FCPS This Week e-newsletter - September 20, 2019

Science Experiment

Photos of the Week

Check out this week’s photos to see students searching for insects, creating color wheels, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, greeting veterans on an Honor Flight, and measuring liquid volume in science class. 

Students Earn Medals at 2019 FCCLA National Competition

Three students from Fairfax County Public Schools earned gold medals in competitive events at the 2019 FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) National Leadership Conference held this summer in Anaheim. A total of 30 Family and Consumer Sciences-related competitive events called STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) were offered. These events support foundational, leadership, and workplace skills in areas such as advocacy, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship.

See who received FCCLA awards

Brabrand Boundary Video

Video: Dr. Brabrand Discusses the FCPS School Boundary Policy

On September 19, Superintendent Brabrand released this video to update the community about recent discussions on the boundary policy. Watch the video

Register Now for the Real Assistive Technology for Everyone Conference on October 19 at Carson Middle School

FCPS will host its 2019 Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (RATE) Conference at Carson Middle School, on Saturday, October 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The RATE Conference is an educational technology conference focusing on the use of assistive technology to support all students, especially those with special needs. This year's keynote speaker is Fadel, an FCPS post-secondary student. He will share how assistive technology has impacted his life and school experiences.

Breakout sessions will focus on blended learning and FCPSOn supports, reading and writing strategies, assistive technology in the early childhood classroom, communication tools, Google Apps for Education, as well as other topics. All FCPS staff members and parents are invited to attend. Out-of-county teachers, support staff, and parents are also welcome. FCPS employees will receive five recertification points for attending the conference.

For more information or to register, go to the RATE Conference webpage

Walk to School Day 2019

FCPS Students to Participate in International Walk to School Day on October 2

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 2, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.

Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work where safe to do so on October 2. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to school, and to work with their school and PTA or PTO to assemble bike trains or walking groups for the event. Schools are encouraged to register online with Walk and Bike to School.

Get more information about Walk to School Day.  

New This Year: FCPS Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday Camps

Need something fun, engaging, and academic for your child (grades 3-8) to do during teacher workdays? FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE) has the solution, with a full-day, affordable camp. Introduce your child to a foreign language and related cultural culinary activities taught by enthusiastic and experienced instructors. Each day is a new adventure!

Camp dates: October 14, November 4-5, and December 23. Camps start at 9 a.m. with before-care starting at 7:30 a.m., and after-care from 3:30-6 p.m. Sign up for all four days and receive a discount. To apply this bundle discount, call the ACE registration office at 703-658-1201.

Camp offerings and prices may be viewed on the ACE website by clicking on K-12 Classes and Camps. Registration may be completed online, by phone at 703-658-1201, by mail, or in person.

2019 Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Registration Now Open for FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference, to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Inova and Kaiser Permanente. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.

For more information or to register, go to the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.   

Student Mental Health and Resiliency

Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. If you have any concerns about anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other social and emotional issues your child may be experiencing, please contact your school psychologist, school social worker, or school counselor. They are available for consultation and support.

Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child. 

Bond Referendum Video

Video: School Bond Referendum to Be on November 5 Ballot

A school bond referendum will be on the general election ballot Tuesday, November 5. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents of Fairfax County may vote if they are 18 years or older on Election Day and have registered to vote 22 days prior to the election (on or before October 15, at 5 p.m.).

Bond sales, a form of long-term borrowing, are used to finance the building and renovation of schools and must be approved by voters since they are a future obligation for taxpayers. Watch the video

Get more information about the school bond referendum

Guidelines on Religious Accommodations for Students

FCPS makes reasonable accommodations so individuals are able to meet their personal religious obligations. Parents, teachers, and administrators are encouraged to consult the Guidelines for Religious Activities for Students.

These may be accessed directly from the Calendar of Religious and Cultural Observances on the Calendars menu from the home page of the FCPS website, or by going directly to the Guidelines for Religious Activities.

If you have questions, call the Office of Equity and Employee Relations at 571-423-3070.

2020 Census

U.S. Census 2020: Everyone Counts Community Dialogue on September 25

Fairfax County government is hosting U.S. Census 2020: Everyone Counts, a community meeting on Wednesday, September 25, at the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, 3159 Row St., Falls Church, Va., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Every 10 years, the United States Government counts each person living in the country through the U.S. Census. Fairfax County uses census data to pay for programs, buildings, and resources our families use every day. Help us make sure everyone gets counted.


  • Getting the word out.
  • Fact vs. fiction.
  • Understanding the Census and why it's important. 

Lunch will be provided. The event will be live streamed and archived; registration is required.

More information about the Census and the community meeting is available online

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