April 2017 Newsletter from School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders

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Karen Corbett Sanders's Newsletter


Dear Families,


Spring is finally here, and our third semester is coming to an end. As a reminder, Spring Break starts on April 10 - April 14.

I want to congratulate our students on yet another successful semester and would like to thank all of our teachers and parents for their hard work. Please have a fun and safe Spring Break!

Month of the Military Child - April 2017

Each year our nation designates April as the Month of the Military Child to recognize and thank children from military families for the sacrifices they make living the military lifestyle.  The recognition is part of the legacy of former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger who established the commemoration in 1986.   During the month, one day is selected as the day to “Purple Up! For Military Kids” and all are encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military connected youth (MCY).  Why purple?  Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue.  This year PURPLE UP day will be celebrated on April 21st.


Military Connected Youth face unique circumstances living the military lifestyle.  By understanding the lifestyle of military connected youth we can better meet their needs as they transition with their family members who serve our nation. Currently over 11,000 military connected youth call FCPS home. 


Celebrating the Month of the Military Child provides a powerful opportunity to raise awareness and build support to help these children meet the unique challenges they face! It is an opportunity to recognize and thank military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.


Parent Resource Center

Our Adapted Sports and Recreation Guide for 2017 is now available! 
The Guide includes adapted aquatics, baseball, basketball, biking, soccer, and much more!

Please email us at prc@fcps.edu if you would like a copy.


Summer 2017 High School and Middle School Academic Program - Online Campus

Online Campus:  The FCPS Online Campus will remain available to eligible high and middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements who wish earn first time or repeat credit over the summer. Students may take one online course.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first high school level mathematics course.  Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.


West Potomac HS Earth Day Celebration

Mark your calendars for the West Potomac HS first Earth Day celebration on Saturday April 22, from 9am to 2pm.
Participants will dig holes and plant trees, mulch, and generally spruce up the campus.


College Financial Awareness Workshops for Middle School Parents

It's never too early to start financial planning for your student's college education.  College Access Fairfax, in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools and Virginia529, offers workshops for middle school parents on just what needs to be considered and how you can start your planning now.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Financial Aid Basics
  • Cost of Attendance
  • Savings Options
  • Available Resources

Workshops will be held at the following Middle Schools:

                 South County                 Key

                 Robinson                        Jackson

                 Hughes                           Lanier

For more information, please visit http://collegeaccessfairfax.org/ for a complete listing of dates and time and to REGISTER.


New Mental Health and Wellness Web Content for Students

Easy-to-digest mental health and wellness information is now available for students on fcps.edu. The Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies webpage includes seven articles such as How to Handle Peer Pressure, 10 Tips to Ease Test Anxiety, and How to Help a Friend in Crisis. Several videos and other resources are available, too.

Please note that a link to emergency mental health information is on each page within the Student Wellness section. In some instances, CrisisText’s “NEEDHELP” number is also listed within the body of the article.

This is the first iteration of the Student Wellness page. Given the depth of content being created by and for students divisionwide, and the capabilities of the FCPS website’s content management system, the Student Wellness section can eventually transform into a robust repository of student-friendly mental health and wellness resources.


Hidden Figures Screening With Congressman Don Beyer

Congressman Don Beyer is proud to host a screening of the hit movie Hidden Figures Sunday, April 23rd at 3:00 p.m. at the Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium in Alexandria. Register today to learn more about the pioneering African-American women who helped send America into space. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-screening-of-hidden-figures-hosted-by-rep-don-beyer-tickets-33409455581


Date and Time

Sun, April 23, 2017

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT



Lee Center

1108 Jefferson Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

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Celebrate Fairfax County's 275th Birthday!

During the calendar year of 2017, Fairfax County will mark its 275th anniversary with events celebrating our history.  Some ways to experience the celebration are:

Join the Fairfax County history community as the county celebrates it's 275th Anniversary on the grounds adjacent to the historic courthouse in Fairfax. The day's events which are free and open to the public include: family friendly activities, live entertainment, history exhibits, living history, historical organization booths and displays and more!  A colonial market fair and food trucks will be on site as dining options and the event will feature speeches from county officials and guests throughout the day.


Visit www.fairfax275.org for more information.


Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options

This event is for students with IEPs and their parents to explore options for life after high school.  Workshops on supported employment, competitive employment, and postsecondary education will be presented.  Exhibitor tables will offer additional information for students and parents. 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Woodson High School
9525 Main Street
Entrance 1 - Cafeteria A
Fairfax, Virginia (map)


Register online now or call us at 703-204-3941


GrandInvolve: Changing the World - One Child at a Time

Join GrandInvolve- a program which facilitates volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County's Title I schools.  GrandInvolve recruits 50+ adult volunteers who are interested in mentoring, providing reading and math tutoring, as well as assisting in the classroom. 


GrandInvolve is currently seeking a core group of community volunteers for the GrandInvolve Steering Committee in the Mount Vernon District.  Tasks include developing timelines, establishing goals and objectives, networking in the community, and developing community partnerships.  


Interested? Please Contact: GrandInvolve@gmail.com or Allison.Miessler@fairfaxcounty.gov


Important Dates to Remember

April 7 - Third Grading Period Ends


April 10 - April 14 - Spring Break


April 17 - Student Holiday


School Board Meeting

The next School Board Meeting will be held on April 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Jackson Middle School.  Information about upcoming meetings and agendas can be found here