Inclusive Schools Week

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Inclusive Schools Week Dec 5-9

Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated annually the first week in December by families, schools and organizations around the world. The Week highlights and celebrates the progress that schools have made in implementing inclusive practices to ensure a quality education for an increasingly diverse student population. The Week provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. It is an occasion to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of teachers, administrators, students, and parents in making their schools more inclusive, and, thereby, significantly contributing to the development of a more inclusive society. Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated by thousands of school districts in every state in the U.S. and internationally. In addition, more than 50 educational and cultural associations and media outlets support the Week.

Cameron ES will be participating in Inclusive Schools Week by collaborating across grade levels on an art piece inspired by this year’s theme, “Unity Within Our Community”.  In addition, Mr. Johnson and Ms. Snyder will be on the news show to discuss key concepts pertaining to inclusion at Cameron. Learn more about Inclusive Schools Week at www.inclusiveschools.org

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Family Newsletter December 2, 2022

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December School-Wide Morning Meeting

Friday morning we had our school-wide morning meeting! 6th grade hosted grades 4 and 5, and 3rd grade hosted grades K, 1, and 2 for a morning meeting around self control, which is our Positivity Project focus strength. Both morning meetings included fun greetings, shares, and activities, as well as a closing message. See a video of 6th graders doing the freeze dance activity!

Stuff-A-Bus

The Fairfax Connector employees chose Cameron ES to donate some toys for our students. Santa was at Cameron this morning spreading the holiday’s joy. The toy distribution will happen next week.

Art Spotlight

This week in Art, 1st graders created family member portraits, and 4th graders created radial collage art!

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

"At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents." -Jane D.

There are tons of great reasons for parents to get involved in school. Children whose parents are involved in their education tend to earn better grades and have fewer behavior problems. They are more likely to continue their education beyond high school, among other benefits.

How can something so easy pay off in such a big way? It’s simple, really. When you make time to go to parent-teacher conferences or volunteer at the school, you show your child just how much you care about your child’s education. And your child will be more likely to care about it, too. Here are some ideas for getting involved and presenting at your child’s school. We love to see you at Cameron!

Help the teacher

  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom.
  • Prepare materials for craft projects.
  • Tutor, a student.
  • Chaperone a field trip.
  • Help with class parties.

Support the parent-teacher group

  • Attend PTO or PTA meetings.
  • Make flyers to promote parent group events.
  • Go to a school family night—and help clean up after it’s over.
  • Help with teacher appreciation efforts.
  • Take pictures at events for the school newsletter.

Help with special events

  • Supervise an activity at field day.
  • Work a shift at the schoolbook fair.
  • Pick up trash or pull weeds during a campus cleanup day.
  • Build sets or make costumes for the school play.
  • Answer questions from new parents on registration night.

Give staff members a break

  • Monitor the playground during recess
  • Volunteer in the front office.
  • Make photocopies for teachers.
  • Shelve library books.
  • Help the art teacher display student projects.

Use your skills

  • Talk to students about your job or hobby.
  • Organize a before-school running club.
  • Install new software in the computer lab.
  • Lay out the school newsletter.
  • Update the school website.
Book Fair Dec 5-9

It's the most wonderful time of the year... it's time for the Book Fair! The fair began today and will be open during school hours all next week (Dec 5-9). This is a great opportunity for your students to find good books and become bolder, prouder, stronger readers! 

We want to invite families to celebrate reading during our Family Night event on Tuesday, December 6th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Come to the library after school to shop the book fair and be entered in a prize drawing for fun giveaways like posters and books! 

Check out the Book Fair webpage to shop online from now until December 14th, sign up to volunteer, and set up an eWallet so your student can shop the fair without having to carry cash.

Participate in Computer Science (CS) Education Week December 5-9

Did you know Computer Science is important for all students? Computer science skills are part of modern day careers that connect to a wide-range of student interests, such as music, film, art, forensics, health and medicine, government, international relations, automotive, fashion design, marketing and more.

Here are a few ways you and your child can participate in CS Week:

Recent examples: Children’s Science Center internships and Amazon Future Engineer internships and scholarships

Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school.

Cameron Movie Night Dec 9

Join us for Cameron Movie Night on December 9 at 6:30! There will be pizza, popcorn, and more at this event hosted by the PTA.

Reminder:  Window for AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals Ends December 15, 2022

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-6 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (Full-Time level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Full-Time Level IV Referral Form to our AART, Tiffany Reed, at [email protected] no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Full-Time Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. It is strongly recommended that you also complete the Parent Questionnaire, also found on the forms page.

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Tiffany Reed at [email protected]

Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Cameron ES.

SCA Presents Cameron's Winter Spirit Week Dec 12-16

The Student Council Association is hosting a Winter Spirit Week. All are encouraged to participate and show their Cameron Pride!

Monday 12/12 Candy Cane Day

Tuesday 12/13 Color Day 

Wednesday 12/14 Summer vs Winter Day

Thursday 12/15 Sports Day

Friday 12/16 Cozy PJ Day

50 States Challenge

Mr. Johnson, our principal, will be hosting a 50 States Challenge for students in grades 2nd through 6th on December 14. Students will need to return the signed permission form back to school to participate. Join in the fun and practice with your children. Study material will be provided and posted on our website. All students that get the states correct will get to tape Mr. Johnson to the wall. Let's have some fun! 

Support the Science Fair

Are you a scientist look to give back and inspire future scientists?

FCPS School-Based and Regional Science Fairs are looking for you! 

Volunteers are  needed for

  • Judges at High School fairs
  • Judges at the Regional Science Fair
  • Organizations to sponsor and judge awards at the Regional Fair

To sign up or for more information, complete this form

Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We are All Neurodiverse?

All human beings are neurodiverse. There is infinite variation of thinking and experiencing the world due to our identities, experiences, and brain wiring that is a valuable form of human diversity (Büdy, 2021; Singer, 2019). This webinar examines the brilliance and advantages of neurodiversity and the different ways brains may function as it relates to neurodivergence or neurotypicality.

  • What is the relationship between neurodiversity and student relationships and engagement? 
  • How can we use asset-based language?
  • How can we reflect on individual mindsets towards inclusion for all students?

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist.

January 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m:  View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others. January 13, 2023 at 10 a.m:  View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Register online for Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We are All Neurodiverse?

Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development. Social and emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of their emotions, and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Join us for this important webinar to learn about the social-emotional developmental milestones in early childhood.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Identify social-emotional skills that develop in early childhood
  • Discuss strategies to support children in their social-emotional development
  • Explore concepts of attachment, temperament, and self-regulation and their impact on social-emotional development

Presented by Naomi H. Grinney, LCSW, Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E® Clinical Supervisor/Behavioral Health Senior Clinician Infant-Toddler Connection of Fairfax – Falls Church

January 20, 2023 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Join us to hear about how teachers and school staff are building positive schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning. 

During this session, families will:

  • Learn about the evidence-based Responsive Classroom practices of Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting. 
  • Understand how teachers are using these practices to engage students in learning that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and supportive of the whole child.
  • Learn new tips so you can continue these responsive practices at home.

The presenter is Ivette Robles,  FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher, Office of School Improvement and Supports.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Important Dates 

Dec 6 - Early Literacy Family Program, 9:30am-2pm, SACC Room 

Dec 7 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2pm, SACC Room

Dec 8 - Early Literacy Family Program, 9:30am-2pm, SACC Room

Dec 12 - Candy Cane Spirit Day

Dec 13 - Early Literacy Family Program, 9:30am-2pm, SACC Room

            - Winter Concert, 7-8pm, Gym 

Dec 13 - Color Spirit Day

Dec 14 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2pm, SACC Room

            - Summer vs Winter Spirit Day

Dec 15 - Early Literacy Family Program, 9:30am-2pm, SACC Room

             - Deadline for Level IV AAP referrals

             - Sports Spirit Day

Dec 16 - Cozy PJ Spirit Day

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Family Newsletter November 18, 2022

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B-THRIFTY Friday, Nov 18

All Cameron families are invited to shop for gently used clothing, knick-knacks, and decorations from 4:30-7:30pm in the gym on Friday, Nov 18. Please bring bags! 

Dear Cameron Families:

Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND, as always, every book they buy helps to support our Cameron library.   

Book Fair is OPEN in the Library

Friday 12/2 – Friday 12/9

 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Students can shop any day during school hours!

Join us for Family Night

Tuesday 12/6, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Special giveaways tonight only!

This year, say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet—your child’s digital payment account. Visit our Book Fair homepage to set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Plus, anyone can contribute! Share your child’s eWallet with friends and family so they can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy.

We are looking for volunteers to help make the Book Fair a success! You can sign up to help with fair set-up, student previews, and fair purchases. As a special thank you to our volunteers, you will receive a $5 Book Fair gift card for each shift that you work.

You can also shop the Book Fair online from December 1 – December 14. All orders ship directly to your home—and shipping is free for book orders over $25!

Visit our Book Fair homepage to preview books, shop online, set up eWallet, and volunteer:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/cameroncheetahs

The countdown to more Bookjoy is on! We’ll see you at the Fair! Thank you for your support.

Happy reading,

Eric Johnson

Principal

Cameron Elementary School

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

"To handle yourself, use your head; to take others, use your heart.”

Dear Families,

Let’s talk about Self-Control. It has been defined in many ways, such as willpower, self-discipline, or conscientiousness. However, self-control is about being able to regulate yourself. Here you have some strategies and ideas to use with your children:

Practice self-control with games. Many different games help students work on their self-control skills! Jenga, Freeze, and Simon Says are just a few of them. Click here for Executive Functioning Games & Play Activities if you want more!

Create a shared journal. If your child likes to share much extra information, give them a unique journal. They can write their questions, thoughts, and connections in the journal. Once a day, sit down with your child to review the journal and hear what they want to tell you.

Use literature. Picture books are a great way to introduce and discuss self-regulation skills at all levels. Some great options to target self-regulation skills include: My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook, I’m in Charge of Me! by David Parker, and What Were You Thinking? by Brian Smith.

Give them breaks. Kids and young adults who struggle with self-regulation often need extra physical activity built into their day. Promote outdoor time and games. Being creative is important because additional physical activity can make a huge difference.

Practice mindfulness. So often, in our busy world, kids and young adults do not know how to “just be.” Mindfulness can be a perfect solution for that. While it’s not an instant fix, being more mindful can help kids and young adults stay present, feel calmer, improve focus, and better manage emotions. There are many different strategies for practicing mindfulness. You can start with simple breathing exercises with these free mindfulness breathing boards. Another great activity is practicing mindful coloring, which involves painting and not talking to anyone else. Here is a set of Mindfulness Activities to help learners improve these skills over time.

Use guided meditation videos. Guided meditation is just a script that shows people through relaxing practice. YouTube is a great free resource for many recommended meditation videos for kids and young adults. Another way to practice mindfulness and to be still is guided meditation helps kids learn to be in control of their bodies, thoughts, and emotions now.

Create a calm-down space. Design an area in your home for your child to go to when they need a few minutes to themselves. It’s important to teach that the calm-down is a space to self-regulate and control emotions so we can return to our regular days.

Teach how to gauge emotions.  Using an emotional scale helps your child measure the level of their feelings. So often, kids who struggle with self-regulation skills miss this internal meter that lets us know how intense our emotions are. This helps them to learn to be more self-aware about their feelings and body, and once kids are more self-aware, they can be more open to finding solutions for their struggles.

Encourage positive habits. A healthy diet and sleep pattern can contribute to how self-regulated someone is. Please make sure they are well-rested at night to achieve success the next day.

50 States Challenge

Mr. Johnson, our principal, will be hosting a 50 States Challenge for students in grades 2nd through 6th on December 14. Students will need to return the signed permission form back to school to participate. Join in the fun and practice with your children. Study material will be provided and posted on our website. All students that get the states correct will get to tape Mr. Johnson to the wall. Let's have some fun! 

Classroom Monitors at Cameron ES

We are looking to hire three classroom monitors to help support teacher planning during the day. Please contact Mr. Johnson at 703-329-2100 or [email protected].

Family Literacy Program

Virtual Adult English Classes for our Cameron families.

English for beginners/conversational

Tuesdays and Thursdays

From 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

For more information, please contact

Esperanza Ruiz at 703-718-8023 or Natalia Sosa at 703-423-4647

Lightspeed Parent Report Request

Are you interested in seeing what your child is doing on their school-issued laptop? There is a new online service that is free to FCPS parents who are interested in knowing more about their child’s internet activity on an FCPS device. Parents can sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, which will provide a list of the top sites the child visited that week. 

Read more information about the service.

To request a report directly, click the link and choose Screen Activity Report. 

Family Life Education Information Session

On Monday, December 12 from 5:30-6:30, families are invited to attend an optional Zoom session to learn about Family Life Education (FLE) lessons and materials. Book mark this Zoom link if you plan to attend. This session is for families in the Edison Pyramid. 

Strategic Plan - Family Team Nominations

Families, please email Mr. Johnson [email protected] if you are interested in the opportunity below.

Developing the Strategic Plan will involve assembling multiple work teams that represent the perspectives of school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. FCPS is currently seeking nominations for families and caregivers who are interested in contributing to the strategic planning process as part of the Family Team (FT). This team will come together four times during the next several months. 

Important Dates 

Nov 18 - B-Thrifty Shopping Event, 4:30-7:30pm, Gym

Nov 22 - Early Literacy Family Program, 9:30am-2pm, SACC Room 

Nov 23-25 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

Nov 29 - Early Literacy Family Program, 9:30am-2pm, SACC Room 

Nov 30 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2pm, SACC Room

Nov 30 - PTA Meeting, 7-8pm

Dec 1 - Early Literacy Family Program, 9:30am-2pm, SACC Room 

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Family Newsletter November 11, 2022

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Veterans Day Celebration

 

Cameron celebrated military-connected students and staff with a gathering for veterans on Thursday morning. The celebration featured presentations, performances by the drum circle and 1st graders, and student-created art displays.

Math and Literacy Night

 

On Thursday nights, students and families participated in Literacy and Math night. Participants got to play games to practice their reading and math skills!

Family Liaison Corner

-Susana Trupo

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." 

Dear Families, 

Thursday morning we celebrated Veterans Day at school. Part of the celebration was a song, sang by the children. It touched my heart and made me realized how fortunate we are to enjoy freedom in our country. See below the lyrics of this beautiful song, hopefully you can sing it at home, in honor of our Veterans.

Thank a Veteran

For the freedom to go anywhere you want without fear

Thank a veteran, thank a veteran

For the freedom to choose what you read and write and what you hear

Thank a veteran, thank a veteran

For the freedom to select the church that you wish to attend

Thank a veteran, thank a veteran...

Thank a veteran, thank a veteran

Fighting so courageously for our life and liberty...

For the freedom to speak freely and protest the government

Thank a veteran, thank a veteran...

For the freedom to pick leaders who will represent your voice

Thank a veteran, thank a veteran...

This day and every day, thank a veteran

This day…and every day…thank a veteran

Order Cameron Gear!

Today is the last day to order Cameron Spirit Wear! Order online, and contact PTA President Lee Wilson [email protected] if you have any questions. 

B-THRIFTY Friday, Nov 18

All Cameron families are invited to shop for gently used clothing, knick-knacks, and decorations from 4:30-7:30pm in the gym on Friday, Nov 18. Please bring bags! This event is being hosted by Ms. Trupo. We want to give a special thanks to Island Creek ES Principal, Jen Fallert (former Cameron ES Assistant Principal!) for helping to organize donations. 

Free Testing for COVID-19

Curative offers free PCR tests with results in 1-2 days. No appointment necessary, no registration required, no ID needed, no out of pocket costs. The closest testing location to Cameron is: 

Groveton Baptist Church (Wednesdays 8am-6pm)

6511 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

Academic Matters

At the last School Board meeting, a new feature was introduced called Academic Matters. During this portion of the Board meeting, updates will be provided on important academic topics. At the November 3 meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid talked about some common misconceptions concerning the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment. Watch the presentation on YouTube. 

Parent Information Lines

If you have questions about FCPS, and English is not your first language, please use our language information lines for support. 

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Calendar Survey, Coming Soon!
    • Student Performance in Language Arts (Grades 1-6)
    • Family Engagement Resources
    • School Board Presentation: Academic Matters

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Cameron employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Important Dates 

Nov 15 - Early Literacy Family Program, 9:30am-2pm, SACC Room 

Nov 16 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30am-2pm, SACC Room

Nov 17 - Early Literacy Family Program, 9:30am-2pm, SACC Room 

Nov 18 - B-THRIFTY shopping event, 4:30-7:30pm, Gym

Nov 23-25 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Family Newsletter November 4, 2022

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Principal's Message

Hello Families,

I am so excited to be back at Cameron to serve the community I love! I missed my little Cheetahs and their smiling faces! Ms. Linda Ferguson and Ms. Kristin Bennink, acting administrators did an amazing job with continuing to support the operational and instructional responsibilities of the school. We are grateful to these fine FCPS leaders.

I am very honored and look forward to working with our new Assistant Principal, Amanda Snyder.  Our leadership styles compliment each another. We share similar philosophical views and beliefs which are building strong relationships with all stakeholders, collaboration and having high expectations for all students. We are visible leaders that are proud to serve the Cameron community.

We are continuing to build a culture of collaboration with your support and advocacy. Our students and families are priority to us as we strive to bridge the gaps with school and home to create “One Cameron.”

Respectfully yours,

Mr. Eric T. Johnson, Principal

Ms. Amanda Snyder, Assistant Principal

Kindergarten Visits Pumpkin Patch

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Veterans Day Celebration

Dear Cameron Active, Retired, Reserve, and National Guard Service Members,

Cameron Staff and students invite you to attend a Veterans Day Celebration for our military-connected family members on November 10th from 9 am to 10 am.  

Our Veterans Day Program will include musical and video presentations and a light breakfast will be served.   An invitation was sent home to families that have self- identified as military-connected.  If you did not receive an invitation, please contact Lisa Heath, School Counselor and proud Military Family Member via this email address:   [email protected]

Paisano's for Cameron

Go to or order from Paisano's for lunch or dinner on Tuesday, November 8 and Wednesday, November 9! 20% of your total will be donated to the Cameron PTA. Students will be given the coupon shown, but you can also mention Cameron when ordering at Paisano's for the contribution. Online orders will count as well - just be sure to write Cameron in the comments of the order. 

Math and Literacy Night

Math at Literacy Night will be Thursday, November 10 from 5:30-6:30pm. We hope you join us with your family for fun math and literacy games!

Order Cameron Gear!

The PTA is hosting a Cameron spirit wear fundraiser. Students have been given an order form. You can also order online. See the options below, and contact PTA President Lee Wilson if you have any questions! [email protected] 

Family Liaison Corner

-Susana Trupo

Integrity

"Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you."

Dear families

As part of the Cameron’s Positivity Project your child is learning, this week, about “Integrity”. It will be neat if you can also work at home on ways to grow your child’s integrity. I am sharing with you some interesting suggestions I found.

  1. Articulate family values.

What are your family values? Can your child discuss and defend them? Family values impact healthy child and adolescent development in profound ways. Most families have positive values that are steeped in their cultures or religions. Their values elicit habits of thinking and behaving that honor human strengths, weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and imperfections. Learn why family values should be intentionally articulated and how children learn through a parent’s words and actions.

  1. Develop a moral vocabulary.

Words like honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage are core to centuries of religious, philosophical, and family beliefs. Use them and others to express and reinforce your family values. Teach children the behaviors that flow from these principles. Use quotes to ignite meaningful dinner conversations and encourage kids to talk about these values. Check out an excellent list of quotes.

  1. Reward respectful behavior.

When children feel good about doing what’s right, they learn to measure the quality of their lives beyond grades and extra-curricular achievements. Parents who let children know that courage, honesty, and respect for others is more highly valued than quantifiable wealth or intelligence help kids understand the true meaning of being wholly human. When your children show integrity, tell them what you admire about their behavior.

  1. Explore consequences.

Learning integrity takes practice. Like all learning, failure produces consequences. When children explore, understand, and accept the consequences of failure, critical learning occurs.

For example, in elementary school, children often learn that being disrespectful to peers negatively affects their friendships. As they get older and feel pressure to succeed in school, some children learn that cheating affects their academic reputations. For a child, these can be tough consequences. Yet, they are consequences children learn to understand.

As children become teenagers and young adults, the consequences of not being responsible and honest become more serious. For example, teens who deceive parents and drive drunk can cause someone’s injury or death, perhaps their own. Often, the consequences of their actions can never be fully understood or accepted.

When integrity is taught at home from a young age, it becomes part of a child’s character. Ideally, children learn integrity when the consequences are small. Having integrity doesn’t mean children will always be honest, responsible, or respectful. What it does mean is that they will understand the consequences of their actions on themselves and others and, with that understanding, will make informed choices about how they live out their own values in the world.

  1. Respond appropriately.

Parents cannot control their child’s behavior, but they can respond with consistency when reinforcing family values. When learning is considered the foremost goal, dishonest or disrespectful behavior becomes a teachable moment for parents. What’s most important is that your child reflects on and gleans meaning from their behavior. Talk with them. Listen and show respect for your child’s thinking, and then restate your expectations that dishonesty or disrespect is never acceptable in your family. Consequences should be consistent and clearly understood.

  1. Be a role model.

Children often name parents as their role models. Research shows that role models live their values in the world. They help children understand how values, like integrity, are part of a successful and rewarding life. Review what you say or share on social media. Does it reflect your values? Is it hurtful to others? Are there more respectful ways to share what you believe? Children are watching and learning from their adult role models. Read about five qualities of role models that matter most to teens.

  1. Teach digital etiquette.

More than ever before, parents should teach all aspects of digital citizenship from an early age, including social networking etiquette, digital literacy, and standards of moral conduct. While it is difficult for children to stand up to disrespectful behavior online, they should always know that they can seek support from an adult when they feel threatened, bullied, or fearful. This is one way they can act with integrity and safely stand for what they believe.

  1. Share meaningful stories.

Examples of integrity are contained in human stories everywhere. When you read books with your kids, listen to stories about their peers, watch TV or movies together, or talk about what’s going on in the world, ask your kids to find examples of how individuals stood up for their beliefs in ways that made a difference for themselves or the world around them. Make the topic of integrity part of the conversation!

  1. Instill self-efficacy.

Children who stand up for principles in which they believe have high degrees of self-efficacy, the belief in one’s ability to accomplish goals and influence the future. Parents instill self-efficacy in children when they help kids be guided by their own internal compasses, allow them to grow from their relationships, and appreciate children for who they are, not just for what they achieve. When young people learn to believe in themselves, dishonesty and disrespect no longer make much sense. Living with integrity becomes a way of life. Read what it means to “believe in yourself,” through words from young people themselves.

 

  Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

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 boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

Community Event

On Sunday, November 6 from 11am-4pm, there will be an International Community Fun Day at Emmanuel Worship Center. This event is free, and highlights will include: taste free food from different countries, health and vaccination education, nutrition education, children dental, mental health, spiritual counseling, fun activities for kids.

Located at 8145 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA. Call 703-473-1883 for more information. 

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

No School Nov 8 - Election Day

Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

No School for Students Nov 11 - Veterans Day

As a reminder, Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service.

Important Dates 

Nov 8 - No School, Election Day 

Nov 9 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30am-2pm, SACC Room

Nov 10 - Early Literacy Family Program, 9:30am-2pm, SACC Room 

Nov 10 - Math & Literacy Night, 5:30-6:30pm

Nov 11- No School for students, Veterans Day

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Book Character Day

We had so much fun celebrating Book Character Day with a costume parade today! 

Clockwise from top left: Ms. Coleman with students at arrival; Ms. Gillies (dressed as part of Rock, Paper, Scissors) plays with a student during the parade; Ms. Beggs and her 2nd grade students; kindergarteners during the parade; 2nd grade teachers Ms. Loreto, Ms. Senick, and Ms. Beggs.

Clockwise from top left: second graders during the parade; Ms. Ferguson with 3rd graders; Ms. Hernandez with kindergarten students; kindergarten students during the parade; 3rd graders from Ms. Glass' class.

Top row: kindergarten and first grade students during the parade. Bottom row: 5th grade students from Ms. Trujillo's class after the parade

Principal's Message

Hello Cameron Families,

Today marks the end of the first quarter of learning for our students. Monday is a workday for teachers and no school for students.  It also marks the end of my and Mrs. Bennink's time with the Cameron Community. We are excited to have Mr. Johnson return on Tuesday, November 1. I want to thank you for your advocacy of your children and support of the Cameron staff. Cameron is a caring and compassionate community thanks to your partnership with the staff. I wish you all the best this year. Take good care.

Linda Ferguson

Interim Principal

Hallowingo!

Come to Hallowingo hosted by the PTA on Friday, October 28 at 6pm. There will be bingo, costumes, prizes, and pizza for dinner! Pizza will start being served in the cafeteria at 5:30. 

If you're interested, please sign up to be a volunteer!

Order Cameron Gear!

The PTA is hosting a Cameron spirit wear fundraiser. Students have been given, or will shortly be given, an order form. You can also order online. See the options below, and contact PTA President Lee Wilson if you have any questions! [email protected] 

Clubs Start Tuesday, November 1

Students that received confirmation this week that they are signed up for a club should plan to stay after school on the day of their club (Tuesday or Thursday) starting next week. All bus stop information can be located in ParentView or a student's SIS account. All students must be picked up from the bus stop. 

If you have questions, contact Ms. Reed at [email protected] 

Family Liaison Corner

-Susana Trupo

Let's Talk About Stress 

“The truth is that stress doesn’t come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about your circumstances.” Andrew Bernstein

Dear families,

Stress… a word that we heard quite often. What is stress? Stress is our body's response to pressure. Many different situations or life events can cause stress. It is often triggered when we experience something new or unexpected that threatens our sense of self or when we feel we have little control over a situation. Feeling emotional and nervous or having trouble sleeping and eating can all be normal reactions to stress. I found some good advised about dealing with stress, see bellow some suggestions.

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. It’s good to be informed but hearing about the traumatic event constantly can be upsetting. Consider limiting news to just a couple of times a day and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and give yourself a break if you feel stressed out.
  • Take care of your body.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Talk to others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.
  • Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. These may seem to help, but they can create additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling.
  • Recognize when you need more help. If problems continue or you are thinking about suicide, talk to a psychologist, social worker, or professional counselor.

Check out Taking Care of Your Emotional Health for more information and resources.

Strategic Plan Student Survey Coming Soon!

Students will soon be shown a short informational video at school and be asked to complete a survey providing feedback on their experience at school. This feedback will be used to help inform FCPS leadership as they work on planning for the future of the school system. Families are invited to view the survey questions and get more information.

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 on our website. The public feedback form will be available on our website and will be open October 31 through December 1.

Girl Scouts Sign Up

Troop 53193 has space available for girls in the third grade. Meet friends, learn new skills, and have fun! 

Join us on

November 1, 2022

6:30-7:30pm

Girl Scouts Office, 5680 King Centre Drive, Suite 110

Alexandria, VA 22315

Sign up at https://bit.ly/girlscouts-537 or contact Michelle at [email protected] ~ 703-372-4346

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 2022, 9-noon

Providence Community Center 

Contact: Laura Cook: [email protected]

Free - Registration Required

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

October 31, 2022 (Student Holiday) 9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Dia de los Muertos / All Saints Day

Día de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 2, are “O” Days this year. To learn more about Día de los Muertos, watch this video.

While Día de los Muertos is largely celebrated in Mexico and Latin America, it also coincides with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). These days are celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and some Protestants worldwide to honor those who have died and gone to heaven (All Saints Day) and those who may still be in purgatory (All Souls Day).

The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

Important Dates 

Oct 28 - Hallowingo @ Cameron, 6pm

Oct 31 - No School for Students

Nov 1-2 Dia de los Muertos / All Saints Day Religious/Cultural Observance

Nov 1 - Early Literacy Family Program, 9:30am-2:00pm, SACC Room

Nov 1 - After School Clubs begin

Nov 2 - Family Coffee, library, 9:30-10:30, English

Nov 2 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30am-2:00pm, SACC Room

Nov 8 - No School, Election Day 

Nov 11- No School for students, Veterans Day

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Principal's Message

Hello Cameron Families, I hope this message finds you and your family in the best of spirits and health. We’ve had a busy and productive week at Cameron. Two author’s joined us, James Riley and Ann Marie Pace. The students enjoyed hearing about the authors’ writing process and their storybook characters. We thank our literacy team for coordinating the author visit.

We have more good news! This week Cameron’s new permanent Assistant Principal, Amanda Snyder, joined the Cameron Community. We are excited to have Ms. Snyder!  We are also very grateful to have had Mrs. Bennink, the Interim Assistant Principal, with us since the beginning of the school year. Mrs. Bennink’s last day will be October 28.

We also wish all who celebrate Diwali a joyous festival of lights!  Monday, October 24, 2022 is a FCPS Holiday recognizing Diwali. There is no school for students or teachers. Finally, we are approaching the end of the first quarter of learning in FCPS. Friday, October 28 is a two-hour early release day. Students will dismiss at 2:00. Monday, October 31, there is no school for students. Teachers will have a workday to prepare the student progress reports for the end of the quarter and continue to plan for the new quarter.  

Take good care,

Linda Ferguson

Interim Principal

Author Visits!

Author James Riley shared about his writing process and gathering ideas for writing with grades 3-6 on Monday (with the help of some funny cat pictures!). 

Author Anne Marie Pace shared her writing with K-2 students on Friday. 

Family Coffee

We are starting our Family Coffees! The first topic is Parenting with Enforceable Limits

Wednesday, October 26 from 9:30–10:30AM in the library for our Spanish speaking families

Wednesday, November 2 from 9:30–10:30AM in the library for our English speaking families

PTA Meeting Oct 26

Join the PTA General Meeting on Wednesday, October 26 at 7pm. Access the meeting via this link.

Spanish translation will be available. 

Hallowingo!

Come to Hallowingo hosted by the PTA on Friday, October 28 at 6pm. There will be bingo, costumes, prizes, and pizza for dinner!

If you're interested, please sign up to be a volunteer!

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

“School Bus Drivers are the people who transport children to their future.”

Dear families,

We are celebrating this week the School Bus Awareness. Most drivers are only told about the rules for passing a stopped school bus with flashing red lights only when they learn to drive – often many years ago. We would like to request the help of the families in reminding you of school bus safety practices when school buses are stopped with their yellow or red lights flashing.

  1. When you see a school bus, assume children will be around and take extra care – leave lots of space around the bus.
  2. When the bus turns on the flashing yellow lights – this means it is about to stop either at a railroad crossing or to pick up kids. Slow down and prepare to stop.
  3. When the bus turns on the flashing red lights – this means STOP in BOTH directions. Never pass a school bus with flashing red lights in either direction. Stop well back from the bus. If you have any doubt what to do – STOP.
  4. When the bus turns on the flashing red lights and there is a physical division/divided road of 4 ways - this means STOP in ONE direction only, the traffic fallowing the bus only.
Driving Rules Near School Buses Tutor.com

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 can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

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

Important Dates 

Oct 24 - No School, Diwali

Oct 25 - Early Literacy (Family Program), SACC Room, 9:30am-2pm

Oct 26 - Family Coffee, library, 9:30-10:30am, Spanish

Oct 26 - HIPPY (Family Program), SACC Room, 9:30am-2pm

Oct 26 - PTA Meeting, virtual, 7pm

Oct 27 - Early Literacy (Family Program), SACC Room, 9:30am-2pm

Oct  28 - Book Character Day

Oct 28 - End of Quarter 1, Early Release at 2:00pm

Oct 28 - Hallowingo @ Cameron, 6pm

Oct 31 - No School for Students

Nov 1 - After School Clubs begin

Nov 2 - Family Coffee, library, 9:30-10:30, English

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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4th Graders Visit the Kennedy Center

photos from 4th grade teachers Ms. Branning and Mrs. Tiwana

Fourth grade students had a blast at the Kennedy Center Concert on Wednesday.  The show Philharmonia Fantastique combined animation and music!  Students were very excited to see how composition, animation and instrumentation all fit together!

Specials Spotlight

photos from Mr. Johnson's art classes

This week in art, students in grades 1-6 worked on making different types of masks!

1st grade - pets

2nd grade - community helper

3rd grade - cultural holidays

4th grade - time machine 

5th grade - global superheroes 

6th grade - future self 

Kindergarteners worked on watercolor pumpkins. 

pictures from Mrs. Cosier's STEAM class by Mrs. Ferguson

In STEAM this week, 4th graders worked hard on programming animation!

Family Zumba - Friday Oct 14

Come back to school for Zumba tonight! Let's have fun and get healthy together. Featuring special guest Chakaboom Fitness in the gym at 6pm!

Chuck E. Cheese Night!

Come to Chuck E. Cheese tonight, October 14 from 4-9pm! Chuck E. Cheese will donate 20% of sales from the night to Cameron's PTA. 

6301 Richmond Hwy

Counseling Den

Hello Cameron Families,

Cameron’s Character Strength for the Week of October 17-October 28th is Open-Mindedness.  Open-mindedness is when you are willing to try new ideas and see other people’s points of view.  Why is open-mindedness important?  Open-minded individuals are often good listeners and called upon to provide a balanced viewpoint.  Both listening and the ability to deliver reasonable and practical advice are marks of good friends and confidantes.  This strength helps individuals form meaningful and lasting relationships. 

Coming up next week…National School Bus Safety Week.

Your Proud Cameron Counselors,

Mrs. Bohnert and Mrs. Heath

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

“Together we can do great things” -Mother Theresa

Dear families,

It is that time of the year, the first Parent/Teacher conferences. Parent-teacher conferences are one of the most useful tools that we have as parents to ensure our children are getting the most from their education. But as helpful as they are, they can be downright stressful for everyone involved. Parents want to get the lowdown on how their children are doing, and teachers want to make sure they communicate everything a parent needs to know about their teaching style and how the child is performing in school — all in a 15-minute block of time.

With so much to cover in such a short amount of time what parents can do to get the most out of parent-teacher conferences is to be prepare with some good questions. See bellow a list of questions for your consideration.

  1. May I tell you about my child? Mention to his/her teacher some changes in the family dynamics that might be affecting your child. Something about his/her personality, likes and dislikes.
  2. How is my child doing emotionally? Find out about friends, social interactions, emotional connections at the school. Concerns your might have.
  3. What are my child’s academic strengths and weaknesses? It is important to know what is working for your child and were he/she will need extra support.
  4. Is my child performing on grade level? Finding out the at what level your child if performing can help you and the teacher to create a plan.
  5. How can I help at home to support what you’re doing in the classroom? When the parents are more involved, the children tend to struggle less.
  6. Is there a goal for my child for next quarter? Work together with the teacher to achieve something extra by the next quarter.
Talking Points

We are excited to begin using Talking Points, which will serve as a method of communication between school and families. It allows teachers to send messages to their families via text, and families to send messages to their teachers that are automatically translated. There is also a free app families can use for messaging (iOS and Android). Be on the lookout for an introductory message from your child's teacher in the coming weeks (or maybe you've already received one!), and feel free to learn more about this platform on the FCPS site

Fire Prevention Week at Franconia Volunteer Fire Department

Franconia Volunteer Fire Department is having an open house!

October 15, 10am-4pm

6300 Beulah St, Alexandria, VA 22310

It's fire prevention week. Fire won't wait, plan your escape! Open house includes:

  • Meet the firefighters
  • Safety demos
  • Fire truck tours
  • and more!
Upcoming Author Visits

On Monday, October 17, author James Riley will be visiting grades 3-6.  His presentation will take place from 2-3 pm in the gym. 

On Friday, October 21, author Ann Marie Pace will be visiting grades K-2. Her presentation will take place from 9:45-10:45 in the gym. 

Picture Retakes are October 21!

 

Sign up for retake orders !

Hallowingo! Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

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.

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.

Get to Know FCPS’ Ombuds Office

Did you know that FCPS has an Office of the Ombuds that is available to support you? An ombuds is someone who helps resolve conflict by facilitating communications and sharing available resources. The Office of the Ombuds works as an independent confidential resource to help students, families, community members, and employees get questions answered, resolve concerns, and voice complaints regarding FCPS matters. The ombuds is available to: 

·Share strategies for parents to improve communication with, and between, school and home.

·Help to resolve disagreements between parents and schools or disagreements involving employees in the workplace.

·Provide ideas to foster parent participation in Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan meetings.

They do not change or make decisions, policies, or regulations; take sides; or provide legal advice.

If you have concerns, questions, or complaints to share with the Office of the Ombuds, please call 571-423-4014, email [email protected], or visit their webpage, You may also submit a question.

Digital Citizenship Week

Fairfax County Public School is celebrating a decade of digital citizenship week learning this week from Oct. 17 - 21!  Be on the lookout for resources and information, and what’s happening in schools by searching Twitter for #FCPSdigcit.

National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. To help develop a common understanding of Bullying, below is the FCPS definition. 

Bullying in Students Rights and Responsibilities is defined as:  “Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. “Bullying” includes cyberbullying. “Bullying” does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.”

For more information on how FCPS handles a bullying situation please visit the FCPS Bullying Prevention and Intervention webpage. Our goal is to ensure all students feel safe and welcome at school. If you have questions and/or concerns about something that is going on at school, please contact the front office so that they can support you and most importantly your student.  

PRC Webinars Addressing Bullying

On October 27 at 7 p.m. the Parent Resource Center (PRC) will host a “Meet the Author” event with Nalani and Leila Butler, graduates of Hayfield Secondary School, who will read their book Paige Saves the Day. The book addresses overcoming bullying. Register online for this webinar. Adults and children are welcome. 

The PRC will also host a webinar on Bullying Prevention on November 18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Register online.

National School Bus Safety Week

October 17-21.National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties - to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Learn more about the American School Bus Council

Important Dates 

Oct 14 - Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser, 4-9pm 

Oct 14 - Family Zumba, Gym, 6pm

Oct 17 - Author James Riley visit, grades 3-6

Oct 18 - Early Literacy (Family Program), SACC Room, 9:30am-2pm

Oct 19 - HIPPY (Family Program), SACC Room, 9:30am-2pm

Oct 20 - Early Literacy (Family Program), SACC Room, 9:30am-2pm

Oct 21 - School picture retakes

Oct 24 - No School, Diwali

Oct 25 - Early Literacy (Family Program), SACC Room, 9:30am-2pm

Oct 26 - Family Coffee, Cafeteria, 9:30-10:30am

Oct 26 - HIPPY (Family Program), SACC Room, 9:30am-2pm

Oct 26 - PTA Meeting, Cafeteria, 7pm

Oct 27 - Early Literacy (Family Program), SACC Room, 9:30am-2pm

Oct  28 - Book Character Day

Oct 28 - Hallowingo @ Cameron, 6pm

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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NO SCHOOL, October 10 Indigenous Peoples’ Day

(Student holiday/Staff Development Day)

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, Oct. 10 is a student holiday and staff development day. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

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NO SCHOOL, October 10 Indigenous Peoples’ Day

(Student holiday/Staff Development Day)

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, Oct. 10 is a student holiday and staff development day. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Welcome Ms. Ferguson!

This week, Interim Principal Ms. Ferguson joined us at Cameron alongside Interim Assistant Principal Ms. Bennink. Linda Ferguson is a Special Projects Administrator with the Office of Professional Learning and Equity, and a former principal. We are happy to have her join our Cameron family!

Principals' Message

Dear Cameron Families,

I want to thank you for the warm welcome that you’ve offered me. Your children are wonderful. Each day, I’m greeted with smiles, high fives, hugs, and waves. Mrs. Bennink and I have also seen the students at work in their classrooms and during social time at lunch and recess.  Your children are hard workers and enjoy being at school. The Cameron staff has created a dynamic caring culture at school. Mrs. Bennink and I look forward to serving during the month of October.

Take good care,

Linda Ferguson and Kristin Bennink

Cameron’s Interim Administrators

Custodian Appreciation Day

On Monday, students from Mr. Goldberg and Mrs. Loreto's classes performed the song "Harambee" for the custodial staff. 6th grade students accompanied the 2nd grade singers on drums and piano. Harambee means all pull together in Swahili. The meaning of this song definitely personifies the dedication and hard work of our fantastic custodial team!

The Sunshine Committee prepared gift bags to celebrate our wonderful custodians. 

From the Cafeteria

Hello Families!

Many of our students have allergies to certain foods. As a result, please remind your child(ren) that we cannot share food in the cafeteria. Students must eat their own food, whether it be food from home and/or the cafeteria. Thank you in support of keeping all of our students safe at Cameron! 

-Mrs. Bennink, Interim Assistant Principal

Specials Spotlight

Take a look at all that's been going on in Specials!

Physical Education

Students have been working on team work and cooperation in PE. These skills build a foundation for a successful school year as we work to build our classroom community and get to know our classmates. We have learned how to complete a task by communicating and listening to our teammates. Our students have also spent some time working on their throwing and catching skills in PE. Be sure to ask your child what their favorite activity in PE has been so far! -Mr. Finerfrock

Art

This week,1-3rd graders finished up their collage paper castles. 4-6th are finishing up their monochromatic self-portraits. Kindergarten classes created collage shape faces. -Mr. Johnson

Music

This week in music, Kindergarteners performed "Mi Cuerpo" - a song in Spanish and English about how our bodies can make music. Check out the full video! -Ms. Toney

Library

This week, Cameron students are exploring Mackin Via, which holds our library's collection of nearly 1,500 ebooks and audiobooks. Once a student signs in with their school Google account, these digital resources can be opened and read directly in the browser or downloaded for reading offline. There is also a Mackin Via app available for iOS and Google. Take some time as a family to explore this great resource for reading! -Mrs. Migs

Family Liaison Corner

-Ms. Susana Trupo

Healthy Boundaries

“The wise parent lets the child’s world teach him the lessons of life and then empathizes with his pain. Then he learns to respect the outside world’s limits as well as his parents”  Henry Cloud

Dear Families,

I took a training about Healthy Boundaries, and I thought I would share it with you.

A very important way to show your children love is to have clear, defined limitations for them. Your kids want guidelines, you are the one who creates a safe environment for them. Setting boundaries is an important piece of parenting. It doesn’t mean they won’t push your boundaries, they will. It is a part of their learning process, and they may even be upset when you uphold certain boundaries, but they will also feel safe and secure at the same time. Here are 10 ways to establish clear boundaries for your kids. I am presenting the fallowing ideas for your consideration.

1.Be trustworthy Your kids need to know that they can count on you. When you fail to back up your words with action your words will cease to mean anything. Your discipline and boundary setting will become hollow.

2. Less is more Follow the guideline of a special education teacher we know. “Five rules respected 100% of the time are better than 20 rules with haphazard compliance.”

3. Be precise Miscommunication is not the way to establish a positive environment. Effective communication is necessary. Ask them to repeat back to you what they heard you say to verify it’s understood. It pays to make sure everyone is on the same page.

4. Involve the kids in boundary setting Have a family meeting. Family communication gets everyone involved in setting the boundaries. When children share ownership of the rules, they’re more invested.

5. Draw up a contract Once the expectations have been established, write up a document that everyone will sign.

6. Post the rules Post copies of the contract in the kitchen and in each bedroom. Remember, these are not restrictions so much as rules to live by.

7. Recognize appropriate behavior Teachers refer to this as, “Catch ‘them when things are going well.” Too many of us come down on violations like a ton of bricks and never pay attention to what’s going well. If it’s attention they’re after, they’ll get it one way or the other.

8. Avoid labeling children as “good” and “bad” Children—and adults—behave in ways that are acceptable and in ways that are unacceptable. Labeling a child as “bad” will do little to improve behavior and a lot to create a negative self-image.

9. NEVER undermine the other parent “Good-cop, bad-cop” is not a useful game at home. “Don’t tell your mom!” suggests you and your partner are divided. Parents must have each other’s back--it is a way to be consistent.

10. Employ “natural consequences” when possible.  Raising teenagers, natural consequences just make more sense. For younger children, this helps associate negative outcomes with specific behavior. If a room is not cleaned as instructed, missing a fun activity it is a natural consequence.

Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day Is Coming Soon!

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day on Wednesday, October 12, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.

Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work, where safe to do so, on October 12. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to school. Check school newsletters for local plans for the day.

Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser - Friday Oct 14 Family Zumba - Friday Oct 14 Upcoming Author Visit

On Monday, October 17th, author James Riley will be visiting grades 3-6.  His presentation will take place from 2-3 pm in the gym. 

Students in grades 3-6 received forms to order one of his 2 books he will talking about. Students have until next Wednesday, October 12th to return their cash or check. Please let your child's teacher know if you need another copy of the form!

Picture Retakes are October 21!

 

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Hallowingo! Families Reunite

Virtual Free classes: November 1st, 8th, and 15th
From: 6pm to 8:30pm
To register fill out this form 
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]

FCPS Trust Policy Podcast

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Offices for ESOL Services, Family and School Partnerships and Professional Learning and Equity.

A safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment–that’s what our new Trust Policy is all about. The policy ensures all students and families can access FCPS benefits and services without fear of having their data disclosed to federal immigration officials. Also, hosts remind families to review the Student Rights and Responsibilities document. This annual document explains expectations for student behavior. It also explains how adults respond so that a fair, equitable and supportive school environment is maintained. Plus, this year, there are new cell phone use expectationsFCPS Ombudsman’s Office

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ESSER III Public Input: Provide Feedback on ESSER III Impact by October 10

The deadline to share your thoughts about in-person instruction and continuity of services is October 10. This opportunity is a routine check-in on how FCPS is using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding to support our work to maintain safe school environments and address the impact of COVID-19 on students. Please leave your feedback on our website. You can learn more about FCPS’ ESSER III plan on our site as well.

Graduation Rates Remain Strong

After seeing record high rates last year, the Fairfax County Public Schools Class of 2022 continued to report strong on-time graduation rates at 94.2 percent, according to data released last week from the Virginia Department of Education. This year’s overall on-time graduation rate is only 0.4 points less than the division’s 94.6 percent high in 2021, reflecting continued success with a larger and more diverse senior class.

Hispanic Heritage Month Explore Alexandria’s Arlandria/Chirilagua Neighborhood

Image Credit: Misha Enriquez for Visit Alexandria

Did you know about this Alexandria’s diverse multicultural community north of Del Ray. Catch a concert from a favorite artist, enjoy Bolivian, Peruvian dining and admire powerful murals in Alexandria’s Arlandria neighborhood, also called Chirilagua after a region of El Salvador from which many of the neighborhood’s residents hail. In addition to Spanish, you may also hear Mam, a Mayan language native to Guatemala and Mexico. Dive deeper here.

LGBTQIA+ History Month

LGBTQIA+ History Month is recognized in October nationwide. We acknowledge and celebrate that LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families are an integral component of our nation.

Disability History and Awareness Month

During October, Disability History and Awareness activities provide an opportunity to create greater public awareness for individuals with disabilities, with the goal of full inclusion in our community. 

Dyslexia Awareness Month

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.

Important Dates 

Oct 10 - Student Holiday - Indigenous People's Day

Oct 11, 13 - Early Literacy Family Program @ SACC room, 9:30am - 2pm

Oct 12 - HIPPY Family Program @ SACC room, 9:30am - 2pm

Oct 13 - AAP Parent Information Meeting @ Cameron, 6-7pm

Oct 14 - Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser, 4-9pm 

Oct 14 - Family Zumba @ Cameron, 6pm

Oct 17 - Author James Riley visit, grades 3-6

Oct 21 - School picture retakes

Oct 28 - Hallowingo @ Cameron, 6pm

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Principal's Message

Dear Cameron Families,

It has been a wonderful start to the school year! I’ve been able to visit classrooms to see the meaningful moments of learning going on across our amazing school. Your children are passionate and engaged in their learning, and I am so glad that we are together again for another school year in person.

I am writing to let you know that I will be out on medical leave beginning October 3. I am planning to return by the end of the month. I appreciate your thoughts and good wishes while I am at home recovering. With the support of our region leadership, we will have an excellent team of experienced leaders supporting the school.

During my absence, interim assistant principal Ms. Kristin Bennink will be supported by FCPS special projects administrator and former principal, Ms. Linda Ferguson.  This ensures that the administrative team will be fully staffed until my return.

I will miss my cheetahs every day and look forward to being back with you all very soon!

Take Care,

Mr. Eric T. Johnson

Principal

Yom Kippur and Student Holiday on October 5

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism is this coming Wednesday. To mark this day, which begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4, Tuesday is noted as a ½ religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. Wednesday, October 5 is a holiday for teachers and students. 

Counseling Den

Hello Cameron Families,

Cameron will be partnering with the Positivity Project again this School year.  For families that are new to Cameron, the Positivity Project (P2) is a character education curriculum dedicated to empowering our students to build positive relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others.  

This year staff will use P2 resources at least twice a week during Morning Meetings to teach our Cameron Cheetahs positive character strengths.  The Positivity Project helps schools develop a common vocabulary, a positive culture, and self-awareness to be empathetic students and peers. 

Cameron’s Character Strength for the Week of October 3rd is Teamwork.  Teamwork is when you work well as a member of a group or team. You are loyal, reliable, and dedicated to helping your team achieve its goals.

Stay tuned to News You Choose to discover more about your child’s P2 experience at Cameron.   Also, our Family Liaison, Ms. Trupo will provide Positivity Project Family Resources in her Family Liaison Corner.

Coming Up Soon… 

October 17-21 - National School Bus Safety Week. More information about this initiative will be in next week’s edition.

Your Proud Cameron Counselors,

Mrs. Bohnert and Mrs. Heath

Family Liaison Corner

 -Susana Trupo

Healthy Snacks

“Life is a combination of magic and snacks”

Dear Families,

Let’s talk about healthy snacks, the one that are good for your kids. Snack time is a great opportunity to sneak some extra nutrients into your child’s diet. Instead of highly processed snack foods with high sugar and carbs, fill your child’s tummy with whole foods that will provide energy and nutrition. Here is a list of kid-friendly snacks that are both healthy and delicious. Please check this list and feel free to use these suggestions when you send snacks from home for your child(ren).

Yogurt is an excellent snack for kids because it’s a good source of protein and calcium. Calcium is especially important for kids’ developing bones. Some yogurts also contain live bacteria, which benefit the digestive system.

Celery with peanut butter and raisins sometimes called “ants on a log,” is a fun way to get your child to eat a vegetable. Cut a stalk of celery into three or four pieces, spread peanut butter inside the celery, and arrange a few raisins on top of the peanut butter.

Nuts As long as your child is not allergic to nuts or the classroom is not “nuts free”, nuts are high in healthy fats, along with fiber and antioxidants. Dietary fat is important for supporting growth. Doctors used to recommend withholding nuts from children due to the risk of an allergic reaction, but more recent evidence suggests that introducing nuts at an early age lowers this risk.

Trail mix As long as your child is not allergic to nuts or the classroom is not “nuts free”, trail mix is a healthy snack for kids to eat on the go. Most commercial trail mixes contain chocolate candies, which are high in sugar, but you can easily make your own at home. For a healthier version, mix nuts with dried fruit or a whole-grain cereal.

A piece of cheese Cheese is mostly made up of protein and fat and is a good source of calcium. Studies show that eating cheese and other dairy products is linked to better overall diet quality. Full-fat dairy foods significantly contribute to a child’s nutritional requirements for calcium, magnesium, and vitamins A and D 

Banana oat cookies Homemade banana cookies are a healthy snack for kids that tastes like a treat. These cookies get their sweetness from mashed bananas rather than refined sugar. Refined sugars are associated with health problems in children, such as an increased risk of heart disease, childhood obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

Pickles are cucumbers that have been fermented in salt and water. They’re a god source of vitamin K, and some products also contain probiotics and good bacteria, which are good for the digestive system

Carrot sticks and hummus Most kids love dip and providing them with a healthy dip is a great way to get them to eat their veggies. Hummus is one option. It’s a thick, creamy spread made from chickpeas, which contain fiber, folate, and plenty of antioxidants.

A piece of fruit All fruit is a convenient and healthy snack for kids. Most fruits contain fiber and important nutrients like potassium and vitamins A and C. Bananas, apples, pears, grapes, peaches, and plums are examples of fruits that can be used for grab-and-go snacks.

Apples and peanut butter dip Apple slices and peanut butter are a delicious combination. The skin of an apple contains pectin, a soluble fiber that feeds friendly gut bacteria and improves digestive. Peanut butter has a thick consistency, which may be difficult for kids to use as a dip.

Picture Retakes are October 21!

 

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Free Preschool Programs at Cameron

Classes will be held at SACC room starting 10/11/2022

HIPPY

  • Classes are in English and Spanish
  • In person or virtual
  • Every Wednesday from October to June (excluding Holidays)

This is a curriculum base preschool program where families will take the classes in person or virtually, working with their child 5 days a week on reading, writing, language, math, science, and motor development. This class is for families with 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. Supplies, books, and curriculum activity packets are supplied by FCPS. If you would like to enroll, please contact Ms. Bruzon at 703-204-4350

Early Literacy

  • Classes are in English
  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays for seven consecutive weeks.

This is an education engagement program where families and children interact participate in activities. The program promotes social interaction and emotional development. Families will get orientation on brain development, positive discipline, health, nutrition, and safety. If you would like to enroll, please contact Ms. Wilson at 703-204-4380.

Hispanic Heritage Fiesta

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library

Saturday, October 1 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with live music, crafts, and food! The fiesta will take place outside in Beatley Central Library's beautiful Reading Garden. All ages.

Live music will be provided by The Mystic Warriors, a group dedicated to the preservation of Andean folk music. They perform using ancient flutes and panpipes in conjunction with contemporary instruments, seeking to remain true to the art, culture and heritage of the Quechua and Aymara people in Bolivia and other pre-Inca civilizations. 

Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.

Visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meals website for more information on the criteria to be eligible and how to apply. 

Child Care Assistance and Referral Program

 

Apply online or get more information

Important Dates 

Oct 3 - Reading Virginia Growth Assessment grades 3&6

Oct 4 - Reading Virginia Growth Assessment grades 4&5

Oct 5 - Holiday - Yom Kippur

Oct 10 - Student Holiday - Indigenous People's Day

Oct 11 - Early Literacy Family Program @ SACC room, 9:30am - 2pm

Oct 12 - HIPPY Family Program @ SACC room, 9:30am - 2pm

Oct 13 - AAP Parent Information Meeting @ Cameron, 6-7pm

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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September 26 is a Student Holiday!

Monday, Sept. 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. It is also Rosh Hashanah, the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year.

Shanah tovah to our Jewish community celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year! Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah is one of Judaism’s holiest days and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection that ends with Yom Kippur.

Clubs are Back!

Our first round of clubs will begin on November 1st and run through December 15th. Clubs will be on Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:15pm-5:15pm, with the exception of November 8th and 24th. More information and a sign up form will be sent home on September 28th! Be on the look out!

Parent Liaison Corner Sleep Health Awareness Week - Nightmares

“They've promised that dreams can come true - but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams too.”

Dear Cameron Families,

Fallowing on our last week note, I would like to share some information I found about those scary moments our kids have now and then.

What are nightmares in children? Nightmares in children are scary or frightening dreams that usually wakes them up. They can involve fear or anxiety, and other emotions like anger, sadness, embarrassment, or disgust. For children, nightmares seem very real, and they may have trouble returning to sleep after a nightmare. Some kids may also resist bedtime because they want to avoid bad dreams.

What causes nightmares in children? The exact cause of nightmares isn’t known. They’re more likely when kids are overtired or experiencing stress. Children who have experienced traumatic events may have frequent nightmares. Some medications may also cause nightmares or disturbing dreams.

Which children are more likely to get nightmares? Most children experience at least one nightmare. Chronic or very frequent nightmares happen less often. Nightmares in children can happen at any age, but they usually start between the ages of 3 and 6 and decrease after age 10. After age 12, girls are more likely than boys to have nightmares.

Can I reduce my child's risk of having nightmares? Steps to take to reduce your child's likelihood of nightmares include:

  • Make sure they get enough sleep. Kids often need more sleep than they regularly get (check out our recommendations on our last week NYC).
  • Keep the bedtime routine light and happy. In the 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime, don’t let your child watch scary movies or TV shows, or read frightening bedtime stories. Try to avoid material that may be upsetting.
  • Comfort and reassure your child. This is a time when comfort and cuddling is appropriate. Stay with your child for a short period of time following the nightmare. Most will still be tired and able to return to sleep soon
  • Work out ways to overcome nightmares. Together you and child can find creative ways to help them outgrow nightmares. Read stories about getting over nighttime fears. Draw pictures of nightmares and then tear them up and throw them away as a symbolic gesture. Use a water spray as “Nightmare repellent” Whatever creative solution you think may work is worth trying.

When should I call my child’s doctor? Consider calling your doctor if:

  • Your child's bedtime fear and anxiety continue, are severe, or grow worse.
  • Your child's fears began after a known traumatic experience or event and persist well after the event is over.
  • Your child's fear interrupts daytime activities.
  • Your child's nightmares are very distressing and repetitious or psychological issues are involved.
Sign Up for a Free Library Card at Your Fairfax County Public Library

See the full announcement and flyer on our school website

We want all our students to enjoy reading and build strong reading skills. The Fairfax County Public Library has many resources and programs to support our young readers:

  • 22 branch libraries
  • Millions of books, magazines, and movies
  • Digital resources like ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming videos
  • Homework help with online databases
  • Fun programs for children from ages 0 - 18

These resources are available to all Fairfax County residents with a FREE library card. To sign up for a card, go to fairfaxcounty.gov/library 

At Cameron, we are fortunate to have 2 branch libraries in our neighborhood! You can visit the John Marshall Library in Rose Hill and the Martha Washington Library in Belle Haven. Both libraries are open Monday 1-9 pm and Tuesday-Saturday 10-6 pm.

Upcoming Events

John Marshall Library

6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria

(703) 971-0010

  • Robot Stations - Sat. 9/24
  • Lego Club - Sat. 10/1
  • Monster Fun - Sat. 10/29
  • Storytimes every week

Martha Washington Library

6614 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria

(703) 768-6700

  • Petting Zoo - Sat. 9/24
  • Pumpkin Painting - Sat. 10/15
  • Halloween Escape Rooms - throughout October
  • Storytimes every week

See the full event calendar at fairfaxcounty.gov/library 

Hispanic or Latino?

Hispanic and Latino are often used interchangeably though they mean two different things. Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish or are descended from Spanish-speaking populations, while Latino refers to people who are from or descended from people from Latin America.

See bellow the names, flags and capitals of the Hispanic countries.

The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

Social and emotional learning competencies are foundational skills for success in school and beyond.  Students will participate in the SEL Screener in the fall and spring this year.   The screener provides valuable information that guides planning and learning opportunities for families, staff, students, and school communities. 

Join us in an informational session to learn more about SEL in FCPS, the role of the SEL Screener, and how families and schools might partner to foster skills over time. 

Highlights include:

  • Learn about SEL in FCPS  
  • Unpack the SEL Screener: What it is and how it's used? 
  • Understand student results
  • Explore ways to continue conversations about SEL at home

Presented by: Lisa Phifer, FCPS Educational Specialist, Trauma Informed SEL, and Jaynie Van Sant, FCPS Social and Emotional Learning Systems Specialist

October 7, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

Promoting Digital Wellness

Access to technology provides limitless opportunities to connect with others, explore diverse perspectives, share and build upon ideas, get involved in the community, and find opportunities.  However, many kids are online almost constantly, which poses a number of challenges that impact youth wellness.  

Highlights will include:

  • How the attention economy makes technology irresistible 
  • How adolescent development impacts youth technology use 
  • How schools and families can build the skills needed to navigate the complexity of online life

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Educational Specialist, Educational Technology, and Bethany Demers, FCPS Educational Specialist, Mental Wellness

October 14, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Promoting Digital Wellness

Dads: Stop The Power Struggles & Get The Respect You Want

As dads, we want to be respected so our kids don't make the same mistakes we made. But how do you discipline and motivate kids who don't respond to consequences?

Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin, will give dads practical strategies to:

  • De-escalate situations and stop common power struggles.
  • Get your kids to actually listen to you.
  • Stop the defiance and disrespect without yelling or threatening.
  • Motivate kids who don't try hard or quit. Handle the chaos at home after a long day at work.
  • Connect with your partner again even when you disagree and have grown apart.

October 6, 2022 6:30-8 p.m.

Register for Dads: Stop The Power Struggles & Get The Respect You Want

Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Paige is a happy kid with a unique fashion sense and creative imagination. Despite being bullied because of the things that make her different, she enjoys using her creativity to entertain her family and friends with stories in which she and her dog, Peppermint, are Super Heroes who always save the day!

Join us as the authors, Nalani Butler and Leila Butler, read Paige Saves the Day and share their experiences with families.

Children are welcome to join with their families for this very special webinar and book reading.

October 27, 2022 7-8 p.m.

Register for the Meet the Author Series - Paige Saves the Day

Important Dates 

Sept 26 - Student Holiday - Rosh Hashanah 

Sept 28 - Family Coffee - Parenting with Enforceable Limits @ Cameron Cafeteria, 9:30-10:30 and 5:30-6:30

Sept 30 - SR&R form due

Oct 5 - Holiday - Yom Kippur

Oct 10 - Student Holiday - Indigenous People's Day

Oct 13 - AAP Parent Information Meeting @ Cameron, 6-7pm

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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We are so excited for the Back to School Picnic! Please RVSP for the Back to School Picnic! We hope to see you there. 

 

On Thursday, LT Colonel Keith Morris of the Space Force gave a presentation for 5th and 6th graders. He connected his work around Space Force missions, military experience, and NASA to students' study of force and motion. 

Counseling Den

Dear Cameron Families,

We are your Cameron Elementary School Counselors Nikki Bohnert and Lisa Heath.  We are pleased to be able to offer you a monthly glimpse into Cameron’s School Counseling Program via this Counseling Den Newsletter.  In our Weekly Counseling Den, we provide you with information regarding the Positivity Project Character Development Program, school-wide initiatives and other useful social and emotional resources.   

What does your School Counselor do to support students?

School counselors help students socially and emotionally as they develop self-awareness, learn how to make responsible decisions, and develop healthy relationship skills such as the ability to resolve conflicts.

School counselors assist students academically by supporting them as they come more aware of their personal learning styles, reflect on goals and develop a positive attitudes for learning.   

School Counselors help students become college and career ready by providing opportunities for career exploration for post-graduation success.

School Counselors support students through classroom, small group, and individual counseling activities.  We are available to meet with students through referrals either directly from the student, parents/guardians, or school staff.

We look forward working closely with you and your families this year in support of your Cameron Cheetah.   Our contact information is below.

Lisa Heath – Grades K, 2, 4, and 5

Nikki Bohnert – Grades 1, 3, and 6

Family Liaison Corner           

from Susana Trupo

“I am so good at sleeping that I can do it with my eyes closed!” -Anonymous

Dear Cameron Families

If you have children at home, you know the nightly challenge: to get your kids to go to bed and stay there. It’s not easy, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for them. When children don't get enough sleep have a harder time controlling their emotions. They may be irritable or hyper, which is no fun for anyone. Kids who are always sleep-deprived are more likely to have behavior problems, have trouble paying attention and learning, and be overweight. So, although it's not easy, it's important to do all you can to help your child get the sleep they need. Here some suggestions.

1. Make sleep a family priority. Set regular go-to-bed and wake-up times for the entire family and be sure to follow them, even on weekends.

2. Work as a team. It's important to discuss and agree on a sleep strategy for your child with your spouse or partner beforehand and work together as a team to carry it out consistently. Otherwise, you can't expect your child to learn or change their behavior.

3. Routine, routine, routine. Kids love it, they thrive on it, and it works. It helps your child learn to be sleepy, bath time, teeth brushing, read your child a book, kiss goodnight. This routine will help your child associate the bedroom with good feelings and give them a sense of security and control.

4. Bedtime snacks. Children may need more than three meals a day to keep them going, so a small snack before bedtime can help their bodies stay fueled through the night. Do a small nighttime snack, choose a healthy option. Do not feed or give water thought the night.

5. Dress and room temperature and sleep environment. Everyone sleeps better in a room that is cool but not cold. A rule of thumb is to dress your child basically as you dress yourself, keeping in mind that very young children often kick off the covers at night and can’t cover themselves.

6. Security object. Bedtime means separation, and that can be easier for kids with a personal object, like a doll, teddy bear, or blanket. It can provide a sense of security and control those comforts and reassures your child before they fall asleep.

7. One last thing. Kids will always ask for that one last thing -- hugs, a drink of water, a trip to the bathroom, just one more book. Do your best to head off these requests by making them part of the bedtime routine. And let your child know that once they are in bed, they must stay in bed.

September AAP News

Important Dates

Advanced Academics Parent Meeting: September 22, 2022 at 9am in the library.

A Note from Mrs. Reed

This month students have been learning about the critical and creative thinking strategy VISUALIZATION. Critical thinking and creative thinking are essential to problem solving. Critical thinking involves applying logic, while creative thinking involves constructing something new. Visualization can be a powerful strategy for helping students set goals, picture the steps that need to be taken, consider alternatives, and visualize a plan to achieve their goals. It can take students to places not yet seen in order to: see from another's point of view, rehearse steps in goal setting and decision making, and reflect on past situations. Visualization in reading can deepen comprehension and empathy. Visualization can also improve communication, decision making, and executive functioning skills. 

Monthly Challenge

Draw a picture to show how ________ (transportation, culture, money, communication, etc) has changed over time. Draw a picture to show what it used to look like, what it looks like now, and then predict what it will look like in the future. 

OR

Using a character from a book, pretend you have been hired as the illustrator. Create cover art for the book and draw the character using the visual clues and descriptions the author provided in the book. How do you visualize the character? 

Return your challenge to Mrs. Reed for a surprise and a shout out on the morning news!

Sleep Health School Wide Awareness Week

Youth have significant differences in the number of hours of sleep appropriate for their development. Here are sleep recommendations by age offered by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF):

  • Newborns (birth to 3 months) need 14 to 17 hours of sleep per day.
  • Infants (4 to 11 months) need 12 to 15 hours of sleep per day.
  • Toddlers (1 to 2 years) need 11 to 14 hours of sleep per day.
  • Preschoolers (3 to 5 years) need 10 to 13 hours of sleep per day.
  • School age children (6 to 13 years) need 9 to 11 hours of sleep per day.
  • Teenagers (14 to 17 years) need 8 to 10 hours of sleep per day.
  • Younger adults (18 to 25 years) need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per day.
Cameron Traffic Information

Hello families!

It has been observed that parents are parking on both sides of the street on Norton Street in the back of the school. This makes it very challenging for buses to both enter and leave Cameron in the morning and to enter and leave in the afternoon. We will place several cones on the side of this street to prevent cars from parking here in an effort to keep everyone safe. Thank you for your understanding in this matter!

Student Council Association 

After many years, Cameron brought back the Student Council (SCA) and last year we chose to follow the traditional format. This school year we are excited to continue building SCA, but as a school we reflected on how to improve SCA further. We have chosen to adopt a new design moving forward that will hopefully increase student engagement and passions. Student council will consist of three committees: Kindness, Character, and Spirit. Please see the letter that was sent out in Wednesday folders for more information regarding this redesign.

Fifth and sixth grade students will have the opportunity to apply for the committee they feel the most passion for. We will be holding elections for these leader positions. Interested students will be asked to fill out an application and prepare a speech for the election process. Applications will require a parental signature to acknowledge the understanding of the requirements.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please reach out to our SCA sponsor, Mrs. Bohnert, at [email protected]

Message to 6th grade parents/guardians:

From October 21- November 4 sixth-grade students at Cameron Elementary School will receive two lessons on the topic of sexual harassment.  These lessons seek to provide students with the necessary information, resources, and strategies to help prevent occurrences of sexual harassment as well as outline the steps to take if they feel they or their peers are targets of these behaviors.  In addition, the lessons share how schools support targeted students so that they can continue to focus on learning in an environment that feels comfortable and secure.  Parents/guardians may request to view these two lessons prior to deciding whether to opt their child(ren) out of the lessons. Please reach out to the school for instructions on where to preview the lessons.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of the two sixth-grade lessons on the topic of sexual harassment.  Letters and the opt-out form went home in all 6th graders Wednesday folders on September 14th. That letter provides more information on how to opt your sixth-grade child out of the lessons about sexual harassment.  If you did not receive the letter or opt-out form or have any additional questions, please contact Mrs. Bohnert, sixth grade counselor at 703-329-4887. 

Signed SR&R Form Due September 30 

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility (SR&R) 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, families must review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. Paper forms went home in the first day folder; families may sign the paper form or sign electronically in SIS ParentVue.  Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

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.  Students cannot take their laptop home until they have a signed SRR.

Please contact Tawanna Bates, registrar, at [email protected] if you are having difficulty accessing SIS ParentVue.

Free Clinic information

Mason and Partners

Telephone 703-993-5880

Medical/Dental Clinic Free Services

Pediatrics, Well-Child visits, adult medicine, Medication Assistance, Lab Services, Dental, Mental Health. Please call to make an appointment

Mason and Partners

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Low-Cost Clinic information

Neighborhood Health

Telephone 703-535-5568

Medical/Dental Clinic Services

Pediatrics, Well-Child visits, adult medicine, Medication Assistance, Lab Services, Dental, Mental Health. Please call to make an appointment

Message for Families from VDOE: Invalid P-EBT Cards Issued

This is an update regarding questions we’ve received about summer Pandemic EBT benefits. The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has recently made us aware that many of our households did not receive summer Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits due to a processing issue. We have been informed that some households may be issued a new P-EBT card as a result, and that all cards should be received no later than September 30. If you recently received a P-EBT card that is not working, a replacement card is already on the way. You do not need to take any action at this time to report your invalid card, as VDSS has identified households affected by this error. Please do not contact the P-EBT Call Center to order another card, as this may further delay the processing of your benefits.

We understand that this delay has been frustrating and want to assure you that we are in communication with VDSS to ensure that the issue is fixed as quickly as possible. While we are not able to provide additional answers to your questions, we encourage you to visit PebtVa.com for the latest information and guidance concerning this matter.

Thank you. If your family is expecting benefits and has not received a new card or benefits by September 30, please contact the P-EBT Call Center at 1-866-513-1414.

Picture Retakes

School photo retakes will be on Friday, October 21. More information will be sent home in early October. 

Important Dates 

Sept 17 - Back to School Picnic 4-6pm @ Cameron

Sept 22 - AAP Parent Meeting 9am @ Cameron in the Library

Sept 26 - Student Holiday - Rosh Hashanah 

Sept 30 - SR&R form due

Oct 5 - Holiday - Yom Kippur

Oct 10 - Student Holiday - Indigenous People's Day

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Superintendent Community Conversation

Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Edison High School on September 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as childcare and light refreshments. If you plan to attend, please register as soon as possible. We hope to see you there!

Thank you.

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Advanced Academic Programs

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Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Elementary Continuum of Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development efforts and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.  

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach recognizes unique student needs and focuses on matching services, not labeling students. Through the continuum, students have: 

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop. 
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to continue growing in their learning. 

Teachers, Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs), and school administrators work together to provide the following levels of service at the elementary level:  

Access to Rigor, Grades K-6 (Level I)  

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.  

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons.
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Access to Rigor is for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process. 

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II)  

Some students are strong in a specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these area(s) by: 

  • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects,
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness, and
  • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.  

Part-Time Services, Grades 3-6 (Level III)  

Some students have advanced academic needs in multiple subject areas in addition to specific subject differentiation. They need part-time AAP services.  

  • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.  

Full-Time Services, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)  

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).  

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive: 

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content. 

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year. 

Screening for Advanced Academic Program Services 

Multiple data points are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom. No pieces of the data are weighted in the holistic screening process.   

Eligibility decisions for subject-specific advanced differentiation and part-time services are made by a committee at the local school, and screening is ongoing throughout the school year. To refer for subject-specific advanced differentiation and part-time services, submit the AAP School-Based Referral Form to the AART at the local school. 

Eligibility decisions for full-time services are made by the countywide central selection committee. 

Screening for full-time services occurs during specific screening cycles:   

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.
    • The fall screening referral window is from the first day of school - October 15.
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student. 
    • The spring screening referral window is from the first day of school - December 15.

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in Grades 2-7. Referrals submitted after the full-time services referral windows noted above will not be accepted.   

Referral forms for all advanced academic program services are found at https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.   

Ability Testing 

FCPS uses ability testing as one consideration of the holistic screening process for advanced academic services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.   

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT).
  • All students in Grade 2 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). 
  • NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows.  

Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest of either the CogAT or the NNAT in grades 3-6. Requests must be made during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator Kayleigh Blunt ([email protected]) , no later than September 15 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT. 

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

A parent information meeting will be held at Cameron Elementary School on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 9:00 AM. The Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), Tiffany Reed, will provide information about levels of service, explain the screening processes, and answer questions about advanced academic services. A second meeting will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 6:00 PM to provide information about the AAP screening process.

Young Scholars 

The FCPS Young Scholars model seeks to identify and affirm, from an early age, students with high academic potential from groups historically underrepresented in advanced academic programming. The goal of the model is to eliminate barriers for Young Scholars’ access to and success in advanced academic opportunities in elementary, middle, and high school. 

Twice-Exceptional (2e) 

Some gifted students with advanced learning needs may also have a learning disability. Twice-exceptional (or “2e”) students need strengths-based instruction while receiving advanced programming. The FCPS continuum of AAP services provides multiple entry points to meet student needs while also supporting their learning challenges. FCPS has created a 2e handbook to help schools and families understand how to identify and serve 2e students. You can find these resources by going to www.fcps.edu and searching “2e.” 

 

Advanced Academic Programs in Middle and High School  Middle School AAP  

Advanced coursework at the middle school level is open enrollment. All students are encouraged to enroll in at least one Honors course each school year in an area of strength and/or interest.  

Students eligible for the full-time services have the option to attend the middle school center assigned to their address or enroll in Honors courses in the four core content areas at their base school. 

High School AAP 

Advanced coursework at the high school level is open enrollment. All students are encouraged to enroll in at least one Honors course beginning in Grade 9. Each high school in FCPS offers AP, IB or Dual Enrollment courses which begin in Grade 10 or 11, depending on the program and the school.

Additional information about middle and high school services may be found on the Advanced Academic Programs web page: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

 

Tiffany Reed

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher

[email protected] 

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Please RVSP for the Back to School Picnic! We hope to see you there. 

 

Cameron ES Interim Assistant Principal

Please join us and welcome our Interim Assistant Principal,  Kristin Bennink who began at Cameron on August 23rd and will be with us until further notice. Mrs. Bennink currently works in FCPS Office of School Supports in Region 1 schools. Mrs. Bennink has served in the role as Assistant Principal at Washington Mills Elementary and Bonnie Brae Elementary in FCPS.

Meet Our Librarian!

Mrs. Migliorini, or "Mrs. Migs," is new to the Cameron community this year. As part of a Coast Guard family, she has spent her career in elementary schools around the country and joins us from Tampa, Florida. After several years as a classroom teacher, Mrs. Migs was excited to get her Masters degree in Library Media Education and has spent the last 9 years as a school librarian, which she believes is the best job in the school. She is passionate about fostering joyful reading experiences for all students and providing instruction that guides them to be resourceful, responsible learners. When Mrs. Migs is not at school, she enjoys running, reading (of course), and spending time with her husband, 3 kids, and their adorable bulldog, Watson.

Family Liaison Corner 

From Susana Trupo

The Power of Self Care 

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others”. -Maya Angelo 

Dear Cameron Families 

You are wonderful care givers! Constantly putting ahead of your needs, the needs of your children. Self-care is forgotten, we need to recharge our batteries to keep going. See below some things you can do this month for self-care; please consider checking out and do one thing of this list every day, you will see the difference. Our counselors at Cameron are working on our School Wide Awareness Week for September 19 to 23 on Sleep Health. Please look for more information on that topic on my weekly column. 

Signed SR&R Form Due September 30 

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility (SR&R) 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, families must review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. Paper forms went home in the first day folder; families may sign the paper form or sign electronically in SIS ParentVue.  Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

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.  Students cannot take their laptop home until they have a signed SRR.

Please contact Tawanna Bates, registrar, at [email protected] if you are having difficulty accessing SIS ParentVue.

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. (Need help? Download this checklist in 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. Attend today, achieve tomorrow! 

Thank you to our Kindergarten parents that assisted with picture day on Friday! Annual Title I meeting

The FCPS Title I Town Hall will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 20th from 7:00-8:15 p.m. on Zoom. 

Zoom Link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/s/92517569120

All Cameron families are welcome to attend!

Multicultural Celebration & Health Fair Upcoming Events

September 17 4pm-6pm - Back to School Picnic (Cameron Elementary)

September 26 - Student Holiday - Rosh Hashanah

Oct 5 - Holiday - Yom Kippur

Oct 10 - Student Holiday - Indigenous Peoples Day

Click to see the full 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

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September 1, 2022

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Counselor's Den

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year. The FCPS school counseling program provides comprehensive services to all students, supporting student success in academic, career, personal/social and social-emotional domains. for more information please visit FCPS Counseling Services

If you or your child would like to make an appointment with the counselor, please email us or give us a call.

Your School Counselors, 

Mrs. Heath ([email protected])

Grades: K, 2, 4, & 5

703-329-2147 (confidential voicemail)

Mrs. Bohnert ([email protected]

Grades: 1, 3, & 6

703-329-4887 (confidential voicemail)

Main Office: 703-329-2100

Letter from the Library

Mrs. Jessica Migliorini (Migs)

Hello, families! I am so excited to join the Cameron community and have enjoyed meeting all of our Cheetahs to start the year. This week, your students have started checking out books to enjoy at school and at home. Please encourage their reading skills and enjoyment by providing space and time for reading at home, such as a "reading corner" or bedtime reading routine. Help students practice responsibility by designating a safe place to keep library books away from food, water, or pets. I always recommend that students keep books in their backpacks so that they are ready to read at school or exchange for something new.

I look forward to getting to know you and your students throughout the year. We welcome family members to partner with our staff to build a strong library program. If you would like to volunteer in the Cameron Library, please complete a brief survey at https://bit.ly/3CHSdAL

Parent Information Line Available in 8 Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

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.

Labor Day

Friday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies.

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August 26, 2022

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Family Liaison Corner 

from Ms. Susana Trupo

Dear Cameron Families,

The school year 2022-2023 started on Monday 8/22. The energy at Cameron is great, we are so excited to have your children. I thought sharing the below information with you might help your children start a great school year.

Take their emotional pulse

Before the year gets underway, ask your child questions such as “What are your biggest worries about going back to school?” and “What are you most looking forward to doing this year?” “Say, ‘We want you to feel great about going to school every day, and if you feel like things are going off the rails, we’re here for you.’ This might easy up their level of stress.

Have them reflect on personal goals

Children can feel powerless because they have little control over things. Asking about setting simple goals, will give them some control.

As psychologist Haynes suggested “I tell them to display their goals in a prominent place where they will see it, because that keeps it fresh in their mind and serves as a motivator”,

Suggest them to connect with other children

Research shows that connecting with others can improve mental health, and children need the practice, but they may need an assist. If they’re too anxious to host a friend at home, you can suggest a structured activity such as a basketball at the park. Encourage them to sign up for at least one after-school club that reflects their interests, too.

The idea is to find low-pressure opportunities where kids can practice making eye contact and resolving conflict.

Affirm that they’ll be fine

Focus on the strengths of your children, that will make them feel self-confident, mentioned that we all make mistakes, and it is ok to make them if we learn something from them.

Assure them that after the school is done, you will always be there for them.

Accessing Student Rights & Responsibilities Forms Online

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 a message about acknowledging the Student Rights & Responsibilities.

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.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

1st Quarter Parent Teacher Conferences

During the 1st nine weeks of school, teachers will schedule conferences with all families. October 31 is a student holiday and a teacher workday. Teachers will be available to hold conferences on this day and other dates that works best for the teacher and parent. Your child's teacher will communicate with you within the next month to schedule conferences. 

Buses and Delays

Please be aware that all of us are getting used to new routines at the start of the school year. Thank you for your patience as those routines are established. If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report. E-Notify (School Messenger) email messages will also be sent to announce significant bus delays. Contact the Transportation Office at 703-446-2050.  For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

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 on our website.

Parents can Receive Text Messages from FCPS for Emergencies and Essential Information

Make sure your cell phone numbers are listed in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children. Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using [email protected]

Text messages will be sent in the event of emergencies, delays or school closings, if buses are running more than 30 minutes late, if your student missed the morning attendance deadline, and for other important reminders. 

Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on your cell phone service plan. More about text messages is available online.

COVID Updates

Earlier this 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.

Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights

Fairfax County Public Schools wants all parents to understand its policies regarding surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights.

Please look for an email that you should have received August 18 in which FCPS shared the 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. If you have children at different grade levels, please read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level.

Get more information and view the 2022-23 Opt-Out Booklets

From Lee Mount Vernon Sports Club: 

LMVSC has been providing sports opportunities for over 50 years. We never turn a child away based on finances. We are strengthening our communities by: providing activities and exercise for kids; reinforcing friendships made through their school and neighborhoods; making new friends on the field; and building confidence and learning new skills.

Go to https://lmvsc.org/ for more information!

Upcoming Events
  • Friday, September 2 and Monday, September 5 - School Closed for Labor Day Holiday 
  • Thursday, September 17 4pm-6pm- Back to School Picnic (Cameron Elementary)
  • Monday, September 26 - No School for Students

Click to see the full 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

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