FCPS This Week e-newsletter - August 31, 2018

By Communication and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
August 31, 2018

Scenes from the First Day of School and Back to School Events

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! Thank you to everyone who shared the excitement of the first day of school and back to school activities by posting photos and videos. Want to see them for yourself? Go to the FCPS website to check out a photo gallery, or visit Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and search for #firstdayfairfax. Have a great school year! 

Calendar Reminder: All Schools Closed on September 3 for Labor Day Holiday

As a reminder, all FCPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 3, in honor of the Labor Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 4. See the 2018-19 school year calendar.  

2018-19 Back to School Event Schedule

The schedule for this year's Back to School events is available online. The schedules are posted by the region your child’s school is in. 

Don’t know your school’s region? Do a search for your school in the Schools and Centers Directory, then click on the school name. 

Video: First Day of School Wrap Up With Dr. Brabrand

FCPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand spent the first day of the 2018-19 school year visiting schools across the county and making sure everything got off to a great start. Check out this video to see a recap of the day's events. 

Video: Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand’s 2018 Back to School Message

Superintendent Brabrand has a message for parents, students, and staff members as we prepare for the start of the 2018-19 school year. Watch the video.  

Save the Date: Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held September 29 at Fairfax High School

The fifth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, September 29, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dr. Scott S. Brabrand, FCPS Superintendent, will open the conference. Dr. Amy Przeworski, associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western University, will give the keynote presentation: Using Stress to Your Advantage in Achieving Academic Success and Emotional Well Being. 

For the first time, the conference will also include an Our Minds Matter Teen Summit for middle and high school students, sponsored by the Josh Anderson Foundation. 

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community.  

Registration is now open. More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.   

Bus Delay Notification System 

Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Access it directly online. Morning bus route information will be available until noon. The afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 5:30 p.m.  

E-Notify (BlackboardConnect) email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays. 
Need assistance or have questions? Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information. 

Three Ways to Pay for Meals: Online Payment, Check, or Cash; 2018-19 Meal Prices 

Fairfax County Public Schools offers three ways to pay for school meals: online, check, or cash. This year's meal prices are also available.

Want to know what’s for lunch? Check out the menu for your child’s school online.  

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application Available Online

Free and reduced-price meal applications may be completed online or by submitting a handwritten, paper application for the 2018-19 school year. Electronic meal applications are quick, easy, and available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Filipino, French, and Vietnamese. 

Both the online application and paper application now include a designated section with the consent to share information for other programs. This update allows parents and guardians to complete the free and reduced-price meal application and the consent to share information in the same document.

Paper applications must be the original red print forms, which are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings. Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

More information is available on the Free and Reduced-Price Meals web page.

Telephone Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Video: Getting to Know You—Cub Run Elementary School Welcome Walks

Teachers from Cub Run Elementary School welcome each of their students to the new school year by visiting their homes and meeting their parents and siblings, and in the process, make visible and meaningful connections between school and home. Watch the video.

FCPS Policies, Regulations, and Notices Available Online

Virginia’s Standards of Quality require all school divisions to notify the public annually of the availability of the school system's policies.  

Register Now for Fall 2018 Adult and Community Education Classes

Register now for fall 2018 Adult and Community Education (ACE) classes. ACE offers a wide variety of programs for the community ranging from career classes to enrichment for both adults and K-12 students. Upcoming courses include:  Adobe Photoshop—Basics, Promoting Mental Fitness, Old World Holiday Desserts, Creative Fiction on Your Fingertips, and more! 

Fall course offerings may be viewed online, and registration may be completed online, by phone, by mail, or in person. The course catalog, ACE Classes, has been mailed to Fairfax County residents and is also available at Fairfax County public libraries and at the Plum Center in Springfield. Explore a new career, discover a new hobby, and connect with your community…your journey begins with ACE!

Foundation for FCPS to Host State of Education Luncheon on November 27; Partner of the Year Award Nominations Due by September 12

The Foundation for FCPS will host the “State of Education” Luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Jones, new CEO of Inova Health Systems. The event will include award presentations for the Business, Community, and Workforce Development Partner of the Year, which recognize the valuable contributions being made by business and non-profit partners in our schools and programs and emphasize the importance of community involvement in education. Nominations for the awards are open until September 12

Early-bird ticket prices are in effect for the luncheon, which will be held at the Fairview Park Marriott from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27. All proceeds from the luncheon will fund the Foundation’s #SOAR grants to classroom teachers. More information about the awards and the lunch can be found on the Foundation’s website.