Five Things to Know This Week - June 8, 2020
1. Important Survey Coming Soon
Parents, be sure to watch your email for an important survey about distance learning and returning to school this fall. FCPS wants feedback on your distance learning experience this spring and your views about proposed return to school options. Your voice matters; please share your thoughts with us as we plan for fall 2020.
2. Technology @ Home
FCPS' Technology @ Home program provides an opportunity for FCPS students and staff to purchase technology products from companies such as Adobe, Microsoft, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard at discounted rates. More information is available online.
3. Video—Student Voice: Alana's Family Tips for Mental Wellness
FCPS student Alana talks about the different ways that her family has come up with to battle stress during social distancing. Watch the video.
From the Healthy Minds Blog: Countering Stigma and Racism
As adults, it is our responsibility to help children understand that all people deserve compassion and acceptance, and that racism and hate will not be tolerated. Children look to adults for guidance. They observe our words and behaviors. They will follow our lead. The following suggestions from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) are offered to assist you as you enter into conversations about stigma and racism that are complex and challenging.
4. 2020 Virtual Graduation Schedule
The dates and times for FCPS virtual graduation ceremonies are now available online.
Share Your Graduation or Promotion Ceremony Photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram
We will retweet some of the photos on Twitter and share some of the photos on Facebook and on Instagram.
5. A Look Back as We Look Forward
FCPS Offers Free Online Summer Arts Enrichment Program
Fairfax County Public Schools will offer a free online arts enrichment program for current K-12 students for five weeks from July 6 to August 7. A variety of classes will be offered in art, music, theater, and dance. Students may participate in as many classes as they wish, continuing to take their favorite art classes or trying something new. Registration is not required. More information is available online.
School Board Seeking FPAC Applicants from Hunter Mill District, Springfield District, and One At-Large; Application Deadline Is June 19
The Fairfax County School Board invites applications from community members in the Hunter Mill and Springfield Districts interested in serving on the Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC). The School Board is also accepting applications for one at-large member. 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. The deadline to submit an application is June 19.
Parent Resource Center Webinars Available Online
The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) has made many of its popular parenting webinars available online. Two examples include:
10 Non-negotiable Rules for Raising a Teenager: A Webinar for Families. No one has ever said that raising teenagers is for the faint of heart. And while all parents genuinely want what's best for their children, teenagers seem to talk in a completely different language that's coded with many meanings.
Motivating Responsible Behavior When Kids Are at Home 24/7. In some cases, being home all the time is leading to more connection and positive memories ... but in many cases it's leading to negative behavior that seems to stick around no matter what you try.