Enrollment Form Due July 10; Summer Learning

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Planning for Return to School 2020-2021

Forestdale Families,

You should have received an email from FCPS asking you to make a choice regarding your child(ren)’s instructional program.  I know many of you are now trying to decide which option works best for your family. There are two options:

  • Full Time Online Instruction: Your child(ren) will have online instruction full-time. They won’t come to the school.  Live lessons will occur 4 days per week, Tues.- Fri.  Independent assignments will be provided on Mondays.  The schedule for lessons will be more ambitious than this past spring’s distance learning program.   More info here.
  • In-Person Instruction with Social Distancing: Your child(ren) will come into the building and attend school 2 full days per week. During the other days, your child will have assignments to complete.  Bus services, food services and other normal school-day services will be provided.  More info, including sample schedules and social distancing in classrooms & buses here.

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

As both an educator and a parent, I certainly understand how stressful this decision is for you and your family, and I acknowledge that you have to make a decision for your child(ren) with many details still unknown. 

I recommend you…

  • Involve your children
  • Create a pro/con list
  • Consider the needs of your child
  • Talk to your doctor if you have health concerns
  • Set realistic expectations
  • See the additional resources below to help you make a decision

We are also happy to answer any questions.  Feel free to email me at jmcunneen@fcps.edu.  Para preguntas en español, envíe un correo electrónico a Blanca Barrios a bibarrios@fcps.edu.

Regardless of what fall looks like, know that we are committed to our students' academic and social-emotional well-being and growth.  Together, we will continue to take care of one another and grow at Forestdale!

Fondly,

Jenny Cunneen

Principal

  Stay Up-to-Date on the Return to School Plan

The FCPS Return to School plan details change daily.  To stay on top of these changes, I encourage you to review the FCPS FAQs routinely and access the FCPS Return to School resource page for more information. 

 

Consider Attending the FCPS Virtual Town Hall on July 6 & 8

Join FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand; Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, Sloan Presidio; and Director of Special Education Procedural Support, Jane Strong for a FCPS virtual Town Hall on Monday, July 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  View the livestream on www.fcps.edu/tc/ch99 or Channel 99 (Verizon, 11).  Ask questions before or during the forum by emailing ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu or calling 1-800-231-6359 (during the forum).  Questions will be answered about the Return to School options for the 2020-2021 school year. 

A Spanish language virtual Town Hall will be held on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook en espanol (www.facebook.com/FCPSES/), featuring Dr. Brabrand and other FCPS officials.

These are among many opportunities to share feedback of FCPS’ plans to reopen schools this fall.

Considere asistir a la Reunión Town Hall Virtual de FCPS el 8 de julio

Acompañe al superintendente Scott Brabrand y dos oficiales de la escuela para la Reunión Town Hall que se presentara el miércoles, 8 de Julio a las 6:30pm. En la reunión se hablará sobre el regreso a la escuela en agosto incluyendo las diferentes opciones de matrícula, salud y seguridad, servicios de comida y el acceso a la tecnología.

La Reunión Town Hall va ser transmitida en vivo por FCPS Facebook en Español por el siguiente enlace https://www.facebook.com/FCPSES/. Por favor envíe sus preguntas con anticipación al correo electrónico returntoschool@fcps.edu o envíenos un mensaje a nuestra página de Facebook. Esperamos que nos pueda acompañar.

  How to Complete the Enrollment Form

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

  • STEP 1: Access the online form at: https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020
  • STEP 2: Log in with your child’s Student ID and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS). 
  • STEP 3: Make your selection and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form.
  • STEP 4: Check your email for a message acknowledging receipt of your enrollment decision with additional information about the enrollment process and a link to change your selection, if desired.
  • STEP 5:  Repeat this process for each of your children attending school in FCPS for school year 2020-21.
Cómo completar el formulario de inscripción

Mire este video para conocer las opciones para el próximo año y cómo completar el formulario de inscripción de FCPS.

Summer Continuity of Learning

We completed our first successful week of the FCPS Continuity of Learning program at Forestdale.  Students worked on summer learning resources at home, and our teachers were able to see many of our students through virtual office hours.  This program is for rising 1st- 12th graders who attended school in FCPS last year.  As a reminder, here’s how the program works:

  1. Students can build math and literacy skills through the iReady digital lessons accessed through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These reading and math digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st.
  2. Students currently in grades K-6 should have received both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books are also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year.
  3. As students practice skills addressed in the Summer Practice Books, they will have the opportunity to attend one virtual session each week with one of our own outstanding staff members. To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete this form. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information via their FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.

The schedule is as follows:

 

We miss you all and hope you are having a wonderful summer!

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Summer Learning Opportunities

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Summer Continuity of Learning

Although FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July, we will continue to provide recommended distance learning opportunities for students throughout the summer. Your students will have access to three different resources:

  1. Students can  build  math and literacy skills through the iReady digital lessons accessed through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These reading and math digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st.
  2. Students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year.
  3. As students practice skills addressed in the Summer Practice Books, they will have the opportunity to attend one virtual session each week with one of our own outstanding staff members. To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please complete this form. Once registered, your child will receive log-in information via their FCPS Google email address prior to the first session. 

The schedule is as follows:

Free Food Distribution on June 25

A free distribution of refrigerated milk, dairy, and produce will occur in our community on Thursday, June 25th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at The Journey Church 6427 Franconia Rd, Springfield 22150.

This event is open to any family in need, no documentation required.

This will be a contact-less drive-thru distribution.

If you do not have transportation to pick up food boxes, contact Maria Franco-Nativi at 703-704-6700 to determine if you qualify for delivery.

Yearbooks

If you ordered a yearbook, we have not forgotten about you.  The shutdown delayed printing, and we do not have our yearbooks on site yet.  When they arrive, we’ll share information regarding how to pick up/receive your yearbook.  Thanks for your patience.

Lost & Found

We’ll be donating items from our Lost & Found next week.  If you would like to claim your child’s items from lost & found, please contact Cindy Morris at eemorris@fcps.edu to make an appointment to search for a missing item.

Online Arts Enrichment Program K-12

Check out these free online arts enrichment opportunities for students K-12!

Hello, Summer!

Watch this fun video that your Forestdale staff made to celebrate the beginning of summer!  Read a lot, play outside, enjoy time with your family... and we will see you again in the fall!  We will miss you, Falcons!

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Final Spirit Week / Semana del Espíritu Final

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Forestdale Final Spirit Week

Monday, June 8: Pajama Day
Roll out of bed and come to class in your PJs!

Tuesday, Just 9:  Falcon Pride Day
Wear spirit wear, green, or your favorite color.

Wednesday, June 10: Wacky Wednesday
Dress like you are going to the beach… wear a costume… wear mismatched clothes… get creative!

Thursday, June 11:  Promotion Day Dress Up
Time to get fancy! Dress your best for your promotion ceremony.

Forestdale Semana del Espíritu Final

junio 8 (lunes): Día de Pijama
¡Sal de la cama y ven a clase con tus pijamas!

junio 9 (martes): Día del Orgullo del Halcón
Use ropa de Forestdale, verde, o su color favorito.

junio 10 (miércoles): Miércoles Loco
Vístete como si fueras a la playa ... usa un disfraz ... usa ropa que no combine ... ¡sé creativo!

junio 11: (jueves)  ¡Día de Promoción!
¡Es hora de ponerse elegante! Vístase lo mejor posible para tu ceremonia de promoción.

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Student Items Pick-Up Tomorrow

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Reminder: Last Student Items Pick-up Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, June 5) is our last drive-by, curbside pick-up of student belongs between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Come drive through the bus loop and stop at the front door, and a staff member will run your child’s materials out to your car.

Please take this opportunity to return patrol belts, instruments (for 6th graders and those moving or not continuing in band/strings), and library books checked out from Forestdale.

If you would prefer to have your student’s items discarded and/or donated to the school, please contact your child’s teacher.  Should you have any additional questions or needs regarding pick-up, please contact Cindy Morris, administrative assistant, at eemorris@fcps.edu.

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June Falcon Press

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A Message from the Principal

Forestdale Families,

I would be doing a disservice to our students, staff, and families if I did not address the current racial crisis happening in our country.  In our school community, we acknowledge that there are feelings of fear, outrage, confusion, uncertainty, and hopelessness.  Forestdale staff are firmly committed to FCPS values: racism and hatred have no place in our community.  And, we realize that despite our good intentions, our own school has seen incidents of bias.

While it may be uncomfortable, our students can have developmentally appropriate conversations about race.  If we were in school, we’d address these issues appropriately (and without personal politics) through our daily class meeting times, through the literature we use in lessons, and other interactions with students.  Our counselors and staff would be ready to help our students process complex, unfair, real world issues and would aim to serve as models of how to support each other and how to grow your own perspective.

Unfortunately, our current situation finds us apart.  I hope that you and your children are OK.  If you’re looking for ways to help your child considering current events, we offer you these online resources:

If there’s anything our school staff, including our clinical team comprised of school counselors, school social worker, and school psychologist, can do to support you or your child, please let me know.  If there’s any insight that you wish to share with me so that Forestdale can continue to be an accepting, empowering, and fair place for you and your child, I hope that you let me know.

We stand together to take care of ourselves, each other, and this place.
 

Sincerely,

Jenny Cunneen
Proud Principal
jmcunneen@fcps.edu

Welcome to Forestdale's new Assistant Principal, Ms. Rashida Green!

I am pleased to announce that Ms. Rashida Green will be joining the Forestdale family as our new assistant principal starting July 1, 2020.  Ms. Green, currently an assistant principal at Willow Springs Elementary School in Fairfax, has been transferred to Forestdale by region leadership due to her extensive experience and success as an instructional leader.

Ms. Green has been serving the Willow Springs community as an assistant principal since 2017, where she is known for building positive relationships with staff, students, and the community. During her tenure at Willow Springs, she was integral in developing teacher teams, designing professional development for staff, communicating with families, and closing achievement gaps for students.   During the transition to distance learning, Ms. Green worked to with her school team to develop county-wide resources to ensure equitable access for all.  In all aspects of her role, Ms. Green works to empower educators and students to be their best selves and pursue their dreams.

Prior to serving as assistant principal, Ms. Green served as a school-based and division-level instructional coach, supporting and developing teacher teams, leaders, and administrators at both the elementary and secondary levels.  She began her career as a sixth grade teacher in Alexandria City Public Schools and then became an English teacher and Department chair at her alma mater, Mt. Vernon High School. 

Ms. Green received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Education from the University of Virginia and as well as a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Gifted Education from George Mason University. 

Ms. Green’s positive attitude, infectious energy, instructional knowledge, and focus on students aligns with Forestdale’s collaborative culture and will be beneficial as we work together to continue to grow and achieve as a school community. 

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Green as the new assistant principal of Forestdale Elementary School.

Make-Up Day for Student Materials Pick-Up

We had two successful days of student materials pick-up last Thursday and Friday!  Staff were able to facilitate a contactless drive-through return of student supplies while getting a chance to wave from afar to those Falcons we miss so much. 

For those who were unable to come by last week, we will be holding one more materials pick-up day this Friday, June 5, from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  Come drive through the bus loop and stop at the front door, and a staff member will run your child’s materials out to your car. 

If you would prefer to have your student’s items discarded and/or donated to the school, please contact your child’s teacher.  Should you have any additional questions or needs regarding pick-up, please contact Cindy Morris, administrative assistant, at eemorris@fcps.edu.

Elementary Continuity of Learning Resources

FCPS will offer summer continuity of learning for all students via language arts and mathematics review workbooks, which will be mailed to homes, as well as self-directed digital materials available online. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to participate in virtual weekly office with a grade-level teacher for continuous math and language arts support and connection. This program is free to all students; more information about continuity of learning resources will be provided before the end of the school year. 

Summer Office Hours

Due to COVID-19, the Forestdale school office remains closed and will continue to be closed into the summer.  Registration for students K-6 continues online here.  Should you have other questions or needs, feel free to reach out to Cindy Morris, administrative assistant, at eemorris@fcps.edu.

Looking Ahead to 2019-2020

Don’t forget to mark your calendars.  School begins on Monday, August 25, 2020.  FCPS is still exploring what learning model will be adopted for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.  More information will be forthcoming.

Important Dates:

June 11 — Last day of Virtual, Synchronous Instruction
                  Promotion Ceremonies
                  Virtual Talent Show

June 12 — Last Day of School

June 16 — Progress Reports posted to SIS Parent VUE, hard copies mailed home in coming weeks

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Thank you, Forestdale!

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Good evening, my Forestdale family!

I hope this finds you and your family healthy and well.  Our students, families, and staff have been on my mind and in my heart while we’ve been apart.

Yesterday afternoon, a dream came true for me.  Words cannot express what a privilege it has been to serve the Forestdale community as your assistant principal the past five years and how deeply humbled and honored I am by the opportunity to serve you in a new capacity as your principal. 

Over the past sixteen years of my career as a teacher, leader, and central-office and school-based administrator, I have had the unique opportunity to support the staff and students in all of Fairfax County’s over 200 schools.  And what I have learned is what I’ve said so many times… “There’s no place like Forestdale.”  However, I never could put my finger on exactly what it is driving the greatness.  I know what it is now.  It’s love.  Love for children… evident in the eyes of staff and students each morning as kiddos run in and embrace their teachers, in person or virtually.  Love for each other… seen all around us as staff check in on and support one another constantly, both personally and professionally.  Love for your children and a commitment to their school community… which radiates through our building as we come together to celebrate and honor our individual uniqueness at International Night or rolled up our sleeves together to plant flowers to beautify our school home. 

As an educator and as a mother, I know the great privilege and responsibility you give us each day when you place your trust in us and send your children into our care.  When I send my daughters off to school, I want to know that they are safe, they are learning, they are happy, and they are loved.  And I expect the same thing for my Forestdale children.  This school is my heart.  Your babies are my babies.  This amazing staff is my family.  I live in this community and know what a powerful and wonderful place it is.  As your principal, I am committed to honoring the greatness of this school as we continue to grow and achieve together.

As I reflect on this new leadership role, three core values that I hold dear come to mind.  Those three simple things are building relationships, building capacity in one another, and fostering joy in our work.  I see these values in action every day in our school, now more than ever, and I look forward to continuing to be a part of a team that is committed to deepening our work around those three things every day for the Forestdale community. 

There’s a statue on my college campus that I used to walk by each day, and on it were inscribed the words of Winston Churchill.  He said, “To think that in such a place, I led such a life.” No truer words have been spoken that encapsulate how honored I feel to have had the unbelievable privilege of serving this community the past five years and how overcome with joy I am to continue to serve you in this new capacity.

I look forward to learning with and from you and to working together to continue to grow and achieve as a community.  It is my sincere goal that together, by deepening relationships, building capacity as teachers, leaders, and families, and fostering joy into our work every day… that we can make Churchill’s words true for every child and adult who steps through our doors.  As your principal, I vow to continue to put my heart and soul into this school community and to ensuring that at Forestdale, every Falcon has lived such a life. 

Respectfully yours,

Jenny Cunneen
Principal
Forestdale Elementary School

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Student Materials Pick-Up & May Falcon Press

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Greetings, Falcon Families!

We hope this finds you healthy and well.  We miss you!  Please see important information below regarding upcoming events at Forestdale.

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with your family.  Know we are thinking of you always!

Student Materials Pick-Up

On May 28 & 29, 2020, we will be conducting a curbside pick-up of your child's personal belongings that were left in the building during the school closure. Classroom teachers have bagged up all of your child’s materials and labeled them for you. Grade levels will distribute materials via drive-by, curbside pick-up in the bus loop and Kiss and Ride lane to maintain safe social distancing. 

When you pull up, a staff member will bring a bag with your child's belongings out to your car.

During this time, please plan to return any items that belong to the school such as: 

  • library books
  • patrol belts
  • instruments (students in grade 6, students moving, and those not continuing in band/strings next year)
  • classroom materials

Laptops that are checked out to students will be returned at a later time. 
If you have more than one child, you can pick up all students' materials at the same time.  Please send one email to all your children’s teachers indicating which grade level slot you will be joining, and staff will group your materials together to expedite the pickup process.

If you would rather have your child's items (folders, notebooks, etc.) discarded or donated to the school as a reusable item, it would be helpful if you could indicate that by emailing your child’s teacher.

If you are unable to pick up materials on May 28 & 29, 2020, please email your child's teacher(s) and Cindy Morris at eemorris@fcps.edu to make alternate arrangements.

Grade Level Pick-Up Times:

 

Pick-Up Route:

Grades PreK- 2: Drive through the bus loop (along front of the building)

Grades 3-6: Drive through the Kiss and Ride lane (along left side of building and out the back gate)

Stay in your car, and staff will run a bag of your child’s materials out to you.

K-2 Laptop Distribution

FCPS is now expanding laptop distribution to grades K-2.  Forestdale will distribute to laptops to kindergarteners through second graders in need on Wednesday, May 27.  Due to limited supply, laptops are available only for those without a device (tablet or computer) at home and are limited to one per family.  Families who received a laptop during grades 3-6 distribution will not be eligible for a laptop during this round. 

Teachers are working to contact families in need of laptops to arrange appointments for pick-up; feel free to email your teacher to set up an appointment time if you have not yet connected.  Families who come in for laptop distribution will also receive the student materials for all children in the family on Wednesday; therefore, there will be no need to return on Thursday or Friday. 

K-6 Registration is Underway!

If you or a neighbor is planning to enroll in Forestdale Elementary next year, we need to hear from you!

We are now accepting registrations for all grade levels for the 2020 - 2021 school year. With the current school closure, registration is virtual at this time. 

Click here to begin the registration process.  Once on that page, please fill out the new student registration form. This form will be submitted to Blanca Barrios, our school registrar, who will be able to assist you with the new student registration process. 

Contact Blanca Barrios at bibarrios@fcps.edu with any questions or for support with the registration process.

Our Annual Talent Show is Going Virtual!

One of the very special traditions at Forestdale is our end-of-year talent show held on the last day of school.  This year, the tradition continues…. in a new format!  Our aannual talent show will be held virtually on June 11, 2020.  The talent show is open to any Forestdale Elementary School students, families, and faculty. Students are welcome to perform alone, with a sibling, or with their parents. Talent acts must be tasteful, appropriate, and abide by school and county rules. Talents can be anything from singing, dancing, or playing an instrument to magic tricks, juggling, karate, art projects or displays, stand-up comedy, or any other talent. 

We will be holding virtual auditions for the talent show. How, you might ask? Click on this link to upload your talents via photo or video. Submissions will be reviewed by the talent show committee and talent will be reviewed with a rubric based on preparedness, quality, and virtual stage presence.  Talent should be submitted no later than June 2, 2020. Parents of children who have been selected for the talent show will be notified via email. The talent show will be viewed by students and parents on an unlisted YouTube link.  Only those with access to the link will be able to view the video.

Please send any questions you might have to Melanie Cruse, music teacher, at mlcruse@fcps.edu or Ashley Parham, special education teacher, at arparham@fcps.edu.

Thank you for helping us continue this important and joyful Forestdale tradition.  We miss you and cannot wait to see your talents!

Virtual Promotion Ceremonies

Another Forestdale tradition is our end of year promotion ceremonies!  Virtual promotion ceremonies will be held for all grades on June 11, 2020 during regularly scheduled virtual instruction hours.  Recordings will be posted and shared for viewing afterwards.  While we will not be able to proceed with an awards ceremony this year due to COVID closure, we look forward to celebrating our incredible students and promoting them to the next grade!  Stay tuned for more details; teachers will share more information in the coming weeks.

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Forestdale's Virtual Staff Appreciation Week

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Greetings, Falcon Families!

We had a great week of distance learning last week, including a successful return to virtual instruction! Thank you for your continued support.

This week we get to celebrate and honor our amazing Forestdale teachers and staff for their dedication, hard work, commitment, and love for their students and families.  Their effort and care is evident every day and especially now during these new and unprecedented times in education.  Please join us and the PTA in honoring our staff from afar.  See below for some ideas on how you can celebrate our educational heroes this week.  Thank you, families, for being our partners in education.  We miss you!

 

Virtual Staff Appreciation Week

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Return to Virtual Instruction on Monday

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Virtual Instruction to Resume Monday, April 27

This week, FCPS paused virtual learning in order to balance user load on platforms while maintaining a secure environment for our students.  We are pleased to share that virtual instruction is scheduled to resume at Forestdale on Monday, April 27.  We appreciate our Forestdale families’ patience, flexibility, and understanding as the county worked to find a safe, secure, and accessible solution for students and staff.  We know students have been working hard on their asynchronous work this week, and we are excited to “see” them again virtually on Monday.

What is the same?

  • Teachers’ virtual learning and office hours schedules have not changed.
  • We will continue to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) as the face-to-face virtual platform for students, just as before.
  • Calling in by telephone is still an option.
  • Asynchronous learning tasks will continue to be available to ALL students via FCPS mailed packets, Elementary Resources on the FCPS Distance Learning Blackboard 24-7 course, Channel 21 programming, and through the Forestdale Blackboard 24-7 course.

What will be different now?

  • There will no longer be “open” links to the BBCU virtual classrooms.
  • Forestdale teachers have created individualized secure links to BBCU that have been sent directly to students via their FCPS Google Apps email. 
  • To initially access the link, students will have to log into the FCPS G-Suite (FCPS Google Apps) account to access the link sent to their Google Apps email.  Step-by-step directions for accessing the link in student email can be found in this video.  The username/password used for logging in to their Google Apps account is the same information used to access the FCPS Blackboard 24-7 page – your child’s 7-digit ID number and secret password.
  • Each student has a unique link specifically for them; their link cannot be used by anyone else while they are accessing the virtual classroom.
  • The link does not require additional log-on steps or access to the Blackboard 24-7 portal. Once the student clicks on his link, he will enter the secure classroom.
  • Students and families should save the link; the same link can be used for both virtual instruction and office hours for the rest of the year.
    • Students needing to call in to the class via phone will need to access their virtual link for a one-time initial setup and then will receive a user-specific PIN for the telephone line.  Teachers can support families in accessing that information if needed.

Teachers have been communicating directly with families regarding access to their newly created courses.  Should you and your child not be able to locate their individualized login link, please let your child’s teacher know prior to virtual instruction on Monday. 

The process has been successfully piloted by teachers the past two days.  By every indication, the revamped login process will yield success for our students and staff.

Our Forestdale teachers and staff deserve our utmost gratitude for their continued efforts, flexibility, and for staying focused on what’s most important- our children and their learning.  We know they are eager to reconnect with their students and that they will continue to support students and families with the new login process next week.  Thank you for your ongoing patience and support during these new and unprecedented times; we are beyond grateful to you, our partners in your child’s education. 

Updated Third Quarter Grading Timeline

Due to the recent pause in teacher-led “live” instruction, the third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020.  Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.  Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will begin on May 12, 2020.  

Additional Asynchronous Resources for All Students

In addition to grade-level core instructional materials, families are encouraged to check out supplemental resources for asynchronous learning, including resources for specials (art, music, physical education, library), social/emotional wellness, and Advanced Academics resources.

Specials

During distance learning at home, don’t forget to stretch, sing, dance, draw, read, and move!  Your child’s specials teachers (art, music, physical education, and library) are uploading new activities and lessons each week for all grades, so be sure to check them out!

 

Social/Emotional Wellness Resources

Throughout the day, children need movement brain breaks and resources to support them when they are frustrated, angry, tired, or even bored.  Additionally, we adults have also been presented with new challenges during this difficult and unprecedented time.  The Social/Emotional Wellness button houses videos, weblinks, activity sheets, information, and other resources for students as well as a wealth of resources for parents and guardians.  This button will continue to be updated with additional activities and resources.

Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Resources

Resources for all students can be accessed on the AAP tab such as monthly creative thinking puzzlers and weekly creative thinking boards.  These are great extension activities for students of all ages!

An Important Message from the Forestdale Staff

While we worked out the “kinks” to our distance learning, the Forestdale staff worked on this very important message for our students and families.  We miss and love you, Falcons, and we look forward to being back together again next week!

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

Forestdale Distance Learning Update

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Greetings, Falcon families.

We hope this finds you well.  We want to thank you for your patience, flexibility, and grace as we all navigated the new world of virtual learning last week. It was wonderful to be able to see many of our Falcons on Tuesday, and we are looking forward to resuming distance learning via packets, Channel 21, and virtually. 

Distance Learning Resumes Tomorrow

You should have received an email from FCPS on Friday evening explaining that we will return to distance learning tomorrow, Monday, April 20.  Our staff has worked to create new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) links with enhanced security features that can only be accessed within Forestdale's Blackboard 24-7 learning course. 

In order to access both the virtual teaching sessions as well as office hours sessions, your child will need to log into Blackboard 24-7 and then access the new links. 

Step-by-step directions can be found below.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Log-On Directions- ENGLISH

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Log-On Directions- SPANISH

Please note that the BBCU links will only be visible on Blackboard 24-7 when your child logs in.  You cannot access the links by logging in through a ParentVUE account.  If your child does not remember his or her username (student ID #) or password, please contact the teacher prior to instruction to help reset the password. 

If Blackboard is unable to provide a reliable operating system, your child’s teacher will still provide new instructional opportunities for your student in addition to the learning packets and videos streaming on Channel 21.  Should this be the case, your child’s teacher will be in communication with you with more information.

Virtual Spirit Week

In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, Forestdale will be hosting another virtual spirit week this week, April 20-24.  Click here for fun ways to honor Mother Earth together this week! 

Food & Basic Needs Resources

FCPS continues to update this webpage with information regarding food resources, including curb-site pickup locations (the closest to Forestdale are currently Garfield ES and Crestwood ES) and bus route meal service (including two stops on Metropolitan Drive and one stop at Layton Dr. and Ruskin St.).  All children under the age of 18 can receive free breakfast and lunch Monday- Friday; meals for adults can be purchased for $2 each.

The following agencies can also assist with emergency family resources:

Koinonia    
(703) 971-1991    
6037 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310

ECHO    
(703) 569-9160    
7205 Old Keene Mill Road
Springfield, VA 22150

Food for Others
(703) 207-9173
2983 Prosperity Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031

Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning
(703) 222-0880

If you are struggling with meeting your basic needs such as housing, healthcare, or food, please contact Fairfax County Coordinated Services at (703) 222-0880.

If you need further assistance, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher who can connect you with a school staff member to assist with locating resources.

News You Choose and eNotify

Our initial communications regarding distance learning were sent via the communication platform of eNotify, an emergency communication system that includes all school contacts.  We have transitioned back to sharing our regular school updates via News You Choose.  This communication is being sent via News You Choose, which requires a subscription. If you know a family member or neighbor who didn't receive this message and would like to receive our email communications, they should click here and follow the directions to choose Forestdale ES.

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

A Message from the Forestdale PTA

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A Message from the Forestdale PTA:

Forestdale Families,

Over the past few weeks, while we have been working hard at home with our children, our Forestdale staff has worked tirelessly to prepare for our students’ distance learning. They’ve been working hard to plan meaningful learning experiences for independent asynchronous time, virtual learning, and office hours; they’ve set up the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions our children log into each day, and they’ve worked hard to communicate with us frequently.  As we know, recently things haven’t worked out as FCPS hoped, and our staff has been resilient and positive no matter what. 

Our teachers have worked hard to support us during this unprecedented time, and we thought we should show them how much we miss them and appreciate all they are doing. We know that the Forestdale staff meets virtually for staff meetings throughout each week. During those meetings, we’d like to share notes or pictures from our students and families to remind them how much we love them, miss them, care about them, and appreciate them.  Seeing or hearing from their students is what warms teachers’ hearts the most.

If you’d like to join in this optional opportunity, please have your child make a sign, video, or letter. Then, take a picture of it or scan it, and email it to forestdaleptatreasurer@gmail.com. You can also email a message to be shared with the staff. We’ll take all contributions until the end of the school year.

We know the staff of Forestdale will love all of the messages from students and their families! Thanks for helping us show our appreciation to our amazing Forestdale staff!

-The Forestdale PTA

 

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

Change in Distance Learning Schedule Tomorrow, April 15

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Good evening, Falcon Families.

Tonight you should have received the email below from Fairfax County Public Schools.  To accommodate for the two-hour delay and to reduce scheduling confusion, we will be combining virtual learning tomorrow with regularly scheduled office hours.  Please plan to join your child's teacher's scheduled office hours time tomorrow, should you be able, for distance learning activities. Asynchronous, independent, learning activities continue to be posted to our Blackboard 24/7 site to use in conjunction with the FCPS learning packets. 

We appreciate your flexibility as we navigate this new learning environment while keeping student safety at the forefront of our minds.  We have loved seeing our Falcons today and look forward to seeing them again tomorrow!

Fondly,

Jamie Meier & Jenny Cunneen

 

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Dear Families,

Thank you to all of the parents and students who joined us for our first day of distance learning. As you know, there were a few technical issues with the Blackboard learning system. We are hopeful that the issues encountered today have been resolved. 

The vast majority of classroom experiences were favorable and positive today. We are now in the process of enhancing security in the Blackboard system to prevent any disruptions during teacher-led instruction. As a result, tomorrow's teacher-led instruction at the middle school and elementary school levels will be delayed two hours to allow for teachers to activate the security upgrades.  High school office hours will begin no earlier than 10 a.m. Students will receive a message from their teachers explaining how they can join the virtual learning sessions.

Parents, please take a moment to share with your children the importance of respecting the space all of our students and teachers are in right now due to the pandemic. We want distance learning to be an enjoyable experience for all. We apologize for any disruptive behavior your students may have witnessed today. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience.
 
Fairfax County Public Schools

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

Forestdale Distance Learning Begins this Week

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Hello Forestdale Families,

We hope this finds you healthy and well.  We miss seeing our students, families, and staff and are eager to reconnect emotionally and academically this week! 

With our recent school closure for the remainder of the school year, we have developed a distance learning plan to ensure that our students continue learning essential grade-level content and review previously taught concepts in all subject areas.  This week, families will receive more information about what distance learning will look like for their children.  Learning activities and schedules will vary by grade level.  Parents will receive emails with information about Forestdale’s Distance Learning course in Blackboard 24/7, specific grade-level schedules, and links to teacher’s online classrooms (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) from teachers this week.  Please see below for the different ways students can learn from home for the remainder of the school year.

Weekly Learning Packets

Beginning the week of March 30, all elementary students began receiving weekly learning packets in the U.S. Mail.  If you have not received a learning packet for your child, let your child’s teacher know.  To go paperless and opt-out of receiving these packets in the mail, click here; to print activities of interest from the packets from home, click here.

Channel 21 Programming

FCPS will use Cable Channel 21 to air literacy and math lessons. You can watch these lessons on TV (check your local listings) or stream online.

Forestdale Distance Learning Site

Forestdale will be launching our distance learning site, “Forestdale Elementary 2019-2020,” as a way to provide our students virtual classroom lessons and learning tasks beginning April 14, 2020.  Also available on our site will be online resources for students to utilize to support student learning.
In order to access the “Forestdale Elementary 2019-2020” site, your child will need to log onto FCPS 24/7 Learning, which can be accessed here. Please note that this morning, FCPS 24/7 Blackboard has been experiencing issues with its databases preventing users from logging in; Blackboard is currently working to resolve the issue. 

Please note: If your child has forgotten his/her password and is having difficulty resetting it, email your child’s classroom teacher for assistance. Our staff directory can be accessed here.  Parents can also recover their child’s password here.

Once logged on, click on the “Forestdale Elementary 2019-2020” course.  Students will click on their grade level link (see first picture below) and then have access to a variety of grade level content folders (see second picture below) that will contain the actual lessons and learning tasks for them to complete.

Teacher-Led Virtual Instruction

Teachers will be leading daily virtual instruction via an online platform, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, at scheduled times Monday through Thursday.  Students can join the virtual classrooms at scheduled times by logging on through a device or calling in by phone.  The schedule can be found below; the link and phone number for the virtual classroom will be shared directly with families by teachers.  All virtual lessons will be recorded and uploaded to the Forestdale Distance Learning site in Blackboard 24/7 for later view by students who were unable to join the lesson at the scheduled time.

Teacher- Led Virtual Office Hours

Teachers will also be available at scheduled times Monday through Thursday for differentiated learning and support through virtual/phone office hours.  The schedule can be found below; teachers will share information about how to access these virtual learning opportunities with families this week.

Telephone, Virtual Chats, Email, Twitter

Our teachers and staff are reaching out to connect with our Falcons.  We may call, email, or set up virtual chats, so keep an eye out for us!  Phone calls will come from Private Number or Blocked Caller.  If you need to update your contact information or add an email address that was not on file, please share that information with your child’s teacher.  Also follow us on Twitter- @ForestdaleES!

We recognize that the circumstances that led us to move instructional practices virtually are unique; however, we sincerely appreciate your flexibility and support. Additionally, we recognize that this format does not replace actual classroom instruction; nor does it offer the same rigor and authentic experience. The goals of distance learning are continuity of learning to the greatest degree possible, oongoing connections between teachers and students, and providing a sense of normalcy and routine as best as possible during a stressful time.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to either your child’s classroom teacher or specialists and resource staff who support your child. You are also welcome to reach out to a member of our administrative team by emailing us directly. All staff email addresses can be found on our school website.

We miss being together and look forward to continuing to support our students and families through virtual learning. 

Fondly,

Jamie Meier, Interim Principal

Jenny Cunneen, Assistant Principal

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

Forestdale Distance Learning Begins this Week

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Hello Forestdale Families,

We hope this finds you healthy and well.  We miss seeing our students, families, and staff and are eager to reconnect emotionally and academically this week! 

With our recent school closure for the remainder of the school year, we have developed a distance learning plan to ensure that our students continue learning essential grade-level content and review previously taught concepts in all subject areas.  This week, families will receive more information about what distance learning will look like for their children.  Learning activities and schedules will vary by grade level.  Parents will receive emails with information about Forestdale’s Distance Learning course in Blackboard 24/7, specific grade-level schedules, and links to teacher’s online classrooms (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) from teachers this week.  Please see below for the different ways students can learn from home for the remainder of the school year.

Weekly Learning Packets

Beginning the week of March 30, all elementary students began receiving weekly learning packets in the U.S. Mail.  If you have not received a learning packet for your child, let your child’s teacher know.  To go paperless and opt-out of receiving these packets in the mail, click here; to print activities of interest from the packets from home, click here.

Channel 21 Programming

FCPS will use Cable Channel 21 to air literacy and math lessons. You can watch these lessons on TV (check your local listings) or stream online.

Forestdale Distance Learning Site

Forestdale will be launching our distance learning site, “Forestdale Elementary 2019-2020,” as a way to provide our students virtual classroom lessons and learning tasks beginning April 14, 2020.  Also available on our site will be online resources for students to utilize to support student learning.
In order to access the “Forestdale Elementary 2019-2020” site, your child will need to log onto FCPS 24/7 Learning, which can be accessed here. Please note that this morning, FCPS 24/7 Blackboard has been experiencing issues with its databases preventing users from logging in; Blackboard is currently working to resolve the issue. 

Please note: If your child has forgotten his/her password and is having difficulty resetting it, email your child’s classroom teacher for assistance. Our staff directory can be accessed here.  Parents can also recover their child’s password here.

Once logged on, click on the “Forestdale Elementary 2019-2020” course.  Students will click on their grade level link (see first picture below) and then have access to a variety of grade level content folders (see second picture below) that will contain the actual lessons and learning tasks for them to complete.

Teacher-Led Virtual Instruction

Teachers will be leading daily virtual instruction via an online platform, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, at scheduled times Monday through Thursday.  Students can join the virtual classrooms at scheduled times by logging on through a device or calling in by phone.  The schedule can be found below; the link and phone number for the virtual classroom will be shared directly with families by teachers.  All virtual lessons will be recorded and uploaded to the Forestdale Distance Learning site in Blackboard 24/7 for later view by students who were unable to join the lesson at the scheduled time.

Teacher- Led Virtual Office Hours

Teachers will also be available at scheduled times Monday through Thursday for differentiated learning and support through virtual/phone office hours.  The schedule can be found below; teachers will share information about how to access these virtual learning opportunities with families this week.

Telephone, Virtual Chats, Email, Twitter

Our teachers and staff are reaching out to connect with our Falcons.  We may call, email, or set up virtual chats, so keep an eye out for us!  Phone calls will come from Private Number or Blocked Caller.  If you need to update your contact information or add an email address that was not on file, please share that information with your child’s teacher.  Also follow us on Twitter- @ForestdaleES!

We recognize that the circumstances that led us to move instructional practices virtually are unique; however, we sincerely appreciate your flexibility and support. Additionally, we recognize that this format does not replace actual classroom instruction; nor does it offer the same rigor and authentic experience. The goals of distance learning are continuity of learning to the greatest degree possible, oongoing connections between teachers and students, and providing a sense of normalcy and routine as best as possible during a stressful time.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to either your child’s classroom teacher or specialists and resource staff who support your child. You are also welcome to reach out to a member of our administrative team by emailing us directly. All staff email addresses can be found on our school website.

We miss being together and look forward to continuing to support our students and families through virtual learning. 

Fondly,

Jamie Meier, Interim Principal

Jenny Cunneen, Assistant Principal

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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