TC Updates 1/27/23

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Terra Centre Families, 

This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. But it’s important to get your children to school every day possible. Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves for outdoor recess. 

We are gearing up for the 2023-2024 school year and one of the first events that gets us started is our Kindergarten Orientation. This year, our kindergarten orientation will be held on Thursday, March 2nd from 2:30 PM-3:30 PM. We will be sending home a preschool survey next week with progress reports and ask all families to review and send the form end if you have a rising kindergartener. 

As a reminder, 2nd quarter progress reports will be sent home with students on Friday, February, 3rd. 

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

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

Calendar Events


January 31: PTA Fundraiser-Spartans restaurant

January 31: SCA Spirit Day-Lumberjack Day-see below

February: Black History Month

February 3: 2nd quarter progress reports sent home

February 6-10: National School Counseling Week

February 14: Valentine's Day

February 20: Presidents Day (Holiday)

February 22: School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

February 27-March 3: Public Schools Week

March 2: Kindergarten Orientation, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

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Monthly Folder Content

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

January Updates

  • NEW!: Robinson Pyramid Parent Presentation-Alcohol and Drugs
  • Food and Nutrition Services recruitment flier
  • Alcohol Safety Tips flier
  • Summer Enrichment Programs & Opportunities
  • PTA fliers
    • Winter After School Club fliers

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Kindergarten Orientation

SAVE THE DATE: Terra Centre's Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March  2, 2023, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM(snow date Thursday, April 13)

Please let us know if you have a rising Kindergarten student – a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2023.  A GREEN form - Survey of Preschool Children - will be sent home on Friday, February 3rd to collect this information.  Please complete it if it applies to you and return it to the office or your child’s teacher by Friday, February 17th.  If you have a neighbor or friend for whom this applies within our Terra Centre boundaries, please share this information with them or ask them to call Terra Centre at 703-249-1400.

Registration forms and information about Kindergarten Orientation will be provided to those who complete the survey or contact the school.

We look forward to welcoming our newest "Tigers" to Terra Centre!

SCA Spirit Day-January 31st

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Text-to-Speech Available on FCPS Websites

FCPS is introducing an innovative way to address the diverse needs of the community. A new text-to-speech feature, available on the FCPS website and each school website, will read the words aloud from webpages.  

The feature will help those with accessibility needs, such as visual impairments, dyslexia, or other difficulty reading large amounts of online text. The text-to-speech feature is available for English, Spanish, and Korean. Learn more and try out the new feature.

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Summer Learning Programs Registration: Opening Soon!

FCPS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps will open for registration on Wednesday, February 1.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) 

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC) is a week-long exploratory camp designed to give current K-6 students an opportunity to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. Visit the TAC webpage for more information. 

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA website for more information and registration.

Institute for the Arts Camps (IFTA)

IFTA is a two- or four-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, self-directed economics and personal finance, and theater. Visit the IFTA website for more information and registration. 

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for students in grades 2-5 who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging. Visit the E-IFTA website for more information and registration.

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Strategic Plan: Have Your Say in Our Future!

Strategic planning Community Forums kick off on Monday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m., at Stone Middle School. Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for one that is convenient for you. There will be one in-person event in each magisterial district and several virtual events. 

Participating in a strategic planning Community Forum will give employees, parents/caregivers, students, and community members a chance to help shape the school division’s future. At each event, participants will review student achievement, access, and perception data, and identify both strengths and challenges within the data. Input from the forums will be analyzed by our consultant, Performance Fact, Inc., and shared with the Core Planning Team for potential inclusion in FCPS’ new Strategic Plan. 

Childcare will be provided at in-person forums. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, at all events. Please register today.

February Webinars and Events for Parents

FCPS’ Parent Resource Center (PRC) is dedicated to helping adults support the success of all students. The PRC will present the following webinars in February: 

Click on the title for more information and to register.

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

    • Community Feedback on Calendars
    • Text-to-Speech Function on Websites
    • Summer Camps Information

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.  

‘Never Too Early': Virginia Students Learn About Empathy in Engineering Class (NBC Washington, January 24. Also covered by WJLA)

Fairfax County elementary school students celebrate Lunar New Year (WJLA, January 20)

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