Floris Friday Message 4/5/24

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In this Friday Message you will find:

  • Principals' Message  
  • Eid-al-Fitr 
  • AAP Spring Updates 
  • Upcoming Spirit Days
  • PTA Open Positions for next school year 
  • Breakfast and Lunch Menus
  • Spring 2024 SOL Schedules
  • Upcoming Dates 

Floris Families,

It is hard to believe that we are already in the 4th quarter. 

It was so exciting to see our rising Kindergarten students and families on Tuesday morning. We will expect great things from the class of 2037. 

Please continue to share with friends and neighbors that if they have children turning 5 by September 30, 2024, they can be registering for Kindergarten now. Please contact our main office at 703-561-2900 for information. 

Next week will be another busy week.

  • Reminder that Floris will not have students outside on Monday between 2:00pm-4:00pm due to solar eclipse (see News You Choose from 4/2/24). Recess times have been adjusted to allow all grade levels the opportunity for outdoor recess prior to the start of the eclipse. Parents/Guardians are welcome to check their children out to experience the eclipse as a family if they would like to do that. Please send in the change of dismissal email and plan to pick your children up before 2:00pm. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.
  • Our PTA has assemblies planned for all students next Tuesday (4/9).
  • Tuesday, April 9, has also been designated as a half-O day. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days.
  • Wednesday, April 10, is an FCPS holiday and all schools and offices will be closed for Eid-al-Fitr. 
  • Thursday (4/11) is Spring Book Fair set up and the Book Fair begins on Friday (4/12). 

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Holly Walker, Principal, hjwalker@fcps.edu

Rob Gibbs, Assistant Principal, ragibbs@fcps.edu


Eid al Fitr

Eid al-Fitr 

Eid al-Fitr, also known as small Eid, marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims congregate that morning for Eid prayers. It is a time of official receptions and private visits, when friends greet one another, presents are given, new clothes are worn, and the graves of relatives are visited. The most common way to wish someone a Happy Eid al-Fitr is Eid Mubarak, which means “blessed feast” (or festival). 

Read more at Britannica.com.

AAP Spring Updates 

Any families interested in referring their child for school-based AAP services for the 24-25 school year should submit a AAP School-Based Services (levels 2 and 3) Form to Amy Albanese (Grades K, 2, 4, 6) abalbanese@fcps.edu and/or Katie Pickett (Grades K, 1, 3, 5) kmpickett@fcps.edu by May 1, 2024.

School-based services include Subject-Specific Differentiation (Level 2) and Part-Time AAP services (Level 3).  Please read the attached document for more details on the levels of service. 


April Spirit Days

Our Floris PTA will have Three Open PTA Board positions for the 24/25 school year

Even if you haven't been involved with the PTA prior or are completely new to Floris, please consider joining our wonderful team.  We are a fun group of volunteers who will help you learn all you need to know to be successful in whatever role you choose.  

Please reach out to Kerin Hamel at Florispta.pres@gmail.com if you'd like to learn more about any of the positions or have any questions about being involved with the PTA.


  • The role of President is to be a supportive position for the PTA board and act as a Liaison to the faculty and staff. The President oversees monthly board and general body meetings, and aids the rest of the board as needed.

VP of Community Affairs:

  • This position oversees the coordination of the Fall and Spring after school programs at Floris.

Financial Secretary or Treasurer: 

  • We are looking for someone to fill the role of either the Financial Secretary OR Treasurer
    • The Treasurer manages the PTA budget, maintains records of members and funds, and handles all financial matters, including reimbursement tracking and management. 
    • The Financial Secretary assists the Treasurer with administrative duties throughout the year.

In addition there is an Open Non-Board position for the 24/25 school year

School Services Assistant:

  • This position supports the VP of School Services.  Throughout the year, our VP of School Services coordinates programs like Math Counts, Lego League, Science Olympiad, The Spelling Bee and much more.  This role would assist with the planning and execution of these programs, at the direction of the VP.

Breakfast and Lunch

Please remember you can find the breakfast and lunch menus and nutritional facts at FCPS Nutrislice- Floris 

Spring 2024 SOL Schedule

Mark Your Calendar

April 9: PTA Assemblies in the gym 

April 10: 

  • Holiday- Eid al Fitr
  • All FCPS schools and offices closed 

April 11: Book Fair Set-Up 

April 12-18: Book Fair

April 15: 5th grade IRW Assessment 

April 16: Chorus Performance, cafe/stage 

April 17: 

  • Book Fair Parent Buying, 5:00-8:00pm, library 
  • PTA Meeting, 6:00-6:30pm, café 
  • PTA International Night, 6:30-8:00pm, café and gym 

April 18: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery
  • Westfield Pyramid Art Show 

April 19: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery 
  • 2nd grade In-House Field Trip 

April 24: 

  • Administrative Professionals' Day 
  • Observance Day- Theravada New Year 

April 26: Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

April 29: Rain date for Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

May 2: 

  • 4th grade Strings Concert (details to follow)

  • 5th-6th grade Strings Concert (details to follow) 

May 3: 

  • Observance Day- Orthodox Good Friday 

  • Teacher Workday 

  • No School for Students 

May 7: Band Concert, 6:30pm, cafe, enter via Door 6 



Find the 2023-2024 School Year Calendar