Floris Friday Message 11/12/21

Holly and Amanda

In this Friday Message you will find:

  • Principals' Message 
  • Floris Green Team News
  • Positivity Project 
  • AAP Information Session 
  • Nominations Open for the 2021-2022 FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards
  • Reading Tip from our Reading Specialist  
  • Reflections Winners

  • Amazon Smile/Harris Teeter-Together in Education

  • South Lakes HS Theatre Production 
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Investigational Science Outreach Club's Science Fair for students in grades 5-8 
  • Upcoming Dates 

Floris Families, 

We want to say again how grateful we are for all veterans. Your service is so appreciated! It was wonderful to see all the red, white, and blue in honor of our amazing veterans.  

Our Floris Green Team is so amazing. They have been sharing information throughout the school in advance of America Recycles Day, which is celebrated next Monday. See below for details.  

There are two parent meetings next week. The monthly Floris PTA Meeting is Wednesday (11/17) at 6:30pm. Please use the Zoom link to join us and share your ideas for PTA. On Thursday (11/18) at 9:15am, Ms. Albanese will be sharing information about AAP parent referrals and will have time for some questions. Zoom link is below.

Have a fabulous fall weekend! 

Holly Walker, Principal, hjwalker@fcps.edu

Amanda Dorr, Assistant Principal, acdorr@fcps.edu


Honoring Veterans with our Hero Wall 

wall of heroes


Floris Green Team News 

America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) and Pumpkin Contest Results

Next Monday is “America Recycles Day." The Floris Green Team is always looking at ways to help our community learn about Reducing, Reusing and Recycling. This week during our team meeting, the members created a recycling presentation to present to their respective classes. Teachers allowed time for students to teach one another about what can and cannot be recycled in the classroom. The Green Team members also conducted an audit to find out which classes needed more recycling bins. 

Want to find out more about the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments America Recycles Day and contest? Check out their website here and this video of the Covanta Recycling Center at FCPS. 

Thank you to everyone who entered our Second Annual Pumpkin Contest.  It was way too difficult to decide on just one pumpkin!!  We want to recognize those who exemplified the theme “Our Amazing Planet” through pumpkin art and those who best used natural materials on their pumpkins. 

Pumpkin Contest


Positivity Project 


What does Creativity mean? You come up with new and original ways to think about and to do things. Creative people can look at the world in original ways. They are open to new experiences and have an imaginative and independent thought process.

Why does it matter? Creativity is associated with intrinsic motivation, meaning the process of creation is an end in itself. The work is not accomplished in order to receive an award. Creativity is also correlated with self-actualization or fulfilling one’s talents and potential.

Creativity quote of the week: “It’s not about becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating, they have to be about change.” -Miles Davis

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Any families interested in referring their child (Grades 2- 6) for full-time AAP (Level IV) services for the 2022-2023 school year, must submit a Level IV Referral form and parent questionnaire, along with 2 pages of work samples (optional) to Amy Albanese by no later than December 15, 2021. Please click AAP Forms to download the 2 forms.  All forms should be submitted electronically to abalbanese@fcps.edu by no later than Dec. 15.

For more information about level IV AAP screening, please join Amy Albanese for a Screening and Identification Information Session on Thursday, November 18 at 9:15 AM.  During this session, Amy will welcome any questions about the screening process. The link and joining information for this meeting is as follows:

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Nominations are open for the 2021-2022 FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!

To submit a nomination for a Floris Elementary Outstanding Employee, please complete the nomination through this Google form. You may nominate an employee in one or more categories (Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding New Principal, Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Professional Employee, Outstanding Operational Employee).  All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. 

More details are found at the Google link and all nominations must be entered by Friday, November 19th!


Reading Tip from Shannon Daly, Floris Reading Specialist

"Are we there yet?"

Does it seem like you are always driving someone to practice, this event or that? 

Use the time spent in the car or bus for wordplay. Talk about how jam means something you put on toast as well as cars stuck in traffic. How many other homonyms can your child think of? When kids are highly familiar with the meaning of a word, they have less difficulty reading it.

Looking for some other quick literacy activities that keep everyone engaged?

  • Listen to a book on tape and discuss what is happening.
  • Have a rhyme off with younger students or choose a letter and have them name the things they see that start with that letter/sound. 
  • Have older students retell their favorite story, share how the main character is changing or make connections to the real world. 

Driving doesn’t have to be lost time.  Make it fun and educational.

Reflections Winners 

We are so excited to share the wonderful news that five Floris students are moving on to the county level judging for the Reflections Program. Congratulations Eagles!


Tanush Dokka, Primary, Visual Arts, "I Will Look After Earth"



Swara Vadlamani, Intermediate, Literature, "Flow of My Galaxy Mind"

Tapasya Kunta, Intermediate, Visual Arts, "I Will Change the World By"

Shravya Dokka, Intermediate, Photography, "Love the Nature, Preserve it for the Future"


Middle School

Arianna Das, Middle School, Literature, "I Will Change the World By"

Amazon Smile/Harris Teeter-Together in Education

Do you shop on Amazon? Are you ever picking up groceries at Harris Teeter? If so, you can support Floris just by linking your cards/accounts. Please check out the details and direct links at https://florispta.org/

Thank you in advance for supporting Floris while shopping!

South Lakes HS Theatre Production 

South Lakes High School Theatre presents Puffs: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic in person this November 18 and 19, 2021, at 7pm, and November 20, 2021, at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets via etix.com. Masks required.

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs... who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world!

TJ Science

The Investigational Science Outreach club (formerly Mythvestigations) at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology would like to invite any interested 5th-6th grade students to participate in our ninth annual Invitational Science Fair.

Participants will complete a research project of their choice and present at the fair in-person on March 19, 2022. We will hold information sessions throughout the year to provide students with guidance on how to create a research project. We encourage students to participate regardless of their experience.

Our first interest/brainstorming session is this Friday,  November 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm. We will most likely hold this session virtually. During this session we will go over the goals and guidelines of this fair and introduce students to a multitude of project ideas. All interested students should sign up using the form at the link https://tinyurl.com/ISFinterest2022

Please check out our website: tjsciencefair.wordpress.com.

You can also contact our sponsor: cvandekampwa@fcps.edu.

Mark Your Calendar

November 15: America Recycles Day 

November 17: PTA Meeting, 6:30pm, Zoom

November 18: AAP Parent Information Session, 9:15am, Zoom

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Holiday- all FCPS schools and offices are closed 

December 8: Bodhi Day Observance 

December 15: All AAP Parent Referrals Due by today- no late referrals will be accepted

December 20-December 31: Winter Break- No School and Floris Main Office is closed

January 3, 2022Return to school 

Find the approved 2021-2022 School Year Calendar Here