Floris Friday Message 9/23/22

Holly and Rob

In this Friday Message you will find:

  • Principals' Message 
  • Parent SR&R Signature Due by 9/30
  • Library Volunteers
  • AAP Level IV Timeline
  • Want to Sign-Up for the Floris PTA Newsletter? 
  • Special Message from Mrs. Clifford 
  • Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD)
  • Health Care Option Available at Sully Community Center (Fairfax County Government)  
  • Westfield HS Dance Team 
  • Upcoming Dates 

Floris Families, 

It is hard to believe that we are finishing the fifth week of school, and October starts next Saturday. There are not enough words to share our gratitude for how hard the Floris staff are working to provide meaningful learning opportunities for our students each day. The smiles on the faces of our students say it best!

Lot of things happening around Floris this week. Our students and staff completed the September Fire Drill and first semester Bus Evacuation Drill this week, and our playground work is in full swing. 

So exciting to see our families at the first PTA meeting of the year on Wednesday evening. It looked like everyone enjoyed the ice cream as well. 

Reminder to all of our 3rd-6th grade families, the Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) begin next week. The dates were listed in the letter you received earlier in September, and they are listed in the "Mark Your Calendar" section at the bottom of this newsletter. 

Please remember that Monday (9/26) is a student holiday/professional workday for teachers. Monday is also Rosh Hashanah, the second day of the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. For those celebrating Rosh Hashana, Shanah Tovah!

Have an amazing weekend! We will see our students on Tuesday. 

Holly Walker, Principal, hjwalker@fcps.edu

Rob Gibbs, Assistant Principal, ragibbs@fcps.edu


Rosh Hashanah

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. 

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.


library volunteers needed

Library Volunteers

Miss Dowling is looking for weekly help each morning in our Floris Elementary School Library from 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM.  Jobs include checking in books, sorting books, and putting the books back on the shelves. Volunteers should be able to alphabetize to the third letter and be familiar with the decimal system. Volunteering in the library will start the week September 26 and run through the second week of June 2023.  If there is no school for students on a day you are signed up for, the library will be closed. Thank you so much for considering!   

Sign up Here!

2022-2023 AAP Level IV Timeline

  • 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

How to Sign-Up to Receive the Floris PTA Newsletter

The Floris PTA has started sending their newsletter through News You Choose for the 2022-2023 school year. This is separate from this Friday Message Newsletter.

If you are interested in receiving the Floris PTA Newsletter, you need to self-enroll into that topic on News You Choose. Click on this link to take you to News You Choose. Subscribe to the Floris Elementary PTA topic by checking the box.  

Special Message from Mrs. Clifford

On September 19, 2004 our family built the “Kylie Xiu Clifford Memorial Playground” at Floris Elementary School in loving memory of our first daughter Kylie Xiu Clifford who passed away from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) at 3 months and 19 days. This beautiful gift to Floris Elementary was made possible through the love, support and donations of friends, family and the Floris community.  For the last 18 years, countless children have played and made memories on the “Kylie Xiu Clifford Memorial Playground”. With the new playground being built, our family was able to keep a few parts (the buddy bench, the Clifford yellow fence with Memorial Plaque, and the Red Clifford dog) of her playground so that children can continue to play and make memories here at Floris Elementary.

Clifford Family
Kylie's Playground

Advisory Committee For Students with Disabilities (ACSD)

The Department of Special Services is in need of parent representatives to serve as members of the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) for the 2022-2023 school year.  Each region is asked to nominate a parent from to serve on the committee.  The Governance Manual indicates that:

"The School Board shall appoint 33 members to the committee; a majority shall be parents of students with disabilities or persons with disabilities” It also states that the committee will consist of  “One parent of a student with disabilities representing each of the five FCPS Regions”.

We are looking for parents who are collaborative and invested in examining our current supports and services for students with disabilities, and making recommendations to the School Board around areas of improvement. 

If you are interested, please complete the ACSD Public Interest Form here!


Health Works- Affordable Health Care for Individuals and Families

More information can be found on the Fairfax County Government's website at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/sully-community-center

westfield flyer

Mark Your Calendar

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

September 27: 3rd & 4th grade Reading VGA 

September 28 : 5th & 6th grade Reading VGA

October 3: 3rd & 4th grade Math VGA 

October 5: No School- Yom Kippur

October 6: 5th & 6th grade Math VGA 

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:

  • Picture Day Make-ups
  • Fall Book Fair Family Night, 5:00-8:00pm, library 

October 28:

  • Harvest Parade, 9:30am, field, details to follow
  • End of First Quarter
  • Two-Hour Early Release (Floris dismissal 2:00pm) 

October 31: No School for Students, Teacher Workday

November 1: Harvest Parade Rain Date, 9:30am, field 


Find the 2022-2023 School Year Calendar