Lee District Newsletter - Winter 2019

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Tamara Derenak Kaufax

Contact Tamara:

Phone: 571-423-1081


Cheryl Austin
Executive Admin Assistant


School Events

Edison High School

Dracula An Undead Romance

Thursday, March 28 - 7 PM

Friday, March 29 - 7 PM

Saturday, March 30 - 2 & 7 PM


Lee High School

March Madness Band Concert

Thursday, March 21 - 7PM


Hayfield SS

Real Food For Kids Culinary Challenge*

Saturday, March 2 - 11AM - 1PM

*Registration required: click here.


All County Choral Festival

Saturday, March 30 - 3PM


Mt. Vernon High School

Pyramid & IB Art Show Exhibit

Thursday, March 21 - 5 PM

Upcoming Events

Regular School Board Meeting

Thursday, March 7 - 7 PM

Luther Jackson Middle School


All Day Work Session

Monday, March 11 - 11 AM

Gatehouse Administration Center


Regular School Board Meeting

Thursday, March 21 - 7 PM

Luther Jackson MS


Work Session

Monday, March 25 - 5 PM

Gatehouse Administration Center



Even with today’s wintry weather, keep in mind that spring is just around the corner. There are many important things happening in FCPS during this time of year. Our School Board will be making final budget decisions in just a few short months.


I wanted to share with you a few items below. There are two parent surveys to help us understand you and your child's thoughts about the school environment and school health services. See details below.


Learn more about volunteering with GrandInvolve, and the PALS partnership program we have with the Fairfax County Police Department. Also learn more about our Office of Auditor General and sign-up for our Audit Buzz.


I look forward to seeing you at one of these upcoming events.



FY2020 Budget News

On January 10, 2019, the Superintendent presented the FY 2020 Proposed Budget that focuses on employee compensation. The FY 2020 Proposed Budget for the School Operating Fund totals $3 billion and is an increase of $117.4 million, or 4.1 percent, over the FY 2019 Approved Budget.
During the January 31, 2019 budget work session, questions regarding the FY 2020 Proposed Budget and potential amendments to the main motion for the advertised budget were discussed. At the February 7 Regular School Board Meeting, the School Board adopted the FY 2020 advertised budget.


On February 26, 2019 the Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors held a joint meeting at Gatehouse. The next Joint Budget Committee Meeting is scheduled for March 26, 2019 at 3 PM at the Fairfax County Government Center.


Additional Upcoming Budget Events: 


March 25: School Board conducts budget work session

April 10: School Board presents budget to County Board of Supervisors

May 2: School Board conducts budget work session

May 14: School Board holds budget public hearing

May 16: School Board conducts budget work session

May 23: School Board adopts FCPS FY 2020 Approved Budget


For more information, documentation and more, go to: https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/budget


Parent Survey on School Health Services

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians. 


Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

School Health Services Survey – Parents 2019: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/85QGH7C

School Health Services Survey-Parents 2019 (Spanish): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LLSF55F


Parent Survey on School Environment

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is studying how school environments relate to discipline practices in FCPS. As part of the study, families should have received a survey from FCPS’ Office of Research and Strategic Improvement. The surveys have been translated into multiple languages and were sent out via eNotify on Friday, February 8th. We ask that you complete the survey by Friday, March 8th.


A small number of classrooms at all middle and high schools, as well as selected classrooms at a sample of elementary schools will participate in the study’s student survey. Student surveys will be administered at school.


The surveys are designed to help FCPS understand your and your child’s thoughts about the school environment and how discipline is approached in their school.


We encourage you to participate in this important survey to help FCPS understand what is working well and where we can improve.


You may access the survey at one of the following links:


Arabic: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parent_arabic

Chinese: https://zh.surveymonkey.com/r/parent_chinese

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCPSParent

Farsi: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parent_farsi

Korean: https://ko.surveymonkey.com/r/parent_kor

Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/parent_span

Urdu: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parent_urdu

Vietnamese: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parent_viet


GrandInvolve - Changing the World One Child at a Time


Join us for a workshop designed to help you match your skills, hobbies and passion with volunteer opportunities in our community while learning about GrandInvolve - a unique volunteer experience that uses your skills and experience to help students in our community succeed in school.


The Match Game: Volunteering With Passion and Purpose

Thursday, March 7

1:30 - 3:00 PM

John Marshall Library

6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria, VA


To RSVP or for more info, contact: info@grandinvolve.org.


FCPD PALS (Police at Lunch in School) Program


The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) has partnered with Fairfax County Public Schools to help build positive relationships with students in elementary schools.


The pilot originally began with Fairfax County Police Officers visiting Riverside and Fort Hunt Elementary School every Wednesday to have lunch with students. This program has now expanded to include additional elementary schools in the Lee and Mount Vernon districts: Lorton Station, Gunston, Lane, Island Creek, Hayfield, Springfield Estates, Franconia, Forestdale and Cameron.


Channel 4 News did a story on the PALS program, click here:



The students are enjoying their new lunch buddies with the Fairfax County Police Department.

Office of Auditor General and the Audit Buzz

The Fairfax County School Board is responsible for ensuring compliance with laws and regulations, by visitation or other means, and for ensuring efficient operations (Code of Virginia 22.1-79). The School Board directs the Superintendent in these matters by adopting the budget and establishing School Board policy. Together the Superintendent and the School Board are responsible for attaining the school division’s mission. To aid them in fulfilling their responsibilities, the School Board has formed an Audit Committee and has established the Office of Auditor General (OAG). To learn more about this office and to meet our Auditor General, Esther Ko, go to: https://www.fcps.edu/school-board/office-auditor-general


In addition, the Office of Auditor General provides periodic newsletters of their activities throughout the year. You can sign up to receive their newsletter by going to FCPS News You Choose to subscribe.