Weekly Newsletter 11/09/22

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Veterans Day

V. Day

As a reminder, Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service.

Learning Opportunities for Families



The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), presents the following training opportunities:

Currently Open:

 Transition University - Fall 2022 is a free, self-paced online course that focuses on providing parent-friendly information to help make transition planning easier. The fall edition of this course will be open through November 29, 2022. Participants who complete the full course will receive a certificate of completion showing 7.5 hours.

 IEP University (IEPU) is a free, self-paced online course for families and professionals that provides useful and accurate information around IEP development and meetings. This course will be open through November 20, 2022. A certificate of completion for 6 hours will be provided for all who complete the training.

Coming Soon!

Building Strong Parent Advocates is a free training that provides information to help families build solid foundations in understanding the special education process while empowering them to be their child's best advocate. This program can be accessed anytime between November 21, 2022, and December 12, 2022. Participants who complete the training will receive a certificate of completion showing 6 hours.

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Staying Healthy

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories, and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

How FCPS Develops Its School Year Calendar

FCPS Calendar

In an annual planning process, Fairfax County Public Schools uses input from the community to develop the calendar for the following year. Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable. Watch your email for a feedback form, which will be shared with parents, staff, and middle and high school students.

Sub and Save the Day!

Sub and Save the day

Key Center is always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers and instructional assistants need to be out of the classroom. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference. If you know someone who may be interested in finding out about substitute opportunities, please contact us- thanks!

National School Psychology Week/Staff Spotlight

Laura T

This week we are observing National School Psychology Week.  This is a time to celebrate the important work school psychologists do to help all students thrive. Key Center is grateful for our school psychologist, Laura Taylor, and all that she does to support our students and programming! To learn more about school psychology, visit the National Association of School Psychologists. Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Laura Taylor.

New Yoga Program for Students

Create Calm

Key Center students have begun participating in a yoga program led by Teresa Christopher of Create Calm.  Create Calm is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal and inclusive access to healing and wellness and to developing healthier, happier communities through mindfulness-based behavioral health education.Yoga classes provide a non-competitive learning environment for growth, fostering positive interpersonal relationships, and building a more vibrant and successful school community.  

Yoga class


Upcoming Dates

November 11 - Veterans Day - Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

December 19- January 2 - Winter Break (No School)

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar