4/16 Paw Print


 In This Week's Paw Print:

1. Principal's Message📬

2. Amazing Things Happen Everywhere! 🏫💻

3. Bus Information 🚍

4. Hero Squad Campaign 🦸🏻‍♀️

5. Attention 6th Grade Parents  ❗

6. SOL Testing Schedule Information 📆

7. Purple Up for the Military Child 💜

8. Library Curbside Checkout Information📚

9. STEAM Checkout Kits 🤖

10. Rising 7th grade Tdap requirement

11. Panther Praise Staff Recognition Form👏

12. Technology Help Information💻

13. PTA Online Auction information🛍️

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

We hope everyone had a great week. It's hard to believe that we are already halfway through the month of April. The end of the 2020-21 school year is quickly approaching, and as a school we are looking at ways to celebrate the end of this school year. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing our plans for those in-person and virtual celebrations. And, we also hope to offer opportunities for students that have participated in school virtually this year to attend some of these celebrations in-person. Stay tuned for further information.

As we close out one school year, we are also looking ahead to next school year. We are looking forward to in-person instruction as the primary mode of learning for all FCPS students during the 2021-22 school year. Virtual learning options will be very limited and will be the exception. We believe in-person learning is the best options for students and we look forward to seeing ALL Poplar Tree Panthers return to the school building in the fall. Over the next several weeks, the county will be sharing more details about Fall 2021.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!

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!


🥳👒Crazy Hair/Hat Day🧢⛑️

Students (and teachers) had fun with crazy hair/hat day!

Crazy Hair/Hat Day


🏡 Learning from home! 🏡

4th and 6th Graders are having fun learning from home!

Kollmer's class



🚶🏾‍♂️ In-Person Classes 🚶🏼‍♀️

6th graders enjoying being back in the classroom!


1st graders show their writing to their classmates in-person and online using a document camera. It's so great that we have technology that helps us stay connected!



Be On Time for the Bus

As students begin to attend 4 days a week in person, bus stop times will be adjusted next week.  Please remember to get to your bus ten minutes before the listed bus stop time.  You can view bus stop information in SIS Parent VUE.  Parents should also consider getting the Here Comes the Bus APP which tracks the bus and will let you know exactly when it may arrive at your bus stop. 


Hero Squad

Hero Squad Campaign

Thank you all for helping to make our first week of the Hero Squad campaign a success! The campaign continues for the next two weeks (ends 4/30). Please donate using one of the ways below and keep sharing these links with family members and friends. Sharing on social media is another great way to help us reach our goal of $5,000! Students will earn a variety of prizes for online donations this year. Prizes earned will be mailed directly to your home at the close of the campaign.

This year, we are doing a grade level competition at Poplar Tree. The grade level that donates the most money will have some brave teachers complete a dare voted on by students. So, keep raising money to see some of Poplar Tree’s teachers dump slime over their head or get turned into a human sundae!

Please contact Mrs. Sniffin, SCA teacher sponsor, at smsniffin@fcps.edu if you have any further questions. Thank you so much for your support of this wonderful cause!

Attention 6th Grade Parents

6th grade photos


SOL Testing Schedule Grades 3-6

Students in Grades 3-6 will take the SOL tests in May.  Below is the schedule for testing.  Virtual students are invited to come in to take the tests at the same time as the in-person students and should plan to arrive at school between 9:00-9:15 a.m. Additional details will be sent closer to the testing dates. Most students will complete the test in the morning, finishing at around lunch time.  If a student is not available the day of testing make-up testing dates will be offered.

Grade 3:  May 14 (Reading) & May 26 (Math)

Grade 4: May 11 (Reading) & May 21 (Math)

Grade 5: May 12 (Reading), May 20 (Science) & May 25 (Math)

Grade 6: May 19 (Reading) & May 27 (Math)

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal (Calarsen@fcps.edu)

purple up

April 22nd

Purple Up for the Military Child

In honor of our students whose parents are connected to the military you are invited to wear purple on April 22ndWhy Purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. Over 14,000 military connected youth are currently students in FCPS.  If you are a military family, you are encouraged to visit the FCPS Military family resource page: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/military-families.


Library Curbside Checkout 

The next Grab n’ Go curbside library book pickup at Poplar Tree will be on Monday, April 19 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 (4/19)

Steam Kits

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 next distribution day will be April 19th from 1-3 PM!  Checkout Form

You will be notified by PTESSTEAM@gmail.com if you are chosen for the April 19th pick up.

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!