Family Newsletter | January 2, 2022



Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Happy New Year. I hope you had the opportunity to spend precious time with family and friends. The Pannutti family played a lot of board games and soccer in the front yard to pass the time and reconnect!  As you know, the new COVID variant is highly contagious. We are asking that you keep your children home if they are not feeling well and get them tested as soon possible. We have rapid test kits at school if you are in need. We have limited testing kits and reserved for families that are really in need. Please contact the school if you are unable to find a testing site or can’t acquire a rapid home test.

Additionally, please speak with your children about the importance of wearing their masks appropriately at school and social distancing at 3 feet or more whenever possible. We are doing everything in our power to keep your most precious loved ones safe as we return to school. We are all in this together, and we promise to take the utmost precautions to curb the spread of COVID at school. The CDC and FCHD department is recommending surgical masks for this variant. If possible, please have your children come to school with a surgical mask. Remind them of how to appropriately wear their mask at all times.  We can get past these next few weeks working together to keep our Ravens and families safe!

Warmest Regards and Happy New Year!

Mr. Pannutti


Mark Your Calendar 

Save this link to the 2021-2022 FCPS Calendar 

Jan 3: Return to School 

Jan 3-14: NO AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM (Canceled by FCPS)

Jan. 5: Falls Church High School Curriculum Night 6:15pm

Jan 6: Religious/Cultural Observance- Epiphany/Three Kings Day

Jan. 7: Religious/Cultural Observance- Orthodox Christmas Day

Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (student holiday)

Jan. 18: Annandale High School Rising 9th Grade Open House 6pm

Jan. 19: Religious/Cultural Observance- Orthodox Ephiphany

Jan. 20: End of 2nd quarter- students released at 12:15pm

Jan. 21: Teacher workday (student holiday)

Jan. 24: Staff development day (student holiday)

Jan. 25: First day of 3rd quarter 

Jan. 27: Curriculum Night (virtual)


Important Dates for Rising 9th Graders (Current 8th graders)

Annandale High School

January 18, 6-8pm

Rising 9th Grade Open House

Come to Annandale High School on January 18 from 6-8pm for an Open House to learn more about what high school at Annandale is all about! We will offer short (optional) sessions on our various Annandale programs, and teachers will be in their classrooms throughout the evening to share all about our core and elective courses for 9th Graders. The goal is for students and parents to leave this event excited about all the opportunities you will have as an Annandale Atom and prepared to complete your course request form! If you have any questions, please contact Erik Healey.

Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening: Welcome to Annandale, Course Request 101; IB/MYP Program; Activities and Athletics; English for Speakers of Other Languages Program; Special Education Office and Math Course Placement.

If you have specific questions that you would like to be addressed during this event, please submit your questions via this Google Form by Monday, January 10. Thank you in advance for your input and assisting us in making this event a success!



Falls Church High School

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 (6:15pm–8:30pm)

Curriculum Night - cafeteria

Falls Church High School Curriculum night is a presentation to families regarding course selection information, diploma requirements, Academy opportunities and curriculum information such as AP and honors levels.

Your child will be selecting his/her/their courses for the next school year, this presentation offers lots of information on making the best choices for a successful school year. The event will be held in-person. The presentation will occur in the Cafeteria followed by an open fair to visit curriculum experts in the various departments.

We wanted to share with you that the first event to begin our academic advising timeline will be our curriculum night on January 5, 2022. We will hold the event in-person, hosted by our Principal, Director of Student Services, Academy Administrator, Director of Student Activities and department representatives.



After School Program 

Per the county’s recommendation, “Middle School After School Activities are canceled.” Therefore, the After-School Program will not be in session, when we return, on January 3rd through January 14th

We will re-assess the precautions on January 14th and will notify you of any changes at that point. Thank you for your patience and understanding! Please reach out to Phil Harsh ( with any questions you may have.



Students and teachers at Poe are using Schoology. (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/)  Schoology is our Learning Management System in FCPS, and allows for enhanced communication, collaboration, and personalized learning.  While not a requirement, Parents and Guardians are encouraged to use Schoology routinely to view classes, assignments and class work. 

But to do this you must first have a SIS ParentVUE account.  Learn more about Schoology: and accompanying tutorial videos.  Schoology Tutorial Videos


Health and Safety Guidance

FCPS has updated its health and safety guidance for
SY 21-22. Click here to review the guidance.
Check back often for the most current information and regular updates.

Helpful Links

Health Department’s site and Vaccination Eligibility

Low-Cost Healthcare Resources

Food Distribution Information

Map of Food Resources in Fairfax County

ParentVUE support request


Wellness Resources

Emotional Wellness Resource

Explores Strategies for Enhancing Parents’ Well-Being

Healthy Minds Podcast: Purposeful Conversations

Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information


Crisis Text: text NEEDHELP to 85511

Crisislink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

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