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Frank Tranfa

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give ― Winston S. Churchill

Happy Friday Cobra families-

As we move into the holiday season, I wanted to send a few reminders out to all of you. You can follow weather related closings on the FCPS twitter feed. You can find this twitter feed at This twitter feed is the first place that weather related closings and delays are communicated.

Quander Road School recently underwent an upgrade of the phone system. You will be directed to the voicemail system when you call the main office. Please listen to your options and you will be directed to the person you need to speak to. If you want to bypass the voicemail, you can press 0 at any time.

A quick reminder about attendance. Missing any amount of school negatively impacts a student’s ability to achieve at their highest level. Please be thoughtful when excusing your child from school, and if you must, please ensure that you are notifying our front office, so we can mark their attendance accordingly. I have included a link to the FCPS Absences Add Up page for your information. The attendance line at Quander Road School is (703) 718-2424. Please use that line when calling to let us know your child will be absent.

At Quander Road School our 3 Big Rocks are:

  • Maintain a caring culture of collaboration for students, staff, and parents.
  • Improve student achievement.
  • Improve parent engagement school-wide.

Our Mission:

The mission of Quander Road School is to provide a small, structured and nurturing environment that supports the academic, social-emotional, vocational and behavioral growth of every student.

Clinician’s Corner

Leigh M. Simpson, LCSW
School Social Worker

The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone. If you’re feeling stress try to remember that you aren’t the only one. The following tips can help:

  1. Acknowledge your feelings. If the holidays are hard for you it's OK to feel sad or stressed and express your feelings. You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.
  2. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out family, friends, community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
  3. Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or celebrated in a specific way. Do something you enjoy.
  4. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes wrong.
  5. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

Some options may include:

  1. Taking a walk.
  2. Listening to music.
  3. Reading a book.

Remember that during the holidays and the rest of year it is important to eat healthy, get enough sleep and exercise!

Counselor’s Moment of Clarity

Greta N. Thomas
School Counselor

First quarter grades were sent via U.S. mail on November 9, 2019. Congratulations to our Honor Roll students! They will be celebrated on Friday, November 22. We hope you’ve taken some time to review the important documents that were included in that mailing. This is an excellent time to review goals and expectations with your child. Here are a few things to consider when discussing academic progress with your child:

  • Have a conversation about grades. Encourage discussion about accomplishments, and about the areas in need of improvement.
  • Communicate with teacher(s). Ask about strategies that can be used at home that will help your child improve.
  • Help your child set goals for each class. Start small and focus on steps toward improving.
  • After the goals have been set, develop a plan to improve. Set aside time each evening to support your child with the plan.
  • Encourage improvement by checking on their progress weekly.
  • Monitor grade progress weekly via SIS. If you do not have a SIS Parent Vue account, please contact Ms. Denegri at 703-718-2403 for a code that will allow you to establish an account.
  • Schedule a conference with teachers if needed. If you wish to speak with one teacher, reach out directly to that teacher. If you wish to conference with the team, reach out to the case manager.
  • The second quarter will end on January 24, 2020.