Cameron News You Choose 6/3/2020

Principal's Note


Message from the Edison Pyramid Principals

Dear Edison Pyramid Families, We are writing to you as your Pyramid Principals to let you know how disheartened we are in light of current events. Racism and hate have no place in the Edison Pyramid, rather our schools are places that strive towards inclusiveness and compassion for all while providing hope for the future.

Each school’s staff is here to support children to process information and to learn and speak about kindness, justice, equality and what it means to be a good citizen. We will continue to work together to identify ways to have these important conversations with our staff and students. Our schools are committed to continue engaging in professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices, to challenge racism and injustice while promoting inclusive school communities where diversity is valued.

Here are a few resources for families on these topics:

As always, we thank you for your trust. We thank you for your partnership. We are hopeful about our future because the students and staff of the Edison Pyramid will continue to lead the change.


Pamela Brumfield, Edison High School

Chuck Miller, Twain Middle School

Mary Duffy, Bush Hill Elementary

Eric Johnson, Cameron Elementary

Roxana Salata, Clermont Elementary

Andrew Smith, Franconia Elementary

Jean Consolla, Mount Eagle Elementary

Dawn Hendrick, Rose Hill Elementary

Additional Resources:

 Books for parents teaching young children:

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

Books for teenagers and adults to read:

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

Superintendent Brabrand Addresses Racism

Superintendent Brabrand sent a message to FCPS staff acknowledging the hurt, anger, and pain we are feeling in response to the brutal police killing of George Floyd, on the heels of other acts of hate and violence against Black people in our country. As Dr. Brabrand said, "Racism and hate have no place in FCPS." He also added, "This cannot be ignored. To our Black and African American students and staff, I want you to know that we see you, we believe in you, and we stand with you." If you have not read Dr. Brabrand's message, please check your FCPS email account.

COVID 19 and support for children with autism


During the COVID-19 crisis, educators and family members of children with autism, intellectual, and developmental disabilities have had to partner in new ways to help children learn.  This has fostered the need for new conversations between teachers and parents.  In order to assist with these conversations, VCU-ACE has developed two fillable resources to help meet the educational needs of students with autism, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.

Building Learning into Natural Home Routines and Activities Plan

15 Questions to Help Teachers Help Parents Meet Their Child's Needs


Next School Year?

No decisions have been made for what our return to school in the fall will look like. FCPS is working on several scenarios and will work to ensure both students & staff are safe. The School Board will have an all-day work session on Mon, June 15 beginning at 11am to discuss what the return might look like. You can watch online here:

Kindergarten Students Wanted!


If you have a child that will turn 5 by September 30, 2020, please visit our kindergarten registration page here. Please forward this information to family, friends and neighbors with future kindergarten students. Thank you!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We will be pre-enrolling our student registrations for the 2020-21 school year via email.  Please contact our registrar Ms. Tawanna Bates at to enroll your students.  For questions in English call (703) 329-2104.

To complete pre-registration the following forms will be submitted:

Physical Examination with vaccination records

Proof of Residency

Birth Certificate or Proof of age

See for more information


Queridos padres y guardianes,

Estaremos preinscribiendo nuestros registros de estudiantes para el año escolar 2020-21 por correo electrónico. Comuníquese con nuestra registradora Sra. Tawanna Bates en para inscribir a sus estudiantes. Para preguntas en español llame al (703) 329-2177.

Para comunicarse por  correo electrónico contacte a  Tracy Aguilar


Para completar la preinscripción,  los siguientes documentos son necesarios:


Examen físico con registros de vacunación


Prueba de residencia/ Contrato


Certificado de nacimiento


Consulte  para obtener más información.

All FCPS Playgrounds Are Closed


Why Are Playgrounds Closed?

Playgrounds are closed because of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance that includes the following concerns: 

  • They are often crowded and could easily exceed recommended guidance for gatherings.
  • It can be challenging to keep surfaces clean and disinfected.
  • COVID-19 can spread when young children touch contaminated equipment and then touch their hands to their eyes, nose, or mouth.


Last Day of school:

The last day of school is Friday, June 12th so there are only 7 days of distance learning left.  As we approach the end of this year, first we want to thank you for being a wonderful community.  All of our families and teachers have been so flexible and supportive of the students learning and it is truly appreciated.

We also wanted to give you some updates and end of the year information:


At this time, all students in grades K-5 will be able to keep their computers over the summer.

All 6th grade students will return their computers on June 12th or June 15th after distance learning is over.

Student Personal Materials:

Teachers are packing up student personal items to prepare them for distribution on Friday June 5th and 12th.  

Pick-up will be curbside at kiss and ride during your family’s selected half hour window of time.  Please schedule with your teacher(s). 

If you have medication in the clinic you should have received a call to schedule a pick-up for the medication.

Library books and other materials can be turned in on these dates.

6th grade (or anyone not continuing) band or strings instruments can be turned in on these dates.

Summer Learning

FCPS will be providing online learning resources on Blackboard 24/7 and by a workbook being sent to all families.  There will be a teacher available one hour per week if students have questions or need help.  More information will be shared as the summer approaches.

We have purchased books for all students to have 2 books for the summer in grades K-6.  We hope to get delivery of these books soon and will let families know about distribution dates. (We are hoping to have them prior to student pick up)