This Week at Frost - September 1, 2022

Calendar Reminder


Greetings Frost MS Families!

I am sending the newsletter a bit early this week since my family and I are heading out of town for the Labor Day weekend.  We are looking forward to a great turnout at Back to School Night! Don’t forget that BTSN will be held tonight, September 1st from 6-8 pm! Class visits are scheduled to begin approximately 6:30 pm! Get here early and join the PTA, buy Frost Spirit Wear and check out other activities in the lecture hall! Getting here early will also serve a dual purpose, you won’t be stuck in traffic or have to walk quite a distance because of parking! You are allowed to park at WT Woodson and City Gates Church. There is a shuttle provided for you from City Gates.  

Our faculty and staff are excited to welcome you into their classrooms to share with you important information concerning what to expect this school year. If you would like to contact our staff after BTSN, please use the Staff Directory here whenever you have questions or concerns. Teachers will post their slide decks in Schoology within the following week for those parents who are not able to make in person! Finally, you can watch the videos of our school board members below! We will also post them on our website soon!

This is a reminder that 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 calendar.

Here’s to a fantastic Labor Day weekend!

All the best,


Anthony Harris

“Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen Your Circle. We are #ONEFrost!”


Important Dates

  • Friday, 9/2 & Monday, 9/5            NO SCHOOL / Labor Day Holiday
  • Monday, 9/26                                NO SCHOOL / Teacher Workday
  • Tuesday, 9/27                               Virginia Growth Assessment
  • Wednesday, 9/28                          Frost Band Night at WTW
  • Thursday, 9/29                             Virginia Growth Assessment
  • Wednesday, October 5                NO SCHOOL/Yom Kippur
  • Monday, October 24                     NO SCHOOL/Diwali
  • Friday, October 28                        End of 1st Quarter/Two Hour Early Release
  • Monday, October 31                     NO SCHOOL/Teacher Workday


This Week at Frost....


Back to School Night School Board Members Videos

Megan McLaughlin

Karl Frisch

Ricardy Anderson

Laura Jane Cohen

Tamara Derenak Kaufax

Melanie Meren

Karen Corbett Sanders          



Testing Information & Quarter 1 Testing Windows

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table below. These include:

  • Fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (;
  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (;
  • Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage (

The Grade Level Tests webpage ( provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). School staff will contact you with the specific dates your student is scheduled to take the standardized VGA and SOL assessments. If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or Debbie Metzker, our test coordinator, at .  

Testing Window


Grading Timeline and Progress Report Schedule

To view this year's grading scheduling, please check on the link below:

22-23 Frost Grading Timeline.pdf


Family Resources



Apply for Free & Reduced Meals

All students will have to pay for breakfast and lunch this year unless they qualify for free and reduced meals.  

Families will need to apply for free and reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

  • Online applications are now available.
  • Paper applications will be available at schools (except ones designated as a CEP school) at a date to be determined.
  • Approved FRM eligibility letters may also be used to provide additional benefits. 
  • Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.

When applying for FRM, don't forget to complete the "Consent to Share" 

The Consent to Share Information Letter informs parents that their children may be eligible to participate in several fee-based programs (art, music, Family & Consumer Sciences, etc.) at either no cost or a reduced cost, if they participate in the Free and Reduced-price meals program and provide a consent to share information form.

Some students are directly certified (i.e. Medicaid recipients) as receiving Free and Reduced-Price Meals. Even though they do not need to submit a Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, they will need to submit the Consent to Share Information form to be eligible for additional benefits.

The FRM application also includes a section with the Consent to Share information for other programs. If section four of the application is completed, the Consent to Share Information form does not need to be filled out.




Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies



Parent Information Line

Parent Information Line Available in 8 Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.


Safety Drills During the School year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance. The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills. Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.


Helpful Resources

  1. hotspot and internet for families with students who receive free and/or reduced-price meals or Fairfax County services. Free Internet for Students: Project 10Million | T-Mobile
  2. The Fairfax Health County Health Department continues to provide monkeypox vaccinations for individuals who have a known exposure to a confirmed case and is now providing screening to other individuals to assess risk. Exposure most commonly happens when a person has direct contact with rash, scabs, or body fluids of someone who has the virus. Learn more here.
  3. 988 is now active across the United States. This new, shorter phone number will make it easier for people to remember and access mental health crisis services. (Please note, the previous 1-800-273-TALK (8255) number will continue to function indefinitely.) Click here to learn more about 988.
  4. Locations to receive recommended child and adolescent immunizations are available throughout the Fairfax Health District, including at many pharmacies and groceries that have pharmacies. Please click here to find a location near you.
  1. COVID-19 Updates (Information available in multiple languages.                       Language preference is located under video on webpage). 
  1. Fairfax County Youth Substance Use Trends and Supports Webinar (recording). Due to the rise in opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District, which is consistent with national and state trends, Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide an educational webinar on youth substance use trends and supports.
  2. Healthy Minds Fairfax has a 1-pager on how to know when your child may have a mental health concern and where to get help.


Fall 2022 Classes by Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

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Community News

Woodson Feeder Night Football Game on September 23

Join the Woodson Cavalier football team on September 23 at 7:00pm as they take on the Lewis Lancers!  All students from the Woodson Pyramid are admitted with the presentation of this flyer, linked below, and when accompanied by a paying adult. All feeder school students will be recognized before the game at 6:40pm. Please meet at the scoreboard at 6:30pm.

Feeder School Night 22 23_.pdf 


Asha-Jyothi 14th Annual 5K and 1K Fun Run on September 18 at Fairfax Corner

We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi  ( ) to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday September 18th at Fairfax Corner at 8AM. Asha-Jyothi has generously agreed to donate back 100% of the registration money back to each participating schools AND:

  • An additional $500 for 25+ registrations
  • An additional $1000 for 50+ registrations
  • An additional $2000 for 100+ registrations

To sign up, participating staff, students and/or their families visit the webpage:  Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop-down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants.

2022 Fairfax AJ Run School Generic Flyer.pdf