FCPS this Week - January 5, 2018

By Communication and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
January 05, 2018

Photos of the Week

Take a look at the online photo gallery to see a collection of photos from the end of 2017, including holiday photos, concerts, and participating in service learning.  

FY 2019 Proposed Budget to Be Presented January 11

FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand will present the 2018-19 school year (FY 2019) Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, January 11, at Jackson Middle School at 7 p.m. The School Board plans to hold a budget work session on January 22, and a public hearing on the Proposed Budget on January 29, with additional hearings on January 30 and January 31, if needed. Get more information on the FCPS budget.  

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on January 15

All FCPS schools will be closed on January 15 for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 16. See the 2017-18 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 or use the FCPS Mobile App (available in the iTunes or Google Play stores). Morning bus route information will be available until noon. Afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 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

Nominations Open for 2017 Virginia Outstanding Crossing Guard; Crossing Guard Appreciation Day Is February 14

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, January 26, by the Virginia Department of Transportation for Virginia’s 2017 Outstanding Crossing Guard of the Year. Parents, students, and teachers are welcome to submit a nomination and photo online. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 26

In addition, Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, a statewide event to say thank you to the individuals who help students cross the street safely on their way to and from school, will be celebrated in Virginia on Wednesday, February 14. Fairfax County Public Schools will observe the day by honoring the 80 crossing guards who manage 174 school-related crossings every day. FCPS crossing guards are employees of the Fairfax County Police Department.

Get more information and submit a nomination.

FCPS Instructional Job Fair Set for Saturday, February 3

FCPS is searching for educators with a strong academic background and a passion for making a difference. To meet increased hiring needs we are hosting an invitation only job fair during which we will be interviewing candidates in all instructional areas. The fair will be held on Saturday, February 3, with a snow makeup date of February 24.

Learn how to be considered for an invitation.

FCPS Proposes Three New Elementary Schools, One New High School in FY 2019-23 Capital Improvement Program; Public Hearing to Be Held on January 9

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has released its proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019-23 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), reflecting a five-year requirement of $813 million, or roughly $164 million per year, for new schools and additions, capacity enhancements, and renovations to address current and anticipated enrollment increases. Included in the new CIP are proposals for three new elementary schools and one new high school.

The School Board will hold a public hearing on the FY 2019-23 CIP on Tuesday, January 9, at 6 p.m. at Jackson Middle School in Falls Church.

Get more information about the FY 2019-23 Capital Improvement Program.

Student Mental Health and Resiliency

Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. If you have any concerns about anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other social and emotional issues your child may be experiencing, please contact your school psychologist, school social worker, or school counselor. They are available for consultation and support.

Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child.

Video: Stubborn Positivity at Longfellow Middle School

Author Craig Grossi stopped by Longfellow Middle School to tell students about his incredible dog Fred who he met on the battlefields of Afghanistan. The students heard the message of being stubbornly positive, which is the same life lesson Craig learned from Fred. Watch the video.

Fairfax County School Board Adopts 2018-19 Standard School Year Calendar

The Fairfax County School Board has adopted the standard school year calendar for the 2018-19 school year, which starts school for students on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, and ends the school year on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

The calendar provides a three-day break for Thanksgiving—November 21-13. Winter break for students is scheduled from December 24, 2018, through January 4, 2019, and spring break is scheduled for the week of April 15, 2019.

See the 2018-19 school year calendar.

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.

Video: Learn How Inclement Weather Closing Decisions Are Made

Ever wonder how FCPS administrators decide to close or delay school due to inclement weather? Watch this video for an explanation and answers to some common questions.

Tips for Parents of Elementary Age Students: Avoid Nagging With the When-Then Technique

How do you get kids to do what they are supposed to without nagging them? Remind them of the good things that can only happen after the task is done. You can do this by using the words, "When … then … ."

For example, "When your homework is finished, then you can have your friend over." Or, "When you've finished your bath, then we can read a book."

You can also give a quiet reminder without saying a word. For instance, if your child is supposed to feed the dog before dinner, you might leave his or her plate turned upside down. This sends him or her the message, "When you feed Fido, then you can eat!"

The only way the when-then technique really works is when you follow it every day.

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