Cameron News You Choose 7/29/20 (PM)

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Updates for Distance Learning

This past week, Dr. Brabrand and the Fairfax County School Board approved a full virtual start to the school year. In his communication, he shared the following:

The online instruction model will be the same one offered to families in our recent survey. For distance learning, our first priority is to provide access and equity in the learning experience for each of our students. We understand that there are significant academic and social/emotional challenges to our students learning remotely. We have strengthened our digital learning model so that we can provide an even more rigorous and engaging virtual learning program with greater connections for all students at all grade levels.  Students will receive virtual instruction 5 days per week. The week will include 4 days of live, face-to-face online instruction with teachers Tuesday through Friday. Mondays will be used for independent learning with some students identified for teacher-directed specialized instruction/intervention.  Student work will be graded, and attendance is required.

As we prepare for the virtual opening of the school year on September 8th, we are committed to making sure that every Cameron student in grades Pre-K-6 will have access to appropriate computer technology before the start of school.  Here are the highlights:

  • FCPS has provided NEW laptops for all students in grades 5-6 at Cameron for the 20-21 schoolyear. These have arrived at the school and Ms. Sapp is getting them ready to be distributed after August 17th.  We will contact all families to schedule a computer check-out time. 
  • We will be collecting computers that were checked out last school year from students in all grades K-6. This will be curbside in the Kiss and Ride line on August 5th, August 7th and August 10th. 
  • The new computers will allow us to roll-down newer, updated computers to our younger learners. Once the returned computers have been updated by Ms. Sapp, we will contact families to schedule pickup for students in grades PreK-4.
  • Mifi units will be available if families do not have internet access at home.

We are also pleased to share some of the other curriculum updates that we are working on to make sure the distance learning experiences this year supports our students’ needs.

  • Cameron will be providing a full schedule day of virtual learning activities following our bell schedule from 9:20-4:05.
  • Students will have access to responsive online instructional programing for Math and Reading to use in their independent learning each day. ST Math will support math instruction.  Imagine learning will provide language arts support.
  • Tuesday-Friday, Students in grades K-2 will have 2.5 hours of synchronous (live and interactive) teaching in Core Content plus .5 hours of specials and up to an additional hour of small group instruction for special education, intervention, enrichment, or ESOL support (if qualified).
  • Tuesday-Friday, Students in grades 3-6 will have 3.5 hours of synchronous (live and interactive) teaching in Core Content plus .5 hours of specials and up to an additional hour of small group instruction for special education, intervention, enrichment, or ESOL support (if qualified).
  • Tuesday-Friday, Students in Pre-K will have 2.5 hours of teacher directed learning plus up to one hour of office hours for individual or small group check-in.
  • Each student will have a schedule with consistent lunch and break times as well as a few family choice times built into the day.
  • Cameron Staff will be providing parent workshops and resources to connect and support families while they direct their students learning.
  • All Cameron instructional staff will receive training on creating engaging distance learning opportunities using the workshop model.
  • Daily Schedules for instruction will be shared with families at Back to School Night on September 1st so families are able to plan.

As we move forward, FCPS decision-making will remain guided by safety, equity, science, and the many needs of our stakeholders in the midst of a dangerous global pandemic.  We thank our Cameron families for your continued support and feedback as we work together to create a distance learning program that reaches all of our children.

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Cameron News You Choose 7/21/2020

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Message from School Administration

We hope your family has been healthy and are staying cool in these hot July days.  We both had a chance to relax a bit with family and now are busy at Cameron planning for a safe return to school.  We are working on staffing our teachers for virtual and in-person classrooms, creating the master schedule for both environments, planning teacher professional development for online learning, incorporating feedback from families, and keeping updated on the latest health and safety precautions.

Earlier in the month, we had the opportunity to host a parent town-hall regarding return to school.  We will be planning another virtual event for August to keep families up-to date. 

Mark your calendars for September 1st which will be our virtual Back to School Night.  At this time, we will share the updated curriculum and what all families can expect academically for their students for the upcoming school year starting on September 7th.  Families can also expect to receive classroom teacher assignments at that time. 

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility for our school community.  We appreciate all of our families and would not be successful without you!!

The FCPS School Board approved a new student start date to September 8, 2020. 

Students will now return to school after Labor Day.

Summer Learning

Cameron Students continue to have a variety of learning opportunities this summer: iREADY learning software is available until July 31 at www.fcps.edu/us . Teacher office hours for the summer learning packets continue through the week of July 27th. Learning packets and resources can be found online at Blackboard 24/7. Educational programming can be found on FCPS TV channel 21 and streaming online. See the program guide for more information. 

Kindergarten And New Student Registration

Student Registration is Open

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

Kindergarten Registration and Orientation

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

Fairfax County Libraries Open

Public libraries are open for checkout and computer use.

Express services will be available at all locations:

  • Monday–Tuesday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Wednesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Curbside services are offered Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (reserve books online)

See https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/ for more details and to reserve great books.

Laptop Updates

Fairfax County will be buying additional laptops to ensure that all students PreK-6 have access to online learning resources when they are not in the building for face to face instruction. 

We will be scheduling days in late August for students to return the laptops they have been using (to update them as needed) and distribute computers to any student who requires one.  A limited number of wifi units are available for students who do not have internet access.  Stay tuned for dates and times.

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

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

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

FCPS Spanish Services 571-423-4950

July 8th Cameron Parent Meeting Recording

The link below has will take parents to the July 8th Cameron Parent Meeting. This meeting covered returning to school options. Click here to view the video.

Complete form on website www.fcps.edu/enroll2020

Return to School Family Decision

This is a reminder that Wednesday, July 15, is the due date to submit your student enrollment form for the coming school year. Submit Enrollment Option

FCPS produced two videos to help you complete the enrollment process.

The first video explains step by step how to complete the enrollment form.

The second video provides a brief overview of what school will look like when in-person and virtual classes resume.

The first day of school is September 8, 2020 and the last day of school is June 11, 2021.

Remember, if no response is received, your student will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction. Submit Enrollment Option

Please continue to review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as they are updated often.

If you have questions, please send them to returntoschool@fcps.edu.

If you would like assistance completing the enrollment form email our Parent Liaison, Ingrid McNealy at ijmcnealy@fcps.edu.

SIA returns Wednesday July 15th

Cameron’s SIA, Mrs. Tawanna Bates returns Wednesday, July 15th. She will be spending this week getting acclimated with new guidelines for registration and returning emails or telephone calls to families regarding registration. Mrs. Bates will be able to clarify questions regarding registration, and she will be reaching out to set up appointments to finalize registration and paperwork. If you need to reach her, you may do so by using the following email tjbates@fcps.edu .

 

  Parent Information Phone Lines

 

Did you know that Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has Parent Information Phone Lines to support parents in our eight most common languages staffed by bi-lingual employees?

Parents, who would feel more comfortable communicating in their first language, can call the Parent Information Phone Lines Monday-Friday and access a live bi-lingual (sometimes multilingual) employees.

Our phone line staff is also available to FCPS staff who want to connect with parents in the parent’s first language.

Phone Line Staff can help with the following:

Basic needs resources (food, utilities, shelter)

Translating and interpreting of FCPS information and communications

Contact with school personnel

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

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  Please complete the form by July 10, 2020. Por Favor complete el formulario antes del 10 de julio de 2020.

For the coming year, parents and caregivers have two learning options for their students:

  • Full-time online instruction OR
  • In-person instruction with social distancing in our school buildings.

We encourage families to choose their option based on health and safety concerns rather than on the availability of course or program options. School schedules, available courses, and participation in school activities may be limited in either option. However, both options will meet all state standards of learning and graduation requirements.

To help staff plan, parents and caregivers need to commit to one of these options (below) for the entire 2020-21 school year for each child. If health conditions improve that would allow FCPS to resume in-person instruction for all students, we would reassess FCPS’s operating status at that time.

Responses are due by July 10, 2020. If no response is received, the student will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction for the year.

Details on Two Instruction Options

 

 

Full-Time Online Instruction

In-Person Instruction in FCPS School Building with Social Distancing 

Schedule

All Grade Levels: Four days of direct/interactive instruction (synchronous) per week and one day of independent learning (asynchronous) per week.

Elementary School students receive approximately 2.5 - 3.5 hours per day of direct/interactive instruction (synchronous). Students also receive specialized instruction, as needed, such as ESOL or special education services. The amount of special education service will be determined by IEP teams. Considerations will be given to individualized student needs.

Middle and High School students will follow the school’s daily bell schedule.

All Grade Levels: At least two full days of instruction in person at school each week. More in-person instruction is possible based on the number of students who choose full-time virtual or if community health conditions and guidance change. 

 

Students will be engaged in independent (asynchronous) learning on the days they are not in the school building.

Courses

  1. All courses required by Virginia standards of learning are offered.
  2. There is no guarantee that all programs or elective courses will be available.
  3. General classroom instruction at all levels will feature whole group, small group, and individual support.
  4. Specialized instruction will be provided, as appropriate, such as ESOL or special education services required by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students with disabilities.
  5. Eligible students will have access to the Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Level IV curriculum.
  1. All courses required by Virginia standards of learning are offered.
  2. There is no guarantee that all programs or elective courses will be available.
  3. General classroom instruction at all levels will feature whole group, small group, and individual support.
  4. Specialized instruction will be provided, as appropriate, such as ESOL or special education services required by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students with disabilities.
  5. Eligible students will have access to the Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Level IV curriculum.

Food Services

Meal service options are under development and an announcement will follow.

Meals will be available during the week. Grab and go meals will be available on days that students are not in school.

Transportation

Not applicable

Transportation will be available.

Health Protocols

Not applicable

Staff will guide students on health and safety protocols, following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. All staff and students must wear face coverings (as developmentally appropriate) in accordance with CDC guidelines. Schools will provide masks to students unable to provide their own. Six feet of social distancing will be maintained whenever possible.

Additional details on the two choices can be found at the links below:
  1. Full-time online learning: Online Learning.
  2. In-person learning in school buildings with health and social distancing: In-person learning.

If you do not have access to the internet, please call your child’s school.

This form is accessible through mobile devices. Translations of the form are available using the language selection option on the webpage.

To select the option that works best for your child or children, please follow the steps below:

  • STEP 1: Access the online form 
  • STEP 2: Log in with your child’s Student ID and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS).
  • STEP 3: Make your selection and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form.
  • STEP 4: Check your email for a message acknowledging receipt of your enrollment decision with additional information about the enrollment process and a link to change your selection, if desired.
  • STEP 5:  Repeat this process for each of your children attending school in FCPS for school year 2020-21.

It is important that you complete the form by July 10, 2020.

We know you may have additional questions and encourage you to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We will continue to add to the FAQs throughout the summer as more details are available.

Thank you for helping us prepare for the upcoming school year.   If you need help in understanding this letter, please call your school or the parent information lines for assistance. All lines take messages in English. 

 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax (FCPS) planean reabrir las escuelas en agosto. Si hay un resurgimiento del virus COVID-19 que requiere el cierre de las escuelas, FCPS está preparado para proporcionar a todos los estudiantes un aprendizaje a distancia en línea.

Para el próximo año, los padres y cuidadores tienen dos opciones de aprendizaje para sus estudiantes:

  • Instrucción en línea a tiempo completo O
  • Instrucción en persona con distanciamiento social en nuestros edificios escolares.

Alentamos a las familias a elegir su opción en función de las preocupaciones de salud y seguridad en lugar de la disponibilidad de opciones de cursos o programas. Los horarios escolares, los cursos disponibles y la participación en actividades escolares pueden estar limitados en cualquiera de las opciones. Sin embargo, ambas opciones cumplirán con todos los estándares estatales de aprendizaje y requisitos de graduación.

Para ayudar al personal a planificar, los padres y cuidadores deben comprometerse con una de estas opciones (a continuación) durante todo el año escolar 2020-21 para cada niño. Si mejoran las condiciones de salud que permitirían a FCPS reanudar la instrucción en persona para todos los estudiantes, reevaluaríamos el estado operativo de FCPS en ese momento.

Las respuestas deben presentarse antes del 10 de julio de 2020. Si no se recibe respuesta, el alumno se inscribirá automáticamente para recibir instrucción en persona durante el año.

Detalles sobre dos opciones de instrucción

 

 

Instrucción en línea a tiempo completo

Instrucción en persona en el edificio escolar de FCPS con distanciamiento social 

Calendario

Todos los niveles de grado: cuatro días de instrucción directa / interactiva (sincrónica) por semana y un día de aprendizaje independiente (asíncrono) por semana.

Los estudiantes de la escuela primaria reciben aproximadamente 2.5 - 3.5 horas por día de instrucción directa / interactiva (sincrónica). Los estudiantes también reciben instrucción especializada, según sea necesario, como ESOL o servicios de educación especial. La cantidad de servicio de educación especial será determinada por los equipos del IEP. Se considerarán las necesidades individualizadas de los estudiantes.

Los estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria seguirán el horario de campana diario de la escuela.

Todos los niveles de grado: al menos dos días completos de instrucción en persona en la escuela cada semana. Más instrucción en persona es posible en función del número de estudiantes que eligen virtual a tiempo completo o si las condiciones de salud y la orientación de la comunidad cambian. 

 

Los estudiantes participarán en un aprendizaje independiente (asíncrono) los días que no estén en el edificio escolar.

Cursos

  1. Se ofrecen todos los cursos requeridos por los estándares de aprendizaje de Virginia.
  2. No hay garantía de que todos los programas o cursos electivos estén disponibles.
  3. La instrucción general en el aula en todos los niveles contará con apoyo para todo el grupo, grupos pequeños e individuales.
  4. Se proporcionará instrucción especializada, según corresponda, como ESOL o servicios de educación especial requeridos por el Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) para estudiantes con discapacidades.
  5. Los estudiantes elegibles tendrán acceso al plan de estudios del Nivel IV del Programa Académico Avanzado (AAP).
  1. Se ofrecen todos los cursos requeridos por los estándares de aprendizaje de Virginia.
  2. No hay garantía de que todos los programas o cursos electivos estén disponibles.
  3. La instrucción general en el aula en todos los niveles contará con apoyo para todo el grupo, grupos pequeños e individuales.
  4. Se proporcionará instrucción especializada, según corresponda, como ESOL o servicios de educación especial requeridos por el Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) para estudiantes con discapacidades.
  5. Los estudiantes elegibles tendrán acceso al plan de estudios del Nivel IV del Programa Académico Avanzado (AAP).

Servicios de comida

Se están desarrollando opciones de servicio de comidas y seguirá un anuncio.

Las comidas estarán disponibles durante la semana. Las comidas para llevar estarán disponibles los días que los estudiantes no estén en la escuela.

Transporte

No aplica

Habrá transporte disponible.

Protocolos de salud

No aplica

El personal guiará a los estudiantes sobre los protocolos de salud y seguridad, siguiendo las pautas de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC). Todo el personal y los estudiantes deben usar cubiertas faciales (según el desarrollo apropiado) de acuerdo con las pautas de los CDC. Las escuelas proporcionarán máscaras a los estudiantes que no puedan proporcionar las suyas. Se mantendrán seis pies de distancia social siempre que sea posible.

Se pueden encontrar detalles adicionales sobre las dos opciones en los enlaces a continuación:
  1. Aprendizaje en línea a tiempo completo: aprendizaje en línea .
  2. Aprendizaje en persona en edificios escolares con distancia social y de salud: aprendizaje en persona .

Si no tiene acceso a Internet, llame a la escuela de su hijo.

Este formulario es accesiblea través de dispositivos móviles. Las traducciones del formulario están disponibles utilizando la opción de selección de idioma en la página web.

Para seleccionar la opción que funcione mejor para su hijo o hijos, siga los pasos a continuación:

  • PASO 1: Acceda al formulario en línea 
  • PASO 2: Inicie sesión con la identificación de estudiante de su hijo y con la dirección de correo electrónico o el número de teléfono del padre que se inscribió en el archivo en el Sistema de Información del Estudiante (SIS) de FCPS.
  • PASO 3: Haga su selección y termine haciendo clic en el botón "Enviar formulario" en la parte inferior del formulario.
  • PASO 4: revise su correo electrónico para ver si hay un mensaje que acusa recibo de su decisión de inscripción con información adicional sobre el proceso de inscripción y un enlace para cambiar su selección, si lo desea.
  • PASO 5: Repita este proceso para cada uno de sus hijos que asisten a la escuela en FCPS para el año escolar 2020-21.

Es importante que complete el formulario antes del 10 de julio de 2020.

Sabemos que puede tener preguntas adicionales y le recomendamos que revise nuestras Preguntas frecuentes ( FAQ ). Continuaremos agregando preguntas frecuentes durante el verano a medida que haya más detalles disponibles.

Gracias por ayudarnos a prepararnos para el próximo año escolar.   Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta carta, llame a su escuela o a las líneas de información para padres para obtener ayuda . Todas las líneas toman mensajes en inglés. 

 

 

  Parent Information Phone Lines

 

Did you know that Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has Parent Information Phone Lines to support parents in our eight most common languages staffed by bi-lingual employees?

Parents, who would feel more comfortable communicating in their first language, can call the Parent Information Phone Lines Monday-Friday and access a live bi-lingual (sometimes multilingual) employees.

Our phone line staff is also available to FCPS staff who want to connect with parents in the parent’s first language.

Phone Line Staff can help with the following:

Basic needs resources (food, utilities, shelter)

Translating and interpreting of FCPS information and communications

Contact with school personnel

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

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

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Parent Seminars Available

The Juggle: Building Your Resilience through Self-Care: A Webinar for Parents and Caregivers

Parenting is challenging. We are constantly juggling demands and especially now, need to practice self-care more than ever. This workshop will acknowledge and celebrate parents/caregivers and introduce practical strategies to build resilience based on brain science.  

Webinar Highlights:

  • Importance of self-care
  • Identifying when you need self-care
  • Tips and activities for adults to improve self-care
    • Movement and breath practices
    • Letting go of the “shoulds”
    • Benefits of using humor

Presented by Laura Thieman and Stephanie Herman, FCPS School Social Worker Supervisors

Friday, July 10, 2020 10 -11:30 a.m.

Register for The Juggle: Building Your Resilience through Self-Care

 

Summer Story Time at the PRC: A Virtual Webinar for Families 

The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

Join us for Story Time for children ages 5-8 and their families! Parents must participate with their children.

This story time will highlight books and activities to support the executive functioning skills of your child. Tip sheets, book lists and activities will be sent to each family so that the skills can be practiced at home.

This is an evidence-based program focusing on the Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Register for one or all sessions.              July 7:   Focus and Self Control July 9:   Perspective Taking July 14: Communicating July 16: Making Connections July 21: Critical thinking July 23: Taking on Challenges July 28: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning

Tuesdays and Thursdays July 7 - July 28, 2020, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. 

Register for Summer Story Time at the PRC: A Virtual Webinar for Families

Student Registration

We are currently registering students and planning for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  Please contact our registrar, Tawanna Bates, at (703) 867-1749 or tjbates@fcps.edu to schedule a registration appointment. 

If you have a child that will turn 5 by September 30, 2020, please visit our kindergarten registration page here. Please forward this information to family, friends and neighbors with future kindergarten students. Thank you!

 

Families who need language support may contact the following central office registrars:

  • العربية (Arabic): Belsam Tubia at BSTubia@fcps.edu
  • 中文 (Chinese): Yellia Seanor at YSeanor@fcps.edu
  • فارسی (Farsi): Sima Navidi at PMNavidi@fcps.edu
  • 한국어 (Korean): Carlin Kim at CPKim@fcps.edu
  • Español (Spanish): Miriam Dubon at MPDubon@fcps.edu
  • اردو (Urdu): Farah Rana at FRana@fcps.edu
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese): Tri Ngo at TMNgo@fcps

     

     

    REGISTRATION

    OFFICE CLOSED

    JUNE 18 – JULY 17

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

Help Us Spread the Word

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

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Message From Administrators

Hello Cameron Families,

Today is the last day of school and we made it! The Cameron School family cannot express how thankful we are for your patience, understanding and flexibility during the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Covid 19 changed our way of life these past months, but we remained focus and committed to serving our students and families.

My transition as the new principal was seamless due to the strong culture of caring and community. I had many opportunities to meet and interact with our staff and teachers virtually. I look forward to meeting more students and parents in the fall to continue building relationships. I was not able to hold the “50 states challenge” with the students this year that I had announced upon my arrival because of school closing, but look forward to rolling out this fun activity next year.

Despite challenges this year it has been a pleasure to work with the entire Cameron Community including students, families and staff.  Some of the highlights this year while we were in face to face learning were the amazing gains in student skills with our focus on writing workshop.   Students created, edited and shared their written work on an amazing variety of topics. We look forward to continuing to expand on these academic successes next year.  In the distance learning environment, we also saw students and teachers build on their technology skills to explore new ways to learn, communicate and build community in the digital environment.  The way that the Cameron teachers and students have risen to whatever has been put in front of them has made us proud. 

As we continue planning for the 2020-2021 school year, it is important for us to get feedback from our families. Please complete the survey and here is the link so you can share your thoughts around the current state and vision of Cameron Elementary. Our partnership and teamwork are very important to me so that we can focus on the children to ensure their needs are met and establish a spirit of collaboration.

On behalf of the Cameron Staff, we wish all of our families a Happy Summer and please stay safe and healthy. At the moment, we do not have information regarding what school is going to look like in the fall. Currently, the school board is working with our Superintendent along with task force teams before fanning out FCPS plans. Stay tuned and we will send out information as soon as we hear FCPS expectations.

Thank you,

Eric T. Johnson, Principal

January Tkach, Assistant Principal

 

Student Laptop Return In August

Students may keep their FCPS computers over the summer. There will be a computer return date scheduled in August for students that will not be returning to Cameron.

Registration Information

 

We are currently registering students and planning for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  Please contact our registrar, Tawanna Bates, at (703) 867-1749 or tjbates@fcps.edu to schedule a registration appointment. 

If you have a child that will turn 5 by September 30, 2020, please visit our kindergarten registration page here. Please forward this information to family, friends and neighbors with future kindergarten students. Thank you!

 

Families who need language support may contact the following central office registrars:

  • العربية (Arabic): Belsam Tubia at BSTubia@fcps.edu
  • 中文 (Chinese): Yellia Seanor at YSeanor@fcps.edu
  • فارسی (Farsi): Sima Navidi at PMNavidi@fcps.edu
  • 한국어 (Korean): Carlin Kim at CPKim@fcps.edu
  • Español (Spanish): Miriam Dubon at MPDubon@fcps.edu
  • اردو (Urdu): Farah Rana at FRana@fcps.edu
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese): Tri Ngo at TMNgo@fcps

     

     

    REGISTRATION

    OFFICE CLOSED

    JUNE 18 – JULY 17

Summer Classes

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

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

As students access these activities from June 29 to July 31, they will have the opportunity to attend two virtual office hours each week with one of our own outstanding staff members. The schedule is as follows: 

Kindergarten with Renee Thorward:  Monday and Wednesday 10-11am

Grade 1 with Erin Ingeholm:  Tuesday and Wednesday 10-11am

Grade 2 with Minnie Thomas:  Monday and Tuesday 10-11am

Grade 3 with Natalie Gillies:  Tuesday and Thursday 10-11am

Grade 4 with Caroline Weber :  Tuesday and Thursday 10-11am

Grade 5 with Rebecca Connolly : Tuesday and Thursday 9-10am

Grade 6 with Michelle Severance :  Tuesday and Thursday 10-11am

Special Education with Grace Robb:

Tuesday and Wednesday 10am to 10:30 am for K, 1st, and 2nd

Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:30 am – 11:00 am for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th

English Language Development with Holly Drews

Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am– 9:30 am for K, 1st, and 2nd (ESOL)                                                                  Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am– 10:00 am for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th  (ESOL)

Grade level teachers will send out a secure link for virtual office hours to each student by June 25th.  Along with the secure link your child will receive log-in information via their FCPS Google email address prior to the first session. 

Please email our summer school administrator Porscha Baker, pjbaker@fcps.edu if you have any questions regarding Summer Learning.

Sincerely,

Mr. Johnson & Mrs. Tkach 

Online iReady Instruction -HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Available now until the end of July

During the 2019-20 school year Cameron students took the iReady Universal Screener Assessment.  Teachers may have shared the results during parent teacher conferences in November.  iReady also has an intervention and instruction component that is being made available for FREE for all of June and July through the FCPS website.

iReady instruction is available for use by all K-6 elementary school students. This is being turned on by FCPS to provide individual practice to students in the areas of reading and mathematics.*  Lessons will be curated based on the student’s most recent test score in reading or mathematics during the fall or winter iReady test windows.** 

Because it is based on your child’s iReady data, this is the BEST, targeted online instruction program we have available.  We highly recommend that all students take advantage of this program and use it regularly in June and July. 

* Reading instruction is available to students in grades K-6, while mathematics instruction is available to those students in grades 1-6.

**If a student has not completed an assessment, lessons have been curated with current grade level content and foundational skills.  Access to iReady will be turned off August 1, 2020.

Students will be able to access iReady instruction at  www.fcps.edu/us.

Students will use their regular user name and password. 

Virtual Summer Learning 

June 29-July 31

All students will receive a learning workbook for reading and for math.  Resources will be available on Blackboard 24/7 and weekly office hours will be provided at each grade level for students to check in with a Cameron teacher for 2 hours per week.  Students at each grade level will receive information on the schedule.

 Cameron Summer Reading Website 

Coming Soon!

Our librarian, reading specialist and teachers are creating a website to support students reading all summer long.

Free Online Fine Arts Enrichment

Email fasummerlearning@fcps.edu for more information.

Updates:

Computers:

At this time, all students in grades K-5 will be able to keep their computers over the summer.

All 6th grade students will return their computers on June 12th or June 15th after distance learning is over.

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

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Principal's Note

Message from the Edison Pyramid Principals

Dear Edison Pyramid Families, We are writing to you as your Pyramid Principals to let you know how disheartened we are in light of current events. Racism and hate have no place in the Edison Pyramid, rather our schools are places that strive towards inclusiveness and compassion for all while providing hope for the future.

Each school’s staff is here to support children to process information and to learn and speak about kindness, justice, equality and what it means to be a good citizen. We will continue to work together to identify ways to have these important conversations with our staff and students. Our schools are committed to continue engaging in professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices, to challenge racism and injustice while promoting inclusive school communities where diversity is valued.

Here are a few resources for families on these topics:

As always, we thank you for your trust. We thank you for your partnership. We are hopeful about our future because the students and staff of the Edison Pyramid will continue to lead the change.

Respectfully,

Pamela Brumfield, Edison High School

Chuck Miller, Twain Middle School

Mary Duffy, Bush Hill Elementary

Eric Johnson, Cameron Elementary

Roxana Salata, Clermont Elementary

Andrew Smith, Franconia Elementary

Jean Consolla, Mount Eagle Elementary

Dawn Hendrick, Rose Hill Elementary

Additional Resources:

 Books for parents teaching young children:

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

Books for teenagers and adults to read:

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

Superintendent Brabrand Addresses Racism

Superintendent Brabrand sent a message to FCPS staff acknowledging the hurt, anger, and pain we are feeling in response to the brutal police killing of George Floyd, on the heels of other acts of hate and violence against Black people in our country. As Dr. Brabrand said, "Racism and hate have no place in FCPS." He also added, "This cannot be ignored. To our Black and African American students and staff, I want you to know that we see you, we believe in you, and we stand with you." If you have not read Dr. Brabrand's message, please check your FCPS email account.

COVID 19 and support for children with autism

During the COVID-19 crisis, educators and family members of children with autism, intellectual, and developmental disabilities have had to partner in new ways to help children learn.  This has fostered the need for new conversations between teachers and parents.  In order to assist with these conversations, VCU-ACE has developed two fillable resources to help meet the educational needs of students with autism, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.

Building Learning into Natural Home Routines and Activities Plan

15 Questions to Help Teachers Help Parents Meet Their Child's Needs

Next School Year?

No decisions have been made for what our return to school in the fall will look like. FCPS is working on several scenarios and will work to ensure both students & staff are safe. The School Board will have an all-day work session on Mon, June 15 beginning at 11am to discuss what the return might look like. You can watch online here: https://www.fcps.edu/tv

Kindergarten Students Wanted!

If you have a child that will turn 5 by September 30, 2020, please visit our kindergarten registration page here. Please forward this information to family, friends and neighbors with future kindergarten students. Thank you!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We will be pre-enrolling our student registrations for the 2020-21 school year via email.  Please contact our registrar Ms. Tawanna Bates at tjbates@fcps.edu to enroll your students.  For questions in English call (703) 329-2104.

To complete pre-registration the following forms will be submitted:

Physical Examination with vaccination records

Proof of Residency

Birth Certificate or Proof of age

See https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration for more information

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Queridos padres y guardianes,

Estaremos preinscribiendo nuestros registros de estudiantes para el año escolar 2020-21 por correo electrónico. Comuníquese con nuestra registradora Sra. Tawanna Bates en tjbates@fcps.edu para inscribir a sus estudiantes. Para preguntas en español llame al (703) 329-2177.

Para comunicarse por  correo electrónico contacte a  Tracy Aguilar taaguilar@fcps.edu

 

Para completar la preinscripción,  los siguientes documentos son necesarios:

 

Examen físico con registros de vacunación

 

Prueba de residencia/ Contrato

 

Certificado de nacimiento

 

Consulte https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration  para obtener más información.

All FCPS Playgrounds Are Closed

Why Are Playgrounds Closed?

Playgrounds are closed because of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance that includes the following concerns: 

  • They are often crowded and could easily exceed recommended guidance for gatherings.
  • It can be challenging to keep surfaces clean and disinfected.
  • COVID-19 can spread when young children touch contaminated equipment and then touch their hands to their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Updates:

Last Day of school:

The last day of school is Friday, June 12th so there are only 7 days of distance learning left.  As we approach the end of this year, first we want to thank you for being a wonderful community.  All of our families and teachers have been so flexible and supportive of the students learning and it is truly appreciated.

We also wanted to give you some updates and end of the year information:

Computers:

At this time, all students in grades K-5 will be able to keep their computers over the summer.

All 6th grade students will return their computers on June 12th or June 15th after distance learning is over.

Student Personal Materials:

Teachers are packing up student personal items to prepare them for distribution on Friday June 5th and 12th.  

Pick-up will be curbside at kiss and ride during your family’s selected half hour window of time.  Please schedule with your teacher(s). 

If you have medication in the clinic you should have received a call to schedule a pick-up for the medication.

Library books and other materials can be turned in on these dates.

6th grade (or anyone not continuing) band or strings instruments can be turned in on these dates.

Summer Learning

FCPS will be providing online learning resources on Blackboard 24/7 and by a workbook being sent to all families.  There will be a teacher available one hour per week if students have questions or need help.  More information will be shared as the summer approaches.

We have purchased books for all students to have 2 books for the summer in grades K-6.  We hope to get delivery of these books soon and will let families know about distribution dates. (We are hoping to have them prior to student pick up)

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

Help Us Spread the Word

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

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Pictured above: Staff members getting laptops ready for our students. Learning continues at Cameron Elementary.

Oral Skills Online (talking about stuffed animals)

Students in Mrs. Soderberg's class are practicing oral skills online by introducing their favorite stuffed animals. Do you remember your favorite stuffed animal?

Next School Year?

No decisions have been made for what our return to school in the fall will look like. FCPS is working on several scenarios and will work to ensure both students & staff are safe. The School Board will have an all-day work session on Mon, June 15 beginning at 11am to discuss what the return might look like. You can watch online here: https://www.fcps.edu/tv

Kindergarten Students Wanted!

If you have a child that will turn 5 by September 30, 2020, please visit our kindergarten registration page here. Please forward this information to family, friends and neighbors with future kindergarten students. Thank you!

Band and Strings

Attention Band and Strings Parents and Students: We will be collecting band and strings instruments rented from the school or through the Instruments for All Program (IFA).

We are currently collecting instruments from:

  • All 6th grade students
  • Any students moving (not attending Cameron during the 2020-2021 school year)
  • Students not continuing in an instrumental music program during the 2020-2021 school year
  • Students planning on switching instruments next school year (contact your teacher first)

Instrument collection for these students will be on Friday June 5 and Friday June 12.

4th grade strings students and 5th grade band/strings students planning on continuing in their current instrumental music program on the same instrument next year should keep their instrument over the summer.

Please contact the band and strings teachers if you have any questions or concerns.

Mindfulness Ideas For Home

Mindfulness practices can help us self-regulate by increasing our awareness of the emotions that rise in us. In times of crisis or uncertainty, it is normal to feel anxious, as well as other emotions such as sadness, anger, fear and grief. Fred Rogers, of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, emphasized that when feelings are “mentionable” they can be “manageable.” When we recognize and name our emotions, we can care for ourselves. Click here for more information.

Do You Need Assistance? Community Resource CSP

This government agency helps with many needs for example: food, domestic violence, homelessness, supplies for a baby, rent assistance. Families can ask for anything they need support with. This organization leads to all the different services in the county.

Call the Fairfax County Coordinated Planning Line CSP703-222-0550

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Press 1 for English

Press 2 for Spanish

If you want another interpreter you say the language for example: Korean or Arabic. Then the call is transferred to an interpreter line or a bilingual staff member.

Consumer Finance Bureau

If you're among those financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, you might be concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent.

The Office of Federal Student Aid is automatically placing student loan borrowers in an administrative forbearance, which allows them to temporarily stop making their monthly loan payment through September 30th. Check to see if your loan is held by the federal government.

The Consumer Finance Bureau can help you understand your rights and options and explain how to avoid fraudulent predators.

Visit http://www.consumerfinance.gov for more information.

Updates:

Last Day of school:

The last day of school is Friday, June 12th so there are only 14 days of distance learning left.  As we approach the end of this year, first we want to thank you for being a wonderful community.  All of our families and teachers have been so flexible and supportive of the students learning and it is truly appreciated.

We also wanted to give you some updates and end of the year information:

Computers:

At this time, all students in grades K-5 will be able to keep their computers over the summer.

All 6th grade students will return their computers on June 12th or June 15th after distance learning is over.

Student Personal Materials:

Teachers are packing up student personal items to prepare them for distribution on Friday June 5th and 12th.  

Pick-up will be curbside at kiss and ride during your family’s selected half hour window of time.  Please schedule with your teacher(s). 

If you have medication in the clinic you should have received a call to schedule a pick-up for the medication.

Library books and other materials can be turned in on these dates.

6th grade (or anyone not continuing) band or strings instruments can be turned in on these dates.

Summer Learning

FCPS will be providing online learning resources on Blackboard 24/7 and by a workbook being sent to all families.  There will be a teacher available one hour per week if students have questions or need help.  More information will be shared as the summer approaches.

We have purchased books for all students to have 2 books for the summer in grades K-6.  We hope to get delivery of these books soon and will let families know about distribution dates. (We are hoping to have them prior to student pick up)

Last Day of School - Students Released Three Hours Early JUNE 12, 2020

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

Help Us Spread the Word

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

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Virtual Cameron Spirit!

Click here to view a recording of our Kindergarten Orientation. This video last approximately 40 minutes. 

Student Intention Forms 2020-2021

We need your help in projecting our total enrollment for next school year.  For families NOT returning to Cameron Elementary School in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” form by Wednesday May 27th, 2020

You have two options to complete this form. Please choose ONE way to send the form!

  1. Complete the attached IntentionForm.pdf and email it to our registrar at tjbates@fcps.edu.  Please note that an individual form should be completed for each student in your household that attends Washington Mill Elementary School.  
   OR
  1. Complete the Intention Form on the FCPS Public website. A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to tjbates@fcps.edu.
Formularios de Intención Estudiantil para 2020-2021

Usted tiene dos opciones para completar el formulario. ¡Por favor escoja UNA manera de enviar el formulario!

  1. Complete el formulario de intención adjunto  y envíelo por correo electrónico a nuestra registradora a tjbates@fcps.edu. Tenga en cuenta que se debe completar un formulario por cada estudiante en su hogar que asiste a la Escuela Primaria Washington Mill.  
OR

Complete el Formulario de Intención localizado en el sitio web público de FCPS. El nombre de padre/tutor escrito en la línea Firma del Padre/Tutor es aceptable.  El número de identificación del estudiante se puede dejar en blanco.  Guarde el formulario completado, adjúntelo a un correo electrónico y envíelo a  tjbates@fcps.edu.

Student Pack Up Information

Dear Cameron Families,

Principals have received some guidance on how our schools may proceed with the packing up of classrooms, to include student belongings. We have ordered large paper bags and labels for teachers to place students’ personal belongings in, such as school supplies, their jacket, personal books, etc. Teachers will be packing student items as they clean their classroom over the next 3 Fridays.

We have two scheduled days for student pick up in the Kiss & Ride Loop. June 5th and June 12th are the designated days for student pick up. The times are between 9am-4pm. Your child’s teacher or office assistant will work with you to select a window of time. If you have multiple children you will be able to get all belongings in one trip. 

Parents or students will not leave their vehicles to retrieve their items, as we will utilize the kiss and ride. Having your family last name written clearly on a paper in the windshield can minimize contact and speed up the process.  We appreciate your patience as we start this process. If you would like your students items donated, reused or recycled instead of picking them up, please let your child’s teacher know.

Until we see you for item pick up days, please continue to join our staff on-line. They are so happy to see your children and engage them in learning! As a Cameron community we will continue to honor our commitment to you and your children.

Thank you,

Mr. Johnson & Mrs. Tkach

Spring Pictures Delayed

Unfortunately, the spring portraits packages were not delivered to us. The photography company remains closed as well as our school’s office; therefore, spring portrait packages will not be included in the bags.  The portrait company is closed and  it makes it impossible for them to mail the portrait packages at this time.  We will let our families know as soon as we have their portrait packages delivered to Cameron and also as soon as we are advised by FCPS leadership team to let our families come to Cameron to pick up the spring portraits and yearbooks.

Digital Citizenship

Supporting Your Child with Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship can be described as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior (and its positive and negative impact on self and others) with regard to technology use. All FCPS students are learning to become safe, ethical, and responsible digital citizens. FCPS recognizes that schools and families both play a role in helping children develop the skills and behaviors needed to make positive contributions to the online community.

As we move to distance learning, families and caregivers will play a critical role in modeling expected behaviors, and mentoring their children as they use technology to learn with others online. Children may test limits in new online learning spaces. Some children may have difficulty with self-regulation and this is a normal part of child development. Children may need support from families caregivers and their teachers.

To help, FCPS has many resources to support family learning and conversations, which can be found on the Digital Citizenship for Families web page

Youtube and FCPS

Math and Language Arts Distance Learning Lessons broadcast on Apple 21 can now be accessed by teachers and students on demand. To view, go to Fairfax County Public Schools Distance Learning on YouTube and subscribe. Playlists are arranged by grade level (for math) and content (for language arts).

Content can also be accessed on the FCPS Apple 21 cable television channel and is streaming at https://www.fcps.edu/news-features-and-events/cable-tv/cable-tv-guide.

Attention Band and Strings Parents and Students: We will be collecting band and strings instruments rented from the school or through the Instruments for All Program (IFA).

We are currently collecting instruments from:

  • All 6th grade students
  • Any students moving (not attending Cameron during the 2020-2021 school year)
  • Students not continuing in an instrumental music program during the 2020-2021 school year
  • Students planning on switching instruments next school year (contact your teacher first)

Instrument collection for these students will be on Friday June 5 and Friday June 12.

4th grade strings students and 5th grade band/strings students planning on continuing in their current instrumental music program on the same instrument next year should keep their instrument over the summer.

Please contact the band and strings teachers if you have any questions or concerns.

Memorial Day - Student and Staff Holiday / Lunch Locations for the Memorial Day Holiday MAY 25, 2020 Lunch Schedule for Memorial Day:

TJ, Weyanoke, Oak view, Burke school, Bren Mar, Crestwood, and Garfield.

These sites will open at there regular current serving times.

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

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20-21 Cameron Kindergarten Families

Please click on the flyer below to enter Cameron's Virtual Kindergarten Orientation. This is a live event on Tuesday, May 19th at 4:00 PM. You can also access this event using this link.

 https://us.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/ee8b9547c5c64263982ac816fe1cb680

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

Help Us Spread the Word

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

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Spirit Week: May 18th-22nd A Message From Ms. Lanier-Your Librarian

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Please do not worry about returning books to the library.  I will not send out overdue notices for late or missing books and other materials.  You may drop off books when you come pick up materials from your classroom or when school officially reopens.  Not sure where your book is located at this point?  Do not worry-you will not be charged for the missing items.  Library Services understands that books will get lost and I will not charge any student for checked out books.  If you found a lost book that you paid for BEFORE the school was closed, you can bring the book with you when we return to school.  Your money can be returned at that time.  Also, information regarding summer reading opportunities and available resources are coming soon. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at allanier@fcps.edu.

 

Stay safe,

Ms. Lanier

 

 

A New Collection Of ebooks And Audiobooks

Library Information Services is pleased to announce a new collection of ebooks and audiobooks to support distance learning aimed at 5th & 6th grade students available through the MackinVia platform. This collection contains 715 titles curated with a focus on popular and appealing books that many students would find fun to read. Although not intended as instructional resources, these books could be accessed as choice reading or listening for learning activities.

How to Access

MackinVIA is the FCPS ebook and audiobook platform. Users can download the MackinVIA app from the iOS and android app stores to read or listen on mobile devices, or you can log in to fairfax.mackinvia.com using your FCPS network username and password. Also, if you have a school-issued computer, you can search for the MackinVIA app shortcut. In all cases, be sure to log in to the FCPS blue bar with your network credential, NOT the Follett prompt. Here is a slide deck to walk you through the process with an embedded video link if you would like to see a demo.

 

How to Navigate MackinVIA

Here is a four minute video demonstrating the features of MackinVia.

Community Resources

Traducción Española

ترجمه فارسی

Hello Families!

You may be home, but students can still participate in local library story time and weekend activities. There are many opportunities for adults to learn or practice English through free online adult English language classes, conversation groups, an online program, even one on one tutoring!

You can get a library card to use online materials including books and music. Most of the public libraries in this area allow reciprocal borrowing privileges.  So anyone that resides or works in the greater DC area is generally allowed to get a library card for the following libraries: Arlington, Charles, District of Columbia, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George's, and Prince William. See links for activities, classes, programs, and library cards below.

Here is a list of resources that are available for you!

Story time and activities

Story time, Alexandria

Online Storytime Calendar, Falls Church

Elementary student weekend activities, story time

 

Adult English language classes

Free online adult English classes

Free Adult English Language Conversation Library Class

Free Adult Online English classes, including one on one tutoring, Fairfax County

All Fairfax County Library English programs

Other Fairfax County English Classes

Register for Free Adult Online Summer English Class

 

Online language program from Alexandria Library

Anyone with an Alexandria library card (see below) can use Mango languages for learning English.  It's available online:  

Online Learning Program - Mango - through Alexandria Library

 

Library Cards

You can get a library card for several different libraries now. Many are temporary for several months until libraries re-open. You can take part in programs at all these different libraries and borrow from their online collections!

Get an Alexandria Library Card Anyone with an Alexandria library card can use Mango languages for learning English.  It's available online:  

Online Learning Program - Mango - through Alexandria Library

Get a Fairfax County Library card

Get an Arlington Library Card  

Get a Falls Church Library Card

Get a Loudoun County Library Card  You do not need to be a member to attend, or take part in, advertised programs. Here is their message: To take full advantage of our online offerings you can sign up online to get a temporary library card number that can be used right away. This card number is valid for six months and provides access to all of our online library resources.   You can apply for a library card at: https://catalog.library.loudoun.gov/obr/ 

LCPL offers many online resources—including eBooks, eAudiobooks, downloadable music, and streaming films and TV shows. These resources are available 24/7 at: https://library.loudoun.gov/SERVICES/Online-Resources 

For future updates as they become available, please visit https://library.loudoun.gov/ 

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

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

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Attendance: 703-329-2129 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Flickr

Cameron News You Choose 5/6/2020

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Internet Connectivity For Students

 

Many companies are offering discounted internet service and devices during this crisis.  Please visit the links below to learn more. Thank you for sharing this information with other families in our community.

 Cox - https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete/covid-19-response.html

 Xfinity - https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/comcast-broadband-opportunity-program   

 Verizon - https://www.verizon.com/support/consumer/account/manage-account/lifeline-discount

When: May 4-8

The PTA has planned the following fun activities to show our teachers how much we appreciate them even when we can’t be together in person:

 

Monday May 4: Start the week off by sending your teacher a video of your child telling a funny joke.

Tuesday May 5: Draw or take a picture of some beautiful flowers, maybe ones you see on a walk, and email them to your teacher.

Wednesday May 6: Take a picture of your child holding a sign with a positive word that reminds them of their teacher.

Thursday May 7: Wear the teacher's favorite color to your virtual class.  

Friday May 8: Write your favorite/memory/thing about your teacher, take a picture, and share with your teacher.

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation On Tuesday, May 19th At 4:00

FCPS remains committed to continued learning for students in this extraordinary time. Learning Packets are one part of the Distance Learning Plan in recognition that technology access is a challenge for students and families across our division. Weekly packets are one way we ensure that all students and families have consistent access to learning for their grade level and content. Please take advantage of the Learning Packets with the following in mind:

  • Packets are a blend of review and new learning.
  • The activities in the packet support the learning that teachers are providing for students through distance learning.
  • Packets are posted to FCPS 24-7 Learning Blackboard every Friday, April 10 - June 5. Mail schedules will vary but are aimed to reach families by the start of each instructional week, whenever possible.
  • Answer Guides are posted to FCPS 24-7 Learning Blackboard with grade-level packets to support families in using packets with their children. Answer Guides are not mailed.
  • The enrolling parent may opt-out of receiving a mailed version of their child’s packet. To opt-out, please visit https://bit.ly/3dYqJbA
  • Packets will not be collected and graded.
  • Teachers may choose to use tasks within the packets as part of their instruction with students.

If you have questions about the activities in the packet, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Do you have a child who will be turning 5 before September 30, 2020?  We have rescheduled our Kindergarten Orientation into a virtual event. To begin the registration process click here https://camerones.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21.

Ideas For Home

With our normal day-to-day lives upended, parents and caregivers have to face a new daily challenge—how to keep their children occupied while at home. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information being shared online in response to this challenge. Our plan has been to highlight some of the best ideas and resources available to help keep your children busy and engaged.

Keep Reading

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

Help Us Spread the Word

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

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

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When was the last time you emailed your child's teacher?

Staff emails are located below. Please feel free to contact us!

Name Email Address Role Grade level Blunt, Kayleigh kfblunt@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Title I Resource Teacher, ES   Bocaille, Ritha rbocaille@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 1-3 Teacher, ES 3 Branning, Samantha sebranning@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 4-6 Teacher, ES 4 Brett, Meghan mebrett@fcps.edu Cameron Elem ESOL Teacher, ES 2 Camille, Fenia F ffcamille@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Multiple Disabilities Teacher 5 Campbell, Julia L jlcampbell@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 1-3 Teacher, ES   Charlton, Patricia PKCharlton@fcps.edu Cameron Elem ESOL Teacher, ES   Connolly, Rebecca rconnolly@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 4-6 Teacher, ES 5 Drews, Holly hmdrews1@fcps.edu Cameron Elem ESOL Teacher, ES 1 Gallagher, Ellen egallagher@fcps.edu Cameron Elem ESOL Teacher, ES 4 Gillies, Natalie J njgillies@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Reading Teacher, ES 1 Glass, Susan SPGlass@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 1-3 Teacher, ES   Hernandez, Angela N anhernandez@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Instructional Assistant K Hess, Michael K MKHess@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 1-3 Teacher, ES 1 Ingeholm, Erin M emingeholm@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 1-3 Teacher, ES 1 Jarvis, Tish D. LDJarvis@fcps.edu Cameron Elem FECEP/Headstart Teacher Headstart Jensen, Jenna M jmjensen@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Kindergarten Teacher, ES K Johnson, Eric (Cameron ES) T ETJohnson@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Principal, ES   Knappenberger, Laura lknappenberg@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Multiple Disabilities Teacher   Kovalcik, Colleen C cckovalcik@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 1-3 Teacher, ES 1 Lashway, Molly P mplashway@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 4-6 Teacher, ES 5 Magdich, Shannon smagdich@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 4-6 Teacher, ES 6 Meshanko, Sara A sameshanko@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 1-3 Teacher, ES 2 Mitchell, Ashley J ajmitchell@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 4-6 Teacher, ES 5 Rathbone, Megan mrathbone@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 4-6 Teacher, ES 4 Reed, Tiffany L. TLReed@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Gifted Education Teacher, ES   Richardson, Viola C VCRichardson@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Learning Disabilities Teacher, ES 6 Robb, Grace GJRobb@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Learning Disabilities Teacher, ES   Rosenberg, Katie L klrosenberg@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 4-6 Teacher, ES 6 Severance, Michelle mseverance@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 4-6 Teacher, ES 6 Shahid, Nosheen nshahid@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Instructional Assistant   Smoyer, Patricia A pasmoyer@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Instructional Coach 2 Spera, Erin ejspera@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Instructional Coach   Thomas, Minnie mlthomas1@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Kindergarten Teacher, ES K Thompson, Barbara bfthompson@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 1-3 Teacher, ES 2 Thorward, Renee rthorward1@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Kindergarten Teacher, ES K Tkach, January jltkach1@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Assistant Principal, ES   Vivar, Ivette ivivar@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 1-3 Teacher, ES 2 Wallo, Juanita S. JSWallo@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Multiple Disabilities Teacher 1 Walsh, Susan M.1 SMWalsh1@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Learning Disabilities Teacher, ES 1 Weber, Caroline cweber@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 4-6 Teacher, ES 4 Wetering, Lizzy A eawetering@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Grades 1-3 Teacher, ES 1 Wozniak, Natalie A nawozniak@fcps.edu Cameron Elem Kindergarten Teacher, ES K

When: May 4-8

The PTA has planned the following fun activities to show our teachers how much we appreciate them even when we can’t be together in person:

 

Monday May 4: Start the week off by sending your teacher a video of your child telling a funny joke.

Tuesday May 5: Draw or take a picture of some beautiful flowers, maybe ones you see on a walk, and email them to your teacher.

Wednesday May 6: Take a picture of your child holding a sign with a positive word that reminds them of their teacher.

Thursday May 7: Wear the teacher's favorite color to your virtual class.  

Friday May 8: Write your favorite/memory/thing about your teacher, take a picture, and share with your teacher.

FCPS remains committed to continued learning for students in this extraordinary time. Learning Packets are one part of the Distance Learning Plan in recognition that technology access is a challenge for students and families across our division. Weekly packets are one way we ensure that all students and families have consistent access to learning for their grade level and content. Please take advantage of the Learning Packets with the following in mind:

  • Packets are a blend of review and new learning.
  • The activities in the packet support the learning that teachers are providing for students through distance learning.
  • Packets are posted to FCPS 24-7 Learning Blackboard every Friday, April 10 - June 5. Mail schedules will vary but are aimed to reach families by the start of each instructional week, whenever possible.
  • Answer Guides are posted to FCPS 24-7 Learning Blackboard with grade-level packets to support families in using packets with their children. Answer Guides are not mailed.
  • The enrolling parent may opt-out of receiving a mailed version of their child’s packet. To opt-out, please visit https://bit.ly/3dYqJbA
  • Packets will not be collected and graded.
  • Teachers may choose to use tasks within the packets as part of their instruction with students.

If you have questions about the activities in the packet, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, May 19th at 4:00

Do you have a child who will be turning 5 before September 30, 2020?  We have rescheduled our Kindergarten Orientation into a virtual event.  More information to come.

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

Help Us Spread the Word

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

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

Cameron News You Choose 4/21/2020 (updated information)

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Parent Virtual Back to School Session

 

A team of Cameron staff will host live Virtual Back to School sessions to provide an overview for parents about this new phase in our school year:  TUESDAY, APRIL 21 at 3:00 PM and TUESDAY, APRIL 21 at 5:00 PM. These sessions will also give you an opportunity to become familiar with the Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra platform that your child's teacher will use for distance instruction.

To join the session, click on the Guest link up to 15 minutes before the session begins:

Guest Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f51e28a967184ae390727a5c3c075289

 

Help Us Spread the Word

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

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

Cameron News You Choose 4/20/2020

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Parent Virtual Back to School Session

A team of Cameron staff will host a live Virtual Back to School session to provide an overview for parents about this new phase in our school year:  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 at 3:00 PM and WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 at 5:00 PM. These sessions will also give you an opportunity to become familiar with the Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra platform that your child's teacher will use for distance instruction. To access these sessions.

To join the session, click on the Guest link up to 15 minutes before the session begins.

Guest link:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f51e28a967184ae390727a5c3c075289

Help Us Spread the Word

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

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

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