Terra Centre Family Newsletter-11/10/23

Kindergarten and Veterans day

We enjoyed honoring our Veterans today with a family breakfast followed by Veterans presentations across all grade levels. 

Terra Centre Families,

November is Family Engagement Month and FCPS has many resources designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth.

Our family liaison, Mrs. Kettner, helps connect families to resources in the community, welcomes families, and helps them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. Mrs. Kettner is at Terra Centre on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

Important Information

Gift Card Drive

Holiday Gift Card Drive

Terra Centre’s Clinical Team is collecting gift cards for families in need this holiday season. We are seeking donations of gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart, or Amazon in amounts of $25 or $50. Any amount, however, is much appreciated!

There is a box in the main office where gift cards can be dropped off through Friday, November 17. Feel free to drop cards off at the Thanksgiving Lunch!  The box is labeled “Terra Centre Holiday Gift Card Drive.” If you have questions feel free to reach out to counselor Jackye Toth at jstoth@fcps.edu or social worker Laurel Hanlon at llhanlon@fcps.edu.Thank you for helping those in need this holiday season!

 **All gift card donations will go to Terra Centre families**

Return Your Federal Impact Aid Survey

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. The form is available online in SIS ParentVUE. If you have not already filled out the form online, we will provide paper forms, please be sure to return paper forms by Friday, November 17. The electronic form will continue to be available in SIS ParentVUE until January 2024. 

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household 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.

Please watch this video and visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey page for more information.  

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account, so you can easily submit your survey. 

Technical support for using ParentVUE or completing the survey online is available by submitting a Parent Support Request ticket. Select SISParent in the Application dropdown menu and enter Federal Impact Aid Survey under Issue Description. Or, call the Parent Technology Help Desk at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS).

Picture Retake Day is Next Monday, November 13

The flyer below has been uploaded to:  All Parents Schoology Course-Terra Centre

If you want a picture retaken, please send the original picture packet back to the photographer on retake picture day. 

Barksdale - Page 1
Barksdale Retakes - page 2


Lost & Found

Lost & Found is overflowing!  Check out the pictures below and be sure to stop by and retrieve items by Friday, November 17.  All items will be donated after November 17.

Lost & Found 1Lost & Found 2Lost & Found 3


SCA Spirit Day

SCA Spirit Day


Thanksgiving Lunch - Friday, November 17

Volunteers are needed!  Please click on the Sign-Up Genius link below to sign up for a slot.  

Thanksgiving Lunch Volunteer Sign Up

Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule
Thanksgiving Lunch

Click to create a MySchoolBucks Account: https://www.myschoolbucks.com

Fall Scholastic Book Fair

Fall Book Fair


If you’re available to lend a hand on any of the days above either during the school day or at our evening event, please sign up using our Sign-Up Genius link! Fall 2023 Book Fair Volunteers

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Petruzzellis at aepetruzzzell@fcps.edu

Thank You Voters! 2023 School Bond Referendum Passed

Thank you to the Fairfax citizens who supported the 2023 Bond Referendum. Roughly 67% of those voting in the 2023 election supported the $435 million bond referendum, continuing a long history of school bond approvals in Fairfax County. 

Stay engaged as we build our future. Keep up-to-date on construction and capital improvements across FCPS by visiting our Capital Improvement Project webpage. 


☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Mark Your Calendar

Native American Heritage Month

National Family Engagement Month

Military Family Appreciation Month

Monday, November 13 - Picture Retake day

Tuesday, November 14 - Tiger Talk with Administration, Literacy at Home and School, 5:00 PM, cafeteria

Tuesday, November 14 - PTA Meeting, 6:00 PM, cafeteria

Wednesday, November 15 - Parent Coffee for Non-Native English Speakers with Family Liaison, Kate Kettner, 9:00 AM, library

Thursday, November 16 - Fall Chorus Concert, 7:00 PM, gym

Friday, November 17 - Thanksgiving Luncheon

Friday, November 17 - SCA Spirit Day, Positivi"Tee" Day

Tuesday, November 21-December 1 - Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24-No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 30 - Book Fair Family Night, 5:30-7:30 PM, library

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