Five Things to Know This Week - May 4, 2020

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
May 04, 2020

1. Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Teachers and staff members throughout the division are being celebrated for the hard work they do every day, even as they teach and care for our students from a distance. This year, many schools are holding their own virtual celebrations to say thank you; find out what you can do to let the teachers and staff at your child’s school know that you appreciate everything they do. One idea might be to email a heartfelt letter, card, poem, video, or message of appreciation.

And remember, every day is a great day to thank a teacher!

2. Food Resources for Fairfax County Families

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency continues to evolve, many individuals and families in our communities may have food assistance needs. All FCPS students (regardless of age), as well as other county children under the age of 18, are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children's meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

FCPS is providing grab and go meals at several schools and community centers, pop-up locations, and along several bus routes throughout the county. The FCPS sites, locations, bus routes, and curbside service are available Monday-Friday only. Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools have worked together to develop a searchable map that includes community food distribution sites, including FCPS grab and go locations, community meal distribution sites, food pantries, and other related services.

Get more information about food distribution, assistance with basic needs, and community-based resources in Fairfax County

3. FCPS Cares of the Month for February

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 February—one for each region and the central office—to receive extra recognition for their work. They are:

  • Central Office: Kim Kelly, Area 3 Transportation.
  • Region 1: Lesley Aschenbach, Aldrin Elementary School.
  • Region 2: Holley Remer, Chesterbrook Elementary School.
  • Region 3: Lonnie Bickel, Pulley Career Center.
  • Region 4: Sarah Pike, Lindsay Warren, Athena Privett, Madi McKenna, Becky Brandt, and Anita Williams, West Springfield High School.
  • Region 5: Michelle McCarten, Daniels Run Elementary School. 

Get more information about the winners.

FCPS Cares Distance Learning Edition

Do you know an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond to help support distance learning during the pandemic closure? Nominate them for the FCPS Cares Distance Learning edition!  

4. Video: Fairfax County Council of PTAs Question and Answer with Superintendent Brabrand

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand joined Jane Miscavage, president of the Fairfax County Council of PTAs, and Karen Jenkins, vice president of outreach, to answer questions about distance learning and other ways in which education is changing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This 50-minute discussion covers three topics: 1. How did we get here? Understanding the rollout of face-to-face learning and clearing up some misconceptions. 2. What can we expect moving forward? 3. How will FCPS improve consistency and communication? Watch the video.

5. A Look Back as We Look Forward

  • New Healthy Minds Blog: Keeping Kids Occupied During School Closure #5

    With our normal day-to-day lives upended, parents and caregivers have to face a new daily challenge ... how to keep their children occupied while at home. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information being shared online in response to this challenge. The latest Healthy Minds blog—Keeping Kids Occupied During School Closure (#5)— highlights some of the best ideas and resources available to help keep your children busy and engaged.

  • Daniels Run Elementary Students Learn and Connect with Journaling

    As our world takes a historic pause, students in Trisha Cotter’s sixth grade class at Daniels Run Elementary are busy. They are filling the pages of online Quarantine Journals with their experiences of living through a pandemic. Their stories are told in words, drawings, and photographs (lots of selfies).

  • Good News on Student Achievement: State Science Fair and Merit Scholarship Winners

    FCPS students got some good news recently. Ten students have been awarded 2020 corporate-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and more than 30 students received awards at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, including an Oakton High School student who received a First Grand Prize.