias para el bienestar familiar

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Escuche a Siliva Stone, una psicóloga escolar de FCPS, compartir estratégias que padres de familia pueden usar para su bienestar y el de sus hijos, la importancia de tomarse el tiempo para uno mismo, como reconocer las señales de estrés en los niños y a quién acudir en las escuelas por ayuda. Además, usted encontrará información sobre el procedimiento de cancelación de clases y actividades por condiciones meteorológicas.

Strategies for Enhancing Parents’ Well-Being

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Listen to Silvia Stone, an FCPS school psychologist, share strategies that parents can use to manage their and their children's stress, the importance of self-care and how to recognize signs of stress in their children, and the resources available in the schools that can help. In this episode, we also remind families of the FCPS Weather Cancellation Procedures.

Episodio/Episode 3

February 16, 2021 (11 minutes)

Programas de Educación para Padres de Familia

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Infórmese sobre los distintos programas de educación para padres de FCPS y del condado de Fairfax. Estos programas están diseñados con el fin de fortalecer los vínculos entre padres y sus hijos. Los programas de FCPS son HIPPY, Early Literacy Program y el Family Literacy ESOL Program.

Parenting Education Programs for Families

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Learn about free virtual Parenting Education Programs that provide families with the tools and skill sets to develop healthy relationships with their children. The FCPS Programs are Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), Early Literacy and Family Literacy ESOL Program.

Episodio/Episode 1

February 2, 2021 (8 minutes)

Introducción del Podcast & Servicio de Comidas para Llevar

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Las presentadoras de este Podcast compartirán las últimas noticias y recursos de FCPS y lugares de distribución de comida para los niños.

Introduction and Grab & Go Meals

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In this Podcast, the hosts share with families the latest news and Grab and Go Meal resources from FCPS.

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Suggestions or Questions

Want to suggest a podcast topic? Have a question you'd like answered? We'd love to hear from you! Contact us. (Link is EnPocasPalabrasFCPS@fcps.edu)

Podcast Hosts and Guests

En Pocas Palabras FCPS podcast is a service to families and an opportunity for families to hear timely, important information related to school news and resources from FCPS family engagement advocates and school leaders.


Guests on the podcast serve FCPS families across the school division of over 189,000 students. En Pocas Palabras’ guests will include school parent liaisons, school registrars, teachers, parents, school guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists, administrators, and community members. Guests will discuss realistic situations that families are facing and offer ways to address the situations.


Host Micheline Lavalle is an FCPS Family Literacy Specialist in the Office for ESOL Services and works directly with families and coordinates family educational programs. She is a proud parent of five FCPS graduates. Linda Ferguson is a recent FCPS principal and passionate advocate for all families. She’s currently an administrator in the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement.

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