Weyanoke Update for March 8, 2024

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ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

Students dancing in a circle in the gym while they get ready for Heritage Festival

Students in grades K through 5 have been practicing songs and dances for weeks. Tonight, they will display their hard work at Heritage Festival. Join us at Holmes Middle School this evening. Doors for families open at 6:15.

Weyanoke Elementary School’s 2024 Heritage Festival is TONIGHT

Your child is invited to attend in cultural clothing!

Who: All Weyanoke Families

When: Doors Open at 6 p.m. for students, 6:15 for families

**Show Starts Promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Holmes Middle School Gymnasium

Why: To celebrate cultures from around the world with song and dance

Holmes Middle School Address:

 6525 Montrose Street

Alexandria, VA 22312

Lifetouch Spring Picture Day – March 20, 2024

Lifetouch will be here at Weyanoke Elementary on March 20th to take individual and class pictures for classes that were not photographed on February 13th due to a 2 hour weather delay.

The classes are as follows:

Ms. Deavers, Ms. Etherton, Ms. Reynolds, Ms. Eubanks, Ms. Galicia, Ms. Leahy, Ms. Savage, Ms. Shivers, Ms. Baldus, Ms. Bishop and Ms. Bourdon-Bentzel

If you have already sent in a payment envelope, we will transfer to a new envelope for this picture day. If you have not already ordered and are interested in ordering, we will send an order form home with your student.  Please contact Ms. Mills at 703-813-5406 for an order form.

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✅ 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.

Bipartisan Study Finds Virginia Public School Divisions Receive Less Funding per Student Than Other States

The School Board recently adopted FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget. Meeting budget needs becomes more of a challenge with underfunding by the state, using staffing formulas that continue to result in school districts not receiving the actual support needed for excellent public education. A staffing formula is the method for calculating the number of positions that need to be assigned to meet program needs. 

Did You Know?

In July 2023, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) released a study of Virginia’s K-12 funding formulas. The report found that Virginia school divisions receive less funding per student than the 50-state average, the regional average, and many of Virginia’s neighboring states including West Virginia, Maryland, and Kentucky. Learn more about the JLARC study. View FCPS’ budget development timeline

Contact your state officials to provide feedback on funding for K-12 education.

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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.

Lightspeed Classroom Management

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for our students, our school is using a classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. We are continuing to expand our use over the coming weeks. This tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features:

  • Easily view student screens in real time from the teacher console to see which students may need guidance or support.
  • Focus student attention on a particular website on their device to minimize distractions.
  • Pause student access to the internet to focus on other classroom tasks.

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. Please note that student devices will not be monitored outside of school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

💜 Purple Up! on April 17 to Support Military Families

Purple up tshirt design

Join our community and turn FCPS purple on Purple Up! Day, Wednesday, April 17. Wear purple in recognition of FCPS’ 14,000 enrolled military-connected students. 

Purple Up! T-shirts are available for purchase through Friday, March 8.

☀️ 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.

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives.This year, our Weyanoke Kindergarten Orientation is on Tuesday, April 16 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

🥁 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.

☎️ 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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PTA Updates

Weyanoke Career Day is coming 3/22/2024!

Are you a Business Owner, Hourly/salary, OR Part-time/ full-time employee in any and all industries??

In the past we've had:

  • Writers
  • Firemen
  • Realtors
  • Accountants
  • Film producers

This year we're hoping to get those in an even broader range. Specifically hoping to have speakers from the:

  • Construction industry (house painters, landscapers)
  • Beauty industries (nail techs, stylists),
  • Chef / Culinary Arts industry
  • Mechanics / Technicians industries
  • Service / Hospitality industry 

There are close to 600 students at Weyanoke. The sky is the limit for what they may end up pursuing, so let's get them the information they need to pursue their dreams!

We want to give students the best idea of the MANY options available to them after they graduate high school.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, March 8 - Heritage Festival, Holmes Middle School Gym
  • Sunday, March 10 - Daylight Saving Time Begins
  • Tuesday, March 12 - Caregiver Coffee
  • Thursday, March 14 - Family Market Night
  • Thursday, March 21 - PTA Meeting
  • Friday, March 22 - Career Day
  • March 25 - 29 - Spring Break
  • April 1 and 2 -No School for Students
  • Wednesday, April 10 - Eid Al Fitr Holiday. School Closed.
  • Tuesday, April 16 - Kindergarten Orientation