Coates Family Newsletter for 3/31/22

Dear Coates Families,

This newsletter brings us to the end of the third quarter for our students and into spring break. I know that this time is a welcome to recharge before we go into the last 2 months of the school year. There will not be a newsletter next week while we are enjoying spring break.

The Coates office will be closed during spring break. Should you have a school-related emergency, please contact the School Security Office at 571-423-2000.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Mrs. Jenn Gray & Mrs. Laura Dinkov, Assistant Principals

Spring Clubs: Before & During School

We are offering several before school and during school clubs beginning after Spring Break.  If you would like to be added to the waitlist for these clubs, please sign up here: You will be notified over Spring Break through Talking Points/text if your child can participate in a club.   Clubs begin the week of April 11th and end the week of May 9th. Please contact Laura Dinkov with any questions at

April is Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child, providing an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of Virginia’s youngest heroes, over 80,000 military connected children.  Coates will celebrate Purple Up Day on Wednesday, April 20th.  We will also hold a spirit week during the week to recognize our military connected students.

  • Monday, 4/18 – Pajama Day (We sleep soundly because of those who protect our nation.)

  • Tuesday 4/19 – Crazy Camo Day

  • Wednesday 4/20 – Purple Up Day! Wear purple!

  • Thursday 4/21 – Career day (There are so many careers to explore in the military!)

  • Friday – 4/22 – RED Friday (Remember Everyone Deployed)

If you are a military family and would like to have your child be recognized and celebrated, please contact Laura Dinkov at by April 15th.  We would like to recognize our military children at Coates on the morning news show on Wednesday, April 20th.

Family Engagement Survey: Participate Today!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey was emailed to all parents and caregivers on Sunday, March 13. If you haven’t taken the survey, please participate today! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Take the survey now by clicking on the QR code below. Visit FCPS’ website for more information.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

fcps cares

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 all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar


  • 1st- Teacher Workday / No School for students
  • 4th- 8th- Spring Break / No School for students
  • *The full FCPS 2021-2022 calendar can be accessed here.

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TWITTER (Principal Basdekis): @pdbasdekis

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