Weekly Newsletter 11/30/22

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Save the Dates

Spirit Week-  December 12th to 16th


Themes include:  Red/White Day, Twinning, Winter Sports Day, Festive/Holiday Hat Day and Silly Sweater Day.  

Schedule to be shared soon!


Staff Snack Bar- December 14th We need your help!!!

snack bar

We will be setting up a treats/snack bar for our staff to celebrate all of their hard work.  Please send in some sweet or savory items for our staff! 

Items can be sent in with students or dropped off at the front office during school hours on 12/12 and 12/13 and no later than 10 am on 12/14.

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

Did you know you can help raise money for Key Center just by shopping at Amazon? 

Shop at https://smile.amazon.com and name Key Center School PTA as your charity!  Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Key Center PTA at NO COST TO YOU!

Please remember to login to Smile.Amazon.com. 

It stays connected to your account-- set it up once and Key Center will receive funds each time you shop using the https://smile.amazon.com link.  As always we thank you for your support!

National Special Education Day

National Ed

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on Dec. 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs! 

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Inclusive Schools Week


December 5-9 is Inclusive Schools Week.  This week celebrates the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. The week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.

This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme is “Unity Within Our Community.”

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.

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.

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


This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Betsy Komoniewski.  Betsy has been a special educator in Fairfax County Public Schools for 27 years.  This is her tenth year serving Key Center as our Assistive Technology Coach.  Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Betsy Komoniewski.

Student Business- The Key Café

As part of the Key Café, run by the 17-22 year old classes, Ms. Caitlin’s class runs a coffee cart!  The students brew and deliver coffee to staff throughout the building.  Students helped develop the business plan, they created the menu, and they shop weekly for inventory.  Students applied and were assigned jobs as either a barista, delivery specialist, or cleaner.  All of the students really enjoy participating in the coffee cart!

Key Cafe


Upcoming Dates:

December 12- 16  Spirit Week

December 19- Jan 2  Winter Break (No School)

January 16  Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday-  Holiday

January 26 Staff Development Day- Student Holiday

January 27 Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar