Fairhill Forum 11/17/2020

Fairhill Forum November 17, 2020 


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News from Fairhill

Dates to Remember:

November 19th:  Deadline to submit nominations for outstanding employee

November 25th: Deadline to order Square 1 Art Keepsakes 

November 25-November 27th: Thanksgiving Holiday, no school

December 1st:  All level IV AAP referrals due by COB for the 2021-22 school year.

December 2nd: Fairhill Coffee Talk,  Dr. Nowak, Principal of Falls Church High School, 6:00 p.m.

December 10th: PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

December 21st-January 1st: Winter Break, no school

Playground, Fields, and Blacktop Access Closed

As we begin to welcome in person students back to Fairhill, the community will not longer have access to the Fairhill playground, blacktop or any fields surrounding the school.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we must ensure the safety of our in person students and staff who will be using these outdoor areas on a regular basis. As of December 1, the Fairhill playground, all of the fields surrounding the school, and the blacktop areas  will be unavailable to the community.   We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  


Nominations for Outstanding Employee

Nominations for Outstanding Employee Awards are open. To submit a nomination for a  Fairhill Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link:


You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category.

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years’ experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)                                     

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school 

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is November 19, 2020.



Updated Technology Supports for Families


Parent Help Guides and Video Tutorials-access videos and resources to help your student in the virtual learning environment.

Parent Technology Help Desk- (1-833-921-3277) available to support families 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Fairhill Parent/Student Support Request- this form should be completed when help is needed from Fairhill. Fill in all of these fields so that the Technology Team at Fairhill can reach out to you with solutions or schedule a time to get help with equipment.

Screen-Free Activities

Looking for some screen-free ideas this month?  Check out these fun ideas for your family!  Here is the latest choice board for this month.  

November choiceboard (3)

Fairhill Town Halls/Coffee Talks

Now that we have gotten into the groove of virtual learning, we are kicking off our Monthly Town Hall Meetings. 

Please see our schedule below for dates, times and topics and MARK YOUR CALENDAR. Links to join will be sent out prior to each Town Hall. 

  • December 2nd at 6:00 p.m.: Dr. Nowak, Principal of Falls Church High School
  • January 11th at 3:00 p.m.: Mr. Magliola, Principal from Luther Jackson Middle School
  • February 17th at 6:00 p.m.: Conversation about Equity with Ms. Gauta and Mrs. Dux
  • March 15th at 3:00 p.m.: Reading at Home with Mrs. Norris, Ms. Gauta and Ms. Piesto.
  • April 21st at 6:00 p.m.: Math Strategies with Mrs. Hartman, Mrs. Santiago, Ms. Chen and Mrs. Deneault. 
  • May 17th at 3:00 p.m.: Mental Health Conversations with Fairhill Mental Health Team


Fairhill Library’s “Reading on the Run” Curbside Check-out:

Curbside Check-out will be offered each Monday. Families will use the Kiss and Ride loop from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. to collect their books.

Make sure to place your holds by Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. so library staff have plenty of time to pull your books for Monday’s Curbside service. 

Please see the Library Google Classroom for more information on how to checkout books. 

Thank you for your patience and grace as we try something new! We welcome feedback to make our process smooth and enjoyable! You may email Mrs. Howard at: lghoward@fcps.edu


Weekly Character Strength: Gratitude

You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

We will continue to be a Positivity Project Partner School. Learn more about it here.

Click here for the full explanation of Bravery and what it means in terms of P2 in the classroom.  



Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link we have provided.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

Digital Resources at Fairhill-Parent Consent Form

Fairhill will be using a variety of digital resources and tools this year, and parent permission is required for some of these applications. FCPS is committed to using  innovative tools that positively impact learning while ensuring student privacy and safety.

The list of resources for Fairhill can be found  on the Digital Resources at Fairhill Webpage. This page outlines the tools with links to more information, as well as the parent consent form.

Please complete the parent consent form so that our teachers know if permission has been provided for these tools to be used with your child.



School Forms

As the school year begins virtually, it is important  that required forms are complete for all students for SY 20-21.

The Emergency Care Form and Health Forms are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school (weCare) module. 


Please complete the following FCPS forms (linked below) that we will need for all students. We have also mailed these forms home through the USPS.

You may fill them out electronically by clicking the links below or wait until paper copies are sent home. Forms can completed  through WeCare, scanned and emailed to FairhillElem.Attendance@fcps.edu , or placed in the box next to the doorbell at  Door 1.

Emergency Care Form 

Health Information Form 

Homeless Student Referral Form 

Identification of Military Families 

FLE Opt Out 

Opt-Out Forms Packet

News from Fairhill PTA


Become a Fairhill PTA Member!

Please consider becoming a PTA member for the 20-21 school year. 

Click this link for membership options! 

Square 1 Art

Square 1 Art order deadline is 11/25/2020


Ready to shop the catalog with your child's uploaded artwork?  Just click Art Search to find your child's art and begin to shop the online catalog. 

Production will begin immediately after your order is placed.  Please allow 2.5-3 weeks for delivery.  This year, items will be delivered to your home instead of school.

Need assistance with your order?  Contact Square 1 Art Customer Care.

Square 1 Art Customer Care



PTA Meetings

Mark your calendars for upcoming PTA meetings this  school year. 

  • December 10, 6:30 p.m.
  • January 14, 6:30 p.m.  
  • February 11, 6:30 p.m.
  • March 11, 6:30 p.m.  
  • April 8, 6:30 p.m.
  • May 13, 6:30 p.m.

News from FCPS

November 18 Walking Wednesday – Dedicated to Ruby Bridges

Get some fresh air and keep moving on November’s Walking Wednesday, November 18, an opportunity for students and their families to walk in their neighborhoods for a boost of energy and for neighbors to reconnect at a safe social distance. Families are encouraged to find ways to cheer on their neighbors as they walk in their neighborhoods.


November’s event is dedicated to Ruby Bridges, the elementary student who, as the first African American student to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, was escorted to school by federal marshals in 1960.


Additional information on this event can be found here. 


Family Guide for Return to School

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

Challenging Behaviors: ABCs of Behavior & How to Respond Webinar for Families

Thursday, November 19th 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Contact: Parent Resource Center 703-204-3941

Free - Registration Required
For more information and to register click here

New FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard 

FCPS has launched a COVID-19 dashboard to share weekly COVID-19 cases that have been self-reported to us. Data is updated weekly on Friday by 1 p.m. Any cases occurring after that time are reported for the following week.

This data should be interpreted with caution as it only reflects cases that have been shared with FCPS through self-reporting and may not be aligned to future epidemiological investigations. This data is currently being shared from a division level, as opposed to school or work site, so that it does not jeopardize sharing personally identifiable, confidential health information involving FCPS students and staff. Case reports indicate the total number of COVID-19 cases self-reported to principals, administrators, and program managers. Reports were shared with the Fairfax County Health Department to initiate contact tracing.

Effective November 2, the FCPS COVID-19 dashboard will be disaggregated and will present case data by school and case type (student, staff, visitor) and data will be updated daily. 

Updated information is available on the FCPS website. 

Bus Route Meal Service Fall 2020

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes.  School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. 

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

The service will be available Monday - Friday only.  

New for this fall:  breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays will be distributed at all sites and bus routes each Friday.

PLEASE NOTE:  Updates to bus routes are posted each afternoon by 5pm. Changes will be marked as "new" or "updated".  

Arrival times at bus stops may be delayed several minutes due to unexpected issues.

Read the October 9 update on Free and Reduce Meals applications, Grab and Go Meals and Fairfax Meal Kits.


FCPS Cares

Do you know a Fairhill employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.



FCPS Cares

News from the Community

i9 Sports has fun and safe programs available to keep children active.

This winter, we will offer Indoor Basketball, Volleyball, and Soccer.

Registration for Winter classes is now open.  Please read the flyer below. 

You can click here to read about i9 Sports COVID Protocols.


Fairhill's Mission 

Fairhill Elementary fosters academic excellence in a respectful environment which instills strength of character and embraces community involvement.

Fairhill's Vision

The staff of Fairhill Elementary prepares children for a productive future by providing for successes in a positive, enriching and academically stimulating environment. We celebrate diversity, foster mutual respect and embrace collaboration as we unite to achieve common purposes and clear goals.

Our vision for the 2020-2021 school year

To be:

A place where every staff member and students feels included and loved.

A place where every student and staff member can be their best and true self.

A place where every student and staff member feels seen and valued.

A place for joy!

Important Contact Information

Fairhill Phone Numbers:

• Health Room 703-208-8110

• Cafeteria 703-208-8121

Administration e-mail addresses:

• Principal, Candace Hunstad: cjhunstad@fcps.edu 

• Assistant Principal, Courtney Korb: cbkorb@fcps.edu