TC Updates 12/16/22

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Terra Centre Families, 

It's hard to believe that the winter break is here. Our students have had a festive week of activities. Our preschoolers and kinders were on a school-wide search for the gingerbread man, we celebrated the season with our 5th and 6th grade Band and Strings winter concert, and our staff even had some fun with a winter door decorating contest. 

As we wind down 2022 and get ready to ring in 2023, we wish everyone peace, joy, and happiness during this holiday season and throughout the New Year. Stay safe and stay well and we look forward to seeing our students back at school on January 3rd. 

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

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

Calendar Events


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

January 3: Classes Resume 

January 6: Three Kings Day/Epiphany (O-Day)

January 16: MLK Day-School and Office Closed

January 17: Parent Presentation on Bullying, 7:00 PM

January 19: Orthodox Epiphany (O-Day)

January 25: 2nd quarter ends

January 25: 2 hour early release, 1:25 PM dismissal

January 26: Student holiday (Staff Development Day)

January 27: Student holiday (Teacher Work Day) 

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

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Give Your Student the Gift of Education

  • We recognize that holidays are an important time to reconnect with family and expose children to their heritage and culture, whether they grew up in another part of the United States or a different country. If your family’s holiday plans include extended travel, please remember the impact to your children’s education if they miss too much school. Visit our website for more attendance resources

Attend today, achieve tomorrow!


COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

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Speed Cameras Target School Zone Safety

On December 6, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to launch a pilot program that will have 10 speed monitoring devices (speed cameras) installed throughout the county. These cameras will be in nine school zones and one construction zone. Thanks to our county partners for helping to improve the safety of our students and staff.

Studies show that speed camera enforcement is effective in improving safety by reducing speeding, accidents, and injuries. Read more about the school zone speed camera pilot program.

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Strategic Planning Community Forums Scheduled

Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The completed schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage image

Are you wondering what experience other FCPS families have had with Read some comments below:

  • “As a parent, I logged in for the first time to see what my student could expect here. The tutor I chatted with was very helpful with my questions and gave me some great tips to try with my child. Next time, I will log in with my child and hopefully match with a tutor that will help him realize learning can be done in different ways.” -Elementary school parent
  • “My child used last night and said her math tutor was EXCELLENT. She was happy and so now I'm happy, too, as she's been grinding it out solo in the hardest math.” -High school parent

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

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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:

    • Speed Cameras Target School Zone Safety
    • High School Academy Open Houses
    • Congratulations to VHSL State Champions

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

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