Dogwood Digest - 6/14/2021

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Happy Summer!


Dear Dogwood Families, 

We've made it through a school year of many shifts and changes.  We are incredibly proud of the resilience your children have shown and how much they were still able to grow and learn online and in person.  Best wishes for future success to our Dogwood Dragons Class of 2021! 

We look forward to seeing everyone back in the building next year as we return to 5 days a week.  This will be a new normal, but we are diligently working this summer to ensure we have the right supports in place to get students back into the building and help them adjust back to being in school.  

Take the time this summer for screen breaks and getting outdoors.  Encourage your child to read this summer and use the "Summer Workbooks" that will be provided through the county.  We know this year was difficult and we hope that continued reading and the summer workbooks will help support your child over the summer. 

Thank-you for your continued support throughout this school year!  Please look for news over the summer for special Welcome Back Information and dates!

Have a wonderful summer.  See you in August.

Rachel  Charlton     Katie Aldridge            Kim Seck

 Acting Principal     Assistant Principal   Assistant Principal           

Dogwood Principal Selection Process

An important first step in the process is to inform staff, parents, and community members about the principal selection process.  For this meeting, we will have interpreters available for translation services. All staff, parents, and community members are invited to attend an important meeting on Tuesday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. This will not be a face-to face meeting. We will use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to connect virtually. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra works best using a Chrome browser. We certainly hope you will be able to attend this meeting.

FCPS Transitions to Schoology Learning Management System on July 1

Fairfax County Public Schools’ contract with Blackboard ends on June 30. The new learning management system is Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/). Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families. Schoology will be used division-wide starting in July.

Schoology was chosen to: 

  • Support and implement instructional practices aligned to our learning model.  
  • Help students reach the Portrait of a Graduate goals.
  • Provide all students with equitable access to meaningful learning experiences.
  • Offer anytime access to their virtual learning space.

Students will have a Schoology account by June 18.

  • Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology.
  • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts.

As a parent or guardian, you will be able to use Schoology to view:

  • Your child’s class. 
  • Your child’s assignments and participation.
  • Your child’s calendar.
  • Teacher comments, scores, and feedback.

Parent accounts will be available in mid-August. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. 


Food bag

Meal Kits & Weekend Food Bags

Starting Tuesday, June 29, FCPS will have a bus stopping at Dogwood to deliver meals between 10:47-10:57 am.  HHK Weekend Food Bags will also be available for Dogwood students at Door #1 from 10:30-11:30 am on Tuesdays.  This distribution will continue through Tuesday, August 3.

summer camp

Summer Learning Opportunities to Share with Families

Please share these summer learning opportunities and camp programs with your community. FCPS has compiled a list of programs conveniently on one webpage:





Progress Reports and SOL Scores

Dogwood will be mailing Progress Reports to parents/guardians on Monday, June 14. The Office of Assessment and Reporting shared that parents will be able to access grade 3-6 SOL results through ParentVUE student test history in late July. Parents will receive official SOL scores from the Virginia Department of Education in the late summer.


Laptop return

Dogwood Laptop Return

All FCPS technology, including MiFi's, laptops and chargers, will need to be returned to Dogwood at the end of the school year. 


Virtual students may return their laptops at Door 1 M-F 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Immunization Requirement Updates

Effective July 1, 2021, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will require new school entry immunizations. All grade levels will be affected by these additional immunizations.

Required for School Entry:

  • A minimum of two doses of Hepatitis (A) vaccine are required: For SY 2021/2022, Kindergarten students must have two doses of Hepatitis A.
  • A minimum of two doses of Meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine are required: For SY 2021/2022, 7th grade students must have one dose and 12th grade students must have one dose. 
  • A minimum of one dose of Rotavirus (RV) vaccine is required: One dose is required for students less than eight months of age.

Recommended but NOT REQUIRED for School Entry:

  • A complete series of Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is recommended The minimum age for the initial dose is nine years.  The first dose is recommended for ALL (boys and girls) students entering 7th grade. The parent or guardian, at their sole discretion, may elect for the student not to receive the HPV series. Parent/guardian HPV opt-out documentation is not required.

Regulation 2101 details the specific health requirements for FCPS students and is in the process of being updated with the additional immunization requirements. The new requirements will be presented to SIAs/SSAs and registrars at the virtual End of Year (EOY) meetings 4/30-5/12/21 with a Q & A on 5/13/21.

Stay in Touch


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On the web: Check out the Dogwood website and FCPS website for updates.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 15th- Principal Selection Meeting 5:30 pm (eNotify sent out with link)

Tuesday, June 29th - August 3rd Meal delivery at Dogwood & Weekend Food Bags 

Monday, August 23rd- First Day of School