Cameron News You Choose 12/2/2020

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Online Learning Program Contest

FCPS has provided all elementary students with responsive online learning software this year to support with Language Arts and Math learning.  Students can access these programs through our Clever Portal.  Students who access these programs regularly are shown to make significant gains in learning. Students are encourage to use these programs daily.

 

In order to go into winter break with as much learning energy as possible, we are going to have competition to see how many minutes of ST math and Imagine Language and Literacy our students can complete to boost their learning.

The contest starts this week and will continue until Thursday, December 17th.

 

These incentives will be in place as rewards for participation before Winter Break:

  • The student with the most active* usage in each grade level will win a $5 gift card.
  • If all the grade levels reach their average usage goal for ST math and Imagine Learning for a given week, Mr. Johnson or Ms. Tkach will get a pie in their face.
  • The class with the highest average usage will win a Dance Party with DJ Mr. Johnson.
  • See the contest video here
PTA Meeting Tonight

PTA Meeting With Mr. Johnson

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020

Time: 7:30pm

Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/rxo-syhr-muv

Join by phone (US) +1 402-724-0042 (PIN: 655760173)

Mr. Johnson will join us to discuss school update. 

Agenda

School update - Mr. Johnson

PTA Budget presentation/budget approval

Pumpkin Art participation

Fundraiser update - Chipotle, Haute Dog and Amazon

Food Drive for December

Potential events for Spring - Physical Activities

  • Jan - Readathon 
  • Feb - Valentine sidewalk of love with chalk
  • March - outdoor play day
  • April - Tie Dye shirt day
  • May - Fun Run day

Participation from members

See you on Wednesday! 

Sandy Yi-Davis

PTA President.  

Computer Troubles

After the Thanksgiving Break a lot more computers seem to be acting up.  We have a bit of a waitlist, so thank you for your patience.  Please keep submitting tickets or contacting us if your school computer isn’t working and someone from our office will be schedule your appointment as soon as one is available. Click here to report an issue.

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Acknowledge a staff member today!

Winter Break  DECEMBER 21, 2020 – JANUARY 01, 2021                             Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday - Student Holiday  JANUARY 18, 2021                                                         Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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Principal's Note

Happy Thanksgiving Families,

Mrs. Tkach and I wish all of our Cameron families a Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for as we take this time to pause during these challenging times. Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together and create fond everlasting memories. This Thanksgiving will probably look different for many of us, but we will continue to persevere and enforce safety protocols to keep everyone safe and healthy. One of Cameron’s strong attributes is COMMUNITY, and we are thankful for your dedication, commitment and support that make our school SHINE. Enjoy your holiday, and we will see the students next Monday, November 30th.

Best,

Mr. Johnson & Mrs. Tkach

New Special Education Teacher At Cameron ES

Please join me and welcome Tara Graffio, a new member to our special education team at Cameron.

“I graduated from Liberty University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies. This will be my third-year teaching.  My husband is in the military and we just moved from Georgia to Virginia. I have two sons and one very energetic dog. I look forward to working with the staff and families at Cameron!”

Thanksgiving Fun And Educational Activities

K-2

Jack Hartman Pow Wow     

Gobble Gobble Turkey Wobble   

turkey hokey pokey   

Turkey Dance Kids Learning Station

turkey dance freeze

Turkey Fitness and Yoga

K-6

turkey day ninja

Turkey day Ninja 2

Turkeys On the Run

3-6

Turkey Chase Game

Turkey Platter Game      

Turkey Day This or That 

This or That

Thanksgiving I Spy

 

Helping Students Succeed In The Virtual Setting

 

Our teachers are working and doing their very best to create engaging learning content and frequently check in with students.  And, FCPS content blocking software does have it’s limitations when students are on the internet.

Our goal is to partner with families to maximize the LEARNING in the virtual setting.

Here are a few things you can do to help make sure your child is getting the most from distance learning.

  • Encourage or Require your student to turn on their video camera while in class so the teacher can see what he or she is doing
  • Check in on your child’s screen several times a day to see if they have YouTube or video games open in other tabs
  • Reach out to your child’s teacher if you haven’t had a conference and ask if your child is participating and turning in assignments
  • Talk to your child about your expectations for their learning and doing their work each day
  • Ask your child to show you their assignments on Google Classroom once a week (You can see what is due and what has been turned in)

We appreciate all you are doing and have done to support us in this new normal.  It is  hard work and we see all the help you are providing every day. Thank you.

Reminder:  Referral Window For Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their student is screened for AAP Level IV in the coming cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1. 

 

Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

Take Care Of Your Health And Wellness

It is more important than ever to get your flu shot

  • Health Department Clinics in Mt. Vernon, Herndon, and Fairfax City (Willard) are providing flu shots for those on Medicaid, Medicare, and who are uninsured. Please call 703-246-7100 to make an appointment.
  • Senior Centers are making appointments for flu shots too. Call 703-246-6010 to make an appointment.
  • Neighborhood Health, primarily serving eastern Fairfax, will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-535-5568 to make an appointment
  • Healthworks primarily serving western Fairfax will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-481-8160 to make an appointment

For those who are insured, please visit:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Just about any pharmacy
FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

Community Support

Warmline Available to All Virginians Struggling to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of so many people. To support Virginians, the VA C.O.P.E.S. (compassionate, optimistic, person-centered, empowering support) warmline is available to offer support. The mental health tip line started in May 2020 and, thanks to new funding, the service will be extended through May 2021. 

Any Virginian can make a confidential call and speak to a crisis counselor about what's bothering them. The line is available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and 5pm-9pm on the weekends by phone or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish counselors are also available.

The warmline is available to residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic including isolation, fear, grief, and anxiety. Not only will callers be provided a supportive compassionate ear, but they will also be provided additional information, resources, and referrals as needed.

Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 12/17/20: All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Let’s Talk About Character 

What Does Strong Character Mean? 

Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen

A weekly Cameron School Counseling Series

      Character is a set of qualities, or values, that shape our thoughts, actions, reactions and feelings. 

      People with strong character...are honest and fair     

                                              show compassion           display self-discipline in setting and meeting goals      make good judgments      show respect to others

                 show courage in standing up for beliefs              have a strong sense of responsibility      are good citizens who are concerned for their community      maintain self-respect  

Honesty and Fairness

Simply put, honesty means being truthful with ourselves and with others. It means caring enough about others not to mislead them for personal benefit. It means facing up to our mistakes, even when we have to admit them to others or when they may get us into trouble.

Fairness means acting in a just way and making decisions, especially important ones, on the basis of evidence rather than prejudice. It means "playing by the rules" and standing up for the right of everyone to be treated equally and honestly.

To understand the importance of being honest and fair, children need to learn that living together in a family, community or even a nation depends on mutual trust. Without honesty and fairness, trusting each other becomes very difficult, and families—and societies—fall apart.

Words of caution: There is a big difference between being dishonest—lying or cheating—and "making things up," as children often do in fantasy play. If children are taught that not telling the truth is "a bad thing," some young children might assume that it is also a bad thing to pretend to be a princess or an astronaut. Although you should discourage your child from deliberately lying and cheating, you should also let him know that it is fine to role play and pretend.

What You Can Do

  • Be a model of honest relations with others.
  • Discuss with your child what honesty is and is not. Point out, for example, that being honest doesn't mean saying something in a hurtful or mean way.   Kindness goes along with honesty.

Information provided by the US Department of Education  https://www2.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml

Visit the United Community Website for more information.

 https://www.unitedcommunity.org/

Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Winter Break  DECEMBER 21, 2020 – JANUARY 01, 2021 Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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Cameron’s Assistant Principal, Mrs. Tkach is supporting students during their concurrent instruction with our art teacher, Mr. Johnson. To see concurrent instruction in action, view this video of Superintendent Brabrand’s observation at a local elementary school.

Principal's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

We are in the process of hiring monitors to join our staff as we begin to phase in more students. I am sharing with you the description and qualifications if you are interested. We are still looking for potential hires and please email me etjohnson@fcps.edu if you have any leads..

Classroom Monitors:

Description:  Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and noninstructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications:  Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population

Thank You,

Mr. Johnson

Principal

Family Guide For Return To School

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings
for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student health, safety, and emotional well-being. Click here

Need to refresh your child’s home library? You will find fantastic new books at our online Scholastic Book Fair.  Free shipping on BOOK-ONLY orders over $25.  Shop online now to support our school! 

 

Click “Shop the Store” or “Shop the Virtual Fair” to get started.

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/cameronelementaryschool2

 

Helpful Hints:

  • Make sure to create an account only if you need more time to shop.  As a security feature, your cart does not save automatically.
  • To take advantage of the free shipping for BOOK-ONLY orders over $25 and buy other items, create two separate carts-one for books, and the other for items such as pens, journals, stuffed toys and more. 

 

If you need any assistance, please contact our librarian, Ms. Lanier at allanier@fcps.edu

Let’s Talk about Character 

Information provided by the US Department of Education  https://www2.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml 

And The Cameron School Counseling Team

What Does Strong Character Mean? 

Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen

A weekly Cameron School Counseling Series

Character is a set of qualities, or values, that shape our thoughts, actions, reactions and feelings. 

People with strong character...show compassion          

                                                 are honest and fair            display self-discipline in setting and meeting goals      make good judgments      show respect to others

                     show courage in standing up for beliefs              have a strong sense of responsibility      are good citizens who are concerned for their community      maintain self-respect  

 

Compassion, or empathy, means identifying with and being concerned about other people's feelings and needs. It provides the emotional root for caring about other people. It allows us to be understanding and tolerant of different points of views and beliefs, it makes us aware of the suffering of others, and it allows us to empathize with them or to feel their suffering as our own. Compassion also allows us to feel joy and excitement—rather than anger and despair—at other people's successes and achievements.

Babies may begin to cry when they hear other sounds of crying, and coo and laugh when they hear others making happy sounds. By the age of three, many children will make an effort to hug or comfort another child or a parent who seems upset. As children grow, compassion can guide their actions and behaviors in positive ways. They understand that by doing something wrong, they cause others pain or unhappiness.

We can promote compassion by helping our children to think about how others feel. For example, if your child says or does something hurtful to another child, help him to focus his attention on the feelings of his victim by saying, for example, "How do you think Zack feels? Would you like to feel like that?" Children develop compassion by practicing acts of caring and kindness towards others. As adults, we need to emphasize the importance of helping others, giving others the benefit of the doubt and being open to differences.

New to FCPS Student Speech, Voice, and Language Screenings: Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

Per Virginia Child Find Regulations (8 VAC 20-81-50), students newly enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools in kindergarten through 3rd grade must be screened in the areas of speech, voice, and language to determine if a referral for an evaluation for special education and related services is indicated. Screenings will be coordinated at each school by the assigned speech-language pathologist(s). Screenings may take place in-person or virtually. 

Screenings for new to FCPS students in kindergarten through 2nd grade who are currently enrolled will be initiated the week of December 1, 2020.  Screenings for new to FCPS students in 3rd grade who currently enrolled will be initiated the week of January 4, 2021.  Students who enroll after their grade level returns to in-person instruction will be screened within 60 business days of enrollment.  Notice to families of the screening will be provided via Keep in Touch.

“GO PAPERLESS” PROGRESS REPORT OPTION NOW AVAILABLE

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all ES parents to allow them to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of SY 20/21. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless" All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level. 

 

ATTENDANCE DURING VIRTUAL LEARNING

Consistent attendance is important for the learning growth of each student.  FCPS is required to record student attendance every day.  If your child will be absent from school, please follow the procedures listed below:

  • Report your student’s absence to school any day he/she is unable to participate in learning, including on Mondays. 
  • If an absence is not reported, teachers and/or school personnel will attempt to contact parents to identify the student’s absence reasons. 
    • An eNotify (electronic) message will be sent to parents about the student absence.
    • Parents should contact the school and provide information about the student absence. 703-329-2129 or https://camerones.fcps.edu/node/409

 More information on FCPS attendance can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/attendance-policies

Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Winter Break  DECEMBER 21, 2020 – JANUARY 01, 2021 Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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Principal's Note

Good Evening Families,

We are excited to share that our teachers will be meeting in teams next week to review student data. The purpose of the grade level data meetings is to review students’ data by name and need to determine what intervention(s) might need to be put into place to close student gaps.

Our Instructional Coaches, Math and Reading Specialists will be in attendance to help create plans for student interventions and provide support with resources. This best practice will allow us to dig deeper and help guide instruction to meet individual students’ needs.

Thank you,

Eric T. Johnson

Principal

Dear Parents and Families:

We are working hard to keep kids reading and raise critical funds for our school with our Scholastic Online-Only Book Fair starting Monday, November 9, 2020 to Sunday, November 22, 2020.  Your kids will connect to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong readers. And you will love the new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives — directly from the interactive booklist.

Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Access to over 6,000 products
  • All orders ship directly to your home
  • FREE shipping on BOOK-ONLY orders over $25
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Click this link to view the Premium Digital Book Fair Flyer F20     

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started November 9th with online shopping: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/cameronelementaryschool2

Thank you for continuing to support our school.

Happy reading,

Eric T. Johnson

Principal

Cameron Elementary School

Book Character Day

Book Character Day was huge success! View Book Character Day pictures here. Thank you to everyone who participated in Spirt Week and Book Character Day last week!

New Part Time Counselor At Cameron

Hello my name is Mitra Ghandeharizadeh, the new part-time School Counselor. This is my 4th year serving students as a School Counselor and my first year at Cameron! As a School Counselor I am able to support students individually, in small groups and within the classroom setting. I work with students to help develop social-emotional skills such as self-awareness, understanding and managing emotions, forming positive relationships with others, responsible decision making and various other topics. Please feel free to contact me at maghandehari@fcps.edu with any questions or concerns you may have. I very much look forward to supporting our students and becoming a part of the Cameron community! 

FCPS RETURN TO SCHOOL INFORMATION

Check out the following link for families. Student Health and Safety Guidance Document  

What are the metrics that determine if FCPS changes their operating status? 

 Core Indicators

1.Number of new cases per 100,000 persons within the last 14 days

2.Percentage of RT-PCR tests that are positive during the last 14 days

3.Ability of the school to implement five (5) key mitigation strategies: masks, social distancing, hand/hygiene/respiratory etiquette, cleaning & disinfecting, and contact tracing

What is the current state of the ventilation/air filtration inside the school building and classrooms?

FCPS follows WHO, CDC and Virginia Health Department guidance to reduce the risk for exposure to coronavirus. Schools are designed to ventilate outdoor air throughout the day to reduce the buildup of pollutants and odors. Maintenance staff routinely conduct scheduled preventative maintenance on all mechanical, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems, to ensure the systems are clean and working optimally. FCPS also follows guidance provided by industry experts. FCPS works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to stay informed of the most up-to-date scientific knowledge and data available to help staff and the community better prepare for returning to school. 

Please review this new resource created by FCPS - Family Guide for Return to School 

FCPS Hiring Substitutes And Classroom Monitors

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

If you are interested in a position at Cameron please contact Mr. Johnson at etjohnson@fcps.edu

FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Cameron issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.
  Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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News You Choose will be an important way that our Cameron families receive information and event details throughout the school year. Please help us spread the word by asking others to sign up in order to receive these newsletters. Your help is appreciated!

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Principal's Note Returning To School

Cameron Families,

Yesterday, we held a town hall to help answer some questions regarding concurrent learning. If you were unable to attend, we did record the meeting. The meeting, PowerPoint, and a video on Concurrent Instruction can be viewed here.

We will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction. If you chose in-person instruction, we will assume your student(s) will return to in-person instruction. If you chose all-virtual instruction we will assume you will continue in that format. If your circumstances have changed, please contact Mrs. Tawanna Bates at 703-329-2100 or tjbates@fcps.edu no later than Friday, October 30th. We will try to accommodate your request based on the availability of staff and space. 

Tomorrow is a two-hour release which means all instruction will stop at 2:00pm. All in school classes will not take place in school.

Monday, 11/2, and Tuesday, 11/3 are student holidays.

Thank You,

Help Wanted (Support Positions)

Cameron ES is in need of additional support as we move to in-classroom learning. We will have several hourly paid positions available. If you are interested in supporting children and teachers when students return to Cameron, this may be a good opportunity. Interested candidates should send an email to Principal Johnson ETJohnson@fcps.edu.

  End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020     Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020     Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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News You Choose will be an important way that our Cameron families receive information and event details throughout the school year. Please help us spread the word by asking others to sign up in order to receive these newsletters. Your help is appreciated!

Cameron News You Choose 10/28/2020

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Principal's Note (Meeting Tonight)

Good Afternoon Parents,

Cameron will host a Parent Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday October 28th at 7pm to discuss the Concurrent Model, Face to Face and Online Instruction. Here is the link to join the meeting

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/0c57c085305b4a64a0420da46599dbd7.

We hope to see you.there.

 

Thank you,

Eric T. Johnson

Principal

Back To School Details

Dear Cameron Families, 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is planning to bring additional student groups back to school for in-person instruction in the near future. We will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff. To learn more, visit here.

The following groups of students will be returning to in-person instruction (start dates below are tentative and subject to change):    

Group 5:

November 16 – tentative date

Early Head Start (infants and toddlers) 

PreK (three and four year olds)

Kindergarten

Intensive Support Needs(students instructed w/ modified curriculum for at least 50% of their core courses and instructed in special education settings 50% or more of their instructional day),

Specialized Center-based Programs – Special Education (Vision Program @ Robinson)

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Programs at Canterbury Woods ES, Frost MS and Woodson HS - students with 50% or more of core content areas in Special Education settings 

 

Group 6:

November 30 - tentative date

Grades 1-2

Specialized Career Centers – Special Education (Davis and Pulley Centers w/ target learner profile)

 

Group 7:

January 4 – tentative date

Grades 3-6

Secondary Public Day Programs — Special Education (Burke MS, Cedar Lane, Quander Road) Davis and Pulley Centers (students w/ target learner profile)

 

Group 8:

January 26– tentative date

Grades 7-12 

Davis and Pulley Career Centers

 

The following special education groups will receive in-person instruction four (4) days per week (Tues - Fri)

- Intensive Support Needs - Group 5

- Center Based Programs (Vision and Hearing) - Group 6

 

We will be using concurrent instruction for students who receive in-person instruction. This means that students who elect in-person instruction will receive two days of teacher-led instruction in the school building and two days of teacher-led instruction at home. Students who elect all-virtual learning will continue to receive four days of teacher-led instruction at home.

In either format, Mondays will be a full day of independent learning for students to give our teachers more time to prepare and plan the week’s lessons. This will begin on Monday, November 9, 2020 for Group 5 and on November 16, 2020 for Group 6.  November 12 and 13 will be teacher workdays and independent learning days for Group 5 students to give our teachers time to prepare and plan for in-person instruction.  November 20, 23, and 24 will be teacher workdays and independent learning days for Group 6 students.

Some schools are already piloting concurrent instruction. The Superintendent will report his findings on the pilot program at the November 12 School Board work session.  

Here is a video that demonstrates how a concurrent classroom will look.

We will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction. If you chose in-person instruction, we will assume your student(s) will return to in-person instruction in accordance with the schedule above. If you chose all-virtual instruction we will assume you will continue in that format. If your circumstances have changed, please contact Mrs. Tawanna Bates at 703-329-2100 or tjbates@fcps.edu no later than Friday, October 30th. We will try to accommodate your request based on the availability of staff and space. 

We will strive to minimize the impact of this transition; however, some students may experience a change in schedule or class assignment as we work to accommodate everyone’s preferences.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue on this journey to deliver the best instruction for all FCPS students. 

Sincerely, 

Mr. Johnson                Mrs. Tkach

Principal                      Assistant Principal

 

Spirt Week Continues This Thursday And Friday Book Character Day This Friday! Outstanding Employee Awards

 

  • Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Cameron Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://forms.gle/KS3SUodVwHBL9pt88.  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)
  • All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.
Healthy Minds Pod Cast

Join FCPS Instructional Technology Specialist Tammy Sisk for a conversation on how to create balance and well-being within our current virtual learning and living environment. (29 minutes)

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No School On November 2nd and 3rd

November 2-3: School Planning Day and Teacher Workday

    • Student holidays - no asynchronous or synchronous instruction
Two Hour Early Release This Friday October 30th (No IN-Person Classes)   End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020     Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020     Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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Principal's Note

 

Good Afternoon Parents,

Cameron will host a Parent Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday October 28th at 7pm to discuss the Concurrent Model, Face to Face and Online Instruction. Here is the link to join the meeting

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/0c57c085305b4a64a0420da46599dbd7.

We hope to see you.there.

 

Thank you,

Eric T. Johnson

Principal

  End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020     Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020     Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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Principal's Note

Dear Cameron Families, 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is planning to bring additional student groups back to school for in-person instruction in the near future. We will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff. To learn more, visit here.

The following groups of students will be returning to in-person instruction (start dates below are tentative and subject to change):    

Group 5:

November 16 – tentative date

Early Head Start (infants and toddlers) 

PreK (three and four year olds)

Kindergarten

Intensive Support Needs(students instructed w/ modified curriculum for at least 50% of their core courses and instructed in special education settings 50% or more of their instructional day),

Specialized Center-based Programs – Special Education (Vision Program @ Robinson)

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Programs at Canterbury Woods ES, Frost MS and Woodson HS - students with 50% or more of core content areas in Special Education settings 

 

Group 6:

November 30 - tentative date

Grades 1-2

Specialized Career Centers – Special Education (Davis and Pulley Centers w/ target learner profile)

 

Group 7:

January 4 – tentative date

Grades 3-6

Secondary Public Day Programs — Special Education (Burke MS, Cedar Lane, Quander Road) Davis and Pulley Centers (students w/ target learner profile)

 

Group 8:

January 26– tentative date

Grades 7-12 

Davis and Pulley Career Centers

 

The following special education groups will receive in-person instruction four (4) days per week (Tues - Fri)

- Intensive Support Needs - Group 5

- Center Based Programs (Vision and Hearing) - Group 6

 

We will be using concurrent instruction for students who receive in-person instruction. This means that students who elect in-person instruction will receive two days of teacher-led instruction in the school building and two days of teacher-led instruction at home. Students who elect all-virtual learning will continue to receive four days of teacher-led instruction at home.

In either format, Mondays will be a full day of independent learning for students to give our teachers more time to prepare and plan the week’s lessons. This will begin on Monday, November 9, 2020 for Group 5 and on November 16, 2020 for Group 6.  November 12 and 13 will be teacher workdays and independent learning days for Group 5 students to give our teachers time to prepare and plan for in-person instruction.  November 20, 23, and 24 will be teacher workdays and independent learning days for Group 6 students.

Some schools are already piloting concurrent instruction. The Superintendent will report his findings on the pilot program at the November 12 School Board work session.  

Here is a video that demonstrates how a concurrent classroom will look.

We will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction. If you chose in-person instruction, we will assume your student(s) will return to in-person instruction in accordance with the schedule above. If you chose all-virtual instruction we will assume you will continue in that format. If your circumstances have changed, please contact Mrs. Tawanna Bates at 703-329-2100 or tjbates@fcps.edu no later than Friday, October 30th. We will try to accommodate your request based on the availability of staff and space. 

We will strive to minimize the impact of this transition; however, some students may experience a change in schedule or class assignment as we work to accommodate everyone’s preferences.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue on this journey to deliver the best instruction for all FCPS students. 

Sincerely, 

Mr. Johnson                Mrs. Tkach

Principal                      Assistant Principal

 

  End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020     Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020     Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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Always Learning And Growing (even parents)!

Thank You To Everyone Who Participated In The Library Book Pick-Up This Past Monday!

Parents And Chidren Meeting Virtually With Our Parent Liaisons. Let's Keep The Collaboration Going!

What To Wear For Spirt Week Free And Reduced Lunch Application

The prices for paid breakfast and lunch are determined by the School Board and the price of reduced-price meals are established by the federal government.

Families who earn less than 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals and those with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of poverty level qualify for reduced-price meals.

We highly recommend all eligible families begin this process to ensure you are ready for a smooth start back to Cameron ES.

Click here to learn more

Flu Shot Information For Students And Families

For those who are uninsured:

  • Health Department Clinics in Mt. Vernon, Herndon, and Fairfax City (Willard) are providing flu shots for those on Medicaid, Medicare, and who are uninsured. Please call 703-246-7100 to make an appointment.
  • Senior Centers are making appointments for flu shots too. Call 703-246-6010 to make an appointment.
  • Neighborhood Health, primarily serving eastern Fairfax, will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-535-5568 to make an appointment
  • Healthworks primarily serving western Fairfax will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-481-8160 to make an appointment

For those who are insured, please visit:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Just about any pharmacy
  • Many grocery stores
Here Comes The Bus Mobile App

As a result of the Transportation Services' strategic plan, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has decided to pilot the Here Comes the Bus® mobile app at all FCPS locations.  Know when your bus is approaching your stop!  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

As a result of the Transportation Services' strategic plan, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has decided to pilot the Here Comes the Bus® mobile app at all FCPS locations.  Know when your bus is approaching your stop!  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

How to Get Started

Using the app is EASY!  You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent Account).  Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions below. 

From a smartphone or tablet, download (for free) the Here Comes the Bus® app from the App Store or Google Play.

Please wait 24-48 hours after creating a new SIS Parent Account.  

  1. Enter your email address associated with your SIS Parent Account.  Do Not Use the Student Login or Sign Up links.
  2. Enter FCPS school district code 28982.
  3. Enter your password associated with your SIS Parent Account.
  4. Click 'Login', just below password field.
  5. Next, you will be prompted to validate your account.  Please click the Validation Button (the app will close). Next, logon to your email account.
  6. Please open the validation email from Synovia and click the validate account link.  (If you do not receive email, check junk/spam folder)  A browser window will open.  Please close the browser window and return to the Here Comes the Bus® app.
  7. Repeat the previous login steps (Steps 1-4).
  8. Enter the name of your device.
  9. Close and log back onto the Here Comes the Bus® app.
  10. Under 'Students', you should see a list of your student(s) name.
  11. Confirm the information and you are ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus®.

Once signed-in, you can customize or edit features, including how the app will communicate with you, and the size and location of the notification radius around your child's bus stop.

Helpful Tips

The app tracks the bus route, not the student.

Sometimes we make bus substitutions and this can affect the accuracy of the Here Comes the Bus® app.  When a bus substitution is made, the Here Comes the Bus® app may not work.

Please note that no bus tracking service is 100 percent accurate; DO NOT assume the bus is not coming just because the app did not notify you!  If in doubt about the arrival of a bus, please contact the Transportation office that supports your child's school.

The bus stop associated with your child for morning and afternoon bus service is the location you can draw the radius around; the app does not track after school athletics, or any other transportation we provide.

School Year 2019-20 bus stop information for your student(s) will be available on FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard).

You must have your SIS Parent Account information in order to use the app.  If you need your SIS Parent Account information, you must contact your child's school.  Transportation staff will NOT be able to provide this information to you.

Depending on your cell provider and coverage strength, notifications may be delayed due to bad cell phone reception.

Things to Know

How Does it Work?

Here Comes the Bus® uses global positioning system (GPS) technology to locate and track your child's school bus.  It is powered by software from Synovia Solutions, who are experts at tracking data, which they have been providing to fleet managers across North America for over 15 years.

Is the Information Private and Secure?

Here Comes the Bus® uses HTTPS, just like a bank or online store, which means that all communications between your web browser and the site is encrypted and secure.  (That is what the S in 'HTTPS' stands for - secure)

Do I Need Separate Accounts for Each of My Children?  Or Separate Accounts if We All Want to be Notified Separately?

Separate accounts will NOT be needed.  You may log into the app using your SIS Parent Account email address and password.  Once signed-in, click on 'Students' and you should see a list of your student(s) name.  This can be a shared account.   If each family member wants to be notified separately, click on 'Settings', then 'Contacts', and 'Add Email'.

Staying Safe Online

Digital Citizenship Week is October 19-23, 2020. Being a digital citizen is all about taking ownership of our actions and using technology responsibly and respectfully. During Digital Citizenship Week, our goal is to teach kids how to learn, create, and participate responsibly in the digital world.

Interested in more resources to empower you to help your kids to be strong digital citizens? Check out the student activities, interactives, and videos from Wide Open School.  You can also check the reviews of movies TV shows, and books at Common Sense Media for parents.

Parent / Teacher Conferences

As we near the end of the 1st quarter, teachers will be reaching out to you to schedule a parent teacher conference.  These will be especially important this year as teachers will share information about your child’s participation and progress in distance learning that may not be easy to capture in a progress report.   This is also an important opportunity for setting goals to help make the learning most successful.

Book Character Fun Day October 30th

 

We are pleased to announce the Cameron Book Character Fun Day will be held virtually on Friday, October 30th. This is a school-wide event where students, as well as teachers, are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character.

Students should not dress in scary costumes or wear masks.  All character costumes should connect to a book. Following Cameron’s tradition our principal, Mr. Johnson, will end the event with a read aloud of a special story online. The video presentation link will be shared at a later date. 

We would love to see your BOOtiful faces! 

See you there,

Ms. Thomas                                                Ms. Lanier

Kindergarten Teacher                                 Librarian 

No Meals ON Nov 3rd

Many schools will be used as polling places on November 3rd, Food and Nutrition Services will not be providing meal service on Election Day. They will provide two days-worth of meals on November 2nd. This is very similar to how they distribute weekend meals on Fridays.

Book Fair In November

The Scholastic book fair is coming November 9th – November 22nd this year!

Parents/Guardians and students, the Scholastic Book Fair will be online starting Monday, November 9th through Sunday, November 22nd.  You can order 

books from home and your purchases will be sent directly to you.  That’s right-your books will be sent to the address you requested.  More information to come soon. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Lanier, Cameron’s librarian, at allanier@fcps.edu.

  End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020     Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020     Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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Principal's Note

Hello Families,

Cameron’s Wellness Team members are listed below. The team is committed and dedicated to support our school community. Please reach out to them if you need assistance related to social and emotional learning or resources.

I am Porscha Baker the School Social Worker.  I have been at Cameron Elementary School for about five years.  As the school social worker, I am able to provide families with community resources, provide support to students within a group or individually.  I also support families during crisis providing information on resources or directing through processes to gain additional support.  Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.  I can be reached at pjbaker@fcps.edu

I am Jaynie Van Sant the new school psychologist who will be working with you this year. I have worked in the greater DC area for the past 10 years and starting my 3rd year with FCPS. I am excited to meet you all and work with the students at Cameron as I have heard such great things! In my role as school psychologist I am able to support students through consultation with you and their families to develop a plan to best meet their social-emotional needs. I can work with students individually or in small groups, as well as push into your classroom to help with SEL this year. I support families with accessing resources and navigating the special education process by completing psychological assessments and explaining testing results. I’m sure I will meet many of you through local screening, IEP and MTSS meetings. You can reach me at ajvansant@fcps.edu.

I am Lisa Heath the School Counselor. This is my 26th year teaching and my 3rd as a Counselor at Cameron.  I support students in their classroom setting and in small groups to develop skills to make and keep friends, understand and manage emotions, set academic and personal goals and many other life-skill topics. I can be reached at lpheath@fcps.edu or CameronESCounselors@fcps.edu. I look forward to working with you closely this year to support the students at Cameron

Our Wellness Team members are committed to supporting our families. Please do not be reluctant to reach out during this challenging time. We need our parents to understand that we will work with you and be flexible around meeting students’ needs.

Thank you,

Eric T. Johnson

Principal

Parent / Teacher Conferences

As we near the end of the 1st quarter, teachers will be reaching out to you to schedule a parent teacher conference.  These will be especially important this year as teachers will share information about your child’s participation and progress in distance learning that may not be easy to capture in a progress report.   This is also an important opportunity for setting goals to help make the learning most successful.

Book Character Fun Day October 30th

 

We are pleased to announce the Cameron Book Character Fun Day will be held virtually on Friday, October 30th. This is a school-wide event where students, as well as teachers, are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character.

Students should not dress in scary costumes or wear masks.  All character costumes should connect to a book. Following Cameron’s tradition our principal, Mr. Johnson, will end the event with a read aloud of a special story online. The video presentation link will be shared at a later date. 

We would love to see your BOOtiful faces! 

See you there,

Ms. Thomas                                                Ms. Lanier

Kindergarten Teacher                                 Librarian 

Library Checkout at Cameron

Cameron’s library Curbside Checkout/Pickup will take place this Monday, October 19th from 1pm to 4 pm in the Kiss & Ride lane.  At this time, students can check out a Mystery Grab Bag containing grade level library books-2 interest and 1 nonfiction for Pre K & Kindergarten and 1 interest and 1 nonfiction for grades 1-6.  These books must be returned on November 4th in order for students to check out new ones.  Make sure to have a piece of paper visible in the vehicle’s windshield listing student name(s) and grade(s) in order to speed up checkout. 

Student Rights And Responsibilities

The 2020-21 SR&R book is now available translated into 7 languages.  Please visit this page to access the book and find other resources.

All families must submit the parent acknowledgement form by October 30, 2020.

USDA Is Providing Free Meals for Students (Breakfast And Lunch) Every Day Until December 31st

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that FCPS and other school districts can continue serving free meals to all children through December 31. FCPS has distributed more than 3.1 million grab and go meals since schools closed in March. The goal is to provide every FCPS student daily access to a nutritious breakfast and lunch.

Buses are delivering grab and go meals throughout the county. Several new bus routes have been added and some bus stop locations have changed. Any changes to bus routes are posted on the website by 5 p.m. each day. Meals on buses will be distributed Monday through Friday beginning at 6:30 a.m. Information about bus routes for food distribution is available online.

Stop Arrival Stop Departure Stop Location Schools Serving 6:35 AM 6:45 AM Richmond Highway @ City Side Apartments

Edison HS, Twain MS, Cameron ES

 

6:50 AM 7:00 AM Farrington Av & Liberty Dr Edison HS, Twain MS, Cameron ES

 

If there are bus delays while distributing grab and go meals, the information will be posted on the FCPS Bus Delay website. FCPS will also send a message to the affected school communities if a bus route is delayed.

Grab and go service hours at school sites have been extended to 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) with both breakfast and lunch being served at the same time. 

Please Note: Breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays and Sundays are now being distributed at all sites and bus routes each Friday.  

No Meals ON Nov 3rd

Many schools will be used as polling places on November 3rd, Food and Nutrition Services will not be providing meal service on Election Day. They will provide two days-worth of meals on November 2nd. This is very similar to how they distribute weekend meals on Fridays.

ST Math

Encourage your child to access ST Math at home during asynchronous learning times.  In ST Math, the puzzles start of simple and then get more challenging as your child progresses.  When your child reaches a challenging problem, he or she may ask for help. To find the ST Math link visit the Student Resource page at Cameron ES.

 

To help them, ask questions like:

  • What do you notice about the puzzle?
  • What can you click?
  • What can you do to get JiJi across the screen?
  • What question is this puzzle asking?
  • Describe the strategy you are going to use?
  • Describe what you see after you click.  What did you learn?
  • What will you do now? What do you expect to see?
  • What did you learn from the previous level that can help you here?
Book Fair In November

The Scholastic book fair is coming November 9th – November 22nd this year!

Parents/Guardians and students, the Scholastic Book Fair will be online starting Monday, November 9th through Sunday, November 22nd.  You can order 

books from home and your purchases will be sent directly to you.  That’s right-your books will be sent to the address you requested.  More information to come soon. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Lanier, Cameron’s librarian, at allanier@fcps.edu.

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches

Upcoming Events at Cameron Elementary School   End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020     Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020     Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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Principal's Note

Good Afternoon Families,

Cameron Elementary is a Title I school which is based on the number of students that receive free and reduced lunch. As a result, we get federal dollars to support our instructional programming. Cameron has approximately 65% of its student population that receives free and reduced lunch.  Below is information to give you specific details in how Title I schools are supported.

Thank you,

Eric T. Johnson

Principal

Links To Title I Documents Including What Is Title I PowerPoint)

Upcoming Events at Cameron Elementary School    Indigenous People's Day - Student Holiday  OCTOBER 12, 2020     End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020     Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020     Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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Cameron News You Choose 10/1/2020

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Advanced Academic Program Parent Information Session & Level IV Screening Updates

 

A parent information meeting about the AAP Levels of Service and the AAP Screening Process for Level IV services will be held online, Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

How to Prepare for Parent Information Sessions

 

Step #1:  Review the voice-over presentation and the Power Point presentations beforehand to maximize time for Q & A.

Step #2:  Attend virtual information session on October 1, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.    Meeting Link

Level IV Referral Information

If you wish to submit a Level IV referral, please note that the Level IV referral deadline differs for students new to FCPS (enrolled January 1, 2020 or later) and those who enrolled prior to that date.

  • Students New to FCPS (Grades 3-6) - Referral Deadline is October 8, 2020. New Students to FCPS are those enrolling January 1, 2020 or later.  The deadline for Level IV referrals by October 8, 2020.  Please view the AAP website for more specific information. Link for referral form.
  • Students Enrolled in FCPS Prior to January 1, 2020 (Grades 2-6) -  Referral Deadline is December 1, 2020.  Link for referral form.   

For more information on Level IV screening and COVID updates, please visit the AAP website.

Please email all referral forms to Cameron’s Advance Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Tiffany Reed, tlreed@fpcs.edu

 

Cameron Library Curbside Checkout/Pickup

Cameron’s library will soon open for Curbside Checkout/Pickup.  Students will be able to check out 3 books in a Mystery Grab Bag starting on October 19th from 1 pm to 4 pm. Library books must be returned every 3 weeks in order for students to check out new books.  Contact Ms. Lanier, Cameron’s librarian at 703-329-2116 if you have any questions.

Laptop Camera Not Working?

Computer Issue:

Many students are logging into Blackboard Collaborate before Snagit has loaded on the computer. As a result, video cameras are not working when using Blackboard Collaborate. Please follow the steps below each day to ensure your child is able to get the most out of their online classes

 

1. Students, please leave your machines on, and restart at the end of the day. 

2. When you login, please wait until the screen has loaded completely….yes         this may take a minute or more.

3. When you see that Snagit has loaded (see below), THEN try to start class, etc.

 

Helpful Hints

Developing and supporting EXPECTATIONS in the virtual environment. 

Expectations are guidelines developed for children to understand the types of behaviors expected of them throughout the school day. Expectations that are clear, concise, and consistent can help children to feel more confident, engaged, and connected to the learning environment. 

In the virtual environment parents can develop and support the teaching of expectations. Start by selecting 1-2 expectations as the goal for the day or week depending on the needs of your child. Initiate a discussion, model, and practice with your child what that behavior should look and sound like. Incorporate visuals (such as the sample and blank templates) or individualized pictures (child made drawings or photos of the child doing the appropriate expectation). The visuals should be posted within the instructional area to serve as reminders of those expectations. Practice and review the selected expectations each day prior to virtual instruction. This can be done through a discussion with the visuals asking: “What is your goal for today? What should your behavior look and sound like?” You may also want to use the Distance Learning Social Story provided below.

Remember it is important to start small and focus on only 1 or 2 expectations to ensure success. As your child demonstrates the appropriate expectations, more can be added. Don’t forget to praise your child when they demonstrate the appropriate expectations! 

Helpful Links For Return To School

FCPS Plan for Return to School provides information from our school board and superintendent's offices. There is also a document for Frequently Asked Questions for Parents and Guardians

Student Health and Safety Guidance Document:

https://www.fcps.edu/blog/student-health-and-safety-guidance-document

Classes for our Parents begins in Cameron

Cameron Elementary School will offer various classes for our parents and their young children ages 0-4 years old beginning October 5th. Interested parents should contact the Parent Liaisons. Please email Mrs. McNealy at ijmcnealy@fcps.edu and Mrs. Ana Rodriguez at amrodriguez@fcps.edu to register. The deadline is Friday, October 2nd. It is best to register ASAP! We are unable to accept late registration.

Classes include:

  • Early Literacy
  • English
  • DMV Practice Test
  • Computer Class
  • Hippy
  • Zumbini
Upcoming Events at Cameron Elementary School   Indigenous People's Day - Student Holiday  OCTOBER 12, 2020     End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020     Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020     Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

Help Us Spread the Word

News You Choose will be an important way that our Cameron families receive information and event details throughout the school year. Please help us spread the word by asking others to sign up in order to receive these newsletters. Your help is appreciated!

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Parent Coffee

 

Good Morning Cameron Families,

 

We will be hosting our first Parent Coffee tomorrow afternoon at 4pm-5pm virtually on Blackboard. The link is https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/1b3e195b0c724e849588c4eba6a29951. Please join our Cameron Mental Wellness Team for an overview of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) which is the knowledge, skills, and attitudes children need to understand and learn how to manage their emotions.

 

The presentation will include an explanation of SEL and how Cameron ensures SEL is a part of the everyday virtual classroom. In addition, the team will provide community resources to support your family. Hopefully, we will see you there.

 

Thank you,

Eric T. Johnson

Principal

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

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Mr. Johnson's Back To School Night Message

Good Evening Cameron Families,

My name is Mr. Johnson and I am the school principal. Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We are so happy that you have joined  us  this evening making history for our first Virtual Back to School Night. Back to School Night is one of the most important events of the school year. You will be hearing some very important information tonight about what to expect in the classroom and what your child will be learning. As you know, we are in the virtual setting which is bringing on many challenges for all of us but as partners we will be able to conquer and survive as we continue to keep the students at the center and focus.

There are three areas we need to commit to as we continue to build a successful this school year.

Flexibility- There will be some bumps in the road but with a growth mindset, understanding and empathy we will support each other to get through this unprecedent time.

Communication-This is going to be key as we assume positive intentions and communicate consistently and regularly with each other. Also, please make sure that you have signed up for news you choose which goes out every Wednesday evening and connect to Cameron’s Facebook, PTA Facebook page and twitter account.

Team work- We are not going to be able to survive if we do not work in teams. Collaboration and trust are huge, and we need your help. One way that you can help us now is letting your child complete assessments from their teacher on their own. Productive struggle is good but also the information helps the teacher plan for your child. If you are prompting and assisting the data will be skewed. Please ask questions if you have any wonderings. Some of you are new to Cameron and in general with your first child attending school. Remember we are in this together to support each other during this journey.

I want to give our teachers and staff a huge shout out! They have been working very diligently planning and implementing strategies across the curriculum utilizing google meets and blackboard collaborate ultra.  In many situations, we are learning by doing in the virtual setting which is exciting but also can be stressful. However, the teachers are passionate about their work and constantly advocates for  students.

In closing just know that you are not alone, and we will support each other. Please let Mrs. Tkach, the Assistant Principal and I know what you need. We are committed to make sure our families and students have a successful school year.

Thank you,

Mr. Johnson, Principal

Back to School Night Grade Levels Presentations

Upcoming Events at Cameron Elementary School Parent Coffee September 30th, 4:00PM     Indigenous People's Day - Student Holiday  OCTOBER 12, 2020     End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020     Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020     Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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News You Choose will be an important way that our Cameron families receive information and event details throughout the school year. Please help us spread the word by asking others to sign up in order to receive these newsletters. Your help is appreciated!

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Mr. Johnson's Back To School Night Message

Good Evening Cameron Families,

My name is Mr. Johnson and I am the school principal. Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We are so happy that you have joined  us  this evening making history for our first Virtual Back to School Night. Back to School Night is one of the most important events of the school year. You will be hearing some very important information tonight about what to expect in the classroom and what your child will be learning. As you know, we are in the virtual setting which is bringing on many challenges for all of us but as partners we will be able to conquer and survive as we continue to keep the students at the center and focus.

There are three areas we need to commit to as we continue to build a successful this school year.

Flexibility- There will be some bumps in the road but with a growth mindset, understanding and empathy we will support each other to get through this unprecedent time.

Communication-This is going to be key as we assume positive intentions and communicate consistently and regularly with each other. Also, please make sure that you have signed up for news you choose which goes out every Wednesday evening and connect to Cameron’s Facebook, PTA Facebook page and twitter account.

Team work- We are not going to be able to survive if we do not work in teams. Collaboration and trust are huge, and we need your help. One way that you can help us now is letting your child complete assessments from their teacher on their own. Productive struggle is good but also the information helps the teacher plan for your child. If you are prompting and assisting the data will be skewed. Please ask questions if you have any wonderings. Some of you are new to Cameron and in general with your first child attending school. Remember we are in this together to support each other during this journey.

I want to give our teachers and staff a huge shout out! They have been working very diligently planning and implementing strategies across the curriculum utilizing google meets and blackboard collaborate ultra.  In many situations, we are learning by doing in the virtual setting which is exciting but also can be stressful. However, the teachers are passionate about their work and constantly advocates for  students.

In closing just know that you are not alone, and we will support each other. Please let Mrs. Tkach, the Assistant Principal and I know what you need. We are committed to make sure our families and students have a successful school year.

Thank you,

Mr. Johnson, Principal

Back to School Night Grade Levels Presentations

Universal Screener Assessment

Dear Parents and Guardians:

 The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board adopted a universal screener assessment for use with all elementary school students in kindergarten through grade 6. The universal screener assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test. Students in kindergarten will receive screening for reading only. Students in grades 1-6 will receive screening for both mathematics and reading.

 The purpose of this assessment is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. Based on universal screener results, some students may require an additional assessment to further diagnose the specific learning areas that may need support. The universal screener reading test, together with any necessary follow-up diagnostic assessments, also fulfills state testing expectations for primary students.

 The universal screener and any necessary follow-up assessments will be given at the beginning of the school year. Depending on grade level and previous screener performance, students may receive screening again in the winter and/or in the spring. 

 You will access the assessment online, from home.  Your child’s teacher will schedule the test date and time.  

  • Do not have your child log in to the test before being directed by the teacher.
  • Only have your child take the test during the testing sessions, it is okay if they do not finish in one sitting.
  • Do not assist your child in answering any of the questions or problems.  You should only help with computer issues such as the headphones not working.
  • Some of the questions will be too easy for your child and some will be too hard, it is very important that you do not help your child or we will not know how to best help your child in the classroom.  

Additional information, including a short video, about the universal screener in FCPS can be found at this webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/node/33718. If you have further questions about this assessment, please contact your child’s teacher or the school’s test coordinator.

 

Kayleigh Blunt

Math Resource Teacher/ Testing Coordinator

Cameron Elementary School

kfblunt@fcps.edu

The Parent Resource Center

The PRC is excited to offer access to our library resources.  Our Library will be open for pick-up, on Wednesdays, by appointment only, starting September 30, 2020, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Procedures for Checking out Materials
  1. Choose Materials to be picked up

https://padlet.com/eldeem/bookrecommendations

  • Speak with a staff member to help choose materials: email or call
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks. Renewals are easy ~ just call or email us.
  • Contact the PRC: prc@fcps.edu or 703-204-3941 to reserve your materials and to make an appointment for pick-up.
  • Pick up materials 
    • Call 703-204-3941 upon your arrival.
    • A PRC staff member will greet you at door 1 with requested materials for contactless pickup. Please follow recommended guidelines by wearing a mask.

    Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services

    2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1

    Dunn Loring, VA 22027 

    If you can’t get to us, we can use the inter‐library loan system within FCPS to send it to your child's school library. The school will contact you and make an appointment for pick up.

    Returns are easy!

    Return library materials to us 24/7 in our Book Return located at Entrance 1 of the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services

    or

    Make an appointment with your child's school to return the materials in the provided envelope.

    Important Links:

    Register for New Webinars

    Watch Previous Webinars on Youtube

    Topical Resources - Information for Families and Educators

    Browse our Library

    Text Messages And Essential Information

    Parents can receive text messages from FCPS for emergencies and essential information. How? Make sure your parent cell phone numbers are listed in the "cell telephone" fields 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 the weCare@school feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning

    Classes for our Parents begins in Cameron

    Cameron Elementary School will offer various classes for our parents and their young children ages 0-4 years old beginning October 5th. Interested parents should contact the Parent Liaisons. Please email Mrs. McNealy at ijmcnealy@fcps.edu and Mrs. Ana Rodriguez at amrodriguez@fcps.edu to register. The deadline is Friday, October 2nd. It is best to register ASAP! We are unable to accept late registration.

    Classes include:

    • Early Literacy
    • English
    • DMV Practice Test
    • Computer Class
    • Hippy
    • Zumbini

    The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all ES parents to allow them to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of SY 20/21. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for ES students and report cards for secondary students. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless" All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian has already selected “Go Paperless” for their secondary student, the option will now apply to any ES siblings as well.

    Emergency Care And Health Form

    In the distance learning environment, it is more important than ever that we have a current email and phone number for every family so receive important information.  Emergency Care Cards are coming by mail this week for you to review and send us back updates.  .  You can also use the directions below to update them online! Please look carefully to make sure we have the best phone number and email so teachers and staff can reach you.

    The Emergency Care and Health Information forms provide valuable information regarding student’s health conditions and are critical in the early identification of students who may need health support. Please log on to the 24/7 Blackboard account using your Parent SIS account user name and password. Go to the WeCare module and update the emergency care and health information on this form. If you need a parent SIS account, please email aknair@fcps.edu.

    Student Rights And Responsibilities

    Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link we have provided.  The form must be filled out one time per student. Booklets will be available in multiple languages at a later date for families.

    Parent Approval Needed For Digital Resources

    At Cameron Elementary School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://camerones.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

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

    Upcoming Events at Cameron Elementary School Parent Coffee September 30th, 4:00PM     Indigenous People's Day - Student Holiday  OCTOBER 12, 2020     End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020     Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020     Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

    Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

    Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

    FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

    3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
    Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

    Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

    Help Us Spread the Word

    News You Choose will be an important way that our Cameron families receive information and event details throughout the school year. Please help us spread the word by asking others to sign up in order to receive these newsletters. Your help is appreciated!

    Back To School Night / Cameron News You Choose 9/21/2020

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    Principal's Note

    Dear Cameron Families,

    Our second week of virtual learning has been wonderful, we are very proud of our Cameron students for joining their sessions daily and for participating actively in their lessons. Parents/guardians are invited to join and meet your child’s teachers. Our teachers are excited to share information about the grade level curriculum and answer any questions you might have.

    We will have two sessions during Back to School Night, Tuesday, September 22nd. The sessions are the same to give parents/guardians the opportunity to attend more than one session. Sessions will be presented in English and the power point will be available in Spanish and interpreters available at the end to assist with questions.

    • 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
    • 7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Blackboard links to join the sessions are detailed below by grade level.

    Head Start

    Kindergarten

    First Grade (teacher will send info)

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

    Sixth Grade

    We look forward to meeting with you tomorrow evening.

    Sincerely, Eric T. Johnson Principal

    Upcoming Events at Cameron Elementary School Back To School Night SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 6:30 - 8:00     Indigenous People's Day - Student Holiday  OCTOBER 12, 2020     End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020     Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020     Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

    Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

    Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

    FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

    3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
    Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

    Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

    Help Us Spread the Word

    News You Choose will be an important way that our Cameron families receive information and event details throughout the school year. Please help us spread the word by asking others to sign up in order to receive these newsletters. Your help is appreciated!

    Cameron News You Choose 9/16/2020

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    Principal's Note

    Dear Cameron Families,

    Thank you for your continued support with kicking off our virtual school year! Our students are becoming adept at using their online tools to engage with their classmates and share their ideas. It has been awesome visiting classrooms seeing the students in action and engaged in their learning. Currently, we are out of laptops with a significant number that needs repaired. Please communicate with your child’s teacher if you are having any technical or technology issues.

    We look forward to seeing you at our first virtual Back to School Night, Tuesday September 22nd at 6:30pm-8:00pm. The Blackboard Collaborate Ultra guest links will be sent Tuesday morning. Each grade level will share information around curriculum, grading, attendance, and software programs that are used in the classrooms.

    Also, we will have our first Parent Coffee on September 30th at 4:00pm-5:00pm. The presentation will be centered around Social and Emotional Learning facilitated by our clinical health team. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information. We will have parent coffees monthly to help us bridge the gap with home and school by providing workshops and information that will be helpful when you work with your children.

    Again, thank you for partnering with us so our children will have a prosperous school year.

     

    Thank you,

    Eric T. Johnson

    Principal

    Virtual Back To School Night

    September 22nd 6:30 - 7:10 &  7:15 - 8:00

    Mark your calendars! Cameron's virtual back to school night is on September 22nd. Each classroom teacher will have two sessions. Session one starts at 6:30 and session two starts at 7:15.

    Important Information About Receiving Communication from Fairfax County Public Schools

    How can I make sure I receive emergency information from Fairfax County Public Schools?


    Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) communicates all emergency and essential information to parents via email. The information is also translated into eight languages: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Information communicated via email includes:
    • School closings and delays
    • Attendance
    • Emergencies at school
    • Low lunch balance
    • Power, phone, or internet outages at school
    • Bus delays
    • Testing dates


    When providing an e-mail address to FCPS, please avoid using an educational (.edu-including fcps.edu), military (.mil) or government (.gov) email address. The security settings on government servers often block messages from FCPS. It is a best practice to not use work related email addresses; therefore, it is important to use an email address from another internet service provider such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc.


    How do I receive text messages from FCPS? Parents can receive text messages for emergencies and essential information. Please make sure your parent cell phone numbers are listed in the “cell telephone” fields 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 the weCare@school feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning. Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on their cell phone service plan. More information.

    Bus Breakfast And Lunch Food Stops

    Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes.  School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. There are three stops listed below for Cameron ES families.

    All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. More Info

    Stop Arrival Stop Departure Stop Location Schools Serving 6:35 AM 6:45 AM Richmond Highway @ City Side Apartments Edison HS, Twain MS, Cameron ES 6:50 AM 7:00 AM Farrington Av & Liberty Dr Edison HS, Twain MS, Cameron ES 7:10 AM 7:20 AM Cameron ES Edison HS, Twain MS, Cameron ES, Clermont ES

    Classes for our Parents begins in Cameron

    Cameron Elementary School will offer various classes for our parents and their young children ages 0-4 years old beginning October 5th. Interested parents should contact the Parent Liaisons. Please email Mrs. McNealy at ijmcnealy@fcps.edu and Mrs. Ana Rodriguez at amrodriguez@fcps.edu to register. The deadline is Friday, October 2nd. It is best to register ASAP! We are unable to accept late registration.

    Classes include:

    • Early Literacy
    • English
    • DMV Practice Test
    • Computer Class
    • Hippy
    • Zumbini
    Band and Strings Registration for the 20-21 School Year

    Students in 4th-6th Grade have the opportunity to be a part of the Cameron Instrumental Music Program. Students in 4th-6th grade have the opportunity to take Strings, and students in 5th-6th grade have the opportunity to take Band.

    For more information please watch our video introducing ourselves and the instruments that can be played this year and check the Band and Strings pages on the Cameron Specials Distance Learning Site.

    If you are interested in signing up, please fill out this Google Form by September 18th.

    Strings students have an additional Sizing Form to fill out.

    For any questions please send us an email:

    Band, Paul Lindsay pilindsay@fcps.edu

    Strings, Jessica Suchecki jsuchecki@fcps.edu

    Emergency Care And Health Form

    In the distance learning environment, it is more important than ever that we have a current email and phone number for every family so receive important information.  Emergency Care Cards are coming by mail this week for you to review and send us back updates.  .  You can also use the directions below to update them online! Please look carefully to make sure we have the best phone number and email so teachers and staff can reach you.

    The Emergency Care and Health Information forms provide valuable information regarding student’s health conditions and are critical in the early identification of students who may need health support. Please log on to the 24/7 Blackboard account using your Parent SIS account user name and password. Go to the WeCare module and update the emergency care and health information on this form. If you need a parent SIS account, please email aknair@fcps.edu.

    Student Rights And Responsibilities

    Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link we have provided.  The form must be filled out one time per student. Booklets will be available in multiple languages at a later date for families

    Parent Approval Needed For Digital Resources

    At Cameron Elementary School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://camerones.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

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

    Messages From Our New Teachers My name is Dominique Snow. I was born and raised in Mattoon, Illinois. I recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia in January 2020. I really look forward to teaching at Cameron Elementary School. I am teaching 6th grade and is also the Advance Academics teacher for 6th grade. I graduated Eastern Illinois University in December with my Middle Level Education Bachelors degree with endorsements in Elementary (K-6), Science( 6-8), Social Studies (6-8), and English Language Arts (6-8). I look forward to meeting you all this year!!

    In his second year with Fairfax County, Paul Lindsay is joining the Cameron staff as the band teacher.  After graduating from Southern Methodist University, he moved to Caracas to play with the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela as principal trumpet.  He is retired from the U.S. Navy Band, Washington D.C. and is currently co-authoring a book about intonation.

      Upcoming Events at Cameron Elementary School Back To School Night SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 6:30 - 8:00     Indigenous People's Day - Student Holiday  OCTOBER 12, 2020     End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020     Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020     Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020     Thanksgiving Break  NOVEMBER 25, 2020 – NOVEMBER 27, 2020 Cameron Communication

    Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

    Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

    FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

    3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
    Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

    Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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    Tech Support At Cameron

     

     

    Day two is in the books and we are so grateful for the support and patience of our community as we work out any glitches with distance learning!

    To make sure everyone is able to participate in class fully, we'll be continuing having open office hours in the gym this week September 10th and 11th from 9am-3pm.

    If you are experiencing any of the following problems, please stop by!

    • Difficulty logging into your student's computer or software apps
    • Problems with your FCPS-issued laptop including freezing, lagging, or difficulty getting the microphone to work

    Please have your student's ID # and password with you to speed up our ability to help!

    Parent Help Line

    If you are ever having tech issues at home, please check out these county resources, including the tech help number: 833-921-FCPS

    A webpage has been published to support students with distance learning. The Tips for Online Learning Success page has suggestions for students; technology tips for families; troubleshooting guides; and links to the parent and student tech support sites.

    Band and Strings Registration for the 20-21 School Year

    Students in 4th-6th Grade have the opportunity to be a part of the Cameron Instrumental Music Program. Students in 4th-6th grade have the opportunity to take Strings, and students in 5th-6th grade have the opportunity to take Band.

    For more information please watch our video introducing ourselves and the instruments that can be played this year and check the Band and Strings pages on the Cameron Specials Distance Learning Site.

    If you are interested in signing up, please fill out this Google Form by September 18th.

    Strings students have an additional Sizing Form to fill out.

    For any questions please send us an email:

    Band, Paul Lindsay pilindsay@fcps.edu

    Strings, Jessica Suchecki jsuchecki@fcps.edu

    FCPS PreK Space Still Available

    FCPS PreK still has space for school year 20-21. If you have a child that is 4 years old, do not delay. Apply now! We are quickly processing applications. Apply safely at home from your phone here: https://bit.ly/PreKEng

    For more information please call: 703-208-7900 Email: fcpsprekoffice@fcps.edu

    Free Breakfast and Lunch For All Students

    The free breakfast and lunch food distribution times for Cameron have changed. Free breakfast and lunch are now available for pick up at Cameron Elementary School 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. Additionally, families can receive meals at specific bus stops 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.  For specific bus stop times and locations, pleased visit https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food.

    How to Correctly Wear a Cloth Face Covering: A Student’s Guide

    Correctly wearing and removing a face covering is important information for all students. The following video addresses the steps that each student must take to keep themselves safe as they wear and remove their required face covering.  Additional translations will be available soon.

    https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services

    Scoliosis Facts for Fifth Grade Families

    Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. It occurs in otherwise healthy children and can be a serious health problem if it becomes severe. It generally occurs during the growing years, especially during the growth spurt from 10 to 17 years of age. Scoliosis is more frequently noted in females and when there are other affected family members. It is not caused by anything a child or his or her parents did or failed to do, although a minority of cases are associated with other medical conditions. Early detection is essential to help avoid complications that include back pain, fatigue, reduced exercise tolerance, deformity, and, in severe cases, problems in heart and lung function.

    Treatment may involve bracing. Severe curves may require spinal surgery. The need for treatment is best determined by a trained medical professional. If you suspect your child may be affected, contact your physician or your school nurse for a physician referral.

    Methods for early detection of scoliosis:

    Direct your child to stand up straight, barefoot, with arms hanging freely at the sides. Boys should stand with shirts off; girls may wear halter tops.

    1. Is one shoulder higher than the other?
    2. Is one shoulder blade more prominent?
    3. Does the spine seem to curve sideways?
    4. Is one hip higher than the other? Direct your child to bend forward at the waist with arms extended toward the floor.
    5. Is there a hump in the rib region?

    If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should make sure that your child is screened by a doctor. The school public health nurse may provide screening for individual students at the request of the parent or guardian.

    Two Important Forms

    The Emergency Care and Health Information forms provide valuable information regarding student’s health conditions and are critical in the early identification of students who may need health support. Please log on to the 24/7 Blackboard account using your Parent SIS account user name and password. Go to the WeCare module and update the emergency care and health information on this form. If you need a parent SIS account, please email aknair@fcps.edu.

    Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link we have provided.  The form must be filled out one time per student. Booklets will be available in multiple languages at a later date for families

    Parent Approval Needed For Digital Resources

    At Cameron Elementary School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://camerones.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

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

    Messages From Our New Teachers

    Heather Butters is coming to Cameron from Lorton Station where she taught in 4th-6th grade for 8 years. She has her masters in Literacy Leadership from George Mason and this is her first year as a Reading Resource teacher. She is working half time at Cameron. In her free time, she is chasing after her one-year-old son, Wesley, and her beagle, Nala.  

    My name is Hector Rivera.  I am an Instructional Assistant here in Cameron Elementary School.  I grew up and graduated high school in Maryland.  Currently I am finishing my bachelor's degree for Elementary and Special Education at Grand Canyon University so to eventually become a teacher.

      Hello everyone! My name is Celine Leary and this is my first year at Cameron ES. I am SO EXCITED to meet you all and start this new adventure together. This is my fifth year teaching and my favorite subjects are math and science.                  I am a dog mom to Apollo, who does not like taking picture. I love cooking and food, am an avid movie and tv watcher, and love reading! If you have any good recipes, I’m all ears.                  This year is going to be a whole new experience for all of us and I cannot wait to learn along with you. There will be ups and downs but we will make it through by working together. If you have any questions, or recipes, please let me know. I cannot wait to meet you all and I look forward to the new year.   Kindergarten And New Student Registration

     

    We are still taking registrations for Grades K-6. Please contact Ms. Bates our school registrar at tjbates@fcps.edu for registration support. Right now, we do not have face to face registration and Ms. Bates can give you guidance on what can be submitted online.

    Kindergarten Registration and Orientation

    Here is the link to our school website where families can start the Kindergarten Registration Process https://camerones.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21.

    Upcoming Events at Cameron Elementary School Indigenous People's Day - Student Holiday  OCTOBER 12, 2020 End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020 Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020 Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020 Cameron Communication

    Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

    Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

    FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

    3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
    Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

    Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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    Students picking up laptops at Cameron ES. Thank you parents and teachers for making pick-up safe and successful! Please contact Cameron if you are waiting to pick-up a laptop for your child 703-329-2100.

    Back to School Video Message from Superintendent Brabrand

    Scott S. Brabrand, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, has a message for the community as we begin the 2020-21 school year. Watch the video

    Requirements For Immunizations and Physicals

    Dear Parent/Guardian,

    The Code of Virginia requirements for immunizations and physicals for school entry have not been waived for School Year (SY) 2020-2021.

    During this public health crisis, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognizes that it may be difficult for families to obtain access to timely healthcare for physicals and required immunizations. FCPS strongly encourages all families to contact their primary care physician or the Fairfax County Health Department immediately to schedule an appointment to meet these requirements.  

    As SY 2020-2021 will begin virtually for all students, FCPS will allow additional time for families to obtain and to submit to FCPS the necessary documentation for the required immunizations, tuberculosis screenings, physicals and Tdap. These requirements are outlined in Section 22.1-271.2  and Section 32.1-46 of the Code of Virginia. 

    For newly enrolling students not meeting the Code of Virginia requirements, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Students will not be permitted to access face-to-face instruction without meeting all compliance requirements and providing their school with documentation of immunizations, tuberculosis screenings and physicals and Tdap. All requirements must be met by October 8, 2020.

    For students who are conditionally enrolled and have not completed the necessary immunizations as required by the Code of Virginia, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Schools will continue to notify families of remaining immunization requirements. Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

    Physicals are required to be completed prior to admission regardless of whether a division is providing in person, hybrid or fully remote instruction. First-time public kindergarten or elementary school students will be admitted if such student can furnish, prior to admission, a comprehensive physical examination that was performed within the 12 months prior to the originally scheduled school reopening date. For students who are unable to meet this requirement, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

    For questions about school entry requirements for physicals and/or immunizations for your child, please contact your school immediately.

    Thank you,

    Mr. Johnson, Principal

    New Page Supports Families using Technology

    A webpage has been published to support students with distance learning. The Tips for Online Learning Success page has suggestions for students; technology tips for families; troubleshooting guides; and links to the parent and student tech support sites.

    Parent Approval Needed For Digital Resources

    At Cameron Elementary School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://camerones.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

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

    Messages From Our New Teachers

    I’m Johanna Chess.  I am looking forward to teaching First Grade at Cameron ES this school year.  I was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Arizona.  I have been teaching for 25 years, with 10 years being in FCPS.  I taught for 12 years on a Native American reservation in Arizona.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Special Education and a Master’s degree in Multicultural Education.  I like to spend time with my cat, Lucy, and I enjoy walking in nature parks.

    My name is Caitlin Carlson and I am teaching fifth grade at Cameron this year. I am from Allentown, Pennsylvania and made my way down to Virginia when I was in college. I went to both undergraduate and graduate school at James Madison University, but now live in Alexandria. I am very excited to be joining the Cameron team and I look forward to this upcoming year!

    My name is Minji Lee and I will be a new art teacher at Cameron ES! This will be my 12 year teaching, previously as a classroom teacher, special ed teacher, and now in my 5th year as an art teacher. My husband is also an art teacher and we met working at my first FCPS school. I have a daughter who will be in Kindergarten, and a son who is three years old. All our of our names rhyme—Minji, Wanji, Yeji, and Kenji!

    Virtual Learning Tips

     

     

    Dedicate a space for your child to do their work.

    The computer needs to be on a level surface. (Laptops should not be used on your child’s lap.)

    Everyone can see where your child is working when their camera is on

     

     

     

     Students can email teachers through their Gmail account.

    (studentID@fcpsschools.net).

    Your child may also use this email to reach out to their counselor and other school staff.

    Parent emails will not go through fcpsschools.net

     

     

     

     Help your child stick to a schedule.

    Have your child follow the schedule for meeting with teachers. Your child may use the other days to complete assigned work and check in when needed.

    TECHNOLOGY TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE

    Try one of the options below.NEED TECHNOLOGY HELP?

    Check with your school technology specialist (TSSpec) or teacher for help.

    If you are having difficulty and need technology support please

    enter a request using the Family Tech Support online portal: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

    Call one of our FCPS Parent Information Phone Lines for assistance.

    Amharic (አማርኛ): 571-423-4957

    Arabic (): 571-423-4952

    Chinese (): 571-423-4953

    Farsi (): 571-423-4954

    Korean (): 571-423-4951

    Spanish (): 571-423-4950

    Urdu (): 571-423-4955

    Vietnamese (): 571-423-4956

    Kindergarten And New Student Registration

     

    We are still taking registrations for Grades K-6. Please contact Ms. Bates our school registrar at tjbates@fcps.edu for registration support. Right now, we do not have face to face registration and Ms. Bates can give you guidance on what can be submitted online.

    Kindergarten Registration and Orientation

    Here is the link to our school website where families can start the Kindergarten Registration Process https://camerones.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21.

    Upcoming Events at Cameron Elementary School School Begins - First day of school  SEPTEMBER 08, 2020 Indigenous People's Day - Student Holiday  OCTOBER 12, 2020 End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020 Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020 Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020 Cameron Communication

    Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

    Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

    FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

    3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
    Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

    Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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    Cameron Teachers Learning Together Virtually (pictures below) Virtual Open House, Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30PM-7:30pm

    Please join your child’s teacher on Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30 PM in his/her virtual classroom for virtual open house! Links will be sent to your child’s FCPS Gmail account so you can join with your child just as he/she would do for school. Teachers will share information you need to know so your family is ready for the first day of online school. If you are unable to attend live, sessions will be recorded and posted to grade level Google sites.

    Attendance

    Attendance will be taken every day. However, all direct instruction will be recorded and posted on grade level Google sites so in extenuating circumstances parents can work with their children to participate asynchronously later if needed. More information will be shared in the coming weeks directly from FCPS on how parents can indicate if children participated asynchronously if they are marked absent. While attending synchronous, teacher-led instruction will provide the greatest educational experience for students online, our goal is to provide maximum flexibility and opportunities for participation to all families.

    School Supplies

    We are busy purchasing and organizing supply bags for each student at Cameron Elementary to include necessary materials for online learning. These items will include headphones, basic school supplies, math manipulatives, books, etc. We will have these supply bags available at school for pick up and will likely be delivering to bus stops in the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience as we prepare these supplies for distribution and we will communicate plans as they are developed.

    Daily Schedule By Grade Level

    The schedule below shows the time and activity for each grade level. You will receive more information on September 1st. You will only need to use one Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web address for each child for daily instruction.

    2020 - 2021 Staff List (Updated)

    New staff are highlighted yellow.

    Parent Help Desk From FCPS

    To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, Fairfax County Public Schools is launching a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective today, Monday, August 24. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

    Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

    FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

    Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

    Messages From Three Of Our New Staff

    Hi Cameron Elementary family! I am Jaynie Van Sant, the new school psychologist who will be working with you this year. I have worked in the greater DC area for the past 10 years, but I am excited to meet you all and work with the students at Cameron as I have heard such great things! Outside of working with kids, teachers, and families to support the social-emotional needs of students, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog, and trying out new recipes.  

    Hello! I am McKenzie Senick.  I am originally from New Jersey.  In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my friends and family and playing soccer.  This is my first year at Cameron Elementary School and I am so excited to be here! 

    Ms. Neuhoff is very excited to be teaching Kindergarten at Cameron ES. She has been teaching Kindergarten for the past four years. She has lived all over the country including California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Maryland. She loves traveling, going the beach and spinning.

    Immunizations

    To help parents whose children need immunizations required for enrollment in school for the 2020-21 school year, the Fairfax County Health Department is offering community childhood vaccination clinics plus expanded hours to provide the Tdap vaccine at three clinics. Vaccines are still required to enroll in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) even though all students will start the year with virtual learning. Click here for more info https://www.fcps.edu/news/parents-reminded-required-immunizations-remain-mandatory-school

    Kindergarten And New Student Registration

     

    We are still taking registrations for Grades K-6. Please contact Ms. Bates our school registrar at tjbates@fcps.edu for registration support. Right now, we do not have face to face registration and Ms. Bates can give you guidance on what can be submitted online.

    Kindergarten Registration and Orientation

    Here is the link to our school website where families can start the Kindergarten Registration Process https://camerones.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21.

    Upcoming Events at Cameron Elementary School Back To School Open House SEPTEMBER 01, 2020 School Begins - First day of school  SEPTEMBER 08, 2020 Indigenous People's Day - Student Holiday  OCTOBER 12, 2020 End of First Quarter  OCTOBER 30, 2020 Student Holidays  NOVEMBER 02, 2020 – NOVEMBER 03, 2020 Veteran's Day - Two hour early release  NOVEMBER 11, 2020

    Español (Spanish) Mrs. Ingrid McNealy, ijmcnealy@fcps.edu

    FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

    How to Stay Connected to Cameron ES

    Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

    3434 Campbell Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22303  | Main Office: 703-329-2100
    Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

    Are you having trouble connecting to Distance Learning? Start here for troubleshooting information https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning-fcps/how-fcps-doing-distance-learning/distance-learning-packets

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