Five Things to Know This Week - May 26, 2020

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
May 26, 2020

Photos of the Week

See how students are participating in a remote field day, how student musicians are performing in a virtual concert, and how one creative school-based technology specialist is multitasking at home in this week's photos.

1. FCPS Hosting Virtual Instructional Job Fair May 26-28

FCPS is searching for educators with a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference in the lives of students during the 2020-21 school year. Principals will meet and engage with candidates at the FCPS Virtual Instructional Job Fair held May 26-28.

2. Video: Student Voice–Hazel Helps Us Keep Connected

FCPS student Hazel submitted this video with some tips to stay connected with friends and family during social distancing. Watch the video.

Student Voice: Share Your Thoughts and Tips on Coping with Coronavirus

FCPS students, we want to hear from you on how you are coping with coronavirus. Check out previous student submissions and learn how to submit your own creative effort.

New FCPS Web Page—Building Resilience through Compassion: A Parent Resource

Everyone’s needs count, now more than ever. Practicing compassion toward ourselves is essential. Adjusting our expectations, celebrating small successes, and staying connected to sources of support are all examples of building resilience. A new FCPS web page has some tips to support healthy coping

3. FCPS Cares of the Month for April 

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 six winners were selected for the month of April—one for each region and the central office—to receive extra recognition for their work. They are:

  • Central Office: Kate Adams and Shira Brothers, Department of Special Services, Graham Road Community Building and Willow Oaks Administrative Center. 
  • Region 1: Bertha Sanders, Herndon Elementary School.
  • Region 2: Kelly Seibold, Lemon Road Elementary School.
  • Region 3: Cory Yeager, Fort Hunt Elementary School.
  • Region 4: Lupe Fuentes, Cardinal Forest Elementary School.
  • Region 5: Luc Nguyen, Chantilly High School.

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

FCPS Cares–Going the Distance Update

Last month, we announced FCPS Cares–Going the Distance, a way to honor staff members who have gone the extra mile to support students, parents, community members, and their FCPS colleagues since the school closure. Due to an overwhelming response those individuals will be announced in conjunction with the May Cares of the Month recipients. 

4. How to Register a Child for School  

Are you the parent of a rising kindergartner or a student new to FCPS? Or maybe you know someone who is? Written instructions for the five-step student registration process are available for kindergarten registration and grade 1 thru 12 registration on the FCPS website.

5. A Look Back as We Look Forward

  • Coates Elementary School Principal Jesse Kraft Named Washington Post Principal of the Year

    Jesse Kraft, who has served as principal at Coates Elementary School since 2016, has been named The Washington Post’s 2020 Principal of the Year. He was selected from a group of 19 finalists who lead schools in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

  • Fairfax County School Board Approves Revised FY 2021 Budget

    The Fairfax County School Board has approved the revised Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 21) budget. The budget, revised due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reduced the previously recommended transfer increase from Fairfax County from $85.5 million to $7.3 million and includes a reduction of $4.8 million from the state. Along with other budget cuts, the total amount of the FY 21 budget was reduced by $67.0 million.

  • Fairfax County Summer Camps, Rec-PAC, SACC Cancelled

    The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) are announcing the cancellation of 2020 summer camp programs due to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Included in these cancellations are all FCPA sponsored summer camp programs, REC-Pac programs held at local schools, summer camp programs sponsored by NCS and SACC programs.

    To help keep kids connected over the summer, the Neighborhood Community Services Youth Programming Team launched Fairfax County’s first virtual programming platform with activities specifically for youth in grades 1-12.