A Message From Principal Yacubovich

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Back To School Night

Thank you to those who were able to join us last night for our Back to School Night. We know that this is a very busy time of year and several families and you may not have been able to make the event. For your convenience, I have attached the recording of the presentation for you to watch when it best suits your schedule. 

Here are some welcome messages from our Providence  at At-Large School Board members. 

A message from School Board Member Karl Frisch

A message from School Board Member Karen Keys-Gamarra

A message from School Board Member Abrar Omeish

A message from School Board Member Rachna Sizemore Heizer

 

Here you will find the Back to Night presentation by grade level. 

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Students Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)

Please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link. The form must be filled out one time per student.

Bobcat Book Bus

The Bobcat Book Bus officially starts this Monday, September 28th! The buses will leave Pine Spring at 11:45 AM to drop books off at each bus stop. We are asking students to go to their AM bus stop at 12:00PM. The bus driver will call your child's name and your child  will get the books that were picked just for them. 

The bus will come again on October 12th. At that time, we ask that your child return the books. If they return their books, they will get a new set of books to borrow. 

We will run the Bobcat Book Bus the second and fourth Monday of each month. 

If you are a walker, you can come to the school between 11:30AM-12:30PM on the Book Bus Mondays to pick-up your books. 

iReady Assessment

The online iReady assessment (also known as the Universal Screener) provides an initial view of all students’ foundational skills to help teachers identify students who may have challenges in reading or mathematics. Students in grades K-6 will take the iReady reading assessment. Students in grades 1-6 will take the iReady mathematics assessment. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage. Here is a video introducing iReady Assessment at Home.

This fall, students will take iReady at home. Here is a video for  guidance for families administering iReady from home. There is also a checklist.

 Teachers will discuss the assessment with students in advance, including how to log in and what to expect. Resources to help families administer the assessment at home can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener webpage. Please keep in mind that this assessment is to be done independently, as the information will allow our teachers in being able to best plan for your child’s individualized instruction. For questions, please contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Ganci, Assistant Principal.

Last Year's Material Pick-up

If you have not already picked-up your child’s materials from last year, please call the main office to make an appointment for pick-up. All materials left behind will be disposed of on October 2nd.

AAP Nights

This year we will again be hosting an AAP Overview night on Thursday, October 15th from 6:00PM-7:00PM. This is a time when we share what Advanced Academics is in Fairfax County, and what it looks like at Pine Spring this year. 

Meeting link

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A Message From Principal Yacubovich

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Back To School Night

This year we will host a Virtual Back to School Night on September 21st from 5:00PM to 6:00PM. During this time our school will meet in grade levels to go over topics such as attendance, grading and curriculum.

Each session will be recorded so that families who are not able to attend or who have more than one child, have the option to participate asynchronously. Below are the links to each grade level’s Back to School Night

 

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

iReady Assessment

The online iReady assessment (also known as the Universal Screener) provides an initial view of all students’ foundational skills to help teachers identify students who may have challenges in reading or mathematics. Students in grades K-6 will take the iReady reading assessment. Students in grades 1-6 will take the iReady mathematics assessment. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage. Here is a video introducing iReady Assessment at Home.

This fall, students will take iReady at home. Here is a video for  guidance for families administering iReady from home. There is also a checklist.

 Teachers will discuss the assessment with students in advance, including how to log in and what to expect. Resources to help families administer the assessment at home can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener webpage. Please keep in mind that this assessment is to be done independently, as the information will allow our teachers in being able to best plan for your child’s individualized instruction. For questions, please contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Ganci, Assistant Principal.

Students Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)

Please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link. The form must be filled out one time per student.

Yearbook Pick-up

If you purchased a 2019-2020 yearbook and have not yet picked it up, please stop at Pine Spring on Monday between 10AM-2PM to pick it up. We do not have any additional copies, so you must have already ordered and paid for the yearbook. 

Last Year's Material Pick-up

If you have not already picked-up your child’s materials from last year, please call the main office to make an appointment for pick-up. All materials left behind will be disposed of on October 2nd.

Clubs on Monday, September 21st

On Monday, September 21st our instructional staff will be participating in a staff development opportunity to support our work around creating a culturally responsive learning environment. In order to ensure that students still have an opportunity for clubs, we will invite any student who wants to participate in the morning sessions to join us live. If you are a PM family and you would like to keep your schedule, we will be posting the videos to the grade level Monday Google Classrooms for you to participate.

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A Special Message from Principal Yacubovich

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Monday Schedule

As we prepare for our first Monday, we want you to have clear directions on how and when to access your child's Morning Meeting and Clubs. This schedule will change over time based on growing educational opportunities. 

As we move forward, your child's teacher will be providing additional information on small group times, where we will offer further individualized intervention and enrichment opportunities. 

We recognize that when you look at the schedule as a whole school, it can seem confusing. We encourage you to scroll down to your child's grade level. This will allow you to focus on the two times a day that pertain to your child. 

You will notice that due to the number of students in a group, the grade levels are split at different points in the alphabet. If this split impacts you, and you would like us to consider moving your child to the other group, please e-mail Principal Yacubovich

 

Monday Schedule Details

  1. Students will use the grade level charts below to identify which times they will be attending (morning or afternoon). This is based on the first letter in their last name. If they have multiple last names, please use the last name that comes first. 
  2. The morning and afternoon will begin in your child’s Google Classroom with their classroom teacher. They will either have a morning meeting starting at 8:45 or an afternoon meeting starting at 12:45pm, depending on the time they are attending. For 2nd grade, students will end with an afternoon meeting at 2:45pm instead of starting with one.
  1. They will then transition to their designated grade level clubs. These can be found in the schedule below. These will begin at 9:15 in the morning, and 1:00 in the afternoon. Students will need to find their designated classroom in their Google Classroom list. The name of the classroom is provided below. Their classroom teacher will also be posting these links in their Google Classroom. Their specials teachers will come to their club room, so they do not need to click on multiple links when changing clubs.
  1. When the student is not in clubs, they may work on Asynchronous activities which can be found in their regular Google Classroom.

 

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Pine Spring PTA Meeting 9/10/2020

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PTA MEETING 9/10/2020

What a wonderful two days! We have had such a fantastic time reconnecting as a school community. While we know that there are still things to improve on, we are very proud of our amazing teachers and our strong virtual start. Our teachers will continue to build positive relationships and common expectations to ensure that each child is prepared for a successful school year. 

While our students are reconnecting, we encourage you to connect with other Pine Spring families. Tomorrow we will host our first virtual PTA meeting of the year. Please consider joining us to meet new people, connect with friends, and share ideas on ways to continue to move the Pine Spring community forward. 

 

Topic:Pine Spring PTA Meeting

Time:September 10th at 7PM

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A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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Pine Spring Families,

As we embark on a new academic adventure, I want to thank each of you for your support. Your kind words of encouragement and positive feedback have been greatly appreciated. I also want to share my deep admiration and appreciation for our Pine Spring Instructional Family. They have worked so hard this summer to ensure they are well prepared for a great school year. They have spent countless hours learning new ways to engage our students in a virtual setting, and we are confident that the fruits of their labor will be evident as we begin the new school year.

 

We know that we are all doing our very best. We encourage you to stay positive with your child and let them ease into the new format. The priority of the first week of any school year is building community and creating a positive outlook about school. It is ok if they are not participating the entire time, it is ok if they walk away, and it is ok if they need a break or if you need a break. Despite putting a great deal of heart and planning into the lessons you are seeing, we know that there is still the possibility of hiccups along the way. We ask for your patience and collaboration. If the technology does not work as expected, don’t worry, we will communicate a plan. Depending on the case, we also ask that you check your child's Gmail account and your email for a News You Choose from Pine Spring or FCPS. 

 

Remember, you are not in this alone. We encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher to share your family's support needs. We encourage you to also share the successes in your child's learning, as your child's success and well-being is always our end goal.

 

Have a wonderful first day!

Nikki Yacubovich, Principal 

neyacubovich@fcps.edu 

Digital Resources Permission Form

At Pine Spring Elementary, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the FCPS approved digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find Pine Spring’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Adopted Digital Resources

 

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the technology resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year in each grade level.

Required Forms School Supplies Distribution

Pine Spring has been very fortunate to have so many wonderful supplies donated. We want to thank FCPS Title I office, Fairfax 9-1-1 dispatch, and each of you who stopped to donate school supplies. We will use these supplies, along with supplies we have purchased, to develop bags for each child.

The bags will have everything you need to start our virtual school year off strong. We have items like pencils, crayons, white boards, dry erase markers, art sketch books and they even have earbuds!

If you were not able to receive your materials on Wednesday, please stop at Pine Spring between the hours of 10 AM- 2 PM. 

Talking Points App

This year our teachers will be using the app “Talking Points” to communicate with families. This app will allow us to talk with each family in their corresponding language. The easiest way to use this feature, is to download the Parent Talking Points App. We have included some supports to help you get started. Including help with changing your language and how to use text to speech. If at any point you do not want to receive messages through Talking Points, you can unsubscribe.

Parent/Student Support with Technology

FCPS has created a new Parent Technology Help Desk.  If you need support with technology, you should reach out to the Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff from 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS. An online portal is also available to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Below are several links that will help to answer many of your technology-related questions:

Parent and Student IT Support Portal homepage

Self Help Hub

Password Management

Tips for Online Learning Success

Upcoming FCPS Parent Trainings

Friday, September 18: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles & Start Motivating Your Kids (10:00-11:30a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Thursday, September 24: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series - Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Register Here)

ParentVue

SIS ParentVUE is going to be an important way to connect with your child’s education. If you have not already set-up an account, we encourage you to activate your account this week.

To access your SIS ParentVue account

  • You will need to login
    • You will need your personalized Activation Key
      • You should receive this during registration OR
      • Request the code HERE
    • You will need your personal email address
Attendance

In Virginia, public school students ages 5-18 are required to attend school regularly. Teachers will take attendance during learning sessions and ensure that all students are counted. Parents can assist with this process by:

  • Ensuring students log in to classes on time and throughout the day.
  • Calling or emailing the school attendance line if students are unable to participate.
  • Communicating any concerns to the school, such as difficulty logging in or accessing classes.
  • Reporting any hardship, such as student illness, or concern that might prevent the student from participating regularly.
  • Returning phone calls or emails when notified that students did not participate that day.
  • Ensuring that students submit activity logs as directed.

If your child is unable to log in to online instruction with a teacher, the teacher will be recording the class and posting the video within Google Classroom, so it can be viewed later. Videos can also be viewed multiple times to help students retain new information, as needed.

We understand that not every student will be able to participate in online instruction at the scheduled time. Our schools will be flexible in recording attendance and absences. We do not want to punish a student for missing an online class due to the extenuating circumstances of virtual learning. We want to partner with our families to ensure the success of each child.

Homework Policy

This year Pine Spring has a new homework policy. This year, students will not be assigned homework on Tuesday-Friday. Teacher may assign work to do on Mondays during asynchronous instruction for students to complete after the live morning meeting at 8:45 AM. As always, we encourage you to reach with your child for at least 20 minutes a night.

Save The Date

September 8 

First Day of School

September 10

First PTA Meeting for 20-21

September 21

Back to School Night 5PM-6PM

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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Digital Resources Permission Form

At Pine Spring Elementary, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the FCPS approved digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find Pine Spring’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Adopted Digital Resources

 

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the technology resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year in each grade level.

Required Forms Parent Tech Night- Thursday, September 3rd from 6PM-7PM

Worried about accessing school on the first day? Don’t know where to click or what your child’s schedule is for synchronous learning? That’s ok, we are here to help. We have scheduled a Tech Parent Coffee with our Technology Teacher Leader, Bridget Lovas. She will walk us through the resources and give some helpful hints.

 

Topic: Parent Tech Night
Time: Sep 3, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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School Supplies Distribution- September 2nd

Pine Spring has been very fortunate to have so many wonderful supplies donated. We want to thank FCPS Title I office, Fairfax 9-1-1 dispatch, and each of you who stopped to donate school supplies. We will use these supplies, along with supplies we have purchased, to develop bags for each child.

The bags will have everything you need to start our virtual school year off strong. We have items like pencils, crayons, white boards, dry erase markers, art sketch books and they even have earbuds!

Please see the schedule below for picking up your student's school supplies on September 2nd from 9 AM-12 PM. Families with more than one student may pick up supplies at the most convenient time for your family. 

You are encouraged to stay in your car and someone will bring your bags to you.

9:00 AM-10:00 AM. –Early Childhood, K, and 1st

10:00 AM-11:00 AM. – 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade

11:00 AM-12:00 PM. – 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade

Kindergarten Playdate

Our amazing PTA is hosting a Kindergarten Playdate on September 1st. This will be an opportunity for kids to have fun together while giving parents an opportunity to meet.

Date:  September 1, 2020

Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Talking Points App

This year our teachers will be using the app “Talking Points” to communicate with families. This app will allow us to talk with each family in their corresponding language. The easiest way to use this feature, is to download the Parent Talking Points App. We have included some supports to help you get started. Including help with changing your language and how to use text to speech. If at any point you do not want to receive messages through Talking Points, you can unsubscribe.

Parent/Student Support with Technology

FCPS has created a new Parent Technology Help Desk.  If you need support with technology, you should reach out to the Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff from 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS. An online portal is also available to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Below are several links that will help to answer many of your technology-related questions:

Parent and Student IT Support Portal homepage

Self Help Hub

Password Management

Tips for Online Learning Success

Upcoming FCPS Parent Trainings

Tuesday, September 1: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You (6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Friday, September 11: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You (10:00-11:30 a.m. - Register Here)

Friday, September 18: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles & Start Motivating Your Kids (10:00-11:30a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Thursday, September 24: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series - Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Register Here)

ParentVue

SIS ParentVUE is going to be an important way to connect with your child’s education. If you have not already set-up an account, we encourage you to activate your account this week.

To access your SIS ParentVue account

  • You will need to login
    • You will need your personalized Activation Key
      • You should receive this during registration OR
      • Request the code HERE
    • You will need your personal email address
Attendance

In Virginia, public school students ages 5-18 are required to attend school regularly. Teachers will take attendance during learning sessions and ensure that all students are counted. Parents can assist with this process by:

  • Ensuring students log in to classes on time and throughout the day.
  • Calling or emailing the school attendance line if students are unable to participate.
  • Communicating any concerns to the school, such as difficulty logging in or accessing classes.
  • Reporting any hardship, such as student illness, or concern that might prevent the student from participating regularly.
  • Returning phone calls or emails when notified that students did not participate that day.
  • Ensuring that students submit activity logs as directed.

If your child is unable to log in to online instruction with a teacher, the teacher will be recording the class and posting the video within Google Classroom, so it can be viewed later. Videos can also be viewed multiple times to help students retain new information, as needed.

We understand that not every student will be able to participate in online instruction at the scheduled time. Our schools will be flexible in recording attendance and absences. We do not want to punish a student for missing an online class due to the extenuating circumstances of virtual learning. We want to partner with our families to ensure the success of each child.

Homework Policy

This year Pine Spring has a new homework policy. This year, students will not be assigned homework on Tuesday-Friday. Teacher may assign work to do on Mondays during asynchronous instruction for students to complete after the live morning meeting at 8:45 AM. As always, we encourage you to reach with your child for at least 20 minutes a night.

Laptop Insurance

FCPS does not currently offer an option for families to purchase laptop insurance. For any damaged or lost School Board property, families are responsible for reimbursement in accordance with the SR&R and School Board regulations. Families may wish to check their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies for coverage options or search online for insurance companies which offer insurance policies exclusively for student laptops.

Dr. Brabrand Town Hall Meeting

Spanish Language Town Hall on September 1

FCPS will hold a virtual town hall in Spanish on Tuesday, September 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will be broadcast on cable TV channel 99 or the FCPS website. It will also be shown on the FCPS Spanish Facebook page.

Girl Scouts Information Meeting

You are invited to join Girl Scouts at Pine Springs ES! There will be a virtual parent meeting on September 16th at 6PM. They will be sharing about the Girl Scout program. 

Click to join the meeting:

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Meeting ID: 9297 14 3767

If you have any questions about this meeting or our program please contact:  Michele Randall, mrandall@gscnc.org ,  Jennie Moonis, jmoonis@bens.org, or Sarah Harvey, sarahmsgc@hotmail.com

Save The Date    

September 1

Kindergarten Play Date

September 2

School Supply Distribution 

September 3

Tech Parent Night

September 8 

First Day of School

September 10

First PTA Meeting for 20-21

September 21

Back to School Night 5PM-6PM

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Thank you to Kurt Barth for selecting us for his Eagle Scout Project. We love our new outdoor learning space!

Talking Points App

This year our teachers will be using the app “Talking Points” to communicate with families. This app will allow us to talk with each family in their corresponding language. The easiest way to use this feature, is to download the Parent Talking Points App. We have included some supports to help you get started. Including help with changing your language and how to use text to speech. If at any point you do not want to receive messages through Talking Points, you can unsubscribe.

Open House

If you have not yet had an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, we encourage you to stop in their Google Classroom any time Thursday, August 27 from 5PM-5:30PM . If you would like to meet any of our specials teachers, we invite you to stop at the links below any time from 5:30PM-6:00PM.

 

Pine Spring Virtual Open House

August 27th

Specialty Courses

Virtual Guest Links

Band

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/b7fa5c28c166420997d0588c5eaecd82

Music

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f9f5afe277554e1794c9a800e07ac5a0

Art

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/40a10d15fb334ac8a123e9296d92a5e7

Spanish FLES

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/10d2339ee0464cbcbc7e164cc50efc8d

Library

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/0e31e492075c4a5cb5fefeadf18abcd3

Physical Education

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e872556ff29846e49eafd29e0e6dd2c4

Kindergarten Playdate

Our amazing PTA is hosting a Kindergarten Playdate on September 1st. This will be an opportunity for kids to have fun together while giving parents an opportunity to meet.

Date:  September 1, 2020

Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86417307932?pwd=MmNaeVVRZkJQMk1FLzBDVFZBeG5Mdz09

Meeting ID: 864 1730 7932

Passcode: 65uWfe

Parent/Student Support with Technology

FCPS has created a new Parent Technology Help Desk.  If you need support with technology, you should reach out to the Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff from 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS. An online portal is also available to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Below are several links that will help to answer many of your technology-related questions:

Parent and Student IT Support Portal homepage

Self Help Hub

Password Management

Tips for Online Learning Success

Parent Tech Night- Thursday, September 3rd from 6PM-7PM

Worried about accessing school on the first day? Don’t know where to click or what your child’s schedule is for synchronous learning? That’s ok, we are here to help. We have scheduled a Tech Parent Coffee with our Technology Teacher Leader, Bridget Lovas. She will walk us through the resources and give some helpful hints.

 

Topic: Parent Tech Night
Time: Sep 3, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83325001595?pwd=YmQ5aHNUZXJ3dVZtdk9jdll0alY5QT09

Meeting ID: 833 2500 1595
Passcode: Rfn0i4

Upcoming FCPS Parent Trainings

Tuesday, September 1: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You (6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Friday, September 11: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You (10:00-11:30 a.m. - Register Here)

Friday, September 18: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles & Start Motivating Your Kids (10:00-11:30a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Thursday, September 24: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series - Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Pine Spring School Supplies

Pine Spring has been very fortunate to have so many wonderful supplies donated. We want to thank FCPS Title I office, Fairfax 9-1-1 dispatch, and each of you who stopped to donate school supplies. We will use these supplies, along with supplies we have purchased, to develop bags for each child.

The bags will have everything you need to start our virtual school year off strong. We have items like pencils, crayons, white boards, dry erase markers, art sketch books and they even have earbuds!

As soon as the last of our items are delivered, we will schedule days for you to drive by and pick your materials up curbside. We appreciate your patience as we prepare these supplies for distribution and we will communicate plans as they are developed.

ParentVue

SIS ParentVUE is going to be an important way to connect with your child’s education. If you have not already set-up an account, we encourage you to activate your account this week.

To access your SIS ParentVue account

  • You will need to login
    • You will need your personalized Activation Key
      • You should receive this during registration OR
      • Request the code HERE
    • You will need your personal email address
Save The Date

August 27th 5PM-6PM

Virtual Open House 

September 1st

Kindergarten Play Date

September 3rd

Tech Parent Night

September 8th 

First Day of School

September 21st 

Back to School Night 5PM-6PM

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Attendance: 571-226-4444 | Web | Twitter | Instagram

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Open House

Last week our teachers contacted each family to schedule a time to connect. If you were not contacted, please email  Principal Yacubovich. This will help to ensure that every child is ready for the first day of school. 

If you are not able to make the 1:1 meeting with your teacher, they will have an Open House from 5PM-6PM on August 27th.

During the Open House teachers will focus on introducing themselves and ensuring your child is able to get into the Google Classroom and Google Meet.

This year we will also have a Back to School Night on September 21st. We will discuss things like homework, curriculum and attendance at Back to School Night. 

Registration Paperwork

If your child is joining Pine Spring for the first time, please be sure you have completed all of the needed steps to register. Your child will not be able to participate in online learning until all of your paperwork is complete. If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Breeden

 

Below are the steps for registration. 

Step One:  You will need to complete the forms in the enrollment bundle: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms.  These forms are fillable and can be saved and attached to an e-mail.   You will sign the forms during your face to face registration appointment. 

Step Two: In addition, for registration, you will need to provide the following and attach to the e-mail: 

  • Government Issued ID (such as a driver’s license)
  • Birth certificate for each student
  • Proof of Residency in Fairfax County: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/general-registration-requirements/documents
    • Deed OR
    • Lease with three supporting documents (such as current utility bills with name and address)
  • Physical exam (for students enrolling in Kindergarte-6th grade)
  • Immunization records
  • TB Test: For all students who have resided in a foreign country included on the High TB Burden Country List, for a consecutive period of four weeks.

Step Three:  If you have access to a scanner you can scan the information, or you can take a picture with your cell phone and attach it to an e-mail and send to the registrar at:   

Include in your e-mail your phone number and the best time to reach you so that the registrar can schedule an appointment for you to complete the registration.    

 

For further information, please see the FCPS registration website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/registration/general-registration-requirements

Laptop Distribution

Pine Spring will finish distributing computers this week with Kindergarten on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you did not have an opportunity to pick-up a laptop, please contact your child's grade level contact to schedule a new pick-up time. 

Grade

Person to Contact

6

Mrs. Dossmann

5

Mrs. Dossmann

4

Mrs. Barcia

3

Mrs. Barcia

2

Mrs. Romero

1

Mrs. Romero

K

Ms. Breeden

School Supply Donations

As a school community, we are working to ensure that every child at Pine Spring starts the school year off strong. One way that we hope to do this is by providing school supplies to those in need of our support. If you are interested in helping, please consider donating school supplies. We have placed a donation box outside of our main entrance.

The items we need most are:

  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Crayons
  • Notebooks/paper
  • Rulers
  • Glue sticks
  • Student scissors
  • Earbuds/headphones
ParentVue

We are aware of the issue with ParentVue. While class lists are in the system, it will not let you see them until September 4th. Instead of waiting until September 4th, we will be sending out a message to each homeroom this Wednesday letting you know your child’s teacher.

SIS ParentVUE is still going to be an important way to connect with your child’s education. If you have not already set-up an account, we encourage you to activate your account this week.

To access your SIS ParentVue account

  • You will need to login
    • You will need your personalized Activation Key
      • You should get during registration OR
      • Request the code HERE
    • You will need your personal email address
Google Classroom and Google Meet

Again this year, Pine Spring will be using Google as our educational platform. To access the G Suite, you can go to fcps.edu and click G Suite in the blue banner. Your child will log in with the the same user name and password they use to log into their school computer. For returning FCPS students, this is the same information they used last year. 

Save The Date August 27th 5PM-6PM Virtual Open House  September 8th  First Day of School September 27th  Back to School Night 5PM-6PM

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

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Open House

Last week our teachers contacted each family to schedule a time to connect. If you were not contacted, please email  Principal Yacubovich. This will help to ensure that every child is ready for the first day of school. 

If you are not able to make the 1:1 meeting with your teacher, they will have an Open House from 5PM-6PM on September 27th.

During the Open House teachers will focus on introducing themselves and ensuring your child is able to get into the Google Classroom and Google Meet.

This year we will also have a Back to School Night on September 21st. We will discuss things like homework, curriculum and attendance at Back to School Night. 

Registration Paperwork

If your child is joining Pine Spring for the first time, please be sure you have completed all of the needed steps to register. Your child will not be able to participate in online learning until all of your paperwork is complete. If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Breeden

 

Below are the steps for registration. 

Step One:  You will need to complete the forms in the enrollment bundle: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms.  These forms are fillable and can be saved and attached to an e-mail.   You will sign the forms during your face to face registration appointment. 

Step Two: In addition, for registration, you will need to provide the following and attach to the e-mail: 

  • Government Issued ID (such as a driver’s license)
  • Birth certificate for each student
  • Proof of Residency in Fairfax County: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/general-registration-requirements/documents
    • Deed OR
    • Lease with three supporting documents (such as current utility bills with name and address)
  • Physical exam (for students enrolling in Kindergarte-6th grade)
  • Immunization records
  • TB Test: For all students who have resided in a foreign country included on the High TB Burden Country List, for a consecutive period of four weeks.

Step Three:  If you have access to a scanner you can scan the information, or you can take a picture with your cell phone and attach it to an e-mail and send to the registrar at:   

Include in your e-mail your phone number and the best time to reach you so that the registrar can schedule an appointment for you to complete the registration.    

 

For further information, please see the FCPS registration website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/registration/general-registration-requirements

Laptop Distribution

Pine Spring will finish distributing computers this week with Kindergarten on Monday and Tuesday. If you did not have an opportunity to pick-up a laptop, please contact your child's grade level contact to schedule a new pick-up time. 

Grade

Person to Contact

6

Mrs. Dossmann

5

Mrs. Dossmann

4

Mrs. Barcia

3

Mrs. Barcia

2

Mrs. Romero

1

Mrs. Romero

K

Ms. Breeden

School Supply Donations

As a school community, we are working to ensure that every child at Pine Spring starts the school year off strong. One way that we hope to do this is by providing school supplies to those in need of our support. If you are interested in helping, please consider donating school supplies. We have placed a donation box outside of our main entrance.

The items we need most are:

  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Crayons
  • Notebooks/paper
  • Rulers
  • Glue sticks
  • Student scissors
  • Earbuds/headphones
ParentVue

We are aware of the issue with ParentVue. While class lists are in the system, it will not let you see them until September 4th. Instead of waiting until September 4th, we will be sending out a message to each homeroom this Wednesday letting you know your child’s teacher.

SIS ParentVUE is still going to be an important way to connect with your child’s education. If you have not already set-up an account, we encourage you to activate your account this week.

To access your SIS ParentVue account

  • You will need to login
    • You will need your personalized Activation Key
      • You should get during registration OR
      • Request the code HERE
    • You will need your personal email address
Google Classroom and Google Meet

Again this year, Pine Spring will be using Google as our educational platform. To access the G Suite, you can go to fcps.edu and click G Suite in the blue banner. Your child will log in with the the same user name and password they use to log into their school computer. For returning FCPS students, this is the same information they used last year. 

Save The Date August 27th 5PM-6PM Virtual Open House  September 8th  First Day of School September 27th  Back to School Night 5PM-6PM

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Attendance: 571-226-4444 | Web | Twitter | Instagram

Homeroom Teacher Correction

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Good Morning Pine Spring Families, 

We are aware that several families received either misinformation or no information when we sent out homeroom teachers yesterday. We want to be sure that you students find out their homeroom teachers today.

For this reason, if they have not already, teachers in grades 1-6 will send your child a message in their Google Classroom to introduce themselves. Kindergarten teacher will be sending a text message to a phone call, as we know all families may not yet know how to login.  

We apologize for any confusion or frustration this may have caused. 

 

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Our teachers brought Principal Yacubovich's opening message to life on the Pine Spring sidewalk!

Registration Paperwork

If your child is joining Pine Spring for the first time, please be sure you have completed all of the needed steps to register. Your child will not be able to participate in online learning until all of your paperwork is complete. If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Breeden

 

Below are the steps for registration. 

Step One:  You will need to complete the forms in the enrollment bundle: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms.  These forms are fillable and can be saved and attached to an e-mail.   You will sign the forms during your face to face registration appointment. 

Step Two: In addition, for registration, you will need to provide the following and attach to the e-mail: 

  • Government Issued ID (such as a driver’s license)
  • Birth certificate for each student
  • Proof of Residency in Fairfax County: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/general-registration-requirements/documents
    • Deed OR
    • Lease with three supporting documents (such as current utility bills with name and address)
  • Physical exam (for students enrolling in Kindergarte-6th grade)
  • Immunization records
  • TB Test: For all students who have resided in a foreign country included on the High TB Burden Country List, for a consecutive period of four weeks.

Step Three:  If you have access to a scanner you can scan the information, or you can take a picture with your cell phone and attach it to an e-mail and send to the registrar at:   

Include in your e-mail your phone number and the best time to reach you so that the registrar can schedule an appointment for you to complete the registration.    

 

For further information, please see the FCPS registration website at:  https://www.fcps.edu/registration/general-registration-requirements

Laptop Distribution

Starting tomorrow, Pine Spring will be distributing computers by grade level. Our amazing front office staff has been very busy calling each family to schedule 5-minute appointments.

When you come for your laptop, students in grades 1-6 will need their login information. Kindergarten students will be given their login information at pick-up.

If you did not receive a call for a pick-up time, please reach out to your assigned office support person to schedule a time.

Grade

Date for Distribution 

Person to Contact

6

August 17th

Mrs. Dossmann

5

August 18th

Mrs. Dossmann

4

August 19th

Mrs. Barcia

3

August 20th

Mrs. Barcia

2

August 21st

Mrs. Romero

1

August 24th

Mrs. Romero

K

August 25th and 26th

Ms. Breeden

School Supply Donations

As a school community, we are working to ensure that every child at Pine Spring starts the school year off strong. One way that we hope to do this is by providing school supplies to those in need of our support. If you are interested in helping, please consider donating school supplies. We have placed a donation box outside of our main entrance.

The items we need most are:

  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Crayons
  • Notebooks/paper
  • Rulers
  • Glue sticks
  • Student scissors
  • Earbuds/headphones
Virtual Home Visits

Pine Spring teachers are excited to meet you! Starting Tuesday, teachers will be calling to schedule virtual home visits. This is an opportunity for you and your child to meet the teacher for approximately 5 minutes. The purpose of the virtual visit will be for your child to meet the teacher, get excited about the year, and ensure your child is ready to log in on the first day of school.

We have also scheduled a Back to School Night in late September to talk about things such as curriculum, AAP and our new homework and attendance policy, as these types of topics will not be discussed during this short introduction.

***Please note that the phone number that your teacher will be calling from will come up as a restricted/blocked number.  

ParentVue

We are aware of the issue with ParentVue. While class lists are in the system, it will not let you see them until September 4th. Instead of waiting until September 4th, we will be sending out a message to each homeroom this Wednesday letting you know your child’s teacher.

SIS ParentVUE is still going to be an important way to connect with your child’s education. If you have not already set-up an account, we encourage you to activate your account this week.

To access your SIS ParentVue account

  • You will need to login
    • You will need your personalized Activation Key
      • You should get during registration OR
      • Request the code HERE
    • You will need your personal email address
Google Classroom and Google Meet

Again this year, Pine Spring will be using Google as our educational platform. To access the G Suite, you can go to fcps.edu and click G Suite in the blue banner. Your child will log in with the the same user name and password they use to log into their school computer. For returning FCPS students, this is the same information they used last year. 

Sample Schedules

While each classroom will have a slightly different schedule, we have posted a sample schedule for each grade level on our Pine Spring web site. You can click on your child’s grade level to access this information. These schedules will allow you to begin to plan your routine. You will notice that all Pine Spring students have the same lunch time from 11:15 AM-12:15 PM. This is designed to allow you to pick-up lunch from our grab and go program without rushing to get back to class.  

Save The Date August 27th 5PM-6PM Virtual Open House  September 8th  First Day of School

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Attendance: 571-226-4444 | Web | Twitter | Instagram

A Message from Principal Yacubovich

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Dear Parents,

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

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

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

Topic: Pine Spring Parent Meeting
Time: Aug 6, 2020 06:00 PM- 7:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 885 9828 3087
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PreK News

FCPS PreK still has space for school year 20-21. If you have a child that is 4 years old, do not delay. Apply now! We are quickly processing applications.

Apply safely at home from your phone here: https://bit.ly/PreKEng

For more information please call: 703-208-7900

Email: fcpsprekoffice@fcps.edu

Laptop Return for Rising 7th Graders

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

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

  • Drop off will be done at the rear of the school using Gatehouse Road and loop around towards Door 4 near the rear of the cafeteria
  • Building access will not be permitted
  • Students and parents, please remain in your car and a staff member will approach your car when they are ready to take your device
  • Parents will tell the staff member the name of their student
  • Please allow us time to check in the device and verify the process for you.
  • While it is preferred that parents and students drive to the school, walk-ups will be handled as well. If you do walk up to the school, please ensure you adhere to social distancing and please wear a mask.
Laptop Distribution K-6

Rising Kindergarten- 4th Grade

If your child is in grades K-4 and needs a laptop, please let us know by completing this form.  We will be scheduling appointments to distribute computers from August 17th – September 4th. There is a computer for every children who needs a laptop. If you have an iPad or other tablet device, we recommend securing an FCPS laptop to ensure the most effective learning experience. 

 

Rising 5th and 6th Grade 

If your child is a rising 5th or 6th grader and currently has an FCPS laptop, we ask that they drop off the computer and power cord any time from 10AM-2PM on August 10th. 

Once we have collected the 5th and 6th grade laptops, we will distribute new laptops for all 5th and 6th grade students. Only rising 5th and 6th grade students with FCPS laptops should plan to return their laptops. All other students who will attend Pine Spring in the fall are encouraged to keep their current computers.

Note:  If you currently have an FCPS laptop, please turn on and restart the laptop weekly to initiate necessary updates.

Parents will need to complete an acceptance of responsibility/usage agreement form parents will be required to complete is available in multiple languages at: https://www.fcps.edu/technology-permission-forms

Internet Access:  We will have a very limited number of MiFi devices that can provide families with internet access if needed. 

If you have any questions about laptop or MiFi distribution at this time, please contact Ms. Ganci at, at jlganci@fcps.edu.

 

 

Save The Date

 

August 6th

 

Virtual Parent Meeting

August 10th 

 

Laptop Return (Rising 5th- 7th Grade Students Only)

 

September 8th  First Day of School                

 

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Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

Laptop Return for Rising 7th Graders

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

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

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

 

August 6th

 

Virtual Parent Meeting

August 10th 

 

Laptop Return (Rising 7th Grade Students Only)

 

September 8th  First Day of School                

 

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Attendance: 571-226-4444 | Web | Twitter | Instagram

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Final Days to Make Your Choice

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

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

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

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

Directions to Submit Intention Form

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates July 15th 

Intention Forms Due

 

August 10th

School Cohorts Released

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

 

August 20th  Tentative Open House

 

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FCPS Town Hall Tonight

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Town Hall Meeting Tonight

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

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

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Return to School Plan

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

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

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

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

 

Zoom Meeting Details: 

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

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

Meeting ID: 840 1178 3989

Password: 3r9mL8

Directions to Submit Intention Form

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Learning Opportunity

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

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

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

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

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

 

Current grade level

2019-2020

Instructional Time       

Teacher

K

9-10

Ms. Moss

1

9-10

Ms. Lovas

2

9:30-10:30

Mrs. Pfotenhauer

3

9:30-10:30

Ms. Lewis

4

9:30-10:30

 Mrs. Grigsby

5

9-10

 Owens

 

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

Return to School Plan

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

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

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

 

Zoom Meeting Details: 

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

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

Meeting ID: 840 1178 3989

Password: 3r9mL8

Summer Learning Opportunity

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

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

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

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

 

Current grade level

2019-2020

Instructional Time       

Teacher

K

9-10

Ms. Moss

1

9-10

Ms. Lovas

2

9:30-10:30

Mrs. Pfotenhauer

3

9:30-10:30

Ms. Lewis

4

9:30-10:30

 Mrs. Grigsby

5

9-10

 Owens

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

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

Student Material Pickup

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

School Supply Kits for Next Year

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

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

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

 

Parent Coffee

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

Summer Learning Opportunity

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

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

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

Summer Tech Support

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

 

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

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

Virtual Summer Bridge Academy

July 6-30 (Monday-Thursday only) 

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

Tentative Schedule: 

9:00 AM- Wake up Text

9:15 AM- 10:00 AM Session 1

10:15 AM- 11:00 AM Session 2

11:15 AM- 12:00 PM Session 3

12:00 PM- 12:30 PM Lunch

12:45 PM- 1:15 PM Afternoon Electives

 

 

How to Survive Middle School

July 27th-31st (Virtual) 

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

 

Behavior Resources for Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer Learning Opportunity

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Summer Learning Opportunity

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

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

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

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A Fond Farewell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6th Grade Promotion

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

Summer Learning Opportunities

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

Mathematics and Literacy Continuity of Learning (K-8)

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

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

One Language Arts Essentials Practice Book

One Mathematics Essentials Practice Book

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

iReady Learning Opportunities

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

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

These offerings are free to all students.

Kindergarten Registration

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

Return To Learn Planning

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

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

The considerations for return to school include the need to:

Ensure safe learning and working environments for students and staff

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

Comply with any social distancing requirements

Provide student access to technology devices and internet services at home

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

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

We are preparing for a variety of possible scenarios including:

Students will have a virtual start to the school year.

Students will return to school with social distancing in place.

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

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

Moving?

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

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