Terra Centre Family Newsletter 4-12-24

Military Reunion

This week, we were thrilled to have a surprise military family reunion at Terra Centre! 

Check out the video:  TC Military Family Surprise Reunion


TC Families,

We are looking forward to our PTA Fun Fair tomorrow from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Join us for:

  • Games and Activities
  • Food and Drinks
  • Petting Farm
  • Raffle Baskets

Please scroll down for pictures from recent events and important information.

Enjoy the weather this weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergarten Signing Day!


Welcoming our newest TC Tigers starting in 24-25!

Math Night

Thank you to our families that attended Math Night last week!  It was a great success - special thanks to Karen Olweiler and our staff for planning and facilitating the event!


Thank you to the National Science Foundation for providing safe eyewear for eclipse viewing!  Our students and staff enjoyed viewing the phenomenon on Monday afternoon.

Important Information

Purple Up

Purple Up! Day

To show our support for all our military-connected families, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” on April 17  for military children.

Why purple? Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and Space Force blue. 

Art Show

Burke Lake 5K

TC Running Club will be taking part in the Burke Lake 5k/10k/Half race put on by Bishop Events (we are doing the 5k). We wanted to invite TC staff and families and the TC community to join us!

To register, here is the link: https://bishopsevents.com/event/2024-spring-burke-lake-5k-10k-half/

Use the code: TerraCentre for 20% off your registration. We hope to see you there! Let me know if you have any questions!

Burke 5K


Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, April 16, through Thursday, April 18: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors conducts public hearings on the county budget. Sign up to speak.  
  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

Family Summit

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit

Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

✅ School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

🗳️ Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

New Regulation on Meditation and Silent Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact their child's teacher regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Religious Accommodations in Schools for Students webpage for more information.

  • 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

Mark Your Calendar

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

Monday, April 15th (UPDATED DATE) - 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

Wednesday, April 17th - Purple Up! Day - Wear Purple to show your support for military-connected youth!

Thursday, April 18th - 6:00-8:00 PM - Robinson Pyramid Art Show - Robinson Secondary School - Field House

Friday, April 19th - Yearbook Order Deadline

Thursday, May 2nd - 7:00 PM - TC PTA Variety Show

Friday, May 3rd - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

Tuesday, May 14th - 6:00 PM - PTA Meeting - Cafeteria

Thursday, May 23rd - 5:30 PM - Band Concert & 6:15 Strings Concert

Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

Friday, June 7th - 9:00 AM - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (1:25 Dismissal)


Terra Centre SOL Testing Schedule

Virginia SOL

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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