4/23 Paw Print


 In This Week's Paw Print:

1. Principal's Message📬

2. SPOTLIGHT on Belonging 🔦

3. Hero Squad Campaign 🦸🏻‍♀️

4. Principal Q&A session & PTA meeting 📆

5. Kendra Scott PTA Fundraiser 📿

6. SOL Testing Schedule Information 📆

7. SCA Spirit Day 🐾

8. Chantilly Pyramid College Day 🎓

9. Library Curbside Checkout Information📚

10. STEAM Checkout Kits 🤖

11.Updated Rising 7th grade Immunization requirement

12. Panther Praise Staff Recognition Form👏

13. Technology Help Information💻

14. PTA Online Auction information🛍️

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy.  We are excited to share a new feature in the Paw Print called SPOTLIGHT on Belonging. The concept of belonging is a core value at Poplar Tree. Our hope is that every student, every family member, and every staff member feel welcome when they walk through our doors. I’m sure there have been times when that has not been the case, and we are committed to working hard until every member of our community feels that sense of belonging. We all have a story and when we truly listen with an open heart and mind to people’s stories, we take that first step towards understanding each other. Please take a few minutes to listen to our first SPOTLIGHT interview with Angela Velasquez, one of our Spanish teachers.  

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar


Carol Larsen

Assistant Principal


SPOTLIGHT on Belonging: 

Meet Angela Velasquez!

At Poplar Tree we recognize that equity means more than just access to programs and curriculums.  Equity means creating an inclusive learning community where each staff person and student feels like they belong.

This is the first in a series of interviews that will highlight Poplar Tree staff persons, their journey to belong and their strategies for creating an inclusive learning community here at Poplar Tree.   

Interview:  Poplar Tree Spotlight on Belonging

Questions about the interview or equity at Poplar Tree? 

Contact Shari Hirsch, School Counselor & Co-Equity Lead

Hero Squad

Hero Squad Campaign

We are in the FINAL week of our Hero Squad campaign. The campaign ends on 4/30. We are so close to meeting our goal of $5,000! Please help us reach our goal by using one of the ways below to donate. Keep sharing these links with family members and friends or on social media. Students will earn a variety of prizes for donations this year. Prizes earned will be mailed directly to your home at the close of the campaign.

  1. Donate on our school’s online donation page at https://events.lls.org/pages/nca/PoplarTreeElementarySchool-2020-2021
  2. Donate on your child’s classroom donation page. Check in with your child’s classroom teacher for more information and their specific link.

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!

join us

Principal Q&A Session

and PTA Meeting

Please join us on Monday, April 26 for a Principal Q&A session at 6:30 followed by the PTA meeting at 7:00

🔗To join the meeting click here.🔗

Kendra Scott PTA Fundraiser

kendra scott fundraiser


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)

College Gear Day

SCA Spirit Day

The next SCA Spirit Day is Friday, April 30, and it’s College Gear day. If your child doesn’t have college gear, encourage them to wear the colors of their favorite college. We can’t wait to see different colleges represented both at home and in-person.

College Day

Chantilly Pyramid College Day 2021

We are excited to announce that Poplar Tree will continue its annual tradition of College Day on Friday, April 30!   Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • College Spirit Day! Students and teachers are encouraged to wear their college gear or college colors--t-shirts, hats, whatever! Parents are welcome to join in the fun, too! 
  • Take a photo of your spirit wear and share on Twitter with the hashtags #ptescollegeday2021 and #amazingthingshappeneverywhere and tag us- @PoplarTreeES and @PTES_Counselors. We can’t wait to see your College Spirit! 
  • Students will explore colleges with games and activities on our Virtual College Day 2021 Google Site. They can also check out where their teachers went to college and explore some college websites. 

It’s never too early to start thinking about college! For more information about how parents of elementary aged children can prepare for college, check out this College Preparation Checklist Brochure

Questions about College Day?  Contact Poplar Tree school counselors, Ms. Mertens & Mrs. Hirsch.


Library Curbside Checkout 

The next Grab n’ Go curbside library book pickup at Poplar Tree will be on Monday, May 3 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 (5/3)

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 26th from 1-3 PM!  Checkout Form

You will be notified by PTESSTEAM@gmail.com if you are chosen for the April 26th pick up.

7th grade

Updated 7th Grade Immunization Requirement Notice

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), and Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).            

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Tdap and Meningococcal documentation.

Please provide one of the following documents to our registrar, Kirsten Cordial (kkcordial@fcps.edu), as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the missing immunization(s).
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) 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:


Immunizations are available from your student'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/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

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!