Family Newsletter May 26, 2023GovDelivery2 days 4 hours ago
Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.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 supportField 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.”
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
- Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 PM
- Visit a military cemetery or memorial
- Display the U.S. flag at your home
- Watch the National Memorial Day Concert on May 29, 2023
*Adapted from an article on US0.orgPodcast 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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