What's Happening at Mount Eagle September 15, 2023

Our new community art project is up. Stop by to see our piece where students in Grades 2-6 worked with Ms. Christopher in art class to create a "stick" to represent themselves. It's our biggest art piece ever! 

What's Happening at Mount Eagle

September 15, 2023

Weekly Communication Sheets Begin Next Week

Knowing what your child is studying and how to support that learning at home is important. Beginning next Friday, parents will receive document in Talking Points called a "Weekly Communication Sheet." There will be three sections: 

  • Topics studied during the week
  • Questions you can ask your child about what they learned
  • Activities your child can do at home to support what they learned

Please look for the message from your child's teacher in Talking Points next Friday. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out.


Have you set up your account?

A My School Bucks is an easy way to make payments for school for field trips, instrument rentals and more. It's easy to set up an account, and you can use your phone. Go to their website to start. If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Debbie Schuman in our office. 


Second graders are so excited to see chrysalis form right there in their classroom!  

Attendance Matters!

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 FCPS’ website for information on when you should 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. Please contact us as soon as you know your child will be absent. 

Read more about how families can help form good attendance habits

Important Times

Kiss & Ride: 8:20-8:40am

Doors Open: 8:25am  Tardy Bell: 8:45am

Dismissal Bell: 3:30pm 

Office Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm


Financial Support with Activity Fees

There are many activities and events that offer reduced fees for families in need. For example, participation in a sports league, SAT test fees for high school students and rental fees for musical instruments are just some of the activities where a reduced fee can be offered for a family in need. 

So how do I get proof to show my family qualifies for reduced fees?

If you believe that your family might qualify, please fill out a free/reduced meal form found here: https://www.fcps.edu/frm Once you fill out the form and submit your financial information, you will get an email confirmation. That confirmation serves as your proof that your family qualifies for reduced fees wherever they are offered. 

But I thought that everyone at Mount Eagle received free lunch this year and that we didn't have to fill out a form.

That is correct. No families have to fill out a form for their child to have free lunch this school year. But if your family needs to get reduced fees for things like instrument rentals and sports teams, you do need to fill out the form. 

If you have questions, please reach out to Lily Delcampo, our Family Liaison or Shannon Southard, our Social Worker. They both work at Mount Eagle everyday and can be reached at 703-721-2100.

Communications with Mount Eagle

Staying informed is essential to our successful partnership. There are several ways we will communicate with you this year:

News You Choose

Mount Eagle uses News You Choose to distribute our weekly parent newsletter. News You Choose is an electronic communication platform that allows community members the ability to select what information they want to receive and how often from individual schools, the School Board office and members, departments, programs, and PTA/PTO and booster organizations.  Subscribers can change their settings or unsubscribe at any time. 

Make sure we have your current email so that we can send you updates.  Or, you can click here to subscribe!  


Parents/guardians of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students are automatically enrolled to receive e-Notify Communications. FCPS central offices and schools use this system to communicate emergency, delayed opening and school closing information, attendance, and other essential communications. Contact information from the student information system are uploaded to the eNotify system.  It is important that parents keep their child’s emergency contact information up-to-date. To update, email Ms. Sara Merino Paz at srmerinopaz@fcps.edu, fill out an emergency care card, or update through your SIS ParentVUE account. 

Talking Points

Teachers use the Talking Points messenger app, which allows teachers and staff to connect and communicate with families via text messaging directly to their phones and in their home languages. 


Parents can access information about their child’s attendance, class performance, and manage emergency communication and FCPS forms via a SIS ParentVue account.  Click here for more information. If you need an activation code, please call the school at 703-721-2100.

Student Rights & 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

Parents/caregivers should talk to their child(ren) about expectations for this school year. Also, please log in to SIS ParentVUE and sign to acknowledge your review of the SR&R, or sign and return the signature sheet to your child’s school by Friday, September 29

Important Dates

Monday, September 25

  • School closed for all students

Friday, September 29

  • Turn in Students Rights & Responsibilities signature sheet (see above)

Monday, October 9

  • School closed for all students

Wednesday, October 11

  • PTO Meeting at Mount Eagle 8:40am

See the complete 2023-24 school year calendar


Get Involved with Your PTO

At Mount Eagle, every parent is a member of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). It's a great way to connect with other parents, learn about how to support your child and to have fun! There are many ways where you can share your voice, talents and time. Check out the PTO Website for more information. It's available in multiple languages. 


Parent/Guardian Handbook

Do you have questions about attendance or food/drink at school or what students can wear?  If so, please check out our Parent/Guardian Handbook on our Mount Eagle website. It's available with translations. Click here to access it. Of course, if you have a question about a situation that is not listed, reach out to your child's teacher or an administrator. Their contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.


Your Partners In Education

We are honored to work with your family this year and will work everyday to ensure a safe and positive learning environment for your child. We can't do it alone. Please contact us when there is a question or concern, especially related to bullying. As a parent, you will often hear about something before staff might. Thank you for all your support.   

Jean Consolla, Principal          


Kate Kirkland, Assistant Principal    kekirkland@fcps.edu