Weekly News from Silverbrook ES

4 Days in School

The Silverbrook staff was delighted to welcome our students back to four days of instruction. Our school was abuzz all week with relearning routines and procedures as we merged two sets of students into one cohesive group. Our students had a great week together!

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Safety First!

Parents, we are having a continuing challenge with dismissal. We have to work together as a community to ensure student safety and ease with leaving the premises.

You can help by:

  • Allowing students to ride the bus.  This small action will reduce our Kiss and Ride significantly.
    • If doing Kiss and Ride, remember to pull up as far as you can in the line, stay in your car, and follow the directions of school personnel.
  • Reminding students they need to cross in the cross walk, Students are crossing in the middle of the street and this is not safe.
  • Reminding students to walk their bikes along the sidewalk, cross at the crosswalk, and then get on their bike after they have crossed the street.
  • Not parking along the street and having the student cross the street. This is a safety issue.

Thank you in advance for joining us in our efforts to reduce congestion in Kiss and Ride and ensuring our students are crossing the street safely.


It’s Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!

May 3rd - 7th 

A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself, to light the way for others.  ~Anonymous  

FLE Virtual Parent Preview Night 

Monday, May 10th at 6:00pm

Parents/guardians are invited to preview Family Life Education (FLE) instruction scheduled at the end of the year for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.  This virtual meeting will include a slide presentation with time for answering any questions you may have.

This year we are following FCPS guidance in limiting lessons to: 

Grade 5   Lessons 1, 2 

Grade 6   Lessons 1, 2, 3, 5

Parents/guardians wishing to opt their child out of FLE instruction may return the competed opt-out form either in hardcopy or attached in email.  Parents may also send an email stating the lesson(s) they are opting out of to their classroom teacher.

Summer Practice Books

Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students to provide suggested activities for students to support continued learning.  Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive digital copies of the Summer Practice Books.  Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11, 2021.  Families will receive email communication in May about upcoming book arrival.  Digital versions of books will be emailed to the enrolling parent SIS account in PDF format the week of June 7, 2021.

  • Pre-Kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary Summer Practice Book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book by course enrollment.  These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English Learners and Special Education students may receive additional or customized books.   

More information can be accessed on the Summer Practice Books public webpage

Spotlight on Math

“What’s the relationship? How are the ideas connected?”

Jo Boaler’s book, Mathematical Mindsets, highlights the importance of finding relationships and making connections in mathematics. This means when we communicate about math, we are also connecting ideas together. Finding these relationships and making connections among mathematical concepts leads back to sense-making. Making connections in mathematics also leads to a deeper understanding of the WHY. As your student develops a mathematical mindset, they will hopefully learn to see math as a connected subject. When an isolated skills-based approach is used, the student misses out on the opportunity to connect an idea to the bigger idea and to see the relationships among ideas. As you work with your child in mathematics, remember workbooks may help build procedural fluency, but the ultimate goal is for your student to be able to apply those isolated skills in the larger context of a mathematical world! Whenever you have an opportunity, TALK MATH with your student! Apply math ideas in the world around you as you go about your day.


For a short journey to see the marvelous connections in mathematics from early third grade fraction concepts to high school geometry, check out the video! Math is about multiple connected relationships! https://www.youcubed.org/resources/tour-mathematical-connections/ What connections can you discover today?

Calendar Reminders

  • May 3 - 7 Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 10 FLE Parent Review Night 6:00pm
  • May 17 - June 4 SOL Testing 
  • June 8 Election Day - Virtual instruction for all students