School Board Member Tammy Derenak Kaufax Newsletter

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Tamara Derenak Kaufax

Contact Tamara:

Phone: 571-423-1081


Joann Kinney
Executive Admin Assistant

With the end of the school year upon us, we are celebrating our students' success with year-end recognitions and parties. Our biggest celebrations will be held to honor our graduates through our commencement ceremonies. 


Graduates--be bold, kind and courageous. Pursue your passions and dare to live your dreams! I wish you all the best as you leave your FCPS family and move onto the next adventures in your lives.

2017 Graduation Schedule

Edison High School
Friday, June 16
2:00 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena


Hayfield Secondary School
Friday, June 16
4:30 p.m.   Hayfield SS


Lee High School
Monday, June 19
2:00 p.m.  Eagle Bank Arena


Mount Vernon High School
Friday, June 16
2:00 p.m.  MVHS


Saturday, June 17
7:00 p.m.  Eagle Bank Arena


West Potomac High School
Wednesday, June 21
9:30 a.m.   Eagle Bank Arena 



Bryant Alternative High School 

Thursday, June 15 

4:00 p.m.  Bryant Alternative High School 


Key Center School 

Thursday, June 15

10:00 a.m.  Key Center School  

Volunteers Needed

FCPS has many unique opportunities for volunteers to serve or donate. Please review the items below to see if you would like to serve on a committee, help to feed our students who are facing food insecurity over the summer, pledge funds for salad bars or donate a used vehicle.

Please contact if you are interested in representing the Lee District in either of these two short term committee positions:

1. Math Basal Textbook Adoption Committee
The Math Basal Adoption committee will review and recommend instructional materials for use in grade K-12 mathematics courses. The committee composition will be 
50% teachers and 25% each school-based administrators and community members.  Meeting dates are scheduled for:  
July 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 4:00 to 9:00 pm.


2.  2017 Citizen’s Bond Committee

The 2017 Citizen's Committee for the Bond is again seeking appointees for a committee that promotes community support for a school construction bond. General tasks of the committee include communing support for the bond to Home Owner Association boards, other chambers and organizations and distributing information electronically and in print (yard signs, shirts, stickers, Facts booklets). Typically the committee meets about 10 times from July to November.

Help Take A Bite Out Of Child Hunger
This Summer 

Over 1 in 4 kids are food insecure in Fairfax County. Even in one of the wealthiest counties in the United States we find many hungry children. During the school year, many of these children receive the nutrition they need through the free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs provided for by the Fairfax County Public School System and the USDA. As school ends and summer begins, many of these children find themselves wondering where meals will come from while on summer break. Rodney Taylor, Director of Food and Nutrition Services for Fairfax County Public Schools puts this need in perspective, “No child should know the indignity of hunger, especially not in Fairfax County, one of the richest counties in the country. Hunger doesn’t take vacation, and neither will we in FCPS.”


This summer, Journey Church of Springfield - in partnership with Fairfax County Food and Nutrition Services and other organizations - will be feeding a portion of these children who are most in need in the Springfield community. The Summer Food Services Program is a USDA-funded program that provides meals to children during summer when school is out of session. Fairfax County Food and Nutrition Services makes and provides the meals while Journey Church is leading the disbursement of those meals at three local sites through a massive volunteer effort.


Chad Simpkins, Journey Church Associate Pastor, is leading the Summer Lunch Bunch program in Springfield. This program has the potential to feed close to 600 children daily.

Journey Church will host sites at Chelsea Square, Springfield Gardens, and Springfield Square apartment complexes. The program begins Monday, June 26th, and ends Friday, August 25th. Food will be delivered at lunchtime to these sites Monday through Friday.  Not only will lunches be given

to children in our community, but there will also be a ‘mobile’ library. Children can eat a healthy meal and then grab a good book to take home to keep. Books are being offered thanks to the generosity of Friends of Richard Byrd Library.


You may be asking, how can I help? Journey Church is looking for volunteers at all three sites. For more information about the program and to sign up to serve, check out their website at  Summer Lunch BunchIf you would like to serve, Click Here To Volunteer on the site and follow the prompts. Signing up is very simple.


Want to know more? Check out one of the upcoming information/training meetings. The dates are:

Saturday June 17th 10 - 11 am at the Journey Church

Monday, June 19th from 7-8 pm at The Journey Church

Saturday, June 24th from 10-11am Richard Byrd Library

This is a great time to hear more about the program and to have questions answered.

If you would like to donate books, would like to give financially, or have questions about volunteering, contact Chad Simpkins at . Help feed the stomachs and minds of our children this summer!

Produce Industry Cycling Event Supports Fairfax Salad Bars

The Tour de Fresh, a 275-mile, 3-day cycling event will take place in California July 25-27 with eight cyclists riding in support of salad bars in Fairfax County Public Schools!

The event is organized by the California Giant Foundation and supports the national Salad Bars to Schools initiative which has provided salad bars to over 5,000 schools nationwide over the last six years. The Tour de Fresh has raised funds for 150 of those.


The 50 participants of the Tour de Fresh, now in its fourth year, are produce industry cycling enthusiasts, passionate about child nutrition and ensuring all students have access to fresh fruits and vegetables every day

at school. Each of the 50 cyclists selects a school district to support from a "salad bar waiting list" provided by the Salad Bars to Schools initiative. Cyclists raise funds from businesses, colleagues, family and friends. Now the Fairfax community can support these riders by visiting the Tour website and sponsoring one of the FCPS teams (funds from all riders come back to FCPS).  "The support of events like the Tour de Fresh and Salad Bars to Schools enables us to fully realize our goal of having salad bars at every FCPS elementary school," says FCPS Nutrition Services Director Rodney Taylor, "We're very grateful to these riders, who are so passionate about getting more fresh fruits and vegetables onto our students' plates."

Take a few minutes to view the Tour de Fresh video to learn more about the event and to donate to one of our FCPS teams.


Fairfax County Public Schools currently has 20 salad bars across the district.  Of these 20, seven salad bars were funded by the Salad Bars to Schools initiative, through donations made by United Fresh Start Foundation, a founding partner of the Salad Bars to Schools initiative and a member of the Tour de Fresh organizing committee.

F.A.T.E. House and Car Donations

The Foundation for Applied Technical Education (FATE) supports comprehensive educational programs for in-demand vocational skills like home building and auto tech, auto body, and auto sales through Fairfax County Public Schools Career and Technical Educational (CTE) Trade and Industrial Programs.

FATE House Image

Learn more about FATE and CTE and discover ways you or your business can support workforce development in Fairfax County.  To donate a used vehicle, visit the FCPS Donations Portal.