Weekly Newsletter 1/17/2024

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Reminder -


As a reminder, Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Key Center students will be released at 11:50.  Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher workday.

Spirit Week

Spirit Week

Next week is Key Center’s GAME ON Spirit Week.  During this sports-themed week, students will be competing in sporting activities that they have learned about during the month of January-- Hockey, Football, Soccer and Basketball!

Monday, January 22nd-- BRIGHT as Torch- wear your brightest clothes

Tuesday, January 23rd-- TRAINING Tuesday dress like you’re going to work out

Wednesday, January 24th-- We are linked TOGETHER like the Olympic flag- wear patriotic colors of red, white and blue

Thursday, January 25th-- REST after a hard workday Thursday - wear comfy, cozy clothes

Key Center T-Shirt Design Contest

t-shirt contest

Show off your creativity- enter the Key Center Spiritwear Design contest!

To participate, simply create a design that showcases Key Center spirit.  From the submitted designs, a winner will be chosen and the design will be printed on spirit gear.  Look for information about ordering spirit wear during the month of February.

The deadline for submission of your design is February 1st, 2024.  Please submit your design to Beth Curtis at becurtis@fcps.edu.

Family Resource Center

family resource

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Transition Parent Support Group Meeting- The Arc of Northern Virginia

Support group

Date:  Saturday, January 20, 2024
Time:  10:00 - 12:00 noon
The Arc of Northern Virginia
3060 Williams Drive, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22031

The purpose of this support group is to share resources and experiences primarily among families who have young adults who have aged out of a school system or who are in their last year of school and will age out of a school system next June.

At this meeting, the speaker will be Cathy Gagnon.  Cathy is married and has 3 daughters.  Her middle daughter, Megan, is 45 years old and was diagnosed with autism at about age 5.  Cathy found that placement in programs was always difficult because 40+ years ago levels of autism were not yet recognized.  As a result, Cathy learned early on that she would have to be Megan’s advocate. Cathy will share with the group the organizational binder she’s created that provides all the primary info on her daughter should someone else need to step in. Cathy will also share her experiences over the years since her daughter left school – the challenges and successes!

There is no cost to attend the group meeting, but pre-registration is required. Attendance for this meeting will be limited to 25 attendees.

Register for the Meeting

Morning at the Museum- Smithsonian

Morning at the Musesum

Morning at the Museum (MATM) is a free, sensory-friendly program for children, teenagers, and young adults who are neurodivergent and their families in which they can visit a Smithsonian museum prior to opening on designated Saturday or Sunday mornings. Monthly programs rotate between Smithsonian museums. Registration is required. Pre-registered families visit one Smithsonian museum before it opens to the public, where they can participate in activities or explore the exhibitions independently at their own pace. Prior to each program, pre-registered families receive “pre-visit” materials to help them prepare for their visit including social narratives, sensory maps, visual schedules, and tip sheets. Similar pre-visit materials are available to help families plan for visits that take place outside of MATM program hours. These materials can be found in the “Resources” section of the Access Smithsonian website here.  

To learn more about Morning at the Museum or to sign up for the mailing list, please email us at access@si.edu.

The next event is on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (8:00 a.m.).  Registration is required- you can register here.

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, March 9, 2024 National Museum of American History
Saturday, April 27, 2024 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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

January 22-25          Spirit week- GAME ON

January 25               End of 2nd Quarter - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am

January 26               Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

February 19              Presidents’ Day- Holiday

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar