Coates Family Newsletter for 9/30/2022

PTA Family Movie Night Tonight

movie night

Come join us tonight for Family Movie Night 6:30-8:00pm!  The PTA will be showing the movie, "Minions" in the cafeteria.  They will have concessions and t-shirts for purchase.  Please bring a blanket or towel to sit on. 

All students must have an adult to attend.  No student drop-offs!

Social Emotional Learning and Screener

Students in grades K-2 will no longer participate in the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) screener. Instead, the Child Behavior Rating Scale administered in kindergarten, existing attendance, and behavior data will be used to determine necessary social emotional instruction and supports. School teams will use these measures alongside family input, as they develop their understanding of students’ needs and strategies to support them.

Students in grades 3-12 will be able to participate in the SEL screener. School teams and families use this information to develop positive school cultures and support students academically and personally. This year, students will participate in the screener in the fall (October/November) and spring (March). Parents are able to opt their child out of taking the SEL screener. Read more about SEL and signature practices online.

Wednesday, October 5 is a Holiday for Teachers and Students

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. To mark this day, which begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4, Tuesday is noted as a ½ religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. 

Wednesday, October 5 is a holiday for teachers and students (only 12 month employees report). See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at or by calling 877-384-2575.

Visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meals website for more information on the criteria to be eligible and how to apply.

Save the Date for the Coates Fall Festival


Our Fall Festival is back.  This year the festival will be Saturday, November 5th 10am-2pm with a rain date of November 12th.  More information will come soon!

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

fcps cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Coates.

Mark Your Calendar


30th- Advanced Academic Program Parent Orientation- 5:30-6:15pm

30th- PTA Meeting- 6:15-6:30pm

30th- Family Movie Night- 6:30-8:00pm



2nd- National Custodian Appreciation Day

4th- National Walk to School Day

5th- Student Holiday (Yom Kippur)

10th- Student Holiday (Indigenous Peoples' Day)

14th- Fall Picture Day


*The full FCPS 2022-2023 calendar can be accessed here.


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