Crossfield News - 10/3/23

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, October 9 - Student Holiday, Staff Development Day 

Thursday, October 12 - PTO Open Meeting & Coffee with Principal

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 

Mon. & Tues., November 6 & 7 - No School, School & Teacher Workday

Thursday, November 9 - AAP Parent Meeting 

Emergency Alert Test

On Wednesday, October 4 at 2:20 pm, FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts. The test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. In June 2022, the FCPS 2022-23 Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) were updated to include new expectations for cell phone use.  Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

  Staff Development Day on October 9 

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, October 9, is a student holiday and staff development day. Learn more about Indigenous Peoples’ Day from the National Museum of the American Indian. See the complete school year calendar.


You're Invited! 

Open PTO Meeting & Coffee with Mr. Granieri

Please join the PTO Board and Mr. Granieri at our first Open Meeting of the year on Thursday, October 12 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. The meeting will be held in person at Crossfield in the cafeteria, coffee and refreshments will be provided. Agenda items that will be covered: 

  • School Improvement & Innovation Plan 
  • Update from Mr. Granieri 
  • Approval of PTO Budget

Advanced Academic Programs Screening Information

Meeting for Parents/Guardians of Children in Grades 2-6

An informational meeting will be held at Crossfield Elementary School on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.  The Advanced Academic Resource Teacher will review the screening process for full time AAP services.

Referrals for full time (level IV) AAP screening are due to Mrs. Graham no later than December 15, 2023.  There are no exceptions.

Families of rising 7th graders:  You are welcome to attend this meeting to understand the screening process.  There will be another meeting specifically for rising 7th graders to address AAP options verses honors courses.  Date and time TBD.


Good attendance is an important life skill that will help students succeed in school and beyond.

When scheduling trips or family events, try to use weekends and school holidays, and refer to the FCPS Calendar when planning. Every day of learning is a day toward success. Keep in mind that absences add up quickly. Students who are absent 10% of the school year (or just two days per month) are considered chronically absent.

When possible, schedule appointments for your child outside of school hours. If your child needs to miss school because of an illness or another reason, you must report the absence to their school. Most schools have links to their attendance email or notification systems on their homepages. If you are unsure how to report an absence, please call your school’s front office.

Watch this video with tips on understanding our school calendar and visit our Attendance webpage for additional information. Attend today, achieve tomorrow!

Cognitive Abilities Test 

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to second graders October 10, 11, and 12. Eligible students in grades 3 to 6 will be administered October 18 and 19. If your child must miss school during this period and your child does not have another ability test result in their student record, they will have an opportunity to take another ability test later this fall.

The purpose of the CogAT is to provide information about students’ developed abilities in verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning. The types of tasks included in the test are based on content that children are likely to have experienced in school. Students are not expected to study or prepare for the test the way they would for an achievement test.

Fun Run 2023


It’s time to lace up your running shoes and start fundraising for this year’s FUN RUN!  This week, students will receive a FUN RUN T-Shirt and Kickoff Flyer with more detailed information on how you can start your fundraising at  This year’s theme is “Crossfield Nation is OUT OF THIS WORLD” and each grade level will represent a different planet.  Funds raised directly support our students, teachers and school.  There are prizes for the top student fundraisers and the grade level with the highest participation.  Mark your calendars and plan to come and cheer on our runners on October 26th!

Student Monitor Position Needed

Hello Crossfield Community! Crossfield is in need of a Student Monitor from 9am-12pm daily for our Kindergarten Classrooms.

Hourly, $16.85 per Hour

Description: Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and noninstructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.

Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

To Apply: Interested applicants should send their resumes to Mr. Granieri at  and apply online. 

Dear Parents,

If you have a 3rd-6th grade student, please consider providing them an umbrella or light raincoat to use for entering the building in the rain.

Mark Granieri, Principal

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!

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!  

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. 

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