Successful Lockdown Drill Today

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Good afternoon, Forestdale families,

This morning, we completed our third lockdown drill of the year, and our students and staff did an excellent job of following the FCPS safety protocol.   Just as we do with fire and tornado drills, students and staff practice the procedures for a lockdown throughout the year.  A lockdown describes enhanced security measures taken to protect against potentially violent intruders that may be inside the building or on the school site.  All Fairfax County Public Schools participate in four lockdown drills throughout the year. 
For more information about FCPS’ Emergency Planning and Crisis Response measures and protocols, click here.   To read more about the FCPS Office of Safety and Security and the 24/7 emergency measures they have in place, click here.

We encourage you to talk with your student about the importance of emergency drills and discuss your family’s plans for what to do in the event of an emergency outside of school. 

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January Falcon Press

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Third Graders Journeyed Around the World

Before winter break, third graders participated in a Project-Based Learning (PBL) unit in which students collaboratively researched a continent of their choice, created a video tour highlighting its geological and geographical features, and then presented their videos to their audience at a movie premiere.  The red carpet was literally rolled out as each V.I.P. group of researching movie producers shared their work!

Brrr… It’s Cold Outside!

Forestdale families, there is no doubt that winter is here!  Winter Break was mild, but the cold weather has arrived! 

With the ever-changing and unpredictable weather, it is not hard to believe that our little Falcons are having difficulty with their clothing and outerwear choices.  Surprisingly, with temperatures below freezing, students are coming to school in shorts, t-shirts, no socks and sweatshirts in lieu of winter weather gear.  We know it is hard to predict what kind of weather we will have, and we need your help in talking with your child at home about what he or she should and should not wear to school.  It is a good idea to layer up.  It is a lot easier to remove an article of clothing when warm than to not have the necessary clothing item when it gets cold.  If your family is in need of assistance with clothing or outerwear for the cold weather, contact our school counselors, Sofia Echaide at scechaidevia@fcps.edu or Stephanie Felix at ssfelix@fcps.edu.

Students participate in all classroom activities, including recess.  Classes still go outside for recess, even during cold spells; therefore, it is important that students are dressed appropriately (jackets, gloves, hats).  We do not have additional personnel available to monitor students during recess, so all students go outside.  However, during a National Weather Service (NWS) issued Wind Chill Advisory, outdoor activity will be limited to no more than fifteen (15) minutes.  During a NWS Wind Chill Warning, students will not participate in outdoor activities including general and physical education classes, recess, and scheduled non-emergency fire drills.  This does not include students walking to and from school, students waiting at bus stops, or student patrols.

January is just beginning and we are starting to see the impact of inclement weather on our school schedule.  We have already had our first two-hour early closing, two-hour delay, and snow day this year!

As a reminder, FCPS has several schedules established when inclement weather strikes.  These schedules are: 1) keep schools closed all day; 2) open schools two hours late; and 3) close schools two hours early. More information regarding FCPS weather cancellation policies can be found here.   For information on how FCPS makes closing decisions, watch the FCPS Decisions Decisions video.
 
• If schools open two hours late, Forestdale’s hours are:

Monday-Friday: 10:50 a.m.-3:35 p.m.

• If schools close two hours early, Forestdale’s hours are: 

Monday-Friday: 8:50 a.m.-1:35 p.m.

Please note that the school office staff and teachers follow the same schedule as students.  When schools are closed, they do not report.  When there is a delay, their arrival is delayed as well. 

Parents can stay informed by checking Twitter (@FCPSNEWS), the FCPS Facebook site, local radio or television stations, FCPS emails, or going to www.fcps.edu.

Stay safe and warm this winter season!

Mark Your Calendars for Student Holidays

Don’t forget that Monday, January 20 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and there is no school. 

The last day of the second quarter is Thursday, January 24.   There is no early release that day.

Monday, January 27 and Tuesday, January 28 are teacher work/staff development days, and students do not report to school.  School will resume on Wednesday, January 29. 

Keeping Students Safe at Kiss and Ride

In an effort to get students into the building as quickly and safely as possible, we have streamlined entrance procedures for students so that they have the shortest route into the building with the most staff present.  All students will now enter the main building through Door 6.  Please see the following important reminders to help us keep our students, staff, and families safe during Kiss and Ride. 

  • The Kiss and Ride lane is one-way.  Cars enter off of Elder Avenue and exit through the back gate near Starbucks.  Cars should never enter through the back gate or turn around in the Kiss and Ride lane.
  • Be sure to pull all the way up in the line.  Students should not be let out of vehicles before getting to the staff at the sidewalk leading to Door 6 and the modular (near the end of the Kiss and Ride lane).
  • Be mindful that Kiss and Ride opens at 8:40 a.m. and closes at 8:50 a.m.  At that time, families must park and walk their child into the office to sign in, as staff are no longer outside and students are tardy.  If you are arriving right before 8:50 a.m., it’s a good idea to park just in case Kiss and Ride is closed by the time you get to the back of the school.
  • Make sure to always walk in the crosswalks.  While it may seem faster to cross the street at a place other than the crosswalk, doing so puts students and adults in danger and also models unsafe habits for students.

Thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe and efficient arrival and dismissal at Forestdale!

 

MLK Day of Service: Care Packing in Region 3

All Region 3 schools and families are invited to participate in an MLK Day of Service at Hayfield Secondary School on Monday, January 20, 2020.  On this day of service, the region is partnering with America's Adopt A Soldier ® program by collecting and packing items for our service men and women. 

Forestdale families can support in multiple ways.  One way families can support this cause is to send in items for soldiers.  A list of suggested items can be found below.  All donations can sent in with students through Friday, January 17. 

Families can also help out by attending the care packing event on Monday, January 20 from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. at Hayfield Secondary School.  If you are able to send in items and/or participate in the packing event, please RSVP through this link to help the region in their planning efforts. 

Thank you for your support and for partnering with us as we continue to teach our Falcons about the power of giving and service to others! 

FCPS Immersion Program Registration Information

Each year, rising FCPS kindergarteners and first graders have the chance to participate in immersion programs available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish offered at: Bailey’s, Fort Hunt, Fox Mill, Great Falls, Kent Gardens, Lake Anne, Laurel Ridge, London Towne, Orange Hunt, Powell, Ravensworth, and Rose Hill elementary schools through a county-wide lottery process. Online registration for this lottery process opens on January 27.

Registration is open to all rising kindergarteners and first graders living in Fairfax County. A SIS account is required to complete the application. If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required. Please be aware that FCPS does not provide transportation for students who reside outside the attendance area of the immersion schools, and a one-time fee of $100 must be paid upon acceptance of an out-of-boundary placement.

A letter containing more information regarding the immersion program and registration procedures can be found in today’s Thursday folder for all families of kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students.  Information, as well as the immersion online registration, can also be found on the Immersion Registration site.

WIDA Testing for English Learners 

Current federal legislation requires that all English learners (ELs) participate annually in an English language proficiency assessment.  In the state of Virginia, all divisions use the WIDA Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners® 2.0 (ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0) to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.  ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 is administered annually to all kindergarten ELs and all students in grades 1-12 with an English language proficiency (ELP) level of 1-5. 

ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English language development standards and assesses the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The assessment will: 

  • Determine students’ English language proficiency level and eligibility for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services and testing accommodations.
  • Help students and families understand students’ current level of ELP along the developmental continuum.
  • Provide teachers with information they can use to plan for and support student learning.
  • Assist in determining whether ELs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without ESOL support.

Students participate annually in the ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0, even if ESOL services are declined, until they reach the criteria for ELP level 6 and are designated English proficient.

This year, the ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0, the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs®, or the ELP Checklists will be given in our school from January 21 to March 12.  It will be helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school during this time period.  Also, it will help your child perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and comes to school with a positive attitude.

PTA Corner Next PTA Meeting is January 13

Come join the PTA on January 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the school library to hear about the latest happenings with the Forestdale PTA.  A free pass to Flight Trampoline Park will be raffled off that night for one lucky attendee!

Boosterthon Fun Run Returns in February

Back by popular demand, this year’s main fundraiser is the Forestdale Fun Run!  It’s a two-week program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on February 4. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (typically 30-35 laps) at the Fun Run, which will happen on February 13.

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, MINDSPARK: WILD WEST!  Boosterthon’s most exciting theme yet combines S.T.E.A.M. skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building.  While they're teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to save Dr. Shock, our students will learn five character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.

This year our goal is to raise $9,000 for gym equipment (new p.e. wall mats and installation) and updating our courtyard to become an outdoor classroom… and we need your help!  So please help our school by getting pledges from family and friends. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on our students at the Fun Run. More details about Boosterthon will be coming home soon. Thanks so much for your support!

Box Tops Collection

Help our school earn cash this school year! Every Box Top is worth 10 cents and they are available on items you already buy.  Consider asking relatives to collect them too! 

Traditional Box Tops are being phased out and there is a NEW and improved Box Tops mobile app.  The app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products, and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earnings online.

You can submit Box Tops using the app or by clipping traditional Box Tops and sending them to school- or both!

Here’s how to submit Box Tops using the Box Tops app: 

  1. Buy Box Tops Products- You can find Box Tops on hundreds of products throughout the store. There is a new label that says “No More Clipping”. You can submit Box Tops products for these products digitally by using the app. 
  2. Scan Your Receipt- Use the app to snap a photo of your receipt within 14 days of purchase. You do not need to clip or send Box Tops labels to school- but you can if it is a traditional Box Top. 
  3. Earn Money for our School- Box Tops earnings are identified and automatically updated at www.btfe.com.

Traditional Box Tops clips may continue to be found on many products throughout the store as packages transition to the new Box Tops labels. You can still clip these and send them to school. Please make sure each clip has a valid expiration date.  Submit traditional box tops the traditional way:

  1. Buy Box Tops products.
  2. Cut out the Box Top from each package.
  3. Send your Box Tops to school.

Our goal is 10,000 Box Tops this year = $1,000 for Forestdale Elementary!  Thank you for your support!

Important Dates:


January 13 — PTA Meeting, 6 p.m., library

January 20 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, no school

MLK Day of Service Care Packing, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Hayfield Secondary School

January 21 — WIDA Testing Begins for K-6 English Learners

January 22 — Grades 5 & 6 Music Program, 2 p.m., gym

January 24 — End of Second Quarter, no early release

January 27 & 28 — Student Holidays

January 30 — Progress Reports go Home

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Forestdale Dismisses at 1:35 p.m. Today

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Good morning, Forestdale Families!

Due to the anticipated snow and possible hazardous driving conditions later today, all Fairfax County public schools and offices will close two hours early today, January 7, 2020.  Please note:

  • Forestdale students will be dismissed at 1:35 p.m. today.   (K-6 and full-day preschool)
  • Morning preschool classes are dismissed at 11:00 a.m. 
  • Afternoon preschool classes are canceled.

SACC will stay open until 6:15 p.m. SACC Administration requests parents make every effort to pick up children earlier, if possible.

More information regarding FCPS weather cancellation policies can be found here.   For information on how FCPS makes closing decisions, watch the FCPS Decisions Decisions video.

Our staff will be working hard this afternoon to ensure a safe trip home from school for all of our students. We will reach out to you throughout the day if there are any additional updates.

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PTA Meeting Canceled Tonight; Attend Parent Coffee on Dec. 10

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PTA Meeting Canceled – December 9, 2019

Due to the short month and that many of the board members are out of town, tonight's PTA Meeting has been canceled.  Please join us for the next PTA Meeting on January 13, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the school library.

  Join Us for a Parent Coffee Tomorrow

All parents are invited to join the Forestdale staff for a Parent Coffee on Tuesday, December 10 from 12:00- 1:00 p.m.  Ms. Campbell, school psychologist, Ms. Kim, school social worker, Ms. Echaide and Ms. Felix, school counselors, will be presenting on the topic of “Enhancing your Child’s Self-Esteem.”  Light refreshments will be provided.  If you need an interpreter, please contact our parent liaison, Ms. Carrasco, at rdcarrasco@fcps.edu or (703)313-4325.  We hope you can join us!

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December Falcon Press

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First Graders Help Forestdale Grow

Last week, all four first grade classes took their learning outside to plant seven new trees in front of the school with the help of a grant from the Tree Preservation and Planting Fund through the Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division.  The students even made the news!  Check out the article here.

What’s next for our little arborists?  They will integrate this hands-on experience into their continued science exploration of plants and use what they learned to write “How To” books about planting trees and why they are important.  Thanks for taking care of this place, Falcons!

Celebrating the Gift of One Another

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, the upcoming winter break offers us the opportunity to slow down with our loved ones and enjoy the best gift of all, time with one another.   What might that look like in your home this winter?  Perhaps it’s sharing a family recipe with your child, inviting him or her to bake a special treat with you to turn around and share with others.  Or are you excited to spend some quality time curled up and cozy, reading a good book together--or each reading your own?  Maybe you will explore volunteer activities, teaching your loves ones how to take care of one another, and in the process, how good it feels to do so.  Whatever winter break brings for you, we hope it is full of big and small moments together in which you can cherish the gift of family and friends.  The Forestdale Family wishes you a very special holiday season and a wonderful winter break.  We look forward to an amazing new year when our Falcons return!

Student Holidays in December

Mark your calendars!  The Forestdale school office will be closed from December 23 to January 3. The office will reopen on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Holiday Support Available

If your family needs assistance during the upcoming winter holidays, schools can help.  Contact the school counselor, Sofia Echaide at scechaidevia@fcps.edu, or our parent liaison, Rosario Carrasco, at rdcarrasco@fcps.edu or 703-313-4301.  Requests are confidential.

Join Us for a Parent Coffee on December 10

All parents are invited to join the Forestdale staff for a Parent Coffee on Tuesday, December 10 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the SACC room.  Nicole Campbell, school psychologist, Amity Kim, school social worker, and Sofia Echaide and Stephanie Felix, school counselors, will be presenting on the topic of “Enhancing your Child’s Self-Esteem.”  Light refreshments will be provided.  If you need an interpreter, please contact our parent liaison, Rosario Carrasco, at rdcarrasco@fcps.edu or (703) 313-4325.  We hope you can join us!

AAP Level IV Referral Deadline is January 9

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores or staff referrals if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision.

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. 

Referrals can be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Katelyn Spengler, at any time up through January 9.

Spanish Level IV Advanced Academic Information Night on December 11

On December 11, Katelyn Spengler, the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, in collaboration with Rosario Carrasco, our Parent Liaison, will be hosting a repeat of this past Monday’s Level IV Full-Time Advanced Academic Program Information Night for Spanish-speaking families. Parents of students in grades 2-6 who are interested are welcome to attend. Ms. Spengler will cover the referral process including deadlines, work samples, and the role parents play in the process. As a reminder, the deadline for referring students for the Level IV Service is January 9, 2020.

Yearbook Cover Contest Deadline Extended to Friday, December 20

This year’s yearbook cover will feature student-drawn artwork.  The deadline for submitting a yearbook cover submission has been extended to Friday, December 20.  This year’s yearbook cover theme is “Forestdale has 20/20 Vision.”  The artwork contest is open to ALL Forestdale students.  More information and specifications regarding artwork submission can be found on the flyer that went home in this week’s Thursday folder.

Lice Prevention and Treatment Resources

The cold weather of the winter months is accompanied by coats, hats, gloves, and scarves in school.  And with all that winter gear comes the possible spread of head lice.  In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has outlined some important reminders for parents regarding the prevention and treatment of head lice, which can be found here.

International Heritage Night Moved to April 24, 2020

Forestdale’s third annual International Heritage Night, which was originally scheduled for Friday, December 13, has been moved to April 24, 2020.  More information about this special night in which we honor and share our cultures with one another will be forthcoming in the new year!

PTA Corner Boosterthon Fun Run Coming in February

Boosterthon is a hassle-free school fundraiser that raises on average over 50% more than other school fundraisers.  The Boosterthon Fun Run theme this year “Mind Spark Wild West,” a sequel to last year’s theme.  This year’s theme infuses a western theme into character building lessons around growth mindset, zest, integrity, teamwork and citizenship. 

Our Boosterthon will kick-off on February 4, 2020 with a pep rally and culminate in the Fun Run on February 13, 2020.  This is our biggest fundraising event of the year!  As you see relatives this holiday season, your child can ask them to sponsor them in the Fun Run.  Sponsors donate a certain amount of money per lap the student runs.  Most children run 30-35 laps.  This year we are raising funds for gym equipment (P.E. wall mats and installation) and updating our courtyard to become an outdoor classroom.  More details about Boosterthon will be coming home soon!

In Need of Boosterthon Business Sponsors

In order to make Boosterthon a HUGE success for ALL students, we need sponsorships from local (or nonlocal!) businesses.  Each student is given a FREE Boosterthon t-shirt to record the laps they will run as a part of their fundraising efforts.  These shirts will cost the PTA $2000, which is taken out of the profits from the Fun Run—that is, unless we can get businesses to sponsor the cost of these t-shirts!  Each business that sponsors the cost of the shirts will have their logo displayed on the back of the t-shirt.  The larger the donation, the bigger the logo will be.  What a great tax-deductible way to support schools while promoting your business!  In order to display your logo on our shirts you must make a sponsorship of $250 or more. 

We are counting on our community to help support our Forestdale ES Boosterthon.  If you are interested in becoming a Boosterthon sponsor, please contact PTA Treasurer, Jessica McCarl at jfmccarl@fcps.edu by December 20, 2019.  We are looking forward to an amazing fundraising event and are so thankful to our generous sponsors! 

Upcoming Dates:

December 9— PTA Meeting, 6 p.m., library

December 10—Parent Coffee, 12-1 p.m., SACC room, more information above

December 11—AAP Level IV Information Night- for Spanish-speaking families

December 12—Interims Go Home

December 16- 20—Human Growth & Development Lessons, Grades 4-6

December 20—Pajama Day Spirit Day

December 23- January 3—Student Holidays, School Office is Closed

January 6—Students Return to School

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FCPS Outstanding Employee Award Nominations due Friday

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Greetings, Falcon Families!

This is a reminder that nominations for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards close on Friday, November 22. 

To submit a nomination for a Forestdale Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination by clicking on the category and completing the Google form.  You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The Google form links below have more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards; the eligibility requirements are below.  Questions?  Contact the Awards Liaison, Jamie Edwards, at jledwards@fcps.edu.


Outstanding Teacher
Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category


Outstanding New Teacher
Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category


Outstanding Principal
Eligibility: Has at least three years’ experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)


Outstanding Leader
Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal).

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services


Outstanding Professional Employee 
Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school


Outstanding Operational Employee
Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons

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PTA Meeting Tonight at 6:00 p.m.

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Greetings, Falcon Families!

We hope you can join us tonight at 6:00 p.m. for our November PTA Meeting.  The library is set up for the book fair (sales begin on Thursday), so we will be meeting in room 114. 

We hope to see you there!

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November Falcon Press

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Our Second Grade Students are Coding!

Over the last three weeks second grade students have been collaborating as teams to learn how to code a KIBO robot! Students learned how to create a sequence to model the life cycle of a butterfly using the KIBO as a part of FCPS’s new computer science curriculum for second grade.

Forestdale Honored for Equity Achievement

Last month Forestdale Elementary School was one of the first schools in Fairfax County to receive a new award given by the FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand.  Our school team received the Excellence in Equity Award for Closing the Gap and Raising the Bar for Students in Mathematics.  That means that Forestdale was recognized for achieving one of the top ten highest average increases across all reporting groups in mathematics on the 2018-2019 Standards of Learning Mathematics test.  Way to go, Forestdale!

Join us on Veterans Day!

Come join us at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 11 to celebrate and honor our veterans.  The Veterans Day Assembly will start at 9:15 a.m. in the gym.  This morning of celebration will include learning about the reason Veterans Day is celebrated and the annual tradition of placing flags in our front lawn!

Are you a veteran?  Are you an active member of the military?  We would welcome an opportunity to honor you and listen to your story about what Veterans Day means to you. Please contact us at 703-313-4300 or by using this Google Form to let us know if you would like to be introduced to our Forestdale Falcons and if you would like to share a few words with them.

And…Stay for our Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon and Open House!

Our Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon will also be held on November 11, 2019.  Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, fresh fruit, and the company of your child.  Sounds irresistible!

To save time and help our lines move quickly, all lunch tickets must be purchased prior to entering the cafeteria.  Please put money on your student’s lunch account or send in cash for their meal.  Student lunches are $3.25.  All visitors will be asked to pay for their lunch in the school lobby for $4.50 per person.  This includes all adults and siblings who do not attend Forestdale.    Please come prepared to pay with cash or check for your meal.  We cannot process any electronic payments.

The lunch/open house schedule can be found here. (English, Spanish)

Level IV Advanced Academic Information Night

Ms. Spengler, the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, is hosting a Level IV Full-Time Advanced Academic Program Information Night on Wednesday, December 4 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in school the library. All interested parents of students in grades 2-6 are welcome to attend. Ms. Spengler will cover the referral process including deadlines, work samples, and the role parents play in the process. As a reminder, the deadline for referring students for Level IV Services is January 9, 2020.  More information regarding the process can be found at here.

Dr. Brabrand Visits Forestdale to Learn about our Caring Culture

Check out Dr. Brabrand's video of his visit to Forestdale on September 19, 2019!   We really enjoyed visiting with the Superintendent of Schools! Click on the photo to watch the video.

NNAT3 Testing on November 12 – 15 for Grade 1

The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test Third Edition (NNAT3) will be administered to first grade students and select students in grades 2 -6  from November 12 - 15, 2019. It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child has had a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing.

The NNAT3 is a nonverbal measure of general intellectual ability. The test evaluates a student’s reasoning and problem-solving skills through the identification of patterns involving geometric shapes and pictorial designs. The test is designed to assess ability without requiring the student to read, write, or speak. Students are not expected to know the answers to all questions and will be given opportunities to practice sample items before taking the test. The NNAT3 is an abilities test, so children are not expected to study or prepare for the test the way they would for an achievement test.

Score reports will be provided to parents once scores become available. Typically, these reports are available several months after the test is taken. If you have any questions about this test, please contact the Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Katelyn Spengler, or the Assistant Principal, Jenny Cunneen, at 703-313-4300.

Nominate a Staff Member for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Forestdale Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination by clicking on the category and completing the Google form.  You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years’ experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader  

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal): Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee  

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership. Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee.  Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons  
 
Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 22, 2019

If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Edwards at jledwards@fcps.edu.

Upcoming Dates:

November 11 – Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Luncheon and Open House; more information above

November 12-15 – NNAT2 testing for grade 1 and select 2-6 students; more information above

November 14-15 – Dental Screenings for PK – Grade 3; information in today's take Home Thursday Envelope

November 18 – Picture retakes; November PTA Meeting, 6 p.m. in the school library

November 18-22 – Fall Book Fair

November 21 – Book Fair is open from 4-6 p.m.

November 25 – Book Fair ends at noon

November 27-29 – Thanksgiving Holiday, no school

December 3 – PTA Dinner Night at Noodles & Company from 4-8 p.m.; more information to come

December 4 – AAP Level IV Information Night from 6-7 p.m.; more information above

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Attendance: 703-313-4343 | Health Room: 703-313-4310 
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Forestdale Reminders

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Greetings, Forestdale Families!


Please see below for some important reminders regarding upcoming events.  We hope you are having a wonderful week!

Red Ribbon Week Continues- No Costumes Tomorrow


Forestdale students and staff have been having a great Red Ribbon Spirit Week-- “Send a Message. Stay Drug Free!”


See below for tomorrow and Friday’s spirit days!  Please note that students are NOT to wear costumes to school tomorrow.  Rather, be sure to dress up in red!


• 10/31 – “We are RED-y to be Drug Free” - wear all red
• 11/1 – “Our School Chooses to be Drug Free” school spirit day- wear your spirit wear

 

Boosterthon Fun Run T-Shirt Design Contest- Deadline Extended


Students are encouraged to submit an illustration for the t-shirt design contest for the Fun Run in February.  Another copy of the contest form will go home in tomorrow’s Thursday folder.  The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, November 6.  Families will have an opportunity to vote on the designs on November 11 during our Veterans Day assembly and Thanksgiving Luncheon (See below).

 

Impact Aid Student-Parent Surveys Due

Impact Aid Student-Parent Surveys went home to all FCPS families a few weeks ago.  Each school is responsible for collecting these forms for every student, as FCPS uses the Student-Parent Survey to identify federally connected students and to support our request for Impact Aid resources.  All forms must be signed and dated.  They were due today; however, if you have not yet sent in your child’s Impact Aid survey, please do so this week.  We thank you for your support!  Learn more about Impact Aid in this short video and click here for more information about the Impact Aid Survey.

 

Veterans Day Celebration – Monday, November 11, 2019 

                  
Come join us at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 11 to celebrate and honor veterans.  The Veterans Day Assembly will start at 9:15 a.m. in the gym.  This morning of celebration will include learning about the reason Veterans Day is celebrated and the annual tradition of placing flags in our front lawn!


Are you a veteran?  Are you an active member of the military?  We would welcome an opportunity to honor you and listen to your story about what Veterans Day means to you. Please contact us at 703-313-4300 or by using this Google Form by Wednesday, November 6 to let us know if you would like to be introduced to our Forestdale Falcons and if you would like to share a few words with them. 


Thanksgiving Luncheon – Monday, November 11, 2019


Our Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon will also be held on November 11, 2019.  Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, fresh fruit, and the company of your child.  Sounds irresistible! 


To save time and help our lines move quickly, all lunch tickets must be purchased prior to entering the cafeteria.  Please put money on your student’s lunch account or send in cash for their meal.  Student lunches are $3.25.  All visitors will be asked to pay for their lunch in the school lobby for $4.50 per person.  This includes all adults and siblings who do not attend Forestdale.    Please come prepared to pay with cash or check for your meal.  We cannot process any electronic payments. 


Open House- Monday, November 11, 2019

In addition to the good eats, we will be inviting parents to their child’s classroom for an Open House.  Depending on when your child is scheduled for lunch, their 40 minute Open House time will be before or after lunch. 

Schedules will go home in tomorrow’s Thursday folder and can be found on our Forestdale website.

 

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Attendance: 703-313-4343 | Health Room: 703-313-4310 
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Red Ribbon Week begins Monday

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Red Ribbon Week is October 28- November 1


Greetings, Forestdale Families!

 

Forestdale Elementary will be taking part in a week-long national celebration of Red Ribbon Week from October 28 to November 1 with a spirit week (see below).

  
The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to remind students to maintain a healthy lifestyle by refraining from drugs or participating in other harmful activities.  During this week, spend some time to talk about the benefits of living a healthy life that is free from alcohol and drugs.

 
Red Ribbon Week started in 1985 as a means of honoring D.E.A. Agent Enrique Camarena, who lost his life in the line of duty; the week was designed to create an awareness concerning the problems related to the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.


Today, Red Ribbon Week has grown into a national observation – a time for schools and communities across the nation to come together in the fight against drugs.  The national theme this year is “Send a Message.  Stay Drug Free."


At Forestdale, we will focus on the many aspects of health and safety.  You can take advantage of this time to open a dialogue at home and discuss issues like peer pressure and making the right choices for a healthy future!


Red Ribbon Week Spirit Week:  “Send a Message. Stay Drug Free”
• 10/28 – “Sock it to Drugs” – wear mismatched or crazy socks 

  
• 10/29 – “Team Up Against Drugs" – wear your favorite sports shirt or jersey


• 10/30 – “Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Drugs” – Twin Day


• 10/31 – “We are RED-y to be Drug Free” - wear all red (please note: students are not to wear costumes to school)


• 11/1 – “Our School Chooses to be Drug Free” – school spirit day-wear your spirit wear or wear green

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Attendance: 703-313-4343 | Health Room: 703-313-4310 
Web | Twitter: @ForestdaleES

Forestdale October Falcon Press

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We're Off to a Great Start!

Our little Falcons are flying into the new school year with ease!   Students have acclimated to school and are learning and making friends in their new classrooms. Now, that’s something to celebrate as we kick off the 2019-2020 school year!

Forestdale even had a great visit from Dr. Brabrand, Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools in September. He greeted students and staff, spent some time in a morning meeting, and even used our sensory hallway. It’s a great place to get the wiggles out! The Forestdale team really enjoyed his visit and we loved showing off our school and students!

AAP Information Night

Parents interested in the Advanced Academic Program (AAP) at Forestdale Elementary are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6 p.m. This session will explain the continuum of advanced academic services we provide at Forestdale. If you are new to Fairfax County Public Schools and have a child in grades 3-6 whom you would like to refer to Level IV full-time services, the deadline for referring this student to the Level IV full-time advanced services is due on October 10, 2019. The deadline is January 9, 2020 for students who are not new to FCPS this school year and are in grade 2-7. Please contact Katelyn Spengler at kcspengler@fcps.edu if you want further information. There will be another meeting in December that will review the Level IV referral process.

Family Life Education Preview

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit. Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, go to https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.

Families are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at Lynbrook Elementary School. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View.  This includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available in Forestdale's library.  Parents/guardians will need a SIS account to access FCPS 24-7 https://fcps.blackboard.com/.

Cognitive Abilities Test for Grade 2

The Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) will be administered to all second graders and select students new to Fairfax County on October 7-9, 2019. It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child has had a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing.

The purpose of the CogAT is to provide information about students’ developed abilities in verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning. The types of tasks included in the test are based on content that children are likely to have experienced in school. However, the way questions are asked and specific test content are not necessarily what children have previously experienced. Children are not expected to know the answers to all questions and will be given opportunities to practice sample items before taking the test. The CogAT is an abilities test, so children are not expected to study or prepare for the test the way they would for an achievement test.

Our Parent Liaison is Here for You

Need help navigating Forestdale or have questions about Fairfax County Public Schools? Contact our parent liaison, Rosario Carrasco.  Ms. Carrasco works every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and you can contact her at rdcarrasco@fcps.edu or 703-313-4300.  She works in the school and community to help families get the information and assistance they need to support their children and to ensure their academic success.

As a parent liaison, she represents families from all of cultures, languages, and backgrounds. Part of her job is to welcome and orient families who are new to the school and community by helping them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. She also helps connect families to resources in the community, assists them in transitioning to a new school and encourages parent engagement to help ensure student success.  Ms. Carrasco is eager to continue her work with Forestdale families and to help foster a strong connection between home and school.

Registration is Open for the FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

FCPS' sixth annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax HS, at 8 a.m. Inova and Kaiser Permanente are partnering with FCPS on this event. 

From 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the focus will be on social and emotional learning. Marc Brackett, Ph.D., founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, will deliver the keynote address. All attendees will receive a free copy of Dr. Brackett’s latest book. Breakouts will include sessions on stress and anxiety, fostering resilience, healthy use of technology, drugs and the adolescent brain, vaping, and other topics. A special session for high school students–the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit–will also be held during the morning. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, from 12:30-4 p.m. The summit will offer several breakout sessions addressing substance misuse identification, resources, and recovery. Breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova. 

Considering a Career in Teaching?

The Office of Talent Acquisition & Management (TAM) will host a Career Switcher Information Session at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center on Monday, October 14, 2019. This event will give military veterans, community members and anyone interested an opportunity to learn how to become a licensed Virginia teacher.

The information session will begin with presentations from the five approved Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) career switcher programs, Educate Virginia, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Shenandoah University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Troops to Teachers will also present their program offerings to our military veteran attendees. A panel of FCPS educators will share valuable information with attendees, followed by an opportunity to network with the six presenters, the FCPS licensure team and the substitute office.

Event Information Monday, October 14, 2019  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Willow Oaks Administrative Center Building 8270 / Room 1000A

Individuals interested in attending should register here.

Important Dates:

Oct. 5

FCPS Mental Health & Wellness Conference

Oct. 7-9

Cognitive Abilities Test for Grade 2 and Selected Students

Oct. 8

AAP Parent Information Night, cafeteria, 6 p.m.

FLE Parent Night, Lynbrook Elementary, 5 – 6 p.m.

Oct. 14

Columbus Day, No School for Students

Oct. 15

PTA Meeting, library, 6 p.m.

Oct. 17

PTA Uno Pizzeria and Grill Night

Oct. 23

Grade 4 Field Trip to Kennedy Center

Oct. 25

Fall Box Tops Collection Deadline

Nov. 1

End of Quarter 1

Nov. 4 – 5

Parent/Teacher Conferences, No School for Students

Please contact your child’s teacher if you do not have a conference scheduled.

PTA Corner

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PTA Memberships

Membership is open to anyone! We’d love to have all families join us this year. Together we are a powerful voice for our children. Thank you to the families and staff members who have already joined us!

To join the PTA:

Send in $10 for one adult or $15 for two adults (cash or check made out to Forestdale PTA) with your name, your child’s name, your child’s teacher, and your email address. You can also pick up a membership envelope from the school office. 

Restaurant Night- Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Take a night off from cooking dinner and help our school.  Join us at Uno Pizzeria and Grill in Kingstowne on October 17 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  Families should bring the flyer that was sent home on October 3rd. Another will be sent home on October 10th.

6530 Elder Avenue Springfield, Virginia 22150 | Office: 703-313-4300 
Attendance: 703-313-4343 | Health Room: 703-313-4310 
Web | Twitter: @ForestdaleES

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