Weekly Newsletter 11/8/2023

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Federal Impact Aid Survey - check your student’s backpack

Impact Aid Form

Your student received the Federal Impact Aid Survey from school in their backpacks on November 1st.

This is a mandatory survey that gets filled each year to help the county collect additional tax monies due to military presence in our area.   For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school by November 14th.

If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3 and sign/date at the bottom of the form.  Please return the form in your child’s backpack. All results are confidential.

Returning this survey is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Remember that families can complete the Impact Aid Survey online using their ParentVue accounts.  Learn more about creating a ParentVue account.

Come and enjoy Thanksgiving lunch with your child on November 16th!

Thanksgiving Meal

Key Center invites you to come to school to enjoy the FCPS Thanksgiving school lunch on November 16th, 2023.  If you would like to purchase a Thanksgiving meal from the cafeteria you must pre-order by November 10th. Please see the flier in your student’s backpack today.  

The cost of a meal is $4.75.  Payment with cash is required and change may be limited so exact change is preferred.  Classroom mealtimes may be slightly adjusted on the 16th, to accommodate this special lunch event.  Your student’s actual mealtime will be shared by your classroom teacher once the schedule is finalized.

Trash or Treasure- Save Those Candy Wrappers!

Trash or Treasure

You don’t have to trash those candy wrappers and doom them for an eternity in a landfill- or, even worse, our oceans.  By putting your wrappers in a custom candy wrapper recycling box, you can keep our planet clean and contribute to the circular economy. 

Key Center is participating in the Trash or Treasure recycling program. Staff and families are invited to send in candy wrappers to school.  Students from our vocational program will collect the wrappers from classrooms and add them to the collection box for recycling.  Please check your student’s backpack for a collection bag.  Simply add candy wrappers over the next couple of weeks and return the bag to school. Wrappers returned to Key Center by November 10, 2023 will be sent to Trash or Treasure for recycling.  Thank you for helping to make Halloween sweet and sustainable! 

Learn more about this program on the Trash or Treasure website.

Virginia DMV comes to the ARC

DMV Connect

Tuesday, November 14,2023
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Arc of Northern Virginia
3060 Williams Drive, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22031
**DMV Connect will take place in First Floor conference room**

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) personnel will be at The Arc of Northern Virginia on Tuesday, November 14th from 9:30-3:30. Appointments are encouraged and are offered every 15 minutes. DMV Connect teams are equipped to conduct all DMV transactions except vital records and testing. This includes obtaining your REAL ID driver’s license. Other DMV services available include regular drivers licenses, identification cards and vehicle titles & registrations, parking placards, and more.

To schedule your appointment, email grace.rhodes@thearcofnova.org.

Click this link for more information on DMV Connect, or contact Allie Shelby at 703-208-1119.

DMV employees securely process real-time transactions. The new ID card is mailed from a secure central location to the customer’s address

The National Museum of the US Army - At Ease - Low Sensory at the Museum

 National Museum

November 18th (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) At Ease- “Low Sensory Day at the Museum.” This free public program is for visitors to enjoy late afternoon access to the Museum with additional modifications to provide a more sensory-friendly environment. Anxiety coping devices will be available at the Welcome Desk. Service dogs and miniature ponies are allowed during this program as well as during normal operating hours. A hands-on special educational program and docent led tours will be available.

To Reserve your free tickets, please click the National Museum At EASE link.

Diwali- November 12th


Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

National School Psychology Week- Let’s Grow Together

Psychology Week

This week we are observing National School Psychology Week.  This is a time to celebrate the important work school psychologists do to help all students thrive. Key Center is grateful for our school psychologist, Ted Tynan, and all that he does to support our students and programming! This year's theme is "Let's Grow Together," inspired by the importance of both personal and shared strengths in our growth as individuals and school communities in every season of life. The theme recognizes every aspect of growth, as fundamental to effective learning environments and to school psychologists' role in supporting student well-being and learning.

To learn more about school psychology, visit the National Association of School Psychologists.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABS) Family Training Opportunity


The focus for the November family training is- Steps for Systematically Teaching New Behaviors 

This workshop is intended for parents of students with Autism served in preschool autism classrooms (PAC),EnhancedAutismClassrooms(EAC) and CAT secondary classrooms. Topics covered will Include: 

▪ How are behaviors taught? 
▪What are the “learning to learn”behaviors? 
▪ How do I select a behavior teacher?

Date of Session- November 15, 2023
Choose one virtual session:

10:00am - 11:30am or 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join using this meeting link: https://meet.google.com/cgn-udci-kbh

Moving on to Life in the Community Resource Fair

Thursday, November 9, 2023, Annandale High School -- 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Resources Fair

This event is designed for students with more significant disabilities and their families to meet with adult agency and vendor representatives to gather information about available services for adults in need of ongoing support once they transition from FCPS. Agency and vendor representatives will be available to share information on adult service providers, employment and training programs, residential options, leisure activities, and self-advocacy during this exhibitor fair.


Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. Learn more about the history of Veterans Day at va.gov.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates

Dates to Remember

November 22-24       Thanksgiving Break - Holiday   
December 18-29       Winter Break
January 1                  New Year’s Day - Student/Staff Holiday
January 15                Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday - Student/Staff Holiday
January 25                End of 2nd Quarter - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am
January 26                Teacher Workday - Student Holiday   

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar