Franconia ES Wednesday Word - 5/18/22




  • 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)
  • Tuesday, 5/31 -  Rain date for field day
  • Wednesday, 6/1 - 1st Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Thursday, 6/2 -  2nd Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Thursday, 6/2 - Music Man Performance (6:30 pm)
  • Friday, 6/3 -  Kindergarten End of Year Ceremonies
  • Friday, 6/3 - Music Man Performance (6:30 pm)
  • Monday, 6/6 -  3rd Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Tuesday, 6/7 - 4th Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Wednesday, 6/8 - 5th Grade End of Year Ceremonies
  • Wednesday, 6/8 - Kickball game 6th grade vs. staff (2:30pm)
  • Thursday, 6/9 - 6th Grade End of Year Ceremony
  • 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.

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

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

5/23 - 5/27 - Expedited retakes



May 23rd - May 27th

To celebrate our upcoming Field Day we are having a spirit week!


Monday 5/23: Jersey Day- Wear your favorite sports team (or your own) jersey!

Tuesday 5/24: Dress like a P.E. teacher! (Wear your favorite fitness clothes)

Wednesday 5/25: Tie Dye Day

Thursday 5/26: Olympic Ring Color Day (Wear green, yellow, black, red, or blue!)

Friday 5/27 (FIELD DAY!) : Wear your field day or Franconia gear!




Character Trait of the Month

Last month, we highlighted the character trait responsibility which means to do what is expected and to own actions and behaviors. We are so proud of our responsibility winners. If you would like to see our winners, please click on the link below:

May’s Character Trait: Resilience-when things are hard, we don’t give up but choose to bounce back!

How can I help my child become resilient view FCPS Healthy Minds Blog for tips: Healthy Minds Blog: Resilience Tips



Mindfulness at Franconia!

Hello Parents,

Within these past couple of months, students have participated in our mindful movement classes. Through calm poses, students have learned how to take deep breaths, focus their attention in the present moment and calm their bodies and mind. We will continue our mindfulness culture by introducing students to our mindfulness lab! In our mindfulness lab, students will explore our mindfulness centers such as deep breathing, listening, coloring, mindful movement, focus games and much more! While students rotate through our mindfulness centers, our hope is that it will cause students to “just be”  in the present moment, release worries and stress, and fun being mindful through play! We are so excited to begin our work in creating a mindfulness culture at Franconia.

For more information about mindfulness and how create mindfulness at home. Please view FCPS Healthy Minds:

Mindfulness at home




Summer Learning Programs

(Bridge to Kindergarten, SOAR, Youth Scholars)


Registration for our summer learning programs has been sent out to students who are eligible. If your student was selected, please complete the registration google form as soon as possible as space is limited.




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




Field Day is Coming!

Penguin Olympics

Gr K-2: Friday May 27, 2022 9:00 AM-11:45 PM

Gr 3-6 Friday May 27, 2022 12:15-3:15PM

Rain Date (Same Times) May 31st  


More information on field day to come! 😊


Do you want to help with field day? Use our sign up genius to sign up for volunteering day of, or with other needs (such as popsicles, and more)!

Use this link to sign up!




Last Call for Library Books!

All Books Due 5/27


Due date for all library books is Friday, May 27th.  Please take a moment to gather any books you may have forgotten and return them to the library.




Franconia Elementary School

Presents the Penguin Players in

The Music Man


Thursday, 6/2, 6:30pm

Friday, 6/3, 6:30pm

Franconia ES Gymnasium - doors open at 6:15pm


Musical tickets are ON SALE NOW so get yours before it's sold out!

Though there is no cost to attend the show, we are happily taking any donations at the door which will go toward our future Penguin Productions. See you at the show!

To reserve your spot for the THURSDAY 6/2 performance, click here.

To reserve your spot for the FRIDAY 6/3 performance, click here.


Based on Meredith Willson's six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man KIDS features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance.  The Music Man KIDS is family entertainment at its best — a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!

Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow.  Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize.  The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef.  His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.


For more information or questions, please contact the Franconia music teacher, Ms. Lucius, at




End of Year Recognition Ceremonies

Information and Schedule


Below are our in-person ceremony attendee guidelines:

  • Parking for all visitors will be in the parking lot at the back of the building off Kathmoor Dr by the Kiss & Ride loop.
  • Visitors will enter and exit through the rear gym doors.
  • Programs will be limited to approximately 30-40 minutes maximum.
  • No food, drink, or gifts (no balloons, etc). 
  • If you wish to take your child home with you at the conclusion of the program, you must sign them out with a Franconia employee stationed at the exit of the gym.

Please direct any questions to your child’s teacher.


Wednesday, 6/1 (first grade)

  • 10:15 - Bolden
  • 11:15 - Bonsall
  • 1:30 - Ibrahim
  • 2:30 - King

Thursday, 6/2 (second grade)

  • 11:15 - Dennison
  • 12:00 - Webbs
  • 1:15 - Yortzidis
  • 2:15 - Octaviano

Friday, 6/3 (kindergarten)

  • 9:15 - Allen
  • 10:15 - Channon
  • 12:00 - Tran/Moon

Monday, 6/6 (third grade)

  • 9:30 - Pina
  • 10:30 - Stump
  • 2:15 - Haffner

Tuesday, 6/7 (fourth grade)

  • 9:30 - Blum
  • 10:30 - Hagy
  • 2:00 - Rim

Wednesday, 6/8 (fifth grade)

  • 9:30 - Copeland
  • 10:15 - Pater
  • 12:15 - Ryman     

Thursday, 6/9 (sixth grade) Promotion Ceremony starts at 9:30, and will be hosted in the cafeteria.  More information regarding grade 6 to come soon                                                        .

  • 9:30 - All sixth grade classes





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:




Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)

Screening for School-Based (Level II-III) Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.


Screening for Levels II-III

Students can be screened for school-based (level II-III) AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, local schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.  


Screening Process for Levels II-III

Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services.  Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent or guardian input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.


Appeals Process for Levels II-III

If a parent or guardian wishes to appeal an ineligible decision, they may submit an appeal with new data for consideration by the local school screening committee. This new information should be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher or Assistant Principal.


School-Based Services Overview


School-Based Services in Elementary School   

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services to students’ needs rather than labeling students.  Students have:

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to support student learning and growth.

Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services at the elementary level:


Tier 1 Access to AAP Curriculum and Strategies, Grades K-6 (Level I)

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.


Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)

Some students require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in at least one specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness.

Level II Services are re-evaluated each year and may change from year to year.


Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas and require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in multiple content areas.

  • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Level III services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.


Screening for Full-Time (Level IV) Services


Screening Timeline for Level IV

Screening for level IV AAP services happens at the district/central level rather than by local schools. For your planning for next school year, please know that screening for Level IV services occurs during two specific screening cycles:

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.  Fall referrals are due in early October (contact the AART for more information).
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student. The referral window is from the first day of school - December 15, annually.

For more information, please visit the AAP website at:


Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)

Some students require regular advanced differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science) and on a full-time basis. Students identified for level IV AAP require depth, complexity, and/or acceleration beyond the needs of their age-level peers at their current setting.

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies curriculum, and
  • Increased intensity of depth, complexity, and acceleration compared to the needs of age-level peers in their current setting.

Level IV services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.




Edison Coed Basketball Skills Camp

July 11-15   9am-3pm

Cost $200 per camper

Have fun with games, drills & prizes!

Click here to register.

(Space is limited) 

Additional information can be found at

Contact Coach Lewis with questions:




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

  • 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

Penguin Points

Click on a link for information

Franconia Elementary School website