Lee District January 2019 Newsletter

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Tamara Derenak Kaufax

Contact Tamara:

Phone: 571-423-1081


Cheryl Austin
Executive Admin Assistant


Upcoming Events

Regular School Board Meeting

1/10  7:00 p.m.

Luther Jackson MS, Auditorium


All-Day Work Session

1/14  11:00 a.m.

Gatehouse Administration Center, Room 1600


Evening Work Session

1/22  6:00 p.m.

Gatehouse Administration Center, Room 1600


Regular School Board Meeting

1/24  7:00 p.m.

Luther Jackson MS, Auditorium


School Board Budget Public Hearing

1/28  6:00 p.m.

Luther Jackson MS, Auditorium




Happy New Year!  I hope you and your family had an enjoyable winter break!


This is a perfect time of year to be reflective, set goals and make improvements in our lives. While the school year is less than one month from being halfway completed, there is still time to ensure that your student is having a successful, learning year! Children should have a quiet space to do homework, get adequate sleep at night and if you have a student who is struggling with a certain subject -- reach out to your child's teacher for help.


Please read below for ways to get involved. By working together we can keep our schools strong and ensure all our students have a successful year and reach their goals!


I hope to see you at one of our upcoming School Board events!



GrandInvolve: Learn About a Typical Day in our Elementary Schools

Come find out what a typical day in Lee District elementary schools looks like and meet GrandInvolve Volunteers for an informative session on "How to Volunteer in Your Local School!" GrandInvolve volunteers will be present to talk about their experiences and tell some heartwarming stories of their time with Fairfax County’s youngest students. Learn how to use your skills and experience to help students in our local community succeed in school.


Friday, January 11, 2019 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Richard Byrd Library

7250 Commerce Street, Springfield, VA


If FCPS schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather, this event will be canceled. For more information, contact info@grandinvolve.org


GrandInvolve is a program which facilitates volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County's Title I Schools. GrandInvolve recruits older adult volunteers who are interested in providing mentoring, reading and math tutoring, or classroom assistance.

FY 2020 Budget News

We are in full swing for the FY 2020 budget planning. As your Budget Chair, I wanted to share some information with you.


In December, Governor Northam announced additional budget proposals for K-12. We welcome his proposal to fund additional support for students' mental health. You can read the full press release here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2018/december/headline-837141-en.html.


The Superintendent will share his FY 2020 Proposed Budget Presentation with the FCPS School Board at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10 at Luther Jackson Middle School.


The School Board will hold a budget work session at 6:00 p.m. on January 22, 2019 at the Gatehouse Administration Center (Room 1600).


The School Board will hear public comment on the FY 2020 Proposed Budget at a Public Hearing scheduled for January 28, 2019 at Luther Jackson Middle School, convening at 6:00 p.m. 


The speakers list for the Public Hearing will open at 6:00 a.m. on January 11, 2019.


Feel free to contact me with any budget comments or questions. To keep apprised of budget related activities, please visit: https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/budget.


FCPS to Host Instructional Job Fair

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is searching for educators with a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference in the lives of students during the 2019-20 school year. Principals and program managers will interview candidates at the FCPS Instructional Job Fair on Saturday, February 2 (inclement weather date: Saturday, February 9).

Instructional candidates interested in becoming a part of a dynamic and diverse community that offers a challenging academic program for all students are encouraged to visit the FCPS job fair webpage to learn more and apply online. Instructional positions include teachers, counselors, librarians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech pathologists.

FCPS offers support to new instructional employees through an intensive mentoring program, professional development opportunities, and outstanding health and retirement benefits. Job fair interviews are by invitation only. Questions should be directed to the FCPS Department of Human Resources at 571-423-3000.

Opportunity Neighborhood for Mount Vernon

Check out the January Opportunity Neighborhood Mt. Vernon calendar to see what's happening in the community. Events include:

  • Free Volunteering Tutoring at the Library
  • Capital Area Food Bank Mobile Markets
  • Human Trafficking Video and Discussion
  • CPR classes at Lorton Volunteer Fire Department
  • Health Care Pre-Apprentice Program

For complete details, go to: https://bit.ly/2Qu1q41


Mount Vernon HS Freshman Make Holidays Brighter for Senior Citizens

More than 40 freshmen from Mount Vernon High School volunteered their time after school to make the winter holidays a little brighter for some local senior citizens. The students participated in three craft workshops to create winter-themed decorations including ornaments, paintings, and 3-D snowflakes. Ten of the students, along with Class of 2022 sponsors Erin Mahoney and Amanda Riemenschneider, traveled to the Sunrise Mount Vernon assisted living center and decorated the main gathering hall while sharing stories and laughter with the residents.


The freshmen plan to return in February to create Valentine’s Day crafts with the residents. Contact news liaison Monty Fritts at mgfritts@fcps.edu