Weekly Newsletter 12/13/2023

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Winter Break (student holiday)- December 18 - January 1

winter break

We want to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season! 

As a reminder, winter break will be held Monday, December 18th through Monday, January 1. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Our main office will be closed during winter break, yet we will monitor our voicemail on our main number of 703-313-4000 for any pertinent messages. Please feel free to reach out should you or your family have any needs. We know life doesn’t take vacations, feel free to call and see if we can assist you.  We will be back in the office January 2, 2024.

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

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-  Flannel/Comfy Cozy Day

Friday, December 15th- Ugly Sweater Day

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 days 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.

Snow Days This Winter

Snow Day

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

ABA Family Training for December 2023

ABA Family Training

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

Virtual session:

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join using this meeting link.

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