Crossfield News - 9/29/21

  Upcoming Dates:

September 27 - October 1 - Fall Book Fair, PTO sponsored

Friday, October 8 - Fun Run Kick Off Pep Rally

Thursday, October 28 - Fun Run, PTO sponsored

Monday, November 8 - Picture Day Retakes


Book Fair Announcements

Student eWallet

The book fair continues this week! Remember to create an eWallet account for your student. This account alleviates the need for cash to be brought into school and any remaining balance carries over to online purchases or future bookfairs. Your student just needs to tell our cashiers their name & teacher at checkout for their balance to be applied to their purchase. 

Teacher book donation 

We have set up a way for anyone to make a monetary donation to the school for teachers to receive books and other supplies for their classroom. This QR code takes you directly to the donation page. Please disregard the notation stating it is for the 6th grade class; this is for the entire school. All donations will be allocated accordingly to teachers after the bookfair.


Laptop Power Cords

3rd-6th grade students: please make sure to keep an eye on your FCPS chargers. We are seeing a lot of students that are losing their charging cords and we will have to start charging families for lost chargers. Thank you.

Should My Child Come to School?

Parents: Please use this Questionnaire to determine if your child should come to school on any given day. If your child is at school and displays Covid-like symptoms, they may be sent to the Care Room and required to be picked up. At that point, we will give you a Return to School Form that must be completed by a medical professional upon your child's return to school.


Crossfield Spiritwear

Great news! Our online Crossfield Spiritwear Store is open and ready for your orders! We have an extensive online store that sells SpiritWear such as t-shirts, face masks, hoodies, pajama pants and more! Perfect for birthdays and holidays even for parents and grandparents who want to show their Crossfield pride. Starting Friday 9/24 through Monday Oct. 11th, you will receive FREE SHIPPING on any order

Virginia Growth Assessment

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics. 

For fall 2021, VGA will address content that was taught in the previous school year. The purpose of this fall’s VGA is to identify potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no “passing” or “failing” outcome for the VGA. Results will provide a starting point to measure growth and will offer information about areas of strength and areas for growth in reading and mathematics.

Students enrolled in grades 3-8 will generally take an assessment in both reading and mathematics. However, elementary and middle school students enrolled in a high school credit-bearing math course, such as Algebra 1, will not take a VGA for mathematics. 

The following points may help you and your student better understand this assessment. 

  • VGA must be taken in-person at school. 
  • This online, computer-adaptive test is about half as long as the spring SOL test.
  • Questions use Standards of Learning (SOL)-like items to measure current knowledge and skills in the content area.
  • Student results will be used to help school staff plan for instruction and supports.  

Across Fairfax County, elementary and middle schools will give students the VGA in September or October. At Crossfield, 3-6 students will take the Reading VGA on Monday, October 4th and the Math VGA on Wednesday, October 6th

If you have questions about this state assessment for your student, please contact the school test coordinator at your student’s school.

Community Flyer Distribution Date

Tuesday, October 12

Our community flyer distribution date is Tuesday, October 12. If you would like to send a flyer out to our community, please submit a copy for approval by Thursday, October 7 to our office assistant, Jennifer Kudlacik, at  After your flyer is approved, you will need to provide bundled copies for school distribution.  Details about quantities will be shared once the flyer is approved.  There will be a second distribution date in the spring.  

Adv. Academics Program Parent Meeting

Interested in knowing more about the Advanced Academic Programs at Crossfield and within FCPS?  Melissa Graham (, Crossfield’s AART will host a second virtual parent meeting to explain the school-based program as well as the FCPS Level IV screening process.


October 19 | 10:00 – 11:15am

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Meeting ID: 960 0393 9482

Passcode: 794306

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Meeting ID: 960 0393 9482

Passcode: 794306

Level IV screening process (for parents of students in grades 2 – 6)

  • Tentative: Referrals for AAP level IV screening will be collected through December 15, 2021
  • Tentative: Referral forms may be dropped off at the local school or emailed to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) and principal at the local school.


More information can be found at the county’s AAP website

Real Assistive Technology for Everyone
(RATE) Conference

Assistive Technology to Enhance Learning for All Students

Saturday, October 23, 2021
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This year’s conference will be VIRTUAL with synchronous (live) sessions.

The RATE Conference is an educational conference that focuses on strategies for using assistive technology hardware, software, and peripherals to enhance learning for all students, especially for those with special needs. Sessions will focus on high and low incidence special education assistive technology supports, as well tools to help students using augmentative and alternative communication.
This year’s keynote presentation features the Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology Assistive Technology Club.
All FCPS Staff, Parents and Community Members are invited to attend!
◆ Registration for all participants is open online on the conference website.
◆ FCPS Staff can earn 5 recertification points for attending the conference.
◆ Email with questions.
◆ Assistive Technology Share Fair Video Resources.
◆ For more information visit and search “RATE Conference 2021”.


The 2021 Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (RATE) Conference, is sponsored by Assistive Technology Services (ATS), part of the Office of Special Education Instruction in the Department of Special Services.

Parent/Guardian Access to Family Life Education Lessons in Schoology

The FLE lessons are available for you to review in the parent course in Schoology.

If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of the FLE program, please complete the opt out form included in this link and return the form to school prior to FLE instruction. Link to Opt Out Forms


Crossfield students will take the SEL screener with their counselor October 12-22. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please fill out this opt-out form by October 1, 2021. More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage (  Please contact Crossfield’s school counselor & test coordinator, Lea Fadden (, with questions.

Lost and Found

If your child has missplaced or lost a personal item, please encourage them to check the Lost and Found located in the cafeteria. 

I-Ready Assessment in September & October

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board adopted iReady as an academic universal screener for use with all elementary school students in grades 1 through 6. The iReady assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test.

The purpose of this assessment is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. Based on iReady results, some students may require an additional assessment to further diagnose the specific learning areas that may need support. An example of an additional diagnostic assessment is the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). The iReady reading test, together with any necessary follow-up diagnostic assessments, also fulfills state testing expectations for primary grade students.

iReady and any necessary follow-up assessments are given at the beginning of the school year. Depending on the grade level and previous screener performance, students may receive the assessment again in the winter and/or in the spring. Schools set the specific dates for testing in each class.

Additional information, including a short video, about the universal screener in FCPS can be found at the iReady Universal Screener webpage ( If you have further questions about this assessment, please contact your child’s teacher or the school’s test coordinator, Lea Fadden.

FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Watch this video to learn more