Week of April 22

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In This Issue

Administrative Professionals Day

Admin Ass. App.
Wednesday, April 24, is Administrative Professionals Day. A special shoutout to our Administrative Professionals: Mrs. Salazar-Laske, Mrs. Novelo, Ms. Torres-Roque, Mr. Flores, and Ms. Fry! Your commitment and efforts are truly appreciated.

Reminders: Last Week's News

Morning Attendance Notifications Delayed During Spring Assessments

Morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mail notifications will not be suspended this spring during the AP, IB, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools.

The purpose of this change is to ensure student safety and timely notification of families regarding student absences. Schools need to follow standard attendance procedures and record student attendance throughout the testing windows.  Morning attendance notifications will be delayed by one hour during the AP, IB, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools to allow additional time to take attendance.  Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled.

Elementary schools are not impacted by the delay of morning attendance notifications during testing windows.

The dates during which morning attendance notifications will be delayed are as follows:

  • High School and Middle School: Morning notifications will be delayed by one hour from April 22 through May 24, 2024.
  • Elementary School: No change to morning notifications.

Immigrant Family Reunification Class

A class will be held online in Spanish for immigrant families looking to reunite during challenging transitions. Saturday classes will be available April 13, 20, or 27, from 9-11:30 a.m. Register online. For more information, please contact Fanny Salazar at fmsalazarlas@fcps.edu or Sussy Tomer at setomer@fcps.edu.

Postsecondary Education and Employment Options

FCPS’ Career and Transition Services will host Flash Forward, to provide students with disabilities seeking a standard or advanced diploma and their families an introduction to options available after high school. 

Flash Forward will be held Thursday, April 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Annandale High School, in the cafeteria. Register online. Representatives from adult education, employment, and community programs (college, military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment) will be on site to share information about their services.

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.

Celebration of Acceptance

NCS is hosting a mental health awareness and inclusion event tailored for teenagers aged 13-19. Join us on Friday, May 3rd from 12 to 3pm at James Lee Community Center! Tap here to find out more!

In This Weeks News

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

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:

  • Monday, April 29 from 6-8 p.m. at Glasgow Middle School
  • Monday, May 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Whitman Middle School
  • Monday, May 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Hughes Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Frost Middle School.

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13 from 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.

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 counselor.

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Do you know of an outstanding person or group that has worked for equity in an FCPS school? There’s still time to nominate a candidate for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.

This award recognizes staff, students, 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 may nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1. Full details are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

Herndon HS Volunteers Needed

HHS Volunteers Needed


Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! The Institute for the Arts camp is for students currently in grade 6-11. Students design their own schedules and select from art, music, theater, and dance classes.

Learn more on the IFTA webpage. Email IFTA@fcps.edu with any questions.

Chess and Cubing at Carson MS

Rachel Carson is hosting a few events that your child can be a part of:


Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

Arab American Heritage Month

National Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans.

Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.



24 | PTA Meeting at 7pm at Herndon MS Cafeteria

27 | Track & Field Meet at South Lakes HS


3 | Orthodox Good Friday (Teacher Work Day)

7 | National Fentanyl Awareness Day

8 | Bike to School Day

8 | National School Nurse Day

6-10 | Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Helpful Links

FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.