Terra Centre Family Newsletter 3-22-24



TC Families,

As a reminder, next week is spring break and the main office will be closed March 25-29.  April 1 is a teacher workday and April 2 is a staff development day, which are both student holidays.  Students return to school on Wednesday, April 3.

Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m.  We look forward to meeting our newest TC Tigers!  Please scroll down for other important information and upcoming events, including military family night and math night the week we return from break.

Enjoy your spring break!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Melanie Jewell, Acting Assistant Principal

Important Information

Book Fair Thank You

Thank you so much for supporting our Spring 2024 Scholastic Book Fair at Terra Centre Elementary!  We wanted to express our appreciation for every Book Fair volunteer who gave of their time and energy as well as every TC student, staff member, and family who came out to our family shopping event or supported our fair during the school day.   Because of your faithful support, we can buy hundreds more books for our Terra Centre Elementary School Library!  While this was our final Fair of the school year, please stay tuned in the fall for our Fall 2024 Scholastic Book Fair! Thanks again for your support!

Neurodiversity Week

Neurodiversity Affirmation Week

This week, and for the first time, FCPS is celebrating Neurodiversity Affirmation Week. It's a time to recognize, appreciate, and honor the diverse neurological differences that exist among us, including those with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other neurological variations. Our goal is to foster an inclusive environment that values all student’s unique learning styles and strengths, understanding that diversity is not just about the ways in which we differ, but also about embracing these differences to make our community stronger and more vibrant.

A Message from the PTA - PTA Board Nominations

The PTA Nominating Committee is NOW accepting applications for the elected positions for the 2024-2025 school year. If you are looking for a way to contribute to Terra Centre, this is a great opportunity! Elected positions include President, Vice Presidents, Treasurer, and Secretary!

We have one of the best PTAs around, supported by a wonderful community of volunteers. Our current board consists of 7 people; and most everyone has a full-time job--which is to say, the workload is manageable, and generally predictable. We also have years of documentation, former board members, and a supportive school administration. Positions run from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. We'll vote on nominations at our May board meeting.

If you're interested in serving, email Maggie Lowe, our Nominating Committee chair at mslowe@fcps.edu or fill out the PTA Board Nomination form.

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.

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

Military Connected Students

Military Connected Family Night is Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria.  Please see below to RSVP.

Military Family NightMilitary Family Night 4-3

Please RSVP for Math Night

TCES Math Night is on Thursday, April 4th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Families will get to learn, play, and take Math Games home with them that focus on Fact Fluency for your Child's Grade Level.

To ensure we have enough games at each grade level, we are asking if you could please click on the link below and let us know if your family is planning to attend and what grade level your child is currently in.

Thank you so much for your feedback in helping us plan a great night for all!

We are looking forward to seeing you then!

Math Night Family Attendance Survey

☀️ 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.

Fun Fair Flier


Our PTA Fun Fair will be Saturday, April 13th from 1-4pm! This is our biggest event of the year; we'll have carnival games, inflatable obstacle courses, a petting zoo, and more! Get your tickets early at a big discount!


Fun Fair

Clinic Volunteer Flier

  • Yearbooks are $15 for softcover
  • Ordering deadline is April 19, 2024
  • Online ordering only at https://www.barksdalephoto.com/
    • Go to "What are you looking for?" and select "Order Your Yearbook."
    • Enter Access Code:  0038625YB

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.

Mark Your Calendar

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

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

Wednesday, April 3rd - 7:00 Military Connected Family Night (Cafeteria)

Thursday, April 4th - TC Math Night

Wednesday, April 10th - Eid al-Fitr Holiday (No School)

Saturday, April 13th - 1:00-4:00 PTA Fun Fair 


Terra Centre SOL Testing Schedule

Virginia SOL

Thursday, April 4 - IRW (Grade 5)

Wednesday, May 1 - Reading (Grades 3-6)

Wednesday, May 8 - Science (Grade 5)

Wednesday, May 15 - Math (Grades 3-6)


☎️ 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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