Graham Road Weekly Update: February 17-21

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In this Issue: 
  • Pennies for Patients - Spirit Week
  • Parent Liaison Lunch
  • Vaping Information Session
  • Falls Church HS Heritage Night
  • Parent Survey of Current Level IV Students in Grades 3-8 
Dates to Remember: 

February 17 - No School for Students 

February 18 - Vaping Awareness Parent Session (see below) 

February 24 - Lunch with Parent Liaison

March 3 - No School for Students

March 7 - Food for Neighbors Collection 

March 20 - Falls Church High School Heritage Night

Lunch with Parent Liaison!

Come and meet the new Parent Liaison, Annabel Arana, at Graham Road! On Monday, February 24th, the new Parent Liaison will be hosting lunch at her office in room 108 at 1 PM. She will be displaying the newly updated bulletin boards, sharing the most current school news and upcoming events as well as sharing community resources for this coming spring and summer. Please come with any questions about local resources or any questions you may have about your child. There will be light refreshments. See you there!

Vaping Info Sessions - Parents and Students

Graham Road Elementary School has invited the Falls Church High School Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Anna Teeter, to speak with our 6th grade students about the dangers of vaping. We are taking this preventative measure due to the significant increase in the number of youth involved with e-cigarettes and vape devices, along with associated health concerns. This presentation will happen on Friday, February 21 during school hours. 

On Tuesday, February 18, Ms. Teeter will also deliver a similar presentation for parents at Knox Presbyterian Church at 7:00 pm. This presentation is for parents only so adults can learn how to support children in making healthy choices!

Falls Church High School Heritage Night

You're invited to Falls Church High School Heritage Night on Friday, March 20, 2020!

Want to learn more about Heritage Night? Watch highlights from the event last year here: 

FCHS 2019 Heritage Night

Parent Survey of Students Grades 3-8 About AAP Level IV (full-time) Services

Fairfax County Public Schools has engaged with external researchers to examine our Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in grades 3-8, with a focus on Level IV services.  As one of several data collections in the review, researchers are seeking input from all parents of students in grades 3-8 through an online survey.  Individual survey responses will be anonymous, will go directly to the researchers, and will not be viewed by FCPS staff.  

Responses will be used by the researchers to craft recommendations for program improvements that will be shared with the FCPS School Board in late March.  Parents are asked to complete the survey only one time, even if they have multiple children in grades 3-8.  The survey is expected to start being sent directly to parent emails by mid-February and will close on February 28, 2020, in order to give researchers time to analyze results for their final report in March of 2020.  There will be a School Board work session on March 24, 2020 with the final report.  

Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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Graham Road Weekly Update: February 10-14

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In this Issue: 
  • Vaping Information Session
  • Food for Neighbors Collection

 

Dates to Remember: 

February 17 - No School for Students 

February 18 - Vaping Awareness Parent Session (see below) 

March 3 - No School for Students

March 7 - Food for Neighbors Collection 

Vaping Info Sessions - Parents and Students

Graham Road Elementary School has invited the Falls Church High School Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Anna Teeter, to speak with our 6th grade students about the dangers of vaping. We are taking this preventative measure due to the significant increase in the number of youth involved with e-cigarettes and vape devices, along with associated health concerns. This presentation will happen on Friday, February 21 during school hours. 

On Tuesday, February 18, Ms. Teeter will also deliver a similar presentation for parents at Knox Presbyterian Church at 7:00 pm. This presentation is for parents only so adults can learn how to support children in making healthy choices!

Food for Neighbors Collection 

The next Food For Neighbors Red Bag collection event is coming up on Saturday, March 7th.

At our January 11th collection event, we collected food (Red Bags) from 80 donors! Over 40 volunteers either drove to pick up those Red Bags or they sorted all of the food in the Jackson cafeteria. All of the contributions from the January event stayed within the LJMS community.

For our next event on March 7th, our goal is to have 200 committed Red Bag donors. We are currently about 50 donors away from meeting that goal. The more Red Bags we collect, the more food we will have to help support our school community. Two hundred committed donors would make a very big impact on families in our community facing food insecurity.

You can find more information on the Food For Neighbors Red Bag program, how to volunteer to support our goal, and how we implement the program at Luther Jackson at these links:

https://jacksonms.fcps.edu/announcements/weekend-snack-program

https://ljmspta.org/

https://www.foodforneighbors.org/red-bag-program/

If you have more questions about the program or want to get involved, reach out to our local FFN Event Coordinator, Terri Radziewski at tradzi@outlook.com.

Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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Graham Road Weekly Update: February 3-7

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In this Issue: 
  • Dr. Brabrand Video
  • Vaping Information Session 
  • 6th Grade Parent Night 
Dates to Remember: 

February 4 - 6th Grade Parent Night, 6:30 pm

February 17 - No School for Students 

February 18 - Vaping Awareness Parent Session (see below) 

Dear Graham Road Families and Community!

It's been an exciting start to 2020! We just wrapped up the second quarter of school and I encourage you to reflect on the changes and progress you've seen in your children since they walked through our doors in August! They are all reading more challenging books, solving more complicated problems and engaging in deeper conversations when I visit classrooms. 

We have had some important guests over the last month at Graham Road! Our superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand visited us just before winter break. Video highlights from his visit were just sent out to the school division. I hope you will take a moment to watch them below. He was able to see just how deeply embedded strong relationships are at our school. He recently proposed his budget to the school board and we appreciate his priority of investing in our most precious resource - teachers!

We were also visited by our new School Board Member for the Providence District, Karl Frisch (pictured below with me). Principals from the Falls Church Pyramid hosted a breakfast at Graham Road Elementary to get to know our new members, share about our schools and what we need to continue moving forward. Dr. Ricardy Anderson, member for the Mason District, was also in attendance. Both Members Frisch and Anderson were eager to learn about our schools and so thoughtful in the questions they asked as they prepare to dig into the important work of supporting Fairfax County Public Schools.

I am excited and hopeful about the future in Fairfax County Public Schools and especially at Graham Road! We remain focused on preparing students for the 21st century and beyond. With a skilled group of teachers, strong leadership at the school and district levels and supportive school board - there are no limits for our future!

Sincerely,

Lauren Badini

Principal 

Vaping Info Sessions - Parents and Students

Graham Road Elementary School has invited the Falls Church High School Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Anna Teeter, to speak with our 6th grade students about the dangers of vaping. We are taking this preventative measure due to the significant increase in the number of youth involved with e-cigarettes and vape devices, along with associated health concerns. This presentation will happen on Friday, February 21 during school hours. 

On Tuesday, February 18, Ms. Teeter will also deliver a similar presentation for parents at Knox Presbyterian Church at 7:00 pm. This presentation is for parents only so adults can learn how to support children in making healthy choices!

Dr. Brabrand Visits Graham Road!

Graham Road Elementary School has invited the Falls Church High School Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Anna Teeter, to speak with our 6th grade students about the dangers of vaping. We are taking this preventative measure due to the significant increase in the number of youth involved with e-cigarettes and vape devices, along with associated health concerns. This presentation will happen on Friday, February 21 during school hours. 

On Tuesday, February 18, Ms. Teeter will also deliver a similar presentation for parents at Knox Presbyterian Church at 7:00 pm. This presentation is for parents only so adults can learn how to support children in making healthy choices!

6th Grade Parent Night

6th Grade Parents/Guardians-

Join us to learn more about the transition to middle school and the course registration process on Tuesday, February 4th, 6:30-8pm in the Graham Road Library. Andrea Kessler, school counselor, will present information that supplements the presentation shared at Luther Jackson. Other staff who work with 6th graders will be available to discuss recommended course options.  6th grade students are encouraged to join! Translation will be provided. 

Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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Graham Road Weekly Update: January 27-31

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In this Issue:
  • Stay Healthy. Wash Your Hands!
  • 6th Grade Parent Night
  • Vaping Awareness Parent Info Session
  • Elementary Institute for the Arts 

 

 

Dates to Remember: 

January 27 - No School for Students

January 28 - No School for Students

February 4 - 6th Grade Parent Night, 6:30 pm

February 17 - No School for Students 

February 18 - Clubs and Candid Pictures, Vaping Awareness Parent Session (see below) 

“Stay Healthy. Wash Your Hands!”

Germs are everywhere! Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. When kids come in contact with germs, they can become sick just by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. Once they are ill, it is usually just a matter of time before the rest of the family gets sick. When your family is healthy, you don’t need to worry about missing school, work, or other activities. For effective handwashing, follow these simple steps: wet, lather, scrub for 20 seconds, rinse, dry. It takes time for children to build handwashing skills. Your child may need reminders when to wash their hands, like after using the restroom, playing outside, coughing, sneezing, or before eating. When taught early, handwashing can become a lifelong healthy habit. Children learn by modeling behaviors of adults. When you make handwashing part of your routine, you set an example for your children to follow.

Resource Corner:

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/handwashing

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/materials.html

Podcasts: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/podcasts.html

References:

www.cdc.gov

www.kidshealth.org

Hashtag:

#ffxhealthykids

6th Grade Parent Night

6th Grade Parents/Guardians-

Join us to learn more about the transition to middle school and the course registration process on Tuesday, February 4th, 6:30-8pm in the Graham Road Library. Andrea Kessler, school counselor, will present information that supplements the presentation shared at Luther Jackson. Other staff who work with 6th graders will be available to discuss recommended course options.  6th grade students are encouraged to join! Translation will be provided. 

Vaping Awareness Parent Info Session Presented by Fairfax County Office of Student Safety and Wellness Tuesday, February 18, 7-8PM Knox Presbyterian Church

Join us to learn the trends, prevalence and access our children are facing related to vaping and other common substances. This session is only for parents.  Sixth grade students will be participating in a similar session during the school day on Friday, February 21.

Elementary Institute for the Arts

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Elementary Institute for the Arts starting February 3rd! Students explore Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre through this weekly program that runs from July 6-31st.  For more information visit the E-IFTA website at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-elementary-institute-arts-e-ifta 

Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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Graham Road Weekly Update: January 20-24

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In this Issue: 

School Psychologists 

Super Transition Saturday

Summer Enrichment Camps

 

 

Dates to Remember: 

January 20 - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21 - Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation, Luther Jackson MS, 7:00-8:30pm 

January 27 - No School for Students 

January 28 - No School for Students

School Psychologists

Did you know that there is a School Psychologist assigned to EVERY school in FCPS? The psychologist for Graham Road is Ms. Catie Hrabrick and she is with us every Tuesday and Friday. 

FCPS School Psychologists are working hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship.  Please follow them on Twitter @FCPSpsychs

Super Transition Saturday - Career and Transition Services Event

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Career and Transition Services (CTS), the FCPS Parent Resource Center, and several Fairfax County adult service providers will host “Super Transition Saturday” from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School. This is a free event for parents/guardians and educators of students of all ages with IEPs. Breakout sessions will cover postsecondary education support, the importance of student self-determination beginning in the elementary years, employment support programs, future planning considerations, such as funding needed for services, and CTS support services that are available to students as they progress through the secondary years toward graduation and beyond. A highlight of the day is a parent/guardian and student panel representing a range of challenges and successes. Members of the panel will convey personal experiences and answer parent/guardian and student questions from their perspectives of having been through the transition process. The snow date is March 14, 2020.

Summer 2020 Enrichment Institutes and Camps

Enrichment institutes and camps focus on specific areas such as fine and performing arts, technology, study skills, science, and world languages.  FCPS and non-FCPS students are welcome.

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC), Institute for the Arts (IFTA), Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), and the new CTE Summer Academy classes will be held at Fairfax High School.  Programs run July 6 to July 31, 2020.  Bus transportation is provided from select high schools and middle schools outside of the Fairfax High School pyramid.  Transportation to and from the selected high schools is the responsibility of the parent/guardian or student.

Grade level eligibility for each program refers to the current 2019-20 school year.  Click on central institutes and camps for additional information.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will host a technology institute for middle school students.

ACE enrichment classes stimulate students’ curiosity and provide creative learning experiences. ACE also offers a premier driver’s education Behind the Wheel program to prepare students to obtain their driver’s license.  Click on ACE enrichment classes for additional information.

Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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Weekly Update: January 13-17

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In this Issue:  LJMS Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation Resource Corner:  Clothing/Coats, Parenting Classes

 

Dates to Remember: 

January 20 - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21 - Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation, Luther Jackson MS, 7:00-8:30pm 

January 27 - No School for Students 

January 28 - No School for Students

Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation 

Special Sessions:

             6:00-6:30 PM:   AAP Center Information Session - Auditorium

             6:30 PM            AAP work display and showcase - Cafeteria

             6:30– 7:00 PM: Special Education Information Session -  Library

      

General Sessions:

              7:00 PM:   We Are LJ!, Academics, Electives -Auditorium

                                We Are LJ!-See what makes LJMS a special place as your student transitions to middle school

 

LJ Academics-

General Education & Honors curriculum—Multipurpose Room - Panel Presentation

 

LJ Electives-

Classroom Visits-See what we have to offer!

Band Room 201

Orchestra Room 202

Chorus/Music Participation Lab Room 303

Art Foundations/3-D Art/Art Extensions Room 410

Theater Arts Appreciation Room 419

Computer Solutions/Coding Tech Room 308

World Languages Cafeteria

Engineering Design & Modeling Room 418A

Family & Consumer Sciences Room 901/903

Creative Writing Room 414A

AVID Room 612

Health/Physical Ed (required course for all) Main Gym

 

Please attend sessions based on your student’s last name.

 

Last Name A-J

7:00-7:30 PM Auditorium: We are LJ!

7:35-8:00 PM Multipurpose Room:  LJ Academics

8:05-8:30 PM Classroom Visits: LJ Electives

 

Last Name K-R

7:00-7:30 PM Multipurpose Room: LJ Academics

7:35-8:00 PM Classroom Visits: LJ Electives

8:05-8:30 PM Auditorium: We are LJ!

 

Last Name S-Z

7:00-7:30 PM Classroom Visits: LJ Electives

7:35-8:00 PM Auditorium: We are LJ!

8:05-8:30 PM Multipurpose Room: LJ Academics

Resource Corner Clothing and Coat Resources:

Dunn Loring Community Church of God is having a coat drive. 

Individuals in need of coats, hats, and gloves can register by clicking on the link below or can call 571-572-2326.

https://dunnloringccog.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=0d974016a49706ccc57c63911&id=091fd74fd3

 

Unique Thrift Store

2956 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

703-992-6560

https://stores.savers.com/va/fallschurch/unique-thrift-store-5109.html

Unique Thrift Store provides gently used, quality and affordable clothing items, as well as househould items, for sale. 

Monday-Saturday: 9am-9pm; Sunday: 10-7pm

 

Goodwill

2936 Annandale Road

Falls Church, VA 22042

703-663-2762

http://www.dcgoodwill.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1

Goodwill offers gently used clothing and shoes, as well as some household items, for sale.

Monday -  Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday - 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

The Parent Resource Center - Free Workshops:

Upcoming Workshops from the FCPS Parent Resource Center in Dunn Loring:

Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors, Friday, January 10, 10-noon

Mind in the Making Series, 8 sessions running from January 16 through March 5, all in the evening

To Register call 703-204-3941

 

Parenting Classes:

Parents and children learn to increase their empathy, discover new ways to encourage

appropriate behaviors, build positive self-concept and self-esteem, and learn how to have fun as a family.

 

For parents with 5 to 11 year-olds:

  • 1/27/19-5/4/20 Mondays 5:30-8:00 p.m. Fairfax Church of Christ 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax, VA 22033 Debi Hackney 703-324-7790 Lisa Payne-Chesley 703-324-7734
  • 3/19/20-6/18/20 Thursdays 5:30-8:00 p.m. Grace Presbyterian Church 7434 Bath St., Springfield, VA 22150 Janet Little 703-324-7501
  • 6/2/19-8/26/20 Tuesdays 5:30-8:00 p.m. (Spanish) St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 5800 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22150 Alba Quinones 703-324-7310

Parents with children 12 to 18 year-olds

  • 2/11/20-5/5/20 Tuesdays 5:30-8:00 p.m. (Spanish) Willston Multicultural Center 6131 Willston Drive, Falls Church, VA 22044 Alba Quinones 703-324-7310
Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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Graham Road ES: Happy Winter Break!

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In this Issue: 

Dates to Remember

A message from Principal Badini

Pictures from Dr. Brabrand's visit and Luther Jackson MS Book Giving Event

AAP Referral Packet Questions 

Red Bag Volunteers Needed!

Dates to Remember: 

December 23 - January 3 - No school, Office closed

January 7 - AAP packet work session, Kingsley Family Center, 8:30-9:30am

January 9 - Deadline for AAP Referrals 

January 20 - No school, Office closed

January 21 - Rising 7th Grader Curriculum Night at Luther Jackson Middle School

January 24 - End of 2nd Quarter

January 27 - 28 - No School for students

Dear Graham Road Families!

It's been an exciting last few days of 2019 at Graham Road! Last week, our superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand visited and was able to see what makes our school community so special. He connected with parents and saw students thinking critically and creatively in the classroom. We appreciated the time he took to visit us. His energy, enthusiasm and vision for our district are inspiring! We're lucky to have a leader like him. 

This week, EVERY student at Graham Road received a brand new book for winter break reading! This generous gift was made possible thanks to Luther Jackson Middle School principal, Mike Magliola, LJMS staff and LJMS community business partners. Teachers at Graham Road have been collaborating with Luther Jackson MS staff for weeks to select high interest books for students. Luther Jackson MS students wrapped each book and labeled with Graham Road students' names. Teachers hand delivered each book on Tuesday. You can see the excitement on students' faces in the pictures below! Partnering with the middle school our students will eventually attend was so much fun! We are grateful for their generosity! 

Over winter break, our school office will be closed December 23 - January 3. All staff will be enjoying time with family and loved ones! I am so excited to travel to my hometown in Kentucky with my daughter and husband to see my parents, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and grandmother!

We wish you all good health, relaxation and happiness as you begin and enjoy your winter break. We have enjoyed an incredible school year thus far. Students and teachers are learning together every day. We appreciate the knowledge you've shared with us and the support you provide at home. 

We look forward to seeing you all in 2020 and continuing our exciting journey of learning at Graham Road! 

Warmly,

Lauren Badini

Principal

Dr. Brabrand visits Graham Road! Jackson MS Staffers Deliver Gift-Wrapped Books to Graham Road ES Students

Read more about the event here:

 Luther Jackson Delivers Books to Graham Road Students!

Red Bag Volunteers Needed!

ATTN: Luther Jackson Nation! We need 50 more families in our community to volunteer to be "Red Bag" donors so we can make sure all of our children are fed.

The "Red Bag" program allows us to provide food for our students who need it over weekends and holidays when they aren't in school. Please share this information with your friends in the Falls Church HS pyramid. Here's the Food for Neighbors website where you can easily sign-up: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/red-bag-program/ And, if you're on Facebook, please share this there as well. 

The full story: There are several dozen students in our pyramid that rely on the school's pantry for the weekend and holiday meals. In fact, this organization started because a PTA President in Herndon several years ago realized that most food programs focus on elementary school kids and that their school didn't have a program. Food for Neighbor's reach has grown across Fairfax County and LJMS' PTA recently agreed to "adopt" middle and high schools around Falls Church and Tysons. All of that to say, we need to come up with a lot of "red bag" donors. 

If you sign-up, you are committing to fill a red grocery bag every two months and leave it out for pickup on scheduled Saturday mornings (1/11/2020, 3/7, 5/2, 9/12, etc.). Bags are picked up, taken to the local hub school, contents sorted, representatives from each school select the items they need and take their bins back to their school.

Here's a link for more information, and how to sign-up. We hope you'll consider becoming a "Red Bag" donor. Thanks!

Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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Weekly Update: December 16-20

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In this Issue: 

Dates to Remember

December Spirit Days

 

 

Dates to Remember: 

December 17 - Parent Work Session for AAP referral packets

December 18 - Winter Concert - 6:30pm

December 19 - Cozy Day 

December 20 - Pajama Day 

December 23 - January 3 - No School, Winter Break

January 9 - Deadline for AAP Referrals 

December Spirit Days 

December 19 - Cozy Day - wear cozy mittens, hats, socks and clothing 

December 20 - Pajama Day - wear pajamas 

Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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Weekly Update: December 9-13

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In this Issue: 

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

December Spirit Days 

Dates to Remember: 

December 6-12 - Book Fair 

December 17 - Parent Work Session for AAP referral packets (see below)

December 18 - Winter Concert - 6:30pm

December 19 - Cozy Day 

December 20 - Pajama Day 

December 23 - January 3 - No School, Winter Break

January 9 - Deadline for AAP Referrals 

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website  that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. 

Referrals can be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Maddie Sirota at any time up through January 9.

December Spirit Days 

December 19 - Cozy Day - wear cozy mittens, hats, socks and clothing 

December 20 - Pajama Day - wear pajamas 

Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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Graham Road Weekly Update: November 25-29

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On Thursday we said farewell to our wonderful Technology Support Specialist, Bob Blagriff.  We wish him well in his retirement! In this Issue: 

A message from Principal Badini

Horizon Testing 

Falls Church Pyramid Parent Info Event

Dates to Remember: 

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break, no school

December 3 - Graham Road Restaurant Night: El Tio Grill, 7630 Lee Hwy, Falls Church 

December 5 - Fall Picture Make Ups

December 6-13 - Book Fair 

December 10 - Falls Church Pyramid Parent Information Event 

December 18 - Chorus and Percussion Winter Concert, 6:30 pm

A Message From Principal Badini

Dear Graham Road Community!

As we approach our first long holiday break, I am looking forward to spending time with my husband and daughter as we travel to be with extended family. This time of year is one of my favorites because of all the special events we have planned as a family! As a school community, we have many fun and important events planned as well.     

I am feeling incredibly grateful for this community of educators and families. Over the past few months, my excitement and joy has grown exponentially as I've gotten to know you, your children and the incredible staff I get to work alongside every day. The best parts of my day are when I visit classrooms filled with your eager, inquisitive children. I often see students sharing their thinking thinking after solving math problems, students persuading their classmates to consider other points of view and students expressing themselves creatively through visual art and music. I encourage you to ask your child to share with you something they can do now that they could not do at the beginning of the school year. You will be impressed!

Have a safe, happy long weekend!

Mrs. Badini

Principal  

Horizon Testing

Students in Grades 3-6 will be taking a FCPS test called Horizon throughout next week and into December in reading and in math. Grade 4 will also take a social studies and science test and Grade 5 will take a science test. The purpose of these tests is see how students are applying what was taught in the first months of school and where teachers need to go back and teach. They are not used to determine a student's grade on a progress report. The questions look similar to the ones that students will see on the SOL's in May and are taken on a computer. 

 

Here is the upcoming testing schedule: 

Monday, November 25 - 4th Grade Social Studies

Tuesday, November 26 - 5th Grade Science (on 4th grade standards)

Monday, December 2 - 5th Grade Math 

Tuesday, December 3 - 3rd Grade Reading (part 1) 

Wednesday, December 4 - 3rd Grade Reading (part 2) and 4th grade science

Thursday, December 5 - 5th Grade Reading

Friday, December 6 - 3rd Grade Math 

Tuesday, December 10 - 5th Grade Science (on 5th grade standards)

Wednesday, December 11 - 4th Grade Reading (part 1)

Thursday, December 12 - 4th Grade Reading (part 2)

Monday, December 16 - 4th Grade Math 

Tuesday, December 17 - 5th Grade Math 

Wednesday, December 18 - 6th Grade Reading 

Falls Church Pyramid Parent Information Event

December 10th @ Falls Church High School

Healthy Choices: Information Session on Vaping/Drug Use in High Schools

On December 10th from 6:30 – 7:30pm, Falls Church High School will be hosting an event open to all parents from Falls Church, Luther Jackson, and our feeder elementary schools.  This session has five goals:

  • inform parents of the latest drug use information by high school students (including JUULing/ vape devices)
  • communicate the dangers of the various drugs
  • learn how to identify the latest drug paraphernalia out there and signs of use
  • drug use and the SR&R
  • tips for communication with their children about drug use

The presentation portion of the event will take no more than the first 40 minutes and will be delivered by a panel of school staff, substance abuse prevention specialist, and a Fairfax County police officer.  The rest of the time will be open for Q&A as well as an opportunity for parents to come up and see actual samples of drug paraphernalia (including the latest vaping devices).

This is a free event.  We will start at 6:30 pm in the Falls Church High School cafeteria.

Spanish & Vietnamese interpreters will be available.

Questions: call Cait Saxton, 703-207-4049

Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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Weekly Update: November 18-22

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In this Issue: 

Thanksgiving Gratitude Notes

Fairfax County Health News

 

Dates to Remember: 

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch 

November 21 - AAP Info Session en espanol at Knox Presbyterian Church, 5:30 - 7:00

November 27 - 29 - Thanksgiving Break

December 6-13 - Book Fair 

Thanksgiving Gratitude Notes 

We are inviting GRES families to express their thanks and write a note of gratitude to their children for Thanksgiving Luncheon! Parents/family members are welcomed to write a small note of thanks that will go on display in the cafeteria TV screens while families eat together during lunch on Thursday, the 21st. Parents can also include a picture of their families to go along with the note. This will be a nice way to share gratitude among the GRES community.

 

Please include the following details:

-name of child/children

-name of parents

-grade of child and name of teacher

 

Email the note to gresfamilies@fcps.edu and feel free to also send a picture as an attachment. We look forward to seeing the messages during Thanksgiving Luncheon!

Fairfax County School Health Promotion November/December News   “Lungs Are Meant for Air!”

E-cigarettes, also known as JUULs, vapes, suorins, e-pipes, and vape pens, are not “safe” cigarettes. They work by heating liquid in a device to create a chemical-filled aerosol. They contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance, and other harmful chemicals. Kids’ brains are still developing, so nicotine exposure can disrupt attention and learning. E-cigarettes come in many different flavors that appeal to youth, like mango, cotton candy, and watermelon. E-cigarette use is rising at an alarming rate amongst youth. You can be a good example by starting the conversation about e-cigarettes, being nicotine-free, and empowering your child to make healthy choices.

Resources:

QUITline – 1-800-Quit-Now is a free, effective, and confidential hotline for ages 13+. This service is available 24/7 and provides one-on-one assistance.

The Real Cost – Informational site that gives teens the real facts about tobacco products. For more information, visit https://therealcost.betobaccofree.hhs.gov/.

American Academy of Pediatrics – Vaping fact sheets for parents in English and Spanish. Visit www.healthychildren.org/E-cigarettes.

 

References:

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/vaping

www.fcps.edu/vaping

www.cdc.gov

www.truthinitiative.org www.teen.smokefree.gov

Resource Corner  Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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Graham Road Weekly Update: November 11-15

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In this Issue: 

Thanksgiving Lunch

AAP Info Session

Substitute Teachers Needed!

Dates to Remember: 

November 16 - Original Pancake House Restaurant Day, dine in from 7 am - 3 pm, please bring flyers sent home with students so GRES PTA receives portion of sales

November 21 - Thanksgiving Lunch 

November 21 - AAP Info Session en espanol at Knox Presbyterian Church, 5:30 - 7:00

November 27 - 29 - Thanksgiving Break

December 6-13 - Book Fair 

Thanksgiving Lunch

Our Thanksgiving Luncheon will be on Thursday, November 21.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families to come and eat lunch with their child!

Prices for lunch are as follows: Parents/Non-FCPS Students $4.50

GRES Lunch Schedule:

11:30 - Grijalva 12:10 - Gormley 12:42 - Youngberg 11:33 - Otarola 12:13 - Regan 12:45 - Lohr 11:36 - Sweeney 12:16 - Westerfield 12:47 - Stendardo 11:40 - David 12:30 - Pakrul  12:49 - Tripp 11:43 - Kelley 12:33 - Pflager 1:10 - Armentrout 11:46 - Lee 12:36 - Suhring 1:13 - Riffe 11:49 - SanFelice 12:40 - Sim 1:16 - Lopez-Mitchell

 

Please note that Mrs. Regan's and Mrs. Gormley's classes will be eating lunch in their classrooms.

AAP Info Session 

Please join us and learn about advanced academic services, how to advocate for your child, and level IV screening process.

This session will be led, in Spanish, by a representative from the Advanced Academic Office.

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 5:30-6:30PM

Where: Knox Presbyterian Church

Food will be served!

Substitute Teachers Needed!

Parents, have you ever considered applying to become a substitute teacher?  FCPS has a significant need for substitute teachers.  We've already had several days with teachers out on leave here at Graham Road with no available substitutes.  When this occurs, we must rearrange our staff to cover the classrooms for the day. 

As a substitute teacher, you choose the days and schools in which you are willing to work.  We’d love to develop a core group of Graham Road parents who are available to serve as substitute teachers.  If you think this might be a good opportunity for you, please click here.  

Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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Falls Church Pyramid PTA Meeting Tomorrow!

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Falls Church Pyramid Meeting! 

Are you looking to connect with parents from other schools in the Falls Church Pyramid? Are you curious about the programming offered at Luther Jackson Middle School? Do you want to hear all about the fantastic work happening at Falls Church High School?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have the event for you!  The Falls Church Pyramid principals invite you to join us for a Falls Church Pyramid gathering on Wednesday, November 6 from 7:00-8:00pm at Falls Church High School (Cafeteria; please enter through Door #7).  All parents are invited.  During our time together, you will meet the principals from surrounding Falls Church Pyramid elementary, middle, and high schools and get a sneak peek into what Luther Jackson and Falls Church High School have to offer. Before you know it, YOUR child will be heading to middle or high school. We hope to see you there!

Update: Child care WILL be provided! 

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Graham Road Weekly Update: November 4-8

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In this Issue: Outstanding Employee Award Nominations LJMS Parent Academy  Falls Church Pyramid Meeting Dates to Remember: 

11/4 & 11/5 - Parent Teacher Conferences - No School   

11/6 - Falls Church Pyramid PTA Meeting at Falls Church High School, 7:00pm

11/7 - Graham Road PTA Meeting at Knox Presbyterian Church

11/21 - Thanksgiving Lunch

Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Graham Road Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the google link provided.  You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below. 

Click here for Nomination Form

 

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.

Outstanding New Teacher 

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category. 

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years’ experience as a building principal (in any school/school district).  

Outstanding Leader  

Common positions in this category: Assistant Principal, School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school. 

Outstanding Operational Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons.

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is November 8, 2019

Parent Academy Falls Church Pyramid Meeting

Are you looking to connect with parents from other schools in the Falls Church Pyramid? Are you curious about the programming offered at Luther Jackson Middle School? Do you want to hear all about the fantastic work happening at Falls Church High School?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have the event for you!  The Falls Church Pyramid principals invite you to join us for a Falls Church Pyramid gathering on Wednesday, November 6 from 7:00-8:00pm at Falls Church High School (Cafeteria; please enter through Door #7).  All parents are invited.  During our time together, you will meet the principals from surrounding Falls Church Pyramid elementary, middle, and high schools and get a sneak peek into what Luther Jackson and Falls Church High School have to offer. Before you know it, YOUR child will be heading to middle or high school. We hope to see you there!

Resource Corner

Food Resources:
Free Farmer’s Market
Mclean Bible Church Event
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Falls Church High School
7521 Jaguar Trail
Falls Church, VA
10am- 3pm
For assistance to obtain referrals to Food Pantries and Emergency Food Assistance Call:
Coordinated Services Planning (CSP)
703-222-0880

The Parent Resource Center - Free Workshops:
Irritability in Children and Youth: How to Help Children Cope
Friday, November 1, 2019, 10 am-noon
Dunn Loring, VA
To Register call 703-204-3941
Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Dunn Loring, VA
To Register call 703-204-3941

Your Partners in Education 

At Graham Road, our mission is to empower students, staff, and families.  With you, we will collaborate to provide equitable education so that we can all strive to reach our fullest potential as members of society. Please let us know when there is a question, concern or feedback to help us do better. 

Lauren Badini, Principal          lebadini@fcps.edu

Patty Hibner, Asst. Principal    pjhibner@fcps.edu

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