TC Updates 9/1/22

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Terra Centre Families,

It is hard to believe we have already completed our second week of school! This week we welcomed our early childhood tigers to school, our students became more familiar with routines, our required bus evacuation safety drill was completed with record speed, and our marquee is now working and has been updated-what a week it has been!

Reminder: Friday, Sept. 2nd and Monday, Sept. 5th are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees & students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year!

Please read below for important updates and reminders. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

Calendar Events


September 2: Labor Day Holiday - School Closed

September 5: Labor Day Holiday - School Closed

September 26: Teacher Workday-No School for students

September 27: PTA General Membership meeting

September 29: Community Conversation with Dr. Reid at Robinson Secondary School: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

Dr. Michelle Reid

Community Conversations with Dr. Reid

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host Community Conversations at our feeder high school

Robinson Secondary School

Thursday, September 29 ~ 6:30 PM -7:30 PM

Please register to attend: Registration form

These events will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. 


Attendance Matters


Take a look at the FCPS Calendar:  

  • Ensure that any trips that you have planned for the school year are on weekends and school holidays.  Every day of learning is a day toward success.
  • If your child needs to miss school because of an illness or appointment, you must report the absence to the school.  You may submit information via or 703-249-1414.  We appreciate your collaboration in scheduling appointments outside of school hours, when possible.
  • If you know in advance that your child will miss school, please complete and submit the Prearranged Absence Form Elementary Prearranged Absence form.  Forms must be submitted in advance to allow adequate time for administrative review.  When planning trips, please keep in mind that absences add up quickly, and students who are absent 10 percent of the school year, or just two days per month, are considered “chronically absent.”


  • Students should miss no more than nine days of school each year to stay engaged, successful, and on track to graduation.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully, or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism (defined as missing 18 days per school year) is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
  • Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job

Calendar Reminder

Labor Day

Friday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Feria por el Día del Trabajo (Feriado)

El viernes, 2 de septiembre, y el lunes, 5 de septiembre, son días festivos del Día del Trabajo para todos los empleados y estudiantes de FCPS. Esperamos que todos tomen el fin de semana largo para celebrar un comienzo fuerte del año escolar y disfrutar tiempo con familia y amigos. Vea el calendario completo del año escolar 2022-23.



How to Receive FCPS Messages in Other Languages

FCPS This Week is distributed in other languages to parents/guardians who have filled out the Home Language Survey form and selected a language supported by FCPS as their preferred language for communication. Home Language Survey forms are available in the following languages: Amharic | Arabic (العربية) | Chinese (中文) | Farsi (فارسی) | Korean (한국어) | Spanish (español) | Urdu (اردو) | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).

Learn more about other communications that are translated. 

Safety Tipline

Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, the FCPS Office of Safety and Security has a safety tip line that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous. Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or

Understanding the Dangers of Opioid Use

In Northern Virginia, the opioid epidemic continues to impact communities including young adults, and sometimes school-age children. Tragically, this can lead to devastating outcomes. There are three things you can do now, to support student wellness and increase understanding of the dangers of opioids and fentanyl:

  • Talk with children and loved ones in your life about the dangers of drug use, especially opioids. For more information, tips on how to recognize and prevent substance abuse, and available support services, watch this webinar.
  • Safely store and dispose of medications to prevent drug misuse.
  • Sign up for a Virtual REVIVE! training class to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and administer naloxone nasal spray to reverse an opioid overdose.

Learn more about the dangers of opioids and available resources on our website. Visit the Student Safety and Wellness webpage for more information about a variety of topics related to student wellbeing. 

  • Resources: 

Gun Safety and Safe Gun Storage

As you may be aware, lessons on gun safety are already built into our curriculum; however, it is critical that all parents and guardians talk to their children about the importance of gun safety and safe gun storage in your homes, and any homes that your children may visit.

Our website has resources for parents about gun safety as well as detailed information about FCPS safety and security practices in our buildings.

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FCPS Student Device Expectations

The following are expectations for the use of digital devices issued by FCPS to students. Parents with questions should consult their school or classroom teacher.

  • PreK and Kindergarten: Students will receive iPads in the first few weeks of school. Teachers will communicate whether the iPads should be kept at school or used at home.  
  • Grade 1 - 2: Students will be assigned a laptop that stays in school. If devices are needed for schoolwork or projects, or in the event of an extended absence or temporary closure, devices will be sent home with students so they can continue to participate in their classwork.
  • Grades 3 - 12: Students will be issued an FCPS laptop for school use. Your child will take their device home with them each day, and should come to school each day with their device fully charged.

Check the Student Device Responsible Use Guidelines for tips on charging and shutting down the device at home. All students are able to take their assigned FCPS device home in cases of expected inclement weather when virtual learning may be necessary.  

COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • Testing will be available September 6-8 and 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment.
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Calling all Terra Centre military families! We are collecting information from our families so we can support our military connected students. Please take a moment to click and fill out the following form: Military Connected Families.

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