News from the Nest

Winter Concert

Sixth Grade Advanced Band and Chorus

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:30 p.m.

  • 6th grade Advanced Band students should arrive at 5:45 p.m.
  • Chorus students arrive at 6:00 p.m.
  • Band Concert dress: boys: white shirt (button-up preferred)/black pants and black shoes  girls: white top/black pants or skirt (skirt or dress should be below the knees) and black shoes. Students are encouraged to add some holiday flair such as ties, pins, hats, or jewelry.
  • Chorus students dress: white shirt and black pants. Students may wear some holiday flair such as ties, pins, hats or jewelry.

Strings Winter Concert

The Winter Strings Concert for grades 4-6 will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020.


Our Winter Break is....

December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020

The school and office will be closed during this time. Students are expected back in school on Monday, January 6.


Attendance and Holiday Vacation

We are quickly approaching holiday vacations.  Please remember that an extended vacation is an unexcused absence.  Also, please remember that if a student is absent for more than 15 consecutive days they must be withdrawn from school.  This is a required law in the state of Virginia.  When parents know that their students must be out for a specific period (more than a day), they can access and submit a prearranged absence form. This must be done at least three to five days in advance of the absence. This gives administrators and teachers time to consider the work, tests, and projects the student may need to turn in on the student’s return to school. Parents should avoid end-of-semester or end-of-course exam periods; state testing periods; etc., when making plans. Please make every effort to arrange travel during school breaks.


Attendance Reminders

It’s never too early to start encouraging regular school attendance. Nationwide data shows that starting in Kindergarten, missing 10% (about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read and by 6th grade, absenteeism is one of the three signs that a student may drop out of high school.  

FCPS expects students to be in school and follow their assigned schedules unless their absence is excused due to:

  • Illness
  • a death in the family
  • a medical or dental appointment/ procedure
  • military event
  • or religious obligations. 

FCPS regulation states:

“Parents should notify the school prior to, or at the start of, the school day when their child will be absent. When a student has been absent from school for any reason other than for a school sponsored activity, and the parents have not previously contacted the school, the parent must send written or electronic communication citing the reason(s) for the absence to the principal or designee no later than three days following the student’s return to school.”

A reminder that a notification to the school that your child will be absent does not automatically mean the absence is excused. If you call the school to report your child absent and the reason is unexcused, you will still receive an automated phone call and email when your student’s unexcused absences reach five per state law.


FCPS Weather Cancellation Policy

Please view FCPS' Weather Cancellation Procedures page for more information on weather closing and delays.