Coates Family Newsletter for 4/29/22

Dear Coates Families,

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we want to share our gratitude for our outstanding teachers, this year more than ever. Everyone at Coates has worked hard this year, many people stretching outside their typical role to get the job done. I hope you will join us in expressing thanks and appreciation to the Coates staff next week…a kindly worded note or email is truly a treasure.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

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

Coates International Night is back!

The event will be held on Friday, May 20th from 6:00-8:00pm.  We are excited to bring back this celebration of our school’s incredible diversity. We are looking for families to create a cultural booth or poster and teach others about your country.  If you are interested, please fill out this google form:

Updated Isolation Procedures for Students Effective May 1

Since the start of the pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools has regularly reviewed and adjusted our health and safety guidance in alignment with recommendations from local, state and national health experts.

As a result, FCPS will be changing current isolation procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, when your child has met the following criteria:

  • Student has completed at least five days of isolation; AND 
  • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved
  • Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance

If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.

Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time. 

The new procedure aligns with the timeline recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). It also follows improving vaccination rates in the Fairfax Health District, as well as a continued community level of low in Fairfax County.

We continue to balance the need for students to have a high-quality in-person learning experience with student and staff safety. By adhering to our layered prevention strategies and increasing vaccination rates, we are all doing our part to keep schools safe

Student Water Bottles


As the weather starts to get warmer, please remember to send a water bottle to school with your student(s). We have water filling stations for students to utilize so they can stay hydrated.

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


  • 2nd-6th:  Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 4th: Chorus concert @ 7:00pm
  • 20th:  International Night @ 6:00pm
  • 24th:  G5/6 Band Concert @ 6:30pm
  • 26th:  Kindergarten Math Night @ 5:00pm
  • 31st: Strings Concert @ 7:00pm


  • 9th:  Grade 6 Promotion @ 9:30am

SOL Dates:

  • 3rd Grade:  Reading on Thursday, May 5th and Math on Thursday, May 12th
  • 4th Grade:  Reading on Wednesday, May 5th and Math on Wednesday, May 18th
  • 5th Grade:  Reading on Tuesday, May 3rd, Science on Tuesday, May 10th, and Math on Tuesday, May 17th
  • 6th Grade:  Reading on Friday, May 6th and Math on Friday, May 13th

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