Welcome Walks and Back to School Celebration!

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Dear Families,

With the school year just around the corner, we can barely contain our excitement! In the coming days, you will receive packets mailed to each students’ home address with important information about starting the school year. These packets include flyers for upcoming events, emergency care forms and transportation information.

 

Please return the Emergency Care and Health Information forms during our Welcome Back Celebration on Thursday, August 22, or on the first day of school. English and Spanish speaking staff will be available during our Welcome Back Celebration if you have questions about filling out the forms. Please note – only those individuals listed on your child’s emergency care form will be authorized to pick your child up from school. It is very important you fill this form out completely and should there be a change, you come to the school and make it in person immediately. Student safety is our priority.

 

As you are looking ahead to next week, please keep the following events in mind:

Welcome Walk throughout the community – Thursday, August 22, 12:00 – 3:00

Join Graham Road staff for lunch at the Graham Road Community Center through the Summer FEEDS program and a special surprise. After lunch, Graham Road teachers and staff will knock on doors and visit the homes of students.

 

Welcome Back Celebration at Graham Road Elementary – Thursday, August 22, 5:00 – 8:00

Free dinner will be served from 5:00 – 7:00 on the outside lawn. Visit classrooms from 5:45 – 6:15 and back to school presentations will happen in classrooms from 6:20 – 6:45, 7:20 – 7:45 and 7:45 – 8:00. In addition to classroom presentations, we will have information and representatives from our many partners such as the PTA, Girls on the Run and the Early and Family Literacy program.

 

First Day of School – Monday, August 26, 9:20 – 4:05

Staff will welcome Kiss and Ride students through Entrance 1 at 8:55 am. Breakfast is served daily for free to all students.

 

We are so excited to see you next week and for the school year to get started!

 

Lauren Badini                                                Patty Hibner Principal                                                         Assistant Principal

 

 

2831 Graham Road, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 571-226-2700
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Welcome from Principal Badini!

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Dear Graham Road Families and Community,

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I introduce myself as your proud principal! I have admired Graham Road Elementary from afar for quite some time so I am thrilled to be your new partner as we move onward and upward together! I look forward to learning all about what makes your community special, strong, unique and thriving so I can find ways to support you and continue the work of making Graham Road one of the most desired and fun schools to learn and grow!

I began my education career in DC Public Schools and ultimately came to Fairfax County Public Schools because of the rich professional development the district offers. I value my experience as an early childhood and elementary school teacher because it taught me the power of establishing a welcoming, inclusive classroom environment, strong instruction to meet students’ needs and working in partnerships with families. Those values followed me as I became an assistant principal at nearby Belvedere Elementary and serve as my guide as I support teachers, leverage resources for the school and consider where to prioritize time and resources.

Like you, my goal is to prepare each and every student at Graham Road for the future. I truly believe that the children at Graham Road are our future leaders capable of making our world a happier, safer, more prosperous place for all of us. I will work diligently with staff to ensure students are challenged, supported and exposed to authentic, hands on learning experiences to equip them with the skills and dispositions to succeed in the 21st century.

My goal for the next few weeks is to connect with staff, parents, business partners and students to learn and see up close what makes this school community so special. Please join me so we can connect at the times and locations listed below.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 11:30 to 12:30 at the Graham Road Community Center Summer FEEDS Program

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the Graham Road Elementary Playground for Popsicles with the Principal

As your principal, I am here to serve you and this community. I welcome your feedback and insight so I can continuously improve the experiences of your children, communication and our partnership. I will always make myself available to you, please contact Engy Fanos to schedule an appointment with me or look for me at official Graham Road events. I can also be reached by email at lebadini@fcps.edu.

It is going to be a wonderful season of learning and fun at Graham Road! I am so excited I get to spend it with you!

 

Sincerely,

 

Lauren Badini

Principal

2831 Graham Road, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 571-226-2700
Attendance: 571-226-2727 | Web | Twitter

Graham Road Community Gazette

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Graham Road Community,

 

It is with great pleasure that I write this email to you as the Acting Principal of Graham Road Elementary School.  It is truly an honor to become part of the Graham Road community this summer during the search for your permanent principal.  I have heard great things about the students and families of Graham Road and look forward to supporting the transition.

For the past three years I have been an administrator in FCPS at Glasgow Middle School.  Before my time at Glasgow, I spent 10 years working in several different roles and elementary schools in Arlington Public Schools and two years in Alexandria City Public Schools as an Assistant Principal.  Outside of school, I am a mom of three boys, wife and mom to a fluffy doodle Bailey.  If I am not chasing boys from one event to another, I enjoy hiking on the weekends and being near the water.

I am looking forward to seeing your student(s) soon. Please reach out to me with any questions you may have or perspective you’d like to share. I look forward to getting to know all of you soon. Enjoy the time with your child(ren) over the summer.

 

Sincerely,

Katie Madigan

Acting Principal

 

 

SUMMER AT GRAHAM ROAD UPDATES

There has been a number of exciting things happening in the building over the past few weeks and we are looking forward to more students (and parents) attending one of our many programs designed to support our students this upcoming school year. On July 8, we welcomed over 85 Young Scholar students, Curious Minds and Bridge to K to our summer program taught by Laura Gill, Christen Daddario , Emily Pakrul, Tina Stendardo, Ivette Grijalva. Special thanks to Laura Colombo for leading this program this year. 

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Now Through August 23 - Graham Road Summer BBQ Lunch Program

August 22 - Welcome Walk & Welcome Back Celebration

August 26 - First Day of Classes 2019

August 30 - September 2 - Labor Day Break - Student Holiday

 

Graham Road Summer BBQ Lunch Program - Now through August 23

The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting the 2019 FEEDS (Food for Every Child to Eat During Summer) BBQ program at Graham Road Community Center, 3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042. This USDA-funded program is FREE to all children 18 years and under and adult lunch at BBQ sites are available for $2. There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome!  If you are in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop by and check it out.  This program runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:00. Adults can purchase a lunch for $2.00. See flyer for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/event/feeds-food-every-child-eat-during-summer-program

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/pdf/FEEDS-Flyer-2019-English.pdf

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/pdf/FEEDS-Flyer-2019-Spanish.pdf

 

Welcome Walk - August 22

Mark your calendars because as a Graham Road Elementary School staff, we will again be walking through your neighborhood on August 22 around 1 o’clock!  Be on the lookout for more information to come. 

 

Welcome Back Celebration - August 22

Similar to last year, we will be hosting our annual Welcome Back Celebration & BBQ from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.  Bring your family to meet your teachers and say hello to old and new Graham Road friends.  More information to come in the next couple of weeks - mark your calendar!

 

Important Immunization Requirement - UPDATE - for 6th grade families

Effective July 1, 2019 the Tdap booster will no longer be required for students entering sixth grade. Instead, the Tdap booster will be required for students entering seventh grade. This immunization requirement was previously for rising 6th grade students. 

However, parents/guardians of 6th grade students when you take your child to the doctor this year remember to ask their private health care provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if you are unsure if your child has received the Tdap booster. A signed and dated immunization record from the physician stating that your child has received this immunization will be required to enter 7th grade, next year. You may send in your documentation into your school's registrar at any time, to ensure that he or she meets this requirement before the first day of school in the fall of 2021.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics.

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Weekly Update June 3 - June 9

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News from Dr. Elliott

Hello Roadrunner Nation! I’m writing this evening to share some bittersweet news.

I have decided to leave Fairfax County Public Schools at the end of June. As many of you know, I have family scattered in varying places along the east coast. It’s time for me to make the move to be closer to them. I’m also eager to explore some new opportunities in which I can use my doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. I’m a true believer that change can be positive, powerful, and revitalizing, so I am really looking forward to the next step in my adventure.

After spending the past 17 years in Virginia as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal, this has not been an easy decision. I feel honored that I have had the opportunity to serve as the principal of Graham Road Elementary for the past 3 years. I genuinely believe that this staff is the most dedicated, eager to learn, in-it-for-the-right-reasons, talented staff I have had the opportunity to serve. We’ve done such GREAT work in terms of boosting student achievement, providing rich learning experiences, building a warm and inviting culture for all, and having some FUN while doing so! We couldn’t have done this exciting work without the love and kindness from YOU and our young Roadrunners.

In terms of next steps, Region 2 leadership will reach out to you to share the process of selecting a new principal.

Mrs. Hibner and I are working diligently to ensure everyone is set up for a successful 2019-2020 year with many solid plans already in place. We are making decisions based on what we believe is best for kids and feel really excited about what next year will bring. With such a SOLID foundation of instruction under our belts, I’m a hundred percent confident that our community will continue on the upward trend of success.

From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank you for contributing to an awesome three years I’ve had here. Once a Roadrunner, ALWAYS a Roadrunner!

Lindsay Elliott, Ed.D.

Principal

Graham Road Elementary

Together We Empower

Important Dates
  • June 5: 1st Grade Celebration: 2:30-3:30
  • June 6: 6th Grade Celebration: 1:00-4:00
  • June 7: Kinder Celebration: 10:30-12:30
  • June 7: 2nd Grade Celebration: 12:30-2:00
  • June 7: 3rd Grade Celebration: 12:00-1:00
  • June 7: 4th Grade Celebration: 9:45-11:00
  • June 10: Field Day
  • June 11: Field Day (rain date)
  • June 11: Summer Reading Assembly
  • June 12: 6th Grade Graduation: 10:00am
  • June 12: Chorus and Percussion Concert: 6:30pm
  • June 13: Last day of school: 3 hour early release

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Attendance: 571-226-2727 | Web | Twitter

Weekly Update May 20 - 26

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Friday Update

Good Afternoon! We are sending this weekly update early, so we have the opportunity to update you on our day at Graham Road. While we still do not have power, it has been a great day of learning. The weather has been perfect for outdoor learning and comfortable classrooms. Our students have had opportunities to work on projects, spend some time in our outdoor classroom, and enjoy our delicious salad bar lunch. While not a typical day, our amazing staff is ensuring that each Roadrunner is having a safe and enjoyable day full of learning.

Teamwork! We LOVE Our Volunteers Important Dates
  • May 27: Memorial Day No School
  • June 5: 1st Grade Celebration: 2:30-3:30
  • June 6: 6th Grade Celebration: 1:00-4:00
  • June 7: Kinder Celebration: 10:30-12:30
  • June 7: 2nd Grade Celebration: 12:30-2:30
  • June 7: 3rd Grade Celebration: 12:00-1:00
  • June 7: 4th Grade Celebration: 9:45-11:00
  • June 10: Field Day
  • June 11: Field Day (rain date)
  • June 11: Summer Reading Assembly
  • June 12: 6th Grade Graduation: 10:00am
  • June 12: Chorus and Percussion Concert: 6:30pm
  • June 13: Last day of school: 3 hour early release

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Attendance: 571-226-2727 | Web | Twitter

Weekly Update May 20 - 26

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6th Graders WIN!!! STEM Time Important Dates
  • May 27: Memorial Day No School
  • June 10: Field Day
  • June 11: Field Day (rain date)
  • June 11: Summer Reading Assembly
  • June 12: 6th Grade Graduation
  • June 12: Chorus and Percussion Concert
  • June 13: Last day of school: 2 hour early release

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Actualizacion Semanal del 13 al 19 de mayo

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Washington Youth Garden Día de Caminata a la Escuela!! Fechas Importantes!
  • Mayo 15: Reunión PTA
  • Mayo 16: Noche de Restaurante GRES en la Pizzeria Orso
  • Mayo 27: Día Conmemorativo NO ESCUELA
  • Junio 10: Día de Juegos
  • Junio 11: Día de Juegos (si llueve)
  • Junio 11: Asamblea de Lectura de Verano
  • Junio 12: Graduación de 6to Grado
  • Junio 12: Concierto de Coro y Percusión
  • Junio 13: Último día de escuela - 2 horas salida temprana
Noche de Restaurante GRES

El PTA de GRES organizará una noche de restaurante en Pizzeria Orso el jueves 16 de mayo. Si mencionan que ustedes son parte de la comunidad de GRES cuando realizen su pedido durante toda la noche, parte de los ingresos beneficiarán al PTA!

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Weekly Update May 13 - 19

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Washington Youth Garden Walk to School Day!! Important Dates!
  • May 15: PTA Meeting
  • May 16: GRES Restaurant Night at Pizzeria Orso
  • May 27: Memorial Day No School
  • June 10: Field Day
  • June 11: Field Day (rain date)
  • June 11: Summer Reading Assembly
  • June 12: 6th Grade Graduation
  • June 12: Chorus and Percussion Concert
  • June 13: Last day of school: 2 hour early release
GRES Restaurant Night

The GRES PTA will host a Restaurant Night at Pizzeria Orso on Thursday, May 16. If you mention that you are part of the GRES community when you order throughout the evening, part of the proceeds will benefit the GRES PTA!

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Actualizacion Semanal del 6 al 12 de mayo

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Una Maravillosa Exposición de Arte PASEO!!!! Fechas Importantes!
  • Mayo 6 - Mayo 10: Semana de Apreciación a Maestros
  • Mayo 9: Comienzan las evaluaciones de los estándares de aprendizaje(SOL) (3-6)
  • Mayo 10: Paseo de 2do. Grado: Washington Youth Garden 
  • Mayo 10: Partido de Baloncesto entre Maestros y Alumnos
  • Mayo 15: Reunión PTA
  • Mayo 27: Día de Recordación - No Escuela
  • Junio 10: Día de Juegos
  • Junio 11: Día de Juegos (alternativo)
  • Junio 11: Asamblea del Programa de Lectura de Verano
  • Junio 12: Graduación 6to. Grado
  • Junio 12: Concierto de Coro y Percusión
  • Junio 13:Ultimo día de escuela - 2 horas salida temprana

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Selección Director(a) Escuela Intermedia Luther Jackson

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Selección Director(a) - Escuela Intermedia Jackson

Apreciados Padres de Familia y Miembros de la Comunidad de la Escuela Luther Jackson,

Continuamos la búsqueda de la nueva director para Jackson Middle school. Un componente crítico en este proceso es que nos exprese su punto de vista.  Hemos extendido el tiempo para que usted comparta sus ideas con nosotros. Le invitamos a que nos manifieste por escrito (preferiblemente por correo electrónico) las habilidades, la experiencia y las características de liderazgo que usted cree necesarias en un director para la Escuela Jackson.  También puede indicarnos cualquier reto o problema  que el nuevo director(a) deba resolver.  Sus observaciones son confidenciales y no se discutirán en la reunión.  Si se siente más cómodo escribiendo lo que usted piensa en su idioma nativo, por favor no dude en hacerlo.  Agradecemos sus comentarios una  vez que hayan recibido esta carta y esperamos saber lo que muchos de ustedes piensan y quieran compartir con nosotros.  Por favor, envíe sus comentarios a Adam McGeehan  a: APMcGeehan@fcps.edu o envíen sus sugerencias por correo regular a Carolyn Haydon en Recursos Humanos, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042-1203, no más tarde del  Lunes 6 de Mayo. Incluimos en esta carta algunas sugerencias de comentarios.

Espero con gran interés trabajar muy de cerca con el personal, los padres y los miembros de la comunidad de la Escuela Jackson durante este proceso de selección de director(a). 

Atentamente,

Fabio Zuluaga, Ed.D.                                                                                                                                                  Asistente del Superintendente, Region 2

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Luther Jackson Principal Selection

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Principal Selection - Jackson MS

Dear Jackson Middle School Parents and Community Members,

We continue the search for a new principal for Jackson Middle.  An important step in this procedure

is to obtain written input from you. We have extended the time to provide feedback.  We invite you to offer your individual, written input (preferably via email) regarding the skills, experience, and leadership characteristics needed for Jackson Middle.  You might also speak to any challenges or issues that a new principal will need to address. Your input is confidential.  We welcome your input now, upon receipt of this letter, and are hopeful that many of you will share your thoughts.    You can provide this feedback in Spanish or another language.  Please e-mail your ideas to APMcGeehan@fcps.edu or mail your suggestions to Adam McGeehan in Human Resources, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA   22042-1203 Monday, May 6. Suggestions for input are located below. 

I look forward to working closely with the Jackson Middle School staff, parents, and community members during the principal selection process.

Sincerely,

Fabio Zuluaga, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent, Region 2

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Actualización Semanal del 29 de abril al 5 de mayo

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Trabajo de Equipo! Fechas Importantes!
  • Mayo 1: Cocierto de Banda y Cuerdas- GRES
  • Mayo 3: Paseo de 5to. Grado:Shipboard Education
  • Mayo 9: Estándares de Aprendizaje (SOL) Iniciación Evaluaciones  (3-6)
  • Mayo 10: Paseo de 2do. Grado: Washington Youth Garden 
  • Mayo 10: Juego de Baloncesto entre Maestros y Alumnos
  • Mayo 15: Reunión PTA
  • Mayo 27: Dia Memorable NO ESCUELA

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Attendance: 571-226-2727 | Web | Twitter

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