Terra Centre Family Newsletter 3-1-24

Read Across America


We finished off our Read Across America spirit week today with cozy pajamas and read-in!  Thanks to everyone who celebrated reading this week with favorite colors, silly socks, and animal prints! Read Across America Day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids excited about reading. 

TC Families,

We are excited about Arts & Culture Night next week on Wednesday, March 6th!  We are still looking for families to sign up and host a table to share their cultural heritage. We also welcome our military families who have been stationed in other countries to host a table. Families who have lived abroad and would like to share elements of the culture they experienced can contact Ms. Dailey at andailey@fcps.edu to learn more about how to volunteer.

During the school day on March 6th, we will have an author visit with Ada Ari.  Visit her website at https://www.ada-ari.com/. If you would like to pre-order an autographed book, please visit https://www.ada-ari.com/african-folktales and order by Monday, March 4th.    

Have a great weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Melanie Jewell, Acting Assistant Principal

Important Information

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Due to the presidential primary election, March 5 is a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day for staff. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional work days. 

Terra Centre Purple Up Shirt


Terra Centre Purple Up Shirts!

Terra Centre's PTA created a custom Purple Up shirt to celebrate the Month of the Military Child in April. Help support our Military Families by purchasing a Purple Up shirt. All funds raised will go toward our Military Family events.

Cost: $20

Order Deadline: March 7


Spring Book Fair is Coming!

Book Fair Save the Date

Save the date!  Our Spring 2024 Scholastic Book Fair is almost here!  We will be setting up the fair on March 13 and doing previews and wish list creation with all classes between March 14-15.  Sales will run the week of March 18-22.   Family Night will be Thursday, March 21 from 5:30-7:30pm.  Book Fair tear down and clean up will be the afternoon of Friday, March 22. 

We are looking for parents and guardians to help with all these activities. To volunteer, pease click on the following Sign-Up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B48AEAB2AAB9-48148517-spring#/. Stay tuned for more information about the Fair!   We are looking forward to this exciting time! -Ms. Petruzzellis, Librarian, Terra Centre Elementary School

Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up

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Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

Parents/caregivers will receive the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students. Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

We Are Hiring Classroom Monitors!

Join our team

Terra Centre is looking for additional classroom monitors! Our monitors work hourly and support a variety of essential school-based operations. Monitor duties include supervision of students in the classroom, at recess, and in the cafeteria as well as materials preparation.  

If you are interested, please email Melanie Jewell at mcjewell@fcps.edu. The monitor position is paid at an hourly rate of $16.36 per hour and while there are more crucial times of day, flexible schedules are possible. Thank you for considering joining our Terra Centre team!

Kindergarten Registration

Do You Have A Rising Kindergartner for the 2024 - 2025 School Year?

Kindergarten registration information is available on the Terra Centre website and the FCPS website. FCPS online registration for the 24-25 school year should be available in March. If you would like to register in person, please contact our registrar, Dee Cunningham at dmcunningham@fcps.edu or 703-249-1400.

If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2024, please complete the Survey of Preschool Children and return it to the office or your child’s teacher. Paper copies of the form will be sent home with students next week. 

If you have a neighbor or friend for whom this applies, please share this information with them or ask them to call Terra Centre at 703-249-1400. Your assistance with identifying our incoming Kindergarten class is greatly appreciated.

Mark your calendar for our Kindergarten Orientation scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd -  2:00-4:00p.m.

  • Yearbooks are $15 for softcover
  • Ordering deadline is April 19, 2024
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Join a Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please enter through Door #14. 

All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed is suitable for students in grades 6-12. Together as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and too-often fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. Learn more about the event and register online

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, March 5th - Election Day (No School for Students)

Wednesday, March 6th - 6:00-7:15 TC Arts & Culture Night

                                          7:30-8:00 Chorus Concert 

Tuesday, March 12th - Spring Picture Day

                                       5th & 6th Grade Strings picture

                                       Robinson Area Band & Strings Group picture

Wednesday, March 13th - 5:00 Tiger Talk with Admin Family Coffee (Library)

                                           Topic: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Students

                                           6:00 PTA Meeting (Library)

March 18th-22nd - Spring Book Fair

March 25th-29th - Spring Break (No School)

Monday, April 1st - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

Tuesday, April 2nd - Staff Development Day (No School for Students)

                                   2:00-4:00 Kindergarten Orientation

Thursday, April 4th - TC Math Night


☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

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