Fairfax Villa Friday Message

Important Upcoming Dates  

4/16 - School Spirit Day - Hat Day!

4/19 - Dragon Dreams

5/3-5/7 - Teacher Appreciation Week

5/3 - Dragon Dreams

5/31- Memorial Day Holiday

6/11 - Last Day of School (Early Release - Dismissal at 2:15)


  1. NEW:Parent Action Needed Concerning SOLs

  2. Kindergarten Enrollment For the 2021-2022 School Year

  3. UPDATED: Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form 

  4. UPDATED: Calling All Photos!

  5. NEW: School Spirit Day-Hat Day 

  6. UPDATED: Positivity Information

  7. Boosterthon Prize Pickup

  8. Boosterthon Reward Fun with Mr. Gerstner

  9. Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

  10. April School Spirit Days

  11. NEW: Your Lifetouch Pictures

  12. School Breakfast and Lunch Menus

  13. PTA 

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1.Parent Action Needed Concerning SOLs

As soon as we have our SOL schedule, we will publish that here and also notify families of virtual students who have chosen to have their students take the SOLs of the day and time for them to come into school for each test.

Please remember that if parents opt out of the SOLs because of any concerns about Covid-19, there will be no penalty to either the child or to our school. Your child will still be promoted to the next grade level and there will be no impact as far as advanced math or AAP services are concerned.

Parent Action Needed for SOLs:  If you have not yet responded to the parent form sent to you for your options for the SOLs, you have until Wednesday, April 14th to do that. 

  • If you are the parent of a virtual student, we need you to give us an answer either way  - if you want your child to take the SOL or opt-out.
  • If you are the parent of an in-person student, we need you to fill out the form ONLY if you wish to opt out your child from the SOL testing.

Click here for the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTHXhLV9G-NQfJsVbOXkrPQ1Ck3108vcBVbKcosGNf3z21dQ/viewform

As soon as we have your information from these forms, we will be able to finalize our testing numbers and sessions and will be able to communicate that schedule with you. Thank you for your cooperation.

2.Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

Fairfax Villa ES needs 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 26, 2021.  You can also find the survey of preschool children / kindergarten enrollment form on the reverse side of this letter.  Our kindergarten staffing of teachers and instructional assistants is based on our kindergarten enrollment and our first staffing meeting for the 2021-22 school year is in early April.  We appreciate you filling out the form by that date.

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,  Fairfax Villa Student Information Assistant, at smdossmann@fcps.edu.

3.Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form 

Effective April 5, 2021, when a student remains home from in-person instruction due to COVID-Like Illness (CLI), the parent/guardian will NO LONGER need to provide the Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form.

Rationale: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) did not originally require this documentation for students staying home when sick. FCPS implemented this in an abundance of caution. With more students returning, requiring and monitoring additional documentation is unsustainable for staff.

The Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form will continue to be required for the following situations and must be completed prior to the students return to in-person instruction: 

  • Sent home due to COVID Like Illness (CLI)

  • Reports a positive COVID-19 test

  • Is instructed to quarantine by a medical provider or the FCHD

Additional acceptable documentation for student return to in-person following illness:

  • A health care practitioner note is also acceptable. The note is to be attached to the Return to School Form/Child Care and placed in the student’s cum folder.

  • If the student is returning from quarantine or isolation and has been under the advisement of the FCHD, a copy of the SARA alert form is also acceptable.


4.Calling All Photos!

What is a yearbook without photos? Our time is running out!

This year we would like to capture everything you have been doing at home during virtual learning. 

Please share photos of your child learning virtually, playing outside, participating in spirit days, cooking, doing arts and crafts, practicing their instrument, creating science experiments, reading with pets, having fun over spring break, dancing for Boosterthon, or anything fun! We would love to include your memories of this school year in the yearbook!

Please send photos to be considered for the yearbook to: FairfaxVillaYearbook@gmail.com 

If you missed the scheduled Picture Day, please send a portrait of your child (and the grade level) that we can include in the yearbook with their grade level peers. Please click on the google form below for directions on how to submit a photo of your child.  Please make sure the photo of your child is taken vertically, is not a full body photo, and is taken in front of a neutral background.

The deadline for both of these is April 12. 


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Paramore at drparamore@fcps.edu

5.School Spirit Day: Hat Day

Our Second Grade won the Read Across America/MyOn.com Reading Challenge by reading the greatest number of minutes over four weeks.  They have chosen Hat Day for our next Spirit Day on April 16. Please have all students wear a hat on Friday, April 16 - whether they are virtual or in-person. 

Thanks to all of our readers for their participation and congratulations to our fabulous second grade students!

6.Positivity Information April 12 - 16


What does FAIRNESS mean? You believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.

WHY DOES IT MATTER? For individuals, cultivating the character strength of fairness is correlated with highly desirable developmental outcomes. It helps people to become trustworthy friends, responsible citizens, and generally moral people. Fairness is also essential for the good of the group. As individuals develop the capacity for moral reason they often find a strengthening of: the aptitude for self-reflection; self-awareness and self-confidence; and perspective taking.


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” –U.S. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE


7.Boosterthon Prize Pickup 

The Boosterthon prizes are here! All students (whether or not they participated) will get a prize from the Boosterthon sponsor. Students who are attending in-person were given their prizes by their teacher this week. Parents of students who are attending virtually may come by the school Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm to pick up the prize for their student(s). After ringing the bell at door 1 and being let into the main lobby, look for the box for your child’s grade and take a prize from that box. All prizes are the same within each grade. Please note that the school office will be closed during Spring Break and will reopen on Monday, April 5th.

8.Boosterthon Reward Fun With Mr. Gerstner

Since we met our Boosterthon  goal of raising at least $10,000,  Mr. Gerstner was silly stringed and pied by some of our students (and a surprise teacher) on Thursday. We know that many of you joined us to watch this fun event live.  If you would like to watch the recording of it, please click on this link. You will need to skip ahead to the 1 minute 5 second mark to start. Thank you for your patience with us that day as we had connectivity issues while outside the building! 

9.Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories

Thank you to all those families who joined us on April 5 for our  Dragon Dreams Bedtime Stories.We loved hearing Ms. Rubin, Ms. Romano and Ms. Bayder  read  their favorite books to us.

Our next Dragon Dream Bedtime Stories will be on Monday, April 19 at 7:00. Our readers this time will be Ms. McNamee, Ms. Stoll, and Ms. Christensen!

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

10.April School Spirit Days

Let's continue to show how excited we are to be Villa Dragons during the month of April 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!!!


11.Your Lifetouch Pictures

Lifetouch Pictures have arrived!  If your student is Virtual, you may pick up his/her pictures in the main office Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.  For all IN-PERSON students, your pictures are being sent home with your student.  

12.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/

13.PTA News

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

Are you the next Fairfax Villa PTA Secretary??

Have you ever thought about being one of our amazing PTA board members? Are you available to attend the monthly PTA meetings and keep minutes? Could you maintain the official membership list and bylaws? Maybe the Secretary is the position for you! Please contact Jessie at villapta@gmail.com if you'd like to discuss or to put your name on the candidate list.

PTA General Membership Meeting

Please join us for our next PTA general membership meeting on Wednesday, April 28 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. 

Outside Activities

Girl Scout troops are forming for girls entering Kindergarten next year! If you know any girls who are interested, please share this upcoming meeting.