Fairhill Forum Summer Update #6

Fairhill Forum

August 17, 2021




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News from Fairhill

Dates to Remember:

August 19th:  Staff Back to School Bus Tour,  9:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

August 19th:  Welcome Back Bash, 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

August 23rd:  First day of classes for the 2021-22 school year

September 2nd:  Popsicles on the Playground, 6:30 p.m.

September 3rd - September 6th:  Labor Day Holiday, no school

September 9th:   PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

October 11th:  Student Holiday (Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day) 

Principal's Message

Hello Fairhill Families!

My name is Ted Cooper and I am your PROUD new Principal at Fairhill Elementary School!  This is my 9th year working in FCPS and I could not be more humbled and excited to start this year at Fairhill. Throughout my transitions I have met many amazing teachers and staff who have been welcoming and happy to share all the wonderful things I will learn about Fairhill. Last week at our kindergarten playdate, I had the opportunity to meet some of our newest Fairhill students and some returning members as well. I could not be more thankful for the support during the transition. I am looking forward to many opportunities to meet you, talk with you, work together, and learn together. I hope to see you all at the Popsicles on the Playground PTA event on September 2nd at 6:30 p.m. 

Please don’t hesitate to come say “hi” when you see both Courtney Korb, Assistant Principal, and myself outside during arrival and dismissal. Your partnership is extremely important to both of us. 

Please use the link below to watch our 2021 back to school video message. 


All my best,

Ted Cooper, Principal

Bell schedule

Bell Schedule for the 21-22 School Year

Fairhill's bell schedule for this coming school year will be Monday - Friday: 9:20 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.  Students will be allowed to enter the building beginning at 9:10 a.m. each morning.  Morning Kiss and Ride will be from 9:10 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.  

Dismissal will begin at 4:05 p.m. If your student will be using Kiss and Ride, please be ready in your car at that time, with the sign that will be distributed to you the first week of school.  Please complete this form so that we can ensure a safe and smooth dismissal each day.  


Forms, Forms, Forms!

As we return to school each fall, there are certain mandatory forms that need to be filled out.  Please click on the following links to fill out the necessary documentation we require each year for every student.  

1.  Emergency Care Form or here for the online link to       WeCare@school.

2.  Health Information Form or here for the online submission link through              WeCare@school.

3.  Student Rights & Responsibilities Form

4.  Opt-Out Forms 




Lunch at Fairhill may look a little different this year from years past.  While FCPS is unable to implement full physical distance in our school with the return of 99.5% of our students, we will implement as much physical distance as our space permits. Some students will be eating in the cafeteria and some students will eat in their classroom in order to promote as much physical distance as possible. Please see below for more information about lunchtime at Fairhill:

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • Students will be required to wear masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • Students will have an opportunity to to use hand sanitizer upon entering the cafeteria each day

At this time we are temporarily suspending the opportunity for parents and families to eat lunch with their child at school.  As health conditions improve , we hope to again offer  that opportunity for families. All students will be offered no cost breakfast and lunch for the entire school year. Menus are available here. 

REturn to school

Returning Strong for Five in Fall!

Fairhill Staff is excited to have our students back in person this fall!  Please click here to read all about the new rules and changes that will be implemented in FCPS schools this year, such as meal information, returning to school safely, health and safety guidance, and masking up. 

The first day of school is always a favorite day for teachers, families and students! It is important for children to establish the routine of coming to school. We ask all families to have your student commute the same way each day, both AM and PM as either a walker, by bus, or by Kiss and Ride beginning the first day of school.  The doors will open each day at 9:10 a.m. and dismissal is at 4:05 p.m. For example, if you want your child to ride the bus each morning, please have her/him ride the bus to school on the first day. 

Please talk with your child so they understand how they are going home and share with your teacher prior to the first day of school. Back to School Bash is a great time to share this information. This communication helps ensure that everyone is dismissed successfully.

This year, due to COVID precautions, we will have all staff members assigned to a duty post to help students walk into the building without families. In an abundance of safety, we will be encouraging families to say goodbye to their child outside and a staff member will walk them to their classroom. Families will not be allowed in the building to walk their student to class.

As well as providing safe schools, FCPS is providing safe transportation for our students.  All students and staff are required to wear masks on all buses. The CDC federal order requiring masks be worn on public transportation remains in effect and applies to buses operated by Virginia public schools.

You can find your students' bus stops and times on your ParentVUE page.  


The SIS (Student Information System) Parent Account is an online tool that parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, class schedule and performance, discipline incidents, health information, and more. If you registered in the past, your account is still active. If you have not, please create an account using this link. Please contact the Main Office if you have any questions or need support. 

 Information parents will be able to access includes:

  • Progress Reports
  • Attendance
  • Health information
  • Significant Discipline incidents
  • Name of Classroom Teacher
  • Teachers’ email addresses
  • FCPS calendar
  • Student’s emergency contact information
  • Transportation information including bus stops and times

Prior to Open House, please check your ParentVUE account for the name of your child’s classroom teacher.  If you do not have access, we will have staff members assigned to telling families assigned teachers at Open House. You will maximize your time at Open House by checking  your SIS Parent Account Thursday morning  for the name of your child’s teacher.

COVID-19 Procedures

Please click here for important COVID-19 related health information from our Health Room.  

School bus

Staff Back to School Bus Tour

Save the date! Our Welcome Back Bus Tour is coming to a stop near you!

Come out and meet the Fairhill staff on Thursday, August 19th.  We will be at the stops listed below with popsicles, smiles, handshakes, fist bumps, and high fives. We can’t wait to see you all there!


Stop 1:  9:10 AM 

Ellenwood & Barrick:  Park on Covington Street between Suede Court and Bowler Drive

Stop 2:  9:30 AM 

Stonehurst:  Intersection of Stonehurst Drive and Annhurst Street

Stop 3:  9:50 AM 

Dunn Loring Village:  Intersection of Grovemore Lane and Dellway Lane

Stop 4:  10:10 AM 

Mosaic:  Strawberry Park; grassy area on Strawberry lane in front of Ted’s Bulletin



Back to School Bash

We are so excited for our Back to School Bash,
which will be held on Thursday, August 19th from
4:30-7:00 p.m.

At our Back to School Bash you will be given the opportunity to meet your teachers and to discover what this school year will look like. Our Back to School Bash combines Open House (meet & greet with teacher) and Back to School Night (learn about important information from grade-level teams).  Please remember that this for parents and students to attend together.  

welcome back bash


Supply Lists for this school year

Please click here for each grade level's supply list.  

Tiger Spotlight

Each week we will be introducing to you some of our newest Tiger family members. Please say "Hello" and "Welcome to the Family" when you are sure to see them around! 


Welcome, Mr. Sved! We are so excited for you to join our Kindergarten team.

Amanda Burke

Meet Ms. Burke who will be a part-time Art teacher! 

News from FCPS

Mask Up!

Masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those unable to be vaccinated. To ensure a safe start to the school year, masks will be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS school buildings.

With respect to Fall 2021 Health and Safety practices, FCPS will continue to follow the guidance put forth by clinical researchers and medical providers from the CDC, VDH, and the FCHD to ensure the safest classrooms possible. This includes FCPS’ face covering (mask) requirements. Click here for more information.


Opt-Out Flier Now Online for Optional Printing by Schools

The 2021-22 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms flier is now online.

  • Parents’ rights to inspect, and to consent or opt out, before their child participates in certain surveys administered to students.
  • Parents’ rights to inspect instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum.
  • FCPS’ maintenance, retention, and disclosure rules regarding student scholastic records including parents and eligible students’ rights to inspect such records, to request amendment to such records and to opt out of disclosure of directory information about the student.
  • FCPS’ disclosure of student information for graduation photographs or other commercial purposes and the right of parents and eligible students to opt out of this disclosure.
  • FCPS’ disclosure of secondary school students’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers to military recruiters and the right of parents and students to opt out of this disclosure.
  • Parents’ right to opt out of any physical examination of their child not required by state law.
  • The FCPS school counseling program and parents’ right to opt out their child from participation in academic, career, and/or social or emotional counseling.
  • The process by which parents and students may file complaints if they believe their rights as referenced above have been violated.
  • Student participation in the Library Equity Access Pass Project, and the rights of parents to refuse participation in the program.

FCPS cares

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Fairhill employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Fairhill's Mission 

Fairhill Elementary fosters academic excellence in a respectful environment which instills strength of character and embraces community involvement.

Fairhill's Vision

The staff of Fairhill Elementary prepares children for a productive future by providing for successes in a positive, enriching and academically stimulating environment. We celebrate diversity, foster mutual respect and embrace collaboration as we unite to achieve common purposes and clear goals.

Our vision for the 2020-2021 school year

To be:

A place where every staff member and students feels included and loved.

A place where every student and staff member can be their best and true self.

A place where every student and staff member feels seen and valued.

A place for joy! A place where you belong. 

Important Contact Information

Fairhill Phone Numbers:

• Health Room 703-208-8110

• Cafeteria 703-208-8121

Administration e-mail addresses:

• Principal, Ted Cooper: egcooper@fcps.edu

• Assistant Principal, Courtney Korb: cbkorb@fcps.edu