Fairhill Forum 09/21/2021

Fairhill Forum

September 21, 2021

 

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News from Fairhill


Dates to Remember:

September 15th - October 15th: Hispanic Heritage Month 

September 23rd: Fall Picture Day

September 27th – October 1st:  Fairhill Fitness Week and Fun Run

October 1st: Fun Run

October 6th:  Walk/Bike to School Day

October 11th:  Student Holiday - Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 14th:  Fairhill Town Hall, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

October 14th:  Fairhill PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m. 

October 19th:  PTA Dinner Night Out, Mama Tigre 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

October 29th:  End of First Quarter, 2 hour early release


Administrators’ Avenue 

Dear Fairhill Families-

We are having a wonderful time here at Fairhill now that we are fully in the swing of things. While we are always teaching and reteaching routines and procedures, at this point in the year, we are really deep into learning and that feeling is wonderful. 

This past week our COVID focus has been on increasing ways to social distance in the classroom. With the recent cases and pauses since the start of the school year in FCPS, our leadership team has asked us, in an abundance of caution, to revisit classroom set up where possible. Many of our teachers were able to break apart close clusters of desks or rethink classroom organization to maximize space and ensure all students are socially distanced to the greatest extent possible according to the CDC K-12 recommendation.  While this does promote safety and reduces potential close contacts and pauses, there are of course some instructional implications such as altered small group work, revised carpet time and finding new ways for students to collaborate with each other while distancing. Please be patient with us as we learn and relearn our ever-changing new normal to promote safety and learning. 

In other news, FCPS and Fairhill are excited to celebrate the first week of Hispanic Heritage Month this week! Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th and gives us an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our Hispanic heritage and community. Many teachers will be teaching about this in upcoming lessons and if you are interested in supporting the conversation at home, we encourage you to consider checking a book out from THIS book list. One of our favorites is Kitchen Dance!

Stay well and have a wonderful week,

Ted & Courtney 


Picture Day is this Thursday!

Remember that September 23 will be Fairhill Fall Picture Day.  Click here for the available packages and click here for online ordering. The code for Fairhill is FM370406.  

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Keep your child home from school with any symptoms that are COVID-like. 

The most important way you can help as a parent is to keep your child(ren) home if they present with any illness or symptoms that are associated with COVID: runny nose, coughing, headache, sore throat, fatigue, diarrhea, etc. If you keep your child home, and they are feeling better the next day, then they do not need documentation from a medical provider to return. However, if your child comes to school and presents with symptoms, they will be placed in the Care Room and will be sent home. Your child must then be seen by a medical provider in order to return to school and you will be given a form to get completed by the doctor. 

Parents, caregivers or guardians, are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through a home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction. Please consider the questions in the HealthScreeningQuestionnaire for 2021-2022.pdf each morning before sending your child to school. If you answer “YES” to any of the questions, please keep your child home. 


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Town Hall

Join us for our next virtual Town Hall on October 14th from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  We will discuss student mental health with our Mental Health Team. We will send a link to join closer to the date.   


Positivity Project-

Weekly Character Strength: Teamwork

WHAT DOES TEAMWORK MEAN? You work well as a member of a group or team. You are loyal and sacrifice your individual desires for the greater good.

Click here for the full explanation of Teamwork/Citizenship and what it means in terms of P2 in the classroom.  

We will continue to be a Positivity Project Partner School. Learn more about it here.

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New Birthday Treat Policy

Beginning this school year our birthday treat celebration policy will be new. Birthday celebrations are important!  We would  like to recognize the birthday celebrant on their special day at school! If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday at school, here are ways we can celebrate:

  • Bring in a favorite book to share/read
  • Your child gets to pick the read aloud story for the day
  • Donate a book to the school library or classroom in honor of your child’s birthday
  • Donate a board game to your child’s class to be used for indoor recess
  • Send in small, tangible items to be distributed to the class (pencils, erasers, stickers, etc.)  

Unfortunately, sharing birthday treats with classmates/friends this year will  need to be done outside of the school building. Thank you for your understanding and support of our new Birthday Treat School Policy as we work towards providing safe and healthy options at all celebrations and events.


Parent/Guardian Access to Family Life Education Lessons

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms were sent home last week and are available online for Elementary (K-6) Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to Fairhill prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online here. They are also posted in the Fairhiill All Parents Schoology course.  Parents/guardians can login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account. Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.


News from Fairhill PTA


Join the PTA!

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As we head back to school in person, it is the perfect time to bring our Fairhill community back together.  One of the best ways to feel connected to our teachers, staff and families is to join the PTA.  You can become a member by accessing this link


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Fairhill Fitness Week and Fun Run!

We are excited to announce that we are preparing to launch the Fairhill Fitness Week and Fun Run!  For those of you who were around in 2018, you may remember that the fun run was a very fun and successful event.  We plan to follow the same format again this year.  

When will this occur?

Fairhill Fitness Week: Monday September 27 – October 1

The Fairhill Fun Run will be held during specials on Friday, October 1 outside on the field.

Why are we holding the fitness week and fun run? 

The goal of this week is to make it a fun week for our children that is focused on fitness and to be our largest fundraiser of the year.  To do this, we brought the fun run in-house, meaning no outside vendor in the school during the week disrupting classroom time. In turn, the PTA keeps approximately 90% of the profit versus 50% using an outside vendor, putting more funds directly back into our school to benefit our children!   

Click here for more information.


Dinner Night Out!

Join us for our second dinner night out this year on Wednesday October 13, 4-9 pm, at Mama Tigre - 10443 White Granite Drive, Oakton, VA

 

Restaurant fundraiser

News from FCPS


Fairfax County Public Schools to Host Virtual Job Fair

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the largest school system in Virginia, is searching for individuals to serve as student monitors and school public health/COVID case managers. FCPS school administrators will conduct virtual interviews with candidates at a Virtual Job Fair on Friday, September 24

Click here for more information.  


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Walk/Bike to School Day

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 6, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.  Stay tuned for more information!


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. 


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.


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