Weekly Newsletter 12/6/2023

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Key Center Winter Spirit Week- December 11th to 15th

winter spirit week

Get into the holiday spirit by participating in our fun-filled spirit week activities.

Monday, December 11th- Wear Holiday Headgear

Tuesday, December 12th- White Out Attire

Wednesday, December 13th- Holiday Color Wars

  • A Hall- Wear Red
  • B Hall- Wear Yellow
  • C Hall- Wear Blue
  • D Hall- Wear Green

Thursday, December 14th-  Comfy Cozy Day

Friday, December 15th- Ugly Sweater Day

Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive week

Since its inception in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors.  

Inclusive Schools Week allows us all to take a moment to applaud the progress we’ve made toward building more inclusive school communities while pledging to continue our work toward becoming a more inclusive society.  The theme for this year’s Inclusive Schools Week is ‘Draw Me In’.  Key Center students are observing the week by creating a Key Center School Art Quilt.  Each student is creating their unique artwork on a canvas panel.  When the panels are placed together like a patchwork quilt, it will demonstrate how special our school environment is when all of the unique and special individuals come together to learn and grow.

Inclusive Week at Key Center

Food Drive- An Opportunity to Help Our Community

Food Drive

Key Center is participating in a Food Drive to collect non-perishable goods for the West Springfield High School Food Pantry.

Requested items include:

Pasta Sauce
Peanut Butter
Boxed, Non-Refrigerated Milk

Please send donated items to Key Center by December 12th. Thank you for your support!

Staff Snack Bar- December 13th-- We need your help!!!

Snack Bar

We will be setting up a treats/snack bar for our staff to celebrate all of their hard work.  Please send in some sweet or savory items for our staff! 

Items can be sent in with students or dropped off at the front office during school hours on 12/11 and 12/12 and no later than 10am on 12/13.

Key Center Substitutes Needed

subs needed

We are always looking for kind and caring substitutes. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home parents, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference! If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, please email Patti Alexander, Administrative Assistant, at  plalexander@fcps.edu and apply online.

Substitutes will receive their hourly pay plus an additional $80 for each of the 18 designated high-volume day they work. All substitute instructional assistants will receive their hourly pay plus an additional $55 for each high-volume day they work. See the list of high-volume days.

A bonus program for substitutes:

  • Substitutes working 50 days within a school year will earn a $200 bonus.
  • Substitutes working 100 days within a school year will earn a $300 bonus.
  • Substitutes working 150 days within a school year will earn a $400 bonus.

Bonuses will be paid quarterly in December, March, June, and July. Get more information about the pay schedule

ABA Family Training for December 2023


This workshop is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of

Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

Topics covered will include:

  • Toilet training readiness and prerequisite skills
  • Methods of toilet training
  • Troubleshooting night-time and diaper dependence issues

December 13, 2023

Choose one virtual session:

10:00am - 11:30am or  7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join using this meeting link

Preparing for Winter Weather

winter weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! 

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

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

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