Weekly Newsletter 2/1/2023

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National Wear Red Day- this Friday, February 3rd

Wear Red

In honor of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day, staff and students of Key Center School are invited to wear RED on Friday February 3rd.  Get your steps in and proudly WEAR RED. WearRedDay.org

ABA Parent Training


Communication: A Foundation for Independence

This workshop is intended for parents of students with Autism served in preschool autism classrooms (PAC), Enhanced Autism Classrooms (EAC) and CAT B secondary classrooms.

Topics covered will include:

▪ Communication wants and needs
▪ Using social interactions and environments to facilitate communication
▪ Breaking down how to teach communication

Date:  February 15, 2023

Choose one virtual session:

10:00am - 11:30am or  7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join using this meeting link:

All family members and caregivers are welcome to attend ABA Parent Training. To register or to request an interpreter, contact Liane Sprunk at (571) 423-4110 or by email at lsprunk@fcps.edu at least two weeks in advance and provide your name and contact information (phone number and/or email) in case we need to contact you. For questions, contact Tina Wilkerson by email at twilkerson@fcps.edu.

Inclement Weather Statement: If FCPS announces a two-hour delay, training will take place as scheduled. If there is an early closing and/or cancellation of afterschool activities the evening session will be canceled. If there is a full day closing both training sessions will be canceled.

February Webinars and Events from the Parent Resource Center (PRC)

Parent Resource

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:

February is Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. We look forward to seeing the interesting and creative ways that our staff will embed Black History Month content into classroom instruction and activities this month!

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

New Text-to-Speech Feature on FCPS Websites

Text to


FCPS is introducing an innovative way to address the diverse needs of the community. A new text-to-speech feature, available on the Key Center School website (and all other FCPS websites). This feature 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.

Key Center Recognized with FCPS Award for Communication Excellence

newsletter award

Fairfax County Public Schools presented five schools with awards for outstanding school communications at the School Communicators Conference held January 27th.  We are proud to announce Key Center was one of the five schools recognized with the FCPS Award for Communication Excellence.  

This award celebrates the creation of excellent website, newsletter, and social media content that informs and engages readers. The award seeks to recognize the talent, effort, and leadership of FCPS principals, newsletter editors, social media leads, and school website curators.  The Key Center Communication team includes Patti Alexander, Administrative Assistant I; Helly Ahmadyar, Administrative Assistant II and Beth Curtis, School Based Technology Specialist.

In attendance to receive Key Center’s award were:  Helly Ahmadyar, Administrative Assistant II; Beth Curtis, School Based Technology Specialist; and Ann Smith, Principal.

Staff Spotlight- Lauren Swale

Lauren Swale

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Lauren Swale.  Lauren began working at Key Center in 2021 as a Behavior Resource Teacher.  Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Lauren Swale.

Join the Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  Please check your student’s backpack today for a membership form, or use the following links:

Key Center PTA Donations

Key Center PTA Membership

Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

For questions, please contact PTA President, Cecilia Allen, at KeyCtrPTA@gmail.com or (301) 646-7447.


Upcoming Dates:

February 20         Presidents’ Day - Holiday
March 2               2 Hour Early Release - 11:50am Dismissal
March 3               Student Holiday/School Planning Day
April 3-7               Spring Break

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar