Return to School News - January 19, 2021

By Communication and Community Relations
January 19, 2021

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on January 20 and 25; Two-Hour Early Dismissal on January 22

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Wednesday, January 20, for Inauguration Day. Monday, January 25, is a teacher work day and a holiday for students. Students will be released two hours early on Friday, January 22, the last day of the second quarter.

See the complete 2021-21 school year calendar

School Board Meeting on January 21

The next regular (hybrid) School Board meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be televised on FCPS Cable TV channel 99 (Verizon channel 11) and will be livestreamed on the FCPS website

Meal Distribution for the Week of January 19-26

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to providing all students access to meals January 19-26 where there is a school holiday and one student holiday/teacher workday. The following plan is in place.

Meals will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.   

It is important to follow safety guidelines when picking up meals. Please wear a mask, stand a minimum of six feet apart from others, and wash your hands before you arrive and when you return home. 

Go to the Return to School/Food page for more information or call the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800

Video: Hope and and Help With FCPS' First Vaccinations

On January 16, the first group of FCPS employees received the COVID-19 vaccine at the Inova Center for Personalized Medicine. 

New Employment Opportunities in Fairfax County Public Schools: Classroom Monitors

FCPS schools and centers are hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when some staff members continue to work virtually. If you would like more information about the position, review the job description online and apply if interested. Please share information about this opportunity with anyone you think may be interested. 

FCPS Is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Substitute Teachers

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply online or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more. To sign up for a session, visit the FCPS substitute teacher information page

Best of the Web Awards Honor Excellence in School Websites

Fairfax County Public Schools has recognized six school websites for excellence in web content and use of web-based tools in the 2020 Best of the Web Awards. Winners were recognized at a virtual meeting on January 15.

The annual awards ceremony, organized by the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations, celebrates schools that create excellent websites to inform and engage readers. The winners remind us of the substantial talent that exists among the community of FCPS school web curators.

See which schools won a Best of the Web Award.

Photos of the Week

Last week, Canterbury Woods Elementary shared picture and a message on their Twitter page about Dr. Jake Kohut, who teachers band in the morning at Canterbury Woods and in the afternoon at Frost Middle School. 

The tweet from the school sparked interest from local and national media outlets, including the Today Show and the Washington Post

FCPS Announces Open Enrollment for Dual Language Immersion Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools’ online registration for the county-wide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 25. Current prekindergarten students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2021-22 school year. 

The kindergarten DLI programs are available in Korean and Spanish. Korean is available at Powell and Spanish is available at Bailey’s Elementary, Fort Hunt, Lake Anne, Laurel Ridge, London Towne, and Rose Hill Elementary Schools. First grade DLI programs are available at 12 elementary schools and are offered in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Information Meetings Ongoing

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting. All meetings are held virtually. Information regarding virtual meeting access will be made available on the Dual Language Immersion registration site by the day of the meeting.

Get more information on Dual Language Immersion programs

Video: January 11 Virtual Town Hall

On Monday, January 11, Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand hosted the first virtual Town Hall meeting of the year with Ellen Mukai, principal of Brookfield Elementary School, and Marty Smith, chief operating officer, to discuss the plan for returning students to in-person instruction.

A video of the Town Hall meeting is available online

Register for Upcoming Free Webinars from the FCPS Parent Resource Center

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) is offering four free parent webinars in February. They are:

  • Teen Depression:  A Webinar for Families, on Friday, February 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty - A Webinar for Families, on Friday, February 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families, on Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m., or Friday, February 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Is it Over Yet? How to Help your Child Cope with the Pandemic and the Eventual Return to Normalcy: A Webinar for Families, on Friday, February 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

More information on each session and how to register is available online.

Note: Previous webinars have been recorded and can be viewed on the PRC YouTube channel.

Stop the Spread: Protect Yourself and Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Your actions keep all of us healthy, and we need to keep it up and continue working together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Testing, contact tracing, and staying home and away from others when sick or after contact with someone who is sick, are also critical to help “box in” COVID-19 and prevent it from spreading further in our community.

From the Healthy Minds Blog: Tips for Building Resilience in Children

Many parents want their children to have a life that is free from stress, worry, and struggle. It is only natural to wish the best for your children, but in reality, life is full of unpredictable challenges.

A big part of a parent’s job is teaching children how to face those challenges, navigate through them, and ultimately overcome them. This is a skill that children need to develop as they are growing up and inevitably make the transition into adulthood and out of their safety net.

In the latest Healthy Minds Blog, learn how to help your child build resiliency

Arts Alive: Cappies Review of Stellar Mind by Fairfax High School

Fairfax County Public Schools students are talented actors, musicians, and visual artists. Many FCPS high schools participate in the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Critics and Awards Program for High School Theatre, otherwise known as the Cappies.

The Cappies is a program through which high school theater and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local newspapers. There are 15 Cappies chapters across the United States and Canada. 

The Cappies continues this year with virtual performances. Students learning through the theater arts is as important as ever. Most performances this year are written by students and are available to watch on the Cappies website. Some performances do require a fee to view online.  

This review of Fairfax High School's virtual production of Stellar Mind is written by Zander Kuebler of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. 

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