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Paw Print Topics: FCHS Renovation Open House- 2/22

February 22nd 7-8:30pm

Tours start from School Cafeteria (park and enter at doors: 1, 2, 3 and 4) 

Exciting news! We're excited to announce the completion of several new/renovated spaces in our building. The cafeteria, library, science/math wing, culinary arts, automotive tech, and STEM lab are now finished and eagerly awaiting the enjoyment of our students and staff!

Join us in commemorating this significant milestone with a community open house, inviting you to explore our recently unveiled spaces. Although there's still a lot of work ahead, we're thrilled to share the progress achieved with our community!

Gather in the new cafeteria for light refreshments, from there you can embark on self-guided tours. Our students and administrative staff will be stationed throughout the building, ready to provide details about the exciting new spaces. All are welcome!

PTA Bingo Night School Calendar

Please remember that the school calendar for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 are both available and allow you the opportunity to enjoy time with family, while still ensuring a strong learning experience for your child.

North China Cafe 🧸 Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in. 

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

VDOE Winter Virginia Growth Assessment Parent Reports- Updated Date

The Virginia Department of Education announced the release of the new Parent Report covering the results of this year’s Winter Virginia Growth Assessments for students in grades 3-6.  

An example of the new Parent Report, as well as additional resources for parents, can be found on the Parent & Caregiver Resources for Assessments webpage on the VDOE website.

The Parent Report informs parents of their child’s test scores, shows if the child needs additional support, is considered at risk of falling behind, or if the child is generally well prepared at this point of the school year. We were informed that Parent Reports will now be available in ParentVUE at the beginning of March.

👩‍🏫 Help Students Achieve Their Dreams. Teach for FCPS!

Save the date! Attend FCPS’ instructional job fair on Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.-noon, at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Network and take advantage of interview opportunities with representatives from various FCPS schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair. Register today.

Save The Date

February 27-28:  IOWA (IAAT) Testing (6th Advanced Math)

March 5: School Planning Day/Student Holiday

March 7: AAP Parent Session (5:00 PM) - CANCELED 

March 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

March 12: 3rd Grade Field Trip- GMU Center for the Arts

March 14: Family Math Night

March 21: Spring Portraits and Class Pictures

March 25-March 29: Spring Break

April 1: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

April 2: Staff Development Day/Student Holiday

April 2: Kindergarten Orientation (9:00 AM)

April 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

April 4: 6th Grade Field Trip (Graham/Lewis)

April 4-12: Naglieri (NNAT) Testing (1)

April 5: 6th Grade Field Trip (Monroe/Hamm)

April 10: Holiday- Eid al Fitr

April 12: 4th Grade Strings Rehearsal (9:00 AM-Cafeteria)

April 12: Combined 5th & 6th Grade Band Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 6th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 6th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 1st Grade Field Trip- National Zoo

April 16: 5th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 5th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (10:05AM)

April 17: 4th Grade Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 17:  Falls Church Pyramid Art Show- (5:00 PM)

April 18: 5th and 6th Grade Band and Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: AAP Level IV orientation (6:00 PM)

April 19: ALVN Build a Child’s Library 

April 23: Family Science Night

April 26-27: All County Chorus Festival

April 27: Falls Church Jaguar 5k

April 29-May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week

April 29-May 24: Spring SOL Testing Window

May 2: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

May 3: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

May 7: 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

May 10: K Field Trip- Hidden Oak Nature Center

May 27: Holiday- Memorial Day

June 6: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

June 11: K and 6th Grade Promotion

June 12: Last Day for Students

See the complete school year calendar

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

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Paw Print Topics: Kindness and Friendship Week Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

Social Emotional Learning Screener Principal Pop-In Winners!

This week's Principal Pop-In winners are: 

- Ms. Flores' 1st Grade Class

- Mrs. Lewis' 5th Grade Class

 

Keep up the awesome attendance! We can't wait to find out who will have perfect attendance when my Yac pops into your classroom. It's going to be so much fun!

PTA Bingo Night WIDA Testing Schedule

Federal legislation requires that all students identified as English learners (ELs) are assessed annually to monitor their progress and proficiency in English. In Virginia, all divisions use the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs for this purpose. The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development standards and assesses English in the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. If your child will be participating in the WIDA testing, a notification letter was sent home. The dates for testing are below.  It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school. If you have any questions about this test, please contact Jennifer Ganci at [email protected].

 

Grade 1    

 January 31, February 1, 8, 9, 12, 13, 26, 27

Grade 2

 January 31, February 1, 8, 9, 12, 13, 26, 27

Grade 3

 January 31, February 1, 14, 15,  16, 20, 28, 29 

Grade 4

 February 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 20, 28, 29

Grade 5

 February 5, 6, 21, 23, March 1, 4

Grade 6

 February 5, 6, 21, 23, March 1, 4

School Calendar

Please remember that the school calendar for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 are both available and allow you the opportunity to enjoy time with family, while still ensuring a strong learning experience for your child.

Kindergarten Registration

Children turning 5 on or before September 30 should be registered for kindergarten for the 2024-25 school year. 

I know it seems early, but now is the time for students to be registered. We are planning playdates, screenings, orientation, and other gatherings for kindergarten students to get to know their teachers and each other over the summer. Register soon to make sure your child doesn't miss out! 

Students should be registered at the school they will be attending. A boundary locator is available online, along with a list of required documents, and additional help for military families, families who need language assistance, and other forms of support. 

If you know someone who needs this information, please forward this message or have them call Pine Spring Elementary at 571-226-4400 to schedule a time with Ms. Breeden.  

We are currently anticipating Kindergarten Orientation in-person at Pine Spring on April 2nd.

Save The Date

February 19: George Washington’s Birthday-Holiday

February 27-28:  IOWA (IAAT) Testing (6th Advanced Math)

March 5: School Planning Day/Student Holiday

March 7: AAP Parent Session (5:00 PM)

March 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

March 12: 3rd Grade Field Trip- GMU Center for the Arts

March 14: Family Math Night

March 20: Falls Church Pyramid Art Show- (5:00 PM)

March 21: Spring Portraits and Class Pictures

March 25-March 29: Spring Break

April 1: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

April 2: Staff Development Day/Student Holiday

April 2: Kindergarten Orientation (9:00 AM)

April 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

April 4: 6th Grade Field Trip (Graham/Lewis)

April 4-12: Naglieri (NNAT) Testing (1)

April 5: 6th Grade Field Trip (Monroe/Hamm)

April 10: Holiday- Eid al Fitr

April 12: 4th Grade Strings Rehearsal (9:00 AM-Cafeteria)

April 12: Combined 5th & 6th Grade Band Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 6th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 6th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 1st Grade Field Trip- National Zoo

April 16: 5th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 5th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (10:05AM)

April 17: 4th Grade Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: 5th and 6th Grade Band and Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: AAP Level IV orientation (6:00 PM)

April 19: ALVN Build a Child’s Library 

April 23: Family Science Night

April 26-27: All County Chorus Festival

April 27: Falls Church Jaguar 5k

April 29-May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week

April 29-May 24: Spring SOL Testing Window

May 2: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

May 3: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

May 7: 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

May 10: K Field Trip- Hidden Oak Nature Center

May 27: Holiday- Memorial Day

June 6: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

June 11: K and 6th Grade Promotion

June 12: Last Day for Students

See the complete school year calendar

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

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Paw Print Topics: AAP February Updates VDOE Winter Virginia Growth Assessment Parent Reports

The Virginia Department of Education announced the release of the new Parent Report covering the results of this year’s Winter Virginia Growth Assessments for students in grades 3-6.  

An example of the new Parent Report as well as additional resources for parents can be found on the Parent & Caregiver Resources for Assessments webpage on the VDOE website.

The Parent Report  informs parents of their child’s test scores, shows if the child needs additional support, is considered at-risk of falling behind, or if the child is generally well prepared at this point of the school year. Parent Reports will be available in ParentVUE starting at the end of January.

Principal Pop-In Winners!

Friday, Mrs. Bowser’s class won the first "Principal Pop-In." This initiative rewards classes for perfect attendance on the day that Ms. Yacubovich makes a surprise visit and announces, “PRINCIPAL POP-IN!”. Mrs. Bowser's students showcased their commitment to being present and ready to learn, earning them a special attendance prize. Let's celebrate their dedication and teamwork. Well done, Mrs. Bowser's class, for setting a wonderful example for the whole school!

Social Emotional Learning Screener

The Spring Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener will be administered to students in grades 3-6 between February 26th – March 15th. Students use the SEL Screener twice a year to share their perspectives on how well their school and community help them develop skills they need to succeed. The screener works by asking questions or presenting statements that students can think about and respond to. More information is available about the SEL Screener by accessing this link: 

https://www.fcps.edu/student-tests-and-assessments/student-assessment-details/social-emotional-screener  

If you have any questions, please reach out to our SEL Screener Lead, Leah DeLew, at [email protected].

PTA Bingo Night WIDA Testing Schedule

Federal legislation requires that all students identified as English learners (ELs) are assessed annually to monitor their progress and proficiency in English. In Virginia, all divisions use the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs for this purpose. The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development standards and assesses English in the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. If your child will be participating in the WIDA testing, a notification letter was sent home. The dates for testing are below.  It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school. If you have any questions about this test, please contact Jennifer Ganci at [email protected].

 

Grade 1    

 January 31, February 1, 8, 9, 12, 13, 26, 27

Grade 2

 January 31, February 1, 8, 9, 12, 13, 26, 27

Grade 3

 January 31, February 1, 14, 15,  16, 20, 28, 29 

Grade 4

 February 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 20, 28, 29

Grade 5

 February 5, 6, 21, 23, March 1, 4

Grade 6

 February 5, 6, 21, 23, March 1, 4

School Calendar

Please remember that the school calendar for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 are both available and allow you the opportunity to enjoy time with family, while still ensuring a strong learning experience for your child.

Kindergarten Registration

Children turning 5 on or before September 30 should be registered for kindergarten for the 2024-25 school year. 

I know it seems early, but now is the time for students to be registered. We are planning playdates, screenings, orientation, and other gatherings for kindergarten students to get to know their teachers and each other over the summer. Register soon to make sure your child doesn't miss out! 

Students should be registered at the school they will be attending. A boundary locator is available online, along with a list of required documents, and additional help for military families, families who need language assistance, and other forms of support. 

If you know someone who needs this information, please forward this message or have them call Pine Spring Elementary at 571-226-4400 to schedule a time with Ms. Breeden.  

We are currently anticipating Kindergarten Orientation in-person at Pine Spring on April 2nd.

Superintendent to Present FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will present the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reid’s presentation, as well as other budget documents, will be available after she presents to the board. 

View the meeting on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, or the FCPS website. To watch School Board meetings dubbed in Spanish, please visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you would like language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

🚍 Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

Congratulations, Principal Raven Jones!

We are excited to share that Raven Jones, Principal of Luther Jackson Middle School, has been awarded Region 2's New Principal of the Year! This honor reflects Principal Jones' exceptional leadership and commitment to creating a positive learning environment. Join us in celebrating Principal Jones and the bright future ahead for our students attending Luther Jackson in the fall. Congratulations, Principal Jones!

Save The Date

February 8: 100th Day of School

February 19: George Washington’s Birthday-Holiday

February 27-28:  IOWA (IAAT) Testing (6th Advanced Math)

March 5: School Planning Day/Student Holiday

March 7: AAP Parent Session (5:00 PM)

March 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

March 12: 3rd Grade Field Trip- GMU Center for the Arts

March 14: Family Math Night

March 20: Falls Church Pyramid Art Show- (5:00 PM)

March 21: Spring Portraits and Class Pictures

March 25-March 29: Spring Break

April 1: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

April 2: Staff Development Day/Student Holiday

April 2: Kindergarten Orientation (9:00 AM)

April 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

April 4: 6th Grade Field Trip (Graham/Lewis)

April 4-12: Naglieri (NNAT) Testing (1)

April 5: 6th Grade Field Trip (Monroe/Hamm)

April 10: Holiday- Eid al Fitr

April 12: 4th Grade Strings Rehearsal (9:00 AM-Cafeteria)

April 12: Combined 5th & 6th Grade Band Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 6th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 6th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 1st Grade Field Trip- National Zoo

April 16: 5th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 5th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (10:05AM)

April 17: 4th Grade Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: 5th and 6th Grade Band and Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: AAP Level IV orientation (6:00 PM)

April 19: ALVN Build a Child’s Library 

April 23: Family Science Night

April 26-27: All County Chorus Festival

April 27: Falls Church Jaguar 5k

April 29-May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week

April 29-May 24: Spring SOL Testing Window

May 2: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

May 3: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

May 7: 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

May 10: K Field Trip- Hidden Oak Nature Center

May 27: Holiday- Memorial Day

June 6: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

June 11: K and 6th Grade Promotion

June 12: Last Day for Students

See the complete school year calendar

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

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Paw Print Topics: Celebrating 91 Days Together

Pine Spring came together to celebrate our dedicated students who have shown positive attendance with  5 or fewer absences. Your commitment to their education is truly commendable, and we appreciate your support.

Currently, students with more than 8 absences this school year are considered chronically absent, regardless of whether these absences were excused or unexcused.

This year, the impact of missing school extends beyond individual student achievement; it also has implications for our school's state accreditation, much like the Reading and Math SOL. Currently, 17% of our students fall into the category of chronically absent for this time of year. Please be aware that "absent" in this context means missing the entire school day, and it does not include students who arrive late or leave early.

We urge you to join us in our efforts to meet the state's expectation of less than 15% of our students being chronically absent. There is still time to make this happen, and together, we can ensure a brighter future for our students and maintain our school's excellent standing.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to Pine Spring. Together, we can make a significant difference in our students' lives.

School Calendar

Please remember that the school calendar for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 are both available and allows you the opportunity to enjoy time with family, while still ensuring a strong learning experience for your child. 

Kindergarten Registration

Children turning 5 on or before September 30 should be registered for kindergarten for the 2024-25 school year. 

I know it seems early, but now is the time for students to be registered. We are planning playdates, screenings, orientation, and other gatherings for kindergarten students to get to know their teachers and each other over the summer. Register soon to make sure your child doesn't miss out! 

Students should be registered at the school they will be attending. A boundary locator is available online, along with a list of required documents, and additional help for military families, families who need language assistance, and other forms of support. 

If you know someone who needs this information, please forward this email or have them call Pine Spring Elementary at 571-226-4400 to schedule a time with Ms. Breeden.  

We are currently anticipating Kindergarten Orientation in-person at Pine Spring on April 2nd. 

Save The Date

January 30: Yearbook Clubs and Candid Pictures

February 1: AAP Parent Session (6:00 PM)

February 1: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

February 6-March 1: IOWA (IAAT) Testing (6th Advanced Math)

February 19: George Washington’s Birthday-Holiday

March 5: School Planning Day/Student Holiday

March 7: AAP Parent Session (5:00 PM)

March 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

March 12: 3rd Grade Field Trip- GMU Center for the Arts

March 14: Family Math Night

March 20: Falls Church Pyramid Art Show- (5:00 PM)

March 21: Spring Portraits and Class Pictures

March 25-March 29: Spring Break

April 1: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

April 2: Staff Development Day/Student Holiday

April 2: Kindergarten Orientation (9:00 AM)

April 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

April 4: 6th Grade Field Trip (Graham/Lewis)

April 4-12: Naglieri (NNAT) Testing (1)

April 5: 6th Grade Field Trip (Monroe/Hamm)

April 10: Holiday- Eid al Fitr

April 12: 4th Grade Strings Rehearsal (9:00 AM-Cafeteria)

April 12: Combined 5th & 6th Grade Band Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 6th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 6th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 1st Grade Field Trip- National Zoo

April 16: 5th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 5th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (10:05AM)

April 17: 4th Grade Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: 5th and 6th Grade Band and Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: AAP Level IV orientation (6:00 PM)

April 19: ALVN Build a Child’s Library 

April 23: Family Science Night

April 26-27: All County Chorus Festival

April 27: Falls Church Jaguar 5k

April 29-May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week

April 29-May 24: Spring SOL Testing Window

May 2: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

May 3: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

May 7: 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

May 10: K Field Trip- Hidden Oak Nature Center

May 27: Holiday- Memorial Day

June 6: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

June 11: K and 6th Grade Promotion

June 12: Last Day for Students

See the complete school year calendar

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

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Paw Print Topics: PTA Bingo Night AAP Nights FCPS Family Math Week starts on Monday, January 8!

Participate in games and stories online. FCPS is working toward a total of 1 million minutes logged by families. The event is free, with activities from ST Math geared toward students in grades K-6 and their families. 

Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a fun and positive way. All content will be available for families in English and Spanish beginning Monday, January 8. Visit the Math Week website.

Lost Dog ❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

Stay Connected and Informed: The Importance of Monitoring Your Child on Social Media

Even though the age for apps like TikTok is 13, we know that some of our students have accounts. While social media offers numerous benefits, such as connecting with friends, sharing experiences, and learning new things, it also comes with its own set of challenges. We encourage you to enforce the expectation that children are at least 13 years old to have a social media account.  If your child is going to access social media, it is crucial that you remain vigilant and actively monitor our children's online activities to ensure their safety and well-being as a responsible caretaker. 

Here are some key reasons why monitoring your child on social media is essential:

  1. Online Safety: The internet can be full of cyberbullying, inappropriate content, and people with nefarious intent. Monitoring your child's online interactions allows you to protect them from these dangers and provide guidance on appropriate online behavior.

  2. Privacy and Personal Information: Children may not always understand the importance of safeguarding their personal information. Teaching them to be cautious and monitoring their sharing habits can prevent potential privacy breaches.

  3. Mental and Emotional Well-being: Social media can sometimes lead to feelings of inadequacy and anxiety among young users. By staying informed about your child's online experiences, you can address any issues that may be affecting their mental and emotional well-being.

  4. Time Management: Excessive screen time can have a negative impact on a child's physical and mental health. Monitoring their online usage can help strike a balance between screen time and other important activities such as homework, physical exercise, and face-to-face social interactions.

Here are a few tips to help you effectively monitor your child on social media:

  • Open Communication: Foster an open and trusting relationship with your child. Encourage them to talk to you about their online experiences, concerns, or anything that makes them uncomfortable.

  • Educate Yourself: Familiarize yourself with the social media platforms your child uses. Understand the features, privacy settings, and potential risks associated with each platform.

  • Set Boundaries: Establish clear rules and guidelines for social media usage, including when and where they can use it and for how long.

  • Use Parental Control Tools: Utilize parental control apps or settings on devices to limit access to inappropriate content and track your child's online activities.

  • Lead by Example: Be a positive role model by demonstrating responsible online behavior and showing respect for others on social media.

Remember, our goal is not to invade our children's privacy but to ensure their safety and well-being in the digital world. By actively monitoring and engaging in open conversations about social media, we can help our children navigate the online landscape responsibly and confidently.

Save The Date

 

January 9: AAP Strategies Night- Social Studies

January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday- Holiday

January 19: PTA Bingo

January 16-March 15: WIDA Testing

January 26: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

January 30: Yearbook Clubs and Candid Pictures

February 1: AAP Parent Session (6:00 PM)

February 1: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

February 6-March 1: IOWA (IAAT) Testing (6th Advanced Math)

February 19: George Washington’s Birthday-Holiday

March 5: School Planning Day/Student Holiday

March 5: Kindergarten Orientation 

March 7: AAP Parent Session (5:00 PM)

March 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

March 12: 3rd Grade Field Trip- GMU Center for the Arts

March 14: Family Math Night

March 20: Falls Church Pyramid Art Show- (5:00 PM)

March 21: Spring Portraits and Class Pictures

March 25-March 29: Spring Break

April 1: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

April 2: Staff Development Day/Student Holiday

April 2: Kindergarten Orientation (9:00 AM)

April 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

April 4: 6th Grade Field Trip (Graham/Lewis)

April 4-12: Naglieri (NNAT) Testing (1)

April 5: 6th Grade Field Trip (Monroe/Hamm)

April 10: Holiday- Eid al Fitr

April 12: 4th Grade Strings Rehearsal (9:00 AM-Cafeteria)

April 12: Combined 5th & 6th Grade Band Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 6th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 6th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 1st Grade Field Trip- National Zoo

April 16: 5th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 5th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (10:05AM)

April 17: 4th Grade Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: 5th and 6th Grade Band and Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: AAP Level IV orientation (6:00 PM)

April 19: ALVN Build a Child’s Library 

April 23: Family Science Night

April 26-27: All County Chorus Festival

April 27: Falls Church Jaguar 5k

April 29-May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week

April 29-May 24: Spring SOL Testing Window

May 2: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

May 3: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

May 7: 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

May 10: K Field Trip- Hidden Oak Nature Center

May 27: Holiday- Memorial Day

June 6: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

June 11: K and 6th Grade Promotion

June 12: Last Day for Students

See the complete school year calendar

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Paw Print Topics: Happy New Year From Principal Yacubovich

As we bid farewell to the year 2023, I want to take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey we've had together at Pine Spring. It has been a year filled with growth, learning, and countless memorable moments.

Our students have shown remarkable dedication to their academic, social, and emotional growth and have achieved significant growth. Our teachers and staff have continued to inspire and support our Bobcats, nurturing their curiosity and potential.

As we embark on the exciting journey that is 2024, I want to express my deep gratitude for your unwavering support and commitment to our school community. Together, we have created a nurturing and enriching environment for our students to thrive.

Let us continue working together to turn our Bobcats' dreams into their futures. I am genuinely excited about the opportunities ahead for us in the coming year. I look forward to continuing this incredible journey of education and growth with each of you. May 2024 be a year filled with even greater achievements and cherished moments.

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year!

AAP Strategies of the Month AAP Nights 🔢 Virtual Math Week: Save the Date

Get ready for Virtual Math Week from Monday, January 8, through Friday, January 12. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, in English and Spanish, for families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. This is a free experience designed to make math fun for the whole family. Learn more about FCPS Math Week.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

Save The Date

January 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

January 9: AAP Social Studies

January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday- Holiday

January 16-March 15: WIDA Testing

January 26: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

January 30: Yearbook Clubs and Candid Pictures

February 1: AAP Parent Session (6:00 PM)

February 1: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

February 6-March 1: IOWA (IAAT) Testing (6th Advanced Math)

February 19: George Washington’s Birthday-Holiday

March 5: School Planning Day/Student Holiday

March 7: AAP Parent Session (5:00 PM)

March 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

March 12: 3rd Grade Field Trip- GMU Center for the Arts

March 14: Family Math Night

March 20: Falls Church Pyramid Art Show- (5:00 PM)

March 21: Spring Portraits and Class Pictures

March 25-March 29: Spring Break

April 1: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

April 2: Staff Development Day/Student Holiday

April 2: Kindergarten Orientation (9:00 AM)

April 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

April 4: 6th Grade Field Trip (Graham/Lewis)

April 4-12: Naglieri (NNAT) Testing (1)

April 5: 6th Grade Field Trip (Monroe/Hamm)

April 10: Holiday- Eid al Fitr

April 12: 4th Grade Strings Rehearsal (9:00 AM-Cafeteria)

April 12: Combined 5th & 6th Grade Band Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 6th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 6th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 1st Grade Field Trip- National Zoo

April 16: 5th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 5th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (10:05AM)

April 17: 4th Grade Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: 5th and 6th Grade Band and Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: AAP Level IV orientation (6:00 PM)

April 19: ALVN Build a Child’s Library 

April 23: Family Science Night

April 26-27: All County Chorus Festival

April 29-May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week

April 29-May 24: Spring SOL Testing Window

May 2: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

May 3: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

May 7: 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

May 10: K Field Trip- Hidden Oak Nature Center

May 27: Holiday- Memorial Day

June 6: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

June 11: K and 6th Grade Promotion

June 12: Last Day for Students

See the complete school year calendar

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Paw Print Topics: Staff Dessert Day- Donations Needed

Kindly contribute your homemade or store-bought treats to celebrate our exceptional Pine Spring Teachers. The PTA will receive your goodies as students arrive. Just drop them off at the school's entrance, and our wonderful PTA will arrange a delightful spread in the staff lounge for our teachers to enjoy! 

Spirit Week

Monday- Wear brown or gingerbread attire 

Tuesday- Wear crazy and comfy socks

Wednesday- Wear winter colors

Thursday- Wear colors or decorations from your favorite holiday

Friday- Wear pajamas 

Attendance Counts

We often notice more empty seats in our classrooms as winter break approaches. This year, let's work together to nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

  • 🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
  • 👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
  • 👨‍💼 Administrators providing a safe and engaging place to grow.
  • 👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers lending a helping hand to all our learners.

If you or your child need support, please reach out to our school social worker or family liaison. If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance.

Keep in mind that 5 days out for the entire year is what is considered acceptable. This includes excused and unexcused absences. If your child has more than 5 days out, we will be reaching out to you for a conference with an administrator. 

There will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Tutor.com

FCPS students have unlimited access, 24/7, to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need. 

Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

 

December 11: Gingerbread Author Visit (K-5)

December 11-15 FLE lessons

December 13: Cooper Middle School Visits Kindergarten

December 18-31 : Winter Break 

January 1: Holiday- New Year’s Day

January 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday- Holiday

January 16-March 15: WIDA Testing

January 26: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

January 30: Yearbook Clubs and Candid Pictures

February 1: AAP Parent Session (6:00 PM)

February 1: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

February 6-March 1: IOWA (IAAT) Testing (6th Advanced Math)

February 19: George Washington’s Birthday-Holiday

March 5: School Planning Day/Student Holiday

March 7: AAP Parent Session (5:00 PM)

March 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

March 12: 3rd Grade Field Trip- GMU Center for the Arts

March 14: Family Math Night

March 20: Falls Church Pyramid Art Show- (5:00 PM)

March 21: Spring Portraits and Class Pictures

March 25-March 29: Spring Break

April 1: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

April 2: Staff Development Day/Student Holiday

April 2: Kindergarten Orientation (9:00 AM)

April 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

April 4: 6th Grade Field Trip (Graham/Lewis)

April 4-12: Naglieri (NNAT) Testing (1)

April 5: 6th Grade Field Trip (Monroe/Hamm)

April 10: Holiday- Eid al Fitr

April 12: 4th Grade Strings Rehearsal (9:00 AM-Cafeteria)

April 12: Combined 5th & 6th Grade Band Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 6th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 6th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 1st Grade Field Trip- National Zoo

April 16: 5th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 5th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (10:05AM)

April 17: 4th Grade Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: 5th and 6th Grade Band and Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: AAP Level IV orientation (6:00 PM)

April 19: ALVN Build a Child’s Library 

April 23: Family Science Night

April 26-27: All County Chorus Festival

April 29-May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week

April 29-May 24: Spring SOL Testing Window

May 2: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

May 3: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

May 7: 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

May 10: K Field Trip- Hidden Oak Nature Center

May 27: Holiday- Memorial Day

June 6: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

June 11: K and 6th Grade Promotion

June 12: Last Day for Students

See the complete school year calendar

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Thank you to everyone who made this year's Literacy Night such a wonderful night. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Parents' Night Out- STILL SPACES OPEN

Are you feeling overwhelmed with your December to-do list? Do your children want to spend a little extra time with their friends before the 2 week break?

Pine Spring PTA has you covered! Join us for a special Parents' Night Out on December 8th, from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and take a break while we entertain your kids.

Event Details:

  • What: Movie Night featuring "The Polar Express"
  • When: December 8th, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Where: Pine Spring Elementary
  • Who: Must be a current K-6 Pine Spring Student
  • Sign Up Deadline: Sign up here before December 7th
  • Cost: $25 per child
    • Once you have signed up for the event, you can pay here
  • Limited Capacity: Only 100 spots available.  

     

El Tio Night

Sick of Thanksgiving leftovers? Join us on Monday, December 4th for one of everyone's favorite restaurant nights, El Tio. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to support the PTA. 

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school. 

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

STEM Kits Author Visit Winter VGA

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area.

These include:

  • Fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932);  
  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021); 
  • Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage 

  

Students in grades 3-6 are scheduled to take the Winter VGA assessments on the following dates:

Tuesday, December 5th: Grades 3-6 Reading Assessment

Wednesday, December 6th: Grades 3-6 Math Assessment 

December 5: Winter VGA Reading (grades 3-6)

December 6: Winter VGA Math (grades 3-6)

December 7: FLE Preview Night (5:00 PM)

December 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

December 11: Gingerbread Author Visit (PreK-2nd) 

December 11-15 FLE lessons

December 13: Cooper Middle School Visits Kindergarten

December 18-31 : Winter Break

January 1: Holiday- New Year’s Day

January 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday- Holiday

January 16-March 15: WIDA Testing

January 26: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

January 30: Yearbook Clubs and Candid Pictures

February 1: AAP Parent Session (6:00 PM)

February 1: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

February 6-March 1: IOWA (IAAT) Testing (6th Advanced Math)

February 19: George Washington’s Birthday-Holiday

March 5: School Planning Day/Student Holiday

March 7: AAP Parent Session (5:00 PM)

March 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

March 12: 3rd Grade Field Trip- GMU Center for the Arts

March 14: Family Math Night

March 20: Falls Church Pyramid Art Show- (5:00 PM)

March 21: Spring Portraits and Class Pictures

March 25-March 29: Spring Break

April 1: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

April 2: Staff Development Day/Student Holiday

April 2: Kindergarten Orientation (9:00 AM)

April 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

April 4: 6th Grade Field Trip (Graham/Lewis)

April 4-12: Naglieri (NNAT) Testing (1)

April 5: 6th Grade Field Trip (Monroe/Hamm)

April 10: Holiday- Eid al Fitr

April 12: 4th Grade Strings Rehearsal (9:00 AM-Cafeteria)

April 12: Combined 5th & 6th Grade Band Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 6th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 6th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 1st Grade Field Trip- National Zoo

April 16: 5th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 5th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (10:05AM)

April 17: 4th Grade Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: 5th and 6th Grade Band and Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: AAP Level IV orientation (6:00 PM)

April 19: ALVN Build a Child’s Library 

April 23: Family Science Night

April 26-27: All County Chorus Festival

April 29-May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week

April 29-May 24: Spring SOL Testing Window

May 2: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

May 3: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

May 7: 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

May 10: K Field Trip- Hidden Oak Nature Center

May 27: Holiday- Memorial Day

June 6: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

June 11: K and 6th Grade Promotion

June 12: Last Day for Students

See the complete school year calendar

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Paw Print Topics: Turkey Donations

Thank you so much to all the families who donated turkeys this year. This is a long standing tradition at Pine Spring, and a great way to kick off the season of sharing. 

Pine Spring After School Activities Parents' Night Out

Are you feeling overwhelmed with your December to-do list? Pine Spring PTA has you covered! Join us for a special Parents' Night Out on December 8th, from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and take a break while we entertain your kids.

Event Details:

  • What: Movie Night featuring "The Polar Express"
  • When: December 8th, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Where: Pine Spring Elementary
  • Who: Must be a current K-6 Pine Spring Student
  • Sign Up Deadline: Sign up here before December 7th
  • Cost: $25 per child
    • Once you have signed up for the event, you can pay here
  • Limited Capacity: Only 100 spots available.  

     

El Tio Night

Sick of Thanksgiving leftovers? Join us on Monday, December 4th for one of everyone's favorite restaurant nights, El Tio. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to support the PTA. 

STEM Kits SACC Student Food Drive Winter VGA

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area.

These include:

  • Fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932);  
  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021); 
  • Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage 

  

Students in grades 3-6 are scheduled to take the Winter VGA assessments on the following dates:

Tuesday, December 5th: Grades 3-6 Reading Assessment

Wednesday, December 6th: Grades 3-6 Math Assessment 

November 29: Naglieri (NNAT) Testing (2-6)

November 30: Family Literacy Night 

December 5: Winter VGA Reading (grades 3-6)

December 6: Winter VGA Math (grades 3-6)

December 7: FLE Preview Night (5:00 PM)

December 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

December 11: Gingerbread Author Visit (PreK-2nd) 

December 11-15 FLE lessons

December 13: Cooper Middle School Visits Kindergarten

December 18-31 : Winter Break

January 1: Holiday- New Year’s Day

January 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday- Holiday

January 16-March 15: WIDA Testing

January 26: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

January 30: Yearbook Clubs and Candid Pictures

February 1: AAP Parent Session (6:00 PM)

February 1: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

February 6-March 1: IOWA (IAAT) Testing (6th Advanced Math)

February 19: George Washington’s Birthday-Holiday

March 5: School Planning Day/Student Holiday

March 7: AAP Parent Session (5:00 PM)

March 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

March 12: 3rd Grade Field Trip- GMU Center for the Arts

March 14: Family Math Night

March 20: Falls Church Pyramid Art Show- (5:00 PM)

March 21: Spring Portraits and Class Pictures

March 25-March 29: Spring Break

April 1: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

April 2: Staff Development Day/Student Holiday

April 2: Kindergarten Orientation (9:00 AM)

April 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

April 4: 6th Grade Field Trip (Graham/Lewis)

April 4-12: Naglieri (NNAT) Testing (1)

April 5: 6th Grade Field Trip (Monroe/Hamm)

April 10: Holiday- Eid al Fitr

April 12: 4th Grade Strings Rehearsal (9:00 AM-Cafeteria)

April 12: Combined 5th & 6th Grade Band Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 6th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 6th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 1st Grade Field Trip- National Zoo

April 16: 5th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 5th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (10:05AM)

April 17: 4th Grade Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: 5th and 6th Grade Band and Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: AAP Level IV orientation (6:00 PM)

April 19: ALVN Build a Child’s Library 

April 23: Family Science Night

April 26-27: All County Chorus Festival

April 29-May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week

April 29-May 24: Spring SOL Testing Window

May 2: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

May 3: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

May 7: 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

May 10: K Field Trip- Hidden Oak Nature Center

May 27: Holiday- Memorial Day

June 6: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

June 11: K and 6th Grade Promotion

June 12: Last Day for Students

See the complete school year calendar

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Paw Print Topics: Turkey Donations

hank you so much to all the families who donated turkeys this year. This is a long standing tradition at Pine Spring, and a great way to kick off the season of sharing. 

Pine Spring After School Activities Parents' Night Out

Are you feeling overwhelmed with your December to-do list? Pine Spring PTA has you covered! Join us for a special Parents' Night Out on December 8th, from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and take a break while we entertain your kids.

Event Details:

  • What: Movie Night featuring "The Polar Express"
  • When: December 8th, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Where: Pine Spring Elementary
  • Who: Must be a current K-6 Pine Spring Student
  • Sign Up Deadline: Sign up here before December 7th
  • Cost: $25 per child
    • Once you have signed up for the event, you can pay here
  • Limited Capacity: Only 100 spots available.  

     

El Tio Night

Sick of Thanksgiving leftovers? Join us on Monday, December 4th for one of everyone's favorite restaurant nights, El Tio. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to support the PTA. 

STEM Kits SACC Student Food Drive Winter VGA

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area.

These include:

  • Fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932);  
  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021); 
  • Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage 

  

Students in grades 3-6 are scheduled to take the Winter VGA assessments on the following dates:

Tuesday, December 5th: Grades 3-6 Reading Assessment

Wednesday, December 6th: Grades 3-6 Math Assessment 

November 29: Naglieri (NNAT) Testing (2-6)

November 30: Family Literacy Night 

December 5: Winter VGA Reading (grades 3-6)

December 6: Winter VGA Math (grades 3-6)

December 7: FLE Preview Night (5:00 PM)

December 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

December 11: Gingerbread Author Visit (PreK-2nd) 

December 11-15 FLE lessons

December 13: Cooper Middle School Visits Kindergarten

December 18-31 : Winter Break

January 1: Holiday- New Year’s Day

January 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday- Holiday

January 16-March 15: WIDA Testing

January 26: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

January 30: Yearbook Clubs and Candid Pictures

February 1: AAP Parent Session (6:00 PM)

February 1: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

February 6-March 1: IOWA (IAAT) Testing (6th Advanced Math)

February 19: George Washington’s Birthday-Holiday

March 5: School Planning Day/Student Holiday

March 7: AAP Parent Session (5:00 PM)

March 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

March 12: 3rd Grade Field Trip- GMU Center for the Arts

March 14: Family Math Night

March 20: Falls Church Pyramid Art Show- (5:00 PM)

March 21: Spring Portraits and Class Pictures

March 25-March 29: Spring Break

April 1: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

April 2: Staff Development Day/Student Holiday

April 2: Kindergarten Orientation (9:00 AM)

April 4: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

April 4: 6th Grade Field Trip (Graham/Lewis)

April 4-12: Naglieri (NNAT) Testing (1)

April 5: 6th Grade Field Trip (Monroe/Hamm)

April 10: Holiday- Eid al Fitr

April 12: 4th Grade Strings Rehearsal (9:00 AM-Cafeteria)

April 12: Combined 5th & 6th Grade Band Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 6th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 6th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (9:00 AM)

April 16: 1st Grade Field Trip- National Zoo

April 16: 5th Grade Band Rehearsal in the Band Trailer / 5th Grade Strings Rehearsal- Gym (10:05AM)

April 17: 4th Grade Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: 5th and 6th Grade Band and Strings Concert (9:00AM)

April 18: AAP Level IV orientation (6:00 PM)

April 19: ALVN Build a Child’s Library 

April 23: Family Science Night

April 26-27: All County Chorus Festival

April 29-May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week

April 29-May 24: Spring SOL Testing Window

May 2: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

May 3: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

May 7: 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

May 10: K Field Trip- Hidden Oak Nature Center

May 27: Holiday- Memorial Day

June 6: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

June 11: K and 6th Grade Promotion

June 12: Last Day for Students

See the complete school year calendar

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Bobcats shining bright at our inaugural AVID goal assembly, celebrating their commitment to strong attendance. Each day they walk through our doors, they unlock a brighter future

Turkey Donations Pine Spring After School Activities El Tio Night

Sick of Thanksgiving leftovers? Join us on Monday, December 4th for one of everyone's favorite restaurant nights, El Tio. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to support the PTA. 

Pine Spring Literacy Night

Honoring our heroes on Veterans Day with heartfelt songs of gratitude, our students' voices echo with respect and appreciation for those who served.

STEM Kits SACC Student Food Drive 🙋 Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

 

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs. 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

Winter VGA

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area.

These include:

  • Fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932);  
  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021); 
  • Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage 

  

Students in grades 3-6 are scheduled to take the Winter VGA assessments on the following dates:

Tuesday, December 5th: Grades 3-6 Reading Assessment

Wednesday, December 6th: Grades 3-6 Math Assessment 

November 22-24: Holiday NO SCHOOL

November 30: Literacy Night 

December 7: FLE Preview Night (5:00 PM)

December 7: PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

December 18th-31st: Winter Break

See the complete school year calendar

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