Terra Centre Family Newsletter 4-19-24

Robinson Pyramid Art Show 2024

Congratulations to all of our TC artists who had artwork displayed at the Robinson Pyramid Art Show yesterday!  It was great opportunity to showcase our young artists across the pyramid. Special thanks to Ms. Bauersfeld, TC's art teacher!

TC Families,

Thank you to our 1st grade families for the taco bar luncheon this week!  Everything was delicious and very much appreciated!

On Wednesday, April 24th, we are celebrating our Administrative Professionals Day to thank our front office staff who work hard every day to support Terra Centre students, staff, and families.  Please join us in thanking Sandra Ammar, Dee Cunningham, Julie Hart, and Valerie Sollers!

Welcome our new Family Liaison, Michelle Sehwoerer, who started at Terra Centre this week. She sent out a message via Talking Points earlier this week and is available to support families in a variety of ways with information, communication, and resources. Her email is mksehwoererr@fcps.edu.

As a reminder, today (April 19) is the last day to order a yearbook. Yearbooks are $15 for softcover and they can be ordered online only at https://www.barksdalephoto.com/. Go to "What are you looking for?" and select "Order Your Yearbook" and enter Access Code:  0038625YB.

Please scroll down for important information and upcoming events, including Earth Week starting on Monday.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

Important Information

Earth Week

Earth Week: April 22-26

Next week is Earth Week! While we all work hard to protect our planet each day, Earth Week gives us a chance to learn about new opportunities and make commitments to do even more. We will be doing activities at school and families can complete the BINGO board below. Visit FCPS Get2Green for more information.

Each day next week has a theme and we will be having spirit days to match:

  • Monday- Earth Day- wear green
  • Tuesday- Watershed Day- wear blue
  • Wednesday- Zero Waste Day- wear white
  • Thursday- Climate Change Day- wear red
  • Friday- Wildlife Day- wear a nature print

Continue the learning and have fun with our Fairfax County Partners. Fairfax County Park Authority's Earth Day Festival will be held Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Sully Historic Site. The festival will include earth and nature-focused programs, scavenger hunts, and more.

Earth Day Bingo

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.

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

✅ 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.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s [teacher or counselor].

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! At Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), students take art, music, theater, and dance classes daily. E-IFTA is for current second through fifth grade students. Learn more on the E-IFTA webpage. Email EIFTA@fcps.edu with any questions.

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, April 22nd - Earth Day- Wear Green

Tuesday, April 23rd - Watershed Day- Wear Blue

Wednesday, April 24th - Zero Waste Day- Wear White

                                         Administrative Professionals Day    

Thursday, April 25th - Climate Change Day- Wear Red

Friday, April 26th - Wildlife Day- Wear a Nature Print

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

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

Tuesday, May 14th -  5:30 PM - School Volunteer Appreciation - Cafeteria

                                    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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