3/26 Paw Print


 In This Week's Paw Print:

1. Principal's Message📬

2. Amazing Things Happen Everywhere! 🏫💻

3. STEAM Checkout Kits 🤖

4. Library Curbside Checkout Information📚

5. School Based AAP Spring Newsletter📰

6. Testing Information 🎓

7. FLE reminders ❗

8. Rising 7th grade Tdap requirement

9. Panther Praise Staff Recognition Form👏

10. Technology Help Information💻

11. PTA Online Auction information🛍️

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

Happy Friday! It was great seeing you last night at our Principal Q&A session and PTA meeting. In case you missed it, HERE are the slides that were shared. Due to Spring Break next week, there will not be a Paw Print next Friday.

Stay safe and have a wonderful Spring Break!

Sue Andujar


Carol Larsen

Assistant Principal

Amazing Things Happen Everywhere

Check out some of the amazing things that are happening everywhere around Poplar Tree! Whether in-person or virtually, we are all one school and one community!


📚 Authors Message

3rd Graders both at home and in-person read the book Dreamers with Mrs. Riddile and then shared what they thought was the author's message using Padlet!

Dreamers - Authors Message


👀 Look

Students practice and explore the core word "look" while also learning about science!


Steam Kit Images

Interested in checking out a Dash Robot or Steam Kit?

Check out the STEAM tab on the Poplar Tree Student Resources Site to learn more! (must sign in with student fcpsschools.net account)

The first distribution day will be April 5th from 1-3 PM!  Checkout Form

You will be notified by PTESSTEAM@gmail.com if you are chosen for the April 5th pick up.


Library Curbside Checkout 

The next Grab n’ Go curbside library book pickup at Poplar Tree will be on Monday, April 5 from 1-3pm. Students who are learning from the school building may now select an option to have their book bags delivered to them in their classroom. Families who are interested can fill out the book request form and a personalized book bundle will be created just for you with the latest and greatest from the Poplar Tree Library!

Log into Google Apps with a student login, then click the link below to fill out the form:

Poplar Tree Library Book Request Form (4/5)


Spring School Based AAP Services Newsletter

Click here to read the Newsletter.



Testing Information

All First Grade Parents of Virtual Only Students need to complete this Google Form by March 26th to indicate if your child will or will not take the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) on April 12th.  The test is administered in-person only. You may opt your child out without penalty this spring.  Additional opportunities for abilities testing will be provided in the 2021-2022 school year. 

All Parents of Virtual Only Students  in Grades 3-6 need to complete this Google Form by April 5th to indicate if you do or do not want your child to participate in the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in late April/May.  These tests are in-person.  There is no penalty for non-participation. Students who opt out will not receive a score and will have the opportunity to take the new virtual Virginia Remote Assessment.  Parents of in-person students also have the right to opt their child out of testing, using the same Google Form. 

If you have questions please contact Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal and Test Coordinator at Poplar Tree (calarsen@fcps.edu).  


Family Life Education

Human Growth and Development Lesson Information

Grades 4, 5, and 6 will be conducting the required Human Growth and Development Lessons in April on designated Mondays.  Additional information was sent earlier this month.  All parents have the right to opt students out of select or all FLE lessons.  Students who have opted out will not be provided with the BBCU link for the session and will be provided a separate asynchronous assignment they can choose to do.  FLE lessons and the opt-out lessons are not graded.  For more information about the curriculum and opt outs please visit this website:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education

If you wish to opt your child out you may email Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal the opt out form or email her the information (student name, teacher, and which lessons your child is opting out).  For our planning purposes, we request that you please send the opt out information by March 26th. You will receive a confirmation email from Mrs. Larsen once this is received.

If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher or Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal (calarsen@fcps.edu ).

7th grade

Rising 7th Grade

Tdap Immunization Requirement

Virginia Law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of eleven.

For your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit one of the following documents before the first day of school.  It is recommended that all paperwork be submitted to the school office by July 31, 2021.

 Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Tdap vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at:


The Tdap booster is available from your child’s healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department Clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics or by calling 703-246-2411. Please note that students receiving immunizations at the Health Department must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their immunization records with them.

Seventh grade students will not be allowed to begin school in August 2021 without submitting proper documentation.

Panther Praise

Poplar Tree Staff Panther Praise!

We are starting a new online tradition here at Poplar Tree that gives the community the opportunity to say thank you and/or show appreciation for all of the effort the Poplar Tree Staff is putting in day and night! We will share these praises with the staff members. To submit a Staff Panther Praise, please fill out this form!

Thank you for helping to recognize our amazing staff!

tech help

Tech Help Info

We know that as we move through Virtual Learning, technology issues arise. If you're having trouble with your FCPS laptop, here's a few things to try:

  1. Restart your computer! (We have found that this solves MANY of our problems - including those microphone, camera, and sound issues!)
  2. Visit this webpage to checkout some self-help guides!
  3. FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.
  4. If you still cannot get your laptop working, students and/or parents can submit an IT support ticket to get help with district digital resources or your FCPS issued laptop.  Find the portal here.

We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding!

online auction

PTA Online Auction

The Online Auction is Coming and We Need Help!

Poplar Tree's annual Online Auction will be May 2nd - 4th this year! In order for this popular event to happen, we need your help! Please contact Brooke Smith to contribute either or both of the following:

1. Goods or services to donate: Poplar Tree families are very talented and resourceful! Please consider donating goods or specialty services to the Auction. 

2. Help soliciting donations: While the pandemic has had a detrimental effect on many businesses, there are several that are thriving during this time. For ease, we have lists and templates to use, or feel free to use your own contacts!