Fairfax Villa Weekly Message 4/19/2024


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  1. Principal’s Message
  2. Get2Green Spirit Week
  3. Yearbook Orders May 1st
  4. SEL Screener Results
  5. Student Intention Form for SY 2024-2025
  6. Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal Survey
  7. Take Your Child to Work Day Guidance
  8. April is The Month of Military Child 
  9. Woodson HS Theatre Production of 1776
  10. Middle School Start Times Community Forums
  11. Register Today For The FCPS Family Summit
  12. FCPS Summer Arts Camp
  13. 2024-2025 Registration/Kindergarten Orientation
  14. Important Upcoming Dates

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1.Principal’s Message  

Dear Families,

Our field trips are in full swing! Our sixth graders got a chance to visit the National Gallery of Art Museum in DC! Our kindergarten and first grade students are gearing up for their field trips next week. In addition, the PTA after school sports and run clubs have started! We hope your child gets an opportunity to participate as the weather gets nicer. We are so thankful for our PTA and our school community that makes afterschool events possible! One of our favorite after school events was Bingo Night! Our PTA went above and beyond to make this night fun, full of prizes, concessions, and entertainment! 

Prior to Bingo Night, many families joined us in the library for a Parent Education Workshop about establishing healthy routines at home. The presenters made each and every one of the parent participants feel welcomed and valued as they asked questions and gave suggestions. We are thrilled to be able to continue these workshops for our families again next year. More information to come! We are thankful for all of our families and what they bring to the Villa. In light of that premise, we were able to honor our military children on the news this week. Thanks to all who serve!

Lastly, a few staff members attended a Portrait of a Graduate exhibition within our region and came back with many ideas to implement next year. Portrait of a Graduate has been around for a decade! Below you will find the five key attributes that we aim to achieve in our classrooms. We hope you have a great weekend! 


Shelia Sobeski



2.🌏Get2Green Week 

Earth Week Resources for Schools: Get2Green is hosting FCPS Earth Week from Monday, April 22, to Friday, April 26. Check the Get2Green Earth Week webpage for Earth Week spirit days and other activities for students of all ages. 

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 other activities.


3.Yearbook Orders Due May 1st


Order your yearbook now by May 1st! Head to this yearbook site and enter the code 0037019YB.

4.Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener Results 

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 homeroom teacher or our school counselor, Virginia Kim.

5.Student Intention Form for SY 2024-2025

We need your help in projecting our total enrollment for next school year. Please fill out the Student Intention form for next school year (2024-2025). Hard copies of the form can be made available and picked up in the Fairfax Villa main office.

If you have any questions, please call 703-267-2800 or email smdossmann@fcps.edu.

6.Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024. Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

Survey results will provide a basis for quality improvement of School Health services. The data-driven process is in alignment with the FCPS Strategic planning process, and the survey results will contribute positively to the FCPS Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholders.

7.Take Your Child to Work Day Guidance

We have received a few questions regarding if absences for Take Your Child to Work Day (April 25, 2024) will be excused.  It is an instructional day at Fairfax Villa.  You will be responsible for making sure your child makes up any missed assignments.  We know it can be a valuable learning experience to observe what different careers and jobs entail.  If you do decide to have your child participate in Take Your Child to Work Day we ask that you have your child compose a summary of what they observed and learned that day using any combination of pictures, drawings and writing and submit to share with the class and/or Mrs. Larsen & Mrs. Sobeski by May 6th.  Be sure to report the absence using our regular procedures and indicate it will be for Take Your Child to Work Day.  The absence will be marked as an excused absence.  If you have any questions, please contact our Interim Assistant Principal, Carol Larsen (calarsen@fcps.edu).


8.April is The Month of Military Child


On 4/24, make sure to thank a military service member for their service.

Wear RED every Friday in April

9.Woodson HS Theatre Production of 1776: America's Award Winning Musical


1776 is a political drama based on events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  It follows the efforts of John Adams as he persuades delegates from other states to vote for American Independence.  The show is based on the book by Peter Stone. This is recommended for grades 5 and up.

Click this link to purchase tickets  Show dates: April 26th-27th and May 3rd-4th

10.⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times- Virtual Date Added!

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates: 

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

11.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 support 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


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. Spanish:Campamento Artístico de Verano¡No te pierdas el programa de enriquecimiento artístico más divertido de este verano!  En el Instituto Elemental para las Artes (E-IFTA), los estudiantes toman clases de arte, música, teatro y baile  todos los días. E-IFTA es para estudiantes de segundo a quinto grado. Más información en la página web de E-IFTA. Envíe un correo electrónico a EIFTA@fcps.edu con cualquier pregunta.

13.Kindergarten and New Student Registration / Kindergarten Orientation


If you have an unregistered child who will attend Fairfax Villa Elementary next school year, please complete the online intake form to plan accurate class sizes/staffing for next year.

📢Please spread the word to your neighbors who will have children attending Fairfax Villa ES.📢

If you have any questions, please contact Silvia Dossmann at smdossmann@fcps.edu.

RSVP Kindergarten Orientation

If your child will attend Fairfax Villa Kindergarten in 2024-2025, please RSVP for the Fairfax Villa Kinder Orientation on May 3rd at 2PM.*


14.Important Upcoming Dates

5/1:  First & Second Grade Performance 7pm

5/3: Teacher Workday

5/3: Kindergarten Orientation 2pm

5/7: Grade 5 Reading SOL Test

5/8: Grades 3 & 6 Reading SOL Test

5/8: 4th Quarter Interims Go Home To Select Students

5/9: Grade 4 Reading SOL Test

5/14: Grade 5 Math SOL Test

5/15: Grades 3 & 6 Math SOL Tests

5/16: Grade 4 Math SOL Test

5/21: Grade 5 Science SOL Test

5/23: Strings Evening Performance at 7pm 

5/27:  Student Holiday

5/29: Springs Band Concert at 7pm

6/5: Sixth Grade Showcase Evening Performance at 7pm

6/7:  Field Day

6/11:  6th Grade Luncheon

6/12:  6th Grade Promotion Ceremony (10:30-11:30am) 

6/12: End of Year Progress Reports Go Home

6/12: Last Day of School - 2hr Early Release

Frequently Visited Links and Important Fairfax Villa Contacts

Fairfax Villa Contacts Page 

2023-2024 School Year 

Sign up for News You Choose 

Join the Fairfax Villa PTA

Report Your Child’s Absence 

Visit the Fairfax Villa Website

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Monitor your student's academics with a SIS Pare+nt Account

Recognize an FCPS Employee at FCPS Cares

Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information

Parent Handbook

Fairfax Villa Contacts Page 

2023-2024 School Year 

Sign up for News You Choose 

Join the Fairfax Villa PTA

Report Your Child’s Absence 

Visit the Fairfax Villa Website

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Monitor your student's academics with a SIS Pare+nt Account

Recognize an FCPS Employee at FCPS Cares

Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information

Parent Handbook