TC Updates 12/9/22

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Terra Centre Families, 

It was great to see so many families come out to support our STEAM night this past week. Our students enjoyed the many different activities and learned so much! 

Thank you to Ms. Jewell for planning this incredible event, as well as the many staff, family, and community volunteers who made this event possible.

We are excited to announce many Terra Centre staff members were nominated for this year's FCPS Outstanding Employee awards-see below for our nominees. 

Please see below for reminders, updates, and special events. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

Calendar Events


December 11: Virtual PTA meeting, 8:00 PM,

December 13: Winter Band/Strings concert, 7:00 PM

December 15: Referrals for AAP Level IV services due 

December 19-January 2: Holiday - Winter Break - School & Office Closed

January 3: Classes Resume 

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

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Free, On-Demand, Online Tutoring

FCPS students who’ve used have provided positive feedback:

    • “This tutor was very helpful! She didn't tell me the answers. When needed, she helped me solve them! She was very kind and she really helped me!” –Elementary Math Student
    • “This was an awesome tutor! She explained why I needed to do specific steps, and she gave me practice problems! Best tutor I have had!” –IB Chemistry Student

Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers.

Learn more on FCPS’ webpage.

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Dining Room Assistant Needed

Terra Centre has a current opening for a dining room assistant.  Below is more information about the position and how to apply.

Description: Assists students during lunchtime. Supervises student clean-up, keeps order and dismisses students to their teachers.

Qualifications: Friendly, energetic, and assertive in maintaining expectations of cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Rate: $12.03 per Hour (no benefits)

Hours: 10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday

To Apply: Interested applicants should send their resumes to Julie Hart at

Book Fair Thank You

Thank you so much for your support during the Fall Scholastic Book Fair! Our Author Visit and Family Night was well attended, and we set a new record for books sold! Due to the community's generosity, we will use the proceeds to buy many new books and other items for the library! I also wanted to extend a special heartfelt thanks to all of the wonderful parent volunteers who devoted countless hours to make the Fair run smoothly; I couldn't have done it without you! The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will take place March 27-31, 2023, which is the week BEFORE Spring Break! Please save the date!

Thank you!

Ms. Petruzzellis, librarian

SCA Spirit Week

ESSER III Community Conversation on December 13

Thanks to everyone who provided input in October on ESSER III funding–federal funding which was allocated to FCPS to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and student learning. Community feedback indicated that there is a general unawareness of the impact of ESSER funding and a perceived lack of communication around how the funds are being used. 

To help address this, Superintendent Reid and Sloan Presidio, chief academic officer, will host a Community Conversation on ESSER on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the Gatehouse Administration Building in the Café. Please stay tuned for more details. Visit BoardDocs for a detailed update on ESSER.

Terra Centre has used ESSER III funds to purchase math manipulatives, reading materials, and provide math training to staff. 

Referrals for the Full-Time Advanced Academic (Level IV)

Referrals for current 2nd-7th graders are accepted through December 15, 2022. More information about the referral process can be found on the website, search AAP Level IV. FCPS AAP information The Level IV Referral and Screening presentation is also available on the Schoology Terra Centre Parent Course in the Advanced Academic Presentation folder. Please submit referrals to Melanie Jewell, AART,

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Monthly Folder Content

Terra Centre uses Schoology for all monthly folder content. All flyers are posted to Schoology Course: Terra Centre All Parents

December Updates

  • Substance Abuse flyer-Mental Health and Coping
  • Science Fair judges flyer
  • Level IV AAP referral information
  • Food Assistance in Burke
  • Alcohol and the Holidays
  • Community flyers
    • Community Table Dinners
    • Girls Lacrosse Clinic (Robinson Secondary School)
    • Breakfast with Santa (West Springfield High School)
  • PTA flyers
    • Winter After School Club flyers-2 new clubs added!

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In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Outdoor Learning Spaces
    • Job Opportunities for Bus Drivers and Food Services Workers
    • Strategic Planning Community Forums

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

FCPS in the News

Building Future Engineers (FCPS, December 6, Whitman MS)

Half a Century of Inspiring Kids (FCPS, December 7, Lake Braddock SS/South Lakes HS)

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