Weekly Newsletter 11/02/22

employee appreciation


Show Your Appreciation by Nominating an Outstanding Key Center Employee

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a  Key Center School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories, please complete the nomination through Google link for each category found below. You may nominate one or more employees at Key Center (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category. Link to nomination form.

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.  Link to nomination form

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services.  Link to nomination form

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school.  Link to nomination form

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid).  Link to nomination form

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 10, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Helly Ahmadyar at hahmadyar@fcps.edu

Lifetouch Picture Day

Picture Day is Next Week, Wednesday November 9th!  Check your student’s backpack, flier coming home soon!

Picture Day

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month


Formally recognized by Congress since 2003, the Epilepsy Foundation has long since promoted its importance to bring awareness to the incurable disease.

Please join Key Center Staff to acknowledge Epilepsy Awareness by wearing Purple on Friday, November 4th.

Strategic Planning

s. planning

Students will soon be shown a short informational video at school and be asked to complete a survey providing feedback on their experience at school. This feedback will be used to help inform FCPS leadership as they work on planning for the future of the school system. Parents are invited to view the survey questions and get more information. At Key Center, all students will be taking the modified grades 3-6 student survey.  We have reduced the number of questions, simplified language and provided picture supports for response.  Surveys will be administered during the week of November 7, 2022.  If you prefer that your student not participate in the Strategic Plan Student Survey, you may opt them out by contacting us to request an opt-out. 

Guidelines on Religious Accommodations for Students

FCPS makes reasonable accommodations so individuals are able to meet their personal religious obligations. Parents, teachers, and administrators are encouraged to consult the Guidelines for Religious Activities for Students. You may also access this information from FCPS’ website by clicking Calendars on the menu, then clicking Calendar of Religious and Cultural Observance Days. 

community Resource

Moving on to Life in the Community Resource Fair

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Willow Oaks Administrative Center  Room 1000 A&B 

6:30-7:00 Presentations-7:00-8:30 Exhibitor Fair

Once students with significant disabilities graduate, they may require additional, ongoing support in the areas of residential, leisure, recreation, independent living, advocacy and more. This event will include various support programs in the community available to students. This event includes a brief presentation about FCPS transition services and the bridge to adult services followed by an exhibitor/vendor fair. Designed to assist parents, guardians, and caretakers with future planning for students with disabilities who may require ongoing support after graduating from high school. 

Register for the Community Resource Fair.

Trick or Trash

trick or trash

Reminder- Key Center is collecting candy wrappers to be sent away for recycling by the programs called Trick or Trash.  Please continue to collect candy wrappers in the brown lunch bag that was sent home with your student.  Return candy wrappers to school by November 9th to be recycled.

Homecoming Week

We had a wonderful, spirit-filled Homecoming Week last week.  Thank you to all who helped us celebrate!

Homecoming pic

Staff Spotlight


This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Becky Edmondson . This is Becky’s eleventh year at Key Center.  She is a classroom teacher.  Learn more about Becky on our school’s website.


Upcoming Dates

November 8 - Election Day (No School)

November 11 - Veterans Day - Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar