Floris Friday Message 11/5/21

Holly and Amanda

In this Friday Message you will find:

  • Principals' Message 
  • Positivity Project 
  • Amazon Smile/Harris Teeter- Together in Education/Giant A+ School Rewards 
  • AAP Information Session 
  • Nominations Open for the 2021-2022 FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards
  • Optional COVID-19 Screening for Students 
  • Upcoming Dates 

Floris Families, 

It was a short, but busy week. We have started the second quarter and continue to see learning and joy throughout the school. 

Although the weather continued to cause changes to the Harvest Parade, we were able to do an indoor parade. We are so glad to have been able to have this annual tradition in-person this year for the students. 

Next week is a busy one as well. Tuesday morning (11/9) is our photo make-up and retake date. If your child missed the original picture day or you want a retake, please ensure your child is picture ready on Tuesday morning. On Thursday, all FCPS schools have a two-hour early release in honor of Veterans' Day. Our dismissal time at Floris on Thursday, November 11 is 2:00pm.  

As we enter this month of Thanksgiving, we want to share our gratitude with our staff and families for making Floris such as wonderful community. We want to share special thanks to the Floris PTA for their support. Please remember to support our PTA through Friends of Floris

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday (11/7). Remember to turn back your clocks one hour before you go to bed on Saturday. 

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Holly Walker, Principal, hjwalker@fcps.edu

Amanda Dorr, Assistant Principal, acdorr@fcps.edu


Daylight Saving


Positivity Project 


What Does FORGIVENESS Mean? Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. 

Why does it Matter? For individuals, forgiveness has benefits that range from increased health to developing positive relationships to coming to an understanding that no one is without fault. Remaining bitter and angry increases your stress levels. Forgiveness helps an individual release that resentment and repair or strengthen his/her relationships.

Quote of the Week: “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” -Mahatma GandhiI


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Amazon Smile/Harris Teeter-Together in Education/Giant A+ School Rewards 

Do you shop on Amazon? Are you picking up groceries at Giant or 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!


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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Meeting ID: 999 3114 5220

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Nominations are now 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!


Optional COVID-19 Screening Testing for Students 

Optional COVID-19 screening testing for students will begin November 15, not November 8 as previously announced. The change aligns all student screening testing start dates, making it more convenient for families with students in different grade levels. Preregistration and consent information will be shared with families soon. For all the details about COVID-19 screening testing, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage. Screening testing is an important layered prevention strategy that helps keep our school a safe place for all students to learn. We hope you will consider enrolling your child in screening testing until your child is eligible for vaccination.

Mark Your Calendar

November 7: Daylight Savings Ends- turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday (11/6) night 

November 9: Fall Photo Make-ups (morning only) 

November 11: 

  • Veterans' Day 
  • Two Hour Early Release- Floris 2:00pm dismissal 

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