Poe Family Newsletter September 4, 2022


Mark Your Calendar

Sep 5: NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

Sep 8: International Literacy Day

Sep 12: World Language Placement Exam

Sep 16: Parent Coffee 9:30-10:30am (SIS Parent Vue/Schoology)

PTSA Meeting 6:00pm (Library) 

Sep 19: First Day of After School Programs

Sep 22: Grade 6 Reading VGA

Back to School Night 6:00-8:00pm

Sep 28: Grade 7 Reading VGA

TJ Evening Information Session (6:00-7:00pm)

Sep 29: Grade 8 Reading VGA

Sep 30: PTSA Meeting at 6:30pm/ Family Movie Night 7:00pm

8th grade band night at AHS

Oct 3 – Grade 6 Math VGA

Oct 4 – Grades 7 and 8 Math VGA


Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Signature

We are extremely happy to have your child in our school with us this year!

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the Parent Vue 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.

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 Resources Approval for 2022-2023

This information is provided in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to provide you with information about the measures FCPS takes to keep student data secure when using digital tools. By completing the digital form linked below, you provide permission for your child to use the FCPS-approved online tools listed below as part of an instructional program.

Please complete this form to complete the consent for Digital Use.  Additional information is available via the Poe website at poems.fcps.edu


World Language Placement Exam

On September 12th all students through advisory will learn more about the world language placement exam and the opportunity to earn high school credit(s). Parents/guardians and caregivers please be sure to speak to your child about this opportunity especially if they are bilingual and/or a fluent speaker in a language other than English. More details about the exam, which languages are offered and how to register will be shared that day.

Pyramid Night!

Bring a paying adult and all elementary and middle school students get in free to the Annandale High School’s Varsity Football Game versus Lewis High School. This will take place September 9th at 7 pm!



Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (TJ) Information Session

Mark your calendar!  Is your child interested in science, technology, engineering, and math? Have they considered TJ, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ)? On Wednesday September 28th at 6:30pm there will be a TJ Information Session for students, families, and caregivers interested in learning more about TJ, their admission process and what is required to apply to the school.

Interested students, families, and caregivers should please complete this survey ( https://forms.gle/24GCLEmRjnHwkvdK9 ) as this will help us better plan for this event. If you require a language other than English or Spanish please make sure to complete the survey and/or reach out to Nicole Mourning (ndmourning@fcps.edu ) or Bella Nathanson (bmnathanson@fcps.edu)  and we will do our best to seek translation support.

Food and transportation will be provided. We look forward to seeing those of you interested there!



Updates from your School Counselors

Our school counselors are excited to kick off the school year!  School counselors are advocates for our students as they partner with parents, families, staff, and community members to support student success.  

Our school counselors are committed to preparing students to become lifelong learners and productive members in a global society with a focus on social emotional wellness, academic success, and college and career readiness. 

Please visit our Student Services site for school counselor contact information.

The Raven's Nest

The Raven’s Nest is a FREE thrift store for Poe students and families. It is stocked with clothes, jackets, school supplies, books, and an abundance of other personal and household items. The Raven’s Nest is open to parents on Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. For more information you may call and leave a message at 703-813-3933 or email paramirez@yahoo.com.


The PTSA needs your input!

To best plan for the school year, we would like to know which day and evening might work best.  Please complete the survey to help guide the executive committee in creating the meeting schedule for academic 2022-2023.  Thank you. Complete survey here.

Become a member of the Poe PTSA!



After School Programs



Due to some staffing changes, we are moving our start date to September 19, 2022. Thank you for your understanding!

When we officially start our program, please remember to review your child’s after school plans daily! All students must be picked up by 4:45. All students that are bus riders, will be placed on a bus. Please email Mr. Harsh (pgharsh@fcps.edu)  if you have any questions.

Calling all coders!!

Here are the program details for our 10-week Fall (free) Capital One Coders program:

  • Day of the week: Tuesday
  • Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Start Date: 9/20/22
  • Finish Date: 12/6/22
  • Culmination Event: 12/13/22
  • Notes: Skip 11/8 & 11/22 (due to student holidays)

Learn more about Capital One Coders: https://www.capitalone.com/coders/


Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Free reduced lunch

Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.



Be Wise, Immunize! Required Vaccines for 2022-23 School Year

Vaccinations are required for public school entry and help keep students protected from serious diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood vaccinations over recent years because of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and ready for school. Check with your students’ health care providers now to make sure they are up to date on their vaccines.

Appointments are required for most vaccination clinics. Don’t wait until the last minute when you might not be able to find an appointment. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of clinics or schedule with your family’s health care provider.

Remember to request documentation of your child’s immunizations to provide to their school. More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

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AUMC Mission Center

AUMC Flyer

SNAP at Farmers Markets


Summer Contact Resources



Helpful Links

Health Department’s site and Vaccination Eligibility

Low-Cost Healthcare Resources

Food Distribution Information

Map of Food Resources in Fairfax County



Wellness Resources

Emotional Wellness Resource

Healthy Minds Podcast: Purposeful Conversations

Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information


Crisis Text: text NEEDHELP to 85511

Crisislink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

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