June 2018 Newsletter from School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders

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Karen Corbett Sanders

Phone: 571-423-1086


Lisa Madeja

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Karen Corbett Sanders's Newsletter

Dear Families,


Congratulations to the class of 2018! I had the pleasure of attending graduation ceremonies at Quander Road, Pulley Career Center, Adult Detention Center, Key Center, Bryant, Hayfield, Lee, and West Potomac High Schools.  Each one left me inspired by the students that have worked hard and overcome great challenges to achieve their goal.  I wish each and every student the very best in their next endeavors, which include pursuing careers in the military, the police and fire departments, college and gap years.  Additionally, I am appreciative of the dedication and support that the parents, teachers, coaches and mentors have provided to these students.  Thank you.


For those students, teachers and parents that will be returning to/or enrolling in our schools this fall, please enjoy the summer and take advantage of the parks, museums and libraries that are available in our community.  Additionally, you may find summer reading and enrichment resources in the G Suite for Education described below.  Have a wonderful summer.

2019-2020 Calendar Proposed

In an effort to provide families and staff more time to plan, the School Board will adopt the 2019-2020 School Calendar on June 28.  The proposed calendar will begin school the week before Labor Day and end classes June 12, 2020.  Similar to this year, the calendar allows for a two week winter break (December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020), one week spring break (April 6-10, 2020), and the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday (November 27-29, 2019). I expect there will be proposed amendments regarding Columbus Day and Veterans Day.


G Suite for Education

G Suite for Education is available to your student over the summer, as it has been in the past.  All files created by, or shared with, your student will continue to be available to them.

We encourage you to explore G Suite for Education with your children by logging in together. We suggest having your student log in to his or her FCPS G Suite for Education account at home to show you what they are currently working on.

Your student will use his or her network login credentials to access G Suite for Education. Students in grades 4-12 have the ability to reset their password using the Account Recovery service; however recovery options must be set up in advance. Your student can visit the same link to set up those options.

More information on G Suite for Education can be found on the FCPS Website.


FCPS Digital Citizenship

Summer is the perfect time to revisit the rules in your household for technology and media use. The FCPS Digital Citizenship website has Device Contracts and Family Media Agreements (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12) that can help you guide family conversations. Translations of these documents are available on the FCPS 24-7 ParentVUE Digital Citizenship curriculum tab. There is also a free online Digital Citizenship course available for parents and their children to work through together.


Community Forum: School Safety in the Commonwealth

Please join a community discussion with speakers from State and Local levels to hear about:

  • Threat Assessment in Virginia Public Schools.
  • How safe do Northern Virginia residents think our schools are?
  • What does the public think about campus safety?
  • How is the opioid crisis being handled in our schools?
  • What are School Resource Officer and School Safety Officer roles and responsibilities ?

June 25th, 2018 1:00 - 3:30 PM



6560 Loisdale Road

Springfield, VA 22150

*Registration Required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/school-safety-in-the-commonwealth-tickets-47027753276


Early Childhood Child Find

Child Find is the process of identifying children with potential special education needs as well as educating the community about child development and the importance of early intervention. Child Find services are provided for children ages 20 months through 5 years by the FCPS Early Childhood Identification and Services (ECID&S) program.

The FCPS ECID&S program staff members serve as liaisons providing assistance and information to local community preschool, child care, Head Start, and Family and Early Childhood Education Programs (FECEP). ECID&S staff members also perform community outreach to increase public awareness of the importance of early intervention, and to ensure that all members of the Fairfax County community are able to access Child Find services, if needed.

Child Find screenings are free to children ages 20 months to 5 years old who are Fairfax County or Fairfax City residents.  To determine the early childhood assessment site to contact please call 571-423-4121. To lean more, visit the FCPS website.


GrandInvolve: Changing the World - One Child at a Time

GrandInvolve - a program which facilitates volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County's Title I schools continues to grow. Learn how to help students in our local community succeed in school. GrandInvolve is looking for people who enjoy being with children and have an hour or more each week to volunteer.  Meet other potential volunteers for an informative session on “How to Volunteer in your local Elementary School!” GrandInvolve volunteers will be present to talk about their experiences and tell some funny and heartwarming stories of their time with Fairfax County’s youngest students.  Tuesday August 7, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00.  Burke Public Library at 5935 Freds Oak Rd, Burke  VA  22015.  For more information, please contact info@grandinvolve.org or www.grandinvolve.org.


School Bus Driver 2018 Job Fair

FCPS is searching for full-time bus drivers.  School bus driver job fair for 2018 will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the following location:


June 22Stonecroft Transportation Center


Driver pay starts at $18.82 per hour, including:

  • Excellent Benefits
  • Summers Off (optional)
  • Daycare Savings (bring your kids or grandkids on the bus)
  • Paid Training
  • Flexible Hours
  • Advancement Opportunities

If possible, please bring two (2) employee references (one from your most recent/current supervisor) and two (2) letters of recommendation.  This will help us process your application faster.  Access this link to obtain the forms.   


Applicants residing outside of Virginia, please bring your driving record.


Bus drivers and training staff will be available on the above dates to answer your questions.  You may also call 571-423-3023 or email us at driveforfcps.edu.


Second Annual Cops vs Kids Basketball Game

The second annual Cops vs Kids Basketball Game will be held on July 14 at the Gum Springs Community Center at 12pm. The event will be co-hosted by Fairfax NAACP, FCPD and NCS. All are welcome to attend.


Important Dates to Remember

July 4 - Independence Day - Holiday


August 28 - First Day of School


September 3 - Labor Day - Student Holiday


September 19 - Students Released Three Hours Early

School Board Meeting

The next School Board Meeting will be held on June 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Jackson Middle School.  Information about upcoming meetings and agendas can be found here