Crossfield News - 10/08/21

No School on Monday, October 11

FCPS Professional Development Day

  Upcoming Dates:

Monday, October 11 - No School. Student Holiday

Thursday, October 28 - Fun Run, PTO sponsored

Friday, October 29 -   2 Hour Early Release. School ends at 2pm.

Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 1 & 2 - No School. Teacher Workdays/Elections

Monday, November 8 - Picture Day Retakes

Wednesday, November 11 - 2 Hour Early Release. School ends at 2 p.m.

Open PTO Meeting - Wed 10/13 @ 7pm

Join us virtually for the first open PTO meeting of the year, when Mr. Granieri will deliver his annual State of our School address! The PTO will also adopt our annual budget at this meeting. 

Log in info:

Wednesday, October 13 · 7:00 – 8:30pm Google Meet joining info Video call link: Or dial: ‪(US) +1 409-444-2537 PIN: ‪397 949 579#

PTO After School Programs

COMING SOON!! Registration for PTO After School Programs opens this Tuesday 10/12 at 4PM. Classes will be offered after school on Wednesdays from 4:05PM to 5:10PM starting October 20th and running to December 1st. A registration link will be sent out to all families in Tuesday's Crossfield's News You Choose. Registration closes on Friday, October 15th at 5PM. The following classes are being offered for the Fall:

  • Sports and Games Play, K-4
  • Acting for Young People, K-3
  • Acting for Young People, 4-6

Please note that due to COVID-19 there are limited spots available which are first come, first serve. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist or have any questions, please contact Jennifer DeAngelis at

Thank you, PTO!

Thank you to our PTO for purchasing and assembling new picnic tables for our outdoor classroom. They look great!

outdoor classroom


Saturday, October 2nd was National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day.  Our Crossfield community would like to recognize our outstanding team of custodians: Mr. Charlie Kim, Mr. Peter Woral, Mr. Sekyere Amoako and Ms. Jin Kim.  You are the quiet heroes of our school, staying late each day and befriending everyone who passes by.  THANK YOU!

fun run logo


Coming Thursday, October 28th

The PTO Crossfield Olympic Fun Run fundraiser is kicking off this week! The Fun Run flyer will be in your student's Tuesday folders, or visit for more information on how                                             to donate.

Our Pep Rally for the Fun Run will take place this Friday, October 8th. Send your students to school in their new Fun Run t-shirt (which should come home on Thursday), athletic gear and their Crossfield spirit pom poms, cowbells, or signs to celebrate our awesome school!

The school spirit and excitement is palpable and the PTO Board is pumped up for another amazing community-building event!

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. 


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.

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

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 960 0393 9482

Passcode: 794306

Dial by your location

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

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. 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. 

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