Weekly Newsletter 1/4/2023

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PTA event


The Key Center PTA is planning their annual meeting.

Date:  Wednesday January 18th

Location: Key Center School Cafeteria

Time:The time for this evening meeting has not yet been finalized.  Yet, we wanted you to save the evening on your calendar so you can make plans to attend.  The event time will be released as soon as it has been set.

During this meeting, we will elect new PTA board members. A pizza dinner will be provided free of charge.  Additionally, there will be a raffle for a wonderful quilt handmade by Key Center parent, Berit Buontempo!  

We hope that you make plans to join us!

Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Students and Families



Ready Fairfax invites you to join us as we discuss local emergencies and natural disasters.

Participants will learn how to take steps to prepare themselves and those in their care to be resilient and prepared in the event of a crisis.  We will also discuss some special considerations to keep in mind for those with disabilities when creating an emergency plan and kit.

January 10, 2023
5:30 - 7:00 PM

James Lee Community Center
Multi-Purpose Room
2855 Annandale Rd.
Falls Church, VA  22042

Register by January 6th:  http://bit.ly/3VKBZNd

Community Travel Opportunity Offered by The Arc of Northern Virginia



This Friday, January 6th, join The Arc of Northern Virginia Tech for Independent Living team on a short, practice MetroRail trip. Leaving from and returning to the Dunn Loring station, individuals with disabilities (+ a designated adult) will learn basic travel skills and become more comfortable using the Metro.

You can register for this opportunity at: http://ow.ly/j5fC50MhEVh

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!


The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Thursday, January 26, 2023  9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services. There is only an in-person option.

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

School Picture Retake Day

picture retake

Lifetouch will be at Key Center for picture retakes on January 11, 2023.  If your student missed picture day earlier in the fall, they will have a photo taken on this retake day.

Caregiver Training Offered through Virginia Office of Integrated Health

VA Depart

The Office of Integrated Health - Health Supports Network (OIH-HSN) at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) offers training for caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Pre-registration is required for all training sessions. After registering a link will be sent which should be added to your calendar to show the alphabetical passcode needed to enter the training. Attendees of each OIH-HSN training session will receive a certificate of participation, and a .pdf copy of the PowerPoint presentation along with any other educational materials where applicable.  

Topics covered include:  VDH Special Needs Oral Health, Nutrition, Diabetes, Skin Integrity & Pressure Injuries, Transfers Training, Skilled Nursing- Private Duty Nursing, and Dysphagia & Modified Diets.

Access the Winter 2023 OIH-HSN Caregiver Training Schedule for more information as well as registration links.

Staff Spotlight

Elizabeth Ganley

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Elizabeth Ganley.  This is Elizabeth’s seventeenth year at Key Center as a Classroom Teacher.  Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Elizabeth Ganley.

Welcome Back from Winter Break

Students and staff are happy to be back together again at Key Center!  For more pictures of our return to school on Tuesday morning, connect with us on Facebook.

back from winterbreak


Upcoming Dates:

January 16       Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday-  Holiday

January 25       End of 2nd Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release - 11:50am

January 26       Staff Development Day- Student Holiday

January 27       Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar