Fairfax Villa Friday Message

Important Upcoming Dates  

3/5 -2 hour early dismissal (School ends at 2:15)

3/8 - Student Holiday (No Asynchronous Work)/Teacher Workday

3/9 - Grades 1 and 2 Tues/Wed cohort Return to Building 

3/10 - 3/12 - Spring Pictures

3/11 - Grades 1 and 2 Thurs/Fri  Cohort Return to Building 

3/15 - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

3/16- Grades 3-6 Tues/Wed Cohort Return to Building 

3/18- Grades 3-6 Thurs/Fri Cohort Return to Building

3/29 - Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

3/29 - 4/2 - Spring Break

4/5 - Teacher Workday; Student Holiday


  1. Bus Schedule Information for grades 1 through 6 

  2. Return to School Dates

  3. FCPS Covid-19 Update

  4. Classroom Monitors 

  5. School Picture Days

  6. Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

  7. NEW:Lunchboxes Now Allowed

  8. Video: FCPS Is Ready to Return

  9. NEW:Read Across America Challenge

  10. NEW:Kindergarten Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year

  11. NEW: Positivity Character Trait for March 8-12

  12. UPDATED: Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  13.  March School Spirit Days

  14. Fairfax Villa Main Office Hours Have Changed

  15. School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

  16. PTA 

1.Bus Schedule Information for grades 1 through 6

Parents/guardians of students in grades 1 through 6 will not receive direct notification from FCPS Transportation regarding bus schedules.  Instead, parents/guardians can find their children’s transportation information in their SIS ParentVUE accounts.  Once you log in, click on Student Info in the menu on the left, and scroll down to Transportation.  The information listed will be the FVES Bus route number, times of pick up and drop off, and bus stop location.

If you requested that your child be added to a bus or there has been a change in the days he/she is attending, please allow 5 days for any additions or changes to be made to the schedule.

Additionally, please feel free to call the Fairfax Villa office between 8:45 am - 4:45 pm (703-267-2800) if you are unable to find your child’s transportation details.

2.Return to School

Dates of Return for Student Groups

Group 6: Grades 1-2 

  • March 9 (for the Tuesday/Wednesday in-person students) 
  • March 11 (for the Thursday/Friday in-person students) 

Group 7: Grades 3-6

  • March 16 (for the Tuesday/Wednesday in-person students) 
  • March 18 (for the Thursday/Friday in-person students) 

Teacher Preparation Days

Please note: Teachers will be assigning asynchronous work to students in Group 6 on March  5,and 8 and to students in Group 7 on March 8, 11, 12, and 15. There will be no direct instruction or morning meeting on these days. These days will be used as teacher preparation days as we continue to plan for the return to school. 

Art Materials

If your child is coming to school in person on a day that they have art, they should bring their school provided art kit in the Ziploc bag.  This contains a sketchbook and watercolors, along with a pencil, scissors, glue, and crayons or colored pencils. If students never picked up their school provided art kit from the school, please contact Ms. Paramore (drparamore@fcps.edu).

3.FCPS Covid-19 Update

There has been an update on how families are notified about a potential exposure to Covid-19 in a classroom.  While the notification process will be generally the same as the one FCPS used in the fall, the Fairfax County Health Department will now determine which students and/or staff have potentially been exposed and needs to return to a virtual setting pending contact tracing.

This return to a virtual learning setting will last until the Health Department completes contact tracing. Any students and/or staff directed by local health officials to quarantine will need to follow Health Department guidance.

4.Employment Opportunities at Fairfax Villa: Classroom Monitors 

Fairfax Villa ES is looking for a classroom monitor to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when some staff members continue to work virtually. If you would like more information about the position, review the job description online and apply if interested. Please share information about this opportunity with anyone you think may be interested and make sure to contact Karen Wells (KEWells@fcps.edu) if you would like to become a classroom monitor at Fairfax Villa.

5.School Picture Days

Coming Soon! Fairfax Villa ES Picture Days! All in-person students in grades K-2 will have their pictures taken on Wednesday, March 10th and Thursday March 11th.  

For all students in grades 3-6 and virtual students in grades K-2, we have a SignUp Genius Link below for you to use to  sign up your student for their picture on Friday, March 12th.  The time slots will be from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.  You will enter and exit through door 8 (by Kiss and Ride loop). 

Please click on the link to sign up for your slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CA5A72BA3FBC43-fairfax

6.Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As many students return to in-person instruction, parents and caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) re-enter school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through ParentVUE (PVUE) or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

7.Lunchboxes Now Allowed

As of March 3, lunchboxes are NOW allowed.  Students will need to put them back inside their backpacks after lunch. 

8.Video: FCPS Is Ready to Return

The School Board has given its support  and FCPS' health and safety plans are tested and in place for students to return to the classroom. Watch the video on Return to School.

9.Read Across America Challenge

Fairfax Villa students are taking part in a schoolwide challenge to read in myOn from March 2nd to April 6th. The grade with the most minutes will get to choose the theme for an upcoming spirit day! Let’s go, Villa Dragons! Show us how much you can read!

10.Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

We need your help in projecting the Kindergarten enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. Virginia Law, section 22.1-254, requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2021, must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year unless the parent or guardian notifies the school in writing that they do not wish the child to attend school until the following year.

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2021, please fill out the form at https://fairfaxvillaes.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration no later than March 15, 2021. 

If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Fairfax Villa families who do not have children currently attending our school.

Please email any questions to Silvia Dossmann, Student Information Assistant, at smdossmann@fcps.edu.

11.Positivity Character Trait for March 8-12: SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE

What does SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE mean? Social intelligence refers to a person’s ability to understand and manage interpersonal relationships. It is distinct from a person’s IQ or “book smarts.” It includes an individual’s ability to understand, and act on, the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of other people.Examples of social intelligence include knowing when to talk or listen, what to say, and what to do.

WHY DOES IT MATTER? Social intelligence helps individuals build relationships – and is important to numerous aspects of a person’s life. It allows an individual to form friendships and alliances. And, it assists a person against being taken advantage of. People with social intelligence can “read” other people’s faces and know what motivates them. Social intelligence builds over time and as a person ages. In this sense, it is similar to the character strength of perspective.


“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.” -ABRAHAM LINCOLN


12.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on March 1 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing  Ms.Gaskins, Ms. Eddy, and Ms. Vadala  read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, March 15 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. Davis, Ms. Quinn, and Ms. Thompson!

Please join us then using  this link. The BBC link will be available beginning at 6:45 PM. Because of the large group, the audio, video, and chat are automatically turned off.

We can’t wait to see you! Put on your coziest pajamas and join us for some delightful stories.

Dragon Dreams

13.March School Spirit Days

Let's continue to show how LUCKY we are to be Villa Dragons during the month of March with more Virtual Villa Spirit Days. Showing our school spirit helps us to feel connected to each other even when we can't be together.  Get ready to show us your Villa Spirit!!!


14.Fairfax Villa Main Office Hours Have Changed

The office will now be open from 8:45 am - 4:45 pm to reflect the new bell schedule. 

15.School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Please use the following link to view the breakfast and lunch menus for Fairfax Villa ES students who are attending in-person learning.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/fairfax-villa-elementary

You may use the following link to view menus for other schools.

Link: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/

16.PTA News

The following message is sent on behalf of the Fairfax Villa ES School PTA.  Its content reflects the PTA.

Volunteer Opportunities!

The PTA will be assisting with classroom snacks as our kids return to the classroom! We’ll be looking for volunteers to bring snacks to the school once we learn more about how many kids are returning and how many snacks are needed. Keep an eye out for sign ups soon!

Are you interested in helping to find our next amazing PTA Board members? The first step in electing a new board in May is creating a 3-person nominating committee to find candidates. Please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

Lasagna Love

Here’s a chance to give a meal or receive a meal! This is a national campaign that makes local matches between families that are able to make lasagnas and families that need assistance.  https://www.lasagnalove.org  

PTA General Meeting

If you missed our PTA meeting last week, you can watch the recording at:


And please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 PM.


We raised $55 in our first 3 months with AmazonSmile! You can continue to support the Fairfax Villa PTA, and our kids and teachers, while you shop. Visit smile.amazon.com and choose the Fairfax Villa Elementary PTA as your charity, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your order total to the PTA. 

PTA Membership

PTA Membership is still open! Please join online at https://fairfaxvilla.memberhub.store/. Memberships are $10/person. If you would like to pay by check or need financial assistance, please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com.