FCPS Boundary Policy Review Input and other updates

Dear Dranesville Families:

I wanted to share some time sensitive information with you.


FCPS Boundary Policy Review

Provide Input on Boundary Policy Review at Final Virtual Community Meeting- 9/20 7 p.m.

The Fairfax County School Board is in the process of reviewing Policy 8130, Facilities Planning, Local School Boundaries, Program Assignments, and School Closings. In July 2019, the Board requested the Superintendent hire an outside consultant to work with the Board to identify best practices in boundary policy and engage the community in the discussion.

MGT Consulting Group (MGT), an education consulting firm, will be sharing information about the boundary policy review at three community meetings and seeking community input in a survey. The community meetings will not be discussing any boundary changes for any schools within FCPS. The information shared will focus on what factors should be considered when making boundary changes. 

Final Virtual Meeting 9/20 at 7 p.m.

You are invited to attend a virtual community meeting. Each meeting will provide the same information and use the same format. No specific boundary changes will be discussed at the meetings. The last meeting date is:  

  • Monday, September 20, 7 to 8 p.m.

Please register online to receive the meeting link and indicate if you need an interpreter. A Zoom link will be sent to you the afternoon of 9/20 for the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can view the video recording of the September 13 Community Meeting. All three meetings presented the same material. 


Community and FCPS parent member survey:

Parents received the survey directly from FCPS. For community members, please take part in the FCPS Boundary Policy Review Community Survey. The survey will close on Friday, September 24

For more information, please see the FCPS Boundary Policy Review website.

Draw Redistricting Maps Online for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors


  • Residents are encouraged to draw their own redistricting maps for the Board of Supervisors and School Board, using an online mapping tool.
  • The Fairfax County Redistricting Advisory Committee, which was appointed to propose new electoral districts, will review and consider any publicly submitted maps.
  • The deadline for the public to submit maps is Sunday, Sept. 19, at 11:59 p.m.

Fairfax County launched an online tool to allow anyone to draw proposed new electoral maps for the Board of Supervisors and School Board. New electoral districts are being drawn through the county’s redistricting efforts, and the public is encouraged to create proposed maps.

For more information and access to the information in multiple languages, please go to here.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

  • September 21 at 10am - Work Session-  Special Education Audit, ERFC Annual Report, and Return to School Update
  • September 23 at 7pm - Regular Meeting

How to watch meetings and sign up to speak

Constitution Day- September 17

According to the National Archives website, September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day(recognizing all who are born in the U.S.
or by naturalization, have become citizens) to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.  Visit the Constitution Day website on the National Archives  to learn more about the U.S. Constitution through our public programs, family activities, and online resources

Hispanic Heritage Month: 9/15- 10/15

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week” under President Lyndon Johnson, but it was later extended to a month during President Ronald Reagan’s term in 1988. Since then, the month has been celebrated nationwide through festivals, art shows, conferences, community gatherings, and much more. 

The National Hispanic Heritage Month website highlights the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum tributes to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. Please go the their website for more information and events for children and families.

Community/Student events:

House of Delegates 2022 Session Page Program

From Delegate Murphy-

I am so pleased that we are starting our Page Program back up for the 2022 legislative session! We unfortunately could not have the program last year due to the pandemic, but thanks to the progress we have made to get shots in arms and combat COVID-19, we will be bringing pages back this year.

Our Page Program curriculum has been updated and now includes more educational, professional and leadership components in the 2022 year. Our goal will be for House pages to develop and practice skills in leading others while serving those around them.

The House of Delegates will have 30 pages for this upcoming session. We will be selecting a diverse group of capable, competent, and excited students while maintaining a geographical balance. Pages must be 13 or 14 years old as of January 12, 2022 (the first day of legislative session). Check to see if you are eligible for the Page Program here.

Those who wish to apply to the program must submit their applications by: November 1, 2021 at 5:00pm.  Sign Up here to start the application process

Read the Virginia House of Delegates Page Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please Note: All accepted House of Delegates Page Program applicants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by December 24, 2021, which is 2 weeks prior to estimated arrival of January 9, 2022. Selected House pages are required to present their CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card.

Please reach out to me if you have any additional questions or would like to recommend a student for the program at DelKMurphy@house.virginia.gov 



Delegate Kathleen Murphy

SCC Back to School Anxiety Webinar- 

September 21 at 7pm

Safe Community Coalition (SCC) Panel Virtual Webinar: The SCC is hosting an online panel discussion with local mental health professionals Jennifer Weaver, Mimi Weisberg, and Robyne Davis. The panel will discuss Back to School Anxiety and offer concrete ways you can help get the school year off to a great start. September 21 at 7 p.m. More information and to register.

Safe Community Coalition

Riverbend Forest Preschool

Riverbend Park Forest Preschool

Registration is now open for Fairfax County’s newest preschool, the Forest Preschool at River-bend Park. Riverbend Park Forest Preschool will focus on encouraging learning and knowledge through nature. This play-based forest preschool for kids ages 3 to 5 will introduce the youngest learners to the park and all it has to offer. 

Class hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Parents can enroll their children for two (Tuesday/Thursday), three (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), or five-day per week sessions.

Play. Get Dirty. Learn.

See the Riverbend Forest Preschool website for more information.

Buckets free show

Buckets N Boards Comedy Percussion Show

Saturday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m.
McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.
Free admission

Buckets N Boards is a comedy percussion show that is equal parts music and humor. The intricate beats, ridiculous songs, tap dancing and stunning synchronicity combined with the variety of instruments and found objects that they manipulate is unlike any other show. More information here.

The McLean 5K- October 2nd 8 a.m.

The McLean 5K Run is back and registration is open!  A certified course through McLean is designed to appeal to runners of all abilities.  One more reason to participate – The proceeds from McLean 5K Run will benefit the McLean Community Foundation, our local charity that supports all things McLean, from fire trucks to playgrounds to social services. See their website for more information. 

Nationals events on 9/18

Nationals Vax Clinic 9/18/21

Tomorrow, before the Nationals 4 p.m. baseball game, D.C. Health will be outside Nationals Park (First base gate, corner of First Street and Potomac Ave SE)  from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. offering free Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots to any D.C., Maryland, or Virginia residents who have yet to be vaccinated.

Each vaccinated person receives 2 100-level tickets for the game and a Nationals’ goodie bag. This game is also Pups in the Park but requires a special ticket.

Battle of the Bases- championship softball game

Also on Saturday, fans may attend the Battle of the Bases championship softball game for free after the Nationals' game has finished with your Nats ticket or enter 7:30 p.m. or 10 mins after the last out. The softball game is 


For more information see the Nationals' website.

Battle of the Bases

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