Family Newsletter February 23, 2024

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February 29 Fun Run

We are so excited about our 2024 Cameron Cheetah Fun Run Program! We are getting closer and closer to reaching our $5,000 Goal for an Outdoor Classroom, as today we have $3,690, but we need your help! Here is how you can help us reach our goal:

If you are a parent/guardian of a Cameron Cheetah:

  1. Register on mybooster.com tonight. It’s so easy! Once you get to the website, follow the instructions to register as a ‘Parent/Guardian’ for your student. 
  2. Share about our fundraiser with your family and friends using the SHARE BUTTON on mybooster.com.
  3. Give a donation if you are able. 

If you are a relative of a Cameron Cheetah

  1. Each student has their own link when they sign up. Reach out to the parent/guardian for their link and follow the instructions to make a donation for that specific student.
  2. If you would like to donate to the Cameron Cheetah General Page, CLICK HERE and follow the simple steps.
  3. Thank you for your support!

If you need assistance with registration, please contact Ms. Trupo at 703-329-2120.

Congratulations Ms. Marciello!

Ms. Marciello is the winner of the Outstanding New Teacher award for the Edison Pyramid! She will go on to the district level to be recognized for her achievements. 

We love having Ms. Marciello at Cameron! She is so loving to her students, and we are so grateful to have her. 

 

📚March 1 Begins Read Across America Week!

Read Across America is a nationwide reading program that celebrates the joy of reading and young readers in the U.S. This year at Cameron, we encourage you to join us as we spend the month of March celebrating our Cheetah readers.

Learn more about Read Across America Week.

Students will participate in a Spirit Week March 4th-8th to celebrates different types of stories:

Monday

Sci Fi: Dress out of this world with aliens, spaceships, stars, or planets 

Tuesday

NO SCHOOL

Wednesday

Silly Stories: Wear a silly hairstyle, socks, a hat, or sunglasses

Thursday

Diverse Stories: Dress in traditional clothing or country colors

(and come as a family to tonight’s Celebration of Cultures!)

Friday

Biographies: Dress as an important person from history or today

Cheetah readers are also invited to take the Read Across America Challenge and read 50 books OR 500 minutes during the month of March. Use the attached US map to track their reading by coloring in one state for every book or 10 minutes read.  Turn in maps to classroom teachers on Monday, April 1st. Go to https://bit.ly/RAAmap to access Cameron’s RAA Interactive Map with book suggestions and videos for each state. 

Going somewhere fun for spring break?  Staying local? Students are invited to participate in our RAA Picture Showcase by submitting a picture of them reading over the spring break.  Their reading picture will be displayed in the building for all to see.  Please email your picture to Mrs. Migs ([email protected]) or bring in a physical copy after the break.

We look forward to creating and celebrating a nation of diverse readers through our Read Across America celebration!

Join us on March 7 for our annual Celebration of Cultures event! This event will be hosted in the cafeteria and gym from 6-8pm. 

March 8 Spring Picture Day

March 8th is Spring Picture Day! Barksdale Portraits will be at Cameron to take individual pictures and a picture of our full 6th grade graduating class (no class or sibling photos will be taken). The order access code on the website is 0036633SG.

Check Up On Attendance

How has your child’s attendance been so far? If you are unsure, ask the school. Students who miss too much school are at risk academically, that is because:

  • Absences add up to lost learning.
  • Missing school Becomes a habit.
  • Students who are frequently absent in the early grades are less likely to do well in middle and high school.

It is not too late to get your student back on track for a strong year and school career.

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Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

💭 Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions.

Feb 27 - Mar 3 Public Schools Week

Public Schools Week is an annual celebration that brings together school leaders, educators, parents & community leaders to recognize the importance of our nation’s public schools.

Important Dates

Feb 29 - Fun Run

March 4-8 Read Across America Spirit Week

  • Monday: SciFi Day
  • Wednesday: Silly Day
  • Thursday: Cultural Day
  • Friday: Famous Person Day

March 5 - No School for Students, Presidential Primary Election

March 7 - Celebration of Cultures Night

March 8 - Spring Picture Day

March 10 - Daylight Saving Begins (Spring Forward!)

March 11 - First Full Day of Ramadan (Observance)

March 25-29 - No School, Spring Break

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Valentine's Day with the Staff No School on Monday February 19

This Monday, February 19 is Presidents Day. All FCPS schools and offices will be closed. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday, February 20 at 9:00am. 

If your family is looking for a free activity on Monday, the Mount Vernon Estate has free admission on Monday. You can find information here

Celebration of our Cultures 

All Cameron families are invited to celebrate our diverse community with foods from around the world, dance performances, parade of traditional clothing. Flyers were sent home on the Wednesday folder. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Trupo at 703-329-2120.

🔬Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

Tax Prep - Back in Person

Free tax preparation help is available for families through  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or 703-533-5702 (please leave a message) and AARP TaxAide by virtual or in-person appointment only. The deadline for filing taxes this year is Monday, April 15, 2024. VITA is for families with a combined household income of $60,000 or less. There is no age or income limit for AARP.

FCPS News

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

  • Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget
  • Register for Superintendent Community Conversations
  • Kindergarten Registration

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

Mr. Johnson and Mr. Hess are unexpected twins today.

Community Conversations

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

For Parents Only - Parent Presentation on Trends in the Drug Culture; February 29, 2024 

Many challenges and responsibilities come with being a parent, and having to address a difficult topic with your child, such as drug culture, trends and identifying signs of substance use, can be stressful. Drugs and drug paraphernalia is now being disguised as common everyday items out in plain sight, to go unrecognized by parents or other adults.  Substance Abuse Prevention Program want to provide you with information so you will be able to recognize drugs and drug paraphernalia and also the signs of drug use to equip you to have real and meaningful dialog with your child concerning these issues. 

Join us on February 29th, 2024 @ 6:00pm at Edison High School where we will be hosting a parent presentation to provide information on the trends in drug culture. After the presentation there will be time to ask questions or to receive more information. The trends in drug culture have created innovative ways to hook your child and we are here to arm you by providing information concerning these topics that will assist in effective communication with your child.  Also, a Narcan Training with be provided by a member of the Community Services Board.

Shawn Elliott, BS, QMHP-C Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist                 [email protected]

🧸 Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in.

Confirming that your cell phone is subscribed to receive text messages

Send a text message to 67587 with the words “SUBSCRIBE”. You will receive a message from our vendor, SchoolMessenger, letting you know if the phone has been opted in for FCPS e-Notify notifications.

Fairfax County Parks Spring and Summer Camp Registration Opens January 23

Spring and Summer Camp Registration begins next Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m.! Spots fill up fast! In preparation, FCPA is sharing the full listing of camps, as well as offering multiple ways to search and tools to use that will make enrolling easier. Learn more about the camps and how to register here.

Family Liaison Corner

Dear Families:

I would like to share with you this flyer with some tips that might help you with behavior in the long run

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Eating Disorder Parent Information

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

Important Dates

February 19 - President's Day

                         NO SCHOOL

February 29 - Cheetah Fun Run

 

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Cameron Weekly News

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Happy Counselor's Week Ms. Heath Students and Staff Celebrated 100 Days of School. Prekindergarten Students Share their New Book FBA/BIP Essentials for Families

Does your child have concerning behaviors at school? Did you know that there is a process to identify and support your child at school?

Join us to learn about the FBA and BIP process and how it is used in FCPS to support any student who experiences behavioral challenges.

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a process to determine the underlying cause or functions of a student’s behavior that impedes social, emotional, and academic learning.
  • Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is a plan that utilizes positive behavioral interventions and supports to address behaviors that interfere with learning.

Staff from the Office of Special Education Instruction, Office of Intervention and Prevention Services, and Office of Special Education Procedural Support will be presenting and sharing information.

March 1, 2024 - 10-11 a.m. Add to Your Calendar

Register for FBA/BIP Essentials for Families

📚 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize. Attend an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

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

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

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

March 2, 2024, 9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

View the individual event page if you would like to Add to Your Calendar.

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

Dismissal at the end of the Day

Families if you would like to change your child’s method of after-school dismissal/transportation, please contact the front office staff before 2:00 p.m. This ensures that all teachers and staff are prepared for the students new method of dismissal.

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families

Join FCPS Behavior Intervention Services Department staff to help families encourage positive communication and behavior at home.

Elementary Webinars

3/15 Taming Tantrums and More Add to Your Calendar

  • Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'

Secondary Webinars

4/19 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication  Add to Your Calendar

  • We will equip you with strategies for navigating the teen years. Uncover the secrets to fostering open communication, building trust, and transforming challenges into opportunities for growth.

5/31 Taming the Teenaged Brain Add to Your Calendar

  • Navigate the rollercoaster of teenage emotions with our training on behavior strategies, tailored to support you at home during those challenging adolescent years. We will provide practical insights and proven techniques to foster understanding and communication with your teenager.

Register for all or part of the Behavior Solution Series for Families

FCPS Summer Camps

Start getting ready for summer fun! Registration is now open for FCPS summer camps and learning opportunities. Enroll your child in a summer program for a fun-filled experience that will improve your child academically. Don't miss the opportunity to learn and have fun. Secure your child's spot today! https://bit.ly/3OBMlyj

Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through Tutor.com.

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

Caregivers can guide students to access expert tutoring, homework help, and writing support by clicking on the Tutor.com icon in their Schoology portal—anytime, anywhere.

Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the Tutor.com homepage

Important Dates

- February 13 - PTA Virtual Meeting at 7:00 pm

                         (Google Meets)

- February 14 - Valentines Day

- February 19 - Holiday Presidents Day

                         NO SCHOOL

- February 29 - Cheetah Fun Run 

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Counselor's Week

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This week is National School Counseling Week!

Join us as we highlight school counselors' tremendous impact in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.

School counselors work with students in various capacities, whether through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS

Our school counselor Ms. Heath, work with students in various capacities, whether through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling.

Please encourage your child(ren) to make them a card, write a thank you note, or just take a moment to let our school counselors know how much you appreciate them!

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Family Newsletter February 2, 2024

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Students in Ms. Campbell's 4th grade class presented their historical fiction writing projects at a share fair in their classroom today! They had an audience of staff and community to celebrate their accomplishments.

2nd graders in Mr. Johnson's art design multi-media heart creations!

These 6th graders all completed more than 40 Lexia units in one week! They demonstrate Cheetah P.R.I.D.E. through their determination to achieve this impressive goal. 

Student-created 3-D art projects on display in the library.

Save the date for the Cameron Cheetah Fun Run! On February 29, students will have the chance to run and participate in this fundraiser that will support our outdoor classroom.

Virginia Growth Assessment Scores

Students in grades 3-8 take an assessment, the Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA), at the beginning of the year and at the end of quarter 2 to measure growth in math and reading. Reports will be posted via SIS ParentVUE or centrally mailed via U.S. Mail by early March. 

Superintendent to Present FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will present the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reid’s presentation, as well as other budget documents, will be available after she presents to the board. 

View the meeting on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, or the FCPS website. To watch School Board meetings dubbed in Spanish, please visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you would like language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

🚍 Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families

Join staff from the FCPS Behavior Intervention Services Department to help families encourage positive communication and behavior at home.

Elementary Webinars

2/16 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication Add to Your Calendar.

  • Embark on a collaborative parenting journey while we guide you through practical tips that can be used in your home.

3/15 Taming Tantrums and More Add to Your Calendar.

  • Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'

Secondary Webinars

4/19 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication  Add to Your calendar.

  • We will equip you with strategies for navigating the teen years. Uncover the secrets to fostering open communication, building trust, and transforming challenges into opportunities for growth.

5/31 Taming the Teenaged Brain Add to Your Calendar.

  • Navigate the rollercoaster of teenage emotions with our training on behavior strategies, tailored to support you at home during those challenging adolescent years. We will provide practical insights and proven techniques to foster understanding and communication with your teenager.

Register for all or part of the Behavior Solution Series for Families

FBA/BIP Essentials for Families

Does your child have concerning behaviors at school? Did you know that there is a process to identify and support your child at school?

Join us to learn about the FBA and BIP process and how it is used in FCPS to support any student who experiences behavioral challenges.

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a process to determine the underlying cause or functions of a student’s behavior that impedes social, emotional, and academic learning.
  • Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is a plan that utilizes positive behavioral interventions and supports to address behaviors that interfere with learning.

Staff from the Office of Special Education Instruction, Office of Intervention and Prevention Services, and Office of Special Education Procedural Support will be presenting and sharing information.

February 29, 2024, 6:30-8 p.m. Add to Your Calendar

Register for FBA/BIP Essentials for Families

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

February Is Career and Technical Education Month

By enrolling in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course or program, students learn the technical applications of many occupations while preparing for higher education or entry-level employment. A core program of CTE courses is offered in every middle and high school including Business and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Medical Sciences, Marketing, Technology and Engineering Education, and Trade and Industrial Education. Since this is an elective, course offerings may vary by school. Learn more on the CTE website

CTE also offers summer programs for students to explore their programs. Enroll now!

VSBA School Board Appreciation Month

Thank you to the Fairfax County School Board for all they do throughout the year: hiring and evaluating the superintendent; reviewing and approving the FCPS budget, calendar, policies, and more! Want to contact your school board representatives to share your appreciation? Visit their website to find your school board member and contact them.

National School Counseling Week

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Important Dates

Feb 8 - 100th day of School

Feb 10 - Lunar New Year

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Family Newsletter January 26, 2024

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Shoutout to these 6th graders who completed at least 40 units in Lexia Power Up in a week! They celebrated with Ms.Gillies. 

Students in Mr. Johnson's art class have been working on scratch board cheetahs.

Winter clubs started last week! On the right, Ms. Trupo teaches choreography during Tik-Tok club. On the left, Ms. Tobin and Ms. Kovalcik stretch with Strength & Yoga club.

Lost and Found

Is your child missing a lunch box, water bottle, their favorite coat or sweater? If so, stop by the school and visit our lost and found. The Lost and Found is located in the cafeteria.

Attendance Matters

Data shows that: Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 

Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.

Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.

By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success. Visit our website for more attendance resources

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information.

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Adult ESOL Class Locations and Registration Information

📚 In-Person Classes: Alexandria, Annandale, Culmore, Falls Church, Herndon, Lorton, Mount Vernon, and Reston

Sign up for in-person English classes by attending any in-person registration event starting January 8 (see flyer for registration dates). To receive schedule updates and registration reminders about the spring session, please fill out our Interest Form.

💻 Online Classes

Begin the sign-up process for online classes by completing this form: https://bit.ly/OnlineInterestForm. Staff will follow up to complete the enrollment process. (See page 2 of the attached flyer for more information about classes and schedules). Registration ends January 26. Space is limited.

Spring 2024 Class Offerings

Beginning English Classes

Beginning English classes teach the foundational skills adult English learners need to speak, understand, read, and write English. Classes are held at least twice a week for two-hour class sessions at three academic levels. Curricula focuses on basic English skills within the context of day-to-day interactions and life skills, U.S. culture, community, and family life.

English Classes for Parents and Caregivers

These classes provide English language instruction for parents and caregivers, empowering them to be their child’s first teacher and engage in their children’s education. While parents are in class, children participate in reading and writing activities and receive help with their homework. Twice a month, children join their parents for whole-family literacy activities.

Skills-based Classes

Designed for those who would like to focus on a particular language skill, we will offer two skills-based classes in the spring: Intro to Writing (eligibility by oral proficiency assessed at intake) and a FREE Conversation Class.

English-for-Work

This popular online course is for intermediate to advanced English learners who want to improve their employability and learn the language skills they’ll need in the workplace. Students learn best practices as they study the job search process from producing strong resumes and cover letters to preparing for interviews and understanding American workplace culture.

All classes are $85 unless otherwise indicated. As always, the English Empowerment Center will never turn away a learner due to financial challenges. We will work with their means. Thanks in advance for sharing this information with the English learners in your networks.

Please see the Spring 2024 class schedules via here: Spring 2024 Class Schedule.pdf

🩹 The Importance of Up-to-Date Immunizations

Immunizations are required for public school entry and help keep students protected from serious diseases. While COVID-19 vaccinations are not required, many other immunizations are. Check with your students’ healthcare providers now to make sure they are up to date on their immunizations. Immunization records can now be updated online in SIS ParentVUE through the Online Verification Update form. To access that form, click Online Packets in the top right of the screen after logging in to SIS ParentVUE. Caregivers can obtain an activation key letter to activate their SIS ParentVUE account by contacting the main office 703-658-5600.

Registration for summer programs begins February 1!

Tech Adventure Camp 

CTE Summer Academy

Important Dates

Feb 10 - Lunar New Year

Feb 13 - PTA Meeting, 7pm

Feb 14 - Ash Wednesday

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Family Newsletter January 22, 2023

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We have an amazing staff and held a raffle to show our appreciation!

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

“Strong-willed children often grow into strong-willed adults who become world leaders, world shapers, and world changers.”

Dear Families,

As you know, not 2 children are alike, even within the same family. I am sharing with you some of the characteristics of a strong-willed child vs a compliant child. Identifying where your child stands will help you better understand and guide them.

Parents with compliant children usually do not understand what all the fuss is about, while parents with strong-willed or impulsive children usually end up questioning their ability to parent effectively. For parents of impulsive children, simple parental requests are often met with loud complaints o open refusals to cooperate. Sometimes, it is simply the personality of the child that makes parenting more difficult. In other cases, learning disabilities or other problematic conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) present additional unique challenges to parents. Whatever the reason, traditional parenting techniques are generally less effective with a strong-willed or impulsive child.

Many parents thought (before they had children) that all children were cuddly, responsive, cooperative, and compliant. The thought was that

good parenting would always result in a happy, well-adjusted child. When our child does not display these gentle characteristics, we often blame ourselves, and we feel guilty. The fact is that our child’s nature is probably an inherited trait and is not the result of parents. So, what did we do to have a strong-willed child? You had a baby or adopted a child. Most experts today agree that a child’s personality is most likely determined in the womb. Unfortunately, some parents become paralyzed from action because of self-blame, thinking their child's difficult nature is a result of their parenting. We suggest parents focus on what they can do to help their children, instead of blaming themselves.

Working by yourself or with your spouse, choose the five words/phrases below that best describe your child’s personality.

1.- Calm                    6.- Emotional

2.- Easygoing           7.- Strong-willed

3.- Willing to listen    8.- Argumentative

4.- Understanding    9.- Stubborn

5.- Compliant          10.- Challenging

If three or more of your answers are in the column on the right, chances are you have a strong-willed or impulsive child.

Next week, we will talk about how to guide your strong-willed child.

Parenting Project Jr. – Dr. Roger H. Morgan

Student Transfer Renewal Application Opens February 15

student transfer is valid for one year only. A parent or guardian must submit a renewal application each year for student transfer consideration. A renewal application may be submitted for students who continue to meet the same student transfer criteria as indicated on the original student transfer request. For students no longer meeting the same student transfer criteria, a new transfer request must be submitted.

All students will be considered eligible for student transfer renewal unless the principal indicates a student is not eligible for renewal in the Online Student Transfer Application Admin View or the transfer type does not allow for renewal e.g. graduating, moving from one level to another, or family relocation. 

Letters from the principal will be automatically generated from the online student transfer application in February for students eligible and not eligible for renewal and sent to the enrolling parents primary email address. 

For detailed information regarding the renewal process, please visit the Online Student Transfer Application: Renewal Process webpage.

Elementary Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
Proposed Construction, Renovation, and Enhancements Support Students and Sustainability

Fairfax County Public Schools outlined plans for new school construction, capacity enhancements, and renovations during the School Board meeting on January 11. Read about the presentation. 

These projects — presented as part of FCPS’ proposed FY 2025-29 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) — represent a commitment to providing equitable access to high-quality public school environments for all students. View the proposed CIP.

A public hearing will be held Thursday, January 18, at 6 p.m., at Luther Jackson Middle School. The School Board will take action on the proposed CIP at the February 8 meeting.

Opioid Awareness: What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”
FAFSA Is Open: College Access Fairfax Can Help

Over the next two months, College Access Fairfax will be offering a number of programs on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA), and finding and applying for scholarships. Visit the College Access Fairfax website for details.

In addition, College Access Fairfax staff members are available for virtual one-on-one help sessions to complete the FAFSA/VASA. Email [email protected] for an appointment.

The FAFSA is now available. Any college-bound high school senior — regardless of income — who wants to be considered for federal, state, and school financial aid programs should complete a FAFSA form. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to work with their students to complete the FAFSA as early as possible. Check each college’s financial aid office website for deadlines and forms. Then, create an FSA ID and fill out the FAFSA.

The VASA application has not yet opened, but should be available in late January for students who are unable to complete the FAFSA. To help determine which aid option is right for you, visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website.

January 19 Orthodox Epiphany

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 and commemorates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi. It is believed that Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan began Christ's ministry on earth and revealed the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to mankind. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete school year calendar.

January 25 Early Release at 2:05pm

Thursday is the last day of the quarter and will be an early release day for all students. 

January 26 No School for Students

Friday is a Teacher Work Day, so schools are closed for students. 

See the complete school year calendar.

Important Dates

Jan 25 - End of Quarter 2, Early Release at 2:05pm

Jan 26 - No School, Teacher Work Day

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Family Newsletter January 12, 2024

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Yoga in the morning with Ms. Heath, School Counselor. 

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

January 15 - No School, Martin Luther King Day 

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete school year calendar.

Volunteer with Give TogetherVolunteer with Give Together

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. The school division is excited to collaborate with Volunteer Fairfax for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Students and families can volunteer on Monday, January 15, at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together event. It is designed to engage families with children (ages 5-12) in service learning.  Projects will include a food drive, assembling caring kits for community members who need support, making no-tie fleece blankets for veterans, environmental stewardship, and support for animal welfare. 

Students ages 13 to 18 are welcome to serve as teen event volunteers. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Important Dates

Jan 15-21 Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week

Jan 15 - No School, Martin Luther King Day

Jan 25 - End of Quarter 2, Early Release at 2:05pm

Jan 26 - No School, Teacher Work Day

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Family Newsletter January 5, 2024

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Outstanding Staff Awards

From left to right: Assistant Principal Amanda Snyder, School Based Technology Specialist Caroline Weber, Librarian Jessica Migliorini, ABA Instructional Assistant Crystal Coleman, Multiple Disabilities Teacher Kylee Marciello, Principal Eric Johnson

Cameron community members and staff recently nominated and voted for Outstanding Employee Awards. 

Outstanding Principal: Eric Johnson

Outstanding New Teacher: Kylee Marciello

Outstanding Teacher: Jessica Migliorini

Outstanding School Leader: Amanda Snyder

Outstanding Operational Employee: Crystal Coleman

Outstanding Professional Employee: Caroline Weber  

Opioid Awareness and Resources

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs

In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse.

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information. 

🔢 Virtual Math Week Jan 8-12

Come together as a community for students in K-8 for 5 nights the week of January 8, 2024, with delightful math games and stories - all on your own time and from the comfort of your own home. All content will be available for free directly to all families in English and Spanish. 

Through rich story-based mathematics experiences, math week offers families  an opportunity to experience  math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. The games and stories feature several countries including Lesotho, Madagascar, Ghana, and China. 

All content will be available completely free on the FCPS Math Week website starting January 8, 2024. To access the games, families will be able to simply click on the day of the week and find their child's grade and language. View the website at anytime for explanations and videos.

Families can play for as little as 15 minutes or replay over and over lasting more than an hour on any given night. For families that want to reduce screen time, we will have physical print options for access to the content and games as well.

Use the games and stories on our website or dust off your favorite math game and play it as a family.

Any and ALL math experiences outside of a normal week count. Our goal is for FCPS to experience 1 million minutes of math outside of the school day. Join us!

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families

Join staff from the FCPS Behavior Intervention Services Department to help families encourage positive communication and behavior at home.

Elementary Webinars

2/16 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication Add to Your Calendar.

  • Embark on a collaborative parenting journey while we guide you through practical tips that can be used in your home.

3/15 Taming Tantrums and More Add to Your Calendar.

  • Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'

Secondary Webinars

4/19 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication  Add to Your calendar.

  • We will equip you with strategies for navigating the teen years. Uncover the secrets to fostering open communication, building trust, and transforming challenges into opportunities for growth.

5/31 Taming the Teenaged Brain Add to Your Calendar.

  • Navigate the rollercoaster of teenage emotions with our training on behavior strategies, tailored to support you at home during those challenging adolescent years. We will provide practical insights and proven techniques to foster understanding and communication with your teenager.

Register for all or part of the Behavior Solution Series for Families

Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

Looking for research-based advice for families on how to raise their children to be well-rounded and achieve their full potential, helping them learn to take on life's challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning? These are the "essential life skills" that Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing.

The good news is that there are simple everyday things that all families can do to build these skills in their children for today and for the future. They don't cost money, and it's never too late to begin.

February 2, 2024, 10-11 a.m. Add to Your Calendar.

Register for Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

Books on Tourette Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder

In this Literacy Today feature, South Carolina literacy specialist Marie Havran (Furman University) suggests the following books on Tourette syndrome and sensory processing

Disorder.

Primary grades:

  • Me and My Tourette’s by Siânna Stodd, illustrated by Gemma Denham
  • Taking Tourette Syndrome to School by Tira Krueger, illustrated by Tom Dineen
  • Tic and Twitch: A Story About Tourette Syndrome by Melissa Mederos, illustrated by Adam Sanford
  • Tourette Syndrome Cannot Stop Luis by Grant Smith, illustrated by Marisa Thoman
  • Captain Starfish by Davina Bell and Allison Calpoys
  • Headphones: A Book for Children with Autism and Sensory Disorders by Kira Elbeyli
  • Jack the Brave Conquers the Snow by Jeannine and Jennifer Egan
  • My Socks by Julie Igel, illustrated by Pearly L.
  • Nicolette Goes to Dance Class: A Sensory Processing Disorder Story by Vikki Earley, illustrated by Trinity Moss
  • Rece Takes Swimming by Jasmine Poole, illustrated by Harriet Rodis
  • The Beach Is Loud! by Samantha Cotterill

Middle grades:

  • Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  • List of Ten by Halli Gomez
  • Not If I Can Help It by Carolyn Mackler
  • Stanley Will Probably Be Fine by Sally Pla, illustrated by Steve Wolfhard
  • Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner

“Children’s and YA Literature: Centering Neurodiversity” by Marie Havran in Literacy Today, October/November/December 2023; Havran can be reached at [email protected].

How to Handle Disappointing Grades: Ways to Uncover the Reasons Behind Your Child’s School Performance and How to Help with Ann Dolin

Disappointing grades are not always a fair indication of how hard your child is trying, how much they’re learning, or what their potential for success is later on in life (especially for those with ADHD and other learning differences).

On the surface, disappointing grades represent a failure at school. But there’s usually a lot more to it and many emotions for parents and students at stake!

Webinar Highlights:

  • What to do if your child comes home with bad grades (and how to prevent over-reacting)
  • How to talk to your child about their school performance, including some easy conversation starters
  • Ways to investigate why it’s happening and the two most common reasons for poor grades
  • What to do about it moving forward, including strategies to help your child study more effectively and stay organized
  • Whether you should set consequences for your child’s bad grades (or reward them for good grades)

Join Ann Dolin, educator, author, and Educational Connections Founder for new strategies to tackle these sticky situations while preserving your relationship with your child. 

February 23, 2024, 10-11:30 a.m. Add to Your Calendar.

Register for How to Handle Disappointing Grades: Ways to Uncover the Reasons Behind Your Child’s School Performance and How to Help

Youth Mental Health First Aid (in-person course)

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18. 

The course will teach you how to  apply the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE):

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm. •    Listen nonjudgmentally. •    Give reassurance and information. •    Encourage appropriate professional help. •    Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

February 9, 2024, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Add to Your Calendar

Family Resource Center

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Dunn Loring, VA 22027

Register for Youth Mental Health First Aid (in-person course) 30 spaces available

Youth Mental Health First Aid (in-person course)

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18. 

The course will teach you how to  apply the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE):

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm. •    Listen nonjudgmentally. •    Give reassurance and information. •    Encourage appropriate professional help. •    Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

February 9, 2024, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Add to Your Calendar

Family Resource Center

2334 Gallows Road 

Dunn Loring, VA 22027

Register for Youth Mental Health First Aid (in-person course) 30 spaces available

FBA/BIP Essentials for Families

Does your child have concerning behaviors at school? Did you know that there is a process to identify and support your child at school?

Join us to learn about the FBA and BIP process and how it is used in FCPS to support any student who experiences behavioral challenges.

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a process to determine the underlying cause or functions of a student’s behavior that impedes social, emotional, and academic learning.
  • Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is a plan that utilizes positive behavioral interventions and supports to address behaviors that interfere with learning.

Staff from the Office of Special Education Instruction, Office of Intervention and Prevention Services, and Office of Special Education Procedural Support will be presenting and sharing information.

February 29, 2024 - 6:30-7:30 p.m. Add to Your Calendar

or  

March 1, 2024 - 10-11 a.m. Add to Your Calendar

Register for FBA/BIP Essentials for Families

FBA/BIP Essentials for Families

Does your child have concerning behaviors at school? Did you know that there is a process to identify and support your child at school?

Join us to learn about the FBA and BIP process and how it is used in FCPS to support any student who experiences behavioral challenges.

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a process to determine the underlying cause or functions of a student’s behavior that impedes social, emotional, and academic learning.
  • Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is a plan that utilizes positive behavioral interventions and supports to address behaviors that interfere with learning.

Staff from the Office of Special Education Instruction, Office of Intervention and Prevention Services, and Office of Special Education Procedural Support will be presenting and sharing information.

February 29, 2024 - 6:30-7:30 p.m. Add to Your Calendar

or  

March 1, 2024 - 10-11 a.m. Add to Your Calendar

Register for FBA/BIP Essentials for Families

National Mentoring Month

Imagine a world where young people feel empowered, encouraged, and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality by helping young people find and follow their passions, excel in school, and thrive wherever they are.Learn more about Mentoring Month.

Research has shown that young people with at least one trusted mentor are less likely to skip school, less likely to use illegal drugs or drink alcohol, and more prepared to enter college or the workforce. Yet one in three children lack a mentor.

All it takes is one person to serve as a trusted adult to help change a young person’s path in life. Mentors provide attention, support, and enrichment, and help connect their mentees to resources that may help them on their journey in life.

FCPS’ MentorWorks program matches mentors with students in schools near where they live or work. They meet for at least 30 minutes a week. Learn more about how to become a mentor for an FCPS student. Please contact Martha Macdonald, mentoring specialist, for additional information at [email protected]

Three Kings Day/Epiphany

Three Kings Day (January 6), also known as the Epiphany, is a Christian celebration that commemorates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child. This marks the official 12th day of Christmas. Learn more at National Geographic Kids

FCPS has designated Three Kings Day/Epiphany as a religious and cultural observance day (O day). There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that specific events that cannot be made up will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Orthodox Christmas

Many Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe to be the son of God. Learn more facts about Christmas from National Geographic Kids

Important Dates

Jan 15-21 Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week

Jan 15 - No School, Martin Luther King Day

Jan 25 - End of Quarter 2, Early Release at 2:05pm

Jan 26 - No School, Teacher Work Day

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Family Newsletter December 15, 2023

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Principals' Note

Hello Families,

As the year comes to a close, Ms. Snyder and me extend our heartfelt wishes to the students and families of Cameron. May the holiday season bring you joy, and may the upcoming year be filled with success, good health, and new opportunities. Happy holidays and a wonderful New Year!

Best,

Mr. Johnson & Ms. Snyder

Cameron's Winter Concert was on Thursday! Students in band, strings, chorus, and drama club performed for the entire school and families. We are so proud of the students who performed for their dedication to practicing! 

The newly redesigned teachers lounge officially opened on Monday with a cookie swap! Teachers exchanged cookies, and enjoyed some refreshments from the PTA. Thank you to all community members who donated items for the decoration of the lounge! Teachers are enjoying this cozy space. 

Flocabulary is here!

Earlier this school year, Cameron began using Flocabulary as a resource for all students. Flocabulary is a learning program for all grades that uses hip-hop music to teach vocabulary knowledge and acquisition. Flocabulary has videos that teach a wide variety of topics including science and math concepts, grade-level specific vocabulary, comprehension, and social-emotional skills. So far, 325 students at Cameron have participated in Flocabulary in some way!

Watch this video that breaks down how to use Flocabulary - it's specific to teachers in the classroom, but gives you a good look at the kinds of activities students will be doing while engaged in a lesson. 

When students have their laptops at home, working through lessons on Flocabulary would be a great way to continue practicing and reinforcing concepts taught at school. Students sign in to Flocabulary with their FCPS Google account, and proceed to their teacher's class and assignments. This is a great collaborative family activity because vocabulary knowledge only improves when it's used with others! 

⛄Student and Family Winter Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit our winter resources webpage for links to academic support; mental health support; and food, clothing, housing, and other county resources.

School’s Closed, Learning Can Continue! 

FCPS encourages students to take advantage of fun learning opportunities during winter break and snow days. Consider these winter activities to blend education and play for your students during winter break or weather-related school closures. 

Promoting Mental Wellness During Winter BreakAlthough mental health indicators have improved over the past year, Fairfax County Youth Survey (FCYS) data suggest that more than 25% of students in 8th to 12th grade feel sad or hopeless every day for two weeks or more in a row. The holidays can be a time to reduce stress, but they can also contribute to it. Here are some tips for making winter break a positive time for the young people in your life.

SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Down Time

ParentVUE and StudentVUE will experience downtime from Friday, December 15, at 5 p.m. through Wednesday, December 20, at 6 a.m. 

Grade Book progress reports will not be emailed to parents/guardians during winter break. Emails will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. 

😷 Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests 

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25, you may place two orders now.

🔢 Virtual Math Week: Save the Date

Get ready for Virtual Math Week from Monday, January 8, through Friday, January 12. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, in English and Spanish, for families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

This is a free experience designed to make math fun for the whole family. Learn more about FCPS Math Week.

Time is running out for holiday ordering!  The FCPS ACE STEM kits are the perfect gifts for young learners, aged 7-12.  All students can benefit from these dynamic kits that feature science, technology, engineering, and math activities that also incorporate reading, art, and more!  These kits keep children learning and having fun, especially during school breaks, weekends and holidays. 

Don’t wait, purchase the ACE STEM kit today for delivery before the holidays!

Order HERE

For every kit purchased, ACE will donate $5 to the ACE Scholarship Fund, helping Fairfax County young people learn a trade and build a better future.  

Questions? Contact Ashley Uhl at [email protected].

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Adult and Community Education program (ACE) is the leading provider of flexible, affordable, outcome-oriented classes to promote learning at any stage in life. We offer more than 3,000 courses in a wide range of subjects that empower students of all ages and backgrounds to explore options for after high school graduation, gain valuable technical training, advance their careers with relevant skills, or enhance their lives with a range of personal interest classes. Our students and their success are what drive FCPS ACE. With more than 60 years of history and a deep connection to the local community, FCPS ACE is for you. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Recommended Children’s Books on Autism

 In this Literacy Today feature, South Carolina literacy specialist Marie Havran (Furman University) suggests the following books on autism (lists of books on dyslexia and Tourette syndrome will be included in future Memos; books on ADHD were in last week’s issue):

Primary grades:

-   A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey, illustrated by Mika Song

-   All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism by Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin

-   Masterpiece by Alexandra Hoffman, illustrated by Beatriz Mello

-   My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete, illustrated by Shane Evans

-   Noah Chases the Wind by Michelle Worthington, illustrated by Joseph Cowman

-   The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca, illustrated by Daniel Rieley

Middle grades:

-   A Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold, illustrated by Charles Santoso

-   A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

-   Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

-   How to Look for a Lost Dog by Ann Martin

-   Mockingbird by Kathryn Erksine

-   Rules by Cynthia Lord

“Children’s and YA Literature: Centering Neurodiversity” by Marie Havran in Literacy Today, October/November/December 2023; Havran can be reached at [email protected].

Dec 18 - Jan 1 Winter Break 

As a reminder, winter break will be held Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024. See the complete school year calendar.

Dec 25 Christmas

🎄 A very Merry Christmas to those in our community who celebrate! Christmas is an annual holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the person who stands at the heart of the Christian tradition. It is celebrated in many unique ways across the U.S. and the world, most commonly by the joyous giving of gifts. Learn more about Christmas.

Important Dates

 

Dec 18-Jan 1 - No School, Winter Break

 

 

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On Thursday, 2nd graders visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. 

Students participated in the Turkey Trot on Thursday! Round of applause to all of our runners 👏

⛄️Winter Spirit Week

Next week, students are encouraged to dress in theme next week for some winter fun! 

Monday: Candy Cane Day - dress in red and white 

Tuesday: Color Day - pick a color, and dress all in that color 

Wednesday: Holiday Wear Day - dress up in your best winter wear or cultural holiday clothes

Thursday: Winter vs Summer Day - dress up in your summer or winter gear!

Friday: Cozy PJ Day - wear your pajamas!

Cameron was honored at the school board meeting this week with a proclamation recognizing our 70th anniversary. 

Book Fair Success!

A message from our librarian, Mrs. Migs:

I just wanted to send a big THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the Book Fair Giveaway event last night! We raised $400 in donations for the giveaway, plus over $100 in All for Books donations during the fair so far. With those funds, we were able to give brand new books to 65 children! Thank you for your support of this event!

December 12 Holiday Shop, 6-8pm

Jenny's Penguin Patch® Holiday Shop is coming to our school!

Tuesday, December 12, from 6-8 PM, your child will have the opportunity for an educational, fun and exciting time. Parent volunteers will help their children while they shop and enjoy the spirit of giving. We offer over 100 different gift items that can be purchased from $.25 up to $10.00 each. Gift items are "selected by children and approved by caregivers" It is sure to be one of the most exciting events your child will participate in this year. Don't let your child miss out on the opportunity to grow and experience the spirit of giving!

❄️Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

🙋‍♂️ Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

We often notice more empty seats in our classrooms as winter break approaches. This year, let's work together to nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

  • 🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
  • 👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
  • 👨‍💼 Administrators providing a safe and engaging place to grow.
  • 👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers lending a helping hand to all our learners.

If you or your child need support, please reach out to our school social worker or family liaison. If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance. 

There will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2.

📝 Keep Learning Over Winter Break with Tutor.com

FCPS students have unlimited access, 24/7, to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need. 

🍲 Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Tips for Keeping Kids Active in Winter

Winter arrives bringing shorter and colder days.  With a little planning and the tips below, you can have fun while staying safe and warm:

Wear Protective Clothing

    • Dress in layers for warmth
    • Wear hats and gloves
    • Insulated boots are a must
    • Wear bright/light colored clothing if outside as it gets dark earlier

Take Breaks Indoors

    • Set reasonable limits on amount of time spent outside
    • Kids lose heat more quickly because they are smaller
    • Trade wet clothes for warm, dry wear
    • Stay hydrated, even in winter

Have Fun!

  • Take family bike rides or walks
  • Have relay races
  • Enjoy the snow
    • Build a snowman
    • Go sledding
    • Have a friendly snowball fight

For some ideas of what to do outdoors, take a look at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s winter events happening across the county.

Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team (MCY PAT) Family Member Application

The charge of the Fairfax County Public Schools Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team is to identify the unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of military-connected youth and families and ensure faculty and staff are informed and prepared to meet the identified needs; partnering with stakeholders as appropriate.

The MCY PAT would like to include military-connected family members on our team. We encourage you to apply to be a part of our team by completing the application by Friday, December 15, 2023. 

The MCY PAT meets virtually once a month.

Questions? Contact: Meredith Ayala, Family Partnerships Specialist at [email protected]. We look forward to partnering with you to support our military families!  Dec 18 - Jan 1 Winter Break 

As a reminder, winter break will be held Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024. See the complete school year calendar.

Important Dates

Dec 12 - Holiday Shop Night, 6-8pm

Dec 18-Jan 1 - No School, Winter Break

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6th Graders Share Writing With 1st Graders

6th graders partnered with 1st graders to share their narrative nonfiction about animals. The students taught about their animal through a digital platform as well as a hands-on finished product relating to the narrative (a stick puppet, coloring, or a cut paste take away). 

Book Fair is Here!

The Book Fair is underway! We were excited to welcome families on Thursday night for Family Night. The Book Fair will be open today, December 1 until next Friday, December 8. 

You can visit the Cameron Book Fair website at any tie to preview the fair, sign up to volunteer, and set up an eWallet for a cashless shopping experience. You can also donate directly to the Cameron eWallet, which will support our community in getting access to books. 

Thank You, Patient First!

We are excited to partner with Patient First! Thank you for the donation of $1,000 towards our Outdoor Classroom!

December 6 Yard Sale - Everything Free!

From 4-6pm on Wednesday, December 6, come to the Cameron Yard Sale! Everything is free. Items available include gently used clothing, winter hats, scarves, holiday dresses, knickknacks, household goods, and decorations. 

Support STEAM With Leftover Materials!

A message from Ms. Cosier, our STEAM teacher:

Hello Cameron!

In STEAM we use a number of recycled and upcycled supplies. We are getting really low in the small boxes department (think shoebox size or less or empty cereal boxes), the children especially love old jewelry or small gift card boxes.

Below is our wishlist. I’m not encouraging anyone to buy anything, but if you happen to have extra, old, or half-used items on this list- we have a home for them in our makerspace.

You can send students to drop off to 301. Thanks for thinking of us!

-Cosi

Visit the STEAM website to see our student galleries!

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

🌏 World Languages Offerings in Elementary Schools Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools is considering expansion of our Dual Language Immersion programs to include new languages and school sites, as well as an expansion of new languages for our Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools program.

Parents/caregivers, please share your thoughts about expanding World Languages elementary program offerings. An FCPS survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. The survey is optional and will close on Friday, December 8.

Speech and Hearing Clinics

Families and professionals working together to help children and adults communicate effectively. 

Call to make an appointment: 703-246-7120 tty711. All clients with Medicaid coverage are accepted. 

Speech & Hearing Program

Fairfax County's Speech and Hearing clinic staff are ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and are licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We offer complete diagnostic evaluation and treatment for both children and adults. For more information about locations and services, visit the website

Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress: A Two-Part Series

Join Dr. Erin Berman, a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for these important sessions to help children cope with anxiety, depression, and stress.

Part 2 Highlights:

  • Identify stress in children of all ages
  • Explain common sources of stress
  • Provide strategies for lowering stress levels so that all caregivers can benefit

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Using the Data Collection Tool to Inform Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Decision-Making 

Webinar Highlights

  • Considering Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) – The Why, What, and How
  • Documenting LRE Considerations and Decisions within the IEP Process
  • Understanding the family’s role in the determination of LRE

Join staff members from the FCPS Department of Special Services for this important webinar.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 10-11 a.m. Share this event with others.

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National Special Education Day

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on Dec. 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs, as well as our families who are partners in the education and support of those students! 

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to help assist families of students with special needs. 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

🕎December 7 Chanukah Begins

Chanukah, an 8-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple’s menorah for 8 days. This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7. That day will be a half-O day, and major events cannot be scheduled that evening. Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids. See the complete school year calendar.

December 8 Bodhi Day

Bodhi Day, Friday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year, including Bodhi Day. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum. See the complete school year calendar.

Important Dates

Dec 1-8 - Book Fair

Dec 6 - Cameron Yard Sale, 4-6pm

Dec 7 -  *updated* Turkey Trot

Dec 12 - PTA Meeting, 7pm

Dec 18-Jan 1 - No School, Winter Break

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Principals' Note

Dear Cameron Community,

During the Thanksgiving season, when we traditionally take time to give thanks, we write to express our personal gratitude. Thank you to our families for sending us your precious children. We respect and admire our students immensely at Cameron. They bring us so much joy and brighten our days when we see their faces. Our goal is to always build a partnership so that students see us working together for their betterment and success. We are thankful for our diversity which also serves as our strength where we learn from each other.

This is a wonderful time of the year to get together with friends and family to celebrate and be thankful for all the wonderful people in our lives. On behalf of the Cameron Elementary staff, we would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you all a safe and happy holiday. We will see everyone back at school on Monday, November 27th.

Respectfully yours,

Mr. Johnson & Ms. Snyder

👏Thank You, Community!

We are lucky to have such wonderful and giving community partners. We can't thank you enough for all that you have done to support Cameron families!

All Things N Common Christian Ministries donated 20 turkeys and trimmings to support families this Thanksgiving.

Kaps for Kids donated hats for our students. 

Grace Presbyterian Church supported Cameron students at their silent auction. 

Mount Cavalry Baptist Church donated 50 bags of food for our families. 

Book Fair is Back!

Book Fair kicks off next Thursday night 11/30 with a fun family event from 4:30-6:30 in the library. Bring your family and be the first to shop the fair, with special giveaways only on Family Night!

We're adding something new to our school's BOOK FAIR this year: a book giveaway for our families in need! If you would like to contribute, please visit http://bit.ly/CameronReaders and send a donation of any amount to our Cameron Cheetahs. Thanks to the All for Books program, Scholastic will match ALL donations with books for underserved children around the world. We appreciate your generosity and support!

Family Night Thursday November 30 4:30-6:30pm

Book Fair open during school  Friday December 1-8

Volunteer sign up

Book fair webpage

No School November 22-24 Thanksgiving

Schools and offices will be closed November 22-24. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

Important Dates

Nov 22-24 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

Nov 28 -  *updated* Turkey Trot

Dec 1-8 - Book Fair

Dec 12 - PTA Meeting, 7pm

Dec 18-Jan 1 - No School, Winter Break

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Principals' Note

Good Afternoon Families,

Cameron Elementary celebrated 70 years of excellence on Friday evening, November 10th with over one hundred guests that included former and current staff members, alumni, and families. Our school community came together and honored our legacy and continuation of focusing on students and families. The gymnasium was decorated with Cameron t-shirts from over the years that sparked conversations among many. The library housed artifacts such as yearbooks, photos, etc. with a slide show that encapsulated a time line of our history to present showcasing Cameron’s highlights over the past 70 years.

We were honored to have FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS Chief of Schools, Dr. Geovanny Ponce, and FCPS Region 3 Executive Principal, Mr. Jesse Kraft to join us for our celebration. Dr. Reid addressed the audience and shared, “Each wild cheetah has different spots and a unique pattern. Some cheetahs have more stripes, some have splotches, some even have freckles instead of spots. Each cheetah is different, but they’re all cheetahs. The same is true for Cameron ES Cheetahs, and for all of us at FCPS. Though we’re all different, we all have the same mission. And by celebrating and learning about our unique cultures, languages, and traditions, we grow stronger, and we grow closer. Go Team FCPS! And go Cheetahs!”

A special thank you to our committee members for all the hard work to make this evening memorable. A special thank you to Dr. Bryant, former Cameron staff member and Dr. Hylton, Cameron alumnus for sharing reflections and stories that moved us emotionally.

We will be honored and recognized at the School Board Meeting on December 4th at 7:30pm for 70 years of excellence. All Cameron school community members are invited to celebrate this milestone.

Respectfully Yours,

Mr. Eric T. Johnson & Ms. Amanda Snyder

Celebrating Veterans Day

Thank you to our military connected families that joined us to celebrate your service and sacrifices you make daily to keep our country safe. We honor you!

🦃Thanksgiving Lunch

Thank you to all of our families that joined us for our Thanksgiving Luncheon. We had over 200 family members that attended the event. This was powerful for our students and will be memories they will remember for sure.

Book Fair is Back!

Book Fair kicks off next Thursday night 11/30 with a fun family event from 4:30-6:30 in the library. Bring your family and be the first to shop the fair, with special giveaways only on Family Night!

We're adding something new to our school's BOOK FAIR this year: a book giveaway for our families in need! If you would like to contribute, please visit http://bit.ly/CameronReaders and send a donation of any amount to our Cameron Cheetahs. Thanks to the All for Books program, Scholastic will match ALL donations with books for underserved children around the world. We appreciate your generosity and support!

Family Night Thursday November 30 4:30-6:30pm

Book Fair open during school  Friday December 1-8

Volunteer sign up

Book fair webpage

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

🙋 Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs. 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

📚 Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources 

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board.

No School November 22-24 Thanksgiving

Schools and offices will be closed November 22-24. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

Important Dates

Nov 21 - Turkey Trot

Nov 22-24 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

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🎂Cameron 70th Anniversary Party Tonight!

Join us for the celebration of Cameron's 70th year on Friday, November 10 from 6-8pm in the school gym. All are welcome. Dessert will be served. 

Cameron celebrated Veterans Day today! We hosted self-identified military families for a breakfast in the library. Chorus students performed for the families. Each grade level made a display showcasing student gratitude for all those who have served. 

At Cameron, we have many families and staff members who are military-connected, so we send deep appreciation and thanks to all veterans and their families. 

We are continuing to celebrate our learning of Cheetah P.R.I.D.E. around the building! All students will "sign" their grade level banner with a "paw print" to show their commitment to the values of Positive Role Model, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Effort. 

November 15 Thanksgiving Lunch

We are excited to share the return of Thanksgiving Lunch in the Cameron cafeteria! Save the date November 15, and plan to enjoy Thanksgiving Lunch with your student at school. Check out this graphic created by 6th grader Delano S. in Canva!

Please take note of the Thanksgiving lunch schedule - it is different than the usual lunch schedule.

We can't wait to see you at school for this special meal!

Food Pantry at Cameron Sponsored by Captial Area Food Bank

We are pleased to announce starting on Friday, November 3, our school will have a Food Pantry available to all families in our school community. The operation hours are Mondays from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Trupo, Family Liaison, at 703-329-2120.

Thank You Voters! 2023 School Bond Referendum Passed

Thank you to the Fairfax citizens who supported the 2023 Bond Referendum. Roughly 67% of those voting in the 2023 election supported the $435 million bond referendum, continuing a long history of school bond approvals in Fairfax County. 

Stay engaged as we build our future. Keep up-to-date on construction and capital improvements across FCPS by visiting our Capital Improvement Project webpage.

🎨 Observance Graphics Created by Students in Design Challenge

In May, the FCPS Office of Communications called for entries for new graphics to help acknowledge the religious and cultural observances identified on the 2023-24 School Year Calendar. Eleven winning designs will be featured on FCPS and school social media platforms, and in newsletters leading up to the holidays starting with Diwali, which falls on Sunday, November 12. See the full list of winners

November 11 Veterans Day

Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. Learn more about the history of Veterans Day at va.gov.

November 12 Diwali

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

November 13-17 American Education Week

For American Education Week we celebrate ALL who work in our Cameron community: our bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, support staff, teachers, leadership and more! Learn more from the National Education Association. Want to recognize someone from our school who goes above and beyond? Submit a nomination to FCPS Cares

Important Dates

Nov 15 - Thanksgiving Lunch at Cameron

Nov 17 - Movie Night at Cameron

Nov 21 - Turkey Trot

Nov 22-24 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

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