Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 3/2/22


Thursday, 3/3 - 2-hour early dismissal

Friday, 3/4 - NO SCHOOL






3/7 - 3/11

Read Across America week is a time to bring extra attention to and opportunities for diverse literature, diverse readers, and diverse writers.

Franconia will be celebrating the week of 3/7 - 3/11 and each day will have an opportunity for students to participate in different ways.

Here are the focuses for each day:

  • Monday, March 7: Cuddle Up with Fiction -> Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, March 8: Comics Vs. Graphic Novels -> Dress up like your favorite superhero
  • Wednesday, March 9: Hats Off to Poetry -> Wear a FUN hat
  • Thursday, March 10: Nonfiction Teaches -> Dress up as your favorite person or thing to learn about
  • Friday, March 11: Celebrate Cultures and Diversity -> Wear or bring something from a special place or culture




Parents as Educational Partners Program

Tuesday, 3/8, 7:00pm

Please consider joining us virtually for our Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) program on Tuesday, March 8th at 7 p.m.   We are excited to pioneer this program here at Franconia!


WHAT:  PEP is a parent-teacher organization for parents of students from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade of any language or cultural background.  


WHY:  The mission of PEP is to increase the academic achievement of students by developing and maintaining strong school-home partnerships tied to improved student achievement. 


HOW:  During our meetings, we will create a safe, informed space through which we can empower families to seek information to best support their children's educational journeys.


WHEN:  We plan to meet every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.  Our introductory session will take place tonight, February 22nd.


WHERE:  We will meet virtually via this Zoom link. **Please first log into your student’s gmail account for easier access to the Zoom meeting. 


Your PEP teachers are specifically prepared to provide you with accurate information about Franconia Elementary.  Some of the topics that we may cover during class include:

  • School Personnel and the School Day
  • School Procedures
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Report Cards and Curriculum
  • Special Education and Advanced Academics
  • Study skills/Homework
  • School Health Procedures
  • Other school-specific topics that are of interest and benefit to the group 


If you have any questions, please email Ms. Branson at





Sale ends March 11


To reserve your yearbook now, go to http://YEARBOOKORDERCENTER.COM and use the school code for Franconia Elementary School - 21927.

Any additional funds received from yearbook sales will go towards our summer reading book grab!




Fairfax County Health Department

Immunization Clinic

The Fairfax County Health Department will be offering a special Immunization Clinic for Fairfax County Students to complete their school vaccine requirements. Call for an appointment.

Saturday, March 12, 2022, 8am to 12pm

Annandale District Office

7611 Little River Turnpike, #400-E

Annandle, Virginia 22003

To make an appointment please call our Fairfax County Health Department Clinic Service’s Appointment Line:






Kindergarten - Identifying feelings

1st & 2nd grade - Zones of Regulation: Strategies to deal with strong emotions.

2nd-3rd grade - Using "I" statements to solve conflicts

6th grade - Learning how to view other’s perspective and solve conflicts from a positive approach.

From our Franconia School Counselors:

Veronica Guillion -

Leslie Fry -






Spring Concert

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00pm


We are thrilled to announce that a bit of normalcy returns to Franconia this spring!  We will hold our annual spring concert featuring our band, strings and chorus members on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Franconia gym. Mark your calendars!

Here are a few details of what to expect:

There will be a schoolwide assembly during the school day on April 26, time TBD.

ALL musicians need to wear a plain white top and black pants / skirt with black shoes to BOTH the day and night performances.

Skirts should be below the knee.

Musicians are expected to report to their music classroom locations at 6:30pm fully dressed for warm up and attendance.

Gym doors will open at 6:45pm for friends and family.

We will offer a Zoom option for those who cannot attend.  The link will be sent before the performance.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Lucius at





High School Musical!

Join us for all the fun at this family-friendly musical production - all ages welcome!  Get’cha Head in the Game!

Date: March 3, 4 and 5 at 7 pm, and Saturday March 5 at 2 pm 

Tickets: Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at 

Address:5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310


EdisonTheatre Company presenta: ¡High School Musical!

Únase anosotros para toda la diversión en esta producción musical familiar: ¡todas lasedades son bienvenidas! ¡Pon tu mente en el juego!

Fecha: 3, 4y 5 de marzo a las 7 de la noche, y sábado 5 de marzo a las 2 de la tarde

Entradas:Las entradas cuestan solo $5 y se pueden comprar en la puerta o por adelantadoen

Dirección: 5801Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310






SATURDAY MARCH 19, 9am-3pm

7630 Telegraph Rd. Alexandria, VA




Indoor Craft Fair

  • 80+ AWESOME vendors offering all handmade items for your home, kitchen, office, pets and family/friends! for you
  • Food and beverages available
  • FREE kids craft corner hosted by KidCreate Studio!!!!!

HUGE Silent Auction

  • Extensive selection of autographed/authenticated sports, movie and music memorabilia
  • Gift certificates and handmade craft items from our vendors
  • Capitals and Nationals tickets






Pioneer Baseball is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers recreational baseball for boys and girls from ages 5 (Tee Ball) through 15 (Babe Ruth) and travel team opportunities for certain ages.

At its core, though, Pioneer is a community recreational league - we rely on volunteers to coach and we play games and practice at Clermont Park, Lee Rec Center, and Virginia Hills.  Board members volunteer their time. 

Pioneer takes steps to keep costs low.  There is a multi-player family discount, a refer-a-friend discount, and financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis.

In addition, Pioneer participates in the Washington Nationals' Team Up program through which the Nationals provide free uniforms, free admission to a game, other discount ticket opportunities, and more.  Pioneer does its best to make a great experience for the children.

Register at





Grades 3-6

February 7 - March 31

Horizon division assessments will be administered to grades 3-6 students February 7-March 31.  The division assessments include Reading, Math (3-7 regular/advanced) and Science (grade 5 only).  These assessments provide a formative measure of current learning to inform reteaching, remediation, or support prior to spring SOL exams.

For more information, please contact your child’s teacher - staff directory.





The Franconia School Librarian, Mrs. Vandersande, is looking for more parent volunteers to help in the library.


If you are interested, please sign up at the SignUp Genius link below:


For any questions, please contact Mrs. Vandersande at




Please remember to notify the school office of any of the following changes that come up for your child.

Notification should be made by 9:00am on the day of the change.

  • Absence
  • Late arrival
  • Planned early pick-up or mid-day appointment (pick-up and return)
    • If your child needs to be picked up unexpectedly, please call the office (703-822-2200) in advance of your arrival
    • This allows the office to contact your child’s teacher to prepare your child for their departure
    • For early pick-ups after 3:00pm, please park on Kathmoor as the school buses start to arrive for dismissal at that time

Below are the 3 options by which to notify the school office (choose one option):

Please do this IN ADDITION to contacting your child's teacher.  There could be times when the teacher is absent and, by also contacting the office, the information will be properly noted.

To email your child’s teacher, click HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.





Recognize FCPS Employees

FCPS Cares 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.

The start of the school year is a great time to acknowledge someone who has helped to make your child's return to school amazing.

Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work.


FCPS Parent Resource Center

Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services

2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 105

Dunn Loring, VA


The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members.




Phone: 703-204-3941


Twitter: @prc_fcps






  • The PRC offers free, confidential in-person, videoconference, and phone consultations for families and FCPS staff.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.
  • They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns by drawing upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.


  • The PRC maintains a list of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in VA and want to tutor after their contracted school day.
  • Contact the PRC at 703-204-3941 or for more information.


  • Come explore the library for families and staff, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • The library contains over 10,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.
  • Check out up to 6 items and keep them for 3 weeks.  Renewals are easy - just call or email us.
  • Find library resources to support your child with help from the Parent Resource Center staff.
  • Call us and we can have library materials ready for you to pick up.
  • Return library materials to us 24/7 in our book return or use the FCPS inter-office mail.  Contact us for details.



  • Register here -
  • Watch recorded webinars - https://bit.ly3rpPl3Q
    1. To turn videos into preferred languages, open a video - choose any video on YouTube and follow these directions to have closed-captioning in your preferred language:
    2. Click the CC button - make sure it is underlined in red.
    3. Click the settings button - it looks like a gear.
    4. Click subtitles.
    5. Click auto-translate.
    6. Choose a language.


Webinar: Parenting Skills for Arabic Families 4-part Series *Presented in Arabic

Thursdays in March 2022 6:30-8 p.m.

The webinar series addresses the challenges faced by Arab parents when raising their children in the United States of America and the cultural differences between generations.

Topics include:

  • Cultural, psychological, emotional, and personal differences 
  • Parenting strategies based on empathy and understanding

Join Sarah Amri, psychologist and Program Supervisor at Northern Virginia Family Service and Hunada Zeinedin, counselor at Northern Virginia Family Service

  • 3/03/2022 Bridging Cultural and Generational Differences
  • 3/10/2022 Effective Ways to Communicate
  • 3/17/2022 Discipline Strategies
  • 3/24/2022 Effective Parenting Styles

Register for Webinar: Parenting Skills for Arabic Families 4-part Series *Presented in Arabic


SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-Person and Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Friday, March 4, 2022. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person, and Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!


Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

  • 3/11/22: Supporting Self-Regulation Development in Early Learners
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families


Gang Prevention for Families and Community Members

Join us for this webinar about preventing gang involvement in Fairfax County. 

  • Participants will learn about programs, strategies, and supports to prevent youth involvement. 
  • Discussions will also include supports available to those youth who may already be involved with or are currently being recruited by gangs. 

Topics include:

  • What is a gang and why do youth join gangs?
  • Common gang activities
    • Risk factors associated with gang involvement 
    • Protective factors that reduce gang involvement
  • Supports available in Fairfax County and FCPS

Presented by:

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Kate Reen: Director of Youth Initiatives, Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Francisco Klockner Gonzalez - Gang Prevention Coordinator, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court 
  • Dianna Sosa, LCSW, FCPS School Social Worker

Friday March 18, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Gang Prevention for Families and Community Members


Penguin Points

Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website