Crossfield News - 9/19/23

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, September 21 - Photo Contest Deadline

Friday, September 22 - PTO Book Fair Family Shopping Night & Popsicles                                              on the Playground

Monday, September 25 - Holiday, No School 

Thursday, September 28 - AAP Parent Information Meeting

Monday, October 9 - Student Holiday, Staff Development Day 

Tuesday, October 17 - PTO Chipotle Spirit Night 

Wednesday, October 25 - Student Picture Retakes

Thursday, October 26 - PTO Fun Run

Friday, November 3 - 2 Hour Early Release 

Who's a good reader?

Book Fair

Pet Photo Contest


Calling all book-loving pet parents! The Book Fair pet photo extravaganza is in full swing. Get those heartwarming reading moments captured and sent to Mrs. Baucum at before Sept 22nd. It's a purr-fect way to share the joy of reading with your four-legged friends


Book Fair 

Friday is the big day! Join us from 6-8 p.m. to shop the Book Fair as a family and enjoy popsicles on the playground. It's always a fun night, but we're counting on our Crossfield community to step up as volunteers. We still need lots of help for Friday night! Click below to sign up.

Advanced Academic Programs 

Information Meeting for Parents/Guardians of Children in Grades K-6

An information meeting will be held at Crossfield Elementary School on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.  The AART will provide information about levels of service, briefly explain the screening processes, and answer questions about advanced academic services. 

Please watch this space for:

  • A date and time for a meeting regarding the screening process for full time AAP services (only for parent/guardian of students in grades 2 – 6)
  • A date and time for families of rising 7th graders who have questions about full time AAP options verses honors courses.

🤒 When a Student Should Stay Home From School

Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss.

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to attend as many days as possible, but do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. Visit our site for information on when to keep your child at home.

If your child has a chronic illness, make sure to notify their teacher so that assistance can be provided if needed. Keep an open line of communication with your school's public health staff. Call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent, and tell school staff why and for how long. 

Read more about how families can help form good attendance habits. Attend today, achieve tomorrow! 

Out of this world


Crossfield Elementary is celebrating 35 Years!  Let’s make this year’s FUN RUN “OUT OF THIS WORLD” and raise funds to support our students, teachers and school.  On October 3rd, students will receive a FUN RUN T-Shirt and Kickoff Flyer with more detailed information on how you can support.  In the meantime, mark your calendars for the FUN RUN on October 26th and join rocket nation in celebrating 35 Years!

For more information, please contact Robyn Bywater at and Mindy Scardamalia at

It’s Football Season!

Thank you for those of you supporting South Lakes Seahawks and Oakton Cougars football teams.

Parents, please remember that: All elementary and middle school students need to be accompanied & supervised by an adult while at the game. High school students who get dropped off must plan to have their rides waiting for them by 9:30 PM. 

Thanks for your support!

Language Arts Spotlight 

Students in K-5 will be using Lexia® Core5® Reading—a fun, computer-based program that will help students improve their literacy skills. The activities in Core5 support and build on your child’s classroom curriculum and focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Students in 6th grade will be using Lexia® PowerUp Literacy®, a computer-based program that tailors instruction to their specific needs. The activities in PowerUp support and build on our English language arts classroom curriculum, focusing on three areas essential to becoming a proficient reader: word study, grammar, and comprehension.

School-Home Connection

In Core5 and PowerUp Literacy, your child's achievements are celebrated with certificates when they complete a level. Keep an eye out for these certificates in their take-home folders—it's a tangible way to acknowledge their progress.

Periodically, teachers will send home Lexia independent skill builders to give you a look into what your child is learning in Lexia. 

A reminder that Lexia is designed to be used independently at school, please refrain from having your child access Lexia at home. 

2023 Student Rights and Responsibilities 

FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. In late June, the School Board approved changes to the SR&R for the 2023-24 school year. Updates include a revision of dress code expectations, bystander expectations for students witnessing harmful or unsafe behaviors, bullying, and substance abuse responses. Read Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid’s letter to families regarding the SR&R

Digital Consent!

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) uses a variety of resources to support student learning. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. By completing the digital form linked on our website, you provide permission for your child to use the FCPS-approved online tools listed as part of an instructional program. Need technical help completing the consent form? This page has been designed to help you. Thank you for supporting our instructional programs at Crossfield!

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA)

VGA is a state assessment measuring the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area. More information is available on the VGA webpage (


Test Windows for 2023-2024 VGA 


       Scheduled 1st  Attempt

      Make-up Tests 


           September 11-29

        October 2-6


      December 4-January 11

      January 12-18


Content Areas Assessed


        VGA Content Areas           

         (Fall and Winter)

SOL Content Areas Tested



      Reading, Mathematics

      Reading, Mathematics


      Reading, Mathematics

      Reading, Mathematics


      Reading, Mathematics

Science, Reading, Mathematics


     Reading, Mathematics

      Reading, Mathematics

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter Together in Education Program

Harris Teeter's Together in Education program gives schools a chance to earn funds when you link your VIC card and shop Harris Teeter brands. Harris Teeter has donated over $32.4 million to Together in Education schools since 1998! When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated to your school. There are NO LIMITS to how much a school can earn. Link your card via this google form  or in store by mentioning Crossfield Elementary School or code 5139.  VIC Cards must be re-linked every August!  

Scoliosis Fact Sheet

The Scoliosis Fact Sheet and translations are available at:


Medications MUST be dropped off at Crossfield by a parent. Do not send your child to school with their medications. Our heath room and clinic health aide, Ms. Deshene, is now located in room A9.


Due to the increasing amount of lost laptop chargers and broken laptops, we must begin charging families when these incidents occur. If your child loses their laptop charger or damages their laptop, we will use School Bucks to issue you a fee for replacement and/or repair.

Parent Vue

Access the FCPS secure solution for information about your child's attendance, class performance, demographic data, and more.

My School Bucks

Lunches, Field Trips, laptop repair fees. This is the primary way to send money to the school. 

School Supply Lists

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

Opt-out Forms

Lunch Menus