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Wishing everyone a safe and happy winter break!

winter break

mark your calendar


  • December 16 - Wreaths Across America Day
  • December 18 - January 1 -  Winter Break (School/Office Closed)
  • December 20 - Space Force Day
  • January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (School/Office Closed)

See the complete school year calendar


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, 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.

Middle School Transition Information

Hayfield Secondary School Curriculum Night

January 11, 2024; 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.


Welcome presentation for rising 7th grade families starts in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. Course content tables (fair-style with teachers) is 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Information about courses will be available during this event.


Rising 7th Grade Parent Coffees

February 7 and March 21 - More information to come.


News From Our Family Liaison

We wish you an enjoyable winter break!  Here are some activities and resources that may be helpful to you over the school break.


Things to do in the Washington DC area

Zoo Lights at The National Zoo

Family Skate & Dance Night at Franconia Rec Center. Saturday, December 16th, from 6-9 pm. Additional details can be found here.

SACC's full-day winter camp is now open for registration. To sign up, please contact SACC registration office at (703) 449-8989 or visit Winter Program | Office for Children ( for additional information.


Get help with heating English flyer / Spanish flyer

  • Crisis Assistance helps households that have no heat or are in imminent danger of being without heat. Open application period: November 1 through March 15 for heating equipment repair / purchase / maintenance and a one-time only heat security deposit.


Ways You Can Help Fight Hunger and Homelessness in Fairfax County

As we enter the season of giving, here are some ways to help those experiencing hunger and homelessness in Fairfax County. Ways You Can Help Fight Hunger and Homelessness in Fairfax County | News Center


Family Resource Center Workshops

  • Meet The author Series - 1/5/24 10-11:30 am Register for Meet the Author Series: Raising a Kid Who Can
  • Transition from ES to MS for Twice Exceptional Students - January 12, 2024, 10-11:30 am Register for The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students.

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team (MCY PAT)

Family Member Application

Application Deadline: Dec.15 The charge of the Fairfax County Public Schools Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team is to identify the unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of military-connected youth and families and ensure faculty and staff are informed and prepared to meet the identified needs; partnering with stakeholders as appropriate.

The MCY PAT would like to include military-connected family members on our team. We encourage you to apply to be a part of our team by completing the application by Friday, December 15, 2023. 

The MCY PAT meets virtually once a month.

Questions? Contact: Meredith Ayala, Family Partnerships Specialist at We look forward to partnering with you to support our military families! 

Fort Belvoir MWR – Calendar of Events

Brunch With Santa

Santa Claus is coming to Fort Belvoir! Get ready to indulge your taste buds and strike a pose with jolly old Saint Nick. 

DEC 16   10 am

Check out these fun events for kids over the winter break and ongoing.

Fort Belvoir Library:

Teen Activity Night - Dec. 15th, 4:00-6pm

Do you have teens in grades 7 - 12? Teen Night at the Library was designed with them in mind. Encourage your teen to join the Library staff for a relaxing and creative time. During this event, they will talk about books, play games, get crafty, watch movies, and simply have all-around fun! Offered every month.                                            


Gaming Group (Dungeons & Dragons Adventure League), Book Club & Storytime.


Library Storytime – In Person & Virtual  

In person – Tues., Wed. & Thur. @ 10:30am. Virtual Recordings available on demand.            


Intro. To Archery Class – Dec. 18, 5:30

Learn the basics of archery with outdoor recreation. Ages 6 and older.


FCPS Newsletter for Military Families - News You Choose - Military Families

Did you know there is an FCPS newsletter dedicated specifically to Military Families? Update your selections on News You Choose to subscribe:

  • Under Subscription Topics, scroll down to “FAMILY ENGAGEMENT”
  • Select “MILITARY FAMILIES” from the menu.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “SUBMIT” to update your subscription preferences. 

The Office of Family and School Partnerships provides resources and support for military families transitioning to or exiting FCPS. Contact Meredith Ayala, family partnerships specialist and military liaison, for more information. Sign up for the military-connected families newsletter.  

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