Weekly Newsletter 11/16/22

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Thanksgiving Break


As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving.

International Family Engagement Month

Family Engagement

National Family Engagement Month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. More than 35 years of research shows that the most effective way to increase student achievement is for families to be actively involved in the education of their child. Strong parental and family support is vital to the well-being and success of students. FCPS has many resources for families designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth. 

The national standards for family-school partnerships include welcoming all families, communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking up for every child, sharing power, and collaborating with the community. 

The following resources are available to all FCPS families. Visit the links below to learn more about workshops and classes for families, digital and printable resources for early childhood, mental health, military families, special education, multilingual and wellness topics.

This Week is Spirit Week!

Students and staff are having a great week showing our Key Center Spirit!  

The themes for the remaining 2 days of spirit week are as follows:

Thursday, 11/17- 

Purple Day- Wear purple to show awareness for National Epilepsy month

Friday, 11/18- 

Comfy Cozy Day- Wear your comfiest clothes to get ready for the holidays

Spirit Week

Staff and students wore Key Center spirit gear on Monday to observe Spirit Wear Day

National Caregivers Month

Caregiver Month

National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November -- is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country.Read the 2022 Presidential ProclamationCelebrating Family Caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month enables all of us to:

  • Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
  • Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
  • Educate family caregivers about self-identification
  • Increase support for family caregivers on the 

Learn more about National Caregivers month on the Caregiver Action Network website.

Webinar: Turning 18 in Virginia

This webinar is provided by the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC).

Turning 18 in Virginia: What Individuals with Disabilities Need to Consider 

December 9th | 10:00 am 

Turning 18 is a big deal. An 18-year-old is legally considered an adult in Virginia and can make legal, financial, medical, and educational decisions in their life. For some individuals with disabilities, this will not be an issue. Others may need support. This workshop will share basic information about things that need to be considered as your loved one turns 18. Presented in collaboration with The Arc of Greater Prince William. Find out more and register for this event on the PEATC website.

American Education Week

American Edu


For American Education Week we celebrate ALL who work in our Key Center School community: our bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, support staff, teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers, leadership and more! Learn more from the National Education Association

Want to recognize someone from our school who goes above and beyond? Submit a nomination to FCPS Cares.

Community Food Drive

Food Drive


Key Center is collecting non-perishable goods to be donated to the West Springfield Food Pantry.  The following items are particularly needed:

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Cereal
  • Jelly
  • Granola bars
  • Small fruit cups
  • Soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanut butter crackers

If you are able to contribute to this community service project, please send items in with your student,(or drop off during school hours) by December 12th.

Staff Spotlight

Johanna H

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Johann Horn. This is Johanna’s second year at Key Center.  She is our music therapist. Key Center’s students have a great time participating in music class!

music class

Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Johanna Horn

Community Event- IEP Palooza and Community Resource Fair




This event is sponsored by the Fairfax County SEPTA (Special Education PTA) and FCPS. 

Date: Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 9:00 AM to Noon 

Location: Annandale High School

Registration check-in opens at 8:30, and the program will begin at 9:00. Please register in advance for a proper headcount.

They will begin with a simulated Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. Then attendees can attend breakout sessions that will cover the different components of an IEP document.

There will also be a Special Education Resource Fair featuring information tables from community resources and service groups.

CE Recertification Credits are available for FCPS Staff.

Find more information about IEP Palooza and Community Resource Fair on the SEPTA website.

School Board to Discuss Framework for Special Education Enhancement Plan

At the request of the School Board, the FCPS Office of Auditor General engaged American Institutes for Research® (AIR) to conduct an independent, third-party review of FCPS’ special education program in October 2020. AIR presented their final report during the School Board’s October 4 work session. View their key findings. Next steps include working with a diverse stakeholder group to develop a comprehensive Special Education Enhancement Plan to address areas of need.

The School Board will discuss a framework for the plan at their work session on Tuesday, November 15, at 1:30 p.m. Watch it live on FCPS’ YouTube Channel or Channel 99. For more information on the Special Education Review, visit FCPS’ Office of Auditor General webpage.

Connect with Us on Facebook!


Key Center would love to connect with you on Facebook.  We regularly share updates about events and activities happening at school on our Facebook page.  To be sure to see our updates on your feed, follow the link above to our facebook page then select the ‘Like” button at the top of the page.


Upcoming Dates

November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

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

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar