A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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Dear Parents,

As we continue to plan for the 2020-2021 school year, I encourage you to stay connected. The questions and ideas that you have sent me already are helping to shape a new year at Pine Spring. Please continue to  reach out to me at neyacubovich@fcps.edu with any questions, suggestions, or ideas.  

  1. FCPS has made the decision to start all students virtually/online.  The first day of school will be September 8, 2020. 
  2. Our 2020-2021 bell schedule will be the same as it was last year 8:45AM to 3:30PM (FCPS is reverting back to the 19-20 bell schedule now that all students are starting online).  We will provide tentative daily instructional schedule to families by August 10th to support you in planning your home routines. 
  3. All Pine Spring students will have the opportunity to check out a laptop this year. If you were using an Ipad or similar device in the spring to connect, we encourage you the check out a laptop. Laptops will be distributed between August 17 – September 4
  4. If you received a Pine Spring laptop for your child in May/June your child can keep that computer for the upcoming school year.  We will also provide MiFi internet devices for families who need internet.
  5. We are working to finalize class placements and will share your child’s teacher with you by August 14 through ParentVue. If you have not signed up for ParentVue, please contact Mrs. Dossmann for a login information. 
  6. All students are required to have their physical and immunizations up to date before the first day of school to participate in the online classes.  If you have updated physical or immunization paperwork to submit, please email Ms. Breeden to coordinate getting the paperwork to school.
Virtual Parent Meeting

I will be hosting a Parent Meeting on August 6th at 6PM. I hope to use this time to answer some questions about the upcoming year. Please submit your thoughts/questions here in advance. 

Topic: Pine Spring Parent Meeting
Time: Aug 6, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 885 9828 3087
Passcode: bDy21H

Laptop Return for Rising 7th Graders

Luther Jackson Middle School will be collecting student devices that were checked out in the spring the week of August 10-14.  If you are a rising 7th grader who borrowed a device from Pine Spring, you may return the device to Pine Spring on August 10th from 10AM-2PM. 

If August 10th doesn't fit your schedule, or Luther Jackson Middle School is more convenient, you may return your FCPS laptop to Luther Jackson Middle School any day that week between 8AM-2PM. Students are highly encouraged to drop off their borrowed devices BEFORE coming to the FCPSOn device pick-up where they will receive their new laptop. This will speed up the process of getting your new device and all students MUST return any previous devices they borrowed before they are issued a new device.  Please bring your borrowed FCPS computer and the charger that came with the device to Luther Jackson.

  • Drop off will be done at the rear of the school using Gatehouse Road and loop around towards Door 4 near the rear of the cafeteria
  • Building access will not be permitted
  • Students and parents, please remain in your car and a staff member will approach your car when they are ready to take your device
  • Parents will tell the staff member the name of their student
  • Please allow us time to check in the device and verify the process for you.
  • While it is preferred that parents and students drive to the school, walk-ups will be handled as well. If you do walk up to the school, please ensure you adhere to social distancing and please wear a mask.
Save The Date

 

August 6th

 

Virtual Parent Meeting

August 10th 

 

Laptop Return (Rising 7th Grade Students Only)

 

September 8th  First Day of School                

 

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A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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Final Days to Make Your Choice

We are still waiting to hear from 220 Bobcat families. Please make your selection before July 15th. 

As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, each family to tasked with the important decision of determining how school will look for your child in the fall. This video may provide more clarity as you decide what is best for your child.

Another suggestion that Dr. Branbrand offered at a recent town hall meeting is to have your child wear a mask for a full day. Knowing that all children will be required to wear masks for the entire school day, this test may help you make a choice that is best for your child.  

At Pine Spring we want to do everything we can to support you in making an informed decision. We encourage you to stay up to date by accessing the information on the Return to School Webpage

Directions to Submit Intention Form

If you still still need to make your selection, here is an enrollment video that will walk you through how to make your selection. I have also included the written directions. 

 

STEP 1: Access the online form at: https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020 

STEP 2: Login with your child’s Student ID  and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS).

STEP 3: Make your selections and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form. 

STEP 4: Check your email receipt of your intent with additional information about the enrollment process and a link to change your selection if desired.

STEP 5 Repeat this process for each of your children attending school in FCPS for school year 2020-21.

The deadline to complete the form is July 10, 2020. 

Important Dates July 15th 

Intention Forms Due

 

August 10th

School Cohorts Released

(Days of the week your child will attend In Person learning) 

 

August 20th  Tentative Open House

 

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FCPS Town Hall Tonight

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Town Hall Meeting Tonight

I want to encourage all families to join the FCPS' virtual Town Hall with Dr. Brabrand on Return to School options this evening, Monday, July 6, at 6:30PM.

You can view the livestream on fcps.edu/tv/ch99 or Channel 99 (Verizon, 11). A Spanish language Town Hall will be held on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. Get more information: https://bit.ly/31z8yW6.

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A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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Since you can't dive into the pool, dive into a great book from our Little Library!

Return to School Plan

As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, each family to tasked with the important decision of determining how school will look for your child in the fall. You should have received information from Dr. Brabrand asking if you would like to have your child come into the building 2 days a week, or learn online 4 days a week. This choice will be a year long commitment. Please note that responses are due by July 10, 2020. If  you do not respond, your choice will default to coming to school 2 days a week. 

At Pine Spring we want to do everything we can to support you in making an informed decision. We encourage you to stay up to date by accessing the information on the Return to School Webpage

In addition, again this Wednesday I will offer a virtual Parent Coffee, where I will address some of the most commonly asked questions. This will be the same information as last week, for families that might have missed the meeting. 

If you have questions that are specific to you, please feel free to email  Principal Yacubovich

 

Zoom Meeting Details: 

Wednesday, July 8th from 6:00PM- 7:00PM

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84011783989?pwd=RFp0U3hwbnNJQjc5bms3d2Z2dGxvdz09

Meeting ID: 840 1178 3989

Password: 3r9mL8

Directions to Submit Intention Form

STEP 1: Access the online form at: https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020 

STEP 2: Login with your child’s Student ID  and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS).

STEP 3: Make your selections and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form. 

STEP 4: Check your email receipt of your intent with additional information about the enrollment process and a link to change your selection if desired.

STEP 5 Repeat this process for each of your children attending school in FCPS for school year 2020-21.

The deadline to complete the form is July 10, 2020. 

Summer Learning Opportunity

In order to continue to learning through the summer FCPS and Pine Spring are providing a variety of learning opportunities. 

All students have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st. 

Additionally, all students currently in grades K-6 should have receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year. 

In addition to these resources, Pine Spring Elementary, Timber Lane Elementary, and Graham Road Elementary have teamed up to provide you more. for families who signed up, we will be working together to provide your child  access to 2 Reading lesson and 2 Math lessons each week from July 6-July 31st. If you signed up for this opportunity, your child should have received an email from Mrs. Kempf in their Gmail account with details such as time, teacher and a secure link. If you need additional support please reach out to your child's summer school teacher. 

If your child has an IEP is requires support with the summer packet, please email Ms. Sienknecht. If your child receives ESOL services and needs help with the packet, please email Ms. Schlegelmilch

 

Current grade level

2019-2020

Instructional Time       

Teacher

K

9-10

Ms. Moss

1

9-10

Ms. Lovas

2

9:30-10:30

Mrs. Pfotenhauer

3

9:30-10:30

Ms. Lewis

4

9:30-10:30

 Mrs. Grigsby

5

9-10

 Owens

 

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Since you can't dive into the pool, dive into a great book from our Little Library!

Return to School Plan

As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, each family to tasked with the important decision of determining how school will look for your child in the fall. You should have received a survey from Dr. Brabrand asking if you would like to have your child come into the building 2 days a week, or learn online 4 days a week. This choice will be a yearlong commitment. Please note that responses are due by July 10, 2020. If  you do not respond, your choice will default to coming to school 2 days a week. 

At Pine Spring we want to do everything we can to support you in making an informed decision. We encourage you to stay up to date by accessing the information on the Return to School Webpage

In addition, this Wednesday I will offer a virtual Parent Coffee, where I will address some of the most commonly asked questions. In order to get to as many questions as possible in a fair and organized fashion, you are asked to submit your questions in advance using this Parent Coffee questions link. 

 

Zoom Meeting Details: 

Wednesday, July 1st from 6:00PM- 7:00PM

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84011783989?pwd=RFp0U3hwbnNJQjc5bms3d2Z2dGxvdz09

Meeting ID: 840 1178 3989

Password: 3r9mL8

Summer Learning Opportunity

In order to continue to learning through the summer FCPS and Pine Spring are providing a variety of learning opportunities. 

All students have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st. 

Additionally, all students currently in grades K-6 should have receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year. 

In addition to these resources, Pine Spring Elementary, Timber Lane Elementary, and Graham Road Elementary have teamed up to provide you more. for families who signed up, we will be working together to provide your child  access to 2 Reading lesson and 2 Math lessons each week from July 6-July 31st. If you signed up for this opportunity, your child should have received an email from Mrs. Kempf in their Gmail account with details such as time, teacher and a secure link. If you need additional support please reach out to your child's summer school teacher. 

 

Current grade level

2019-2020

Instructional Time       

Teacher

K

9-10

Ms. Moss

1

9-10

Ms. Lovas

2

9:30-10:30

Mrs. Pfotenhauer

3

9:30-10:30

Ms. Lewis

4

9:30-10:30

 Mrs. Grigsby

5

9-10

 Owens

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A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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While this certainly turned out to be a year we will never forget, we must keep in perspective that it was still a wonderful year full of fun and learning. I want to thank you for your amazing efforts during the transition to distance learning. I  recognize that this was not easy for families and I appreciate that you persevered with us through the challenges so that we could continue to connect as a community.

As we head into summer, I encourage you to stay connected. We know that things will continue to evolve as we build our understanding of what structures will be in place for the 2020-2021 school year. While we will all need to be flexible as things change, I will keep the Pine Spring community informed in a timely way. I will do this through our regular News You Choose emails, Virtual Parent Coffees, and direct emails to address questions, concerns and suggestions. Pine Spring is committed to providing an outstanding education in a safe environment for all of our children. We can and will do this together!

Student Material Pickup

We know that there were families that were not able to attend the material pick-up scheduled in June. We will schedule appointments for the week of July 6th-10th so that you can still pickup your materials .Please complete the attached Material Pickup form if you need to do a pickup. 

School Supply Kits for Next Year

Once again, the PTA is offering the chance to pre-purchase your child’s school supplies for next year. “SchoolKidz” works to put together the supplies needed based on grade level. This  is a way to make parents’ busy lives a little easier! This is an optional opportunity to avoid the long and uncomfortable lines at the retail stores. 

If you would like SchoolKidz to do the shopping for you and deliver the materials to your home the week of August 16th please get your orders into www.shopttkits.com using Account #40216 by  June 20th.

If you have questions, please contact Carmen Clipper at carmenstewartclipper@gmail.com

 

Parent Coffee

This summer we will provide opportunities for the Pine Spring Community to come together to ask questions or share ideas. If you have questions you would like answered or ideas to share, we encourage you to complete the Principal Coffee Question form in advance. This will allow us to gather the most updated information to address your questions.  

Summer Learning Opportunity

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide recommended distance learning opportunities for students throughout the summer. Your students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st. 

Additionally, students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year. Practice books will also be posted on FCPS 24/7 Learning Blackboard (Continuity of Learning Resources page - ES) as fillable PDF files on June 29th.

As students access these activities from July 6 to July 31, they will have the opportunity to access 2 Reading lesson and 2 Math lessons each week with staff from Pine Spring Elementary, Timber Lane Elementary, and Graham Road Elementary. Our schools are working collaboratively this summer to provide all of our students an opportunity to learn and grow. If you are interested in participating in our summer learning program, please complete the Summer Learning Series form below by 4PM June 18th.

Summer Tech Support

If your child needs technology support with their FCPS laptop or MiFI device during the summer, please complete Summer Tech Help form. We will work to support you as quickly as we can, but please allow for 3-5 business days.

 

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering free online fine arts summer learning program for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. It is a 5-week FREE program (July 6-August 7, 2020) with a variety of classes in art, music, theatre and dance. Parents should email fasummerlearning@fcps.edu to gain access. .More information can be found at this website.

Students may choose to participate in as many classes as they wish, continuing to take their favorite art classes or trying something new.

Virtual Summer Bridge Academy

July 6-30 (Monday-Thursday only) 

Students will work with an LJMS teacher on daily lessons in Math, English and STEM to increase their skills going into the new year. Look for fun afternoon electives like Sign Language, Creative Writing, Art, Comic-Book Making and MORE! 

Tentative Schedule: 

9:00 AM- Wake up Text

9:15 AM- 10:00 AM Session 1

10:15 AM- 11:00 AM Session 2

11:15 AM- 12:00 PM Session 3

12:00 PM- 12:30 PM Lunch

12:45 PM- 1:15 PM Afternoon Electives

 

 

How to Survive Middle School

July 27th-31st (Virtual) 

  • Virtual version of this orientation experience will give you an interactive look at what it is like to be a student at LJMS. 
    • Virtual tours of the school
    • Digital Citizenship lessons
  • Students will have an opportunity to be part of a "Tiger Team" and interact with a "Tiger Team Leader" 
  • Cost has been reduced for $100 to ONLY $10!!!! 
  • Cost includes a LJMS T-shirt

 

Behavior Resources for Home

1-2-3 Magic: The New 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting is a webinar for families

1-2-3 Magic allows you to get back in charge of your home, enjoy your family again, and help your kids develop their emotional intelligence. 

In this presentation, you will learn how to set limits for and connect with your children by breaking down the task of parenting into three straightforward steps:

Get your kids to STOP difficult behavior (whining, arguing, tantrums, etc.).

Get your kids to START doing what you want them to do (picking up, going to bed, doing homework, etc.).

Powerful strategies to reinforce the bond between you and your children.

Presented by Lauren Hawkins and Robin Yuckenberg, FCPS Behavior Intervention Teachers.

Friday, June 19, 2020 10 a.m.-noon

Register for 1-2-3 Magic: The New 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting A Webinar for Families

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Summer Learning Opportunity

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Summer Learning Opportunity

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide recommended distance learning opportunities for students throughout the summer. Your students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st. 

Additionally, students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year. 

As students access these activities from July 6 to July 31, they will have the opportunity to access 2 Reading lesson and 2 Math lessons each week with staff from Pine Spring Elementary, Timber Lane Elementary, and Graham Road Elementary. Our schools are working collaboratively this summer to provide all of our students an opportunity to learn and grow. If you are interested in participating in our summer learning program, please complete the Summer Learning Series form below by 4PM June 18th.

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A Message From Principal Yacubovich

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A Fond Farewell

As is true at the end of any school year, we have staff moving on to new opportunities. We are excited to celebrate these opportunities for growth and change with you as some of our Pine Spring family spread their wings in new ways.

Ms. Campbell, Mrs. Chestnut, Mrs. Collymore, Ms. Hluboky, Mrs. Morrison, and Mrs. Fakhoori will all be retiring after many years of dedicated services. We want to thank them for the impact they made on the Pine Spring community and wish them all the best as the begin the next chapter in their lives.  

Mrs. Koyama will be moving to Fort Belvoir to support children of Military Families.

Mrs. Mullen will be returning to the classroom at Kings Park Elementary

Mrs. Domingo will be leaving her role at Pine Spring as a part time PE teacher to return to Bren Mar Park community. There she will have the opportunity to be at one school each day.

Mr. Carroll and Ms. Premont will both be leaving our PAC classrooms as IAs to begin their new roles as PAC teachers. We are delighted at these promotions and are excited to to see both of them take the next step in their journey.  

Mrs. Bowser will be leaving her role as an Instructional Assistant but will be staying at Pine Spring as a 1st grade teacher! Congratulations Mrs. Bowser!

Please join me in wishing each of these dedicated staff members well as they take their next steps!

6th Grade Promotion

This year we will host our first ever Virtual Promotion for 6th graders. We encourage parents of 6th grade students to join your child at 10:30AM-11:30AM on June 11, 2020. The 6th grade teachers have put together a recognition ceremony that acknowledges the hard work our Bobcats have put into their time at Pine Spring. You will access the ceremony by clicking on the Google Meets Link for Mrs. O’Connor’s Social Studies Class. Your child will also receive a package in the mail that will have their certificate, as well as a token of accomplishment from the Pine Spring PTA.

Summer Learning Opportunities

FCPS will offer free continuity of learning for K-12 students.  A variety of self-directed print and online materials are available.  

Mathematics and Literacy Continuity of Learning (K-8)

This summer students will have the opportunity to review concepts and skills using recommended self-directed print and digital materials. Materials will not be collected or graded.

Print materials will be mailed to families who did not opt-out of the weekly distance learning packets. Families will receive two envelopes near the end of June:

One Language Arts Essentials Practice Book

One Mathematics Essentials Practice Book

Digital versions of practice books will be available on FCPS 24/7 FCPS 24/7 Learning.

iReady Learning Opportunities

Elementary students can use i-Ready for more skills practice until Friday, July 31, 2020. Information about how to login to i-Ready is available on the Universal Screener web page.

Teachers from each school will have weekly office hours from June 29-July 31, 2020 to provide feedback and support to students in literacy and mathematics.

These offerings are free to all students.

Kindergarten Registration

Student registration is now open!  You can find all of the required registration documents at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration.  Contact our Student Information Attendant, Ms. Breeden for support. 

Return To Learn Planning

Discussions began with the School Board about our Return to School plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. 

We are awaiting guidance from the state about the possible required conditions that will need to be met for schools to reopen. FCPS also plans to seek the input of all stakeholder groups – parents, students, teachers, staff, and administrators – in developing a return to school plan. 

The considerations for return to school include the need to:

Ensure safe learning and working environments for students and staff

Provide options for students and staff that are unable to return to school/work

Comply with any social distancing requirements

Provide student access to technology devices and internet services at home

Provide staff with adequate time and training to prepare for the new school year

Make decisions as soon as possible for scheduling and communication with families

We are preparing for a variety of possible scenarios including:

Students will have a virtual start to the school year.

Students will return to school with social distancing in place.

School will open on time, but some students and/or staff may be unable to return and will participate through virtual learning.

The preliminary report presented to the School board is available here.

Moving?

We hope to see everyone at Pine Spring in the fall. However, if your life takes you in a different direction, please be sure to reach out to Ms. Breeden for support. She will be able to help you with the withdrawal paperwork and will schedule a time for you to drop off any borrowed FCPS materials such as laptops and MIFI devices. 

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A Message From the Falls Church Principals

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Dear Falls Church Pyramid Families,

We are writing to you as your Pyramid Principals to share our sadness and outrage about the instances of racism and hate that have occurred in our country during the last few weeks, and over the course of time. These awful events are especially painful for our Black and African American community members.  We acknowledge this and want you to know that we see you and stand with you.  Racism and hate have no place in the world and no place in the Falls Church Pyramid.  The Falls Church Pyramid is a diverse community that we are proud to lead. 

As principals and school staff, we will not sit silently, as these events cannot be ignored.  Rather, in these last few days of school, we have asked our teachers to talk with students about what racism is and why it is not acceptable.  We will also work together to identify ways to continue these important conversations with our staff and students next school year. Our schools will continue to receive professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices.  We are committed to furthering our learning in order to challenge racism and injustice while continuing to promote inclusive school communities where diversity is valued.

Below are some resources that have been recommended by FCPS psychologists:

Elementary:  https://booksforlittles.com/racial-diversity/?fbclid=IwAR39vJQQyCnHfhF0m66o67GnGgR9BuWclmDQJXBQuUwznf1-YxaZxSzM_l4

All Levels:  https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4

 

We wish you peace as we wrap up this school year, and we look forward to connecting with you soon.

 

Respectfully,

Ben Nowak, Falls Church High School

Mike Magliola, Luther Jackson Middle School

Aileen Flaherty, Camelot Elementary

Candace Hunstad, Fairhill Elementary

Lauren Badini, Graham Road Elementary

Nikki Yacubovich, Pine Spring Elementary

Linda Ferguson, Westlawn Elementary

Dwayne Young, Woodburn Elementary

#WeAreFC

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Pine Spring Updates

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Student Pick Up

We will be offering student material pick-up on June 1st. We have organized this pick-up by your child's last name to avoid families with multiple children needing to come more than once.

 We ask that you drive through our kiss and ride line and stay in your car. Please post a piece paper in your car window that has all of your children's names and grades.

For example: 

Bob E. Cat- 1st grade

Bobbie Cat- 4th grade

This will allow us to quickly locate your bags and bring them to the car. If you are not able to come in a car, there will be cones set-up along the sidewalk. You will wait at each cone, and someone will bring your items to you. We ask that you still bring a paper that has all of your children's names and grade levels. Please note that this will take longer than car service. 

Children are NOT required to come with you for item pick-up. We do ask that if possible, you bring back the following items when you come: 

  • Library Books
  • Brag Bags with books in them
  • Patrol Belts
  • Instruments

Unless you are leaving FCPS, please DO NOT bring back any borrowed laptops. Even if you are going to another FCPS school, we ask that you hold onto your current device. 

 

The schedule for pick-up is as follows: 

Last Names Starting with A-G

9:00-10:00

Last Names Starting with H-M

10:00-11:00

Last Names Starting with N-R

11:00- 12:00

Last Names Starting with S-Z

12:00- 1:00

           

To ensure your safety Pine Spring is committed to following the guidelines set by the CDC and the Fairfax County Health Department. This means limiting exposure as much as possible and keeping a 6 feet separation between families if you are outside of your car. While this process may be more time consuming, we ask that you follow the protocol for your safety, as well as the safety of the Pine Spring Team. 

We will be asking the following pre-screening health questions:

  • Do you have a cough or sore throat?
  • Have you had a fever in the last 3 days?
  • Do you have any shortness of breath?
  • Is anyone in your house ill with a fever or cough?
  • Have you had any contact with someone known to have or under investigation for Coronavirus in the last 14 days?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you will have to be rescheduled for a later date and time.

Kindergarten Registration

Student registration is now open!  You can find all of the required registration documents at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration.  Contact our Student Information Attendant, Ms. Breeden for support. 

Moving?

We hope to see everyone at Pine Spring in the fall. However, if your life takes you in a different direction, please be sure to reach out to Ms. Breeden for support. She will be able to help you with the withdrawal paperwork and will schedule a time for you to drop off any borrowed FCPS materials such as laptops and MIFI devices. 

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Pine Spring Updates

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Pine Spring remembers all those who gave everything for our freedom.

Student Pick Up

We will be offering student material pick-up on June 1st. We have organized this pick-up by your child's last name to avoid families with multiple children needing to come more than once.

If possible, we ask that you drive through our kiss and ride line and stay in your car. Please post a piece paper in your car window that has all of your children's names and grades.

For example: 

Bob E. Cat- 1st grade

Bobbie Cat- 4th grade

This will allow us to quickly locate your bags and bring them to the car. If you are not able to come in a car, there will be cones set-up along the sidewalk. You will wait at each cone, and someone will bring your items to you. We ask that you still bring a paper that has all of your children's names and grade levels. Please note that this will take longer than car service. 

Children are NOT required to come with you for item pick-up. We do ask that if possible, you bring back the following items when you come: 

  • Library Books
  • Brag Bags with books in them
  • Patrol Belts
  • Instruments

Unless you are leaving FCPS, please DO NOT bring back any borrowed laptops. Even if you are going to another FCPS school, we ask that you hold onto your current device. 

 

The schedule for pick-up is as follows: 

Last Names Starting with A-G

9:00-10:00

Last Names Starting with H-M

10:00-11:00

Last Names Starting with N-R

11:00- 12:00

Last Names Starting with S-Z

12:00- 1:00

           

To ensure your safety Pine Spring is committed to following the guidelines set by the CDC and the Fairfax County Health Department. This means limiting exposure as much as possible and keeping a 6 feet separation between families if you are outside of your car. While this process may be more time consuming, we ask that you follow the protocol for your safety, as well as the safety of the Pine Spring Team. 

We will be asking the following pre-screening health questions:

  • Do you have a cough or sore throat?
  • Have you had a fever in the last 3 days?
  • Do you have any shortness of breath?
  • Is anyone in your house ill with a fever or cough?
  • Have you had any contact with someone known to have or under investigation for Coronavirus in the last 14 days?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you will have to be rescheduled for a later date and time.

Kindergarten Registration

Student registration is now open!  You can find all of the required registration documents at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration.  Contact our Student Information Attendant, Ms. Breeden for support. 

Moving?

We hope to see everyone at Pine Spring in the fall. However, if your life takes you in a different direction, please be sure to reach out to Ms. Breeden for support. She will be able to help you with the withdrawal paperwork and will schedule a time for you to drop off any borrowed FCPS materials such as laptops and MIFI devices. 

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Pine Spring Updates

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#PSLovesU

We want to remind you that near or far, the Pine Spring Team loves you and misses you very much! I encourage you to take a minute to watch the amazing video they made for you!    #PSLovesU

Student Pick Up

Pine Spring is beginning to plan for families who would like to pick up important items such as medication or clothes that children left at school before the building closed. In order to ensure that we have a safe and efficient curbside pick-up, we ask that you complete this short questionnaire. We will then assign families a day and time to collect any important materials.

If you elect to collect items, we will ask that you drop off school items such as library books, patrol belts, and Brag Bags with books. 

We will not be collecting laptops for any student returning to an FCPS school in the fall. 

Kindergarten Registration

Student registration is now open!  You can find all of the required registration documents at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration.  Contact our Student Information Attendant, Ms. Breeden for support. 

Moving?

We hope to see everyone at Pine Spring in the fall. However, if your life takes you in a different direction, please be sure to reach out to Ms. Breeden for support. She will be able to help you with the withdrawal paperwork and will schedule a time for you to drop off any borrowed FCPS materials such as laptops and MIFI devices. 

Thank You

The Pine Spring instructional staff and I want to thank you for the outpouring of support during Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to our amazing PTA for the gift cards. We are all so grateful to serve the Pine Spring community. 

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PTA Meeting Tomorrow- May 7th

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PTA Meeting Tomorrow- May 7th

Being connected to our amazing community is more important now than ever. We would love to see everyone come together for the May PTA meeting. In an effort to keep some sense of routine, we will have the PTA meeting at it's regularly scheduled time. Please join us this Thursday, May 7th at 7PM for our monthly PTA meeting. We will have our amazing technology specialist, Mrs. D'Ornellas, join us to help answer any Distance Learning questions. 

Please sign in to our Pine Spring PTA Meeting  using the password: pinespring 

 

 

Time: May 7, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 836 5387 2999

Password: pinespring

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A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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Thank you to all of our Pine Spring Teachers!

Teacher Appreciation Week

You’ve heard me say a million times that everyone at Pine Spring is a teacher. From our classroom teachers, to specialist, from our mental health team, to our office staff, building service workers, SACC team, and of course all the families that are raising our Bobcats at home, YOU are a teacher and we celebrate you this week!

Recently, some of the lessons taught at Pine Spring have been more noticeable. Our teachers have spent this time teaching so much more than reading and math. They’ve taught our children that community is important. They have showed them that even when something doesn’t work the first time, you must keep trying; that the success is worth the effort. Possibly most importantly, our Pine Spring teachers taught our children that even things around them don’t seem normal, they are not alone and that they have an entire community to count on to make things feel right again. For all these lessons and so many more, please join me in celebrating all of our teachers this week! 

PTA Meeting-May 7th at 7PM

Being connected to our amazing community is more important now than ever. We would love to see everyone come together for the May PTA meeting. In an effort to keep some sense of routine, we will have the PTA meeting at it's regularly scheduled time. Please join us this Thursday, May 7th at 7PM for our monthly PTA meeting. We will have our amazing technology specialist, Mrs. D'Ornellas, join us to help answer any Distance Learning questions. 

Please sign in to our Pine Spring May PTA Meeting using the password: pinespring 

 

Help Spread the Word

If you know someone who is not currently getting our New You Choose messages, please encourage them to sign-up for the Pine Spring News You Choose. This is a great way to help everyone stay connected. 

Kindergarten Registration

Student registration is now open!  You can find all of the required registration documents at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration.  Contact our Student Information Attendant, Ms. Breeden for support. 

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Ready, Set, Google!

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Bobcat Families, 

Tomorrow is the big day, the day we finally reconnect via Google Classroom and Google Meet. We are excited about the switch to Google, as we believe that it will be an easier platform to access for our families and more reliable. 

Please click this link to access the directions on how use Google Classroom and Google Meet. You will find that most of our 3rd-6th grade students already know how to access this platform. We have provided video directions, as well as step by step directions to support your learning style.

We truly appreciate the support you have shown the Pine Spring instructional family as we worked through all of the distance learning issues. Our amazing teachers are so excited to reconnect with their students tomorrow. While we will not be covering new academic content tomorrow, please try to tune in to cheer our teachers on!  

Okay Bobcats, Ready! Set! GOOGLE!!!!!! 

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New Distance Learning Plan

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Pine Spring Families,


We are excited to share that Pine Spring has been given the opportunity to make decisions that we feel will provide strong synchronous learning opportunities for our students. Starting Thursday, we will be moving our live lessons from Blackboard to Google. What this means for you is that your child's online instruction will be accessed in one place, their Google Classroom. We hope that this will alleviate some of the frustration and confusion families are currently feeling.

In order to ensure all our staff are properly trained on the new features, and that they are given an opportunity to make adjustments, we will focus on asynchronous learning for April 22, 2020.

Tomorrow you will receive an email with video directions on how to access your child's virtual classroom for Thursday's live lesson in Google Meet.
Our plan is to use Thursday to reconnect with students in the live setting and work out any final kinks so that new learning can begin on Monday.

 

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Distance Learning Plan for 4/21/2020

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Pine Spring Families, 

Based on Dr. Brabrand announcement, Pine Spring will focus on asynchronous learning for April 21, 2020. Your classroom teacher will contact you to share ways that you can access learning that is specific to their classroom.

Several students will be encouraged to log into Google Classroom. We have included a video on our website that provides you with directions on how to support your child with accessing Google classroom assignments.

If, for any reason, you have not heard from your teacher, please reach out to Principal Yacubovich so we can support you in connecting with your teacher. In most cases it is an error with your email or phone number on file and can quickly be corrected.

Please keep in mind that while this is a temporary situation, what your children hear you saying about their learning can have a lasting impact. I understand the frustration that you are feeling, and we are doing everything we can to support your family during this time. Please feel free to email me at neyacubovich@fcps.edu with any feedback you have about how we can continue to support you best at the school level. 

 

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Distance Learning Plan for 4/21/2020

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Pine Spring Families, 

Based on Dr. Brabrand announce, Pine Spring will focus on asynchronous learning for April 21, 2020. Your classroom teacher will contact you to share ways that you can access learning that is specific to their classroom.

Several students will be encouraged to log into Google Classroom. We have included a video on our website that provides you with directions on how to support your child with accessing Google classroom assignments.

If, for any reason, you have not heard from your teacher, please reach out to Principal Yacubovich so we can support you in connecting with your teacher. In most cases it is an error with your email or phone number on file and can quickly be corrected.

Please keep in mind that while this is a temporary situation, what your children hear you saying about their learning can have a lasting impact. I understand the frustration that you are feeling, and we are doing everything we can to support your family during this time. Please feel free to email me at neyacubovich@fcps.edu with any feedback you have about how we can continue to support you best at the school level. 

 

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A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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Distance Learning

We recognize the past few days have been challenging as the launch of synchronous instruction within our Distance Learning Plan did not go as expected. We appreciate the understanding and flexibility you have all shown as we continue to work through Distance Learning.

Please keep in mind that the synchronous learning is only a portion of the learning plan. I encourage you to continue to use the all of components in the plan to support your child's learning. In addition to the live lessons and the learning packets, FCPS has also produced educational content on Channel 21 and  FCPS webpage. We also suggest that you checkout the student web resources on the Pine Spring Website. 

While we are hopeful that FCPS Blackboard 24-7 will be functioning tomorrow, our Pine Spring teachers have taken the extra step to prepare lessons for asynchronous learning in the event that Blackboard is still down.

If Blackboard is down tomorrow, you will receive a message from your child's teacher with how to access their lesson. If you have not been receiving messages from your child's teacher, please check your child's email. This means that we do not have an accurate email address for you. In that case I also encourage you to reach out to Ms. Breeden so that we can update your information. 

Let's have a little fun together this week. The Falls Church Pyramid is coming together to do one large Spirit Week. We encourage the entire family to join in on the fun. 

We would love to see your pictures. Send your best shots to Principal Yacubovich and you might find your picture in next week's News-You-Choose! 

If you are posting on Twitter you the hashtag #WeAreFC 

 

Help Share the Word

If you know someone who is not currently getting our messages, please encourage them to sign-up for the Pine Spring News You Choose. This is a great way to help everyone stay connected. 

Kindergarten Registration

Student registration is now open!  You can find all of the required registration documents at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration.  Contact our Student Information Attendant, Ms. Breeden for support. 

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New Blackboard Directions Included

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This morning our school team met to learn about and understand the updated secure access to the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra course. These changes mean that you will no longer be able to access the virtual learning through an emailed nor posted guest link.  Students will need to access directly through the teacher Blackboard 24/7 course. The Pine Spring student must be the one to log into the session through their student login. Please click this link to see the step by step directions, and a helpful video that will walk you through the new process to access the live lessons with the teachers. 

We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused during this already stressful time. Please understand that the changes were necessary to ensure that all FCPS students could enjoy their learning in a safe learning environment. 

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