A Message from Principal Yacubovich

    mia pic

    running clubrunning club help

    Parent Math Coffee


    Kindergarten Registration and Orientation

    Children turning 5 on or before September 30 should be registered for kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year. 

    I know it seems early, but now is the time for students to be registered. We are planning playdates, screenings, orientation, and other gatherings for kindergarten students to get to know their teachers and each other over the summer. Register soon to make sure your child doesn't miss out! 

    Students should be registered at the school they will be attending. A boundary locator is available online, along with a list of required documents, and additional help for military families, families who need language assistance, and other forms of support. 

    If you know someone who needs this information, please forward this email or have them call Pine Spring Elementary at 571-226-4400 to schedule a time with Ms. Breeden.  

    Pine Spring's Kindergarten Orientation will take place on March 3rd from 9AM-10AM. 

    Office of the Ombuds: At Your Service! 

    Do you have questions or concerns about Fairfax County Public Schools? The Office of the Ombuds is an independent, impartial, informal, and confidential resource for employees, parents/caregivers, students, and/or community members. Staff in the office are eager to listen and assist with navigating the school division. They will also offer options and/or resources to help resolve challenges.

    Contact the Office of the Ombuds at 571-423-4014, ombuds@fcps.edu, or via the “Submit a Question” button at www.fcps.edu/ombuds. The team looks forward to serving you!

    Spring SOL Testing Dates: Grades 3-6

    The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, Mathematics, Science, History, Social Science, and other subjects. Parents can find additional information about state testing here.

    Below are the SOL testing dates for this spring. Please avoid scheduling appointments and vacations on these dates. If you have any questions about SOL testing, please contact Ms. Ganci at jlganci@fcps.edu

    SOL Dates

    VGA Parent Score Report Letters: Grades 3-6

    Most students in grades 3-8 take a VGA test for reading and mathematics in the Fall and again in Winter. When the results for all students' VGA tests are returned to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the division shares this information with families.

    The parent score report letter provides families with information about student outcomes from the Fall and Winter VGA windows combined. Letters are centrally mailed to families and are expected to be mailed by late February or early March 2023. (Date subject to change based on timing of winter score posting). Parents can find a copy of the letter content on the VGA Score Report public webpage

    Please email Ms. Ganci at jlganci@fcps.edu with any additional questions.

    Naglieri Abilities Test (NNAT3): Grade 1

    The NNAT3 is a nonverbal measure of general intellectual ability. The test evaluates a student’s reasoning and problem-solving skills through the identification of patterns involving geometric shapes and pictorial designs. The test is designed to assess ability without requiring the student to read, write, or speak. Students are not expected to know the answers to all questions and will be given opportunities to practice sample items before taking the test. The NNAT3 is an abilities test, so children are not expected to study or prepare for the test the way they would for an achievement test.

    In an effort to obtain additional information about our 1st grade students, the online version of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test Third Edition (NNAT3) will be administered to1st grade students between March 6th and March 17th. NNAT Parent Notification Letters will be sent to families whose students will be participating.

    It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child has had a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing.

    If you have additional questions about the NNAT3, please contact Mrs. Sutton at slsutton@fcps.edu.

    reading pic

    Find Free COVID-19 Testing in Your Community

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a COVID-19 Testing Locator website, which allows consumers to search for free testing sites near them. Testing is available at pharmacies, commercial laboratory sites, community sites, and retail locations. Results are typically provided within 24-48 hours.

    National School Counseling Week

    February 6-10 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career. School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

    Lockdown Drill

    Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. We have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

    We are writing you to let you know that we will have a lockdown drill sometime between February 6th-February 10th. All students in PreK-6th grade will participate in the lockdown drill. 

    Additional information on lockdown drills, including parent tips and FAQs, can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. After reviewing this content, you should discuss the value of these safety drills with your child.

    Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for helping to keep our school safe. 

    Save The Date

    February 8: Progress Reports Sent Home

    February 8/9: Parent Coffee- 3rd-5th Math Focus 

    February 13: 100th Day of School 

    February 13: Kindness Never Gets Old Spirit Day

    February 14: We LOVE Kindness Wear Red Spirit Day 

    February 15: Kindness Shines Bright Wear Bright colors Sparkles, etc. 

    February 16: Crazy for Kindness Hair Day  

    February 17: We Dream of Kindness PJ Day

    February 20: Presidents' Day-School and Office Closed

    March 1: PEP Parent Event 

    March 2-6: Read Across Week 

    March 2: 2-Hour Early Release, 1:55 dismissal

    March 3: Student Holiday (School Planning Day)

    March 3: Kindergarten Orientation 9 AM-10 AM

    March 8: PEP Parent Event 

    March 9: Parent Coffee- K-2 Math Focus 

    March 14: Math Night (Updated)

    March 15: FCHS Pyramid Art Show (6:00 PM)

    March 25: 6th Grade All County Choral Festival 

    March 28: Spring Portraits and Class Pictures 

    March 31: Spring Concert

    April 3-7: Spring Break (no school for students)

    April 13: Early Release Day for Students (dismissal at 1:30 PM)

    April 14- Student Holiday 

    April 18: Science Night 

    April 20: Parent Coffee: Math Focus 

    April 20: AAP Local Level IV Orientation 

    April 21: Student Holiday 

    May 29: Memorial Day-  No School 

    June 15: Kindergarten Promotion  

    June 15: End of Year Celebration 

    June 15: 6th Grade Promotion 

    June 16: Last Day of School for Students (dismissal at 1:30 PM)