Brookfield News and Notes 3/08/2024

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Daylight Saving Time Begins - March 10th

Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour!

As a result of the time change, some students may be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark. Help your child stay safe by having them wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run into the street or cross between parked cars.

Join us for Field Day!

Field Day

Field Day is Coming April 12th 2024!

3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades - 8:00-10:35pm

1st and 2nd grades - 12:15-2:30pm

*Kindergarten - 1:15-2:25pm

Field Day is almost here!  We need your help to make it a success.  Please consider volunteering for a few hours using the Sign Up Genuis links below.  (*Kindergarten and pre-school will have their Field Day from 1:15-2:25pm.  The specialists will be running their stations, so we do not need volunteers, but please feel free to come and watch!)

Volunteers, please arrive at 8am for grades 3-6; and 12:15pm for grades 1-2.  Games will start at 8:30am and 12:45pm but we would like you here 30 minutes beforehand so you can have a chance to learn how your station will run.  Thank you!

Any questions, please contact Cindy Barker at

Volunteers for grades 5-6 - sign up here

Volunteers for grades 3-4 - sign up here

Volunteers for grades 1-2 - sign up here

Family Science Night

Family Science Night will be held in the Brookfield Elementary School Gym on Tuesday, March 19 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. after the Science Fair.  Come try different hands-on activities related to science, technology, engineering and math from the Children’s Science Center Lab.  All students must be accompanied by an adult.  Bring the whole family for an evening of fun, discovery and science learning!

🥁 Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military. 

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PreK and Public Safety

The Public Safety Team of MPO Ryan Low and Emily Arnold visited with Brookfield's Pre-K team.  Boy could that siren whoop!

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Third graders in Mrs. Canavan's class are working hard on their Ancient Civilizations project!

Public Speaking Workshop

This past fall, our Brookfield fifth graders participated in an after-school workshop to build their public speaking skills. The workshop was designed by a few Chantilly High School students participating in DECA, an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. This workshop got great feedback from our 5th-grade participants, and this past weekend, the high school students won first place at a state competition for this project!

This is a great example of empowering our youth to become leaders and mentors in our community. Congratulations! 

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

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Talent Show - April 19th!

Talent Show

Get ready to unleash your individual or group talent!

Sign-up Flyers for the PTA's Heritage Night and Talent Show will be sent home in student's Tuesday Folders.

Auditions: March 21st

Rehearsals: April 4, 11 & 18th

Students must attend at least one rehearsal and be able to attend the Talent Show on April 19th.

Grow Your Garden!



Brookfield PTA has partnered with Garden for Wildlife to offer native plants. Shop HERE!

Science Fair Deadline March 12th


The last day to sign-up for Science Fair is March 12th!

Science Fair is Tuesday, March 19th.

FREE Tri-fold presentation boards will be sent home with students who sign-up.

Want to be a judge at Science Fair? Email:

Questions? Email:


First Grade Family Literacy Coffee

When: March 14, 8:00-9:30am

Where: Brookfield Cafeteria

Who: Parents and Guardians of 1st grade students

Please join us for a coffee & breakfast while learning more about your first grade reader!  We will discuss what Reading instruction looks like in your child’s classroom as well as offer ideas for how you can support your child at home.  You will have an opportunity to visit your child’s classroom and try what you’ve learned with your child!  Please plan to stay for the entire event.

Questions? Contact Anna Lyn Copeland (Reading Specialist)

Free Food Giveaway - Fresh Foods and Pantry Staples

The monthly free food distribution held by a community partner will be this Saturday, March 9th from 10:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m. while supplies last at Brookfield Elementary School.

Future Dates:

  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8

✅ Take the Family Engagement Survey!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open. Survey partner K12 Insight emailed a link to families on March 3 and again on March 6. Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.

The survey is available in 10 languages. Parents/caregivers may stop by the front office to fill out a paper survey or complete the survey online. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage

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Disclaimer: Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school. These opportunities may utilize technology tools that have not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review the Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Privacy Policy for any technology platform that the enrichment opportunity may use before participating.