Five Things to Know This Week - June 22, 2020

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
June 22, 2020

Photos of the Week

Check out this week’s photos to get a glimpse of graduation photos, students and teachers bidding each other farewell, and teachers supporting their students with reading lessons. 

1. Reopening Schools Plan Presented to Fairfax County School Board

Staff members for Fairfax County Public Schools presented their preliminary findings and recommendations for the 2020-21 school year to the Fairfax County School Board at its work session on Monday, June 15. 
The plan complies with the guidance set forth by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the safe reopening of schools using health and social distancing protocols. The information includes three potential reopening school scenarios for fall 2020.

Video: See the complete Town Hall discussion with Dr. Brabrand that was held on June 16. 

The Return to School discussion will continue at a School Board work session tomorrow, Tuesday, June 23, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting can be viewed on FCPS cable TV Channel 99 and online on the FCPS website.

2. FCPS Cares of the Month Winners for May 

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. All FCPS Cares submissions were reviewed and winners were selected for the month of May from each region and the central office to receive extra recognition for their work. They are: 

  • Central Office: Dana Griffith, Stonecroft Transportation, Department of Facilities and Transportation Services; Natalie Baumstark, Sprague Technology Center, Department of Information Technology; and Lisa DeHart, Transition Support Resource Center Fairfax, Instructional Services Department.
  • Region 1: Stephanie Howell, Armstrong Elementary School; Jill Moore, Hunters Woods Elementary School; and Claudia Davis, Cunningham Park Elementary School.
  • Region 2: Ericka Lackey, North Springfield Elementary School; Eun Ji, Justice High School; and Kristen Mattix, Kilmer Middle School.
  • Region 3: Lynda Rupp, Washington Mill Elementary School; Arlyncia Pina, Franconia Elementary School; and Annalee Schnebele, Hayfield Secondary School.
  • Region 4: Anna Cooper, Cardinal Forest Elementary School; Jessica Wheaton, Fairview Elementary School; Claudia Dieguez, Emily Gardiner, and Marcia Salgado; Lake Braddock Secondary School.
  • Region 5: Laura Muscar, Deer Park Elementary School; Faiza Alam, Lanier Middle School; and Hailey Colman, Mantua Elementary School.

Get more information about the winners, and how to recognize a staff member who has gone above and beyond

3. Help Provide School Supplies and Backpacks for Students in Need–Donate to Collect for Kids

No matter how school looks for fall 2020, we already know that many of our students will not have the school supplies they need to be successful in their learning journey as FCPS has more than 57,000 students who live at or near the poverty level. Collect for Kids is a network of non-profit and faith-based organizations, businesses, and community groups that work together to provide school supplies and backpacks for these students each year.

Your contribution to Collect for Kids can help provide kits of supplies for these students which will be delivered to them in August before the start of school. Please help make sure all students have what they need to be creative and successful in school.  

Learn more or donate to Collect for Kids.

4. Fairfax County Public Library’s Summer Reading Adventure Helps Kids Read for Fun

Many studies have found that reading for pleasure is beneficial for kids in many ways, including keeping up their reading skills over the summer and helping them succeed in school.

Fairfax County Public Library helps make reading fun by providing tools, access, and incentives during its Summer Reading Adventure. Held in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools, the Summer Reading Adventure runs June 12 through August 14 and invites all children and teens—birth through high school—to read for fun over the summer. The theme in 2020 is “Imagine Your Story!” This summer the program will be virtual.

Adult Summer Reading Program

Children shouldn't have all the fun! Adults like reading and receiving incentives, too. Fairfax County Public Library has a system-wide Adult Summer Reading Program for age 18 and up. This summer only, the program will be virtual. You can complete gameboard challenges or read or listen to books of your choice.

Learn how to participate in the Adult Summer Reading Program.  

5. A Look Back as We Move Forward

  • From the Healthy Minds Blog: Ensuring Children's Sense of Safety

    The current climate of divisiveness, anger, and fear in this country is having a significant impact on many children and adults. Feelings of uncertainty and lack of safety are particularly heightened for communities and families struggling to understand and cope with hate-based violence, as well as discriminatory or threatening actions or speech. 

    The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) offers these suggestions for parents to reassure children and help them feel safe

  • Free Summer Learning Opportunities

    FCPS is offering free optional virtual opportunities this summer to support student learning throughout the summer months. Due to building closures, face-to-face summer learning opportunities are cancelled. See what's available

  • TJHSST Student Chosen for Governor's Education Work Group

    Shan Lateef, a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), is the only student representative chosen to serve on Governor Ralph Northam’s Education Work Group that is developing a way to safely reopen Virginia’s PreK-12 schools. Lateef is participating in focus groups and strategy sessions with Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, working alongside professional educators, parents, state agency representatives, special education advocates, and museum directors.