Family Newsletter 5/17/24

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Principal's Note

Dear Cameron Community,

As we reflect on the past school year, we are overwhelmed with gratitude for the tireless efforts and unwavering support of our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). This incredible team has been the backbone of so many enriching activities and initiatives that have enhanced our students' learning experiences and fostered a vibrant school community. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to this year’s PTA officers: Lee Wilson (President), Honeyhline Heidemann (Vice-President), and Annie Roussy (Treasurer).

Under their leadership, our PTA has not only successfully organized but also generously supported various key events, including field trips for different grade levels, the much-loved school dance, family-friendly movie nights, the festive Hallowingo, and our enjoyable Family Picnic. The PTA’s commitment shone brightly during Teacher Appreciation Week, making our wonderful teachers feel valued and supported. Moreover, their efforts in orchestrating our first Fun Run was a resounding success, raising an impressive $14,000! These funds will go a long way in supporting our school’s programs and future activities.

As we bid farewell to this year’s officers, we are excited to welcome our new PTA President for the 2024-2025 school year, Ms. Annie Roussy. Having already shown incredible dedication as our Treasurer, we are confident that her leadership will usher in another successful chapter for our school.

Thank you once again to all our PTA members and volunteers for your dedication. It is your hard work and passion that help make Cameron a wonderful place for our children to learn and grow.

With warmest regards,

Mr. Eric T. Johnson

Principal

🧠May 17 Creatives Night

Join us for the 3rd annual Creatives Night from 5:30-7:30pm! The night will feature student work from Art, Music, and Steam. Activities include construction, robotics, crafts, and games. Pizza will be served!

📚May 28-31 BOGO Book Fair

Save the Date!

The library is hosting a BOGO Book Fair next week, May 28-31! Everything at the fair is Buy One, Get One FREE so that your students can get twice as many great books for summer reading. We will kick of the fair with Family Night on Tuesday, May 28. The fair will be open until 6:00 so you can shop as a family. The fair will be open during school hours through the rest of the week.

We need your help to make the Book Fair a success. If you would like to volunteer your time to help students find the perfect summer reading books, sign up to volunteer  (https://bit.ly/3UCYBRr) and you'll receive a $5 Book Fair gift card for every shift you serve.

Check out the Book Fair website  (https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/cameroncheetahs) to preview the books, set up an eWallet for cash-free shopping, or sign up to volunteer.  Thank you for your support!

Arrival & Dismissal

📋 Check-Ins

Please remember, if your child arrives after 9:20AM, you must escort them into the main office and sign them in. Students are not admitted into the building until 9:00AM. Unless, you have something prearranged with a teacher or your child attends SACC. Please do not drop your student off at school any earlier, there will be no adult supervision available. 

🚪Check-Outs

Please remember you must sign your student out in the main office. Be prepared to show your photo ID when you arrive. The office works efficiently to retrieve students from wherever they are in building, so please arrive early enough to give staff enough time to locate your student so you can arrive at your next destination on time. The front office will not call for students prior to parents arrival for pickup. All student exchanges and contact must go through the office. If dismissal changes are going to occur please notify the main office by 2pm to give us ample time to notify the teachers. Thanks for your cooperation in making sure our student population is safe while at school!

Testing Calendar

Reading and science SOLs have been completed! Up next, we take on math! Students have demonstrated P.R.I.D.E. by putting considerable effort into doing their best on their tests!

May 20

  • 3rd Math SOL ✏️
  • 6th Reading iReady

May 21

  • 5th Math SOL ✏️

May 22

  • 6th Math SOL ✏️

May 23

  • 4th Math SOL ✏️

May 24

  • Math SOL Make-Ups ✏️

May 28

  • SOL Retakes - Reading 📘
  • 4th Reading iReady
  • 6th Math iReady

May 29

  • SOL Retakes - Math ✏️

May 30

  • SOL Retakes - Science 🧪️
  • 4th Math iReady
  • 5th Reading iReady

May 31

  • SOL Retakes ✏️📘

June 3

  • 5th Math iReady
2024-2025 Class Placement and Family Input 

Class Placement Family Input

We are starting to work on our plans for the 2024-2025 school year!  Class placements are an essential component of learning and building community. If you have information that you would like us to consider as we determine placements, please share your input by answering a few questions in the attached form. We know that a good teacher-student match and a productive mix of children are ingredients for success, and we carefully consider each child’s strengths and needs during this process. Please do not request specific teachers, as this does not take into account the many variables we must take into consideration. It is far more valuable to share particular academic or behavioral information. Completion of this form is optional. If you would like to provide input, you may use this online form or a hard copy may be sent to the office by May 17th. This is a hard deadline.

😎Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students.

Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. View details and a feedback form.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow. We All Belong Here!

In FCPS, we all belong. From the first day of school, to the last day of school, every child matters. If your student is having a hard time finishing the year strong and attending school, please contact a trusted adult at the school—a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources

Attendance matters! 

We want you to keep your child home when they are sick, however, we ask that you please refrain from scheduling trips and other non-essential travel during the school week. 

Please remember to email or call the attendance line with any messages regarding your student's attendance. Absences and late arrivals should be reported to avoid getting a robo-call from FCPS. If you email the teacher to let them know about your student's attendance, please copy [email protected] to ensure your message reaches our attendance staff. You can also call, 703-329-2129 to report any attendance messages. 

🎓 Calling All Alumni and Friends!

Educate Fairfax is proud to introduce FCPS Alumni & Friends, an online network of alumni, teachers, parents/caregivers, and community members with ties to Fairfax County Public Schools. Whether you are a recent FCPS graduate or you’ve returned to Fairfax to work or raise your own family, this network will celebrate our alumni and friends of FCPS through stories, news and events, reunions, homecoming, and other activities. It’s also a great way to rekindle old friendships and build new ones. Join FCPS Alumni & Friends today!

Important Dates

May 17: Creatives Night, 5:30-7:30pm

May 27: No School, Memorial Day

May 28: Book Fair Family Night, 4-6pm

May 28-31: BOGO Book Fair

May 31: PTA End of Year Picnic, 4:30-6:30pm

June 4: Resource Fair, 6-8pm

June 5: "Shine Bright" 6th Grade Class Dance, 4-6pm

June 6: Field Day

June 10:  6th Grade Promotion Ceremony, Edison HS, 6pm

June 12: Last Day of School, Early Release 2:00pm

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

Principal's Note 5/16/24

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Principal's Note

Good Morning Families,

Dr. Michelle Reid has been hosting community and employee conversations throughout the division since the fall of this school year. She is committed to getting to know our school communities. 

The dates for the final two community conversations are below. These events provide a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with Dr. Reid to share concerns and ideas. Your voice is important, and these events will give you the opportunity to connect with Dr. Reid. 

We invite you to register for one of the last two community conversations of the school year. Please register for a time and place that is convenient for you. Pre-registration is not required but does help with planning.

Upcoming Community Conversations:

May 16, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Poe Middle School, 7000 Cindy Ln, Annandale, VA 22003  

May 28, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Katherine Johnson Middle School, 3801 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030  

Childcare and language interpretation services will be provided.

For more information, please visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the last two community conversations of the year.

Best regards, 

Mr. Eric T. Johnson

Principal

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

Family Newsletter May 10, 2024

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Principal's Note

Dear Families,

I hope this letter finds you well. I want to extend my sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by the delay in allowing students to enter the building on Monday, May 6th.

One of our teachers detected an unusual odor that potentially indicated the presence of gas. In an abundance of caution and with the safety of our students and staff as our top priority, we decided to delay entry into the building. 

The Fairfax County Fire Department responded swiftly and thoroughly investigated the situation, ensuring it was safe for everyone to enter the building. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we prioritize the safety and security of our school community.

Sincerely, 

Mr. Eric T. Johnson 

🎨Edison Pyramid Art Show

Pictures by Mr. Nathan Johnson

Thank you to our Art teacher, Mr. Nathan Johnson for preparing our students for the Edison Pyramid Art Show. Cameron was well represented with artwork created during this school year. Our artist displayed paintings, scratch board, drawings, collage, paper weaving and tissue art. We had a lot of families and staff enjoying the work. Thank you to all our artist! The work will also be displayed at our Creatives Night on May 17!

 The PTA gave giftcards to our award-winning Cafeteria Heroes this week!

🧠May 17 Creatives Night

Join us for the 3rd annual Creatives Night from 5:30-7:30pm! The night will feature student work from Art, Music, and Steam. Activities include construction, robotics, crafts, and games. Pizza will be served!

2024-2025 Class Placement and Family Input 

Class Placement Family Input

We are starting to work on our plans for the 2024-2025 school year!  Class placements are an essential component of learning and building community. If you have information that you would like us to consider as we determine placements, please share your input by answering a few questions in the attached form. We know that a good teacher-student match and a productive mix of children are ingredients for success, and we carefully consider each child’s strengths and needs during this process. Please do not request specific teachers, as this does not take into account the many variables we must take into consideration. It is far more valuable to share particular academic or behavioral information. Completion of this form is optional. If you would like to provide input, you may use this online form or a hard copy may be sent to the office by May 17th. This is a hard deadline.

Rising 7th graders and their families are invited to attend the Twain Community Night on May 16 from 6-8pm. This is a family-fun event open to the community. The PTA will be selling pizza, other concessions, and Spirit Wear. All Twain departments will be represented. Don't miss the Pick a Prize Raffle! There will be prizes from the Washington Nationals, LEGO Discovery, Total Wine, Fairfax County Park Foundation, Natalie Dicks Photography, Crumbl Cookie, and more!

Testing Calendar

4th and 5th graders began testing this week. We continue next week for grades 3, 5, and 6. Students have demonstrated P.R.I.D.E. by putting considerable effort into doing their best on their tests!

May 13

  • 1st Reading iReady

May 14

  • 3rd Reading SOL 📘

May 15

  • 5th Science SOL 🧪️

May 16

  • 6th Reading SOL 📘

May 17

  • Reading / Science SOL Make-Ups 📘🧪️

May 20

  • 3rd Math SOL ✏️
  • 6th Reading iReady

May 21

  • 5th Math SOL ✏️

May 22

  • 6th Math SOL ✏️

May 23

  • 4th Math SOL ✏️

May 24

  • Math SOL Make-Ups ✏️

May 28

  • SOL Retakes - Reading 📘
  • 4th Reading iReady
  • 6th Math iReady

May 29

  • SOL Retakes - Math ✏️

May 30

  • SOL Retakes - Science 🧪️
  • 4th Math iReady
  • 5th Reading iReady

May 31

  • SOL Retakes ✏️📘

June 3

  • 5th Math iReady
Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students.

FCPS 2025 Budget — What’s Happening Next

The next steps in FCPS’ budget process are:

  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the budget. Register to speak by 6:30 p.m., on Monday, May 13.
  • Wednesday, May 15: Second day of School Board public hearings, if needed.
  • Tuesday, May 21: School Board budget work session.
  • Thursday, May 23: School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.
☀️ Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! Families are invited to participate in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. In addition to learning activities, enjoy tips and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

⏰ Share Your Thoughts on Middle School Start Times

Attend a forum to hear about adolescent sleep research from an expert, learn about FCPS’ ongoing middle school start times study, and participate in small group discussions. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Breakout sessions will be held for middle school students to share their voices. Students are encouraged to attend! 

Register by clicking on one of the following dates: 

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

FCPS News

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

  • Celebrating Students, Teachers, and Nurses
  • Help Raise Awareness of Fentanyl
  • 2025 FCPS Budget

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

Important Dates 

May 14: PTA Meeting, Virtual, 7pm

May 17: Creatives Night, 5:30-7:30pm

May 27: No School, Memorial Day

June 6: Field Day

June 10:  6th Grade Promotion Ceremony, Edison HS, 6pm

June 12: Last Day of School, Early Release 2:00pm

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

Family Newsletter May 10, 2024

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Principal's Note

Dear Families,

I hope this letter finds you well. I want to extend my sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by the delay in allowing students to enter the building on Monday, May 6th.

One of our teachers detected an unusual odor that potentially indicated the presence of gas. In an abundance of caution and with the safety of our students and staff as our top priority, we decided to delay entry into the building. 

The Fairfax County Fire Department responded swiftly and thoroughly investigated the situation, ensuring it was safe for everyone to enter the building. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we prioritize the safety and security of our school community.

Sincerely, 

Mr. Eric T. Johnson 

🎨Edison Pyramid Art Show

Pictures by Mr. Nathan Johnson

Thank you to our Art teacher, Mr. Nathan Johnson for preparing our students for the Edison Pyramid Art Show. Cameron was well represented with artwork created during this school year. Our artist displayed paintings, scratch board, drawings, collage, paper weaving and tissue art. We had a lot of families and staff enjoying the work. Thank you to all our artist! The work will also be displayed at our Creatives Night on May 17!

 The PTA gave giftcards to our award-winning Cafeteria Heroes this week!

🧠May 17 Creatives Night

Join us for the 3rd annual Creatives Night from 5:30-7:30pm! The night will feature student work from Art, Music, and Steam. Activities include construction, robotics, crafts, and games. Pizza will be served!

2024-2025 Class Placement and Family Input 

Class Placement Family Input

We are starting to work on our plans for the 2024-2025 school year!  Class placements are an essential component of learning and building community. If you have information that you would like us to consider as we determine placements, please share your input by answering a few questions in the attached form. We know that a good teacher-student match and a productive mix of children are ingredients for success, and we carefully consider each child’s strengths and needs during this process. Please do not request specific teachers, as this does not take into account the many variables we must take into consideration. It is far more valuable to share particular academic or behavioral information. Completion of this form is optional. If you would like to provide input, you may use this online form or a hard copy may be sent to the office by May 17th. This is a hard deadline.

Rising 7th graders and their families are invited to attend the Twain Community Night on May 16 from 6-8pm. This is a family-fun event open to the community. The PTA will be selling pizza, other concessions, and Spirit Wear. All Twain departments will be represented. Don't miss the Pick a Prize Raffle! There will be prizes from the Washington Nationals, LEGO Discovery, Total Wine, Fairfax County Park Foundation, Natalie Dicks Photography, Crumbl Cookie, and more!

Testing Calendar

4th and 5th graders began testing this week. We continue next week for grades 3, 5, and 6. Students have demonstrated P.R.I.D.E. by putting considerable effort into doing their best on their tests!

May 13

  • 1st Reading iReady

May 14

  • 3rd Reading SOL 📘

May 15

  • 5th Science SOL 🧪️

May 16

  • 6th Reading SOL 📘

May 17

  • Reading / Science SOL Make-Ups 📘🧪️

May 20

  • 3rd Math SOL ✏️
  • 6th Reading iReady

May 21

  • 5th Math SOL ✏️

May 22

  • 6th Math SOL ✏️

May 23

  • 4th Math SOL ✏️

May 24

  • Math SOL Make-Ups ✏️

May 28

  • SOL Retakes - Reading 📘
  • 4th Reading iReady
  • 6th Math iReady

May 29

  • SOL Retakes - Math ✏️

May 30

  • SOL Retakes - Science 🧪️
  • 4th Math iReady
  • 5th Reading iReady

May 31

  • SOL Retakes ✏️📘

June 3

  • 5th Math iReady
Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students.

FCPS 2025 Budget — What’s Happening Next

The next steps in FCPS’ budget process are:

  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the budget. Register to speak by 6:30 p.m., on Monday, May 13.
  • Wednesday, May 15: Second day of School Board public hearings, if needed.
  • Tuesday, May 21: School Board budget work session.
  • Thursday, May 23: School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.
☀️ Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! Families are invited to participate in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. In addition to learning activities, enjoy tips and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

⏰ Share Your Thoughts on Middle School Start Times

Attend a forum to hear about adolescent sleep research from an expert, learn about FCPS’ ongoing middle school start times study, and participate in small group discussions. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Breakout sessions will be held for middle school students to share their voices. Students are encouraged to attend! 

Register by clicking on one of the following dates: 

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

FCPS News

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

  • Celebrating Students, Teachers, and Nurses
  • Help Raise Awareness of Fentanyl
  • 2025 FCPS Budget

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

Important Dates 

May 14: PTA Meeting, Virtual, 7pm

May 17: Creatives Night, 5:30-7:30pm

May 27: No School, Memorial Day

June 6: Field Day

June 10:  6th Grade Promotion Ceremony, Edison HS, 6pm

June 12: Last Day of School, Early Release 2:00pm

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

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🎶 Spring Concert

Thursday, students in band, strings, and chorus performed for their spring concert. We are so proud of these students for all the hard work and pratice they've put in at school and at home this year! It was such a joy for the whole school to gather together and watch their performance. 

Mr. Johnson Slept on the Roof!

Back in February, students participated in a Fun Run hosted by the PTA to benefit the Cameron Outdoor Classroom. Mr. Johnson told students that if the community could raise $5,000, he would sleep on the roof of the school. Our generous Cameron family ended up raising $14,000!!! 

Last night, Mr. Johnson enjoyed the seasonably warm early May weather and slept on the roof! Did you spot his car in the parking lot this morning 👀? Thank you again to all those that contributed in making our fundraiser a success. We are always grateful for your support. 

❣️May 6-10 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

May 7 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as Teacher Appreciation Week. National Teacher Day began in 1953 when former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt proposed that Congress set aside a day to acknowledge the work of educators. Since 1985, NEA has celebrated National Teacher Day on the Tuesday of the first full week of May.

At Cameron, teachers and staff will be celebrated in the following ways: 

Monday: Breakfast in workrooms from PTA

TuesdayLet love grow!

Wednesday: Snacks will be provided on a cart in the afternoon

Thursday: Lunch provided by PTA

Friday: Small tokens of appreciation from administrators and make your own trail mix. 

Do you appreciate a staf member at Cameron? Let us know! We'd love to feature your appreciation of our amazing teachers in the next News You Choose. Email or send a message on Talking Points to Mr. Johnson, Ms. Snyder, or Ms. Trupo!

🎉Lexia Popsicle Party

For the month of April, the goal for students was to complete one full unit in Lexia Core 5 (or 80 units in Power Up). 213 students met this goal! These students demonstrated P.R.I.D.E through Determination and Effort, and grew as Goal Directed and Resilient Individuals! We are blown away by our students' success. Huge shout out to Ms. Gillies, our Reading Specialist, for organizing the celebration, and empowering students and teachers to succeed.

🥳️Cheers to Cameron Cafeteria Staff! 

On Monday, April 29 at 8:30 am, members of the Food Nutrition Service Leadership Team as well as the FCPS Chief Operating Officer, Andy Mueck, visited our school cafeteria team. Cameron ES cafeteria staff was recognized as a top performing kitchen based on their skills, service, participation level and overall FNS excellence as determined by their FNS Operations Specialist.  The team was presented a certificate of excellence, a thank you card and a fruit platter as tokens of food service appreciation to the entire team. 

🍎Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergarten Orientation was a success with over 60 families in attendance on Thursday night. The Kindergarten team can't wait to welcome our little Cheetahs next year!

🎨May 17 Creatives Night

Join us for the 3rd annual Creatives Night from 5:30-7:30pm! The night will feature student work from Art, Music, and Steam. Activities include construction, robotics, crafts, and games. Pizza will be served!

📅End of Year Testing Calendar

May 6

  • 1st Math iReady
  • 2nd Reading iReady

May 7

  • 4th Reading SOL 📘
  • 2nd Reading iReady

May 8

  • 5th Reading SOL 📘
  • 2nd Math iReady

May 9

  • 2nd Math iReady

May 13

  • 1st Reading iReady

May 14

  • 3rd Reading SOL 📘

May 15

  • 5th Science SOL 🧪️

May 16

  • 6th Reading SOL 📘

May 17

  • Reading / Science SOL Make-Ups 📘🧪️

May 20

  • 3rd Math SOL ✏️
  • 6th Reading iReady

May 21

  • 5th Math SOL ✏️

May 22

  • 6th Math SOL ✏️

May 23

  • 4th Math SOL ✏️

May 24

  • Math SOL Make-Ups ✏️

May 28

  • SOL Retakes - Reading 📘
  • 4th Reading iReady
  • 6th Math iReady

May 29

  • SOL Retakes - Math ✏️

May 30

  • SOL Retakes - Science 🧪️
  • 4th Math iReady
  • 5th Reading iReady

May 31

  • SOL Retakes ✏️📘

June 3

  • 5th Math iReady
☀️ Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

🩹 Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine. 

💪 Let's Finish the School Year Strong!

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources.

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  • Immerse yourself in new travel experiences.  

Speak Spanish in 2024 – save $50 - Register Now. Questions or want to register via phone? Call us at 703-658-1201 today.

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 Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

📞 FCPS Ombuds Provides Confidential Guidance

The Office of the Ombuds engages with families, students, and staff to offer resources and improve the experience of each and every member of the FCPS community. They work as an independent confidential resource to help get answers to questions, offer options to resolve concerns and hear complaints regarding FCPS matters.  

Anyone seeking assistance from the Office of the Ombuds may call 571-423-4014, email [email protected], visit their webpage, or submit a question. Ombuds staff do not change or make decisions, policies, or regulations; take sides; or provide legal advice.

Resources for Newly Registered Families

Being connected to your school community helps you stay informed and support your child’s success. Take some time to get familiar with the many resources and tools available to FCPS families, including:

There’s an easy to follow five-step process outlined for parents registering their children for kindergarten. Be sure to register your child as soon as possible! 

Register Your Children Online

Online registration is available for new and returning (re-enrolling) FCPS families! Apply today to help us plan for the 2024-25 school year.

Family Resource Center

The FRC created the following guides for FCPS families, schools, and the community. The guides can be viewed online or printed by just clicking on the guide you wish to view.

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since its inception in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been a cornerstone of addressing the challenges faced by millions of Americans living with mental health conditions. Throughout the month, NAMI actively participates in this national movement, dedicated to eradicating stigma, extending support, fostering public education and advocating for policies that prioritize the well-being of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

Read more at National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

No School Friday May 3 Orthodox Good Friday/Teacher Work Day

Friday, May 3, is Orthodox Good Friday, and a teacher work day. Millions of Orthodox Christians commemorate Good Friday, also known as “Great Friday” to remember the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. There will be no school for students that day. See the complete school year calendar.

May 8 Bike to School Day

Bike Month has been celebrated since 1956 to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try. Fairfax County has an extensive network of both paved and natural surface bike trails. You can access a map to all the trails in Fairfax county online. Wednesday, May 8, is the official Bike to School Day. You can register as a school, family, or neighborhood. Plan your ride whether you ride to school, to a park, or just within your neighborhood. Register for Bike to School Day.

National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 8. It is a day to recognize the many contributions that school nurses make to student health and learning.  

FCPS appreciates the role of School Public Health Nurses (PHNs) for their contribution to the health and welfare of all our students. Professional school nurses support the needs of students through their delivery of healthcare, contributions to local school communities, and promotion of safety, prevention, and wellness throughout the year. They are advocates who bridge healthcare and education by supporting student health and readiness to learn. School nurses are essential to our community and work tirelessly to make a positive impact in the lives of their students.  

Please join us in thanking the PHNs for their hard work and dedication to FCPS students. 

Important Dates

May 14: PTA Meeting, Virtual, 7pm

May 17: Creatives Night, 5:30-7:30pm

May 27: No School, Memorial Day

June 6: Field Day

June 10:  6th Grade Promotion Ceremony, Edison HS, 6pm

June 12: Last Day of School, Early Release 2:00pm

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Family Newsletter April 26, 2024

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This month, Cameron hosted its second annual ST Math Madness competition. Classes competed backet style to complete the most puzzles each week. In the end, Ms. Mitchell's 3rd grade class won by completing 7,916 puzzles in all! This hardworking class got to celebrate by pie-ing Mr. Johnson in the face! Shout out to every Cheetah who demonstrated Determination and Effort to complete as many puzzle as they could in ST Math this month. Keep up the hard work!

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue came to visit our Pre-K students this week! They got to explore the truck and gear, and talk to the firefighters!

This week was Administrative Assistants Day! We wouldn't be anywhere without our amazing office crew: Ms. Saravia, Ms. Flores-Cuevas, Ms. Trupo, Ms. Duffy, and Ms. Donlin. They make everything happen behind the scenes every day. Thank you for all of your hard work!

🎻🥁🎶May 2 Spring Concert

Come see our Chorus, Band, and Strings students perform their spring concert on May 2 at 7pm!

🎨May 17 Creatives Night

Join us for the 3rd annual Creatives Night from 5:30-7:30pm! The night will feature student work from Art, Music, and Steam. Activities include construction, robotics, crafts, and games. Pizza will be served!

📅End of Year Testing Calendar

May 6

  • 1st Math iReady
  • 2nd Reading iReady

May 7

  • 4th Reading SOL 📘
  • 2nd Reading iReady

May 8

  • 5th Reading SOL 📘
  • 2nd Math iReady

May 9

  • 2nd Math iReady

May 13

  • 1st Reading iReady

May 14

  • 3rd Reading SOL 📘

May 15

  • 5th Science SOL 🧪️

May 16

  • 6th Reading SOL 📘

May 17

  • Reading / Science SOL Make-Ups 📘🧪️

May 20

  • 3rd Math SOL ✏️
  • 6th Reading iReady

May 21

  • 5th Math SOL ✏️

May 22

  • 6th Math SOL ✏️

May 23

  • 4th Math SOL ✏️

May 24

  • Math SOL Make-Ups ✏️

May 28

  • SOL Retakes - Reading 📘
  • 4th Reading iReady
  • 6th Math iReady

May 29

  • SOL Retakes - Math ✏️

May 30

  • SOL Retakes - Science 🧪️
  • 4th Math iReady
  • 5th Reading iReady

May 31

  • SOL Retakes ✏️📘

June 3

  • 5th Math iReady

What are the SOL and iReady tests?

  • The SOL: According to the Virginia Departent of Education,

    "The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, Mathematics, Science, History, Social Science, and other subjects.

    SOL tests measure the success of students in meeting the Board of Education’s expectations for learning and achievement. All items on SOL tests are reviewed by Virginia classroom teachers for accuracy and fairness, and teachers also assist the Virginia Board of Education in setting proficiency standards for the tests."

  • The iReady: According to Curriculum Associates, "The Grades K–12 diagnostic testing assessments manifests our core belief that all students can grow and achieve grade-level expectations. Use these diagnostic assessment tools to help educators see where students are, set high—but achievable—expectations for growth, and connect the right instructional tools to help them get there."

SOL data is used at the district and state level. iReady data is used to inform school instruction. Students can feel a range of emotions about end of year tests, so here are some tips for how to prepare at home.

Be Encouraging: Talk about testing at home before it happens so that students feel comfortable expressing any worries or doubts they may have. Encourage wanting to do well, but emphasize that one test won't measure all your child can do. 

Staying Calm: Reinforce strategies that students have learned in school about how to take breaks, and how to regulate breathing and big emotions. Ask them which strategies they plan to use during the test if they need to. 

Physical Preparedness: Make sure your child gets a good night of sleep the night before a test, and has a plan to eat a filling breakfast. Pick out a lucky or comfortable outfit, or send students with a good luck note that they can use for motivation! Any little touches that mean something to your family will be beneficial. 

Know the Testing Calendar: Be prepared for when your child has a test. It is important they arrive to school on time that day so that they can have their usual morning routine without feeling additional stress. 

Graphic Novels on Sports

​In this School Library Journal article, Brigid Alverson recommends graphic novels on team sports, competition, and the emotions of players and the people around them (click the article link below for cover images and short summaries):

Shark Princess: Surfin’ Sharks by Nidhi Chanani, grade K-2

We’re Big Time by Hena Khan, illustrated by Safiya Zerrougui, grade 3-7

Tryouts by Sarah Sax, grade 3-7

Cupcake Diaries: The Graphic Novel: Katie, Batter Up! by Coco Simon, illustrated by Glass House Graphics, grade 3-7

My Little Pony: Kenbucky Roller Derby by Casey Gilly, illustrated by Abby Bulmer and Natalie Haines, grade 4-7

Strikers by Kiel Phegley, illustrated by Jacques Khouri, grade 4-8

I Felt Myself Slipping by Ray Nadine, grade 7-9

Out of Left Field by Jonah Newman, grade 7-9

“Comics Take the Field” by Brigid Alverson in School Library Journal, April 2024 (Vol 70, #4, pp. 42-44)

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

🙋 Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Visit our website for attendance resources

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Cameron's Kindergarten Orientation is on Thursday, May 2 at 5:30pm. 

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Important Dates

May 2: Kindergarten Orientation, 5:30pm

            Spring Concert, 7pm

May 3: No School for Students, Orthodox Good Friday

May 14: PTA Meeting, 7pm

May17: Creatives Night, 5:30-7:30pm

May 27: No School, Memorial Day

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Family Newsletter April 19, 2024

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Principal's Note

Dear Families,

I hope this message finds you well. As we continue our journey through the academic year, it is crucial that we address an issue that directly impacts the success of our school and, most importantly, the education of our students.

I am writing to you today regarding a concerning trend that has emerged within our school community: chronic absenteeism. Currently, our school's chronic absenteeism rate stands at 18%, and I must emphasize the importance of taking proactive steps to address this issue before it escalates further.

Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10% or more of the school year for any reason, has significant implications for the academic progress and overall well-being of our students. Not only does it disrupt their learning process, but it also hinders our ability to provide them with the quality education they deserve.

It is essential for every student to attend school regularly to maximize their learning potential and achieve academic success. Every absence, whether excused or unexcused, represents a missed opportunity for growth and development.

I want to stress the critical role that families play in ensuring their child's regular attendance. Your support and encouragement are invaluable in fostering a culture of attendance and punctuality within our school community. Please prioritize sending your child to school every day and minimize unnecessary absences.

Furthermore, if your child has a doctor's appointment or any other unavoidable commitment that requires them to miss school, I urge you to schedule these appointments outside of school hours whenever possible. If a partial absence is unavoidable, please ensure that your child attends school for the remainder of the day to minimize the impact on their academic progress.

I must also emphasize the broader consequences of chronic absenteeism for our school. If our chronic absenteeism rate reaches 25%, it will jeopardize our full accreditation status, which could have far-reaching implications for the entire school community.

Together, we can address this challenge and create an environment where every student feels supported and motivated to attend school regularly. By working collaboratively, we can ensure that our students have the best possible chance to succeed academically and fulfill their potential.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you have any questions or concerns regarding attendance or how you can support your child's regular attendance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Mr. Eric T. Johnson

Principal

We hope to see you on Saturday at Cameron for the Earth Day Clean Up event! Not only will we clean up the school grounds, everyone will have the chance to plant flowers, make seedling starters to take home, and make art activities. It should be a beautiful day, so please join us!

🌎📣Earth Spirit Week

Dress up with us next week to celebrate Earth Spirit Week!

🎻🥁🎶May 2 Spring Concert A Message from Food and Nutrition Services Directors

As the 2023-2024 school year comes to a close, the Office of Food and
Nutrition Services (FNS) is already planning the future of student meals in
Fairfax County Public Schools. We are excited about the upcoming
changes, but before we move forward, let's take a moment to appreciate
the incredible work of our kitchen staff who prepare meals for FCPS
students every day with passion. FNS wants to recognize our kitchen
teams as the School Lunch Heroes they are!
This year, School Lunch Hero Day is officially on May 3. Since schools are
closed on that day, we will be celebrating throughout the week from April
29 to May 2. We want to acknowledge the difference our school kitchen
teams make in the lives of every child who comes through their service
lines.
FNS will send a School Lunch Hero packet to each school during the
week of April 15, to prepare for the week of April 29. For Elementary
Schools, the packet will include various activity sheets that students can
complete to present to the kitchen team. For Middle and High Schools,
there will be 8x10 posters provided for students to sign and use to express
their appreciation and present to the kitchen team.
Your kitchen team plays a vital role in the educational success of FCPS
students by providing the fuel they need to learn and grow. We appreciate
your support for this event and for recognizing the hard work of your
school lunch heroes. We are looking forward to serving nutritious meals to
your students for the remainder of this school year and next school year.
Proudly serving our students,
Shaun Sawko and Melissa DeAngelo

✔️ Spring Assessments Measure Student Learning and Progress

Students will be participating in spring assessments based on their grade level and courses. This includes standardized benchmark assessments and progress assessments. This list of assessments for each grade level provides the spring dates for required tests. 

Remember, assessment is part of ongoing teaching and learning in the classroom. Teachers may also assign end-of-year projects or final exams.   

Schools set dates for each assessment and communicate schedules to students and families. Pay close attention to school newsletters and emails from the school for this information.

Parents and caregivers can help students perform their best by reminding them to get a good night’s rest and have a healthy breakfast, especially on testing days. It is important that students attend school on these dates. If you become aware of a conflict that could result in your student missing a test, please notify your student’s school as soon as possible.   

Spring assessments do not signal the end of coursework for the year. Learning continues through the last day of school. In addition to details shared by each school, families may find details about spring student assessments online.

☀️🎨🎶Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! At Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), students take art, music, theater, and dance classes daily. E-IFTA is for current second through fifth grade students. Learn more on the E-IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions. 

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener in March. This survey provides updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via mail.

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

Portrait of a Graduate Prepares Students for Success

During the Academic Matters segment of the April 11 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid recognized 10 years of Portrait of a Graduate (POG) at FCPS. POG helps set students up for personal and academic success by building skills in communication, collaboration, ethical and global citizenship, creative and critical thinking, and being goal-directed and resilient.

Welcome to the 2024 Family Summit: Safe, Supported, and Included!

Join us on April 20, 2024 at Marshall High School to ensure the safety, support, and inclusion of every member of our school community.

Our Family Summit is free and open to all families, educators and community members in the Fairfax County Public School division.

Date:

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Time:

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: 

Marshall High School

7731 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, VA 22043 

Please enter through Door 13.

Registration is preferred, please take a moment to register for the 2024 Family Summit.

Online Special Education Resource Fair

Families with children who have disabilities are encouraged to explore the Online Special Education Resource Fair, launching on April 20th as a part of the 2024 Family Summit.

This virtual event will provide a diverse array of asynchronous videos designed specifically for families, educators, and community members seeking innovative ways to support their children. Furthermore, attendees can browse through an online exhibit hall showcasing resources from FCPS, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting students with disabilities.

As an added highlight, the fair will also unveil the winners of the 2024 First Class Awards, showcasing the exemplary employees of FCPS who model excellence in their work, create a positive impact for all students and work to create an inclusive environment. The link to the Special Education Resource Fair goes live on Saturday, April 20 and can be found on the 2024 Family Summit webpage.  

April 22, 23 Passover (Half-O Days)

Passover and Half-O Days Many Jewish communities in the United States celebrate Passover, a recognition of the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs, recalling the harsh life of slavery. Learn more about Passover in NatGeo Kids

Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, are designated half-O days in recognition of the first two days of Passover. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. See the complete school year calendar.

April 24 Theravada New Year (O Day)

In countries where Theravada Buddhism is the most dominant religion, New Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon in April. Theravada means “the teachings of the elders.” Celebrations begin with people attending the local temple in the morning for chanting and meditation. In the afternoon they have a water festival in which they meet the Buddha image and pay respect to the elderly by watering their hands together. Building sandcastles is also one of the most popular activities during this day of celebration.

Wednesday, April 24, is designated as an O day for Theravada New Year. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however 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.

Important Dates

April 19: Family Movie Night, 6pm

April 20: Cameron ES Earth Day Clean Up, 9am-1:30pm

May 2: Kindergarten Orientation, 5:30pm

            Spring Concert, 7pm

May 3: No School for Students, Orthodox Good Friday

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Family Newsletter April 12, 2024

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Order the Yearbook!

It's time to order the 2023-2024 Cameron Yearbook! Order by April 15 to get the $10 early bird price. Orders will be accepted until May 1. You can order two ways: 

  • Order online at www.barksdalephoto.com . Go to "What are you looking for?" then click "Order Your Yearbook" and enter the Access Code 0036633YB. 
  • Return payment with your completed order form. Forms were sent home with students earlier this week. 
💜April 17 Purple Up! Day

To show our support for all our military-connected families, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” on April 17  for military children. Why purple? Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and Space Force blue. 

🎟Register Today for the Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet School Lottery

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools — Hunters WoodsBailey’s Primary, and Bailey’s Upper — provide enhanced learning programs in science, technology, and performing arts. Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open through Friday, April 12. Learn more about the schools, their programs, and locations.

See The Addams Family at Edison HS!

Come see Edison Theatre Company at their creepiest and kookiest!   We have a special deal for Middle School Students!  Tickets go on sale April 12 at 8 am for the spring musical The Addams Family (School Edition) running May 1st, 2nd and 4th in the Edison Auditorium. Tickets are available in advance online; tickets are also sold at the door.

If you enter "FutureEagle" in the promotion field, you will get 50% off for up to 6 tickets for the May 1st or May 2nd, 7pm performances.

🏫 Apply for Early Learning for Children Six Weeks to Four Years Old

FCPS pre-K and Early Head Start programs provide a high-quality early learning experience for qualifying income-eligible children ages six weeks to four years living in Fairfax County. Watch this video to learn more (also available in Spanish). 

  • Pre-K prioritizes 4-year-old applicants but also accepts applications for 3-year-olds through September 30.
  • Early Head Start is located at three elementary schools — Clearview, Crestwood, and Dogwood — and accepts applications from pregnancy to 2 years old.

Families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Space is limited and based on need, not first come, first served. 

Applications are accepted online, by email, by mail, or in person at FCPS’ Leis Center location in Falls Church.  

For questions about your application or status, please call 703-208-7900 (English) or 703-208-7901 (Spanish).

🧮️Mathspace Mastery: Elevate Independent Learning and SOL Prep

Join us to see how Mathspace fosters independent learning at every grade level! This informative session will highlight how your student can use Mathspace to independently tackle math challenges, perfectly aligned with their grade-level course. We will demonstrate how to use this tool to prepare for the Math SOL assessment. Don't miss this chance to boost your students' self-driven learning adventure!

Additionally, a new SOL task template will be auto-assigned, this year, to students for optional practice/study.

  • Presenter: Rhonda Davis, Mathspace, Head of Customer Success, North America and Jonathan Templin, Mathspace, Head of Sales, North America.
  • Date: April 16, 2024 Add to Your Calendar
  • Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Format: Virtual

Register for this event

Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, April 16, through Thursday, April 18: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors conducts public hearings on the county budget. Sign up to speak.  
  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, and Inclusion

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families such as raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. Participants may also join online sessions, which will provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Visit the Family Summit webpage to learn about the guest speakers and to register for the event. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

✅ School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Immigrant Family Reunification Class

A class will be held online in Spanish for immigrant families looking to reunite during challenging transitions. Saturday classes will be available April 13, 20, or 27, from 9-11:30 a.m. Register online. For more information, please contact Ms. Trupo [email protected] or Sussy Tomer at [email protected]

🎓 Postsecondary Education and Employment Options

FCPS’ Career and Transition Services will host Flash Forward, to provide students with disabilities seeking a standard or advanced diploma and their families an introduction to options available after high school. 

Flash Forward will be held Thursday, April 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Annandale High School, in the cafeteria. Register online. Representatives from adult education, employment, and community programs (college, military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment) will be on site to share information about their services.

Important Dates

April 17: PTA Meeting, 7pm

               Purple Up! Day

April 19: Family Movie Night, 6pm

April 20: Earth Day Cleanup, 9am-1:30pm

May 3: No School for Students, Orthodox Good Friday

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Family Newsletter April 5, 2024

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🏅Congratulations Ms. Marciello!

Ms. Marciello is the Outstanding New Teacher for all of Region 3! She was first awarded Outstanding New Teacher at Cameron, and then went on to be recognized at the region level. This is Ms. Marciello's first year teaching, and she is positively adored by her students. 

Ms. Weber recalls a heartwarming interaction she saw that is a testament to Ms. Marciello's outstanding-ness. "Once at dismissal, two students were heading quickly for the door as they were eager to get their weekend started. One student started to turn down another hallway, and their friend said something like 'Where are you going? Let's go!' The student replied, 'I made a promise! I made a promise to my teacher that I would say goodbye to her today!' and then the student headed to Ms. Marciello's room for a hug and a quick chat. To me, this shows the special connection Ms. Marciello shares with her students." 

50 States Challenge

On Friday before Spring Break, students who participated in the 50 States Challenge got to tape Mr. Johnson to the wall! We had 52 students participate in total, and 22 who labeled all 50 states on the map correctly or with fewer than 5 errors. Families, can you do that?! We are inspired by our Cheetahs who demonstrated P.R.I.D.E. by taking on this challenge!

☀️Solar Eclipse🌑

A solar eclipse is happening on April 8, 2024. It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon and one that requires important safety reminders. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. 

Here's what you need to know:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce this at home.
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. The NASA website has more information about eye safety.  
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with dismissal for some students), and ends around 4:32 p.m. Please remind your child to be especially vigilant about eye safety during dismissal. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage. <--There is actually so much good information on this website! Watch videos about why and how the eclipse happens!

Order the Yearbook!

It's time to order the 2023-2024 Cameron Yearbook! Order by April 15 to get the $10 early bird price. Orders will be accepted until May 1. You can order two ways: 

  • Order online at www.barksdalephoto.com . Go to "What are you looking for?" then click "Order Your Yearbook" and enter the Access Code 0036633YB. 
  • Return payment with your completed order form. Forms were sent home with students earlier this week. 
📋Registration is Open!

Online registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open! Both new and re-enrolling families can use the Online Registration System (OLS) to register students entering Kindergarten through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year. 

Please share the website with anyone you know who may be enrolling in an FCPS school next year! www.fcps.edu/online-registration

Rising 7th Grade Families, Mark Twain Middle School PTA Needs You!  

We need to fill several officer positions for the next school year, 2024-2025.  The MTMS PTA Nominating Committee is now accepting applications.  The officer positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Applications are also being taken for the Membership/Volunteer Coordinator, who serves as a non-elected board position,  These officers make up the executive board and conduct the business of running the PTA.  Applicants can fill out the application form here.  Join a great team and work together to support the MTMS Staff and Students!  Please contact Corea Smith at [email protected] with any questions or for a description of PTA officer duties.  A slate of officers will be announced on April 17th at the next MTMS PTA Meeting, so get your applications in soon.

Matthew Mough

Principal, Mark Twain Middle School

🎟Register Today for the Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet School Lottery

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools — Hunters Woods, Bailey’s Primary, and Bailey’s Upper — provide enhanced learning programs in science, technology, and performing arts. Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open through Friday, April 12. Learn more about the schools, their programs, and locations.

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

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools 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 a virtual information night on Tuesday, April 9, to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom to support student growth. Participants will also get tips for supporting their students at home. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

🧮️Mathspace Mastery: Elevate Independent Learning and SOL Prep

Join us to see how Mathspace fosters independent learning at every grade level! This informative session will highlight how your student can use Mathspace to independently tackle math challenges, perfectly aligned with their grade-level course. We will demonstrate how to use this tool to prepare for the Math SOL assessment. Don't miss this chance to boost your students' self-driven learning adventure!

Additionally, a new SOL task template will be auto-assigned, this year, to students for optional practice/study.

  • Presenter: Rhonda Davis, Mathspace, Head of Customer Success, North America and Jonathan Templin, Mathspace, Head of Sales, North America.
  • Date: April 16, 2024 Add to Your Calendar
  • Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Format: Virtual

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Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit

Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

🏫 Advertised Budget Focuses on Schools and Instruction

Investing in excellence means putting our dollars where it matters most — schools and instruction. Nearly 93% of FCPS full-time staff work directly in our schools. And nearly 86% of FCPS’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Advertised Budget is dedicated to instructional programs across all grade levels, including special education. 

Only 5% of the advertised budget is for general support and central administration. Central office administrators represent only 0.8% of total full-time positions.

For more details on FCPS’ advertised budget, view budget documents, including the FY 2025 Budget Book. 

Check out the Budget Calendar for important dates in the budget process as well as opportunities for the community to provide feedback.

🗳️ Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

👗 Prom Dress Shop Opens With Hundreds of Dresses

The annual Prom Dress Shop opens for the season on Friday, April 5, at Centreville High School. Any area student — not just those from Fairfax County Public Schools — who do not have the funds to purchase a prom dress may choose from hundreds of new dresses donated by Macy’s. Learn more and see shop hours.

Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families.

National Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

School Library Month

In FCPS libraries, students develop knowledge and skills, experience a sense of belonging, find inspiration and support, and have the ability to freely pursue their personal interests and academic growth. Watch this video to learn how FCPS librarians make a difference.

A special shoutout goes to our amazing librarian, Mrs. Migs! In her time at Cameron, she redesigned the library, raised lots of money for the school through the Scholastic Book Fair, hosted events like Read Across America Month and Summer Reading Challenges, transformed the KMRN Morning News show, was voted as Outstanding Teacher this year, and made the library a warm, welcoming place to be. We 💜 you Mrs. Migs!

Next week is National Library Week! April is School Library Month and it's a great time to celebrate the essential role that school librarians play in the lives of students. School librarians ensure students have access to a wide variety of high-quality books and resources that connect them to the world and build a culture of literacy. Librarians develop lessons that are meaningful to students and help them develop critical thinking, inquiry, and information literacy skills. They support learning across all subject areas by teaching students the skills to be independent problem-solvers and creative thinkers. By creating a safe environment for all students to be engaged and curious learners, FCPS libraries are places where everyone belongs.

Take a moment to learn more about FCPS Library Programs and share your appreciation of your school librarian!

Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

National Assistant Principals Week

Join NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators in honoring the enormous contributions of assistant principals to student success.

We take this time to celebrate Ms. Snyder! Ms. Snyder always has a smile on her face, brings the fun and enthusiasm to all events, helps bring amazing teachers and staff to Cameron, was voted as Outstanding Administrator this year, and is a champion for all students. Our school couldn't function without her! We 💖you, Ms. Snyder!

No School April 10 Eid al-Fitr (Half-O Day, Holiday)

In Islam, Eid-al-Fitr is a three day festival to mark the end of Ramadan. Muslims dress in new clothes, give charity, and pray in congregation. Eid is celebrated with the exchange of presents and delicious food with family and friends. Read more at Britannica.com.

Tuesday, April 9, has been designated as a half-O day. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. Wednesday, April 10, is an FCPS holiday and all schools and offices will be closed. See the complete School Year Calendar

Important Dates

April 5: Chuck E. Cheese Night

April 8: Grades K-2 Spring Fling Dance

April 10: No School, Eid al Fitr

April 17: PTA Meeting, 7pm

April 19: Family Movie Night, 6pm

April 20: Earth Day Cleanup, 9am-1:30pm

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Family Newsletter March 22, 2024

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🌷See You April 3rd!

Have an enjoyable Spring Break! We will be so excited to see you back at Cameron on Wednesday, April 3. 

Principals' Note

Dear Cameron Families,

We would like to take a moment to extend our warmest wishes to each and every one of our Cameron families as we prepare for Spring Break. As we look ahead to the final stretch of the academic year, we are continually inspired by the resilience and dedication of our students, families, and staff. Your unwavering support and commitment to our school community are the foundation of our shared success, and for that, we are truly grateful. May this Spring Break be filled with moments of laughter, growth, and discovery for the family. Let us cherish the beauty of this season and all the blessings it brings.

Your partnership is invaluable, and together, we will continue to nurture a thriving learning environment for our students.

Warmest regards,

Mr. Johnson & Ms. Snyder

📚Read Across America

Today was our last First 10 Friday of Read Across America Month. We've loved gathering together and reading for the first 10 minutes of the day. Don't forget, if you take a picture of yourself reading during break, send it to Ms. Migs [email protected] for the Read Across America Picture Showcase

Also, maps for the Read Across America Challenge are due back at school on April 3! Go to https://bit.ly/RAAmap to access Cameron’s RAA Interactive Map with book suggestions and videos for each state.

✏️Dear Mrs. Gillies 

Remember the pizza party for Lexia achievers a few weeks ago? These 2nd graders sure do! These students wrote their persuasive writing pieces to Mrs. Gillies in an attempt to convince her to have another party for Lexia success! Do we think it worked? Stay tuned! 👀

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

Dear families, 

Spring Break is next week. Here are some fun ideas that you can do with your children at home!

Family Engagement Survey Still Open! Participate today! Your voice matters! 

Share your thoughts around important topics impacting your student’s success. By participating in the Family Engagement Survey, parents/caregivers are making their voices heard. Survey topics include:

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

Help us better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our schools. 

TAKE THE SURVEY!

Visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information.

🏐 New Athletic Opportunities for Students

The FCPS advertised budget for next school year expands high school athletics with boys volleyball and girls wrestling, giving students more ways to nurture their passion and enhance their well-being. FCPS is now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback. See the Budget Calendar for details. Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget.

New Regulation on Meditation and Silent Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact Ms. Trupo regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Guidelines for Religious Activities webpage for more information.

🤧 Updated COVID Recommendations

In accordance with the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) respiratory virus guidance, FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have updated school COVID-19 recommendations.

The COVID-19 isolation period of five days is no longer recommended

New respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Students who have symptoms of, test positive for, or have been diagnosed with a respiratory virus may return to school when the student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; AND the student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. 

Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities. 

Should I Send My Child to School?

Please refer to the chart on this attendance webpage if your child is experiencing symptoms or illnesses, and you are unsure if they should go to school. 

Thank you for helping keep our students and staff healthy.

Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break.

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

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

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools 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 a virtual information night on Tuesday, April 9, to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom to support student growth. Participants will also get tips for supporting their students at home. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

⛱️ Summer Camp for Middle Schoolers 

All rising middle schoolers are invited to attend a summer of fun and leisure with VIP Camp. VIP Camp — which takes place Monday, July 1, to Thursday, August 1 — is designed to encourage teens to develop healthy and positive recreation interests and features a wide variety of leisure activities and programs. 

Registration is open. VIP Camp costs $100 to attend. Reach out to your school's after-school specialist for scholarship availability due to financial hardship. This camp is sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. 

Spring Break🌷

March 25-29 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break!

School will also be closed April 1 and 2 for students for School Planning/Teacher Work Days. The school office will reopen on these days. See the complete School Year Calendar.

March 29 Good Friday

Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, is the day on which Christians annually observe the commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Good Friday is a day of mourning. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus's suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith. Read more at Britannica.com.

March 31 Easter

A joyful Easter to all in our community who celebrate! This year's Easter artwork was created by Falls Church High School student Dayanara M. The springtime celebration of Easter is the most important Christian holiday. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus, who sacrificed so that Christians may have life with God after death. This artwork was designed as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students. Learn more about Easter in NatGeo Kids.

Important Dates

March 22: End of Quarter 3

March 25-29: Spring Break

March 29: Good Friday

March 31: Easter

April 1-2: No School, School Planning / Teacher Work Days

April 5: Chuck E. Cheese Night

April 10: No School, Eid al Fitr

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Family Newsletter March 15, 2024

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Ms. Loreto's 2nd grade class enjoyed the beautiful weather this week by taking their learning outside to the courtyard!

1st graders took a field trip to George Washington's Mount Vernon this week. They learned about life during colonial times in Virginia on an absolutely gorgeous day!

Cameron is hiring for the 2024-2025 school year! Please feel free to spread the word to people you know who might qualify for any of the following positions: Grade 3 Teacher, Learning Disabilities Grades 3-6 Teacher, Class-Based Preschool Special Education Teacher, Special Education Instructional Assistant. Learn more about Cameron at camerones.fcps.edu/onecameron

🗺 50 States Challenge

On Tuesday, March 19 2nd-6th grade students will have the chance to compete in Mr. Johnson's 50 States Challenge. Students will be given a blank map and a list of all 50 states, and will have to fill in the map correctly. Winners will get to help tape Mr. Johnson to the wall on Friday, March 22! 

To participate, return the bottom portion of the green permission slip that went home on Wednesday. 

Use these resources to prepare at home!

🌠Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher workdays. Student attendance is essential. Every day, our teachers will be teaching and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two monthly absences can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

Can My Child Go to School?

The recommendations below are for children 5 to 18 years of age.

Symptoms and Illnesses

Can My Child Go to School?

Parent is sick, stressed, hospitalized

YES - If you are sick, your child still needs to attend school. Your illness does not excuse your child from attending. Plan for these days. Ask a neighbor, relative, or spouse to take your child to and from school.

Chronic Illnesses (Asthma, Diabetes, Sickle Cell, Epilepsy, etc)

YES - As long as your child's symptoms are controlled, your child should attend school. School personnel are trained to assist children with chronic illnesses and related health care requirements. 

Cold Symptoms - Stuffy / runny nose, sneezing, mild cough, mild sore throat, earache

YES - If your child can participate in school activities school should be attended. 

Head Lice - Intense itching of the head; may feel like something is moving

YES, IF...- Your child can be in school if an initial treatment of shampooing of hair with a product for licehas been completed.

Menstural Issues

YES - In most cases, menstrual issues can be managed at school. If severe pain is interering with your child attending school, consult with a health care provider. 

Strains, Sprains, and Pains

YES - If there is no known injury and your child can function (walk, talk, eat), school should be attended. If pain is severe or doesn't stop, consult a health care provider. 

Conjuctivitis (Pink Eye)

NO - If there is yellow / green discharge from the white of the eye, your child must be evaluated by a health care provider before returning to school. If diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis, the child should remain home while symptomatic or until 24 hours of antibiotic treatment as been completed.

Coughing - Severe, uncontrolled, rapid couthing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing

NO - Keep your child home and contact a health care provider. If symptoms are due to asthma, provide treatment according to your child's Asthma Action Plan. When symptoms are controlled, send your child to school. 

Diarrhea

NO - If, in addition to diarrhea, your child acts ill, has a fever, or is vomiting, please keep your child home until the diarrhea has stopped for 24 hours. If stool is bloody, if the child has abdominal pain, fever or vomiting, consult with a health care provider. 

Fever

NO - If your child has a fever of 100.4 or higher, keep them home until his or her fever is below 100.4 for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. If the fever does not go away after 2-3 days or is 102 or higher, consult with a health care provider. 

Rash with Fever

NO – Keep your child home if they have a rash with a fever. If a rash spreads quickly,

is not healing, or has open weeping wounds, you should keep your child at home and

have your child seen by a health care provider.

Strep Throat

NO – Keep your child at home for the first 12 hours after an antibiotic is begun. Your

child may return to school when they have completed at least 12hours of antibiotic

use, is fever free and symptoms are improving

Vomiting - Child has vomited 2 or more times in a 24-hour period. If vomiting is associated with diarrhea or fever, please reference the recommendations for those symptoms.

Keep your child at home until the vomiting has stopped for 24 hours. If vomiting continues, contact a health care provider.

✅ Take the Family Engagement Survey Today! 

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

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

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

Winter iReady Score Reports

Results from the winter iReady assessments were uploaded in ParentVue the week of March 4. iReady reports will be mailed to families that do not have access to ParentVue.

Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

Fairfax County’s Funding of the FCPS Budget

The average amount of funds transferred from Fairfax County to FCPS was 52.6% of county disbursements from fiscal years (FY) 2019-2023. It dipped to 51.6% in FY 2024. The County’s budget proposal for next year would transfer 51.4% of total disbursements. 

If the county were to return to transferring 52.6% to FCPS for the upcoming year, that would equate to $63 million more to invest in excellence.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget. Give your feedback on the County budget.

Join a Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation on the opioid crisis in Northern Virginia will be held Monday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. (Please enter through Door #14). Attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed will be suitable for students in grade 6 and higher. Language interpretation will be available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. 

Learn more about the event and register online.

🩹 Measles Is Preventable

Measles is making headlines as the number of cases nationwide has topped 40, with three confirmed cases in people living in or traveling through the National Capital Region. 

The good news is that measles is preventable through vaccination! Vaccines help teach the immune system how to defend against germs, helping to build up natural defenses. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website to find out more about measles.

Extended Hours at Immunization Clinics

To help parents/caregivers obtain vaccinations for their children, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will offer immunization clinics with extended hours:

Parents/caregivers should make an appointment but a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Please call 703-246-7100 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about vaccinating your child and find community resources to support their health and well-being. 

Note: All students enrolling in public and private schools in Virginia are required to be adequately immunized per the Code of Virginia.

🏅 Nominations Open for First Class Award for Inclusion 

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the First Class Awards. The awards are presented annually to educators, administrators, and students who support, design, and/or implement inclusion activities that result in positive outcomes for students. The ACSD will recognize award winners at the Family Summit on Saturday, April 20

Nominate an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to inclusive practices in Fairfax County Public Schools by Friday, March 22. Email [email protected] with questions.

Spring Break🌷

March 25-29 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break!

School will also be closed April 1 and 2 for students for School Planning/Teacher Work Days. The school office will reopen on these days. See the complete School Year Calendar

Important Dates

March 17: Fairfax County Spelling Bee - Go Kemet Tutt representing Cameron!

March 19: 50 States Challenge

March 20: Orthodox Ash Wednesday

March 22: End of Quarter 3

March 25-29: Spring Break

March 29: Good Friday

March 31: Easter

April 1-2: No School, School Planning / Teacher Work Days

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Principal's Note

Families you are invited to attend the PTA meeting on Tuesday, March 12th at 7pm in the cafeteria to hear the State of Cameron. You will have the opportunity to see some data that shows areas of success and growth. After a year of working with all stakeholders, we look forward to sharing our new vision, mission and core values.

🎇 Celebration of Cultures

Thank you to all of the Cameron families and staff who attended Cameron's Celebration of Cultures event. We got to taste LOTS of delicious foods from around the world and enjoyed an evening of performances including cultural music and dancing. Many of our Cheetahs and their family members showed pride in their cultures by wearing traditional clothing or the colors of their country's flag, ending the night with a student parade! We are so proud of all the cultures and countries represented by our Cameron community.

See a full collection of photos from the night!

🔠🐝 School-Wide Spelling Bee

Thank you to the PTA and our administrators for making our first spelling bee at Cameron possible. Congratulations to all of the spellers! You should be proud of yourself for signing up and challenging yourself! Our last two spellers were strong contenders and went back and forth for the last few rounds! Our first place winner is 6th grader Kemet Tutt and runner up is 4th grader Amanuel Addis. Way to go Cameron Spellers! We can't wait until next year. 

📖 First 10 Friday

Students and staff participated in our first First 10 Friday of Read Across America! On Dress Like a Famous Person Day, everyone grabbed a book and headed to the hallway for a relaxing 10 minutes of protected reading time. Spot Mrs. Beggs as Taylor Swift ❤️️

✅ Take the Family Engagement Survey!

Cameron families! Have 10 minutes before March 22? Now is your chance to give feedback on your school's welcoming environment, communication, volunteer opportunities, and more. Take the Family Engagement Survey before it closes next Friday.

Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.The survey is available in 10 languages. Parents/caregivers may stop by the front office to fill out a paper survey or complete the survey online. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

We are so excited to welcome our newest Cheetahs to Cameron Elementary School! We are now accepting Kindergarten Registrations for the 2024-2025 school year. In order to register for Kindergarten, your child(ren) must be age five on or before September 30, 2024. Please call our office at (703) 329-2100 to schedule a registration appointment.

Please view our website for additional information about registration. https://camerones.fcps.edu/student-services/student-registration

We would also like to invite you to our Kindergarten Orientation being held at our school on May 2, 2024, from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Bipartisan Study Finds Virginia Public School Divisions Receive Less Funding per Student Than Other States

The School Board recently adopted FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget. Meeting budget needs becomes more of a challenge with underfunding by the state, using staffing formulas that continue to result in school districts not receiving the actual support needed for excellent public education. A staffing formula is the method for calculating the number of positions that need to be assigned to meet program needs. 

Did You Know?

In July 2023, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) released a study of Virginia’s K-12 funding formulas. The report found that Virginia school divisions receive less funding per student than the 50-state average, the regional average, and many of Virginia’s neighboring states including West Virginia, Maryland, and Kentucky. Learn more about the JLARC study. View FCPS’ budget development timeline

Contact your state officials to provide feedback on funding for K-12 education. 

New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are designated areas within a school or on school premises for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact Mr. Johnson or Ms. Trupo regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Guidelines for Religious Activities webpage for more information.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

🥁 Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

💻 Lightspeed Classroom Management

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for our students, our school is using a classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. We are continuing to expand our use over the coming weeks. This tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features:

  • Easily view student screens in real time from the teacher console to see which students may need guidance or support.
  • Focus student attention on a particular website on their device to minimize distractions.
  • Pause student access to the internet to focus on other classroom tasks.

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. Please note that student devices will not be monitored outside of school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

March 10 Daylight Saving Begins (Spring Forward)

Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour! As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark. Help your child stay safe by having them wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run into the street or cross between parked cars.

March 11 First Full Day of Ramadan

This year, the first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During this month Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids. March 11 is an O day. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.Throughout the year, as we celebrate and recognize various cultural holidays and observances, families are encouraged to contact their student’s principal regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction. 

🌷 Office Hours During Spring Break

During spring break March 25, 26 and 27 the front office will be closed. On Thursday and Friday March 28 &29 the office will be open from 9am-1pm.

Adult English (ESOL) Classes Intake Testing and Registration Information

All classes offered by FCPS Adult ESOL are in-person. Please call at 703-658-2777 to find out the times and cost or visit the website. All new students must take an intake test before registering for a class.

For New Student Intake testing

1. Find the location where you want to study from the chart below.

2. Choose the class schedule that is convenient for you.

3. Go to the testing for that location and class time. No appointment is necessary. You must attend testing at the location and time you want classes.

Note: Because of high demand and limited space, it’s essential to attend testing at the location and time you want classes.

Adult English (ESOL) Classes begin April 8, 2024, and run for nine weeks. 

Family Resource Center April Webinars 

Registration is now open for the April free webinars hosted by the Family Resource Center. 

Topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs
  • Creating a Relationship with My Child Where They Feel Safe and Protected
  • Mathspace Mastery
  • Meet the Author Series
  • Behavior Solution Series
Important Dates

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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👟Fun Run Success! 

The Cameron PTA hosted a Fun Run yesterday, and it was a smashing success! Not only did students have a blast running and walking laps in the sunshine, we raised $14,972.70 for our outdoor classroom! We nearly tripled our fundraising goal. We are so grateful for all of you, our generous and supportive community, for helping us achieve our goal! We are blown away. Up next: Mr. Johnson & crew sleep on the roof of the school to celebrate. Stay tuned!

🔡🐝Grade-Level Spelling Bees

Cameron will have a school-wide Spelling Bee on March 7. To prepare, students who were interested participated in grade-level Spelling Bees this week. Pictured are some of the students who will move on to the school-wide event next week! Congratulations to all of the students who participated -- it's not easy to face the challenge of a Spelling Bee, and we had many Cheetahs who participated with a growth mindset ready to take on the challenge!

Read Across America Week

Read Across America Day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids excited about reading. Learn more about Equitable Access to Literacy in this video.

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.

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

We are so excited to welcome our newest Cheetahs to Cameron Elementary School! We are now accepting Kindergarten Registrations for the 2024-2025 school year. In order to register for Kindergarten, your child(ren) must be age five on or before September 30, 2024. Please call our office at (703) 329-2100 to schedule a registration appointment.

Please view our website for additional information about registration. https://camerones.fcps.edu/student-services/student-registration

We would also like to invite you to our Kindergarten Orientation being held at our school on May 2, 2024, from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?

The majority of FCPS funding is requested from the Fairfax County government, which generates its revenue from real estate and personal property taxes. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides the next largest source of revenue to FCPS through state aid and sales tax. The rest of the funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal aid and tuition for non-county residents. (The numbers above represent the FY 2025 proposed school operating fund in millions.)

FCPS does not have the authority to impose taxes and may only charge fees where the Commonwealth of Virginia has granted specific authority. Learn more about FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget.

✅ Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

Parents/caregivers will receive the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

https://bit.ly/FESURVEY2024

🎤 Join a Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please enter through Door #14. 

All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed is suitable for students in grades 6-12. Together as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and too-often fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. Learn more about the event and register online

Accomodations for Ramadan

Throughout the year, as we celebrate and recognize various cultural holidays and observances, families are encouraged to contact Mr. Johnson ([email protected]) regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction.

💜 Purple Up! Shirts Available

Join our community and turn FCPS purple on Purple Up! Day, Wednesday, April 17. Wear purple in recognition of FCPS’ 14,000 enrolled military-connected students. 

Purple Up! T-shirts are available for purchase through Friday, March 8.

National Women’s History Month

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids

National School Social Work Week

March 3-9 is National School Social Work Week. Social workers in FCPS help to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral factors from affecting a student's ability to perform at their best. Their primary goal is to remove barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling their academic potential. Social workers are assigned to every school and center in the school system. Most social workers serve one to two sites. Learn more about the role of social workers in FCPS.

No School March 5 - Student Holiday / Virtual School Planning Day

March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional work days.

March 8 International SEL Day

The fourth annual International Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Day is March 8th, 2024.  SEL Day is an opportunity to collectively spread the word about the importance and impact of social emotional learning.  As a school community, we can raise awareness for SEL, create artifacts that demonstrate SEL in action, share SEL best practices…and more! 

Below are some commonly practiced SEL skills and their school-applicable definitions.

Self-Awareness: My recognition of who I am, what I need, and how I feel relative to the world around me. 

Self-Management: My ability to manage my emotions and behaviors, to complete a task or succeed in a challenging situation.

Social Awareness: My demonstration of consideration for others and a desire to positively contribute to my community. 

Relationship Skills: My ability to use positive communication and social skills to interact effectively with others. 

Decision Making: My approach to problem solving that involves learning from others, from past experiences, using my values to guide my actions, and accepting responsibility for my decisions.

Learn more by watching this SEL for Parents video.

Important Dates

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

              - International SEL 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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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.

Helpingchildren.com

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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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

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- February 14 - Valentines Day

- February 19 - Holiday Presidents Day

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- 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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