Brookfield News and Notes 11/17/2023

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Principal's Message

Admin Team

Dear Brookfield Families,

Second quarter is off to an amazing start and kindness was our theme for the week. Our PTA designed a schoolwide challenge for students, encouraging them to smile, help their friends, and give hugs. Teachers and staff felt the love all week, and were delighted with the caramel apple bar provided by our parent community – everything was so delicious!  Thank you!

November is the season of gratitude, and we find ourselves grateful for our opportunity to serve such an amazing network of people. Brookfield has a supportive parent community and PTA whose mission is to build an inclusive atmosphere. We have an incredible staff dedicated to our children’s academic and social wellbeing. Most of all, we are thankful for Brookfield’s students, whose smiles and desire to learn inspire our hearts each and every day.

May you have a safe and joy filled Thanksgiving and know we are grateful to work alongside you and the Brookfield community.


Ellen Mukai

Anthony Ramakis

Margaret Sisler

News and Notes

Thanksgiving Break

Happy Thanksgiving

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 22-24. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 27.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Community Review of Elementary ELA Basal Instructional Resources

A community review of the VDOE-approved Cycle II core instructional materials is scheduled from November 15, 2023, until noon on December 15, 2023. As part of the public review process, an open house has been scheduled during this period to allow community members to ask questions to members of the Elementary Language Arts team. 

Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review website.

Hard copies of instructional materials will be available for review at:

Pimmit Hills Center, Room 207 7510 Lisle Avenue Falls Church, VA 22043  

Materials may be reviewed at Pimmit Hills Center Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors should enter through door #4 and check in at the main office or with the building coordinator on duty. 

An open house with representatives from the Elementary Language Arts team will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

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SCA Meeting

First meeting of the 23-24 Student Council

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Students made calming jars at our Wellness Night event.


Fourth and fifth grade students learn concepts related to watershed and native plants with local experts.


🙋 Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

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Introducing Brookfield's PTA Sponsored Winter After School Clubs

Winter Clubs

Enrollment is now OPEN for all programs. Financial Assistance is available - please email

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 KidCreate Studio

Enrollment is now open at


Overtime Athletics

Enrollment is now open at

Overtime Athletics

Bronco Fun Run Final Standings!

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Thanks to everyone's hard work and fundraising, we were able to exceed our goal of $15,000 and raise $19,250! All donations go to the PTA's continued support of Brookfield's students, teachers and staff.

Class and student specific prizes will be announced at school.

Thank you!

Brookfield Elementary School PTA

PTA Spirit Wear - Hoodie Pre-Order

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Paper order forms were sent home in student's Tuesday Folders.

PTA Winter Clothing Drive

Clothing Drive


Donations can be dropped off in Brookfield's main office.

Fairfax County Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to all clubs and activities.  

Disclaimer: Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school. These opportunities may utilize technology tools that have not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review the Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Privacy Policy for any technology platform that the enrichment opportunity may use before participating.

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