Fairhill Forum 09/28/2021

Fairhill Forum

September 28, 2021




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News from Fairhill

Dates to Remember:

September 15th - October 15th: Hispanic Heritage Month 

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

October 1st:  Fun Run

October 6th:  Walk/Bike to School Day

October 8th:  Overview of AAP Services Virtual Meeting, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

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

October 29th:  Overview of AAP Services Virtual Meeting, Grades 2 - 6, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Administrators' Avenue

Dear Fairhill Families-

If you follow any of our social media accounts, you know that yesterday was a really special day at Fairhill ES. Thanks to all of our community members, we reached another Fun Run milestone which resulted in Mr. Mitchell getting taped to the wall! This morning we discovered that we hit the $30,000 goal! Wow! For reaching our $25,000 milestone, we are having a Schoolwide Pajama Day tomorrow, Wednesday, August 29th. Our Fun Run will be this Friday during specials.

Mr. Mitchell


As you plan your calendars going forward, please make sure to save the date for our next Fairhill Town Hall/PTA meeting that will happen on Thursday, October 14th at 5:30 p.m.  Our counselors will lead the Town Hall and have relevant information about the mental health of our students and some strategies at home to promote positive mental health. Directly after the Town Hall we invite you to stay on the same link for our PTA meeting. Last month we had over 50 participants for the Town Hall and we hope to hit 60 families for this next one! Please help us spread the word and invite families to take advantage of this great opportunity and connection to Fairhill. 

As always, we are here in support and collaboration to ensure your child has the best possible school experience. Please always feel free to reach out.

All our best,

Ted & Courtney 

walk/bike to school



Save the date of October 6th for our annual Walk/Bike to School Day!

Walking and biking increase physical activity, they teach people safe             pedestrian and biking skills, they are better for the environment (one less car) and they are a great way to spend time outdoors with family friends!

All students here at Fairhill are encouraged to participate. Every student who walks or bikes to school on October 6th will receive a reward!  Can't walk or bike to school?  No worries - all bus riders and kiss and ride students can earn their reward by walking 8 laps at recess on that day!  Look for Mr. Peevy and Ms. Mendick in front of the school on October 6th.  They will be cheering you on!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Peevy at the following email address, pepeevy@fcps.edu.


Advanced Academic Program Information Sessions

Please join us for a Parent Information Session on Friday, October 8th from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (via Zoom) for an overview of FCPS Advanced Academic Programs and AAP services provided here at Fairhill. All parents are welcome to join to learn more about AAP programs and continuum of services.  We hope to see you then!

Additionally, Mrs. Campbell will be hosting a Parent Information Session on on Friday, October 29th @ 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (via Zoom) to share information about the screening and identification processes for full-time level IV services for identified students. This session is intended for families of students in grades 2-6. 

Links will be sent out prior to each session. 

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. 

virtual town hall

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: Open-mindedness

WHAT DOES OPEN-MINDEDNESS 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 Open-mindedness 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.


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!


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

fun run

Fairhill Fitness Week and Fun Run!

Dear Fairhill Families,

The Fun Run is this Friday and we have already exceeded our $25,000 goal!  At press time, we have raised over $28,000.  Thank you Fairhill friends and families for your generous donations and support!  Please keep the donations coming so that we can see Mrs. Korb and the Fairhill Tiger sleep on the roof, teacher scooter races on the blacktop and, for the big finale, Mr. Cooper will shave his head.  


$15,000:  Movie/cartoons at lunch (achieved)

$20,000:  Tape Mr. Mitchell to the wall (achieved)

$25,000:  Pajama Day (achieved)

$30,000:  Mrs. Korb and the Fairhill Tiger will sleep on the roof

$40,000:  Shave Mr. Cooper's head

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to help make the Fun Run go smoothly.  Parents will help with water breaks, help guide kids around the track if needed and be on hand to support the staff.  Extra cheering is always appreciated!  If you would like to volunteer but can't stay for the full shift, let us know in the comments.  Access the signup genius here.

We would also love to see parents come to the field on Friday to cheer on their tigers.  

Fun Run Schedule:

9:30-10:30  4th and 6th

10:30- 11:30  5th and 3rd

11:30-12:00  Head Start, PAC and Enhanced Autism class

1:00-2:00 1st

2:00-3:00  K

3:00- 4:00 2nd

Stay healthy and safe!

Your Fairhill PTA

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


FCPS Needs School Bus Drivers

New Incentive - New drivers will receive a $3,000 signing bonus - $1,500 after consecutive employment of 90 workdays, and $1,500 will be given after the first 180 working days (paid school days) if the driver receives a satisfactory yearly evaluation and is recommended for continued employment with FCPS Office of Transportation Services.

We hope this helps us to add many new bus drivers to our team!

New Hourly Rate for School Bus Drivers - We are also excited to share that the hourly pay for bus drivers has increased to $22.91!

A $1,000 recruiting bonus is available for any FCPS or Fairfax County employee who recruits a school bus driver.  Certain conditions apply.  Applicants must be able to pass hiring and training standards and must drive for a minimum of 90 school days.  For more information, contact the Applicant Center - Connie Lovejoy at 571-423-3023.

Please click here for more information.  


News from the Community

Fairfax County Health Department Community Meeting

Please plan to join our colleagues from the Fairfax County Health Department for an update about COVID-19 in our community. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the pandemic and the protocols to help prevent the spread of infection in our schools and communities. We will discuss what to do if you or your child are sick and will also plan to share community resources for vaccine and testing, and answer questions.  Please join us and invite your neighbors too!

When: October 4th at 6:30 p.m. (approx. 20 minutes of information, then Q&A)

Zoom Meeting Link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/s/98198477548

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