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In this issue, you will find information about the following Topics: 

  • Save the Dates
  • Inclusivity Spirit Week December 5-9
  • Pine Spring Outstanding Employee Winners
  • Pine Spring Spiritwear
  • K-2 Literacy Night 
  • 1st- 6th Grade Concert 
  • El Tio Night
  • AAP Pathways to Middle School
  • Preparing for Winter Weather
  • Keeping Warm During Cold Weather
  • iReady Fall Scores
  • VGA Test Days 
  • Multicultural and Language Resources
  • AAP Level IV Deadline

December 13: Pine Spring's El Tio Night 

December 14: K-2 Literacy Night 

December 15: Deadline to submit Level IV referrals 

December 16: Winter Music Concert 

December 19-January 2: Winter Break (No school) 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

Pine Spring will be celebrating Inclusive Schools Week during the week of December 5-9. This year’s theme is “Unity Within Our Community.” The 2022 theme for Inclusive Schools Week recognizes that united we are stronger and to focus on our common need: inclusive practices in our schools, in our communities, and around the world! 

At Pine Spring, we pride ourselves on our inclusive practices. From Yoga4Classrooms to Responsive Classroom and morning meetings, we work to ensure that every child is included and knows that they belong. Our instructional models around ESOL services, Special Education Services, and AAP Services are all examples of how Pine Spring designs our school day with this important idea at the forefront of our decision making.  

We encourage you to take a few moments this week to talk with your child about the importance of doing their part to build a strong community where everyone knows they are welcome. 

Pine Spring Outstanding Employee Winners

We are so excited about the response to our Outstanding Employee nominations! While all our staff deserves recognition for their hard work, the following people won Outstanding Employee Awards for Pine Spring. They will represent our school at the Falls Church Pyramid level next. 

As part of the process, we will create packets of examples of how these team members stand out in supporting our community. We are asking for your support in letting all of FCPS know about the talented professionals at Pine Spring. If you have any comments or specific examples of how our nominees impact our school, we ask that you please share them by emailing our awards liaison, Bridget Lovas, at [email protected] by December 8th. 

  • Outstanding Operational Employee - Barbara Hiltz
  • Outstanding Professional Employee - Leah DeLew
  • Outstanding School-Based Leader - Jennifer Ganci
  • Outstanding Principal - Nikki Yacubovich
  • Outstanding Teacher - Caren Eclarinal 
  • Outstanding New Teacher - Mia Wallace 

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Bobcat Spiritwear

Still looking for a great gift for your favorite Bobcat? How about something from the Pine Spring Spiritwear Shop? Check out the sale on crew shirts. There's still time to buy!

This year Pine Spring is excited to return to an in-person Literacy Night. Come learn with your child, as our teachers demonstrate strategies they can utilize over winter break. 

Please return your RSVP to your child's teacher. 

We invite you to celebrate the season with our students in grades 1-6, as they help kick off our winter break with a musical concert. 

Pine Spring Night at El Tio- 12/13

The holidays are full of cooking. Why not give everyone a break and let the team at El Tio take care of dinner on Tuesday, December 13th? Enjoy delicious food for the entire family while supporting the Pine Spring PTA. 

Historically there has been an incredible turnout for this night, and it is a great way for everyone to see each other before the break. Don't miss out! 

Pathways to Middle School

In the November AAP Newsletter to 6th-grade families, Mrs. Haynes shared that on Tuesday, December 6th, we will have a virtual parent meeting for families of students in the 6th-grade AAP program as they prepare to support their child in the transition to middle school. 

This meeting aims to provide a general understanding of the different pathways students can select as they begin their journey through middle school. The meeting link can be found below.

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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’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. 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 ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Keeping Warm During Outdoor Activities

As the cold weather begins to move in, I monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories that may prevent our students from being outside. This does mean that your child will often have the opportunity to go outside, even when it is cold out. For this reason, we encourage you to make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. We encourage you to dress your child in layers, so that they are able to adjust to their personal temperature preference throughout the day. 

See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, such as a winter coat, gloves, and hat, we encourage you to reach out to our school counselors Mary Durgala or Yoon Hong for support.  

iReady Fall Score Report

FCPS uses iReady as the division's universal academic screening tool to identify students with potential gaps in foundational mathematics and/or literacy skills, including potential indicators of dyslexia, and to monitor student progress. 

Your child’s iReady score report will be mailed to you over the next few weeks. Scores can also be accessed in SIS ParentVue. Domain performance provides information about how your student performed compared to end-of-year expectations for specific assessed skills.  More information can be found on the iReady Domain webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/42527).

If you have questions about the results in this report or about the student's strengths and needs in reading or mathematics, please contact your student’s teacher.

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA)- Winter Window (Grades 3-6)

Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) were introduced in fall 2021 by the Virginia General Assembly as a way to measure "through-year" growth in reading and mathematics. Beginning in 2022-23, VGA is given twice per year, in fall and winter. Students also continue to take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in spring.

Student results on VGA tests are used to help teachers identify how to support student learning of state standards during the year. Content for the VGA score report letter is provided below.

Under the Standards of Accreditation (SOA), performance on VGA tests and SOL tests is also used to measure the level of growth that students achieve during the school year. Content for the 2021-22 SOA growth letter is provided below. Information about the growth model for 2022-23 and beyond will be provided when announced by the Virginia Department of Education.

Below you will find the dates for the Winter VGA. Please refrain from scheduling appointments on these dates.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 

Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 

Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 

A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 

ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources. 

AAP Level IV Deadline

December 15th is the deadline for Level IV AAP Referrals for students in grades 2-6. Packets must be received by close of business on December 15th. We will not be able to make any exceptions. Referrals can be submitted to the office or emailed to Mrs. Haynes at [email protected]. Level IV Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire can be found here.

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A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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From our families to yours, we hope you had a wonderful and restful weekend with the ones you are thankful for this year. We know that we are certainly thankful for you, our Pine Spring family! 

Love, 

The Pine Spring Admin Team 

This year Pine Spring is excited to return to an in-person Literacy Night. Come learn with your child, as our teachers demonstrate strategies they can utilize over winter break. 

Please return your RSVP from your child's Wednesday folder. 

We invite you to celebrate the season with our students in grades 1-6, as they help kick off our winter break with a musical concert. 

Join us this Thursday from 7PM-8PM in the Pine Spring Library for the last PTA meeting of the year. 

FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon!

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week. 

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

Pine Spring Holiday Wreath Sales

You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page to type in our code. 

Three Rivers Wreath & Plant Company ships directly anywhere in the United States. What a great way for families from outside of the area to support your child's schools! 

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Academics Matter

During the Academic Matters portion of Monday’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Reid discussed the innovative assessment practices happening in FCPS as part of our School Division of Innovation designation from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). 

This recognition means that VDOE has approved a plan to improve student learning, educational performance, and college, career, and citizenship readiness skills. It positions FCPS as a state leader in innovative practices with the opportunity to impact statewide policy decisions. Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation. 

AAP Level IV Deadline

December 15th is the deadline for Level IV AAP Referrals for students in grades 2-6. Packets must be received by close of business on December 15th. We will not be able to make any exceptions. Referrals can be submitted to the office or emailed to Mrs. Haynes at [email protected]. Level IV Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire can be found here.

Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit.

Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library. (Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account)
  • Your child’s school. Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library – lessons only.  Media is not available.

You are also invited to attend an information session to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on 12/1 from 4:00-4:30 in the Pine Spring Library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year or you may access the opt out forms online at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle. If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify Ms. Ganci, Assistant Principal,  in writing before instruction begins.

An alternative non-FLE health instructional program is provided for children who do not take part in FLE instruction, and every effort is made to foster understanding and respect for family choices and to avoid peer pressure for or against participation in the program.

Instruction of the units occurs at various times during the school year. Your child’s teacher will be in touch about the specific grade level dates. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years.

Save The Date

December 1: FLE Preview Night 

December 1: PTA Meeting 7PM-8PM

December 14: K-2 Literacy Night 

December 15: Deadline to submit Level IV referrals 

December 16: Winter Music Concert 

December 19-January 2: Winter Break (No school) 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

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

A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon!

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week. 

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

Tutor.com

Did you know? Students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback. Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet the needs of the student from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. Learn more at FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

This week our Young Scholars had the opportunity to hear from a professional soccer player, Akeem Ward. As a previous Pine Spring student himself, he talked with our Bobcats about perseverance, dedication, and the importance of always trying your best.  

Pine Spring Holiday Wreath Sales

You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page to type in our code. 

Three Rivers Wreath & Plant Company ships directly anywhere in the United States. What a great way for families from outside of the area to support your child's schools! 

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Academics Matter

During the Academic Matters portion of Monday’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Reid discussed the innovative assessment practices happening in FCPS as part of our School Division of Innovation designation from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). 

This recognition means that VDOE has approved a plan to improve student learning, educational performance, and college, career, and citizenship readiness skills. It positions FCPS as a state leader in innovative practices with the opportunity to impact statewide policy decisions. Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation. 

English Learner Family Engagement Mini Grant Winners

Congratulations to Mrs. OConnor and Ms. Wallace for being awarded an English Learner Family Engagement Mini-Grant. Pine Spring will use these funds to create a Parents as Education Partners (PEP) program. The PEP program will provide English Learner parents with information about the school system and school procedures, the English needed to communicate with their child's school, expectations for parental involvement and participation in the school community, and ideas to support their child academically. If you are interested in participating in the program, please reach out to Ms. Yacubovich at [email protected] or call the main office at (571) 226-4400. 

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If you or someone from your organization would like to serve as an FCPS key communicator during the strategic planning process, please submit this form by Monday, November 28.

Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit.

Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library. (Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account)
  • Your child’s school. Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library – lessons only.  Media is not available.

You are also invited to attend an information session to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on 12/1 from 4:00-4:30 in the Pine Spring Library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year or you may access the opt out forms online at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle. If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify Ms. Ganci, Assistant Principal,  in writing before instruction begins.

An alternative non-FLE health instructional program is provided for children who do not take part in FLE instruction, and every effort is made to foster understanding and respect for family choices and to avoid peer pressure for or against participation in the program.

Instruction of the units occurs at various times during the school year. Your child’s teacher will be in touch about the specific grade level dates. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years.

Save The Date

November 21- Duct Tape the Principal 

November 22- Turkey Drop off for Custodian and Cafeteria Team

November 23-25: No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1: FLE Preview Night 

December 1: PTA Meeting 

December 14: K-2 Literacy Night 

December 15: Deadline to submit Level IV referrals 

December 16: Winter Music Concert 

December 19-January 2: Winter Break (No school) 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

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

A Message from Principal Yacubovich

GovDelivery3 weeks 3 days ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon!

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week. 

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

Pine Spring Holiday Wreath Sales

You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page to type in our code. 

Three Rivers Wreath & Plant Company ships directly anywhere in the United States. What a great way for families from outside of the area to support your child's schools! 

Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit.

Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library. (Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account)
  • Your child’s school. Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library – lessons only.  Media is not available.

You are also invited to attend an information session to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on 12/1 from 4:00-4:30 in the Pine Spring Library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year or you may access the opt out forms online at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle. If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify Ms. Ganci, Assistant Principal,  in writing before instruction begins.

An alternative non-FLE health instructional program is provided for children who do not take part in FLE instruction, and every effort is made to foster understanding and respect for family choices and to avoid peer pressure for or against participation in the program.

Instruction of the units occurs at various times during the school year. Your child’s teacher will be in touch about the specific grade level dates. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years.

Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT)

The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) will be given to students in grades 2-6 on November 15. Students who currently need an ability test score on record will be assessed. Scores from this test are used as one of the multiple measures reviewed as part of the screening process for Advanced Academic Program (AAP) services. Last week, NNAT Parent Notification Letters were sent to families whose students will be participating. Results will be provided to families by mid-December. 

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA)- Winter Window (Grades 3-6)

Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) were introduced in fall 2021 by the Virginia General Assembly as a way to measure "through-year" growth in reading and mathematics. Beginning in 2022-23, VGA is given twice per year, in fall and winter. Students also continue to take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in spring.

Student results on VGA tests are used to help teachers identify how to support student learning of state standards during the year. Content for the VGA score report letter is provided below.

Under the Standards of Accreditation (SOA), performance on VGA tests and SOL tests is also used to measure the level of growth that students achieve during the school year. Content for the 2021-22 SOA growth letter is provided below. Information about the growth model for 2022-23 and beyond will be provided when announced by the Virginia Department of Education.

Below you will find the dates for the Winter VGA. Please refrain from scheduling appointments on these dates.

 

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This month our Bobcats will be working on showing gratitude. Our SCA has created a "Touchdown for Gratitude" board that will help us show gratitude to some of the people in the Pine Spring community that make our school such a special place. We encourage you to talk with your child about gratitude and ways you show gratitude in your home. 

We will also celebrate with the SCA Spirit Week that our students created for the week of November 14th-18th. 

FCPS Strategic Planning

The strategic planning process is a community-wide effort. There will be many opportunities to share feedback or participate in a community meeting. We want our community to stay informed and be involved. You can help! 

If you are an active member of a community organization or group who people look to for information, please consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators should have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. Key communicators will:

  • Receive regular updates including news, information, future events, and engagement opportunities. 
  • Share the information they receive with their group in a timely manner.
  • Encourage group participation in engagement and feedback opportunities where appropriate and possible. 

If you or someone from your organization would like to serve as an FCPS key communicator during the strategic planning process, please submit this form by Monday, November 28.

November Is National Family Engagement Month

National Family Engagement Month is a time when we are reminded that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. More than 35 years of research shows that the most effective way to increase student achievement is for families to be actively involved in the education of their child. Strong parental and family support is vital to the well-being and success of students. FCPS has many resources for families designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth. 

The national standards for family-school partnerships include welcoming all families, communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking up for every child, sharing power, and collaborating with the community. 

Visit the links below for workshops and classes for families, and digital and printable resources for early childhood, mental health, military families, special education, multilingual supports, and wellness topics.

2022-2023 Outstanding Employee Awards

 Nominations are now open for the 2022-2023 Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for an outstanding Pine Spring employee, please complete the nomination through this Google form, you will have until Friday, November 18th.

 Teachers and families are strongly encouraged to nominate one or more employees (one employee per category) to highlight the outstanding work that happens every day here at Pine Spring. All that is required for a nomination is a paragraph or two about how the employee demonstrates exceptionalism in two or more criteria for their category, which are listed below.

 

Outstanding Teacher

          -Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve

          -Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents, and fosters their self-esteem

          -Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students

          -Fosters cooperative relationships and engages with their colleagues and the community

          -Demonstrates outstanding leadership

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

Outstanding New Teacher

          -Exhibits superior instructional skills

          -Interacts exceptionally well with students

          -Demonstrates excellent ability to communicate and engage with faculty, staff, parents, and the community

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 

Outstanding Principal

-Manage effectively

-Demonstrate and encourage creativity and innovation

-Foster cooperation between the school and the community

-Maintain a continuing dialogue with students and parents as well as faculty and staff

-Keep abreast of developments in the field of education

-Encourage team spirit

-Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment

-Continue to play an active role in the classroom

          -Foster an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contribute to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 Outstanding Leader 

(Common positions in this category: Assistant Principals)

          -Provides a unique and exceptional contribution to FCPS through their work

          -Demonstrates commitment and leadership in their field

          -Fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues and/or the community

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 Outstanding Professional Employee 

(Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school)

          -Provides a unique and exceptional contribution to FCPS through their work

          -Demonstrates commitment and leadership in their field

          -Fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues and/or the community

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 Outstanding Operational Employee

(Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons)

          -Provides a unique and exceptional contribution to FCPS through their work

          -Demonstrates commitment and leadership in their field

          -Fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues and/or the community

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact your Awards Liaison Bridget Lovas @ [email protected]

Save The Date

November 14- Pajama Day SCA Spirit Day

November 15- Falling Leaves SCA Spirit Day

November 16- Wacky Wednesday SCA Spirit Day 

November 17- Pumpkin Day SCA Spirit Day

November 18- Jersey Day SCA Spirit Day 

November 22- Turkey Drop off for Custodian and Cafeteria Team

November 23-25: No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

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A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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If you are able to donate or make some baked goods  (individually wrapped please) you can drop them off on Monday 11/07 at the kiss and ride ( drop off OR pick up) You can also drop off on Tuesday 11/08 before 9am at the school entrance. 

Impact Aid Survey

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

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This month our Bobcats will be working on showing gratitude. Our SCA has created a "Touchdown for Gratitude" board that will help us show gratitude to some of the people in the Pine Spring community that make our school such a special place. We encourage you to talk with your child about gratitude and ways you show gratitude in your home. 

We will also celebrate with the SCA Spirit Week that our students created for the week of November 14th-18th. 

2022-2023 Outstanding Employee Awards

 Nominations are now open for the 2022-2023 Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for an outstanding Pine Spring employee, please complete the nomination through this Google form, you will have until Friday, November 18th.

 Teachers and families are strongly encouraged to nominate one or more employees (one employee per category) to highlight the outstanding work that happens every day here at Pine Spring. All that is required for a nomination is a paragraph or two about how the employee demonstrates exceptionalism in two or more criteria for their category, which are listed below.

 

Outstanding Teacher

          -Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve

          -Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents, and fosters their self-esteem

          -Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students

          -Fosters cooperative relationships and engages with their colleagues and the community

          -Demonstrates outstanding leadership

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

Outstanding New Teacher

          -Exhibits superior instructional skills

          -Interacts exceptionally well with students

          -Demonstrates excellent ability to communicate and engage with faculty, staff, parents, and the community

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 

Outstanding Principal

-Manage effectively

-Demonstrate and encourage creativity and innovation

-Foster cooperation between the school and the community

-Maintain a continuing dialogue with students and parents as well as faculty and staff

-Keep abreast of developments in the field of education

-Encourage team spirit

-Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment

-Continue to play an active role in the classroom

          -Foster an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contribute to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 Outstanding Leader 

(Common positions in this category: Assistant Principals)

          -Provides a unique and exceptional contribution to FCPS through their work

          -Demonstrates commitment and leadership in their field

          -Fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues and/or the community

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 Outstanding Professional Employee 

(Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school)

          -Provides a unique and exceptional contribution to FCPS through their work

          -Demonstrates commitment and leadership in their field

          -Fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues and/or the community

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 Outstanding Operational Employee

(Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons)

          -Provides a unique and exceptional contribution to FCPS through their work

          -Demonstrates commitment and leadership in their field

          -Fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues and/or the community

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact your Awards Liaison Bridget Lovas @ [email protected]

Grade Level Updates

Each month our grade level teachers are sharing what their classes are focusing on in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. We encourage you to take a moment each month to look at what your child is learning, and read about ways you can help at home. 

Please click on your child's grade level page to find out more about their day. 

November Parent Resource Webinars

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year, the PRC hosts family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include: 

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter

Tips to Help Keep Children Safe

The Fairfax County Police Department reminds parents and caregivers that it’s important to talk to their children about safety. Visit their website for more details on how to discuss safety topics including:

  • What parents should know about their children’s plans.
  • Having a meeting spot in case of getting separated.
  • Establishing safe areas. 
  • What to do if you are followed.
Understanding Level IV- Pine Spring library from 6PM- 7PM 

Tomorrow, November 7 is the Level 4 Screening and Identification-Parent Information night. If you child is in grade 2, if you are new to FCPS, or if you are thinking about referring your child for level IV services, we encourage you to attend this evening with Mrs. Haynes. 

Save The Date

November 3: PTA Meeting

November 7: Understanding Level IV- Pine Spring library from 6PM- 7PM 

November 8: Election Day- No School, Student Holiday

November 11: Veterans Day- Student Holiday 

November 14- Pajama Day SCA Spirit Day

November 15- Falling Leaves SCA Spirit Day

November 16- Wacky Wednesday SCA Spirit Day 

November 17- Pumpkin Day SCA Spirit Day

November 18- Jersey Day SCA Spirit Day 

November 22- Turkey Drop off for Custodian and Cafeteria Team

November 23-25: No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

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National Anthem at Falls Church High School- TOMORROW

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National Anthem at Falls Church High School

This Friday, November 4th, our Pine Spring Bobcats have been invited to sing the Star-Spangled Banner before the Falls Church High School football game against Lewis High School. 

All students are invited to gather in the Fall Church High School auditorium at 6PM tomorrow

Students and teachers will gather in the FCHS Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Friday,
November 4. We will rehearse the anthem and move to the stadium field at
approximately 6:45 p.m. Students will be released to their parents either in the
stadium or at the auditorium lobby immediately following the anthem at 7 p.m.
Elementary and Middle School students must be met by parents next to the
bleachers on the far side of the stadium (away from the entrance) or in the
auditorium lobby (FCHS Door 8). Students will not be released to parents
waiting in vehicles in the parking lot for their safety. Students should be picked up no later than 7:05 p.m.

Participant admission to the game is free and one ticket will be given to each student for a parent or guardian to attend the game. Admission for all others is $5 at the gate.

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If you are able to donate or make some baked goods  (individually wrapped please) you can drop them off on Monday 11/07 at the kiss and ride ( drop off OR pick up) You can also drop off on Tuesday 11/08 before 9am at the school entrance. 

Impact Aid Survey

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Please join us in the Pine Spring library on November 3rd from 7 PM-8 PM. This will a great opportunity to learn about what is happening at Pine Spring, share your ideas on how to make our community even better, and learn how to get involved. 

PTA meetings are the first Thursday of each month, and the PTA provides childcare for all school aged children while their parents attend the meeting. 

2022-2023 Outstanding Employee Awards

 Nominations are now open for the 2022-2023 Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for an outstanding Pine Spring employee, please complete the nomination through this Google form, you will have until Friday, November 18th.

 Teachers and families are strongly encouraged to nominate one or more employees (one employee per category) to highlight the outstanding work that happens every day here at Pine Spring. All that is required for a nomination is a paragraph or two about how the employee demonstrates exceptionalism in two or more criteria for their category, which are listed below.

 

Outstanding Teacher

          -Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve

          -Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents, and fosters their self-esteem

          -Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students

          -Fosters cooperative relationships and engages with their colleagues and the community

          -Demonstrates outstanding leadership

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

Outstanding New Teacher

          -Exhibits superior instructional skills

          -Interacts exceptionally well with students

          -Demonstrates excellent ability to communicate and engage with faculty, staff, parents, and the community

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 

Outstanding Principal

-Manage effectively

-Demonstrate and encourage creativity and innovation

-Foster cooperation between the school and the community

-Maintain a continuing dialogue with students and parents as well as faculty and staff

-Keep abreast of developments in the field of education

-Encourage team spirit

-Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment

-Continue to play an active role in the classroom

          -Foster an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contribute to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 Outstanding Leader 

(Common positions in this category: Assistant Principals)

          -Provides a unique and exceptional contribution to FCPS through their work

          -Demonstrates commitment and leadership in their field

          -Fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues and/or the community

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 Outstanding Professional Employee 

(Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school)

          -Provides a unique and exceptional contribution to FCPS through their work

          -Demonstrates commitment and leadership in their field

          -Fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues and/or the community

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 Outstanding Operational Employee

(Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons)

          -Provides a unique and exceptional contribution to FCPS through their work

          -Demonstrates commitment and leadership in their field

          -Fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues and/or the community

          -Fosters an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrates keeping equity at the center of their work

          -Contributes to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, Resource Stewardship)

 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact your Awards Liaison Bridget Lovas @ [email protected]

Parent Conferences

We have completed the first quarter of the school year. Please keep in mind that parent conferences can happen throughout the year. Please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher to find a time that works. 

Working directly with your child's teacher is the best way to ensure that your child's needs are met, and that you are updated on what is happening in their day. 

If a conference is not needed, and you want to share information with the teacher or ask a questions, we still encourage you to reach out via Talking Points and email. Your child's teacher will respond to you the next business day. 

Feedback Welcome on Proposed Family Life Education Changes

The Fairfax County School Board is reviewing recommended changes to the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum and invites public feedback as part of the review process. In May 2022, the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC) presented recommended curriculum changes, to go into effect for the 2023-24 school year. Those changes include adopting gender-combined instruction, and exploring instruction of gender identity, recommended media, and other instructional changes. 

The recommendations reflect leading education and child development research and expert advice. According to research cited in the recommendations, these changes will create a more inclusive learning environment, result in higher academic achievement for students, and improve school climate.

Public feedback will be shared with FLECAC and the School Board. FCPS staff and the School Board will consider all feedback but are unable to reply to individuals. 

Learn more about the recommended changes. The public feedback form will be open October 31 through December 1

Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS’ Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information

ESSER Funding Information and Feedback

Several federally funded programs were authorized to support schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of these programs was to address the impact the pandemic had, and continues to have, on students and their schools.

Since 2020, there have been stimulus funding opportunities for school divisions to apply for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds in the state of Virginia. Fairfax County Public Schools has pursued stimulus funding grant opportunities that assist our students and families.

FCPS was allocated $84 million for ESSER II and $188.8 million for ESSER III, and has been using this funding to support various divisionwide programs. The $177 million that was recently reported as “available funding” is the remaining balance for both the ESSER II and ESSER III grants combined. As of the end of September, FCPS has spent more than 75% of its ESSER II funding allocation with remaining funds being used for longer term projects (like HVAC and air quality improvements) that have been committed to, but have not been completed. We have until September 2023 to spend that funding.

FCPS has spent 40% of its ESSER III funding, and we have until September 30, 2024 to use the funds. Funding was allocated to 29 programs using an intentional multi-year approach. Detailed information describing how these funds will be used is available online. As a recipient of ESSER III funding, we are required to ask for public feedback on how we used the funds. We would like to hear from you. This feedback form will remain open through October 31. The ESSER III plan will be reviewed at an update to the School Board on November 1.

Grade Level Updates

Each month our grade level teachers are sharing what their classes are focusing on in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. We encourage you to take a moment each month to look at what your child is learning, and read about ways you can help at home. 

Please click on your child's grade level page to find out more about their day. 

November Parent Resource Webinars

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year, the PRC hosts family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include: 

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter

Tips to Help Keep Children Safe

The Fairfax County Police Department reminds parents and caregivers that it’s important to talk to their children about safety. Visit their website for more details on how to discuss safety topics including:

  • What parents should know about their children’s plans.
  • Having a meeting spot in case of getting separated.
  • Establishing safe areas. 
  • What to do if you are followed.
Save The Date

November 3: PTA Meeting

November 7: Understanding Level IV- Pine Spring library from 6PM- 7PM 

November 8: Election Day- No School, Student Holiday

November 11: Veterans Day- Teacher Professional Development Day

November 23-25: Thanksgiving Holiday 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

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Pajama Day- This Friday

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Pajama Day- Early Release Friday

Our students' voices have been heard! We will celebrate the end of the first quarter this Friday with a Pajama Day. Students are welcome to wear their favorite pajamas as we "fall into a new quarter."

Please remember that this Friday is also an early release day. Our Bobcats will be released at 1:30 PM this Friday to start the weekend. They will be off on Monday.

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Impact Aid Survey

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Parent Conferences

We are near the end of the first quarter of school. While Pine Spring makes every effort to keep you up-to-date on your child's learning, we encourage you to reach out to your child's  teacher if you are interested in scheduling a conference. For your convenience ,we offer in-person, virtual, and phone conferences. Please email, call, or send your teacher a Talking Point to schedule a time. 

Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS’ Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information

Families Reunite: Immigrant Family Reunification

Did you come to the United States, in pursuit of a better life, but had to separate from your children for one year or more?

Have you reunited with your children but find the situation to be stressful? Join other parents in learning ways to cope and improve your relationship with your children.

Virtual Free classes: November 1st, 8th, and 15th, 6pm to 8:30pm

To register fill out this form https://forms.gle/oHUZf9iLUxZQS11p7

If you are in the process of reunification with your child or children and are interested in participating in this free class, please contact Sussy Tomer at 703-204-4342 or [email protected]

Grade Level Updates

Each month our grade level teachers are sharing what their classes are focusing on in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. We encourage you to take a moment each month to look at what your child is learning, and read about ways you can help at home. 

Please click on your child's grade level page to find out more about their day. 

Quarter End—Early Dismissal and Teacher Work Day

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. This means that students will be released at 1:30 PM. This is a correction from last week's News You Choose. 

Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, October 31, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Save The Date

October 28: End of the 1st Quarter, Early Release, Dismissal at 1:30 PM 

October 31: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Workday

November 1: All Saints Day/Dia de los Muertos (Religious and Cultural Observance)

November 2: Dia de los Muertos (Religious and Cultural Observance)

November 3: PTA Meeting

November 7: Understanding Level IV- Pine Spring library from 6PM- 7PM 

November 8: Election Day, Student Holiday

November 11: Veterans Day- Teacher Professional Development Day

November 23-25: Thanksgiving Holiday 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

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A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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  • Monday, 10/17- Preview only (during school hours)
  • Tuesday, 10/18- Preview only (during school hours)
  • Wednesday, 10/19- 8:45 AM – 3:15 PM
  • Thursday, 10/20- 8:45 AM – 3:15 PM Book Character costumes welcome! 
  • Thursday 10/20 -NIGHT EVENT 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Friday, 10/21- 9:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Click here to access Pine Spring’s Book Fair Homepage!

  • Watch book trailers in this interactive flyer for a sneak peak of Pine Spring’s upcoming book fair.
  • Students are highly encouraged to use cash-free digital payments (eWallet) during school hours. Click here to learn about the Book Fair eWallet.
  • Cash is also accepted during school hours.
  • Credit cards, eWallet, and cash are accepted after school hours.
  • Families can begin shopping at the Scholastic Store online on Friday, 10/14. Online purchases will be delivered directly to the home address.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Melisa Thorpe, librarian, at [email protected]

 

The Pine Spring Book Fair is happening this week (October 17-21) and we need your support to help make this a successful event! Currently we need volunteers to:

Help students pick books

Run the cash register for purchases

Package books

Oversee arts and crafts (Thursday night only)

Pass out pizza to children attending (Thursday night only)

 

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Shifts are available during the day and on Thursday evening from 5:15-730.

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND BOBCAT PRIDE!

 

Book Character Day- 10/20/22

As we continue to return to normal operations, we are able to return to some of the Pine Spring traditions that our students have loved in the past. One of our school traditions has been to have a Book Character Day as part of our Book Fair celebration.  

This year on Thursday, October 20, 2022 we have Book Character Day at school. This is an opportunity for students to dress as their favorite book character during the school day, and we encourage you to continue the fun at the book fair evening event.

To ensure that the event keeps with the intent of the occasion as well as preserves the wellbeing of our children, we do have some expectations.

  • All costumes should be linked to a book.
  • All costumes must include hard bottom shoes. Students should not wear slippers.
  • Costumes should not include any weapons, blood, or other violent depictions.
  • Costumes can not have large head pieces or masks that could impact students for accessing their learning.
Parent Conferences

We are near the end of the first quarter of school. While Pine Spring makes every effort to keep you up-to-date on your child's learning, we encourage you to reach out to your child's  teacher if you are interested in scheduling a conference. For your convenience , we offer in-person, virtual, and phone conferences. Please email, call, or send your teacher a Talking Point to schedule a time. 

Iron Chef House- TOMORROW October 19th Bobcat Spotlight- AART

We are lucky to be home to so many outstanding teachers. While most families know our

classroom teachers, we want to highlight some of the fantastic behind-the-scenes

heroes that help drive daily Pine Spring Bobcats’ success. 

This week we are spotlighting our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), Tracy Haynes. Tracy has been an AART for 6 years. She started her journey as a classroom teacher at Parklawn Elementary, and after 5 years, she became an AART at Glen Forest Elementary. She came to Pine Spring in 2020. 

Pine Spring is privileged to have Mrs. Haynes full-time, where she can focus her time on

supporting Pine Spring in ensuring that all students have access to higher-level

thinking strategies and routines throughout their school day.  

Mrs. Haynes support students in K-2 by providing classroom lessons around critical and creative thinking. She also directly supports students in grades 3-6 who qualify for Level III and

Level IV AAP services. She works with students in small groups to provide differentiated access to the AAP curriculum and strategies. 

When she is not working directly with students, she support both teachers and families in increasing their knowledge around AAP and Young Scholars. If you have questions about these topics, please reach out to Mrs. Haynes at [email protected]

Grade Level Updates

Each month our grade levels are sharing what their classes are focusing on in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. We encourage you to take a moment each month to look at what your child is learning, and read about ways you can help at home. 

Please click on your child's grade level page to find out more about their day. 

Multilingual Podcast

Fairfax County Public Schools produces a multilingual podcast every two weeks to highlight relevant information for families in their own languages. It is produced in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 

The latest episode introduces the FCPS Trust Policy and reminds families to review the Student Rights and Responsibilities document. Learn more about the Podcast.

Dyslexia Awareness Month

To recognize that October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, Fairfax County Public Schools will offer a Dyslexia Open House for staff, community members, and parents/caregivers.  Please join us on October 20, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Willow Oaks (lobby and Room 1000-A) to learn more about dyslexia support in FCPS.  Open house participants will include Instructional Services, Office of Special Education Instruction, Assistive Technology Services, Parent Resource Center, School Psychology Services, Ombudsman Office, Procedural Support, MTSS, SEPTA, Decoding Dyslexia, NAACP & ED Futuro.

The open house will be followed by a presentation about dyslexia support in Fairfax County Public Schools and an opportunity for a staff panel to respond to questions.  Staff who are interested in attending should register here.  Registration closes October 19, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.  

The Parent Resource Center will host an open house for parents to learn more about dyslexia and how to support students with dyslexia on October 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Learn more about PRC events on their website.

The FCPS Dyslexia handbook also provides information and resources to families. It reflects a division-wide commitment to ensure that the needs of students with dyslexia are met as a result of collective responsibility and collaboration across general and special education contexts.

Special Education Review Final Report

FCPS is committed to providing excellence for all students, and continues to seek ways to improve and ensure the highest quality of special education and related services for students and families. At the request of the School Board, the FCPS Office of Auditor General engaged a consultant to conduct an independent, third-party review of FCPS’ special education program in October 2020. 

American Institutes for Research® (AIR) presented their final report during the School Board’s October 4 work session. Watch the video of AIR’s presentation and visit FCPS’ Office of Auditor General webpage for more information.

The School Board will hold a second session to discuss a framework for the Special Education Enhancement Plan at their Tuesday, November 15 work session.

Save The Date

October 17- October 21: Book Fair

October 19: Pine Spring Fundraiser at Iron Chef House

October 20: Book Character Day  

October 24: Diwali, School Closed

October 28: End of the 1st Quarter, Early Release, Dismissal at 2:05 PM

October 31: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Workday

November 1: All Saints Day/Dia de los Muertos (Religious and Cultural Observance)

November 2: Dia de los Muertos (Religious and Cultural Observance)

November 3: PTA Meeting

November 7: Understanding Level IV- Pine Spring library from 6PM- 7PM 

November 8: Election Day, Student Holiday

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

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  • Monday, 10/17- Preview only (during school hours)
  • Tuesday, 10/18- Preview only (during school hours)
  • Wednesday, 10/19- 8:45 AM – 3:15 PM
  • Thursday, 10/20- 8:45 AM – 3:15 PM Book Character costumes welcome! 
  • Thursday 10/20 -NIGHT EVENT 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Friday, 10/21- 9:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Click here to access Pine Spring’s Book Fair Homepage!

  • Watch book trailers in this interactive flyer for a sneak peak of Pine Spring’s upcoming book fair.
  • Students are highly encouraged to use cash-free digital payments (eWallet) during school hours. Click here to learn about the Book Fair eWallet.
  • Cash is also accepted during school hours.
  • Credit cards, eWallet, and cash are accepted after school hours.
  • Families can begin shopping at the Scholastic Store online on Friday, 10/14. Online purchases will be delivered directly to the home address.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Melisa Thorpe, librarian, at [email protected]

Book Character Day- 10/20/22

As we continue to return to normal operations, we are able to return to some of the Pine Spring traditions that our students have loved in the past. One of our school traditions has been to have a Book Character Day as part of our Book Fair celebration.  

This year on Thursday, October 20, 2022 we have Book Character Day at school. This is an opportunity for students to dress as their favorite book character during the school day, and we encourage you to continue the fun at the book fair evening event.

To ensure that the event keeps with the intent of the occasion as well as preserves the wellbeing of our children, we do have some expectations.

  • All costumes should be linked to a book.
  • All costumes must include hard bottom shoes. Students should not wear slippers.
  • Costumes should not include any weapons, blood, or other violent depictions.
  • Costumes can not have large head pieces or masks that could impact students for accessing their learning.
Parent Conferences

We are near the end of the first quarter of school. While Pine Spring makes every effort to keep you up-to-date on your child's learning, we encourage you to reach out to your child's  teacher if you are interested in scheduling a conference. For your convenience , we offer in-person, virtual, and phone conferences. Please email, call, or send your teacher a Talking Point to schedule a time. 

Iron Chef House- October 19th Bobcat Spotlight- AART

We are lucky to be home to so many outstanding teachers. While most families know our

classroom teachers, we want to highlight some of the fantastic behind-the-scenes

heroes that help drive daily Pine Spring Bobcats’ success. 

This week we are spotlighting our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), Tracy Haynes. Tracy has been an AART for 6 years. She started her journey as a classroom teacher at Parklawn Elementary, and after 5 years, she became an AART at Glen Forest Elementary. She came to Pine Spring in 2020. 

Pine Spring is privileged to have Mrs. Haynes full-time, where she can focus her time on

supporting Pine Spring in ensuring that all students have access to higher-level

thinking strategies and routines throughout their school day.  

Mrs. Haynes support students in K-2 by providing classroom lessons around critical and creative thinking. She also directly supports students in grades 3-6 who qualify for Level III and

Level IV AAP services. She works with students in small groups to provide differentiated access to the AAP curriculum and strategies. 

When she is not working directly with students, she support both teachers and families in increasing their knowledge around AAP and Young Scholars. If you have questions about these topics, please reach out to Mrs. Haynes at [email protected]

Grade Level Updates

Each month our grade levels are sharing what their classes are focusing on in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. We encourage you to take a moment each month to look at what your child is learning, and read about ways you can help at home. 

Please click on your child's grade level page to find out more about their day. 

Multilingual Podcast

Fairfax County Public Schools produces a multilingual podcast every two weeks to highlight relevant information for families in their own languages. It is produced in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 

The latest episode introduces the FCPS Trust Policy and reminds families to review the Student Rights and Responsibilities document. Learn more about the Podcast.

Dyslexia Awareness Month

To recognize that October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, Fairfax County Public Schools will offer a Dyslexia Open House for staff, community members, and parents/caregivers.  Please join us on October 20, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Willow Oaks (lobby and Room 1000-A) to learn more about dyslexia support in FCPS.  Open house participants will include Instructional Services, Office of Special Education Instruction, Assistive Technology Services, Parent Resource Center, School Psychology Services, Ombudsman Office, Procedural Support, MTSS, SEPTA, Decoding Dyslexia, NAACP & ED Futuro.

The open house will be followed by a presentation about dyslexia support in Fairfax County Public Schools and an opportunity for a staff panel to respond to questions.  Staff who are interested in attending should register here.  Registration closes October 19, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.  

The Parent Resource Center will host an open house for parents to learn more about dyslexia and how to support students with dyslexia on October 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Learn more about PRC events on their website.

The FCPS Dyslexia handbook also provides information and resources to families. It reflects a division-wide commitment to ensure that the needs of students with dyslexia are met as a result of collective responsibility and collaboration across general and special education contexts.

Special Education Review Final Report

FCPS is committed to providing excellence for all students, and continues to seek ways to improve and ensure the highest quality of special education and related services for students and families. At the request of the School Board, the FCPS Office of Auditor General engaged a consultant to conduct an independent, third-party review of FCPS’ special education program in October 2020. 

American Institutes for Research® (AIR) presented their final report during the School Board’s October 4 work session. Watch the video of AIR’s presentation and visit FCPS’ Office of Auditor General webpage for more information.

The School Board will hold a second session to discuss a framework for the Special Education Enhancement Plan at their Tuesday, November 15 work session.

Save The Date

October 17- October 21: Book Fair

October 19: Pine Spring Fundraiser at Iron Chef House

October 20: Book Character Day  

October 24: Diwali, School Closed

October 28: End of the 1st Quarter, Early Release, Dismissal at 2:05 PM

October 31: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Workday

November 1: All Saints Day/Dia de los Muertos (Religious and Cultural Observance)

November 2: Dia de los Muertos (Religious and Cultural Observance)

November 3: PTA Meeting

November 7: Understanding Level IV- Pine Spring library from 6PM- 7PM 

November 8: Election Day, Student Holiday

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

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AAP & Continuum of Available Services- TONIGHT at 6 PM

Please join Mrs. Haynes, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, for a virtual overview of  the continuum of AAP services that FCPS offers. Fairfax County Public Schools offers different levels of service of Advanced Academic Programs for students K-12 that build upon students' individual strengths and skills and maximizes academic potential for all learners. For an overview of the continuum of AAP services, click here.

 

Join Zoom Meeting tonight at 6 PM: 
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Picture Day- FRIDAY

School Picture Day is coming Friday, September 30, 2022. Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following our school's photo day. Save time and Pre-order online here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000943853

For questions about ordering school pictures please email [email protected]

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School Picture Day is coming Friday, September 30, 2022. Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following our school's photo day. Save time and Pre-order online here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000943853

For questions about ordering school pictures please email [email protected]

The Pine Spring PTA Spirit Store is now open!

  • Free shipping on orders of $50
  • Orders are typically received within 10 days. 

Please take a moment and click on https://vapta-pses.memberhub.com/store. This year a family membership is only $10!

AAP & Continuum of Available Services- September 28th

Please join Mrs. Haynes, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, for a virtual overview of  the continuum of AAP services that FCPS offers. Fairfax County Public Schools offers different levels of service of Advanced Academic Programs for students K-12 that build upon students' individual strengths and skills and maximizes academic potential for all learners. For an overview of the continuum of AAP services, click here.

The session will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM You can access the event by clicking here

 

Topic: AAP Overview Virtual Meeting
Time: Sep 28, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

October 5th- No School

There is no school on October 5th, please mark your calendar.  

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What is Title I- September 20th

The Title I Central Office will facilitate a virtual “What is Title I” Town Hall for all 42 Title I schools on Tuesday, September 20th from 7 PM- 8:15 PM .  Families are invited to learn more about Title I and what makes our school unique.  

Connect here:  Title I Town Hall

Luzmary Fundraiser- September 22nd Pine Spring Spiritwear

The Pine Spring PTA Spirit Store is now open!

  • Free shipping on orders of $50
  • Free shipping on all orders for 2 weeks starting on 9/9
  • Orders are typically received within 10 days. 
Volunteers Needed- September 23rd

Click on the picture to sign-up for the PTA.

If you needed yet another reason to sign up for the PTA, how about free entry to the annual Pine Spring PTA Dance! That's right, with your $10 PTA membership fee, you get into the dance for FREE! 

Not a member? That's ok, it's only $5 per person to participate. 

We are looking for parents to help at the dance. If you are willing to support our kids at the dance, please click the link below to sign-up. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0448A4AA2AA2F58-fall

Please take a moment and click on https://vapta-pses.memberhub.com/store. This year a family membership is only $10!

AAP & Continuum of Available Services- September 28th

Please join Mrs. Haynes, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, for a virtual overview of  the continuum of AAP services that FCPS offers. Fairfax County Public Schools offers different levels of service of Advanced Academic Programs for students K-12 that build upon students' individual strengths and skills and maximizes academic potential for all learners. For an overview of the continuum of AAP services, click here.

The session will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM You can access the event by clicking here

 

Topic: AAP Overview Virtual Meeting
Time: Sep 28, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Rosh Hashanah- No School

Monday, September 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. It is also Rosh Hashanah, the second day of the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

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Our youngest Bobcats creating number sets. Some friends were already skip counting to check their work!

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please join us on 9/13 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Luther Jackson Middle School at 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042 (please note special location of this event due to the construction at high school)

Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. If you are able to attend, please register here.

Back to School Night- THIS TUESDAY

On Tuesday, September 13th, from 5:00PM-6:00PM, we will have our virtual Back to School Night. The designated time will allow the option to also attend the Falls Church Pyramid Superintendent Community Conversation at Luther Jackson Middle School.

Back to School Night is an opportunity for you to learn about the grade-level curriculum, how to access and understand your child’s learning progress, and understand how attendance impacts learning progress. 

You will access the event through your child’s Schoology site. You can follow the directions here.  We encourage you to create a parent account in order to access the event without using your child's account. 

 

If you do not have internet in your home and need access to the internet for your child's computer, please complete the Student MiFi Checkout Program.  

Schoology

Pine Spring will continue to use Schoology again this year. Schoology is our learning management system. 

Teachers can use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; to provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected. This is also our platform for Back to School Night this year.  

Parent Accounts

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes and assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. More information on how to login and use Schoology is available online

Parent Homework- Action Required

We know that at this time of year there are several forms to complete. We also understand that it can seem overwhelming. To help streamline some of the parent "homework" we have created virtual forms below.

To complete the forms:

  • Click on the blue link at the start of each explanation.
  • Complete the form
  • Click "Submit" at the bottom of the form
  • This will take you to an email with the form loaded. Click send. 

Laptop Parent Permission: Please complete this form  for your child to participate in the student computer/device check-out program. For more details, check out FCPS student device guidelines.

 

DRC (digital resource consent) Elementary School Letter: This letter is sent home in compliance with the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) to provide you with information about the measures FCPS takes to keep student data secure when using digital tools. You can also use the FCPS link to complete this form.

 

Parent/Guardian Tech Homework(Optional):

Student MiFi Checkout Program: Please complete this form if you are interested in receiving a MiFi device to support school-related activities for your child.

Student Rights and Responsibility (SR&R)- ACTION REQUIRED

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) Emergency Care Information provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment.

 

Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHNs) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

For SY 22-23, these forms will be required for all students. Parents/guardians may submit these forms either through electronic submission accessed within the [email protected] (weCare) module; or through Back to School packets for those families without ParentVue accounts

Pine Spring Spiritwear

The Pine Spring PTA Spirit Store is now open!

  • Free shipping on orders of $50
  • Free shipping on all orders for 2 weeks starting on 9/9
  • Orders are typically received within 10 days. 

Click on the picture to sign-up for the PTA.

If you needed yet another reason to sign up for the PTA, how about free entry to the annual Pine Spring PTA Dance! That's right, with your $10 PTA membership fee, you get into the dance for FREE! 

Not a member? That's ok, it's only $5 per person to participate. 

Please take a moment and click on https://vapta-pses.memberhub.com/store. This year a family membership is only $10!

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include: 

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. Here is an example for you to use at home  English or Spanish.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

    Visit our website for more attendance resources
What is Title I?

The Title I Central Office will facilitate a virtual “What is Title I” Town Hall for all 42 Title I schools on Tuesday, September 20th from 7 PM- 8:15 PM .  Families are invited to learn more about Title I and what makes our school unique.  

Connect here:  Title I Town Hall 

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The Pine Spring PTA Spirit Store is now open!

  • Free shipping on orders of $50
  • Free shipping on all orders for 2 weeks starting on 9/9
  • Orders are typically received within 10 days. 

Are you looking for a way to stay connected to Pine Spring this year? If so, we encourage you to join the Pine Spring PTA.

It's easy to connect with other families, volunteer, have your voice heard, build new student programs, and stay informed.

This Thursday, September 1, at 7 PM, is the first PTA meeting of the year. It's an in-person meeting, so join us in the Pine Spring library.  

This year our PTA has changed platforms to match the Virginia PTA requirements. This change means that all families will need to sign-up on the new platform. 

Please take a moment and click on https://vapta-pses.memberhub.com/store. This year a family membership is only $10! 

Click on the picture to sign-up for the PTA.

If you needed yet another reason to sign up for the PTA, how about free entry to the annual Pine Spring PTA Dance! That's right, with your $10 PTA membership fee, you get into the dance for FREE! 

Not a member? That's ok, it's only $5 per person to participate. 

Student Rights and Responsibility (SR&R)- ACTION REQUIRED

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s Wednesday Folder and are available online for Elementary (K-6). Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected] 

Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) for Grades 3-6

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, as noted in the table below. 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 (https://www.fcps.edu/node/45043).

Your student is scheduled to take the standardized Fall Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests during the week of September 19th-23rd. A notification letter will be sent home next week in your child’s Wednesday folder.

The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

If you have questions about state assessments, contact Jennifer Ganci at [email protected]

Schoology

Pine Spring will continue to use Schoology again this year. Schoology is our learning management system. 

Teachers can use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; to provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected. This is also our platform for Back to School Night this year.  

Parent Accounts

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes and assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. More information on how to login and use Schoology is available online

Back to School Night

On Tuesday, September 13th, we will have our virtual Back to School Night. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the grade-level curriculum, how to access and understand your child’s learning progress, and understand how attendance impacts learning progress. You will access the event through Schoology. We encourage you to create a parent account in order to access the event without using your child's account. 

Lightspeed Parent Report on Child’s Device Activity

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services here

Here Comes the Bus

During the school year, you can get real-time information on bus routes via Here Comes the Bus app which you can access from your App or Google Play store.

Click the links below to get started.

Here Comes the Bus!  Know when your bus is approaching your stop.  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. 

Bus Delay Notification System - Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system.  This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information.

​​​​​​​Office of Transportation Services  - 703-446-2000

Parent Homework

We know that at this time of year there are several forms to complete. We also understand that it can seem overwhelming. To help streamline some of the parent "homework" we have created virtual forms below.

To complete the forms:

  • Click on the blue link at the start of each explanation.
  • Complete the form
  • Click "Submit" at the bottom of the form
  • This will take you to an email with the form loaded. Click send. 

Laptop Parent Permission: Please complete this form  for your child to participate in the student computer/device check-out program. For more details, check out FCPS student device guidelines.

 

DRC (digital resource consent) Elementary School Letter: This letter is sent home in compliance with the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) to provide you with information about the measures FCPS takes to keep student data secure when using digital tools. You can also use the FCPS link to complete this form.

 

Parent/Guardian Tech Homework(Optional):

Student MiFi Checkout Program: Please complete this form if you are interested in receiving a MiFi device to support school-related activities for your child.

 

Screen Activity Report Flyer (Lightspeed): This flyer goes over FCPS’ program called Lightspeed. This program is a report that informs you about your child’s screen activity. For more information visit FCPS Lightspeed resources page. To sign up for this report you will need to use this link, please make sure you have the enrolling parent email address on file in SIS and your child’s student ID number.

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) Emergency Care Information provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment.

 

Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHNs) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

For SY 22-23, these forms will be required for all students. Parents/guardians may submit these forms either through electronic submission accessed within the [email protected] (weCare) module; or through Back to School packets for those families without ParentVue accounts

Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, the FCPS Office of Safety and Security has a safety tip line that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

 

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

 

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected].

Covid Updates

Last week, FCPS sent an update on COVID-19 layered prevention strategies that will continue to be in place this school year. While we had hoped that the pandemic would be behind us, it seems that COVID will be something we must manage as a community for the foreseeable future. FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. It is important that we all work together towards this goal. 

Highlights from that guidance include: 

  • FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. 
  • The 5 Day Isolation Period will continue for COVID positive students and staff.
  • The CDC recommends the COVID vaccine as a safe and effective way of significantly lowering your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death if you get infected. Vaccines are now available for our youngest students. However, COVID vaccines are not part of the required immunizations for school entry. 
  • At this time, masks are not required. The current CDC COVID-19 Community Level for Fairfax County is low. However, should the community level rise to “high,” FCPS would then require all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering when indoors on school property (to include the buildings, school buses and other school provided vehicles; except while actively eating/drinking). The Code of Virginia allows parents/legal guardians to elect for their child not to wear a face covering while on school property.
  • Diagnostic testing will be available beginning Tuesday, August 16, for FCPS students and staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Information on diagnostic testing will continue to be updated on our website.
  • FCPS will no longer send a daily or weekly COVID case update. Parents/Guardians will only receive an email from their child’s school when several cases of COVID-19 occur in a single classroom, sports team, or extracurricular activity within a 14-day period. Individual case reports will be available on the FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard on our website.

To stay up to date, please continue to review our Health and Safety Guidance on our website.

What is Title I?

The Title I Central Office will facilitate a virtual “What is Title I” Town Hall for all 42 Title I schools on Tuesday, September 20th from 7 PM- 8:15 PM .  Families are invited to learn more about Title I and what makes our school unique.  

Connect here:  Title I Town Hall 

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

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The Pine Spring PTA Spirit Store is now open!

  • Free shipping on orders of $50
  • Free shipping on all orders from 9/5-9/22
  • Orders are typically received within 10 days. 

 

Are you looking for a way to stay connected to Pine Spring this year? If so, we encourage you to join the Pine Spring PTA.

It's easy to connect with other families, volunteer, have your voice heard, build new student programs, and stay informed.

This Thursday, September 1, at 7 PM, is the first PTA meeting of the year. It's an in-person meeting, so join us in the Pine Spring library.  

This year our PTA has changed platforms to match the Virginia PTA requirements. This change means that all families will need to sign-up on the new platform. 

Please take a moment and click on https://vapta-pses.memberhub.com/store. This year a family membership is only $10! 

Click on the picture to sign-up for the PTA.

If you needed yet another reason to sign up for the PTA, how about free entry to the annual Pine Spring PTA Dance! That's right, with your $10 PTA membership fee, you get into the dance for FREE! 

Not a member? That's ok, it's only $5 per person to participate. 

Student Rights and Responsibility (SR&R)- ACTION REQUIRED

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s Wednesday Folder and are available online for Elementary (K-6). Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected] 

Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) for Grades 3-6

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, as noted in the table below. 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 (https://www.fcps.edu/node/45043).

Your student is scheduled to take the standardized Fall Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests during the week of September 19th-23rd. A notification letter will be sent home next week in your child’s Wednesday folder.

The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

If you have questions about state assessments, contact Jennifer Ganci at [email protected]

Schoology

Pine Spring will continue to use Schoology again this year. Schoology is our learning management system. 

Teachers can use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; to provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected. This is also our platform for Back to School Night this year.  

Parent Accounts

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes and assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. More information on how to login and use Schoology is available online

Back to School Night

On Tuesday, September 13th, we will have our virtual Back to School Night. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the grade-level curriculum, how to access and understand your child’s learning progress, and understand how attendance impacts learning progress. You will access the event through Schoology. We encourage you to create a parent account in order to access the event without using your child's account. 

Lightspeed Parent Report on Child’s Device Activity

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services here

Here Comes the Bus

During the school year, you can get real-time information on bus routes via Here Comes the Bus app which you can access from your App or Google Play store.

Click the links below to get started.

Here Comes the Bus!  Know when your bus is approaching your stop.  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. 

Bus Delay Notification System - Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system.  This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information.

​​​​​​​Office of Transportation Services  - 703-446-2000

Parent Homework

We know that at this time of year there are several forms to complete. We also understand that it can seem overwhelming. To help streamline some of the parent "homework" we have created virtual forms below.

To complete the forms:

  • Click on the blue link at the start of each explanation.
  • Complete the form
  • Click "Submit" at the bottom of the form
  • This will take you to an email with the form loaded. Click send. 

Laptop Parent Permission: Please complete this form  for your child to participate in the student computer/device check-out program. For more details, check out FCPS student device guidelines.

 

DRC (digital resource consent) Elementary School Letter: This letter is sent home in compliance with the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) to provide you with information about the measures FCPS takes to keep student data secure when using digital tools. You can also use the FCPS link to complete this form.

 

Parent/Guardian Tech Homework(Optional):

Student MiFi Checkout Program: Please complete this form if you are interested in receiving a MiFi device to support school-related activities for your child.

 

Screen Activity Report Flyer (Lightspeed): This flyer goes over FCPS’ program called Lightspeed. This program is a report that informs you about your child’s screen activity. For more information visit FCPS Lightspeed resources page. To sign up for this report you will need to use this link, please make sure you have the enrolling parent email address on file in SIS and your child’s student ID number.

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) Emergency Care Information provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment.

 

Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHNs) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

For SY 22-23, these forms will be required for all students. Parents/guardians may submit these forms either through electronic submission accessed within the [email protected] (weCare) module; or through Back to School packets for those families without ParentVue accounts

Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, the FCPS Office of Safety and Security has a safety tip line that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

 

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

 

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected].

Covid Updates

Last week, FCPS sent an update on COVID-19 layered prevention strategies that will continue to be in place this school year. While we had hoped that the pandemic would be behind us, it seems that COVID will be something we must manage as a community for the foreseeable future. FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. It is important that we all work together towards this goal. 

Highlights from that guidance include: 

  • FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. 
  • The 5 Day Isolation Period will continue for COVID positive students and staff.
  • The CDC recommends the COVID vaccine as a safe and effective way of significantly lowering your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death if you get infected. Vaccines are now available for our youngest students. However, COVID vaccines are not part of the required immunizations for school entry. 
  • At this time, masks are not required. The current CDC COVID-19 Community Level for Fairfax County is low. However, should the community level rise to “high,” FCPS would then require all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering when indoors on school property (to include the buildings, school buses and other school provided vehicles; except while actively eating/drinking). The Code of Virginia allows parents/legal guardians to elect for their child not to wear a face covering while on school property.
  • Diagnostic testing will be available beginning Tuesday, August 16, for FCPS students and staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Information on diagnostic testing will continue to be updated on our website.
  • FCPS will no longer send a daily or weekly COVID case update. Parents/Guardians will only receive an email from their child’s school when several cases of COVID-19 occur in a single classroom, sports team, or extracurricular activity within a 14-day period. Individual case reports will be available on the FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard on our website.

To stay up to date, please continue to review our Health and Safety Guidance on our website.

What is Title I?

The Title I Central Office will facilitate a virtual “What is Title I” Town Hall for all 42 Title I schools on Tuesday, September 20th from 7 PM- 8:15 PM .  Families are invited to learn more about Title I and what makes our school unique.  

Connect here:  Title I Town Hall 

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

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Thank you, Pine Spring community, for an amazing first week!

Are you looking for a way to stay connected to Pine Spring this year? If so, we encourage you to join the Pine Spring PTA. It's an easy way to connect with other families, volunteer, have your voice heard, build new student programs, and stay informed.

This Thursday, September 1, at 7 PM, is the first PTA meeting of the year. It's an in-person meeting, so join us in the Pine Spring library.  

This year our PTA has changed platforms to match the Virginia PTA requirements. This change means that all families will need to sign-up on the new platform. 

Please take a moment and click on https://vapta-pses.memberhub.com/store. This year a family membership is only $10! 

 

Student Rights and Responsibility (SR&R)- ACTION REQUIRED

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s Wednesday Folder and are available online for Elementary (K-6). Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected] 

2022-23 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms

The Fairfax County School Board is committed to protecting student and family privacy and wants all parents to be aware of their rights and the ways that information is treated in relation to:

  • Parents’ rights to inspect, and to consent or opt out, before their child participates in certain surveys administered to students.
  • Parents’ rights to inspect instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum.
  • FCPS’ maintenance, retention, and disclosure rules regarding student scholastic records including parents and eligible students’ rights to inspect such records, to request amendment to such records and to opt out of disclosure of directory information about the student.
  • Parents’ right to opt out of any physical examination of their child not required by state law.
  • The FCPS school counseling program and parents’ right to opt out their child from participation in academic, career, and/or social or emotional counseling.
  • Parents’ rights to opt out of their child’s access to Tutor.com.
  • Student participation in the Social and Emotional Learning Screener and the rights of parents to opt out of the Screener.
  • The process by which parents and students may file complaints if they believe their rights as referenced above have been violated.

In its Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Annual Notice), FCPS provides explanations of the rights listed above as well as forms that may be used to exercise opt-out choices. Two versions of the Annual Notice are available—a grades K-8 version and a grades 9-12 version. Parents with children at different grade levels should read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level.

  • To access the complete Annual Notice opt-out booklets online (requires use of a PDF reader), Go to http://www.fcps.edu, and search for Opt-Out Booklet (Choose the K-8 version). 
  • Parents may also request a paper copy from the principal’s office at their child’s school. If you wish to opt your child out of any of the activities mentioned above, you must complete and return the appropriate forms to your child’s school.
Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) for Grades 3-6

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, as noted in the table below. 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 (https://www.fcps.edu/node/45043).

Your student is scheduled to take the standardized Fall Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests during the week of September 19th-23rd. A notification letter will be sent home next week in your child’s Wednesday folder.

The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

If you have questions about state assessments, contact Jennifer Ganci at [email protected]

Safety Drills During the School Year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance. 

The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Preschool and kindergarten students are exempt from practicing the first lockdown drill. 

Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.

Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

Tutoring Services Update

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will continue to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided in the following instructional videos: 

Tutor.com: How it Works Elementary

Tutor.com: How It Works Elementary (Spanish)

Back to School Night

On Tuesday, September 13th, we will have our virtual Back to School Night. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the grade-level curriculum, how to access and understand your child’s learning progress, understand how attendance impacts learning progress. More information will be provided as the date approaches. 

Labor Day Break

In observance of Labor Day, there will be no school on Friday, September 2nd, and Monday, September 5th. We will be excited to see everyone at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, September 6th. 

Lightspeed Parent Report on Child’s Device Activity

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services here

Here Comes the Bus

During the school year, you can get real-time information on bus routes via Here Comes the Bus app which you can access from your App or Google Play store.

Click the links below to get started.

Here Comes the Bus!  Know when your bus is approaching your stop.  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. 

Bus Delay Notification System - Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system.  This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information.

​​​​​​​Office of Transportation Services  - 703-446-2000

Covid Updates

Last week, FCPS sent an update on COVID-19 layered prevention strategies that will continue to be in place this school year. While we had hoped that the pandemic would be behind us, it seems that COVID will be something we must manage as a community for the foreseeable future. FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. It is important that we all work together towards this goal. 

Highlights from that guidance include: 

  • FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. 
  • The 5 Day Isolation Period will continue for COVID positive students and staff.
  • The CDC recommends the COVID vaccine as a safe and effective way of significantly lowering your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death if you get infected. Vaccines are now available for our youngest students. However, COVID vaccines are not part of the required immunizations for school entry. 
  • At this time, masks are not required. The current CDC COVID-19 Community Level for Fairfax County is low. However, should the community level rise to “high,” FCPS would then require all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering when indoors on school property (to include the buildings, school buses and other school provided vehicles; except while actively eating/drinking). The Code of Virginia allows parents/legal guardians to elect for their child not to wear a face covering while on school property.
  • Diagnostic testing will be available beginning Tuesday, August 16, for FCPS students and staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Information on diagnostic testing will continue to be updated on our website.
  • FCPS will no longer send a daily or weekly COVID case update. Parents/Guardians will only receive an email from their child’s school when several cases of COVID-19 occur in a single classroom, sports team, or extracurricular activity within a 14-day period. Individual case reports will be available on the FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard on our website.

To stay up to date, please continue to review our Health and Safety Guidance on our website.

What is Title I?

The Title I Central Office will facilitate a virtual “What is Title I” Town Hall for all 42 Title I schools on Tuesday, September 20th from 7 PM- 8:15 PM .  Families are invited to learn more about Title I and what makes our school unique.  

Connect here:  Title I Town Hall 

Title I- Parents' Right to Know

Your child attends a school receiving federal Title I grant funds under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of  2015. As part of the federal guidelines for Title I, your child’s school has specific expectations for student performance and teacher qualifications. You can find information on how your child’s school is meeting these  expectations by viewing the http://schoolquality.virginia.gov/.  To access your school’s profile, type the school name in the search field. If you would like a paper copy of this profile, please call your child’s school.

ESSA allows parents in schools receiving Title I grant funds to ask for information about state and local policies regarding student participation in required tests and about parents’ rights to refuse testing for their children. Information about required tests at each grade level can be located at https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/performance. Information about parents’ rights related to testing can be located at https://www.fcps.edu/node/34277.

Additionally, ESSA allows parents in schools receiving Title I grant funds to ask for certain information about their  children’s teachers. Parents may ask for the teacher’s:

  • College and graduate school preparation, including degrees and major fields of study for each degree; • Licensure status, including subject and grade level endorsements, and whether those licenses meet the requirements for teachers of their child’s subject or grade level.

Parents may also ask for information about the qualifications of any instructional assistants who provide services to  their children.

If you would like to receive any of this information about your child’s teacher or instructional assistant, please write  to the FCPS Human Resources Licensure Office at the address below. In order for your request to be fulfilled,  you must include: your child’s full name, the name of your child’s school, and the name of the teacher or  instructional assistant about whom you would like information.

Fairfax County Public Schools De 

Human Resources Licensure Office 

8115 Gatehouse Road

Falls Church, Virginia 22042

More information about the Title I grant in FCPS can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/performance and accountability/title-i, including details about teacher quality in schools receiving Title I grant funds (found under the  “High Quality Staff in Title I Schools” link). If you have questions about how the Title I grant supports your child’s  school, please contact the school’s administration.

7607 Willow Lane Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 571-226-4400
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A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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We are so excited to see all of our Bobcats tomorrow at 8:30 AM!

Bell Schedule

This year we will return to our normal bell schedule. Students will be welcomed into the building promptly at 8:30 AM, with the late bell ringing at 8:45 AM. We will release all students starting at 3:30 PM each day.

First Day

The first day of school is one of my favorite days of the year! It is important for children to begin and learn the routine of coming to school. I ask all families to arrive at school the same way you plan for them to travel each day. For example, if you want your child to ride the bus each morning, please have her/him ride the bus to school on the first day. 

Please talk with your child so they understand how they are going home. It is also important to communicate with the teacher. This communication helps ensure that everyone is dismissed successfully.

Bus Riders

If your child is going to take the bus, you will receive communication from transportation with your child’s bus number, stop, and approximate times. During the first week, your child should arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes early until the bus driver establishes a regular routine. We encourage you to practice going to your bus stop before the first day of school to help eliminate any additional first-day jitters. 

Here Comes the Bus® 

FCPS knows that knowing when the bus is coming is an important part of your morning and afternoon. You can download the app to know when your bus is approaching your stop.  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. You can get additional information about the app and how to download it here.

Kiss and Ride

If you are planning to use Kiss and Ride during the school year, we ask that you please have a tag. If you previously had a Kiss and Ride tag, you will continue to use your current number. If you are new to Kiss and Ride, please complete the Kiss and Ride form. Please note that Kiss and Ride will take longer during the first two weeks. We ask that you continue to be patient and allow extra time.

The Kiss and Ride process will remain the same as the last 3 years. 

AM Dropoff 

  • Cars will pull to the front of the building with their student on the passenger side of the car if at all possible. (We do understand that some families have babies that need to be in the seat.)
  • A Pine Spring team member will open your child’s door and ensure your child gets into the building. Please do not get out of your car. 
  • We ask that you have said goodbye to your child and ensured that your child has everything they need for the day before you get to the drop-off zone. This ensures that all families are able to get through the line in a timely manner. 

PM Pick-up 

  • Cars will line up in the Kiss and Ride line outside of the main door, where you dropped your child off. We ask that you do not line up for pickup before 3 PM. 
  • A staff member will collect your tag number (or your child’s name for the first week). 
  • Once dismissal begins, children will come out of the building in the order of your arrival once you stop at the designated cones. 
  • Again, a team member will open your door so that your child can get into the car. 
  • If your child does not come out in time, or if your child still needs support with their seatbelt/car seat you will pull to the designated area so that you can park the car to wait/support your child. 
  • Please do not go around a car in line unless you are directed by a Pine Spring staff member. 
Walkers

Walkers Arrival 

  • We will welcome PreK-1st students starting at 8:30AM at Door 1.
  • We will welcome 2nd-6th students starting at 8:30AM at Door 6.
  • We will have staff stationed outside to support the transition.

Walkers Dismissal 

  • Parents of PreK walkers will be asked to meet their child at Door 1
  • Parents of K and 1st walkers will be asked to meet their child at the Library Door
  • Parents of 2nd-6th walkers will be asked to meet their child at Door 6 near the playground.
First Day Packets
  • A packet of information will be sent home on the first day of school. Please complete all mandatory forms in the packet and return them to school by Friday, August 26th
  • White envelopes will be sent home each Wednesday.  Please be sure that you check these envelopes each week and review the contents with your child. The folder should be returned each week.

Show your  Bobcat Pride! Help Safeway Foundation raise funds to support school projects and supplies for Pine Spring Elementary School. Donate at the Safeway store at 7397 Lee Hwy., Falls Church, VA. #Safeway Foundation #yourschoolhashtag #SafewaySchoolSpirit

Free and Reduced Meal Application

Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application ten days prior to the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.  

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

Please know that you are also helping Pine Spring when we are able to accurately record our school’s needs based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers, as funds are distributed to schools based on these numbers. These funds allow us to provide our children with an equitable opportunity to thrive. At Pine Spring we use these funds to provide additional teachers that help close achievement gaps and increase rigor for all students. We also provide parent resources, supplies, family engagement opportunities such as Literacy and Science Night, and early intervention opportunities for our earliest learners. 

Watch your email and our website for more information. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. If you have questions, need a paper copy, or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact the front office at 571-226-4400. We look forward to supporting you. 

Pine Spring has been identified as a school that will continue to receive universal free breakfast and free lunch for the 2022-2023 school year. It is still critical to complete the application to ensure that you are able to access additional support such as support with field trips, additional weekend food supplies, band/string rental waiver, as well as other community supports.

As we begin to look ahead to the 2022-23 school year, I encourage everyone to Be Wise, Immunize! Immunizations are required for public school entry and help keep children protected from many diseases. Many children missed their wellness check-ups and their recommended childhood immunizations due to the COVID-19 disruption. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and protect them from serious diseases.

I encourage you to check with your healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date on required immunizations for the 2022-23 school year as soon as possible. If your child needs a vaccine to complete their records, you can make an appointment with your healthcare provider or visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of child immunization clinics. 

Please keep in mind that the closer we get to school starting, the more difficult it will be to get an appointment that works with your schedule. If you wait till the end of the summer when appointments will be limited your child may not be able to start school on time due to a delayed immunization appointment.

Remember to request documentation of your child’s immunizations and bring that to Pine Spring as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact us at 571-226-4400. 

Back to School Night

On Tuesday, September 13th, we will have our virtual Back to School Night. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the grade-level curriculum, how to access and understand your child’s learning progress, understand how attendance impacts learning progress. More information will be provided as the date approaches. 

Stay Connected 

Pine Spring is working to ensure that families are well connected. We use a variety of platforms to provide you with the type of information you are looking for about your child. Below is a brief explanation of what you can expect from each of these avenues of communication. 

eNotify

Critical and timely information will be shared through eNotify. Every family is automatically enrolled in eNotify with the email you provided when you registered your child. This platform is used by both Pine Spring and other FCPS departments to communicate information such as school closures, emergency information, attendance information, and critical health information. Please be sure that your email is up-to-date in your ParentVue account.

 SIS ParentVUE

This platform is used for you to access information about your child such as homeroom teacher, attendance, county assessment results. You can also use this platform to update information such as your contact information and your child’s emergency contact information. If you need support setting up this platform, please contact our Parent Liaison, Roxana Rioja

News You Choose

This is a weekly email from Principal Yacubovich. This is our primary method of communication used for noncritical information with families. You will find information about important news, upcoming events, answers to frequently asked questions, PTA events and information, and stories about things happening in the building.  Do you know someone who isn’t signed up for NYC yet? If so, please encourage them to subscribe here

Talking Points

Teachers use the Talking Points messenger app, which allows teachers and staff to connect and communicate with families via text messaging directly to their phones and in their native languages.  Teachers will share information on how to sign up for Talking Points. 

Schoology

Schoology is FCPS' Learning Management System that replaced Google Classroom.  In this platform, you will be able to find information about the curriculum, assignments, due dates, and other information about what your child is doing in class. Your child’s teacher will discuss this platform during our virtual Back to School Night.

Twitter

We use this platform to share examples of the great things and fun moments that are happening at Pine Spring. You can follow us at @PineSpringFCPS. We also use the hashtag #PSLovesU

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

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