Employee News - Tuesday, 5/21/19

Columbia ES staff celebrate Diana Stevens' birthday.


Columbia ES staff celebrated Didi (Diana) Stevens' birthday. The birthday girl is standing in the front with a pink top. (Photo: Columbia ES)  

2020-21 School Year Calendar Survey Closes May 23

Have you weighed in on the development of FCPS’ 2020-21 School Year (SY) Calendar yet? If so, thank you! If not, please participate today. The survey will close on Thursday, May 23.

All employees have been sent an email from FCPS Survey with a link to the calendar survey. Parents and families have also been invited to take a similar survey. The survey results will be used to inform and support FCPS staff as well as the School Board as they work to adopt the 2020-21 calendar. All responses are confidential. Please email FCPSsurvey@fcps.edu with questions.

VRS Hybrid Members: Take Advantage of Matching Retirement Contributions

Most instructional and school-based staff hired after January 1, 2014, are members of the VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan. If you are a hybrid member, it’s time to enroll or make changes to voluntary contributions

Video of the Week 

Mother duck and ducklings swimming in the courtyard at Providence ES

In the midst of May Madness (SOLs, exams, and other end-of-year activities), please enjoy 30 seconds of peace and tranquility courtesy of the courtyard at Providence ES. 

2019 Fairfax County Employee Retirement System (FCERS) Election Results

The unopposed election results for the Fairfax County Employee Retirement System (FCERS) Board of Trustees position identified David Swan, bus driver, Stonecroft Transportation Center, as the continuing FCERS representative for FCPS. As the elected member of the FCERS Board of Trustees, David's four-year term will be July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023. 

More than 6,000 FCPS employees receive their retirement benefit from FCERS. This includes transportation, food service, trades and maintenance, custodial, and part-time teaching staff. Learn more about FCERS

2019 ERFC Trustee Election Results

The election for the Educational Employees’ Supplementary Retirement System of Fairfax County (ERFC) Board of Trustees to fill one three-year term trustee vacancy was electronically conducted as planned May 7-9. Eric Eichelberger, science teacher at Lake Braddock SS, will serve as an ERFC trustee for three years beginning July 1. 

As a reminder, only full-time, monthly-paid instructional, administrative, and educational support employees are automatically enrolled in ERFC. Learn more about ERFC.

#OurFCPS Faces: Margery Sabolsky

Marjorie Sabolsky, Office of Payroll Management


Margery Sabolsky is an administrative assistant in the Department of Financial Services. She has made quite an impact since joining FCPS just over two years ago. Along with her general administrative duties, Margery says her biggest job responsibility is to promote FCPS’ Caring Culture. "On most days, I have the honor of being the face and voice of the Office of Payroll Management. Our goal is to make sure the majority of our calls are answered with a live voice or a visitor is personally greeted. A typical day in payroll is never dull, and I’ve learned to expect the unexpected.”

It's no surprise that Margery's favorite part of her job is "the people, of course." She says, "Whether it is a co-worker or a visiting employee, they need to know they matter. I am a firm believer [in the Maya Angelou philosophy] that people will likely forget what you said or did, but they don’t forget how you made them feel. As far as my job is concerned, my motto is: “How can I help you have a better day?” 

Melissa Russell, director of payroll management, applauds Margery’s customer service skills. “Margery’s number one goal is to provide everyone with efficient and knowledgeable customer service with a personal touch. She is our office’s “manager of first impressions.”

Margery advises, “Don’t ever think you are too old to follow your dreams. […] I’ve spent the last 4+ years determined to finish the college education I started in 1982. I’m pleased to be in the last semester of a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.” She adds, “When I gain my free time back, my ideal use of [it] will be to spend time on the beach, under an umbrella, reading a good book, and snacking on an ample supply of my weakness, cookies!”

We like the way you think, Margery! Thanks so much for creating a caring and welcoming environment.

Positions Available for Summer Learning and Extended School Year Programs

Teaching opportunities are still available with FCPS' Summer Learning and Extended School Year (ESY) programs. High-needs areas include:

Credit Recovery Academy

  • Algebra 1.
  • Algebra 2.
  • Geometry.
  • Algebra 1 SOL Remediation.
  • Geometry Remediation.
  • Chemistry.
  • Biology.


  • Foundations.
  • Preschool.

Please visit the Summer Learning and ESY webpages for more information. 

Stone MS winners of Slam Dunk Wellness Challenge

Stone MS staff members scored a win in Employee Wellness' Slam Dunk Wellness Challenge. (Photo: Stone MS)

Slam Dunk Wellness Winners

Congratulations to the following schools for having the highest percentage of active participation throughout the Slam Dunk Wellness Challenge:

  • Bryant HS.
  • Stone MS.
  • Bren Mar Park ES.

The winning schools have been awarded wellness bucks to be used for wellness activities at their school sites. See the full list of prize winners on Employee Wellness' intranet page. Thanks to all who participated!

Quote from Robert F. Smith about importance of recognizing that "you are enough and that you are an original."

Take a Look at #TeacherTuesday!

#TeacherTuesday on Instagram @fairfaxcountypublicschools

Every Tuesday, we highlight one of FCPS' amazing teachers on Instagram as part of our #TeacherTuesday series. Please stop by FCPS' Instagram page and check out today's #TeacherTuesday profile.

Staff Staples

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