Beech Tree ES Family Message-January 26, 2024

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Mrs. Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We hope you are enjoying this Friday with unseasonably warm spring-like temperatures! It's hard to believe that schools were closed last week, and children were outside playing in the snow.

As a friendly reminder, please remember that the third quarter is set to begin on Monday, January 29th. Our teachers are finalizing grades. Second-quarter grades will be available on Monday, February 5th, through SIS ParentVue. This is a great opportunity to remind students about the importance of attending school and working their best while being respectful and responsible citizens.

February promises to bring us more great opportunities to learn and have fun together as the 100th day of school is approaching. We look forward to celebrating this milestone on February 8th. We are proud of the progress our students have made in their learning and growth and we cannot wait to see what the next 100 days will bring! Our virtual PTA meeting is scheduled for February 1st and the PTA Talent Show will be held on February 22nd. We have plenty of reasons to celebrate and come together as a community. Enjoy your weekend. We will see you on Monday!

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

📅 Calendar Reminder: Quarter End, Early Release, and Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

calendar reminder graphic

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher workday. 

See the complete school year calendar.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, January 26th Teacher Workday-NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, February 1st PTA Meeting Virtual 
    Zoom link will be sent by 6:00pm
  • Thursday, February 8th 100th Day of School

    Rising 6th Grade Parent Q&A
    9:30am-10:15am Cafeteria
    5:30pm-6:15pm Cafeteria

  • Monday, February 19th President's Day - NO SCHOOL 

  • Thursday, February 22nd PTA Talent Show 6:30pm

*To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we kindly request that parents or guardians accompany their children to school events*

Rising Kindergarten Information

We are excited to begin thinking about 2024-2025!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th?  Please start your registration now by filling out this intake form HERE


Save the Date: Rising 6th Grade Parent Q&A

Attention Beech Tree Families of current 5th grade students. Please save the date for Thursday, February 8, 2024. Beech Tree Elementary will be hosting a Rising 6th Grade Parent Q&A to help families better understand the upcoming course selection for Glasgow Middle School. We will be offering two different 45-minute sessions to help meet the availability of our families. The first session will be offered at 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM at Beech Tree Elementary.
The second session will be offered at 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM at Beech Tree Elementary.

We will be sharing the process of the course selection, reviewing student elective courses, and answering questions during this upcoming Beech Tree Parent Q&A for rising 6th grade students. Glasgow Middle School Counselors will be meeting with our 5th grade students on February 20th at Beech Tree Elementary to help them make their course selections.


Ms. Torres

Diamond Torres, M Ed.

School Counselor, Beech Tree Elementary 

Parent Liaison

Dear families,

Summer Camp registrations are now open with limited spaces. Please see the Tech Adventure Camp and Arts Summer Program.

Please remember that to get scholarships for these programs, you must fill out the Free and Reduce Meal form. You can do this in two ways:

  1. During the Online Application process, a Miscellaneous section asks to share the benefits, and you should check yes to that question.
  2. Fill out and submit a Consent to Share form. These forms can be found on the FRM webpage:

I’ll be happy to assist you in filling out this form; please do not hesitate to contact me!!

Where can you find me? School office Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM or Willston Multicultural Center the first Wednesday of every month from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

How can you contact me? Office Direct 703-531-2692, mobile 571-587-1567, TalkingPoints or email at

PTA News

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We hope this message finds you well! Here are some exciting updates and opportunities from your Beech Tree PTA:

  1. 1. Exclusive Spirit Wear Sale: Thanks to the generosity of a wonderful Beech Tree family, we're thrilled to offer a limited-time Spirit Wear sale at exclusive pricing! Check out the order form and secure your Beech Tree gear. Please return the completed form with cash or a check made payable to Beech Tree Elementary PTA by February 2.
  2. 2. Virtual PTA Meeting: Join us for our virtual PTA meeting on Thursday, February 1st, at 6:30 pm. We look forward to discussing important updates and hearing your valuable input.
  3. 3. Save the Date: Fun Fair - Our Annual Spectacle! Mark your calendars for our annual Fun Fair on Saturday, March 16th! This event is more than just a celebration; it's our cornerstone fundraiser supporting various school projects and programs.

Volunteer Call to Action:

  • Join our dynamic planning committee.
  • Assist with event setup.
  • Manage activities on the big day.
  • Aid in breakdown and cleanup.

Every bit of support counts! Sign up for hour-long shifts and be a part of shaping unforgettable experiences for our kids.

Planning Committee Sign-Up: Ready to make a difference? Join our planning committee and be part of something remarkable! Sign Up Here

For inquiries or more information, please email us at

Thank you for your continued support. We can't wait to create wonderful moments together at Beech Tree Elementary!

Beech Tree School Information

Hours:  9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:05 a.m. for arrival)

Attendance Line 703-531-2626


School Registrar: Sandra Merino (703) 531-2620


In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • FCPS Receives $16 Million to Buy More Electric Buses
  • Science Fair Judges Needed
  • How Families Can Help Fight Opioid Misuse

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