Floris Friday Message 8/26/22

Rob and Holly

In this Friday Message you will find:

  • Principals' Message 
  • Back to School Nights
  • Parent SR&R Signature Due by 9/30
  • Digital Resources Consent 
  • Safety Drills
  • Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Information/ Timeline
  • Schoolwide Birthday Policy 
  • Breakfast and Lunch Menus 
  • Westfield HS Invite 
  • Upcoming Dates 

Floris Families, 

This week was amazing as we welcomed our students back into the building for the 2022-2023 school year! The energy, smiles, and excitement radiated throughout the school. 

We are so delighted to see students bringing healthy, nourishing lunches. We notice that some of our younger students have difficulty opening their lunch containers. Please have them practice at home to reduce the need for staff having to touch these containers. Please remember to include forks/spoons in lunch bags.

Community members have reached out to Floris to ask that we remind parents not to park on private property while attending school events or at arrival/dismissal. We ask if you are parking behind the school that you are not blocking anyone's driveway, you are at least 15 feet from the fire hydrant, and you are not on anyone's private property or on the sidewalk. Please be respectful of others' homes and property. 

Our teachers are excited to see parents next week during Back to School Nights. Please note that Back-to-School Night is intended for parents and guardians only, and we are unable to provide child care at school. During this event, you’ll learn more about your child’s curriculum and classroom routines. 

We are so excited for this fabulous school year. 

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Holly Walker, Principal, hjwalker@fcps.edu

Rob Gibbs, Assistant Principal, ragibbs@fcps.edu



Back to School Nights are a time for parents to learn about the curriculum and expectations in both the class and grade level for their children. A News You Choose came earlier today with more details. 

Door 6 will open at 6:20pm so families have time to come into the cafeteria and talk with the administrators, specialists and our PTA. 

  • Tuesday, August 30: Kindergarten-1st Grade, 6:30-7:30pm 
  • Wednesday, August 31: 2nd-3rd Grade, 6:30-7:30pm 
  • Thursday, September 1: 4th, 5th and 6th Grade, 6:30-7:30pm


Parent SR&R Signature Due by September 30

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

SR&R Parent Acknowledgement

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

Digital Tools

Digital Resources Consent

At Floris, we use a variety of digital tools to support meaningful student learning. Some of these tools require parental consent before they can be used.

If you have already provided consent - THANK YOU!  For those of you that have not, you can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://florises.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources.

After reviewing these resources, please complete 🔗 this form 🔗 to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. Your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission, so the sooner we can get the permission the better!

Please reach out to our School Based Technology Specialist, Willa McGrath (wimcgrath@fcps.edu) or your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns. THANK YOU!

Safety Drills

Each year our staff and students participate in a variety of safety drills. The required drills include: 

  • Evacuation/Fire Drills- two in the first 20 days of school and then one per month through June 2023
  • Bus Evacuation Drills- one each semester 
  • Lockdown Drills- Our first one will be September 8, and the second required drill will be in January 2023. 
  • Tornado Drill- one in March 2023 

2022-2023 AAP Information and Timeline

  • There will be an informational meeting about Advanced Academic Programs for parents on Tuesday, September 13th at 6PM in the school Cafeteria.  Please plan to arrive through the cafeteria doors.  Any parents of students in grades K-6 are invited to attend.  This meeting with discuss the 4 levels of service for Advanced Academics as well as the process for screening and identification for these services.  Please reach out to Amy Albanese abalbanese@fcps.edu with any questions.
  • For any families new to FCPS who are interested in having their child (Grades 3-6 only) screened for full-time AAP services (Level IV AAP), referral forms are due to Amy Albanese abalbanese@fcps.edu by October 15, 2022Forms can be found on the AAP website.
  • For any parents/families interested in referring their child (Grades 2-6 only) for full-time AAP services (Level IV AAP) for the 2023-2024 school year, level IV referral forms are due to Amy Albanese abalbanese@fcps.edu by December 15, 2022


Floris Schoolwide Birthday Celebration Policy

Due to safety and allergy concerns, Floris does not allow edible birthday treats in the school to celebrate student birthdays. This includes homemade and prepackaged treats. You are welcome to send in non-edible birthday items, provided one per student in the class is supplied. Other great birthday celebration ideas are to send in a book for the class library or asking the teacher for an extra class recess to celebrate the birthday!

Thank you for your understanding!

breakfast and lunch

Please remember you can find the breakfast and lunch menus and nutritional facts at FCPS Nutrislice- Floris 

Westfield HS Fall Kickoff September 16

Mark Your Calendar

August 30: Back to School Night for K & 1st grade parents, 6:30-7:30pm, classrooms 

August 31: Back to School Night for 2nd & 3rd grade parents, 6:30-7:30pm, classrooms 

September 1: Back to School Night for 4th, 5th & 6th grade parents, 6:30-7:30pm, classrooms 

September 2-5: Holiday- Labor Day Break – All FCPS schools and offices closed

September 13: Informational Meeting for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP), 6:00-7:00pm, café

September 21: PTA Meeting, 6:30-7:30pm, café 

September 26: No School for Students, Rosh Hashanah, Teacher Workday

October 5: No School- Yom Kippur

October 10: No School for Students, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Teacher Workday

October 15: NEW to FCPS AAP Referrals due 

October 19: PTA Meeting, 6:30pm 

October 21-28: Fall Book Fair, library

October 24: No School-Diwali

October 25: Fall Book Fair Family Night, 5:00-8:00pm, library 

October 28: End of First Quarter and Two-Hour Early Release

October 31: No School for Students, Teacher Workday


Find the 2022-2023 School Year Calendar