Springfield Estates ES News You Choose - April 2, 2024

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SEES Date Reminders

  • April 3:  PTA meeting and Family Service Project.  6 p.m., SEES Cafeteria.  Details below. 
  • April 9: Spring Pictures.  Pre-order here. Our school code is EVT92JK6R. 
  • April 10:  School Holiday -  Eid al Fitr.  School is closed for staff and students. 
  • April 12:  Deadline for ordering yearbooks.  Prices start at $17.00.  Place your order online here; our school ID code is 5582424. 
  • April 14 - 19:  SEES Spirit Week - Month of the Military Child.  See below for spirit day themes. 
    • Mon:  U.S.A. Day - wear red, white and blue
    • Tues: Crazy Camo Day - wear camouflage
    • Wed:  Purple Up! Day - wear purple in honor of our military connected kids
    • Thurs:  Stars & Sparkles -wear stars & sparkles to celebrate our military kids that shine bright
    • Fri: R.E.D. Day- wear Red to Remember Everyone Deployed
  • April 16:  6th Grade Panoramic Photo Day.   Pre-order here. Our school code is MJ083030T0. 
  • April 18: Family Coffee and Conversation. 9:30am., SEES Cafeteria, Resources and Connections: Supporting students who have learning challenges, special needs and disabilities.
  • April 20:  Beautification Day.  Details coming soon. 
  • April 25:  Heritage Night.  Details coming soon.

From Key Middle School

Key MS Town Hall Meetings

Dear Key Middle School Community,

I am pleased to invite you to an informational town hall meeting on Thursday, April 4th at 6:00 PM or our parent coffee on Friday, April 5th at 9:30 AM. Both events will be held in the school’s Lecture Hall. At these meetings, we will go into greater detail about the two new developments for Key MS described below.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recently released the schools that have been identified as being in need of support, based on Virginia’s federal accountability system under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Key Middle School is on this list.

These designations are based on a complex set of factors. Our school was identified as being in need of support in math and reading  for students with disabilities. At the town hall and parent coffee, I will explain more about what this designation means, how we have been addressing these gaps, and what additional efforts will be put into place to support students.

I am also excited to share that Key Middle School is now a school designated to receive Federal Title I Grant Funds starting in the 2024-2025 school year.  Title I represents a powerful opportunity to further support the success of all our students.

Title I funding allows us to allocate additional resources to directly impact student achievement. These resources can be used in a variety of ways, including:

  • Implementing innovative educational programs that are geared toward students’ needs to ensure all students reach high expectations.
  • Building strong partnerships with families through developing a family and school engagement policy, including families in the planning of school and family partnership opportunities, and offering a variety of family meetings and experiences. 
  • Expanding intervention and enrichment programs.
  • Providing supplemental professional learning experiences for teachers and administrators.
  • Supplying additional high quality instructional materials that will enhance student learning experiences.
  • Additional staffing to support interventions, enrichment, and specific areas of opportunity for the school.

We believe that a strong school community is essential for student success. Leveraging our existing strengths, Title I funding allows us the opportunity to further enrich and enhance a supportive learning environment for all our students. We will be able to provide you with more information about our new Title I designation and answer your questions at the town hall meetings on April 4th and April 5th.

Working together, we can ensure that each and every student at Key Middle School is prepared for a future yet to be imagined. I hope to see you on April 4th or April 5th to share more detailed information and answer any questions you may have about both of these important topics.


Drew Campbell

Principal | Key Middle School


From the SEES Family Liaison & PTA

April PTA Meeting and Family Service Project

Please join us for the April PTA Meeting and Family Service Project on Wednesday, April 3 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the Cafeteria. For the service project we will be supporting Operation Appreciation, a program of the Blue Star Families Organization. Students of all ages will write (or color) cards of thanks for our Service Members, Veterans and their families. All materials will be provided.*All children must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? Contact Amy Garcia, Family Liaison, ajgarcia@fcps.edu.

STEM exCEL Classes Open for Registration!  

Join in the fun with computer and coding classes after school!  Please go to http://www.stemexcel.org/springfieldestates to register.  Details on the flyer below. 

STEM exCEL Registration Flyer

Solar Eclipse Information

A solar eclipse is happening on April 8, 2024. It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon, and one that requires important safety reminders. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. 

Here's what you need to know:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce this at home.
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. The NASA website has more information about eye safety.  
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with dismissal for some students), and ends around 4:32 p.m. Please remind your child to be especially vigilant about eye safety during dismissal. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.