Family Newsletter May 26, 2023

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Staff Spotlight of the Week

Hello Cameron Families!

My name is Megan Rathbone and I have been teaching 4th grade at Cameron for 6 years.  This is my 13th year teaching, and one of my favorite moments in my teaching day continues to be reading books aloud.  I love doing different voices for the characters and inspiring students to pick out different books at the library.  Outside of school I enjoy supporting my daughter's girl scout troop as the cookie mom and a camp volunteer. I love to be outdoors hiking, running, and exploring National Parks or watching a Nationals baseball game in DC.

💪 Let's Finish the School Year Strong! 

Katie, a 3rd grader, was Principal for the Day on Wednesday! Students who attend school every day during the week will be entered into a raffle for the chance to be Mr. Johson's side-kick. 

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.

Creatives Night May 31

Buy One Get One Book Fair

SAVE THE DATE!

The Cameron Elementary Library will be hosting a BOGO Book Fair from June 5 - 9. This is a great opportunity for our Cheetah readers to get twice as many great books for a bargain price and be ready for our Summer Reading Challenge! 

If you would like to help during the fair, please sign up to volunteer. We appreciate your support

Field Day June 9

Sign up to help with Field Day!

Variety Show!

It is exciting to announce, Cameron Elementary School will host a Variety Show on Monday, June Cameron 12th.  It will be held in the gym between 9:50 and 11:00 a.m.  The Variety Show is voluntary, and if students are interested, they may audition for a spot. 

The auditions will occur on June 6, 7, and 8.   A schedule will be worked out by the general music teachers and coordinated with the classroom teachers.  Auditions will take place during school hours. 

Students are encouraged to be creative and try to think of unique acts.  Also, it is important that students be prepared when coming to the audition.  If you have any questions concerning the Variety Show, you may contact Ms. Toney at [email protected] or call the school.  Parents are welcome to attend the Variety Show! 

Health Room Medication

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school. Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student. However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room. If your student will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, the existing medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program, but you will need to pick up the medication on the last day of school and deliver the medication and completed forms to the summer learning site on the first day of the summer program. Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services. A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over the counter, to be kept at school. Please be sure medication orders are clear. All information on the form must be completed. Part I must be signed and dated by the parent or guardian. Part II must be signed and dated by your health care provider. Approved over-the-counter medications given for headaches, muscle aches, orthodontic pain, or menstrual cramps do not need a health care provider’s signature. Antibiotic or antiviral medications for 10 consecutive school days or less do not require a health care provider’s signature either. For all asthma medications, a Virginia Asthma Action Plan must be provided. More detailed information is available on the back of the medication authorization form(s).

Over-the-counter medication must be in the unopened original container and clearly labeled by the parent or guardian. No more than 100 pills/tablets of OTC medication should be brought to school at a time. All prescription medication, including samples, must be labeled by the pharmacist or health care provider. Please make sure that the label clearly states your student’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage of the medication, and the time to be given.

Your cooperation will ensure that we can safely give your student, their medication. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Melendez, our school health aide, at 703-329-2110 or [email protected].

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

“We cannot live alone and expect to stay mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy. Everyone needs some sort of support system on which to rely.”

Dear Families,

Thinking about the above quote, let me share all FPCS has support for you and your family at the Family Resource Center.

The Center offers the following:

FREE WEBINARS

Throughout the year, the Family Center offers several in-person and online Webinars. Just to mention a couple; ST MATH, SETTING THE STAGE FOR SUMMER SUCCESS, KINDERGARTEN, WHAT EVERY FAMILY NEEDS TO KNOW, and many more. Please follow the link for information and enrolment.

THE LIBRARY

Although the Family Center is in Dunn Loring, our families can choose a book online, and the book will be sent to the school for the family to pick it up, and they can return it to school.

Please explore all the exciting books they have for you and your family at this link.

FREE CONSULTATIONS

The Family Resource Center offers free, confidential consultations in person or via videoconference and phone calls. They can brainstorm solutions and strategies for your concerns. You can request this service at this link.

DIGITAL RESOURCES

They offer digital resources and YouTube videos on specific topics with Closed Caption in other languages. Please explore their library at

 

You are also welcome to visit the Family Resource Center at:

2334 Gallows Road, Room 105 (Door 1)

Falls Church, VA 2207

703-204-3941

[email protected] 

Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Starting in late May, caregivers will receive reports for assessments their students completed this spring. Not sure what assessments your student took this year? A list of tests by grade level is available. Scores will be delivered in SIS ParentVUE, by mail, or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Some families will also receive a Virginia’s Visualization and Analytics Solution (VVAAS) Student Assessment Summary report with historical Standards of Learning (SOL) test results from 2015-2022. 

Go online or contact your student's school for additional information about student assessments

How to Support Your Child’s Success

If you do not already have a SIS ParentVUE account, sign up now to monitor and support your child’s academic success! Through ParentVUE, you are able to view your student’s attendance, grades, and assignments at any time. You can also access special reports for your student like progress reports and assessment score reports. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. Access SIS ParentVUE by using an app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVue account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.

Understanding the Difference Between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

Memorial Day and Veterans Day are often confused for one another and can be easily misunderstood. Both are patriotic holidays that honor the military community; however, these two federal holidays couldn’t be more different. As we near Memorial Day, let’s take a moment to take a closer look at the difference and why we celebrate Memorial Day. 

Memorial Day, which is celebrated on the last Monday in May, honors service members who have died in military service to the nation. Originally known as “Decoration Day,” when citizens were encouraged to create memorials on soldiers' graves with flags and flowers, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968 which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May. 

Conversely, Veterans Day, a federal holiday which falls on November 11, is designated as a day to honor those who have served in the U.S. military

Today, Memorial Day is often associated with the start of summer. On May 29, 2023, take a moment to pay tribute to the fallen while still enjoying time with family and friends and the outdoors. Here are a few ideas to commemorate Memorial Day:

*Adapted from an article on US0.org

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Podcast on Family Resource Center

In the latest episode of En Pocas Palabras, hear how the Family Resource Center (FRC) provides supports for all families and school staff in FCPS. Meet Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham, manager of the FRC, and Amal Elsayed, FRC liaison. 

The Family Resource Center provides free library resources, confidential consultations, and informational webinars. Contact the Family Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or [email protected].   

En Pocas Palabras is available in Arabic, English, Korean, and Spanish. Listen and subscribe.

No School Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day 

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 30. Learn about the history of Memorial Day. See the complete school year calendar.

Important Dates 

May 29 - No School, Memorial Day

May 31 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

             - Creatives Night, 5:30-7:30, cafeteria

June 1 - Principal's Coffee for Rising 7th Grade Families, 9-10:15am, Twain Middle School

June 5-9 - Buy One Get One Book Fair

June 7 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

             - Parenting Class, 6-7pm, library

             - PTA Meeting, 7-8pm

June 9 - Field Day

June 12 - Variety Show, 9:50-11am, gym

June 14 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

              - 6th Grade Promotion, 6-7:30pm, Edison High School Auditorium

June 16 - Last Day of School, 2 hour early release at 2:00pm

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Family Newsletter May 22, 2023

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

We are on the home stretch with four remaining weeks of school. It is important to make sure your child attends school every day for the remainder of the school year if not sick. Cameron’s chronic absenteeism rate is 15% of our student body. The goal is to have less than 10% so that our accreditation will not be impacted due to attendance which is measured by the state.

As an incentive, I started a raffle last Friday May 19th for those students that were present for the entire week to possibly win Principal of the Day. This information was shared on Cameron’s Morning News Show. Our first winner was named on Friday, May 19th, and students will have three other opportunities to win. Our first winner will shadow me on Wednesday May 24th. We will have three other raffles on May 26th, June 2nd and June 9th.

Again, the students must be present every day during the week to be eligible for the Friday raffle for Principal of the Day. So let’s make sure our students get to school and be with us until June 16th. Even though we are approaching the end of the school year, learning is still occurring every day. Please reach out to Leah Donlin, School Registrar [email protected] or Susana Trupo, Family Liaison [email protected]ps.edu if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Mr. Eric T. Johnson

Principal

Staff Spotlight of the Week

Hi Cameron families! My name is Jillian Tiwana and I am a 4th grade teacher. This is my sixth year at Cameron and tenth year of teaching. I began teaching 5th grade in Brooklyn, NY but have been so happy being a part of the Cameron family! I attended school in New York City at Marymount Manhattan College and New York University. NYC is still one of my favorite places to visit! Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, visiting art museums, reading, and hiking with our dog, Andes. This summer, we are very excited to welcome our first child! 

End of Year Celebrations!
  • Creatives Night (Art/Music/STEAM) – Wednesday 5/31, in the cafeteria from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
  • Field Day – Friday 6/9 (Rain date Tuesday 6/13).
  • Variety Show – Monday 6/12, in the gym from 9:50 to 11:00 AM.
  • 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony – Wednesday 6/14, in Edison HS Auditorium from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
Creatives Night May 31 Buy One Get One Book Fair

SAVE THE DATE!

The Cameron Elementary Library will be hosting a BOGO Book Fair from June 5 - 9. This is a great opportunity for our Cheetah readers to get twice as many great books for a bargain price and be ready for our Summer Reading Challenge! 

If you would like to help during the fair, please sign up to volunteer. We appreciate your support

Variety Show!

It is exciting to announce, Cameron Elementary School will host a Variety Show on Monday, June Cameron 12th.  It will be held in the gym between 9:50 and 11:00 a.m.  The Variety Show is voluntary, and if students are interested, they may audition for a spot. 

The auditions will occur on June 6, 7, and 8.   A schedule will be worked out by the general music teachers and coordinated with the classroom teachers.  Auditions will take place during school hours. 

Students are encouraged to be creative and try to think of unique acts.  Also, it is important that students be prepared when coming to the audition.  If you have any questions concerning the Variety Show, you may contact Ms. Toney at [email protected] or call the school.  Parents are welcome to attend the Variety Show! 

📝 Tutor.com Offers Live Tutors and Test Prep

Writing help, practice quizzes, and SAT test prep are available to all FCPS students at no cost through Tutor.com. Find out how your child can get these services, in addition to 24/7 live tutoring, through their Schoology account: Elementary School | Middle and High School.

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

“I am a happy camper.”

Dear Families,

Summer is getting closer, and some of you would like to plan it. I am sharing some of the Summer Camps available for your students. They are nearby, and you can apply for a scholarship with the FCPS Free and Reduce Lunch’ acceptance letter. Hopefully one of them will suit your needs. If you have further questions, please get in touch with me at 703-329-2120.

1. RED – PAC 

This is a six-week, structured recreation program operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, and this year one of the sites is Cameron Elementary. Price is affordable, and you could request a scholarship if you signed up FCPS Free and Reduced Meals Program. It runs from June 26 to August 3. For more information, please call 703-222-4664.

2. CAMP MARIPOSA/GIRL SCOUTS

This is outdoor fun, arts and crafts, STEAM, and learning the Girl Scout culture.

The site is at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church in Springfield; transportation is provided from and to Franconia ES, and the price is $50 for one week, from June 26 until June 29, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information, please call 703-372-4331.

3. FRANCONIA REC CENTER

The Rec Center has several fun Summer Camps. With the FPCS Free and Reduce Meals Program, your family can get one scholarship per season with a $15 fee. Please get in touch with the center for more information at 703-324-7329.

4. CAMP FAIRFAX

Camp Fairfax offers Summer Camps from June 26 to August 4 for students rising 1st to 7th grade. The closes site for Cameron students is at Clearmont ES. You can register online or call 703-449-8989; the cost depends on the household income.

Tutoring Grants Available for Families

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is now accepting applications from parents for tutoring microgrants for their children through the K-12 Learning Acceleration Grants program. 

The program was created to help Virginia families address the impact of the pandemic on student learning. It provides $1,500 grants to parents of school-age children for tutoring in specific subjects. Children from homes with family incomes at 300% or less of the federal poverty level may qualify for $3,000 grants. 

Available services include in-person, online, and hybrid tutoring provided one-on-one or in small group or large group settings. The first step in the process is to visit VDOE’s K-12 Learning Acceleration Grants page and create an application account.

Updates on Online Student Registration

FCPS plans to have online registration in place at all schools across the district starting June 30, ensuring a simple and efficient new student registration application process for the upcoming school year. Learn more about registration.

Making the Transition to Middle School

Making the move from elementary school to middle school can be an exciting and unsettling time for a parent and child. In a recent episode of FCPS multilingual podcast, En Pocas Palabras, learn ways to ease the transition including:

  • Understanding the developmental changes in your child.
  • Getting to know middle school culture.
  • Encouraging independence, but remaining available.
  • Offering emotional support to your child.
  • Reiterating your family values and expectations.
  • Staying involved in your child’s school.

The podcast is available in Arabic, English, Korean, and Spanish. Listen and subscribe.

💻 CyberPatriot Summer Cyber Camp

Chantilly Academy will host an AFA CyberCamp Monday, June 26, to Friday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. This camp is recommended for rising fifth through eighth graders of all skill levels interested in learning more about the importance of cybersecurity and gaining skill to protect themselves and others from cyber threats. Discounts are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Visit the camp website to learn more about registration, curriculum, and schedule. 

Other Summer Camp Opportunities

Registration is still available for Institute for the Arts (IFTA) and Elementary-IFTA arts camps, Credit Recovery Academy, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s Middle School Technology Institute (MSTI).

Important Dates 

May 17 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

             - Parenting Class, 6-7pm, library

May 24 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

May 29 - No School, Memorial Day

May 31 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

             - Creatives Night, 5:30-7:30, cafeteria

June 1 - Principal's Coffee for Rising 7th Grade Families, 9-10:15am, Twain Middle School

June 5-9 - Buy One Get One Book Fair

June 7 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

             - Parenting Class, 6-7pm, library

             - PTA Meeting, 7-8pm

June 9 - Field Day

June 12 - Variety Show, 9:50-11am, gym

June 14 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

              - 6th Grade Promotion, 6-7:30pm, Edison High School Auditorium

June 16 - Last Day of School, 2 hour early release at 2:00pm

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Family Newsletter May 15, 2023

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Celebration of Cultures Night

Our Celebration of Cultures Night was an evening of excellence and pride. The diversity at Cameron (representing over 33 countries and languages!) is a strength that makes us "One Cameron."

Thank you to our wonderful PTA for thinking of us during Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week.

Staff Spotlight of the Week

Hi Cameron Families! My name is Princess Swaby. I am currently a teacher on the 5th grade team. This is my 2nd year at Cameron, but my 17th year in education. I have taught both locally and internationally. I am originally from Jamaica, where I started my teaching preparations at St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College. I have also attended Western Carolina University and Grand Canyon University. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy solving Math and logic puzzles (perplexors) and being outdoors with my family.

Buy One Get One Book Fair

SAVE THE DATE!

The Cameron Elementary Library will be hosting a BOGO Book Fair from June 5 - 9. This is a great opportunity for our Cheetah readers to get twice as many great books for a bargain price and be ready for our Summer Reading Challenge! 

If you would like to help during the fair, please sign up to volunteer. We appreciate your support

Variety Show!

It is exciting to announce, Cameron Elementary School will host a Variety Show on Monday, June Cameron 12th.  It will be held in the gym between 9:50 and 11:00 a.m.  The Variety Show is voluntary, and if students are interested, they may audition for a spot. 

The auditions will occur on June 6, 7, and 8.   A schedule will be worked out by the general music teachers and coordinated with the classroom teachers.  Auditions will take place during school hours. 

Students are encouraged to be creative and try to think of unique acts.  Also, it is important that students be prepared when coming to the audition.  If you have any questions concerning the Variety Show, you may contact Ms. Toney at [email protected] or call the school.  Parents are welcome to attend the Variety Show! 

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 our website for more attendance resources.

End of Year Celebrations!
  • Creatives Night (Art/Music/STEAM) – Wednesday 5/31, in the cafeteria from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
  • Field Day – Friday 6/9 (Rain date Tuesday 6/13).
  • Variety Show – Monday 6/12, in the gym from 9:50 to 11:00 AM.
  • 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony – Wednesday 6/14, in Edison HS Auditorium from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

Rock the test, do your best, and don’t stress!

Dear Families,

SOL testing happens during the month of May. Student can get anxious about testing and feel overwhelmed. I am sharing with you some ways to calm down their fears and, at the same time, boost their confidence. A little help from you at the beginning of the day, with love and affection, will give them confidence. Avoid arguments in the morning. A dirty room can wait to be cleaned after school.

According to Scholastics, using these strategies will help make the process more manageable: 

Help your child map out a test-taking study schedule. The focus here should always be on the content and cementing their knowledge around a topic, so utilizing a schedule to study for an upcoming test — such as half an hour or an hour a day leading up to test day — can make all the difference without leaving your child feeling overwhelmed. 

Determine what kinds of questions will be on the test. The options are short-answer, multiple-choice, essay, or a combination of the three. This allows your child to study the subject matter from different angles and teaches them to practice writing and how to back up their answers/show their work. 

Ask your child what they think is going to be on the test. Then look at their class notes together and the parts of the textbook that deal with those particular topics and issues. Ask your child what pages the teacher stressed, and whether there are any maps, charts, or extra reading they need to know. If the teacher provided study questions, go over them carefully, and help your child write down answers and key pieces of information so they can review them later.

Have brain breaks. This is important because mental overwhelm can have the opposite effect on your child, which will then lead to them absorbing less information. Practice short but effective brain breaks that incorporate fun and physical movement. For example, you can take a dance break to their favorite music, do some stretches, etc.

Remember test-taking basics. One tip for helping your child organize and remember information is to follow the five W's: who, what, when, where, and why. Thinking of this information, you can then turn it into a storytelling game that your child can then "teach" you, which will help them retain more information.

Practice test-taking skills. It's best for your child to read the test all the way through, answer the questions they know well first, and return to the questions they're unsure of later. The goal is to not only reinforce knowledge and understanding, but to build your child's confidence and help lay the groundwork for a lifetime of good study skills.

Follow up with test taking. Compliment your child for working with you and putting in the time to prepare for their exam. Communicate with their teacher and encourage them to do the same on their own if they need any extra support, or if there are any new ways to tackle studying that work best for your child, or to simply get answers to any questions your child might have before and after the exam. 

SEL Screener Reports

Students in grades 3-12 took the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener in March. The SEL Screener reports will be mailed directly to families in the next week. This website includes both the Parent Report as well as a Family Guide to support you in understanding results and ideas for talking with your student about their results. Both are available in multiple languages. To learn more about SEL and how we support students at school and at home please see the FCPS SEL website. Please reach out to our school counselors, school psychologist or school social worker with any questions.

📝 Tutor.com Offers Live Tutors and Test Prep

Writing help, practice quizzes, and SAT test prep are available to all FCPS students at no cost through Tutor.com. Find out how your child can get these services, in addition to 24/7 live tutoring, through their Schoology account: Elementary School | Middle and High School.

May Day May Day - May is Mental Health Awareness Month 

The month of May is a time to pause and raise awareness of the fact that many people live everyday with mental and behavioral health issues and there is a need to reduce the stigma attached with the experience. Post-COVID the reality is that millions of Americans are dealing with an increase in mental, behavioral, and substance misuse illnesses in their families (NAMI). Additional mental health challenges by the COVID-19 pandemic have also increased youth related substance use, mental health struggles, and suicide (HHS).  According to HHS, suicide is still the second highest cause od death in youth ages 10 to 14 and adults from ages 24 to 35. This prompted the July 2022 launch of 998 the new three digit code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7 call, text, and chat access to crisis counselors. It is for anyone experiencing suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crises or emotional distress. Concerns about loved ones may also be addressed using the 988 dialing code. SAMHSA has described the new 988 dialing code as an important step in transforming how crisis and trauma situations are handled in the United States. Please note that the 800-273-8255 number still works, 988 is just built off of the 10-digit number.

“May Day” is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice-procedure radio communications. The new 9-8-8 number is a suicide and crisis lifeline, similar to 9-1-1 in a medical/safety emergency. One in six youth, aged 6-17, experience a mental health condition each year. Below are some activities to practice at home for mental wellness.

6 Mental Health Activities for Kids to Practice at Home

  • Create a Journal
    • Younger students are better able to communicate their feelings and emotions freely in a creative way.
  • Practice Gratitude Exercises
    • Have students write notes about what they are grateful for and place it a jar (label it thankful jar)
  • Engage in breathing exercises
    • A couple deep breaths can reset not only your child’s mind
    • Deep breathing exercises and meditation can increase focus and compassion
  • Try music therapy
    • Music can be used to encourage movement and relaxation
  • Use Stress Balls and other sensory toys
How to make a stress ball

What you’ll need:

  • 2 balloons
  • Small funnel
  • Rice, flour, Play-Doh, or Orbeez

Directions:

  1. Take one balloon and use a small funnel to fill it with rice, flour, Play-Doh, or Orbeez.
  2. Once the balloon is filled, tie the end to close it.
  3. Double wrap the balloon into the second balloon to make sure it’s super secured.
How to make slime

What you’ll need:

  • A glass bowl
  • Spoon or spatula
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of all-purpose solution or contact solution
  • 1 cup of washable school glue
  • 1 cup of food coloring or glitter (optional)
  • A few drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix the washable school glue and food coloring or glitter together in a glass bowl.
  2. Add in the teaspoon of baking soda. Give it a good mix with a spoon or spatula.
  3. Add in the all-purpose solution or contact solution. Add each tablespoon one at a time for best results.
  4. Mix it all together until the slime begins to separate from the sides of the bowl.
  5. (Optional step) Add in a few drops of lavender essential oil for a calming scent.
  6. Start kneading the slime in your hands until it’s no longer sticky and stays together.

Resources

Mental Health Awareness Month 

Substance Use Prevention and Encouraging Healthy Brain Development

Together for Mental Health

Fact Sheet: Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month 2022

988 Frequently Asked Questions

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support:

Shawn Elliott, BS, QMHP-C

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

✅ Final Feedback Opportunity on Draft Strategic Plan

FCPS’ draft Strategic Plan survey will close on  Wednesday, May 17.  Please take the survey today, if you haven’t already. Your voice matters! Visit FCPS’ website to stay up-to-date on the strategic planning process.

Important Dates 

May 17 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

             - Parenting Class, 6-7pm, library

May 24 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

May 29 - No School, Memorial Day

May 31 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

             - Creatives Night, 5:30-7:30, cafeteria

June 5-9 - Buy One Get One Book Fair

June 7 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

             - Parenting Class, 6-7pm, library

             - PTA Meeting, 7-8pm

June 9 - Field Day

June 12 - Variety Show, 9:50-11am, gym

June 14 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

              - 6th Grade Promotion, 6-7:30pm, Edison High School Auditorium

June 16 - Last Day of School, 2 hour early release at 2:00pm

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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PTA Meeting Tonight, Tutor.com

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Principal's Note

Good Morning Families,

This evening 5/10/23 at 7:15pm our PTA will be hosting Tutor.com that provides free tutoring services for all students in FCPS. Tutoring is one on one based on the students' specific needs. The company will be presenting tonight to give you step by step information in how to enroll. You do not have to be a PTA member to join the meeting. Here is the link https://meet.google.com/nrc-dtdx-zvs.  We hope to see you tonight and take advantage of this opportunity to build students’ academic success.

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Family Newsletter May 8, 2023

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Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Congratulations to band, orchestra, chorus, and drum line students for putting on an amazing spring concert last week! All Cameron students gathered to watch the performance. Kudos to the musicians and our wonderful music teachers!

SOL Test Schedule

Students in grades 3-6 will begin taking their SOL tests in May. Be sure to return the yellow retake permission form to your child's teacher! Below is the schedule for testing. Students should remember to get a good night of sleep and arrive to school on time on testing day! Students in testing grades will keep their laptops at school for the duration of testing.

May 10 - 5th grade science, 6th grade reading 

May 11 - 3rd grade reading, 4th grade reading 

May 16 - 5th grade reading , 6th grade math 

May 17 - 3rd grade math, 4th grade math 

May 18 - All grades reading make-ups, 5th grade science make-ups

May 23 - 5th grade math 

May 25 - All grade math make-ups

May 30 - Science retakes

May 31 - Reading retakes 

June 1 - Math retakes

Kindergarten Orientation May 11 Tutor.com Services for All Students

Does your student need help with homework or preparing for a test? Don’t forget, FCPS students still have no-cost access to Tutor.com 24/7. Do you have questions about the service? View this FAQ.

How to Register for Pre-K or Early Head Start

Fairfax County offers pre-K for students 3-4 years old whose parents meet income requirements and Early Head Start is for infants, toddlers, and expectant mothers who meet income requirements. To register, parents or caregivers should:

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Make a copy of the child’s birth certificate and a residency document (lease, dead, or mortgage). 

If your child is selected for one of the programs, the following will need to be completed:

  1. A school physical.
  2. Dental exam.
  3. FCPS school registration forms.
SEL Screener Results

Students in grades 3-12 took the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener in March. The SEL Screener reports will be mailed directly to families in the next week. This website includes both the Parent Report as well as a Family Guide to support you in understanding results and ideas for talking with your student about tseir results. Both are available in multiple languages. To learn more about SEL and how we support students at school and at home please see the FCPS SEL website. Please reach out to our School Counselor, Lisa Heath, or your child’s classroom teacher with any questions.

Healthy Minds Resources

The following pages have tools and resources for both PTA leaders and families to learn more about how to have and promote healthy minds. Choose either For Families or For PTA Leaders to go right to the section with tools created just for you.

Community Conversation: School Safety and Security

FCPS will host a community conversation to discuss our approach to safety and security, and the work we do every day to keep our schools safe. Join us Monday, May 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at South Lakes High School. Register for the Community Conversation.. 

FCPS staff and experts will review our risk assessment processes, the physical measures we already have in place to protect our students and staff, pilot programs to detect vaping, and how we communicate and collaborate with our partners when there is an incident at our schools.

Get to Know FCPS and the Resources Available to 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:

  • School Age Child Care (SACC) – This Fairfax County government program provides a safe and fun environment before and after school for elementary school-age children.
  • FCPS Communications for Families – FCPS shares news and information to support student learning and promote family involvement.
  • Family Engagement Resources – FCPS works to connect, strengthen, and support our families, schools, and communities. Learn more on our website.
  • Do You Know About Family Liaisons Family liaisons serve as a link between families and schools. Find out how family liaisons can support you and your family.

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

In Case You Missed It - FCPS News

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

  • Mental Health Care for High Schoolers
  • Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps
  • Student Bus Passes

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

FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Cameron staff members.

 

 

Free Mobile Health Services Important Dates 

May 8-12 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 10 - National School Nurses Day 

             - PTA Meeting, 7-8pm

             - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

May 11 - Kindergarten Orientation, 6-7pm, cafeteria

May 17 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Family Newsletter May 2, 2023

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Teacher Appreciation Week May 8-12

May 3 - Students will receive a blank card to create "fan mail" for their favorite teacher. The letters can be delivered to the special PTA-created mail box in the office. 

May 7 (Sunday) - PTA will provide chalk and invites families to decorate the sidewalk outside of the school for their teachers.

Celebration of Cultures Fri May 5 SOL Test Schedule

Students in grades 3-6 will begin taking their SOL tests in May. Be sure to return the yellow retake permission form to your child's teacher! Below is the schedule for testing. Students should remember to get a good night of sleep and arrive to school on time on testing day! Students in testing grades will keep their laptops at school for the duration of testing.

May 10 - 5th grade science, 6th grade reading 

May 11 - 3rd grade reading, 4th grade reading 

May 16 - 5th grade reading , 6th grade math 

May 17 - 3rd grade math, 4th grade math 

May 18 - All grades reading make-ups, 5th grade science make-ups

May 23 - 5th grade math 

May 25 - All grade math make-ups

May 30 - Science retakes

May 31 - Reading retakes 

June 1 - Math retakes

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

“Laugh as much as possible; always laugh. It’s the sweetest thing one can do for oneself & one’s fellow human beings. – Maya Angelou

Dear Families, 

Let’s talk about humor in our lives. When was the last time your whole family had a good laugh?  Like a full-on, happy, hearty group laugh?

I grew up in a home with a great sense of humor. They are masters at making light of just about anything, turning tension into comedy, and generally amusing themselves and each other with humor.  

But let’s face it:  Life is hard.  Some days it seems, we are all more in survival mode than Comedy Central…And when the going gets tough:  Laughter can be the furthest thing from a priority.

Yet maybe we should work on that.  Healthy homes are filled with joy.  Laughing adds joy and has been proven to bond people together.

“Something special happens when people laugh together over something genuinely funny and not hurtful to anyone. It’s like a magic rain that showers down feelings of safety and belonging to a group”. The phrase “magic rain” it draws us toward one another. It helps us to let our guards down and, in the process, eases any tension we might be feeling that day.

True, right?  If you need further reasons to add more laughter to your family life, consider the health benefits:  Laughter is known to lower blood pressure, reduce certain stress hormones, improve the immune system, and increase memory, alertness, and creativity.  

I would like to share the following article about making humor part of your family life…

Here are five ways to add more laughter to your family life:

  1.  Be the initiator! Go ahead and set the tone.  Don’t wait for someone else to crack the joke.  Have fun adding laughter to your home.  Pull out that old crazy board game that gets everyone laughing…Announce a family dance party…suggest a night of jokes and give everyone one day to prepare their best.  (Offer a prize, and they might prepare!)
  2.  Turn to the pros. If you’re not feeling very funny, get ahold of some resources to help get you started:  Joke books.  Comedians.  Dear Kitten Videos.
  3.  Create silliness.Especially when kids are young, jokes can be as easy as “one, two, chicken.”  Literally adding a silly word into an ordinary phrase can make any five- (or fifteen-, or fifty-) year-old giggle.  Play with words and watch them spill over.  This spurs creativity and adds laughs to any ordinary day.
  4.  Look for opportunities to lighten the atmosphere.  It is a learned skill.  Be intentional about humor, looking for opportunities to add a light-hearted joke or give a crazy response to your family throughout the day.  Just when your teens think you’re going to give a lecture, say something out of the box and watch them happy to see that you are FUNNY!
  5.  Be the target of your own jokes.  Don’t take yourself too seriously; learn to poke fun at yourself and roll with it.  This models a critical life skill to your kids and helps them learn to laugh at themselves as well…A coping skill that we could all use a bit more often.
How to Register for Pre-K or Early Head Start

Fairfax County offers pre-K for students 3-4 years old whose parents meet income requirements and Early Head Start is for infants, toddlers, and expectant mothers who meet income requirements. To register, parents or caregivers should:

  1. Complete the application
  2. Make a copy of the child’s birth certificate and a residency document (lease, dead, or mortgage)

If your child is selected for one of the programs, the following will need to be completed:

  1. A school physical
  2. Dental exam
  3. FCPS school registration forms

A family service partner will be assigned to guide families through the entire application process. Learn more on the Early Childhood application webpage, or call 703-208-7900 (English) or 703-208-7901 (Spanish).

Child Find Screenings

Child Find is the process of identifying children with potential special education needs as well as educating the community about child development and the importance of early intervention. Child Find screenings and services are provided by the FCPS Early Childhood Identification and Services program for children ages 20 months through 5 years who live in Fairfax County or Fairfax city. Learn more on the Child Find website.

Let's Talk About Grief: What To Say And How To Support Children And Adolescents Who Have Lost A Loved One

This presentation will provide information and guidance on how to talk about grief & loss with children and teens. Parents, guardians, and other supportive adults are welcome to join to learn about what they can do to support the grieving child in their life.

Webinar Highlights:

  • What to expect of a grieving child/teen
  • How to navigate conversations about grief & loss
  • Legacy & meaning-making activities to do as a family
  • Resources for further support

May 5, 2023 10-11 a.m.

Presented by Jemma Stratton, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and pediatric oncology therapist with the Inova Life with Cancer program.

Register for Let's Talk About Grief: What To Say And How To Support Children And Adolescents Who Have Lost A Loved One

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

Bike to School Day Wed May 3

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 3, 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.

Asian American 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.

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.

Important Dates 

May 3 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

May 5 - Cultural Awareness Night, 5:30-7:30pm, gym 

May 8-12 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 10 - National School Nurses Day 

             - PTA Meeting, 7-8pm

             - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

May 11 - Kindergarten Orientation, 6-7pm, gym

May 17 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Family Newletter April 23, 2023

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5th graders took a field trip to Washington DC on Monday to visit museums and the National Mall. 

SOL Test Schedule

Students in grades 3-6 will begin taking their SOL tests in May. Be sure to return the yellow retake permission form to your child's teacher! Below is the schedule for testing. Students should remember to get a good night of sleep and arrive to school on time on testing day! 

May 10 - 5th grade science, 6th grade reading 

May 11 - 3rd grade reading, 4th grade reading 

May 16 - 5th grade reading , 6th grade math 

May 17 - 3rd grade math, 4th grade math 

May 18 - All grades reading make-ups, 5th grade science make-ups

May 23 - 5th grade math 

May 25 - All grade math make-ups

May 30 - Science retakes

May 31 - Reading retakes 

June 1 - Math retakes

Healthy Minds PTA Parenting Class

The PTA is sponsoring a series of parenting talks on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at the school library; childcare is available.

The upcoming dates are April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, and June 7. The next one is about consequences and boundaries. To join please RSVP to the Family Liaison at 703-239-2120 or [email protected]

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

Dear Families,

April is Autism Acceptance month. If the past couple of years have taught us anything, it's that talking to children about diversity is vital in helping to raise thoughtful, sensitive kids. And those discussions should also expand to include conversations around neurodiversity, including autism.

The CDC defines autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as “a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.” It estimates that about one in 54 kids are autistic and explains that autism is found in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

Whether your child has autism or not, you shouldn’t ignore the subject. Talking about autism normalizes it. When parents don’t talk about disability to their children, they reinforce the idea that disability is shameful or scary, or wrong. And normalized the concept that we are all humans and we come in different colors and forms.

I found some ideas for you to have the conversation at home.

1. Keep it simple

Often children question behavior associated with autism (even if they don't use the actual word) when they see another kid act in a way they've never experienced before, says Dr. Grace Gengoux, director of the autism intervention clinic at Stanford University. For example, a classmate doesn't answer immediately, or at all, when someone says their name.

To explain this behavior, stick with simple wording like, "People are different and that's OK. We can interact with them, but we might do it in different ways so we can include them."

If you want to add more details, Dr. Wendy Stone, who's consulted with Sesame Street on the creation of Julia, an autistic muppet, suggests wording like, "An autistic child experiences the world in different ways. Loud noises might bother them or they might like to do things over and over again because it calms them."

Depending on the child's age and development, you can also say, "Autistic children often don't understand language well and they might not be able to communicate what they want or need super well."

Comparing the behavior with something they'd understand may also be helpful. For example, remind them how they suck their thumb or carry around their blanket (or did in the past) because it helps them feel safe. Tell them this is similar to what autistic children might do, for example, if they rock back and forth or carry around a stuffed animal (the latter isn't exclusive to autistic children).

You can teach autistic and non-autistic children about autism in the same way. However, it can be helpful to be more direct with autistic children, says Brown, because some (but not all) autistic people can miss subtleties or implicit cues.

Additionally, you can suggest concrete ways your child can help their autistic peers, like calling their names multiple times to get their attention or practicing patience if they have a temper tantrum.

Those tips won't work for all autistic children because there's no one way to be autistic. Stone points to a phrase in the community: "If you've met one child with autism, you've met one child with autism." Autistic people exhibit different characteristics depending on the person. For example, one autistic person could be fine in social situations but may be sensitive to loud noises while another struggles to socialize with people but isn't bothered by a fire truck blaring its sirens.

2. Model behavior you want

If you espouse the importance of treating people with compassion, try your best to practice what you preach.

Take advantage of everyday situations to model these behaviors. For example, if you and your child are at the bank and your bank teller has cerebral palsy, which can cause them t Later, discuss the interaction with your child. Say something like, "I found that really frustrating. But I realize it must also be difficult for the bank teller, who might deal with rude customers who say mean things about them. They can't help how their voice sounds and they're doing the best they can. I need to try to be more patient," Brown suggests.

Or if you're at a grocery store and your child notices someone flapping their arms and mutters how weird it is, suggest why the person might act that way. Tell your kid it may feel good for them and this behavior is normal for some people, even if it isn't how your child acts, says Brown.

3. Use art to foster understanding of autistic children

Stone suggests parents of autistic children compile notebooks with drawings and photos to help their classmates understand their unique wants and needs.

For example, dedicate pages to your child's likes and dislikes, their triggers and how they're likely to react (e.g. run away when they hear a loud noise).

o talk more slowly, be patient even if you're frustrated.

The notebooks describe the behavior from the child's point of view in a way that other kids will understand, says Stone. "It's like 'I have autism and this is what it means for me. It's not the same for everybody.'"

This tool can also help dismantle common misconceptions, like autistic children don't want friends. While many autistic kids want to play with their peers, it might be more difficult for them to communicate in commonly-understood ways.

For example, an autistic child might like to play with trucks but is non-verbal. If their classmate knows this, they might give them a truck during playtime which could elicit a smile from the kid, says Gengoux.

Gengoux agrees with the notebook approach but emphasizes focusing on a child's strengths too, such as activities they're good at and what they like to do. This can help reinforce their own skills and make them realize how they can use their interests to connect with other people.

Doing so also helps their peers see the autistic child as a whole person to help combat the negative stigma that could be associated with just focusing on deficits, says Gengoux.

4. Teach well-intentioned assumptions

Kids are kids, no matter if they're autistic or not. To that end, don't assume that everything an autistic child does is because of their autism, says Brown. This mindset grants a humanizing approach to autistic children.

"Teach children to assume that there is always a reason why an autistic person might be doing something that you or your child doesn't understand or thinks is strange," says Brown.

We extend this empathy to other people all the time, says Brown. If a child comes to school upset, we usually assume there's a reason for their behavior — maybe they woke up early or a kid bullied them on the bus. Take the exact same behavior and apply it to an autistic child, suddenly the assumption is the kid is exhibiting autistic behaviors, says Brown.

Instead, teach your children that autistic kids can be mad or frustrated if something distressing happens to them and it might have nothing to do with being autistic.

Above all, treat and talk about autistic people and, generally, people with disabilities, in a way that acknowledges their humanity, says Brown.

Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) Available at Kindergarten Orientation with Low-Cost Medical Resources

Cameron ES will hold Kindergarten Registration on 4/11. The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) Family Assistance Workers will be onsite at the kindergarten event and can connect families with medical care and health department resources. FCHD has free or low-cost options to suit your needs and will help families enroll.


A Health Department nurse will be on-site to review immunization records for kindergarten students and assist with scheduling an appointment at a health clinic. Learn more at www.bit.ly/ffx-medical-care.

Summer Tennis Camp

Edison HS is hosting a beginner friendly tennis camp for rising 3rd-12th graders June 20-24. The camp will be held at the Edison tennis courts from 9 a.m. to noon daily. 

Email Roy Wimbush, head coach of the Edison girls' tennis team: [email protected] to sign up!

Edison's address is 5801 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310. Our six tennis courts are located at the back of the campus on the Van Dorn Street side.

Community Meeting on the Dangers of Fentanyl

Opioid overdoses are on the rise across the country, including in Fairfax County. Most fatal overdoses in Fairfax County in recent years involved fentanyl.

Last month, FCPS hosted a conversation on the dangers of fentanyl. During this impactful event, audience members heard testimonials from individuals affected by the opioid epidemic and learned facts from medical experts and law enforcement representatives. 

The conversation will continue on Monday, April 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Woodson High School. FCPS principals and staff will share what is happening in our schools and update the work to prevent substance misuse and educate our students.  

Transportation will be available from select schools throughout the county. View the registration page for details. 

Visit our Opioid Awareness webpage for more information. Visit the Fairfax County Government webpage on opioids for information on how you can take action and get help for yourself or loved ones.

April 23-29 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.

National Library Week is April 23-29. Take a moment to learn more about FCPS Library Programs and share your appreciation of your school librarian!

Important Dates 

Apr 26 - AAP Level IV Orientation, 6-7pm, Library

            - Administrative Professionals Day

            - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC

May 1 - School Principals Day

May 3 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC room

May 1-5 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5 - Cultural Awareness Night, 5:30-7:30pm, gym 

May 10 - National School Nurses Day 

             - PTA Meeting, 7-8pm

May 11 - Kindergarten Orientation, 6-7pm, gym

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Thanks, Volunteers!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead.

Cameron is blessed with all the love from our volunteers and sponsors. Individuals, church members, and families, we appreciate you!

Staff Member of the Week

Join us as we celebrate our staff members each week. Meet Ms. Weber.

Hi Cameron families! My name is Caroline Weber. I am the School Based Technology Specialist (which means I work with staff and students on awesome technology-integrated learning experiences), and part-time 5th grade teacher. This is my 4th year at Cameron - I previously taught 4th and 5th grades. I recently took a trip to the Netherlands, which was extremely exciting! I love going for long walks around town, trying new restaurants, playing with my dog, and reading. I attended school at Univeristy of Maryland and George Mason University, and am originally from New Jersey. 

Order the Yearbook

Students have received yearbook order forms. The last day to order is April 28.

Poetry Month

We invite all our of students to celebrate National Poetry Month! If you have a favorite poem, we would love for you to read it on the Morning News! Follow the instructions in the Poetry Month Project in the All Students Schoology course to create a video recording of a poem using Canva. Please submit your video no later than Friday, April 21st so it can be featured on the Morning News during our Poetry Month celebration!

Learn more about the Special Education Conference happening virtually on April 29. 

MCCP and NOVA Dental Hygiene Clinic Coming to Your Neighborhood!

Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP) offers access to comprehensive medical and dental care to eligible children of working families in Fairfax County. We are thrilled to partner with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) to bring dental care directly to the Springfield community.

With our state- of -the- art Dental Vans and our amazing NOVA dental hygienists, we will be offering free dental screenings for uninsured children 3-19 years old.  If further urgent dental treatment is needed, information will be given to parents about who to call. We will also bring free goody bags for each child seen. First come, first serve. Sign up on April 15 at the location below for 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon or 1 pm appointments. Children must have a parent present.

Our DENTAL VANS will visit:

Springfield Masonic Lodge, 7001 Backlick Road, Springfield.

                                    Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023

                                          Time: 10 AM – 2 PM

We hope to meet you at that time, and we are happy to answer questions in English and Spanish about our programs and how to keep your child’s teeth healthy.

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.

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 remarkable 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.

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.

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.

April 20-21 - Eid al-Fitr (½ O Day on April 20, Student holiday April 21)

Eid al-Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. Read more at Britannica.com.

FCPS has designated Eid al-Fitr as a religious and cultural observance day designed to allow students the opportunity to miss school for observances not already designated as school holidays. Eid al-Fitr is from sunset April 20 to sunset April 21. Thursday, April 20, is a half O Day, and Friday, April  21, is a holiday (only 12 month employees report).

See the complete School Year Calendar.

Important Dates 

Apr 18 - Round 3 of Clubs begins, 4:15-5:15pm

Apr 21 - No School, Eid al Fitr

Apr 26 - AAP Level IV Orientation, 6-7pm, Library

            - Administrative Professionals Day

May 1 - School Principals Day

May 1-5 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5 - Cultural Awareness Night, 5:30-7:30pm, gym 

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Spring Break April 3-7

🌷As a reminder, April 3-7 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break! Students will return to school on Monday, April 10, 2023. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Teacher of the Week

Join us as we celebrate our staff members each week. Meet Ms. Woods:

Hello Cheetahs!  My name is Jolie Woods and I am one of your 6th Grade Teachers.  I am a mother to my amazing nine year old daughter.  I am also a military spouse…GO NAVY!  This is my first year teaching in my own classroom.  I previously taught Social Studies virtually for middle school in Virginia Beach and I subbed for many years for ACPS.  My daughter inspired me to become a teacher.  My teaching philosophy is centered around building relationships.  As a teacher, I want to know who my students are both inside and outside the classroom as these relationships are key to a successful student/teacher relationship.  Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, coaching my daughter’s swim team, and being with friends.

Order the Yearbook

Students have received yearbook order forms. Make sure to return the form and payment before April 14 to get the early bird price!

Family Liaison Corner

By: Susana Trupo

"Spring will come, and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer."

Dear Families.

Let’s plan some fun activities for Spring Break! For most students, spring break is a much-needed respite from classes, homework, and daily routines. Don't have a fun vacation scheduled? No problem: you can still give your children a memorable spring break at home!

Parents.com has rounded up 35 fun indoor and outdoor spring break activities for kids. There's guaranteed something for every child on the list, whether they're in preschool, kindergarten, or elementary school.

Outdoor Spring Break Activities

Does your child love to spend time outside? Take advantage of the warmer weather with these at-home spring break ideas. But we warned: Some of them may require your kid to get a little muddy!

Indoor Spring Break Activities

If the weather is cold or rainy, simply bring the fun and games inside. These spring break activities will be loads of fun for everyone involved.

  • Build a fort with blankets and pillows
  • Test out a new recipe
  • Host a fashion show to mix-and-match fun outfits
  • Practice a new skill, whether it's making paper airplanes, juggling, or doing magic tricks
  • Ponder these trivia questions about science, Disney, history, and more
  • Plan an at-home spa day
  • Have a photo shoot throughout the house

 20 Fun Indoor Games and Activities for Kids

 

Crafty Spring Break Activities

If your kid loves arts and crafts, these spring break ideas will be perfect for them. Grab some supplies and get started!

Energetic Spring Break Activities

After months of sitting in class, your children are probably full of pent-up energy. Let it loose with these action-packed spring break activities to do at home.

  • Set up an obstacle course (you can do this indoors or outdoors)
  • Throw a dance party with your family's favorite tunes
  • Learn classic yard games like Red Rover, Hopscotch, or Kick the Can
  • Go bowling outdoors; you simply need some bottles and a ball
  • Try out an online exercise video
  • Host your own family Olympic games in the backyard
  • Play "floor is lava"

 10 Unique Family Activities to Do With Your Kids

Spring Break Ideas for the Entire Family

Parents can get in on the fun, too! These at-home activities involve the entire family, and they're perfect for bonding with loved ones.

  • Have a family movie night (and don't forget the popcorn!)
  • Lay out sleeping bags for a living room slumber party
  • Tackle household chores together (washing the car, giving the dog a bath, etc.)
  • Play classic board games like Clue or Monopoly
  • Reminisce by looking at old home videos or photos
Fairfax County Public Schools Needs School Bus Drivers to Meet Our Growing Requirements.

School Bus Drivers earn $23.83/hour plus excellent benefits.

$3,000 signing bonus!

For more information call 571-423-3023

Rec-PAC Summer Programs

Registration is open for Rec-PAC Summer Programs. Complete information is available online. 

Upcoming Calendar Events
  • April 5 - Passover - Passover begins on April 5 at sundown, and ends on April 13.
    • 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.
  • 6 - Theravada New Year (O day, falls on Spring Break)
    • In countries where Theravada Buddhism is the most dominant religion, April is the month of celebration. It marks the end of the lunisolar calendar and the beginning of another, just like January 1 for most people in the world, and is why this holiday is termed the Theravada New Year. The Theravada 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.
  • 7 - Good Friday (O day, falls on Spring Break)
    •  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
    • The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that specific events that cannot be made up will not be held on these observance days.See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.
  • 13-14 - Quarter End, Early Release/Orthodox Good Friday
    • Reminder, Thursday, April 13, is the quarter end and students will be released two hours early. There will be no classes for students on Friday, April 14, a student holiday and teacher work day. Friday is also Orthodox Good Friday, which is designated an O day by FCPS. See the complete school year calendar.
  • 16 - Orthodox Easter
    • Many Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Easter Day on April 16 in the Gregorian calendar. It is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who they believe to be the son of God. Learn more about Easter in NatGeo Kids.
Important Dates 

Mar 31 - Family Movie Night, 6:30pm

Apr 3-7 No School, Spring Break

Apr 12 - PTA Meeting, 7pm, Virtual

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

Apr 13 - Early Release, 2pm, End of Quarter 3

Apr 14 - No school for students

            - Chuck E Cheese Night, 4-8pm

Apr 18 - Round 3 of Clubs begins, 4:15-5:15pm

Apr 21 - No School, Eid al Fitr

Apr 28 - International Night, 5:30-7:30pm, gym 

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Family Newsletter March 26, 2023

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SCA Presents Cameron’s Spring Spirit Week March 27-31

Join us in showing off our Cheetah Pride by participating in the following themed days!

Monday 3/27: Sports Day- Dress up in your favorite sports team or gear

Tuesday 3/28: Who am I…- Dress up as your favorite staff member

Wednesday 3/29: Read Across America- Wear RED to represent the west coast region

Thursday 3/30: Tropical Day- Dress up in tropical clothes

Friday 3/31: Cozy Pajama Day- Dress up in your favorite pjs or coziest clothes.

Movie Night Mar 31

Come enjoy a movie night hosted by the PTA on Friday, March 31 at 6:30pm. There will be pizza, popcorn, and more. Bring a blanket! We hope to see you there.

Order Cameron Spirit Gear!

The PTA has a new spirit gear order in progress! Please purchase online.  The order will be open until March 29

Order the Yearbook

Students have received yearbook order forms. Make sure to return the form and payment before April 14 to get the early bird price!

Teacher of the Week

Join us as we celebrate our staff members each week. Meet Mr. Goldberg:

Hi all! My name is Justin Goldberg, a 6th grade teacher here at Cameron. This year marks my fourth year teaching, but only my first year teaching in Fairfax County. I’m honored to be chosen as the Cameron Teacher of the Week! Each day I strive to bring energy, excitement, and fun into my class. I want my students to learn with and from each other. I got into education to help kids reach their potential and find their motivations and passions. I believe relationships are the key to being successful. A motto I base my job on is “you must know a student in order to teach a student.” Outside of work, I enjoy watching all sports, binging TV shows and movies, traveling, and playing with my dog.

Kindergarten Registration 2023-2024

We are so excited to welcome our newest Cheetahs! We are now accepting Kindergarten Registrations for the 2023-2024 school year. In order to register for Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year, your child(ren) must be age five on or before September 30, 2023. Please call our registrar, Leah Donlin, at (703) 329-2104 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 11, 2023, from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Cell Phone Policy Reminder

Students in grades K-6 (including 6th grade students at Poe MS, Holmes MS, and Glasgow MS): Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. Smart watches that serve a dual purpose may be worn, but the phone features (texting, Internet viewing, and calls) are to be off when phone use is prohibited. Students are prohibited from using phones, tablets, and other mobile devices in restrooms and locker rooms, unless there is a medical necessity or emergency. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities when appropriate. Cell phones may be used on campus before and after school only.

Family Liaison Corner

By Susana Trupo

“My dear child, my mornings wouldn’t be the same without seeing your face when I rise.”

Dear Families,

Nothing symbolizes new beginnings and fresh starts more than early mornings. It’s that glorious time of day when the sun rises over the horizon and energizes every living being within its realm. Powerful, right? While it’s a particular time of day that many people savor, not everyone is a fan of its crack-of-dawn radiance — however, how the early morning goes at home can affect your child’s day at school. And because of that, I would like to share this information I found about the subject.

Morning routine for school: the whys and hows

Staying calm and organized in the morning will help you and your child feel optimistic about the day ahead. It will also help you reduce stress, which improves everyone’s well-being.

One of the best ways to stay calm and organize is to have a morning school routine. A routine will help your child know what’s happening and remember what to do.

Planning a routine for school mornings

The first step in planning your morning routine for school could be to make a weekly schedule with reminders of what your child needs for school each day. For example, your child might need:

  • a library bag on Monday
  • sports clothes on Wednesday
  • show and tell on Friday.

The next step is to list the regular activities and things you must do to prepare for school each day. You can split these activities into things you can do the night before and things that must be done in the morning.

Things you might do the night before including:

  • checking what your child needs for the next day
  • packing your child’s bag
  • signing school notes
  • laying out uniforms
  • making lunches.

Things that have to be done in the morning include:

  • getting out of bed
  • having a healthy breakfast
  • cleaning teeth, washing, and getting dressed
  • leaving the house on time.

To get to work and school on time, you probably need to do your morning activities at certain times. So when you’re planning your routine, it’s a good idea to think about:

  • how long morning activities take
  • what time morning activities need to happen.

If you know there are things that might cause conflict in the morning, it can really help to deal with these the night before. For example, you might know that your child wants to wear sneakers to school rather than school shoes. You and your child might be able to come up with a solution together if you talk about the issue the night before.

Example routine for school mornings

Here’s an example of what a school morning routine might look like:

  • 7.30 am: your child gets up.
  • 7.40 am: your child eats breakfast.
  • 8.00 am: your child washes their face, brushes their teeth, gets dressed, and puts on shoes.
  • 8.20 am: your child puts lunch in their bag and looks at books while you prepare.
  • 8.25 am: you help your child put on sunscreen.
  • 8.30 am: you and your child leave for school.

Your family will have its way of doing things. When you’ve worked out a morning routine to suit your family, write it up and display it where everyone can see it. You could include pictures to make the routine easier for your child to follow.

Tips to help your school morning routine work well

Once you’ve worked out your routine, these tips can help things go smoothly on school mornings:

Tips to help you organize your time

  • Get your child to have a bath or shower the night before, so you don’t need to make time for this in the morning.
  • Make sure your child gets to bed with plenty of time for a good night’s sleep. This will help your child wake up refreshed.
  • Get up 15-30 minutes earlier than you think you need to. This will give you more time in the morning.
  • Think about an alarm for children who find it hard to wake up or don’t like getting out of bed.

Tips to encourage cooperation and good behavior

  • Tackle the morning as positively as you can. Good moods can be infectious. You and your child could do this by sharing one thing that you’re each looking forward to during the day.
  • Give your child calm, clear instructions about what you want them to do, and follow up with specific praise as soon as they start to cooperate. You might need to remind younger children more often about what they’re meant to be doing and when.
  • Encourage children to do more for themselves as they get older and more independent. For example, a 5-year-old can do things like putting their lunch box in their bag. An 8-year-old can get dressed on their own, make their own breakfast, and tidy up after themselves.
  • Cut down on distractions like television, tablets and other devices unless screen time is a special treat for being ready on time.
  • Give your child positive attention for good behaviour rather than attention for arguing, whining or stalling. For example, say ‘I love the way you’re eating up your toast’ rather than ‘Stop playing with your toast’. This will encourage the behavior you want to see on school mornings.
  • Make it fun – for example, try our ‘Beat the buzzer’ game to encourage your child to be ready on time.
Important Dates 

Mar 29 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Mar 31 - Family Movie Night, 6:30pm

Apr 3-7 No School, Spring Break

Apr 12 - PTA Meeting, 7pm, Virtual

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

Apr 13 - Early Release, 2pm, End of Quarter 3

Apr 14 - No school for students

            - Chuck E Cheese Night, 4-8pm

Apr 28 - International Night, 5:30-7:30pm, gym 

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Family Newsletter March 19, 2023

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Some of our school community got festive for St. Patrick's Day on Friday!

Last Saturday a group of Latinas from 6th grade went to the Marymount University to an ENCUENTRO of Latin Girls, where they learn how to combat stereotypes, conflict resolution techniques, and how to build healthy friendships. Cameron ES was well represented! 

Kindergarten and 4th grade students each hosted morning meetings today during our school-wide morning meeting about Social Intelligence.

Order Cameron Spirit Gear!

The PTA has a new spirit gear order in progress! Please purchase online.  The order will be open until March 29

Kindergarten Registration 2023-2024

We are so excited to welcome our newest Cheetahs! We are now accepting Kindergarten Registrations for the 2023-2024 school year. In order to register for Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year, your child(ren) must be age five on or before September 30, 2023. Please call our registrar, Leah Donlin, at (703) 329-2104 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 11, 2023, from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

“The world isn't fair, Calvin." "I know, Dad, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?” ― Bill Watterson

Dear Families,

Fairness is a difficult word to understand by our children, an abstract concept. Children need to learn and recognize fairness and understand how when being unfair can be hurtful to others. In this way, we develop empathy and sensitivity that will help us prevent bullying. Our children are often egocentric and see the world from their perspective, so when they say, “it’s not fair,” it is because they don’t like the outcome.

You can help your children recognize unfairness, develop language around the unfairness word to help describe unfairness and understand how much unfairness hurts.

I found some interesting points for your consideration.

Listen for unfair comments, behaviors, or actions and address the behaviors honestly, directly, and immediately. For example, Lauren is sad when you tell her she cannot play with you. Or all the children in our class can share these toys. It is not okay for you to tell someone they cannot play.

  • Help children develop appropriate responses when they experience themselves or others being treated unfairly. For instance, Tell Mindy how that makes you feel. Say, “That makes me feel sad when you do that.”
  • Give kids the language they need to talk about unfairness. Ask children to express their ideas about fairness and sharing. Prompt children to talk about their feelings when they are mistreated. Discuss words or phrases children can use to express their feelings and guide others to correct unfair behaviors. For example, when we play a game at home, how can we ensure everyone gets a chance to play and understand it is OK not to win? Who has an idea how we can do that?
  • Teach fairness as a primary home rule to help children feel safe.

Why is it difficult for children to understand the concept of fairness?

  • Very young children are concrete thinkers. Fairness is an abstract concept.
  • Children are naturally egocentric and tend to think of themselves first. They will identify a situation or action that works against them as unfair but will have a more difficult time identifying an action they perform as unfair to others.

What strategies can you use to teach about fairness and make it more understandable for young children?

  • Have children brainstorm and role-play solutions such as trading toys, sharing, and playing together.
  • Be attuned to children’s interactions and be ready to respond immediately to incidents of unfairness.
  • Identify and point out fair and unfair behaviors.
  • Encourage a safe and secure atmosphere where children can express their feelings and ask questions.
  • Make the idea of fairness concrete. Use images to inspire conversations about fairness.

How can you help children respond appropriately when conflict arises?

  • Address unfair behaviors honestly, directly, and immediately.
  • Give your children the language they need to talk about unfair treatment. Discuss words or phrases children can use to express their feelings and guide others to correct unfair behaviors.

Reflect

Consider your home’s learning environment as you answer these reflection questions.

  • How do you teach at home about fairness?
  • What can you put into practice at home to help your kids learn about fairness?
  • Are you fair?  
Understanding Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Reports

Grade 3-8 students across Virginia took VGA tests in fall and winter of 2022-23. FCPS mailed score reports to families earlier this month that combine Fall and Winter results. When viewing students’ scores, it is important to keep in mind that there is no “passing” or “failing” for VGA tests and that each vertical scaled score reflects performance on a single day. VGA results should be used alongside other available data for a more complete picture of students’ academic progress. Also keep in mind that the VGA asks questions from the entire curriculum, including some standards that will not be taught until later in the school year.  

The FCPS VGA Score Reports webpage now includes a section on Understanding VGA Results, featuring Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). This section will continue to be updated throughout the spring to address incoming questions and to reflect additional state guidance as it is released. 

Magnet School Applications

FCPS is accepting applications for its elementary magnet school programs. Registrations for the three elementary magnet school lottery closes on Wednesday, April 12, at 4:00pm. Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. Click here for more information.

Register Now for April Webinars 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!

Friday, April 14, 2023, 9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

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

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

Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options

This event is designed to provide students with disabilities seeking a standard or advanced diploma and their families an introduction to options available after high school.

W.T. Woodson High School 9525 Main St. Fairfax, VA. 22031

Schedule

  • 6:30 - 7p.m. Overview Presentation on Postsecondary Options
  • 7 - 8:30p.m. Options Fair

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Presented by FCPS Career and Transition Services

Register for Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options

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

Neurodiversity at High School

How can families partner with schools?

  • Strategies to set your child up for success
  • How to advocate for your child
  • Tools for collaborating with your child's school

April 28, 2023, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist

Register for Neurodiversity at High Schools

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

Important Dates 

Mar 22-23 - Ramadan, Religious / Cultural Observance Day

Mar 22 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Mar 24 - Valentine's Dance K-2, 4:20-5:45pm, Gym 

Mar 29 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Apr 3-7 No School, Spring Break

Apr 12 - PTA Meeting, 7pm, Virtual

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

Apr 13 - Early Release, 2pm, End of Quarter 3

Apr 14 - No school for students

            - Chuck E Cheese Night, 4-8pm

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Family Newsletter March 13, 2023

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Principal's Note

On Monday, March 13, Cameron Elementary parents/guardians will be contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. This questionnaire is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include instructional leadership, school climate, management (human resources and organizational), communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism. The questionnaire will be collected online between March 13 and March 24. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your opinions matter.

Family Social Emotional Learning Night last week was a huge success! The school community came together to learn about support students social emotional growth, and there were activities for all. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported!

First graders enjoyed their field trip to Mount Vernon on Thursday.

Sixth graders presented their "History Of" research projects to the school community last week. Their hard work and expertise was evident to all those who attended!

Kiss and Ride Reminders

Just some friendly reminders for our Kiss&Ride families.

Safety: Once you are in line, please wait for your turn to exit the school loop; there is only one driving line. We have a marked crossing path for our students and families; please stop at least four feet before the crossing path. The goals are simple: safety and security.

Organization: Please make sure to display the assigned car number.  It helps make things run more smoothly and quickly. If you need a  number for your child either because it’s lost or you are new, please contact [email protected] or [email protected] , and we will get you one. Thank you!

PreK and Early Head Start Registration is now OPEN!

Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3… There’s an easy five-step process outlined for parents looking 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.

Parent Resource Center March 2023 Webinars

Registration

Family Literacy Program

Virtual Adult English Classes for our Cameron families.

English for beginners/conversational

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

For more information, please contact

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

Family Liaison Corner

By Susana Trupo

“Difference is the essence of humanity.”

CULTURAL AWARENESS

Dear Families,

Cameron Elementary’s diverse population is a great place to promote cultural awareness. Many of our families will soon begin observing Ramadan. I gathered some facts about Ramadan, hoping this easy reading will increase our understanding of such an important time for the Muslim community.

What is 'the sacred month' of Ramadan all about? It is about Fasting, Eid al-Fitr, and more.

Ramadan is a month-long religious holiday for Muslims as a time of self-reflection and strengthening their relationship with God.

The lunar cycle dictates the date, beginning and ending with a crescent moon. This year will begin on 3/22 and end on 4/21.

The religious holiday involves fasting, praying, and being around loved ones.

Why celebrate Ramadan?

Muslims believe that during Ramadan, God gave the Prophet Muhammad the Qu'ran, Islam's holy book, in 610 A.D. It was the first time God revealed to Muhammed that he was a prophet carrying God's message across the Arabian Peninsula.

The Qu'ran was revealed during the night of destiny for Muslims. That’s why Ramadan has become the sacred month.

It’s a month of charity and generosity. It’s a time of doing good deeds for those near and far and a time of spiritual reflection.

What does the Qu'ran say about Ramadan?

The Qur’an presents fasting as the continuation of a tradition prescribed to those who came before Muhammad.

The Qur'an reads:

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you; perhaps you may be reverent….The month of Ramadan is where the Qur'an is sent forth as a guidance for humanity and clear portents of the guidance, and the Criterion between right and wrong. So whosever of you bears witness to the month, then formal fasting; …And when my servants ask you [the Prophet] about Me [the Lord], then truly I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls to Me….”

Why do Muslims fast?

The idea behind fasting is to practice self-restrain, which is one of the pillars of Islam. Fasting is done from dusk till dawn. Every Muslim that has reached puberty, and is physically capable, is required to fast.

Muslims must abstain from:

· Liquids

· Food

· Negative thoughts

· Bad intentions

Muslims, like any religious community, are diverse in belief and practice. Many fast, some choose not to fast at all, and others may be creative in how they fast.

Although there are no sexual activities during the fast, married couples can have intimate encounters at night once the fast is broken.

Muslims ask for forgiveness during Ramadan for the sins they have committed. It is about repentance. A habit takes a month to form, so Ramadan being a month-long allows for the habit to form.

It becomes a time to commune more deeply with God; it becomes a time to become more aware of God's mercy and to seek that forgiveness.

How to break the fast?

During Ramadan, there are five daily prayers. Muslims break their fast after the evening prayer with a meal called ifṭār. This meal is often celebrated with friends and extended family. Ifṭār traditionally starts with dates and water.

Dates are one of the main staples of the Arabian Peninsula. During the time of the Prophet, they were considered superfoods.

What is Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan?

The end of Ramadan is a celebration known as Eid al-Fitr, one of the major holidays for Muslims. Families and friends get together, and there is a special communal prayer to mark the end of Ramadan. People often dress up in traditional clothing and eat traditional foods.

Traditional foods depend on the region in which Ramadan is being celebrate; maamoul is a shortbread cookie eaten in Syria and Lebanon, made from dates, pistachios or walnuts. Bolani is a thin-crusted bread with a vegetable filling traditionally eaten in Afghanistan. Tufahija, a dessert composed of poached apples drenched in sugar and stuffed with walnut, is enjoyed by Bosnians.

It's a celebration that that that brings families and friends together to be happy that they completed the month of fasting.

Career Opportunities with FCPS

Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced professional, FCPS offers a wide range of career opportunities. FCPS is hiring outstanding teachers, instructional assistants, engineers, IT professionals, HVAC technicians, occupational therapists, financial analysts, electricians, administrative assistants, building supervisors, and others.

For more information or to apply, visit the FCPS Careers site. 

Medicaid Policy Changes

A change in federal Medicaid policy could impact the health care coverage of millions of students. In order to avoid gaps in coverage, families need to know:

  • Families, especially those who have moved residences during the pandemic, should contact their state Medicaid offices to ensure their contact information is up to date.
  • Families should watch their mail for letters about Medicaid and the state Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, status. 
  • Recipients must submit any renewal forms they receive to maintain coverage, which states could mail at any point between March 2023 and February 2024.
  • Families who no longer qualify for Medicaid after the review may qualify for coverage through their state’s health insurance exchange.

Learn more in this EducationWeek article

Important Dates 

Mar 15 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Mar 22-23 - Ramadan, Religious / Cultural Observance Day

Mar 22 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Mar 24 - Valentine's Dance K-2, 4:20-5:45pm, Gym 

Mar 29 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Apr 3-7 No School, Spring Break

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Family Newsletter March 6, 2023

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We started our celebration of Read Across America this week! All students enjoyed 10 minutes of reading time in the hallway on Thursday morning. 

For Black History Month 2023, Cameron Girl Scout troops (1st graders and 3rd graders) went to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

Principal’s Note

On Monday, March 13, Cameron Elementary parents/guardians will be contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. This questionnaire is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include instructional leadership, school climate, management (human resources and organizational), communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism. The questionnaire will be collected online between March 13 and March 24. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your opinions matter.

Read Across America

Dear Cameron Families,

We are setting out on a reading journey across the United States! Read Across America is a nationwide reading program that celebrates the diversity of stories and readers in the U.S. This year at Cameron, we encourage you to join with us as we spend the next 5 weeks reading stories from across the 5 regions of the United States.

Our Cheetah readers will participate in the following activities each week:

-Read and enjoy stories from a region of the U.S.:

  • Feb. 27 - Mar. 2 - The Southeast (green)
  • Mar. 6 - Mar. 10 - The Northeast (blue)
  • Mar. 13 - Mar. 17 - The Midwest (yellow)
  • Mar. 20 - Mar. 24 - The Southwest (orange)
  • Mar. 27 - Mar. 31 - The West (red)

-Wednesday Spirit Day: Dress in the color that represents the region

-Friday Read Across the Hallway: Start the day with 10 minutes of free reading!

Kindergarten Registration 2023-2024

We are so excited to welcome our newest Cheetahs! We are now accepting Kindergarten Registrations for the 2023-2024 school year. In order to register for Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year, your child(ren) must be age five on or before September 30, 2023. Please call our office at (703) 329-2104 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 11, 2023, from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Spring Picture Day March 10

Cameron's Spring Picture Day is on March 10th, 2023. Students will take individual pictures. Students received order forms this past week. You can also order online

Yearbooks Are Now on Sale!

Yearbooks are on sale now for $13.00 as an early bird special. The last day for the early bird special will be Friday, April 14. After April 14 and through April 28, the yearbook cost will be $15.00. If your family would like to purchase a yearbook, please turn in your payment to the school no later than Friday, April 28 by 4:00pm.

This year you can donate a yearbook to another student. Select “Pay It Forward” on the order form, add the money for the yearbook, and return everything to the school. Cameron ES will distribute your donated yearbook to a student who would like one.

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

“Nurturing your kids is essential to their well-being.”

Social and emotional learning is often considered the “missing piece” in a kid’s life, but it is essential to your child's healthy and harmonious well-being. Checking them emotionally is a simple, effective way for families to connect with their children and begin to equip them with lifelong tools to communicate their feelings and needs.

I found these tips for you:

1. Check in with your child.

You can ask:

How do you feel about going back to school?

· Is anything worrying you?

· What was a fun or hard part of today?

· Is anyone teasing or bullying you?

· Do you have any questions for me?

2. Keep track of how your child is doing.

Pay attention to your child:

· moods

· feelings

· behaviors

· attitudes about school

If you see changes or have questions, talk with your child’s teacher or doctor about what you notice.

3. Create a routine together.

Talk about how to stay healthy through:

· sleep and exercise

· good nutrition and hydration

· managing screen time

4. Encourage your child by:

· staying calm and supportive

· helping your child name their emotions

· focusing on positive things

· sharing why your child is special

· talking about why you are proud of your child

· drawing and writing together

5. Help your child address anxiety about safety and uncertainty.

If your child is anxious about safety or returning to remote learning:

· listen to their concerns

· share safety steps they can take

· answer their questions honestly

· confirm that there is still uncertainty around this school year

· share the information you do have.

6. Help your child address anxiety about separation.

If your child is anxious about separation from you:

· listen to their concerns

· practice short times apart

· create a goodbye routine

· send them a special note or photo in their backpack

· assure them you will miss them too.

7. If you need more support, look for it!

You can find out how to:

· contact school counselors or psychologists

· find resources to address stress, anxiety, trauma, or abuse

· connect with other families.

8. Share critical information with the teacher about your child.

Tell the teacher about your child's:

· strengths and challenges

· ways of dealing with stress

· questions and concerns

· interests and talents.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Resources for Families

Eating disorders are behaviors that can lead to serious health problems. These behaviors can begin as a child and affect all genders.  When discovered early, eating disorders can be treatable.  Contact the FCPS Parent Resource Center for more information or to schedule a free, confidential consultation: [email protected] or 703-204-3941.

Resources

Eating Disorders Books in the FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC): The FCPS PRC offers a free library materials for the community.

Eating Disorders What Every Family Needs to Know: View this webinar on eating disorders from the FCPS parent Resource Center.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is an annual campaign to educate the public about the realities of eating disorders and to provide hope, support, and visibility to individuals and families affected by eating disorders. 

  • Where Do I Start? National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) can support you on your journey. These resources can help you take the first step to getting the help. 
  • Parent Toolkit (pdf): The NEDA Parent Toolkit is for anyone who wants to understand more about how to support a family member or friend affected by an eating disorder.
  • Educator Toolkit (pdf): The NEDA Educator Toolkit is a resource for educators, staff who work in a school setting or those who work with youth outside of school to understand more about eating disorders to support students and young.
  • Coach and Trainer Toolkit (pdf): The NEDA Coach and Trainer Toolkit is a resource for staff who work in gyms, school settings, outside athletic groups, dance studios, etc. who would like to know how to support athletes who may be affected by eating disorders.

The Body Project: This is a group-based prevention intervention that provides a forum for high school girls and college aged women to confront unrealistic appearance ideals and develop healthy body image and self-esteem.

Academy of Eating Disorders Video Library The Academy for Eating Disorders provides a list of helpful videos available on a variety of topics on eating disorders

How to Help a Loved One: NEDA provides resource. Friends and family are often key to encouraging loved ones with eating and/or body image issues to seek help.

Support

Eating Disorders Helpline: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) provides confidential help Monday-Thursday from 11am to 9pm ET, and Friday from 11am to 5pm ET.

Free and Low Cost Support: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) provides free and low cost support options offer ways to connect with others and provide tools to promote recovery.

Support for Caregivers: Beat, a United Kingdom based organization, has published guidance encouraging healthcare providers to ensure better support for families of people with eating disorders, including by offering an assessment of their own mental health needs and offering access to peer-to-peer support programs.

Fairfax County Government:  Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team encourages people to get screened online, at no cost and confidentially encourages people to , at no cost and confidentially, through their website.

Eating Disorders Screening Tool:  NEDA provides a short screening — appropriate for ages 13 and up — can help determine if it's time to seek professional help.

NEDA Blogs 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.

Disability Awareness Month

In March people throughout the United States will celebrate Women’s History Month and Disability Awareness Month. Both histories are foundational parts of American history. Students deserve meaningful, sustained opportunities to learn about the experiences and contributions of this history year-round, and the celebration of Women’s History Month and Disability Awareness month are opportunities to honor these diverse and important stories. 

Resources for Women's History Month and Disability Awareness Month are available for teachers across content areas as part of the FCPS Multiple Perspectives Hub. Teachers and school leaders will find ideas for classroom learning experiences across content areas and grade levels. Resources curated specifically for the social studies curriculum are also available on the new Women's History 180 document and Disability Awareness 180 document.

National School Social Work Week

March 5-10 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.

Celebrating Arts in Our Schools

The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month. Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Communication

Art shows, special exhibits, fundraisers, and school and community activities take place annually, traditionally during March, to celebrate visual art education for grades K-12.

March has also been designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.

Daylight Saving Time Begins

Sunday, March 12, 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.

Important Dates 

Mar 8 - PTA Meeting

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

Mar 9 - Social & Emotional Learning Night, 5:45-6:45pm

Mar 10 - Spring Pictures - students, fall & spring clubs, 6th grade 

Mar 15 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Mar 22-23 - Ramadan, Religious / Cultural Observance Day

Mar 22 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Mar 24 - Valentine's Dance K-2, 4:20-5:45pm, Gym 

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Calendar Reminder March 2 and March 3

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School Planning - Early Release March 2nd and No School March 3rd 

Reminder, students have an early release at 2:05pm on Thursday, March 2. There is no school for students on Friday, March 3, for a school planning day. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

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Family Newsletter February 26, 2023

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Students enjoyed the Valentine's Day Ball on Friday. Thanks to the PTA for hosting!

This week, 5th graders in Ms. Trujillo's class practiced for their upcoming research project. They researched a tech company and presented their findings to the class. 

Morning Bell Schedule Reminder

We want to share a reminder of our bell schedule. We open doors at 9:00 am, and the students are expected to be in the classroom by 9:20 am. We close our doors at 9:20 am. If you bring your child after 9:20 am, the student must stop by the office accompanied by an adult, and the adult will fill out the “late form.” We appreciate your cooperation.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Every year, absences increase in the weeks before and after spring break. Please make sure your child is in school every day until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning. Visit our website for more attendance resources.

Read Across America

Dear Cameron Families,

We are setting out on a reading journey across the United States! Read Across America is a nationwide reading program that celebrates the diversity of stories and readers in the U.S. This year at Cameron, we encourage you to join with us as we spend the next 5 weeks reading stories from across the 5 regions of the United States.

Our Cheetah readers will participate in the following activities each week:

-Read and enjoy stories from a region of the U.S.:

  • Feb. 27 - Mar. 2 - The Southeast (green)
  • Mar. 6 - Mar. 10 - The Northeast (blue)
  • Mar. 13 - Mar. 17 - The Midwest (yellow)
  • Mar. 20 - Mar. 24 - The Southwest (orange)
  • Mar. 27 - Mar. 31 - The West (red)

-Wednesday Spirit Day: Dress in the color that represents the region

-Friday Read Across the Hallway: Start the day with 10 minutes of free reading!

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

“It's the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.”

Dear Families,

Do you have memories of playing with your friends and family? You know, those moments when you were so happy? Making time to play with your children has many, many benefits:

Our cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being improves as we play. Through play, children learn about the world and themselves. They also learn study, work, and relationship skills, such as confidence.

Play builds imagination and creativity. During play, kids stretch their imaginations. Play fosters cognitive growth. The play delivers emotional and behavioral benefits. Play Improves literacy. Play encourages greater independence. Play promotes physical fitness.

On top of all the above, we built relationships with our children. Every moment you spend playing with them, you will make memorable memories.

I am sharing with you some fun family games, click on them, and it will direct you to the instructions, have fun!

The Sentence Game ;  Scattergories ; Who Am I? ; The Name Game ; Walmart BINGO ; Take a Hint ; How Do You Doo; Movie ID; Hang Man; Reverse Charades.

Kindergarten Registration 2023-2024

We are so excited to welcome our newest Cheetahs! We are now accepting Kindergarten Registrations for the 2023-2024 school year. In order to register for Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year, your child(ren) must be age five on or before September 30, 2023. Please call our office at (703) 329-2104 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 11, 2023, from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Parental Notifications and Policy 3290: Sexually Explicit Content

A Virginia law passed in spring 2022 requires schools to create a policy for parental notification of sexually explicit content/materials. In December 2022, the School Board adopted FCPS Policy 3290: Parental Notification Regarding Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content

FCPS has had policies in place for many years regarding the review of instructional materials, communication with parents, and options for alternative instructional materials.

An expectation of this new policy is the 30-day parental notification requirement of sexually explicit content in instructional materials assigned or selected by teachers. After reviewing the notification letter, parents or caregivers who prefer to choose alternative instructional materials for their child must submit this form to the appropriate teacher within the 30-day notification window. View Policy 3290 for more information.

Tutor.com Extra Help for Students at No Cost to Families

With Tutor.com through Schoology, FCPS students in grades K-12 are able to get one-on-one tutoring help at any time, even from bilingual tutors! Students can meet virtually to practice subjects such as reading, math, prepare for upcoming tests, and receive homework assistance, at no cost to their families! To connect with a tutor for your child go to www.Tutor.com.   

Find Free COVID-19 Testing in Your Community

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a COVID-19 Testing Locator website, which allows consumers to search for free testing sites near them. Testing is available at pharmacies, commercial laboratory sites, community sites, and retail locations. Results are typically provided within 24-48 hours.

Important Dates 

Feb 20 - No School, President's Day

Feb 21 - After school clubs (Tuesday) begin

Feb 22 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Feb 23 - After school clubs (Thursday) begin

Feb 24 - Valentine's Day Ball, 4-5:30pm, Gym, 3-6th graders

Mar 1 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Mar 2 - Early Release, 2:05pm

Mar 3 - No School for students, School Planning Day

Mar 8 - PTA Meeting

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

Mar 9 - Social & Emotional Learning Night, 5:45-6:45pm

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Family Newsletter February 17, 2023

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6th grade students in Ms. Woods' class experimented with chemical reactions this week. They combined vinegar and baking soda to create carbon dioxide. 

Thank You, PTA!

Thank you, PTA, for the delicious donuts you delivered for students and staff on Valentine's Day!

After School Clubs Begin Next Week

Students who have been enrolled in and confirmed for this round of clubs will begin meeting on Tuesday or Thursday next week (Feb 21 and Feb 23). If your child is taking the bus home from clubs, remember that an adult must meet them at the bus stop to go home. A bus schedule will be sent home for Tuesday and Thursday bus riders via Talking Points. 

If you do not know if your child is enrolled in clubs, please send a Talking Points message or email to your child's teacher or Tiffany Reed ([email protected]). 

Valentine's Ball Feb 24

The PTA is hosting a Valentine's Day dance on Friday, February 24 from 4-5:30 in the gym. This dance is for students in grades 3-6. Another dance will be scheduled for students in grades K-2 later on. 

Students received a neon red form with information about the dance on Wednesday with a permission slip at the bottom. Please return the permission slip to your child's teacher! You can also complete an online permission slip

The PTA is looking for volunteers to help with this event!

Kindergarten Registration 2023-2024

We are so excited to welcome our newest Cheetahs! We are now accepting Kindergarten Registrations for the 2023-2024 school year. In order to register for Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year, your child(ren) must be age five on or before September 30, 2023. Please call our office at (703) 329-2104 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 11, 2023, from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Family Liaison Corner

By Susana Trupo

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

Dear Families, kindness for kids is abstract until it gets to be practiced. I am sharing with you 100 positivities to be kind. Will you accept the challenge and do at least 10 out of the 100 with your kids? Let’s show some kindness around!

100 Acts of Kindness for Kids

  1. Put change in a vending machine.
  2. Hold the door open for someone.
  3. Do a chore for someone without them knowing.
  4. Tell a joke.
  5. Return someone’s cart at the store.
  6. Give candy to your bank teller.
  7. Leave a letterin a library book.
  8. Feed the birds.
  9. Leave happy notesaround town.
  10. Put a small bin in your car to collect recycling.
  11. Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood.
  12. Pick up litter.
  13. Let someone go ahead of you in line.
  14. Compliment a friend.
  15. Wash someone’s car.
  16. Write a thank you note for your mail carrier.
  17. Plant something.
  18. Bake dessert for a neighbor
  19. Walk dogs at the animal shelter.
  20. Check in on an elderly neighbor.
  21. Set up a lemonade stand and donate the profits.
  22. Send a cardto a service member.
  23. Bury treasure at the playground.
  24. Set the table for dinner.
  25. Leave bubbles on someone’s doorstep.
  26. Put money on a stranger’s layaway bill.
  27. Tell someone why they are special to you.
  28. Donate outgrown clothes.
  29. Buy a coffee for a stranger.
  30. Pass out stickers to kids waiting in line.
  31. Talk to someone new at school.
  32. Write chalk messageson the sidewalk.
  33. Weed or sshoveledfor a neighbor.
  34. Donate food to the food pantry.
  35. Bring flowers to your teacher.
  36. Tell a manager how good your service was.
  37. Tape change to a parking meter.
  38. Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter.
  39. Give a lottery ticket to a stranger.
  40. Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello.
  41. Tape money for the ice cream truck to a friend’s front door.
  42. Take treats to the fire station.
  43. Read a book to someone.
  44. Leave heads-up pennieson the sidewalk.
  45. Donate a book to a doctor’s office waiting room.
  46. Tell someone how much you love them.
  47. Say hello to everyone you see.
  48. Make someone else’s bed.
  49. Hold the door open for someone.
  50. Wave at kids on school buses.
  51. Sing songs at a nursing home.
  52. Invite someone to play on the playground.
  53. Tell the principal how great your teacher is.
  54. Donate a toy to Toys for Tots.
  55. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  56. Say thank you when you see service members.
  57. Fill a kindness jarwith candy for another family.
  58. Make a thank you signfor sanitation workers.
  59. Make a busy bag for a family with young children.
  60. Bring cookies to the custodian.
  61. Help make dinner.
  62. Donate new pajamas for foster kids.
  63. Make a get well card for someone.
  64. Bring your neighbors’ garbage cans up for them.
  65. Take care of someone’s pet while they’re away.
  66. Leave a popcorn surpriseon a DVD rental machine.
  67. Share a special toy with a friend.
  68. Clean up your room without being asked.
  69. Tape a video message for faraway friends.
  70. Leave kindness stonesat the park.
  71. Give a candy bar to the bus driver.
  72. Send dessert to another family at a restaurant.
  73. Give spare change to the food pantry.
  74. Buy extra school supplies for a teacher.
  75. Make muffins for your pharmacist.
  76. Teach someone something new.
  77. Reuse paper when you are drawing.
  78. Pay for someone’s toll.
  79. Give someone a hug coupon.
  80. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  81. Write a note for someone’s lunch.
  82. Collect money or items for your favorite charity.
  83. Donate coloring books and crayons to the children’s hospital.
  84. Write a poem for a friend.
  85. Ask for donations instead of birthday gifts.
  86. Help someone unload groceries at the store.
  87. Make a candy gramfor the police department.
  88. Collect books for the library.
  89. Adopt an animal online.
  90. Decorate tissue boxes and hand sanitizer for nursing stations.
  91. Make a homemade gift for someone.
  92. Clean up your toys without being asked.
  93. Deliver water bottles to the homeless shelter.
  94. Create activity bags for families of deployed soldiers.
  95. Give high fives to a friend.
  96. Make a thank you card for your librarian.
  97. Dry the slides at the park with a towel after it rains.
  98. Make play doughfor a preschool class.
  99. Send a postcard to a friend.
  100. Smile at everybody. It’s contagious.
No School Feb 20 - Presidents Day

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 21. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Important Dates 

Feb 20 - No School, President's Day

Feb 21 - After school clubs (Tuesday) begin

Feb 22 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Feb 23 - After school clubs (Thursday) begin

Feb 24 - Valentine's Day Ball, 4-5:30pm, Gym, 3-6th graders

Mar 1 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Mar 2 - Early Release, 2:05pm

Mar 3 - No School for students, School Planning Day

Mar 8 - PTA Meeting

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

Mar 9 - Social & Emotional Learning Night, 5:45-6:45pm

See the complete 2022-2023 school year calendar

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Family Newsletter February 10, 2023

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Art Spotlight

Third graders in Mr. Johnson's art class have been working hard on their Frida Kahlo portraits. 

Kindness Week Feb 13-17

In addition, the Student Council Association will be collecting packaged toothbrushes for the organization Smiles for Miles. We are asking for donations of new toothbrushes during the week of Feb 13-17th. These toothbrushes will be sent to kids in Central America. The class who collects the most toothbrushes will receive a donut party!

Valentine Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

The PTA's Valentine's Krispy Kreme fundraiser started today! Families can purchase donuts for the school by selecting "gift" and using the [email protected] email address.

Order donuts!!

Valentine's Ball Feb 24

The PTA is hosting a Valentine's Day dance on Friday, February 24 from 4-5:30 in the gym. This dance is for students in grades 3-6. Another dance will be scheduled for students in grades K-2 later on. 

Students received a neon red form with information about the dance on Wednesday with a permission slip at the bottom. Please return the permission slip to your child's teacher! You can also complete an online permission slip

The PTA is looking for volunteers to help with this event!

Family Liaison Corner

by Susana Trupo

Dear Families,

Let us talk about the consequences.

In parenting, we have logical consequences and natural consequences. 

What are Natural Consequences?

In parenting, natural consequences are consequences that occur in response to behavior without parental influence. For example, if a child decides to stay up late on a school night, the natural consequence is that they will be tired to next day. Or, if a child chooses not to use a raincoat, they will get wet.

What are Logical Consequences?

Logical consequences are consequences that an adult sets. For example, if a child draws on the wall, they are instructed to clean up what they drew.

Jane Nelson (1985) outlined the 3 Rs for logical consequences. The consequences should be:

  1. Relatedto the behavior Related: If your child throws a toy, you take away the toy. Not related: you send her to bed early
  2. Respectfultowards the child and not involve shame or blame Respectful: If your child spills a drink, you say, “Oops, looks like you spilled it; what should we do now?”
  3. Reasonablefrom both the child’s and parent’s perspective Reasonable: If your child gets in trouble at school for not completing a homework assignment, you discuss it with him and agree to cut TV or play time by 30 minutes to ensure the homework is completed. Non-reasonable: you ground him for a month.

Using the 3 R’s, if a 3-year-old has a toy taken away for throwing a tantrum at the grocery store, they will be unable to connect the consequence to the action and view it as unfair. This consequence may fit some situations, such as if a child is throwing the toy, but not in the situation of a temper tantrum in a store. Plus, a temper tantrum at age three may be a developmentally appropriate response to an overwhelming grocery store! It is essential to ask, “What is it that I want him/her to change or improve?”

How do you use Logical Consequences?

  1. Take a moment.Consequences are more likely to be respectful when you have a moment to take a step back rather than yelling or punishing.
  2. Consequences should be applied right after the misbehaviorto help children see them as their own choice when misbehaving. When consequences are connected with inappropriate behavior, they will be more effective in encouraging positive behavior.
  3. Enforce consequences privately when possible.Children may feel shame or humiliation when there are other people around.
  4. Use the 3 R’s.
  5. If you struggle to come up with a consequence, ask your child what he/she feels would be appropriate. Often, kids are great at coming up with fair consequences.
  6. Stick to the consequence. Once you set it, enforce it.
  7. Be patient.These consequences may not work immediately, but it is essential to stick to them.
  8. “Catch the child behaving well.”On the topic of consequences, provide positive feedback and encouragement. (“You did such a great job picking up your toys”) When you provide well-timed positive feedback, they will feel loved and appreciated.
  9. Check-in.There are times when logical consequences are not appropriate. It may not be the best method if it is hard to come up with a logical consequence in a situation. It is important to find a method of consequences and parenting that fits you. Depending on the child’s developmental age, you can choose to hold a family meeting, offer limited choices (“Would you like water or orange juice?” “We can either stay for five more minutes or leave now your choice”), use safe spaces to calm down, set limits and stick to them, etc.
  10. Get professional help if needed. When the problem is persistent and does not change even with the implementation of positive discipline, you can consult with a professional.
February Webinars and Events for Parents

FCPS’ Parent Resource Center (PRC) is dedicated to helping adults support the success of all students. The PRC will present the following webinars in February:

Schools Respond: Teens and Substance Abuse

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Important Dates 

Feb 13-17 - Kindness Week

        Monday: Write a message to a friend

        Tuesday: Wear red and white to show love

        Wednesday: Make a kindness poem

        Thursday: Write a thank you note to a teacher

        Friday: Wear school spirit gear

Feb 15 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Feb 20 - No School, President's Day

Feb 21 - After school clubs begins

Feb 22 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Feb 24 - Valentine's Day Ball, 4-5:30pm, Gym, 3-6th graders

Mar 1 - HIPPY Family Program, 9:30-2, SACC Room

Mar 2 - Early Release, 2:05pm

Mar 3 - No School for students, School Planning Day

Mar 8 - PTA Meeting

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

Mar 9 - SEL Night

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