Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 4/27/22




  • Monday, 4/25 - Friday, 4/29 - National Administrative Professionals Week
  • Monday, 4/25 - SOLs start
  • 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, 5/10 - 3rd grade field trip to Frying Pan Park
  • Tuesday, 5/24 - Spring Music Concert (7:00pm)
  • Friday, 5/27 - Field Day (k-2 in am; 3-6 in pm)
  • Monday, 5/30 - NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day Holiday)
  • Wednesday, 6/8 - Kickball game 6th gr vs. staff (2:30pm)
  • Friday, 6/10 - Talent Show




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, math

5/23 - 5/27 - Expedited retakes




Lewis High School Presents

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!


April 28th - 7pm

April 29th - 7pm

April 30th - 7pm

May 6th - 7pm

May 8th - 2pm

$12 Admission

$10 for Students, Faculty & Seniors

$5 for kids 10 and under

Buy Tickets ONLINE


John R. Lewis High School Auditorium

6540 Franconia Rd

Springfield, VA 22150




You Belong in Girl Scouts!

Monday, 5/9, 6:00pm

  • Join Girl Scouts for Fall 2022!
  • Girl Scout troops are forming and filling spaces for 2022-2023 rising kindergarteners and up: save your space and join the fun today!
  • To get more information, join us at a formation meeting! Monday, May 9, at 6pm in the Franconia ES Cafeteria.
  • Contact the Volunteer Troop Organizer, Tiffany Haffner, at






***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)

Way to go to all the students who auditioned!  Results have been emailed to parents.

For any questions, please contact Anna Yortzidis at





FCPS All County Choral Festival 2022

Congratulations to singers Molly Lucius and Mira Stanish for earning a spot in this year's all county 6th grade chorus.  They performed, along with selected 6th graders from across the district, on Tuesday, April 12.

The broadcast recording of the concert can be views on channel Red Apple 21 on Cox, Verizon, and Comcast.

Check the schedule here:




Virginia Hills Baptist Church

Summer Camps 2022

We are incredibly excited to introduce our new summer camp program!  This program consists of individual weekly themed camps of a variety of topics/subjects.

We are offering camps each week from June 13 - August 12 for each of our 3 age groups:

3 years old - 5 years old

kindergarten - 2nd grade

3rd grade - 6th grade

We will also have an additional camp for elementary school-aged children during the week of August 15-19.

Our camp program runs from 9:00am-3:30pm, but not all camps are the whole 6.5 hours.  We have some morning camps (9:00am-12:00pm) and some afternoon camps (12:30pm-3:30pm).

Any child registered for both a morning and afternoon camp on the same week will have a supervised lunch from 12:00pm-12:30pm.

Children will need to bring their own lunch and a water bottle labeled with their name.

Every registration has a $10 fee.  We reserve the right to cancel camps due to low registration.


Please contact for payment plan opportunities.




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


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