Beech Tree ES Family Message-February 9, 2024

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Mrs. Clarke

Beech Days Lunch Visitation Schedule

Dear Parents/Families,

We are thrilled to extend a warm invitation for you to join us during our Beech Days to share a wholesome lunch experience with your child at school. Beech Days are special weeks designated each month where we welcome you to partake in a nutritious school meal alongside your student(s). We encourage family members to enjoy the same lunch as their child, whether it's a packed lunch or from the school cafeteria. To maintain the integrity of our meal program, we kindly request refraining from bringing fast food options.

On the day of your child's scheduled lunch, please arrive 5 minutes early to sign in at the office. Our staff will direct you to the cafeteria. As you depart, please remember to check out at the office. For those opting to purchase lunch from the cafeteria, adult pricing is $4.75, payable in cash. For more details on lunch options, please click here.

To ensure a comfortable dining environment, we kindly request limiting visitors to 2 family members per student due to space constraints. Additionally, we ask that family members refrain from accompanying their child's class back to the classroom or joining them outside during recess. Please give a warm hug or kiss and exit the cafeteria.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and enthusiasm in making Beech Days a memorable experience for our students and families alike.

Please refer and adhere to the schedule below for the designated lunch dates and times by grade levels. You are welcome to come on your child's scheduled grade level Beech Day. Please let your child's teacher know in advance, so the cafeteria can plan accordingly for the additional number of lunches. We will see you at the Beech!

Lunch Schedule

Additionally, we are excited to kick off Kindness Week on Monday, February 12th, with an assembly for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students on building positive relationships and using kind words. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will receive the same assembly message during their class counseling lessons with Ms. Torres.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

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Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 19th President's Day - NO SCHOOL 
  • Thursday, February 22nd PTA Talent Show 6:30pm

See the complete school year calendar.

*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


🥁 Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register. Dashboard Teacher-Referred Tutoring Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

Caregivers can guide students to access expert tutoring, homework help, and writing support by clicking on the icon in their Schoology portal—anytime, anywhere.

Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the homepage.


📚 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 


Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.


💻 Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The following events are currently scheduled for February:

For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the linked titles above.

Parent Liaison

An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs! 

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

March 2, 2024, 9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

View the individual event page if you would like to Add to Your Calendar.

Register for: SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs! 

All Children Learn

School Counselor

Rising 6th Grade Important Dates

Friday, Feb. 16th



AVID Application Deadline

Tuesday, Feb. 20th

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Beech Tree Cafeteria

Glasgow Visit to Beech Tree (Course selection with students only)

PTA News

Hello PTA Community,

1. Thank You for a Fantastic Restaurant Night!

o   A big shoutout to everyone who joined our restaurant night this Tuesday. Your participation made it a great success!

2.    2. Beech Tree Talent Show - Get Ready to Showcase Your Skills!

o   Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 22nd, at 6:30 pm in the GYM!

How to Participate:

Virtual Performances: 

1. Decide what you want to do and practice

2. Record and upload your video on Flip by Monday, February 19.

3. Click here to upload your virtual performance!

Live Performances:

1. Decide what you want to do and practice

Record and upload your audition video on Flip by Monday, February 1        


Everyone: Come to the Talent Show on February 22nd to watch your pre-recorded virtual performance and enjoy the rest of the show! Please see the Talent Show flyer

3. Fun Fair Save the Date - Saturday, March 16

When: Saturday, March 16, 10 am - 2 pm

What to Expect: Games, prizes, raffle, moon bounce, food trucks, and more!

Volunteer Call: We'll need volunteers to make this event successful. Sign-up information will be sent out soon. Stay tuned!


Beech Tree Elementary PTA

Justice High School

3301 Peace Valley Ln
Falls Church, VA 22044 

Justice HS International Night

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


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

  • Summer Camp and Learning Opportunities
  • Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools
  • Check Schoology for Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.