Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 4/20/22




  • Wednesday, 4/20 - Friday, 4/22 - Book Fair
  • Thursday, 4/21 - Last SCA School Store
  • Thursday, 4/21 - Military Kids Spirit Week - dress up as a career
  • Thursday, 4/21 - Family Night at Book Fair
  • Friday, 4/22 - Military Kids Spirit Week - dress in yellow and green
  • Monday, 4/25 - Friday, 4/29 - National Administrative Professionals Week
  • Monday, 4/25 - SOLs start
  • Tuesday, 4/26 - PEP Night
  • Tuesday, 4/26 - Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  • Sunday, 5/1 - National School Principals Day
  • Monday, 5/2 - Friday, 5/6 - Staff Appreciation Week
  • Monday, 5/2 - Friday, 5/6 - National School Nurses Week
  • Monday, 5/9 - 2nd grade field trip to Children's Science Center Lab
  • Tuesday, 5/24 - Spring Music Concert
  • Monday, 5/30 - NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day Holiday)
  • Friday, 6/10 - Talent Show




SCA Store

Last Day - Thursday, April 21

Store hours 8:35-8:50

For questions, please contact the SCA Staff Sponsor, Renee Octaviano, at




Franconia ES Celebrates Our Military-Connected Students

Spirit Week

Thursday, 4/21 - Career Day (dress up in your choice of career)

Friday, 4/22 - School Spirit (wear yellow and green)





Monday, 4/18 - Friday, 4/22 (until noon)

Join us!

Family Night - Thursday, 4/21, 3:30-7:00

Forms of payment accepted: cash, check, or credit card

Please consider bringing your own bag!

To volunteer at the book fair, please sign up here:





Ends Friday, 4/22

Order your penguin t-shirts today!  We have a fun new tie-dye design and our best selling design from the fall. Orders will close Friday April 22, so please don't wait.  These shirts are perfect for field trips, field day, and penguin spirit days!  

We also have new penguin car magnets that will be available to purchase at the Book Fair during evening hours on Thursday April 21.

All proceeds from spirit wear purchases go to Franconia PTA which supports our students and staff.

Thank you for showing your Penguin Pride and supporting our school! 

We are also looking for more volunteers to help with end of year events and PTA Leadership for the 2022-2023 school year.

Please email to get involved. 

Go Penguins! 

Franconia PTA



Parents as Educational Partners

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00pm

Please join us for our virtual Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) meeting this coming Tuesday, April 26 @ 7pm.  We are excited to welcome Ms. Wright-Hudgens this meeting to chat with us about the special education process and 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 will meet every other Tuesday at 7pm.  Our next session will take place Tuesday, April 26.


WHERE:  We will meet virtually via this Zoom link.  Please first log into your student's FCPS gmail account for easier access. 


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

Questions?  Please email




SOL Assessments

Grades 3-6

Please ensure your child gets a good night's sleep the night before and eats a healthy breakfast on testing day.

4/25 - 5th, reading

4/26 - 4th, reading

4/27 - 4th, reading

4/28 - 6th, reading

4/29 - MAKEUPS for 5th & 6th reading; Goings, reading

5/3 - VAAP

5/4 - 3rd, reading

5/5 - 3rd, reading

5/6 - MAKEUPS for 3rd & 4th reading; Goings, science

5/9 - 4th, math

5/10 - 4th, math

5/11 - 5th, science

5/12 - 3rd, math

5/13 - 3rd, math

5/16 - MAKEUPS for 3rd & 4th gr math; VAAP

5/17 - MAKEUPS for 5th science; VAAP

5/18 - 6th & 7th, math

5/19 - 5th, math; 5th, advanced math

5/20 - MAKEUPS for 5th, 6th, & 7th, math & Goings

5/23 - 5/27 - Expedited retakes





Kindergarten/First Grade - learning the difference between small and big problems and using I-Messages to solve problems

Second Grade - using I-Messages to solve peer conflict

Third Grade - using healthy coping skills overcome challenges/test anxiety

Fourth & Fifth Grades - goal setting and making the most of the remainder of the school year.  We will discuss test taking and test anxiety as well as the importance of self-care and rest during testing time.  I hope it is a wonderful break for all!

Sixth Grade - learning how to manage stress/anxiety



Good News, Franconia Families!  We are excited to announce that we will be having a Mindful Movement Coach visiting our school to further augment the Mindfulness content we have been sharing all year long with your students.

Mindful movement helps to bring our attention to the present moment, tune into our bodies, check in on our emotions, and understand the subsequent effects of those emotions on the body, including the brain and nervous system. 

Teaching students to have an awareness of their mindset and feelings in the present moment facilitates a life-long practice of self-awareness and self-care.  Our aim is to further the understanding of mindful practices in personal development and understanding oneself more fully.

Plans are underway for where and how this instruction will take place during the school day.  Each student will participate in these fun coaching events for the remainder of the school year, and into next year as well.  We are excited as we know the impact this will have on student general well-being, as well as academic enjoyment and knowledge attainment.

We can’t wait to share more details with you all when we have finalized our plan and schedule.

From our Franconia School Counselors:

Veronica Guillion -

Leslie Fry -






***NEW DATE***

Spring Concert

Tuesday, May 24, 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, May 24, 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 May 24, 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





Friday, June 10 (in the am)

The End-of-the-Year Student Talent Show is back!  Below is information to know.

There may also be rehearsals scheduled after talent show acts have been announced.




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 and the front parking lot will be off limits
  • Changes in dismissal mode (

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.


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


Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their families an introduction to options after high school.  Representatives from postsecondary and adult education, employment. community programs and services will be available.


6:30-7:30 p.m. Information Tables

7:30-7:45 p.m. Overview of Postsecondary options

7:45-8:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • College and Education Options: For students planning to continue their education in a two or four-year college
  • Alternatives to College, after High School: For students interested in employment and workforce development - highlights include military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Woodson High School

Register for Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families


Worry and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Using Evidence-based Strategies to Help Kids and Caregivers Cope During Tough Times

Join us for this important webinar to help caregivers and families learn strategies to support children during tough times.

Topics include:

  • Science and biological roots of anxiety in children
    • Identifying an anxious child
    • Changing anxious thinking
    • Computer technology and the understanding of anxiety
  • Current treatment options (medications & CBT: cognitive behavioral therapy)
    • Different coping strategies needed for the current pandemic

Presented by Dr. Ramaris E. German, a clinical psychologist in the Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

May 6, 2022 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Worry and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Using Evidence-based Strategies to Help Kids and Caregivers Cope During Tough Times


Managing Fighting and Aggression: A Webinar for Families

Ever wonder how to manage difficult behavior like fighting and aggression between your children?

Join Karen Coad, LCSW,  local Clinical Social Worker and Therapist, for this important webinar as we discuss some of the reasons why children fight, and the skills that children need to cooperate and get along well with others.

May 13, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Managing Fighting and Aggression: A webinar for Families


SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-Person 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

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9 a.m-noon in-person Providence Community Center.

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


Penguin Points

Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website