FCPS This Week e-newsletter - December 6, 2019

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
December 06, 2019

Photos of the Week

In this week’s photos students are learning about kinetic energy, lending a helping hand for the holidays, celebrating literacy, and collecting food for the needy.  


Calendar Reminder: Winter Break Is December 23 to January 3, 2020

As a reminder, this year winter break starts on December 23 and ends on January 3, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar.


Special Event on December 17 for FCPS Graduates and Students Who Want to Teach in FCPS

Do you know an FCPS graduate or student who is interested in teaching in FCPS? FCPS graduates and current FCPS juniors or seniors are invited to join us on Tuesday, December 17, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gatehouse Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042 for the second annual Back2Fairfax Teacher Seminar. Learn more about how to navigate the hiring process, employee resources, and tips on being a successful educator.

Join us for an evening filled with networking opportunities, breakout sessions, and FCPS employment information. We invite current students and FCPS graduates to Say Yes to FCPS!

Registration for this event is available online.    


In Case You Missed It: 2020-21 School Year Calendar Announced

In case you missed it over the summer, the 2020-21 school year calendar has been announced. Notable dates include: First day of school – Tuesday, August 25, 2020; Labor Day break – September 4-7, 2020; Thanksgiving break – November 25-27, 2020; Winter Break – December 21, 2020-January 1, 2021; Spring Break – March 29, 2021- April 2, 2021 (Note: Monday, April 5, 2021, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students); Last day of school for students – Friday, June 11, 2021.

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar.  


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 7 p.m.  
E-Notify email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays. 

Need assistance or have questions? Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information. 


Video: Planting the Seeds of Bike Safety at Hollin Meadows Elementary School

Hollin Meadows Elementary School, in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, received the first Traffic Garden in Fairfax County Public Schools during its most recent renovation. Funded by grants from the Virginia Department of Transportation and Neighborhood and Community Services, the scaled-down roadway pavement markings are helping educators teach bike, pedestrian, and road safety to students at the school. Watch the video.

FCPS YouTube Channel

Want to see other great videos featuring FCPS students and staff members? Check out the FCPS Channel on YouTube.


FCPS Earns Six Awards in 2019 CHESPRA Communications Contest

Fairfax County Public Schools has won six awards in the 2019 CHESPRA (Chesapeake Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association) communications contest. The contest recognizes outstanding publications, web, and television communications produced by public school districts and private schools located in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

See which FCPS publications and electronic communications received awards.


Cool Schools: Chantilly Academy to Host Underserved Youth for Hair Cuts, Styling

Chantilly Academy Cosmetology and SkillsUSA students will host a cut-a-thon for underserved youth and their mothers in collaboration with a nonprofit organization called She Believes in Me on Monday, December 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event gives students the opportunity to showcase how they, along with former students, are using the skills and knowledge they have learned through a FCPS program to give back to the community and support others. 

More information is available online.


Your Donation to the Foundation for FCPS Will Help Students Thrive

As 2019 comes to a close, please consider a year-end gift to the Foundation for FCPS, the independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization associated with the school system. The Foundation works alongside teachers, principals, administrators, and leadership to keep our diverse school system robust and innovative. 

We need your help to make sure all students have the resources they need to succeed. The Foundation works in partnership with FCPS and the community to create pathways to long-term success for students. Your end-of-year gift will help the Foundation fund programs such as: 

  • Gap needs for disadvantaged students. Examples include backpacks, supplies, and gift cards.
  • Work-based learning opportunities for students via teacher grants.
  • Retention and recognition of stellar educators. 

More information about these programs can be found on the Foundation website.

Your tax-deductible contribution can be made online through a secure donation portal. With your help, we can keep our kids smiling well after the holidays!


Facilities Planning Advisory Council Seeking Applicants from Hunter Mill District

The School Board is seeking applications from Hunter Mill District residents for a seat on the Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC). FPAC advises and informs FCPS staff and the School Board in the development of comprehensive, long-term plans for facilities. 

FCPS encourages individuals with experience in construction, engineering, architecture, land use planning, development, demographics, government operations, and financing to apply. Applications are due by January 6, 2020.

Get more information and submit an application.


Register Now for the New FCPS Teacher Workday-Student Holiday Camps

Need something fun, engaging, and academic for your child (grades 3-8) during teacher workdays or student holidays when schools are closed? Check out this redesigned camp offered by FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE), bundled to give parents affordable, bilingual, camp options. You can drop off your child as early as 8 a.m., and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m. 

In this camp, your child will be introduced to a foreign language and related cultural culinary activities by enthusiastic and experienced instructors. Each day is a new cultural and culinary experience. You can sign up for a single day online or two days and receive the third day for free by calling the ACE registration office at 703-658-1201. 2019-20 camp dates: December 23; January 27-28, 2020; March 3, 2020; and April 13, 2020. Spaces are limited so register today.

Camp offerings and prices may be viewed on the ACE website by clicking on K-12 Classes and Camps. Registration may be completed online, by phone at 703-658-1201, by mail, or in person. 


Virginia Law Now Allows Receipt, Storage, and Administration of Cannabidiol Oil or THC-A Oil to Students at School

Effective July 1, the Code of Virginia was amended to authorize possession or distribution of Cannabidiol Oil (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THC-A) Oil in schools, and FCPS has amended its policies and regulations to reflect the change.

CBD and THC-A oils are derived from the cannabis plant; however, neither have an intoxicating effect on the user. Licensed practitioners may prescribe CBD and THC-A oils to treat conditions including, but not limited to: chronic pain, anxiety, migraines, and seizures. 

A fact sheet with more information is available on the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) webpage.