FCPS This Week e-newsletter - January 10, 2020

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
January 10, 2020

Photos of the Week

In the first photo gallery of the year, see students getting ready for and enjoying snow, visiting a local museum, celebrating twin day, and showing school spirit.  

Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand Presents FCPS Budget for Fiscal Year 2021

FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand presented a $3.2 billion school operating fund Proposed Budget for the 2020-21 school year (Fiscal Year 2021), with a focus on employee compensation, to the Fairfax County School Board at its business meeting on January 9. The FY 21 Proposed Budget represents an increase of $172.2 million, or 5.8 percent, over the FY 2020 Approved Budget. 

“In FY 20, we completed a multi-year plan to bring teacher salary scales to the market average,” said Brabrand. “The proposed FY 21 budget continues to prioritize market competitive compensation for our teachers and staff. Our focus is achieving success for each of our more than 189,000 students and that can only be accomplished by ensuring that we have the ability to recruit and retain the very best teachers.” 

Learn more about the FY 21 Proposed Budget.

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on January 20 for MLK Holiday, January 27-28 for Teacher Workday and Staff Development Day

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 21. Also, schools will be closed for students January 27-28 for a teacher workday and staff development day, respectively. January 24 is the last day of the second quarter. 

See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar.

FCPS To Implement Student Civic Engagement Activity Option Beginning January 21

Beginning January 21, FCPS students in grades 7-12 will be allowed one partial school day absence each school year to participate in civic engagement activities. The term “partial” means that the student is expected to attend school for some portion of the day; there has not been a specific number of hours assigned to the term.

Under the revised regulation, students and parents must complete the appropriate prearranged absence form and include documented evidence of participation in an organized event or activity. Parents or guardians must authorize student participation and are responsible for their students’ participation. Other than those activities required by FCPS course curriculum, civic engagement activities are optional. As such, civic engagement activities are not supervised by FCPS staff.

Civic engagement could include a wide variety of activities, including meetings with elected officials, volunteering for a campaign or participating in other activities within the community.  

Learn more about the student civic engagement activity option.

Video: Dr. Brabrand's Statement on the Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget

Watch this video to hear Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand give a summary of the Proposed 2021 Fiscal Year Budget (2020-21 school year). 

FCPS YouTube Channel

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

Falls Church Academy to Host Second Annual Healthcare College and Career Fair January 27

Falls Church Academy and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) will host the second annual Healthcare College and Career Fair on Monday, January 27, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon at Falls Church High School. This event is open to all FCPS high school students interested in learning more about healthcare certification programs and college and career options. 

Representatives from medical college programs, the healthcare industry, and the military will be on hand to answer questions about healthcare careers.

Learn more about the Healthcare College and Career Fair

Fairfax County Park Authority Offering Snow Day Camp at Four Locations

The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering Snow Day Camp at Audrey Moore RECenter, Lee District RECenter, Oak Marr RECenter, and Spring Hill RECenter for children ages 6 to 10 when Fairfax County Public Schools are closed two or more school days in a row (limited to 30 children per site, first-come basis) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $65 per day, per child, non-refundable. 

Note: Snow Day Camp will not operate for single-day FCPS school closures, late openings or early dismissals, on weekends, and will not be held when Fairfax County Government is closed or the Fairfax County Park Authority is closed.

Learn more about Snow Day Camp.

Registration Opens January 27 for World Language and Two-Way Immersion Programs; Informational Meetings for Parents Start on January 13

Fairfax County Public Schools’ online registration for the county-wide lottery for world language immersion programs opens on Monday, January 27. Current prekindergarten students may apply for the kindergarten immersion programs and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2020-21 school year. 

The kindergarten immersion programs are available in Korean and Spanish. Korean is available at Powell Elementary School and Spanish is available at Bailey’s, Lake Anne, Laurel Ridge, London Towne, and Rose Hill Elementary Schools. First grade immersion programs are available at 12 elementary schools and are offered in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Parents who are interested in the two-way or world language immersion programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting. All meetings are held at the school named.

Get more information about World Language and Two-Way Immersion programs

Twenty-Seven Teachers Earn or Renew Certification from National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Twenty-seven Fairfax County Public Schools teachers have achieved or renewed certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Seventy five percent of National Board Certified teachers work directly with students while others have moved into leadership roles throughout the division. 

Over the course of the program in FCPS, more than 500 teachers have achieved this certification. Currently, FCPS is ranked first in the state of Virginia with a total of 302 active National Board-certified teachers, placing Fairfax County in the top 30 school districts nationwide.  

See who received certification from the NBPTS.

FCPS Adult and Community Education Offering New Year, New You Classes; Discount Available for Two or More Classes 

FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE) is running a special New Year, New You promotion to help you reach your 2020 goals! Whether your resolution is to eat healthier, get control of your finances, or pick up a new hobby, ACE has a class for it! Check out the special New Year, New You classes and register online today. Use code NYNY2020 to save $20.20 when you register for two or more classes. *

If the New Year, New You classes aren’t what you’re looking for, ACE offers over 4,000 different classes on topics from Accounting to Zoology and everything in between. Take a look at the offerings and make 2020 your best year yet. 

* Restrictions apply. Discount only available to New Year, New You classes.