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Materials Collection

In-Person Students- In-person students will turn in their computers and any additional supplies on June 11th during their school day. 

 

Virtual Students - We will have a drive-thru goodbye for all of our virtual students on June 14th. You can drive or walk to Pine Spring during your designated time to say goodbye to your teacher. During this time, you will return all school items such as laptops, Bobcat Book Bus books, library books, math materials, and any other materials borrowed from the school.

The schedule is as follows: 

First Letter of Your Last Name

 Time 

A-G 9:00 AM-9:45 AM H-N 9:45 AM-10:30 AM O-T 10:30 AM-11:15 AM U-Z 11:15 AM-12:00 PM 

 

Kindergarten and 6th Grade Virtual Promotion

Over three-fourths of both our Kindergarten and Sixth grade students remained virtual throughout the year. Considering this fact along with many others, Pine Spring has decided to continue with the plan to have our promotion celebrations virtually. You will receive detailed information from your child’s homeroom teacher regarding how to tune into the events. Kindergarten will celebrate in their homerooms, while 6th grade will celebrate as an entire grade level. Please join me in congratulating all of our Bobcats.

Join us tomorrow, June 3rd, at 7 PM for our last PTA meeting of the school year! 

Falls Church Virtual Art Show

We are excited to share that several of our Pine Spring Bobcats were highlighted in the Falls Church Pyramid Art Show. While there were so many wonderful entries, each school was only allowed to submit 15 pieces. Here is the entire Falls Church collection. We want to recognize the Pine Spring students whose pieces were submitted. 

Grade K

Alison Obando Ugalde 

Grade 2

Prateeksha Malekar

Saisam Shanmugaraj

Grade 3

Dwaark Sai Gali Roopa Kumar

Theadora Conole

Grade 4

Deekshitha Mittapelli

Anthony Obando Ugalde

Dastan Djajakusuma

Lauren Stephenson

Grade 5

Skylar Stephens

Juan Ramirez Esquivel

Isabelle Martin

Grade 6

Lynn Nguyen Ramos

Lyna Tran

Zara Khan

Counseling News

Classroom Lessons 

The importance of Social-Emotional Learning has been elevated this year due to concerns about the impact of distance learning on student’s social and emotional well-being. We use the CASEL model of social-emotional competencies to ensure that we are teaching the skills needed to be a healthy, well-adjusted member of our community. 

 

We teach lessons, such as understanding feelings, because it is an essential cornerstone of developing self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness. Lessons on friendship skills such as taking turns, sharing, and conflict resolution, develop social awareness and relationship skills.

Responsible decision making is addressed when we teach students to set SMART goals and prepare students to transition to middle school.

 

We will continue to teach these skills during classroom lessons and look forward to partnering with teachers to reinforce these skills throughout student’s years at Pine Spring. Should you ever have any concerns, we are always available to support you and your student.

  • Virtually visit animals at the National Zoo at https://nationalsi.edu/webcam
  • Visit one of the 70 museums in D.C.
  • Visit Hidden Oaks and Hidden Pond Nature Centers.
  • Spend time at a county park – Lake Accotink, Barcroft Park, Mason District Park, Bull Run, Fountainhead and Pohick Bay Regional Parks.
  • Sign up for summer camps at one of our county recreation centers. REGISTER at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks
  • Visit historic sites: Mount Vernon, Woodlawn Plantation, Monticello, Luray Caverns, Gunston Hall, Richmond and Manassas National Battlefield Parks, Williamsburg, Science Museum of VA, Colvin Run Mill, Sully Plantation, Oxon Hill Farm, Yorktown, Fredericksburg
  • Read a book together.
  • Tour National and Dulles Airports.
  • Work on a hobby or puzzle together.
  • Go on a walking or bike trip.
  • Go to the pool or have a family picnic.
  • Sign up for summer baseball or soccer.
  • Plant some flowers or a garden.
Many Thanks

We have been so fortunate to have the support of the many caring and compassionate businesses and organizations throughout the year.

The 911 Dispatchers, General Dynamics Information Technology, and Mike Ryan’s started the year out by donating tons of much needed school supplies.  

General Dynamics Information Technology also provided backpacks which contained hat, gloves, and a gift card for food.

Much appreciation to The Assistance League of Northern Virginia, The Elks Lodge and The 2x20 Group for also providing gift cards for food. The Assistance League donated pillows to the kindergarteners and quilts with books to Head Start, while Food For Others provided “Power Packs” to Head Start families.

To make sure our kids were nice and warm this year, The Fairfax County Fire Department and Cooper Middle School students generously donated coats. Students from Cooper also gave presents to kindergarteners in December.

Recently, our Parenting Center received a donation of new clothing from Ross Dress for Less and the Lies Center to add to our collection of clothes.  Sizes and styles are limited, but if you would like clothing for your family call the office to sign up for a time to shop.

Many of our families don’t know what they would have done without the generous support of The PTA who provided Hungry Harvest boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to 100 families each month.

Stop Summer Slide

Researchers and teachers have long recognized that students tend to start the academic year with achievement levels lower than they were at the beginning of summer break.  This decline is sometimes called the “summer slide”. 

Since our brain muscle could benefit from a summer workout, we gathered information from our staff about their favorite on-line learning resources.  Check them out and make learning a regular activity in your house.

Consider these Opportunities: FCPS Summer Learning webpage

The Pine Spring Art Google ART Site: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/pinespringart. There are tons of art games, drawing tools, and virtual museum field trips I posted.

We also love the Art Hub for Kids videos: https://www.artforkidshub.com/. Tons of excellent how-to-draw videos that students of all ages love!

ST Math and Imagine Learning found on the Pine Spring student website.

Participate in Thomas Jefferson Public Library’s summer reading program, June 8 – August 13.

Story Online https://storylineonline.net/

Unite for Literacy https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/

Abcya math games https://www.abcya.com/grades/2/numbers

Code.org https://code.org/student/elementary

Upcoming Dates     June 3rd 

PTA Meeting 

June 8th

Election Day and Virtual Learning Day for ALL students

June 11th  

Last day for regular classes, 2 hr early release

June 14th  

Virtual Students Return Materials 

August 23rd  First day of school     

 

7607 Willow Lane Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 571-226-4400
Attendance: 571-226-4444 | Web | Twitter | Instagram

A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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Materials Collection

In-Person Students- In-person students will turn in their computers and any additional supplies on June 11th during their school day. 

 

Virtual Students - We will have a drive-thru goodbye for all of our virtual students on June 14th. You can drive or walk to Pine Spring during your designated time to say goodbye to your teacher. During this time, you will return all school items such as laptops, Bobcat Book Bus books, library books, math materials, and any other materials borrowed from the school.

The schedule is as follows: 

First Letter of Your Last Name

 Time 

A-G 9:00 AM-9:45 AM H-N 9:45 AM-10:30 AM O-T 10:30 AM-11:15 AM U-Z 11:15 AM-12:00 PM 

 

Kindergarten and 6th Grade Virtual Promotion

Over three-fourths of both our Kindergarten and Sixth grade students remained virtual throughout the year. Considering this fact along with many others, Pine Spring has decided to continue with the plan to have our promotion celebrations virtually. You will receive detailed information from your child’s homeroom teacher regarding how to tune into the events. Kindergarten will celebrate in their homerooms, while 6th grade will celebrate as an entire grade level. Please join me in congratulating all of our Bobcats.

Join us tomorrow, June 3rd, at 7 PM for our last PTA meeting of the school year! 

Falls Church Virtual Art Show

We are excited to share that several of our Pine Spring Bobcats were highlighted in the Falls Church Pyramid Art Show. While there were so many wonderful entries, each school was only allowed to submit 15 pieces. Here is the entire Falls Church collection. We want to recognize the Pine Spring students whose pieces were submitted. 

Grade K

Alison Obando Ugalde 

Grade 2

Prateeksha Malekar

Saisam Shanmugaraj

Grade 3

Dwaark Sai Gali Roopa Kumar

Theadora Conole

Grade 4

Deekshitha Mittapelli

Anthony Obando Ugalde

Dastan Djajakusuma

Lauren Stephenson

Grade 5

Skylar Stephens

Juan Ramirez Esquivel

Isabelle Martin

Grade 6

Lynn Nguyen Ramos

Lyna Tran

Zara Khan

Counseling News

Classroom Lessons 

The importance of Social-Emotional Learning has been elevated this year due to concerns about the impact of distance learning on student’s social and emotional well-being. We use the CASEL model of social-emotional competencies to ensure that we are teaching the skills needed to be a healthy, well-adjusted member of our community. 

 

We teach lessons, such as understanding feelings, because it is an essential cornerstone of developing self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness. Lessons on friendship skills such as taking turns, sharing, and conflict resolution, develop social awareness and relationship skills.

Responsible decision making is addressed when we teach students to set SMART goals and prepare students to transition to middle school.

 

We will continue to teach these skills during classroom lessons and look forward to partnering with teachers to reinforce these skills throughout student’s years at Pine Spring. Should you ever have any concerns, we are always available to support you and your student.

  • Virtually visit animals at the National Zoo at https://nationalsi.edu/webcam
  • Visit one of the 70 museums in D.C.
  • Visit Hidden Oaks and Hidden Pond Nature Centers.
  • Spend time at a county park – Lake Accotink, Barcroft Park, Mason District Park, Bull Run, Fountainhead and Pohick Bay Regional Parks.
  • Sign up for summer camps at one of our county recreation centers. REGISTER at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks
  • Visit historic sites: Mount Vernon, Woodlawn Plantation, Monticello, Luray Caverns, Gunston Hall, Richmond and Manassas National Battlefield Parks, Williamsburg, Science Museum of VA, Colvin Run Mill, Sully Plantation, Oxon Hill Farm, Yorktown, Fredericksburg
  • Read a book together.
  • Tour National and Dulles Airports.
  • Work on a hobby or puzzle together.
  • Go on a walking or bike trip.
  • Go to the pool or have a family picnic.
  • Sign up for summer baseball or soccer.
  • Plant some flowers or a garden.
Many Thanks

We have been so fortunate to have the support of the many caring and compassionate businesses and organizations throughout the year.

The 911 Dispatchers, General Dynamics Information Technology, and Mike Ryan’s started the year out by donating tons of much needed school supplies.  

General Dynamics Information Technology also provided backpacks which contained hat, gloves, and a gift card for food.

Much appreciation to The Assistance League of Northern Virginia, The Elks Lodge and The 2x20 Group for also providing gift cards for food. The Assistance League donated pillows to the kindergarteners and quilts with books to Head Start, while Food For Others provided “Power Packs” to Head Start families.

To make sure our kids were nice and warm this year, The Fairfax County Fire Department and Cooper Middle School students generously donated coats. Students from Cooper also gave presents to kindergarteners in December.

Recently, our Parenting Center received a donation of new clothing from Ross Dress for Less and the Lies Center to add to our collection of clothes.  Sizes and styles are limited, but if you would like clothing for your family call the office to sign up for a time to shop.

Many of our families don’t know what they would have done without the generous support of The PTA who provided Hungry Harvest boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to 100 families each month.

Stop Summer Slide

Researchers and teachers have long recognized that students tend to start the academic year with achievement levels lower than they were at the beginning of summer break.  This decline is sometimes called the “summer slide”. 

Since our brain muscle could benefit from a summer workout, we gathered information from our staff about their favorite on-line learning resources.  Check them out and make learning a regular activity in your house.

Consider these Opportunities: FCPS Summer Learning webpage

The Pine Spring Art Google ART Site: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/pinespringart. There are tons of art games, drawing tools, and virtual museum field trips I posted.

We also love the Art Hub for Kids videos: https://www.artforkidshub.com/. Tons of excellent how-to-draw videos that students of all ages love!

ST Math and Imagine Learning found on the Pine Spring student website.

Participate in Thomas Jefferson Public Library’s summer reading program, June 8 – August 13.

Story Online https://storylineonline.net/

Unite for Literacy https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/

Abcya math games https://www.abcya.com/grades/2/numbers

Code.org https://code.org/student/elementary

Upcoming Dates     June 3rd 

PTA Meeting 

June 8th

Election Day and Virtual Learning Day for ALL students

June 11th  

Last day for regular classes, 2 hr early release

June 14th  

Virtual Students Return Materials 

August 23rd  First day of school     

 

7607 Willow Lane Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 571-226-4400
Attendance: 571-226-4444 | Web | Twitter | Instagram

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BINGO TONIGHT

We had so much fun together on Friday that the PTA has decided to do another Bingo Night this Friday, May 21st, at 6:30 PM. Come join us again for a great night of laughter, games, and prizes.  All you need are these BINGO sheets and a highlighter/marker to play. Click the link here to join! 

To get a Bingo card, virtual students can pick them any day this week from 9 AM-3 PM. We will also often them to students leaving testing tomorrow. 

If your child is an in-person student, cards were sent home yesterday.

Materials Collection

In-Person Students- In-person students will turn in their computers and any additional supplies on June 11th during their school day. 

 

Virtual Students - We will have a drive-thru goodbye for all of our virtual students on June 14th. You can drive or walk to Pine Spring during your designated time to say goodbye to your teacher. During this time, you will return all school items such as laptops, Bobcat Book Bus books, library books, and any other materials borrowed from the school.

The schedule is as follows: 

First Letter of Your Last Name

 Time 

A-G 9:00 AM-9:45 AM H-N 9:45 AM-10:30 AM O-T 10:30 AM-11:15 AM U-Z 11:15 AM-12:00 PM 

 

Final Bobcat Book Bus

On Monday, May 24th the Bobcat Book Bus will travel around your area one last time. They will not hand out new books, but they will be collecting any books you've borrowed. Walkers may drop their books off at the regular location outside of Door 1. 

Grab and Go Meals

Daily Grab & Go meal service will be transitioning to a once-a-week pick-up. Each Monday, families will receive 7 days of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. This change will take place on April 26th, 2021.

PAWS Awards

Has a Pine Spring teacher or team member done something that reminds you what a great school we have? If so, we would love to hear about it here. 

Upcoming Dates May 21st 

PTA Bingo

May 31st

No School- Memorial Day

June 8th

Election Day and Virtual Learning Day for ALL students

June 11th  

Last day for regular classes, 2 hr early release

June 14th  

 

Virtual Students Return Materials 

 

August 23rd  First day of school     

 

7607 Willow Lane Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 571-226-4400
Attendance: 571-226-4444 | Web | Twitter | Instagram

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Masks Still Required

Thank you to all of the parents who have reached out this weekend to ensure that we had received the great news about the updates to Virginia's mask mandates. While we are very excited about the idea of starting to return to normal, at this time masks are still required at school.


As of today, there are no changes to our mask policies. However, if and when there are official changes that will impact Pine Spring, we will communicate them as clearly and quickly as possible.

We had so much fun together on Friday that the PTA has decided to do another Bingo Night this Friday, May 21st, at 6:30 PM. Come join us again for a great night of laughter, games, and prizes.  All you need are these BINGO sheets and a highlighter/marker to play.   Click the link here to join! 

To get a Bingo card, virtual students can pick them any day this week from 9 AM-3 PM. We will also often them to students leaving testing tomorrow. 

If your child is an in-person student, we will offer bingo cards on Thursday to each homeroom. If you would like an additional card for a sibling, please email neyacubovich@fcps.edu

Grab and Go Meals

Daily Grab & Go meal service will be transitioning to a once-a-week pick-up. Each Monday, families will receive 7 days of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. This change will take place on April 26th, 2021.

PAWS Awards

Has a Pine Spring teacher or team member done something that reminds you what a great school we have? If so, we would love to hear about it here. 

Upcoming Dates May 14th 

PTA Bingo

May 31st

No School- Memorial Day

June 8th

Election Day and Virtual Learning Day for ALL students

June 11th  

Last day for regular classes, 2 hr early release

August 23rd  First day of school         

 

7607 Willow Lane Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 571-226-4400
Attendance: 571-226-4444 | Web | Twitter | Instagram

Pine Spring PTA Virtual Bingo- Friday

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Pine Spring PTA Bingo- Friday 5/14/2021

If you have not already received your Pine Spring Bingo card, please be sure to stop in the main office tomorrow between 9 AM- 3 PM to pick up a bingo card. The Pine Spring PTA will be playing 6 rounds of bingo that will be fun for the whole family. There is no cost, but there are great prizes! So make sure you are logged in here at 6:30 PM to play!

Staff Raffle Donations Needed

Our Pine Spring PTA is asking for your help. We would appreciate donations of raffle prizes for the annual teacher raffle that celebrates the hard work and dedication of the Pine Spring staff. Each year all prizes are either donated by parents or purchased by PTA. Please consider donating. 

The raffles will take place on the morning news from June 7th-11th. Prizes are needed by May 21st.

 

Donations may include:

  • Cash donations made directly to PTA
  • Gift Cards
  • Gift Baskets
  • Home-made crafts or gifts
  • Anything you’d like to give!

*We are unable to accept food donations.

To make a cash donation, please paypal pinespringptapres@gmail.com. (Select Friends and Family) 

To provide a prize/gift item donation, please contact Carmen Clipper at carmenstewartclipper@gmail.com to coordinate drop off.

THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING OUR SCHOOL SO SPECIAL!

7607 Willow Lane Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 571-226-4400
Attendance: 571-226-4444 | Web | Twitter | Instagram

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Come join the PTA for some fun BINGO games and prizes on Friday, May 14 at 6:30 PM.  All you need are these BINGO sheets and a highlighter/marker to play.  We’ll have fun prizes for the winners!  Click the Zoom link to join in on the fun! 

A Message from Luther Jackson MS: How To Survive Middle School 2021

Are you a rising 7th grader who will attend Luther Jackson in the fall?  This is your chance to get this middle school thing figured out early!  Come and meet students from other elementary schools who will come together here at Jackson as 7th graders, learn your way around the building, get to know some fantastic Jackson teachers, and have a great time!  Registered students will be given access to a wealth of virtual information about LJMS as well as get a chance to explore the building when they come for one of the two different 2-day sessions.  Transportation, dinner, and a new Luther Jackson t-shirt are included at no charge to the student.

Session 1:  July 26 & 27

or

Session 2: July 28 & 29

Times: 3:30pm-7:00pm

Location: Luther Jackson MS

Eligibility: rising 7th graders

Cost: FREE

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

 

Children's Clothing

The Parenting Center has been distributing new clothing to families in need. Most of the items are for babies and young children. If you could use this support, and have not let had an opportunity, please make an appointment with Marisol Romero, at 571-226-4400.

Appointments are only on Mondays and are scheduled for a 15-minute slot to ensure safe social distancing. Masks are required.

Student Intentions for 2021-2022 School Year

Hard to believe that we are already planning for next year.  We ask that each family complete the attached Student Intention Form for each student in your home. This will allow us to best plan the best possible classes for the fall. 

This form can either be emailed to Ms. Breeden or dropped off at the school during our school hours. 

SOL Testing

Across Virginia, students will be taking Standards of Learning (SOL) tests this spring. Federal and state education departments have decided not to cancel this year’s assessments. In Fairfax County Public Schools, testing for grades 3-8 will be scheduled between April 26 and June 4, 2021. 

Additional information about the SOL tests and our schedule can also be found on our website.

Important TDAP Information for Parents of a Current Sixth Grade Student (6th Grade)

Virginia Law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of eleven.

For your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit one of the following documents before the first day of school.  It is recommended that all paperwork be submitted to the school office by July 31, 2021.

Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Tdap vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form is available online at:http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf 

The Tdap booster is available from your child’s healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department Clinic locations and hours are available online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics or by calling 703-246-2411. Please note that students receiving immunizations at the Health Department must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their immunization records with them.

Seventh grade students will not be allowed to begin school in August 2021 without submitting proper documentation.

Grab and Go Meals

Daily Grab & Go meal service will be transitioning to a once-a-week pick-up. Each Monday, families will receive 7 days of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. This change will take place on April 26th, 2021.

Return to School Update

I am thrilled to share that it has been decided that in-person instruction is the best model for our students and we are planning for five days of in-person instruction as the primary mode of learning for all FCPS students during the 2021-22 school year. While we will continue to adjust the details based changing health landscape, we are all energized by the thought of being together again. 

Virtual Students Vision/Hearing Screening Update (K, 3rd, & students new to county)

Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has granted a waiver of the statutory requirement § 22.1-273 allowing parents of students who attend school on an entirely virtual basis, to “opt-out” of hearing and vision screenings when all of the following criteria are met:

  • Virtual Attendance Only.  The student attends school on an entirely virtual basis during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Parental Opt-Out.  A parent of a student (who attends school on an entirely virtual basis) declines vision and hearing screening services in writing and submits such writing to the student’s school.
  • Notice of Screening Benefits.  Prior to declining, the parent has been informed of the benefits of vision and hearing screenings for a student’s health and wellbeing.

Parents of students attending virtually may opt-out by completing and returning the Vision and Hearing Screening Opt-Out Form. If you are not opting out of the screening please contact Ms. Meade at 571-226-4400 to sign-up for a time slot to come to Pine Spring Elementary and have the vision and hearing screening completed.  

PAWS Awards

Has a Pine Spring teacher or team member done something that reminds you what a great school we have? If so, we would love to hear about it here. 

Upcoming Dates May 14th 

PTA Bingo

May 31st

No School- Memorial Day

June 8th

Election Day and Virtual Learning Day for ALL students

June 11th  

Last day for regular classes, 2 hr early release

August 23rd  First day of school         

 

7607 Willow Lane Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 571-226-4400
Attendance: 571-226-4444 | Web | Twitter | Instagram

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is National Teacher Appreciation week. At Pine Spring we want to recognize the herculean efforts our teachers have put into this year. Last March, when faced with a pandemic and a huge professional shift, our teachers didn’t blink. They swiftly did what Pine Spring teachers have been doing for years, they put the whole-child first and pushed forward.

We have asked our teachers to learn a new platform, new curriculum and switched their students several times. Each time they faced a change, they progressed forward and focused on creating a sense of normalcy and consistency. This did this all while ensuring that each child made academic growth so they would be ready for the upcoming school year. 

We witnessed teachers sharing innovative ideas, wearing costumes, and teaching yoga. They ensured that each child had food and school supplies, created a book bus, fixed computers, and even convinced 6th graders it was ok to turn on their cameras!

So today, and every day, it is our pleasure to honor the amazing people that we get to call Pine Spring teachers!

PTA Meeting-Thursday

Please join us for our PTA Meeting on Thursday, May, 6th from 7 PM-8 PM. 

Children's Clothing

The Parenting Center has been distributing new clothing to families in need. Most of the items are for babies and young children. If you could use this support, and have not let had an opportunity, please make an appointment with Marisol Romero, at 571-226-4400.

Appointments are only on Mondays and are scheduled for a 15-minute slot to ensure safe social distancing. Masks are required.

Final Bobcat Book Bus

In order to begin collecting all of the books we have distributed through the Bobcat Book Bus, we will be doing our last distribution on May 10th. We will then send the bus around again on May 24th to collect all outstanding borrowed books. 

Student Intentions for 2021-2022 School Year

Hard to believe that we are already planning for next year.  We ask that each family complete the attached Student Intention Form for each student in your home. This will allow us to best plan the best possible classes for the fall. 

This form can either be emailed to Ms. Breeden or dropped off at the school during our school hours. 

SOL Testing

Across Virginia, students will be taking Standards of Learning (SOL) tests this spring. Federal and state education departments have decided not to cancel this year’s assessments. In Fairfax County Public Schools, testing for grades 3-8 will be scheduled between April 26 and June 4, 2021. 

Additional information about the SOL tests and our schedule can also be found on our website.

Important TDAP Information for Parents of a Current Sixth Grade Student (6th Grade)

Virginia Law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of eleven.

For your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit one of the following documents before the first day of school.  It is recommended that all paperwork be submitted to the school office by July 31, 2021.

Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Tdap vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form is available online at:http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf 

The Tdap booster is available from your child’s healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department Clinic locations and hours are available online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics or by calling 703-246-2411. Please note that students receiving immunizations at the Health Department must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their immunization records with them.

Seventh grade students will not be allowed to begin school in August 2021 without submitting proper documentation.

Grab and Go Meals

Daily Grab & Go meal service will be transitioning to a once-a-week pick-up. Each Monday, families will receive 7 days of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. This change will take place on April 26th, 2021.

Return to School Update

I am thrilled to share that it has been decided that in-person instruction is the best model for our students and we are planning for five days of in-person instruction as the primary mode of learning for all FCPS students during the 2021-22 school year. While we will continue to adjust the details based changing health landscape, we are all energized by the thought of being together again. 

Virtual Students Vision/Hearing Screening Update (K, 3rd, & students new to county)

Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has granted a waiver of the statutory requirement § 22.1-273 allowing parents of students who attend school on an entirely virtual basis, to “opt-out” of hearing and vision screenings when all of the following criteria are met:

  • Virtual Attendance Only.  The student attends school on an entirely virtual basis during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Parental Opt-Out.  A parent of a student (who attends school on an entirely virtual basis) declines vision and hearing screening services in writing and submits such writing to the student’s school.
  • Notice of Screening Benefits.  Prior to declining, the parent has been informed of the benefits of vision and hearing screenings for a student’s health and wellbeing.

Parents of students attending virtually may opt-out by completing and returning the Vision and Hearing Screening Opt-Out Form. If you are not opting out of the screening please contact Ms. Meade at 571-226-4400 to sign-up for a time slot to come to Pine Spring Elementary and have the vision and hearing screening completed.  

PAWS Awards

Has a Pine Spring teacher or team member done something that reminds you what a great school we have? If so, we would love to hear about it here. 

Upcoming Dates May 6th 

PTA Meeting 7 PM 

May 31st

No School- Memorial Day

June 8th

Election Day and Virtual Learning Day for ALL students

June 11th  

Last day for regular classes, 2 hr early release

August 23rd  First day of school         

 

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A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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Thank you to everyone who joined us at Pine Spring Community Clean-up Day!

Student Intentions for 2021-2022 School Year

Hard to believe that we are already planning for next year.  We ask that each family complete the attached Student Intention Form for each student in your home. This will allow us to best plan the best possible classes for the fall. 

This form can either be emailed to Ms. Breeden or dropped off at the school during our school hours. 

Parent Input for Class Building

Every year, we collaborate on the best possible classes to ensure a positive and productive year for each child. These decisions are based on many factors that impact the decision-making process. We consider factors such as gender, academics, services, and personalities. One way you can help ensure the best placement for your child is to share some characteristics of a learning environment that you feel best meets your child’s needs here.

  • We do not accept requests to be with/not with another child.
  • We do not accept requests for specific teachers.
  • You must have your response in by May 1st to ensure that it is considered during class building.
SOL Testing

Across Virginia, students will be taking Standards of Learning (SOL) tests this spring. Federal and state education departments have decided not to cancel this year’s assessments. In Fairfax County Public Schools, testing for grades 3-8 will be scheduled between April 26 and June 4, 2021. 

Additional information about the SOL tests and our schedule can also be found on our website.

Important TDAP Information for Parents of a Current Sixth Grade Student (6th Grade)

Virginia Law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of eleven.

For your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit one of the following documents before the first day of school.  It is recommended that all paperwork be submitted to the school office by July 31, 2021.

Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Tdap vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form is available online at:http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf 

The Tdap booster is available from your child’s healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department Clinic locations and hours are available online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics or by calling 703-246-2411. Please note that students receiving immunizations at the Health Department must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their immunization records with them.

Seventh grade students will not be allowed to begin school in August 2021 without submitting proper documentation.

Grab and Go Meals

Daily Grab & Go meal service will be transitioning to a once-a-week pick-up. Each Monday, families will receive 7 days of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. This change will take place on April 26th, 2021.

Return to School Update

I am thrilled to share that it has been decided that in-person instruction is the best model for our students and we are planning for five days of in-person instruction as the primary mode of learning for all FCPS students during the 2021-22 school year. While we will continue to adjust the details based changing health landscape, we are all energized by the thought of being together again. 

Virtual Students Vision/Hearing Screening Update (k, 3rd gr, & students new to county)

Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has granted a waiver of the statutory requirement § 22.1-273 allowing parents of students who attend school on an entirely virtual basis, to “opt-out” of hearing and vision screenings when all of the following criteria are met:

  • Virtual Attendance Only.  The student attends school on an entirely virtual basis during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Parental Opt-Out.  A parent of a student (who attends school on an entirely virtual basis) declines vision and hearing screening services in writing and submits such writing to the student’s school.
  • Notice of Screening Benefits.  Prior to declining, the parent has been informed of the benefits of vision and hearing screenings for a student’s health and wellbeing.

Parents of students attending virtually may opt-out by completing and returning the Vision and Hearing Screening Opt-Out Form. If you are not opting out of the screening please contact Ms. Meade at 571-226-4400 to sign-up for a time slot to come to Pine Spring Elementary and have the vision and hearing screening completed.  

PAWS Awards

Has a Pine Spring teacher or team member done something that reminds you what a great school we have? If so, we would love to hear about it here. 

Upcoming Dates May 31st

No School- Memorial Day

June 8th

Election Day and Virtual Learning Day for ALL students

June 11th  

Last day for regular classes, 2 hr early release

August 23rd  First day of school         

 

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In Person Student 4 Day Return Plan

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Return to School Update for Current In Person Students

Pine Spring is excited to share that all in-person students in grades PreK-4 will be returning 4 days a week starting Tuesday, April 20, 2021. In addition, Mr. Rogers’ class and Mrs. Reyes’ class will return 4 days a week in-person. This change was made possible by the hard work and flexibility of our amazingly dedicated teachers and staff.

 

When your child arrives at school on Tuesday, they may notice a change to their classroom, as some teachers have moved rooms to allow for the greatest amount of space for each child. While we are able to provide the appropriate social distance for all children currently in person, we will not be able to accept any requests to move to in-person instruction at this time.

 

To allow for 6ft of social distance while eating, students will be eating breakfast, lunch, and snack in a designated space outside of their classroom.  We will also be adding an outdoor tent for meals on days where the weather permits.

 

Finally, please note that the increased number of students in the building will impact the Kiss and Ride line. Please plan your time accordingly. 

 

Please feel free to reach out to me at neyacubovich@fcps.edu with any questions or concerns.

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A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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Last week was Assistant Principal Appreciation week, and we would be remiss if we did not celebrate the hard work and dedication of our own Mrs. Ganci. In the two years Ms. Ganci has been with Pine Spring, she has worked tirelessly to ensure strong educational practices throughout Pine Spring. She goes out of her way to ensure that our community thrives in every way possible, and she does it all with a smile. Thank you, Ms. Ganci, for all you do for Pine Spring. We couldn’t do it all without you!

Student Intentions for 2021-2022 School Year

Hard to believe that we are already planning for next year.  We ask that each family complete the attached Student Intention Form for each student in your home. This will allow us to best plan the best possible classes for the fall. 

This form can either be emailed to Ms. Breeden or dropped off at the school during our school hours. 

Parent Input for Class Building

Every year, we collaborate on the best possible classes to ensure a positive and productive year for each child. These decisions are based on many factors that impact the decision-making process. We consider factors such as gender, academics, services, and personalities. One way you can help ensure the best placement for your child is to share some characteristics of a learning environment that you feel best meets your child’s needs here.

  • We do not accept requests to be with/not with another child.
  • We do not accept requests for specific teachers.
  • You must have your response in by May 1st to ensure that it is considered during class building.
FCPS Computer Restart

We need all students with an FCPS computer to restart their computers this week. This restart will allow us to install important updates that will help the computers to run more smoothly.  If you do not reboot the computer, the computer will automatically be restarted at the time indicated in the message.  Here is what the pop-up window will look like on your computer.

Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

This year the autism community is formally shifting references of "Autism Awareness Month" to "Autism Acceptance Month." This month is a great reminder to encourage the value of empathy, understanding, and the differences within each of us. Autism is a complex disorder of brain development that impacts 1 in 68 people born. We will be spending the month sharing resources with our families and continue the important discussion with students regarding the value of inclusion and embracing our differences.

Did you know that more than 14,000 military-connected youth call FCPS home? Join FCPS in celebrating them during the Month of the Military Child. Wednesday, April 21, is Purple Up! Day, when all are encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military-connected youth. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue.

SOL Testing- Updated

Across Virginia, students will be taking Standards of Learning (SOL) tests this spring. Federal and state education departments have decided not to cancel this year’s assessments. In Fairfax County Public Schools, testing for grades 3-8 will be scheduled between April 26 and June 4, 2021. Please see above for specific SOL testing dates. 

If you do not wish for your child to take the SOL tests at school this spring, you have the right to refuse testing. The Right to Refuse Assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/34277) offers information and considerations as you make this decision. If you choose to refuse testing, please complete this online Google intent form no later than 3 PM on April 16th. Please contact Sydney D’Ornellas at skdornellas@fcps.edu, if you need help accessing or completing the form.

Additional information about the SOL tests can also be found on our website.

Important TDAP Information for Parents of a Current Sixth Grade Student (6th Grade)

Virginia Law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of eleven.

For your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit one of the following documents before the first day of school.  It is recommended that all paperwork be submitted to the school office by July 31, 2021.

Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Tdap vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form is available online at:http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf 

The Tdap booster is available from your child’s healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department Clinic locations and hours are available online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics or by calling 703-246-2411. Please note that students receiving immunizations at the Health Department must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their immunization records with them.

Seventh grade students will not be allowed to begin school in August 2021 without submitting proper documentation.

Grab and Go Meals

Daily Grab & Go meal service will be transitioning to a once-a-week pick-up. Each Monday, families will receive 7 days of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. This change will take place on April 26th, 2021.

PTA Meeting

Due to an issue with the link, the PTA meeting was canceled last Thursday. They have rescheduled their April meeting for April 15 at 7 PM. Please join us by clicking the new link for Pine Spring PTA meetings.

 

Pine Spring Clean-up

Now that we can have small groups come together outside, our PTA has arranged a Pine Spring clean-up day this Saturday, April 17th from 9-12. We will use this time to plant flowers in the large planters, pick up around the school, and begin to prepare the courtyard for its makeover. Please stop by to help get Pine Spring ready for a great spring. Please feel free to bring garden tools and gloves.  

*Masks must be worn at all times on school grounds.

Classroom Switch

If you are a parent of a child who will be switching classrooms/setting tomorrow, please be sure to talk with your child about it today. These transitions can be difficult, and they should know from you that they are coming before it happens.

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A Message from Principal Yacubovich- UPDATED SOL DATES

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This week Dr. Braband’s message shared information regarding in-person learning opportunities. These changes, including the updated CDC guidance, allow schools to transition from 6 feet to 3 feet social distancing during the instructional part of the day. This change will allow Pine Spring additional flexibility to meet our goal of bringing back all students who had previously expressed the desire to be in-person for two days a week.

We are committed to bringing back as many of our in-person students as our current circumstances allow. Once we can ensure that students on our waitlist have the opportunity to attend in-person instruction two days a week, we will begin to bring back additional students who require four days of in-person instruction. These students will be identified through our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process. This process supports our FCPS teachers with being able to identify and provide students with appropriate interventions to meet their individual needs.

You are welcome to view more information on the MTSS process in FCPS here.  

Please be aware that various factors prevent us from expanding to a four day. These factors include, but are not limited to, staffing, classroom space, and the continued requirements for students to eat meals (breakfast, snack, and lunch) at 6 feet apart. We must continue to adhere to all of the CDC guidelines and FCPS expectations for furniture, transportation changes, classroom setup, and scheduling changes.

We will be contacting families from the waitlist starting as early as today. We are not able to accept any additional requests to be added to the in-person waitlist at this time.

Should our capacity guidance allow for additional in person time, our school staff will reach out to you. Please know that we are proactively working to accommodate as many students as possible, and there are no actions you need to take at this time.

AAP Spring Newsletter

Please see our AAP Spring News for information regarding Part-Time Advanced Academic screening and the due dates.

Town Hall on Wednesday, April 7

Join Superintendent Scott Brabrand for a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. to discuss recent updates from the Governor of Virginia and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If families or staff have any questions or concerns, they can submit questions in advance by emailing  returntoschool@fcps.edu or calling 1-800-231-6359 during the event. Please watch the Town Hall on FCPS cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11) or the FCPS website.

SOL Testing

Across Virginia, students will be taking Standards of Learning (SOL) tests this spring. Federal and state education departments have decided not to cancel this year’s assessments. In Fairfax County Public Schools, testing for grades 3-8 will be scheduled between April 26 and June 4, 2021. Please see above for specific SOL testing dates. 

If you do not wish for your child to take the SOL tests at school this spring, you have the right to refuse testing. The Right to Refuse Assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/34277) offers information and considerations as you make this decision. If you choose to refuse testing, please complete this online Google intent form no later than 3 PM on April 16th. Please contact Sydney D’Ornellas at skdornellas@fcps.edu, if you need help accessing or completing the form.

Additional information about the SOL tests can also be found on our website.

Grab and Go Meals

Daily Grab & Go meal service will be transitioning to a once-a-week pick-up. Each Monday, families will receive 7 days of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. This change will take place on April 26th, 2021.

PTA Meeting

Please join us for our monthly PTA meeting on April 8th at 7 PM. 

 

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This week Dr. Braband’s message shared information regarding in-person learning opportunities. These changes, including the updated CDC guidance, allow schools to transition from 6 feet to 3 feet social distancing during the instructional part of the day. This change will allow Pine Spring additional flexibility to meet our goal of bringing back all students who had previously expressed the desire to be in-person for two days a week.

We are committed to bringing back as many of our in-person students as our current circumstances allow. Once we can ensure that students on our waitlist have the opportunity to attend in-person instruction two days a week, we will begin to bring back additional students who require four days of in-person instruction. These students will be identified through our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process. This process supports our FCPS teachers with being able to identify and provide students with appropriate interventions to meet their individual needs.

You are welcome to view more information on the MTSS process in FCPS here.  

Please be aware that various factors prevent us from expanding to a four day. These factors include, but are not limited to, staffing, classroom space, and the continued requirements for students to eat meals (breakfast, snack, and lunch) at 6 feet apart. We must continue to adhere to all of the CDC guidelines and FCPS expectations for furniture, transportation changes, classroom setup, and scheduling changes.

We will be contacting families from the waitlist starting as early as today. We are not able to accept any additional requests to be added to the in-person waitlist at this time.

Should our capacity guidance allow for additional in person time, our school staff will reach out to you. Please know that we are proactively working to accommodate as many students as possible, and there are no actions you need to take at this time.

AAP Spring Newsletter

Please see our AAP Spring News for information regarding Part-Time Advanced Academic screening and the due dates.

Town Hall on Wednesday, April 7

Join Superintendent Scott Brabrand for a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. to discuss recent updates from the Governor of Virginia and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If families or staff have any questions or concerns, they can submit questions in advance by emailing  returntoschool@fcps.edu or calling 1-800-231-6359 during the event. Please watch the Town Hall on FCPS cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11) or the FCPS website.

SOL Testing

Across Virginia, students will be taking Standards of Learning (SOL) tests this spring. Federal and state education departments have decided not to cancel this year’s assessments. In Fairfax County Public Schools, testing for grades 3-8 will be scheduled between April 26 and June 4, 2021. Please see above for specific SOL testing dates.

If you do not wish for your child to take the SOL tests at school this spring, you have the right to refuse testing. The Right to Refuse Assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/34277) offers information and considerations as you make this decision. If you choose to refuse testing, please complete this online Google intent form no later than 3 PM on April 16th. Please contact Sydney D’Ornellas at skdornellas@fcps.edu, if you need help accessing or completing the form.

Additional information about the SOL tests can also be found on our website.

Grab and Go Meals

Daily Grab & Go meal service will be transitioning to a once-a-week pick-up. Each Monday, families will receive 7 days of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. This change will take place on April 26th, 2021.

PTA Meeting

Please join us for our monthly PTA meeting on April 8th at 7 PM. 

 

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A message from Principal Yacubovich

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Spring Break
  • Today, Friday, March 26, is the last day of the third quarter. It is also the last day for students to change to in-person based on space and social distance availability. Students will be dismissed two hours early at 1:30 p.m.
  • March 29-April 2 Spring Break. Our front office will be closed, and teachers will not be available for office hours. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments.
  • Monday, April 5, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments.

We hope you take time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation! If you make plans to travel, please consider the following information:

  • The Virginia Department of Health urges all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19.
  • FCPS does not currently have travel restrictions. Students are not required to quarantine or provide COVID 19 test results for either domestic or international travel. Parents may opt to keep their students at home for 14 days after they return from travel, however, it is not required.

Upon returning, any student, staff member or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness is asked to stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

Health Information Form

Allergy season is here.  If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, parents must provide/update their child’s Health Information Form and send to the main office. 

Several of the COVID-19 symptoms are also seasonal allergy symptoms and identifying your child’s known seasonal allergy symptoms will help us as we evaluate your child’s health to ensure the continued health and wellness of our students and staff. If your child displays any unexplained or unidentified symptoms listed here, your child will be sent to the Care Room and will be sent home. It will be your responsibility to contact your pediatrician to complete a Sick Student Notification form prior to their reentry to school.

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A Message From Principal Yacubovich

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Playground Update

We are excited to announce that we are now able to have in-person students use the playground during their in-person days. Students will sanitize their hands before and after playing on the playground, and teachers will monitor to keep social distance as much as possible. We know that students may be within 10 feet of each other during recess, so all students are still required to wear their masks for recess. 

Because our responsibility to keep children safe reaches far beyond health protocols, only students assigned to be in the building that day can be on school grounds such as the playground and field. All other visitors will be asked to leave the area from 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM. 

Virtual Students School Supply Pick-up- TOMORROW

Thanks to the efforts of the FCPS Title I office, we are able to offer another set of school supplies for each child at Pine Spring.

If your child is coming to school in-person, we will use their supplies at school to avoid you needing to purchase materials for them to return to school.

If your child is continuing to learn virtually for the remainder of the year, we will be distributing their materials on 3/15 between 11:00AM – 12:30PM at the main entrance of Pine Spring. 

 

Each child will be provided a bag with the following supplies:

  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Glue sticks
  • Earbuds
  • Scissors
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pack of pencils
  • Pack of colored pencils
  • Pack of crayons
  • Dry Erase Markers
Books From Luther Jackson Middle School

Thanks to the Luther Jackson community's incredible kindness, every child at Pine Spring will receive a brand-new book this week! The Luther Jackson principal, Mr. Magliola, and other Luther Jackson team members will be at Pine Spring to hand out books tomorrow at our virtual students' supply distribution. He will be back later in the week to give the books to our in-person students during their regularly scheduled school days. 

Pine Spring Night at Luzmary- March 19th

Join us this Friday at Luzmary for incredible authentic Bolivian food. Not only will you enjoy a wonderful meal with your family, but you will also support the Pine Spring PTA. If you order from Luzmary on March 19 and tell them you are with Pine Spring, our PTA will receive a portion of the profits. 

Our PTA uses these funds to do things like Family Bingo Nights, technology, teacher appreciation, school beautification, and so many other things that make Pine Spring such a wonderful place to learn and grow.

Selection Waitlist

At Pine Spring, we have worked very hard to meet families' requests to change their placement selection. At this point, we are no longer able to accommodate any further changes. However, if you have a desire to change your selection, please email me at neyacubovich@fcp.edu. Your requests will be recorded on a waitlist in the event that we are able to make changes in the future.  

PAWS Awards

We are always looking for ways to share how much we appreciate and support all of the hard work our staff is putting into this year. If you have seen one of our teachers or other staff members doing something above and beyond please consider sharing through our PAWS form. Your feedback will enter them into a weekly opportunity for a gift card, thanks to a donation from our PTA.

Kiss and Ride Tag

If you are using Kiss and Ride this year and do not have a tag, please complete this form to receive a tag number. You should display the tag in the front window of your car when picking up your child. 

Welcoming Future Bobcats

Is your child turning 5-years-old by September 30, 2021? If so, they are ready to attend kindergarten during the  2021-2022 school year! Please contact Ms. Breeden at 571-226-4400 to be added to our mailing list to support you through the FCPS registration process. If you have specific questions, please reach out to the main office or email Ms. Yacubovich for guidance.

Pine Spring Tech Support

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • Several of your questions are addressed in the FCPS Parent Technology Resource page 
  • If there is a problem with your Pine Spring issued laptop, please call the main office at 571-226-4400 to schedule an appointment. Our specialist is here to support you on Wednesdays and Fridays. He is also here on Monday mornings. Computers and MiFi support is by appointment only to ensure the safety of our staff and community. 
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

 

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A Message From Principal Yacubovich

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Early Release Friday/ No School Monday

This is just a reminder that this Friday, March 5th, is an early release day. This means all students will end instruction two hours early. We will release our in-person students at 1:30 PM.  

There is no school for students on Monday, March 8th, as it is a regularly scheduled student holiday. 

School Supply Pick-up

Thanks to the efforts of the FCPS Title I office, we are able to offer another set of school supplies for each child at Pine Spring.

If your child is coming to school in-person, we will use their supplies at school to avoid you needing to purchase materials for them to return to school.

If your child is continuing to learn virtually for the remainder of the year, we will be distributing their materials on 3/15 between 11:00AM – 12:30PM at the main entrance of Pine Spring. 

 

Each child will be provided a bag with the following supplies:

  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Glue sticks
  • Earbuds
  • Scissors
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pack of pencils
  • Pack of colored pencils
  • Pack of crayons
  • Dry Erase Markers
Selection Waitlist

At Pine Spring, we have worked very hard to meet families' requests to change their placement selection. At this point, we are no longer able to accommodate any further changes. However, if you have a desire to change your selection, please email me at neyacubovich@fcp.edu. Your requests will be recorded on a waitlist in the event that we are able to make changes in the future.  

New Bell Schedule

All FCPS schools began their new bell schedule for both in-person and virtual learning on February 16th. For your convenience, we have added each teacher’s new schedule onto the Pine Spring website under our Return to School tab. Please note the bell schedule is as follows:

 

Grades

Doors Open

Late Bell

Dismissal

K-6

8:45 AM

9:00 AM

3:30 AM

PAC

9:40 AM

9:45 AM

4:15 PM

ECCB AM Class

9:40 AM

9:45 AM

1:00 PM

ECCB PM Class

12:55 PM

1:00 PM

4:15 PM

Return to School Parent Coffee

We understand that the return to school is causing a great deal of excitement for some and anxiety for others. While we will need to constantly review and adjust our practices based on current information, we want to provide you with updated information on a regular basis. We have created information sessions that will provide you an overview and allow for questions and suggestions. We will offer the same information at each session, to allow you to find a time that fits your schedule. To ensure the most effective use of your time, we are asking that you submit your questions in advance here.

See the meetings information below:

Date

Time

Link

March 3rd

11AM -12 PM

Parent Link

 

If you would like to listen to last week's meeting, please click here for the recording.  

Return to School Transition Timeline

We have adjusted our dates for transitioning students to their new teachers based on both parent and staff input. This change will allow the in-person students an opportunity to get to know the teacher before returning to the building.
You will also notice that we have built-in orientations for each grade level. This will be a brief opportunity to meet the teacher and learn about their routines, procedures, and expectations. This will not be a full Back to School Night presentation, as the curriculum that is being covered remains the same as the curriculum we introduced at the beginning of the year. You will access this event by signing into your child's Google Classroom and clicking on the Google Meet link as if they were signing into class for the day. 

Timeline for the transition

Grade Level  Classroom  Teacher Switch  Family Virtual Orientation with New Teacher  In-Person Students Return to the Classroom  Grade Level Asynchronous Days PreK  No Switch   Monday, February 22nd  Week of February 23  No Additional Planning Days K  No Switch    Monday, February 22nd  Week of February 23  No Additional Planning Days 1  March 1st  Monday, March 1st at 3:00 PM  Week of March 8th  March 4th and March 5th 2  March 1st

 Monday, March 1st

at 5:00 PM

 Week of March 8th  March 4th and March 5th 3  March 8th  Monday, March 8th 5:00 PM  Week of March 15th   March 11th and March 12th 4  March 8th  Monday, March 8th at 5:00 PM  Week of March 15th   March 11th and March 12th 5  March 8th  Monday, March 8th at 5:00 PM  Week of March 15th   March 11th and March 12th 6  March 8th  Monday, March 8th at 5:00 PM  Week of March 15th   March 11th and March 12th

 

Required Return Health Screening Form

If you plan for your child to return to in-person instruction this year please email the Health Commitment Form to lebreeden@fcps.edu or drop it off at the front office between 9 AM to 3 PM. It can also be completed online through ParentVue. In-person families will not be mailed their new teacher assignment until this form is completed. This form is required before your child can enter the building.

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdu

Please e-mail neyacubovich@fcps.edu with any questions. 

PAWS Awards

We are always looking for ways to share how much we appreciate and support all of the hard work our staff is putting into this year. If you have seen one of our teachers or other staff members doing something above and beyond please consider sharing through our PAWS form. Your feedback will enter them into a weekly opportunity for a gift card, thanks to a donation from our PTA.

Clothing Hanger Donations

Pine Spring has been fortunate enough to receive a donation of girls clothes, and we would love to get them out to our community in a safe way. For us to do that, we need your help. We are asking for clothing hanger donations. We will use the hangers to safely space out the clothes so parents can select items that will fit their child. If you have hangers you are willing to donate, please drop them off in the box outside of Door 1 during our normal school day hours.

Welcoming Future Bobcats

Is your child turning 5-years-old by September 30, 2021? If so, they are ready to attend kindergarten during the  2021-2022 school year! Please contact Ms. Breeden at 571-226-4400 to be added to our mailing list to support you through the FCPS registration process. If you have specific questions, please reach out to the main office or email Ms. Yacubovich for guidance.

Pine Spring Tech Support

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • Several of your questions are addressed in the FCPS Parent Technology Resource page 
  • If there is a problem with your Pine Spring issued laptop, please call the main office at 571-226-4400 to schedule an appointment. Our specialist is here to support you on Wednesdays and Fridays. He is also here on Monday mornings. Computers and MiFi support is by appointment only to ensure the safety of our staff and community. 
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

 

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Important Health Message from Pine Spring ES

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Dear Staff and Community:

 

On February 27, 2021 we learned that a student at Pine Spring Elementary tested positive for COVID-19.  This individual was last on site on February 17, 2021.  As a result, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has worked closely with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to determine any exposure to students or staff while at school. 

 

The FCHD Containment Branch has already completed their investigation. All potential contacts have now been contacted by the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD).

 

If you have not received further communication from the FCHD, you are not considered a contact at this time.

 

Based on the results of the contact investigation and tracing, FCPS has addressed all recommendations of the FCHD.

 

If you have questions, you may contact the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-267-3511 (9 am to 7 pm weekdays and 9:30 am to 5 pm on weekends). You may also email ffxcovid@fairfaxcounty.gov (monitored 8 am to 6 pm weekdays).

 

FCPS maintains a COVID-19 Dashboard that shows daily cases at https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/fcps-confirmed-covid-19-case-reporting. This provides information on our division health metrics and COVID-19 cases.

 

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic has created anxiety for many individuals in our community. Please know that this information is being shared to keep you informed and aware as we all work together to lessen the spread of COVID-19. Given the continued local spread of COVID-19, the Health Department recommends that you and your family members take the following steps to protect yourselves and others:

 

Stay home Limit your risk of exposure to COVID-19 by staying home whenever you can. If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, stay home and separate yourself from other people in the home as much as possible. Keeping a safe distance from others you live with is known as self-isolating. You can ask the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to help you make sure your basic needs (for example, food and medication) are being met while you are self-isolating. You can learn more at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/

 

Mask up Every time you leave your home, wear a mask. Always.

 

Scrub up Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.  Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers may be used.

 

Keep your distance If you stay 6 feet away or more from others, the virus will not spread through coughs and sneezes. This is known as social distancing.

 

Cover up Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing and throw tissues in the trash after use.  If tissues are not available, cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or elbow.

 

Don’t touch! Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  Germs spread this way. 

 

Say something If you are sick you can slow the spread of COVID-19 by sharing the news of your positive test result with people you have been in close contact with at home, work or socially. Parents/guardians should contact the school to let them know your child is sick and employees should contact your manager at your work location.

 

Monitor symptoms People with COVID-19 can have many different symptoms, ranging from mild to severe illness. Not everyone with COVID-19 illness will have all symptoms and fever may or may not be present. Symptoms typically appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. You can use the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH’S) Daily Symptom Monitoring Log to help you keep track of symptoms. You can download the log here https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/182/2020/03/Daily_Monitoring_Log.pdf

 

COVID Testing If you have symptoms and want to get tested for COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider. Your provider may be able to test you or help you to find testing sites in your area. For additional information on testing sites in your area, visit the Virginia COVID-19 Testing Sites at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/covid-19-testing-sites/.

 

Find a doctor Seek medical care if your illness worsens. If you have any type of medical emergency, call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility. Emergency signs of COVID-19 include trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest that won’t go away, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

 

Answer the call Your local health department might call you to check-in on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with and ask you to stay at home to self-isolate. This is part of contact tracing and an important process to keep our schools safe. Please speak to the health department if they call nd share information about who you may have been in close contact with to help stop the spread.

 

Showing symptoms? No school. Do not send any child experiencing a cough or runny nose to school.  If your child comes to school with these symptoms, he or she will be sent home. Your child will require a note from their healthcare provider with a diagnosis before returning to school.  Depending on your child’s diagnosis, you may be required to keep your child home and away from others until the child has been symptom free and without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.

 

Manage stress and anxiety Being ill can be stressful or cause anxiety. Remember that everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety or feel like you want to harm yourself or others:  

               

  • Call 911.
  • Call VA C.O.P.E.S. (Compassionate, Optimistic, Person-centered, Empowering Support). The Virginia COVID “warm” line has been set up to help people who are having trouble dealing with the changes in our lives due to COVID-19.  Callers can receive emotional support and referrals for mental and behavioral health and other services. Unlike 911, which is used only for emergencies, a warm line offers support and gives people the chance to talk about their struggles and mental health. Crisis Counselors are available during the following times to take calls. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and on Saturday-Sunday from 5-9 p.m. VA C.O.P.E.S can be reached by phone ortext at 877-349-6428.  Spanish speaking counselors are available. 
  • Visit the Disaster Distress Helplineor call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.   (TTY 1-800-846-8517).
  • Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotlineor call 1-800-799-7233 and

        TTY 1-800-787-3224.

 

For more information on COVID-19 Supports and Resources, please visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/#COVID-19-resources

Thank you for your cooperation, support, and patience as we work through the COVID-19 emergency together.

 

Sincerely,

 

Nicole Yacubovich, Principal 

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A Message From Principal Yacubovich

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Welcome Back

Last week we had a fantastic first week back in the building. It was so great to see more of our students in-person. We are so proud of how quickly our Early Childhood and Kindergarten students learned the routines and moved forward with their learning.

We know that this year will continue to hold challenges for us as we move forward, but this week was a clear indicator that we are moving in the right direction!

Selection Waitlist

At Pine Spring, we have worked very hard to meet families' requests to change their placement selection. At this point, we are no longer able to accommodate any further changes. However, if you have a desire to change your selection, please email me at neyacubovich@fcp.edu. Your requests will be recorded on a waitlist in the event that we are able to make changes in the future.  

New Bell Schedule

All FCPS schools began their new bell schedule for both in-person and virtual learning on February 16th. For your convenience, we have added each teacher’s new schedule onto the Pine Spring website under our Return to School tab. Please note the bell schedule is as follows:

 

Grades

Doors Open

Late Bell

Dismissal

K-6

8:45 AM

9:00 AM

3:30 AM

PAC

9:40 AM

9:45 AM

4:15 PM

ECCB AM Class

9:40 AM

9:45 AM

1:00 PM

ECCB PM Class

12:55 PM

1:00 PM

4:15 PM

Return to School Parent Coffee

We understand that the return to school is causing a great deal of excitement for some and anxiety for others. While we will need to constantly review and adjust our practices based on current information, we want to provide you with updated information on a regular basis. We have created information sessions that will provide you an overview and allow for questions and suggestions. We will offer the same information at each session, to allow you to find a time that fits your schedule. To ensure the most effective use of your time, we are asking that you submit your questions in advance here.

See the meetings information below:

Date

Time

Link

March 3rd

11AM -12 PM

Parent Link

 

If you would like to listen to last week's meeting, please click here for the recording.  

Return to School Transition Timeline

We have adjusted our dates for transitioning students to their new teachers based on both parent and staff input. This change will allow the in-person students an opportunity to get to know the teacher before returning to the building.
You will also notice that we have built-in orientations for each grade level. This will be a brief opportunity to meet the teacher and learn about their routines, procedures, and expectations. This will not be a full Back to School Night presentation, as the curriculum that is being covered remains the same as the curriculum we introduced at the beginning of the year. You will access this event by signing into your child's Google Classroom and clicking on the Google Meet link as if they were signing into class for the day. 

Timeline for the transition

Grade Level  Classroom  Teacher Switch  Family Virtual Orientation with New Teacher  In-Person Students Return to the Classroom  Grade Level Asynchronous Days PreK  No Switch   Monday, February 22nd  Week of February 23  No Additional Planning Days K  No Switch    Monday, February 22nd  Week of February 23  No Additional Planning Days 1  March 1st  Monday, March 1st at 3:00 PM  Week of March 8th  March 4th and March 5th 2  March 1st

 Monday, March 1st

at 5:00 PM

 Week of March 8th  March 4th and March 5th 3  March 8th  Monday, March 8th 5:00 PM  Week of March 15th   March 11th and March 12th 4  March 8th  Monday, March 8th at 5:00 PM  Week of March 15th   March 11th and March 12th 5  March 8th  Monday, March 8th at 5:00 PM  Week of March 15th   March 11th and March 12th 6  March 8th  Monday, March 8th at 5:00 PM  Week of March 15th   March 11th and March 12th

 

Required Return Health Screening Form

If you plan for your child to return to in-person instruction this year please email the Health Commitment Form to lebreeden@fcps.edu or drop it off at the front office between 9 AM to 3 PM. It can also be completed online through ParentVue. In-person families will not be mailed their new teacher assignment until this form is completed. This form is required before your child can enter the building.

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdu

Please e-mail neyacubovich@fcps.edu with any questions. 

PAWS Awards

We are always looking for ways to share how much we appreciate and support all of the hard work our staff is putting into this year. If you have seen one of our teachers or other staff members doing something above and beyond please consider sharing through our PAWS form. Your feedback will enter them into a weekly opportunity for a gift card, thanks to a donation from our PTA.

Clothing Hanger Donations

Pine Spring has been fortunate enough to receive a donation of girls clothes, and we would love to get them out to our community in a safe way. For us to do that, we need your help. We are asking for clothing hanger donations. We will use the hangers to safely space out the clothes so parents can select items that will fit their child. If you have hangers you are willing to donate, please drop them off in the box outside of Door 1 during our normal school day hours.

Welcoming Future Bobcats

Is your child turning 5-years-old by September 30, 2021? If so, they are ready to attend kindergarten during the  2021-2022 school year! Please contact Ms. Breeden at 571-226-4400 to be added to our mailing list to support you through the FCPS registration process. If you have specific questions, please reach out to the main office or email Ms. Yacubovich for guidance.

Pine Spring Tech Support

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • Several of your questions are addressed in the FCPS Parent Technology Resource page 
  • If there is a problem with your Pine Spring issued laptop, please call the main office at 571-226-4400 to schedule an appointment. Our specialist is here to support you on Wednesdays and Fridays. He is also here on Monday mornings. Computers and MiFi support is by appointment only to ensure the safety of our staff and community. 
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

 

7607 Willow Lane Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 571-226-4400
Attendance: 571-226-4444 | Web | Twitter | Instagram

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