Weekly Newsletter 12/7/2022

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Outstanding Employee Winners

congrats to winners


Key Center is pleased to announce the following winners:

Sean Ganley- Outstanding Teacher 

Greg Hoobchaak-  Outstanding New Teacher

Beth Curtis- Outstanding Professional Employee

Jennifer Cassady - Outstanding Operational Employee

Spirit week-  December 12th to16th

Spirit Week

Monday (12/12) Red/White Day:
Wear anything red and white!

Tuesday (12/13) Festive Twinning Tuesday:Match with a friend/class! 

Wednesday (12/14) Winter Sports Day:Wear Sports jersey or attire from your favorite team!

Thursday (12/15)  Holiday/Winter Hat Day: Wear your most festive winter or holiday themed hats and headgear!

Friday (12/16) Silly Sweater Day:Wear your silliest holiday shirt, sweater, or sweatshirt!

        **Participation in spirit week is completely optional!!**

  Please email any pictures from spirit week to KeyCtr.Admin@fcps.edu

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 10am on 12/14.

Holiday Giving Option

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We know that many families like to show their appreciation for teachers and staff with a gift around the holiday season. We are offering an option for holiday giving, using a service called GiftCrowd.  You will be able to use this GiftCrowd page to leave a note and a gift for any staff member who has made a difference to your family. The list includes all teachers and staff at Key Center, so you can give to as many people as you’d like, all in one place.  

We are hoping this will be easier for all involved, and that gift recipients will benefit from one larger group gift that they can choose how to use.  Staff members will be able to redeem their gifts from one or more gift cards (including Amazon, Target, Walmart, or hundreds of others).  GiftCrowd does not charge any fees to either gift buyers or gift receivers - It is free to use. 

Participation is completely optional. The receiver will see the names of people who contribute, but will only see the grand total of money contributed.   

The deadline to contribute is Thursday, Dec. 15th at 10pm.  All gifts will be emailed to teachers and staff that evening.  Please contact Beth Curtis (becurtis@fcps.edu) if you have questions about the use of GiftCrowd for holiday giving.

School Board Member Visits Key Center

Board Member Visit

We were pleased to welcome school Board Member, Stella Pekarksy, to Key Center this week.  During her visit, Ms. Pekarsky met with Key Center staff and students, while learning about our programs and services.  We appreciated the opportunity to help her learn about our awesome school!

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!

Proposed Process for Special Education Enhancement Plan 

FCPS will be developing a Special Education Enhancement Plan to help inform our work to increase outcomes for students with disabilities. On November 15, FCPS staff shared their proposed process for developing the plan at a School Board work session. This process includes many opportunities for community feedback and collaboration from a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders such as FCPS students, employees, parents/caregivers, and content experts. View the presentation on YouTube. Get more information on BoardDocs.

Preparing for Winter Weather



Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in weCare@school, bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

The administration will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat, a hat if possible and any other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.  Our students love being outdoors! 

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Staff Spotlight

Diane Young

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Diane Young.  This is Diane’s second year at Key Center as a Behavior Resource Teacher.  She has a very interesting vocational background- visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Diane Young.

Students Participate in Community Based Instruction


Key Center students participate in Community Based Instruction (CBI).  CBI provides students with opportunities to experience the “real world” of their communities before reaching adulthood when their lives will be lived within those communities. These experiences contribute to the development of independence in students as they practice critical skills within the natural setting of their community.


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