A successful first week back to school!

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Dear Families, 

It has been a wonderful week of learning at Graham Road Elementary! We hope you've all had a chance to peek into classrooms and see the incredible experiences teachers are working so hard to provide. I am personally in awe of the hard work, planning, flexibility and innovation each and every one of our staff members have shown over the last few weeks. Many of our teachers and staff have families of their own and significant others who are also working from home. They have set up spaces in their homes and are working tirelessly teach in a new way and reinvent instructional practices. Teachers are consistently handling technological challenges and hiccups with patience and care. Thank you for your patience, understanding and feedback as we work to make this work for everyone. 

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me. I am here to help!

Lauren Badini - lebadini@fcps.edu 

Principal

Digital Permission Form - Parent Action Required

It is required for parents to provide consent to use the digital tools essential to providing instruction online. This information is provided in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to provide you with information about the measures FCPS takes to keep student data secure when using digital tools. By completing the digital form linked below, you provide permission for your child to use the FCPS-approved online tools listed below as part of an instructional program.

Every parent must complete this digital consent form by October 30, 2020 or students will not be allowed to use digital tools

For more information on these digital resources, visit our website: https://grahamroades.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

To complete the digital consent form, please click here: https://isweb.fcps.edu/iscontacts/techpermform.cfm?secure= 

Student Rights and Responsibilities Parent Acknowledgement Form

Please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link we have provided below.  The form must be filled out one time per student, so if you have two children at Graham Road, you will need to fill out the form twice.  Please fill out the form by September 25, 2020.

Link for the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

School Supplies

We still have bags of school supplies for students who did not pick them up from bus stops. If you were unable to pick them up from the bus stop, please call the school main line to arrange a curbside pick up!

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Back to School Updates

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Dear Families, 

We hope you are all enjoying the final weeks of summer break. Teachers have been busy working to prepare for the start of the online school year on Tuesday, September 8th. 

This week, teachers have been reaching out to schedule and complete virtual home visits with every family. This is how you will learn your child’s teacher, how to access the virtual classroom and ask questions you might have regarding the start of the school year. If you have not heard from your child’s teacher by Friday, August 28, please call the school’s main line at 571-226-2700 and let us know!

If you indicated you need a laptop or MiFi device, you will receive a phone call this week with your scheduled date and time. Laptop appointments will be scheduled for the first week in September. Please fill out the Graham Road Technology Needs form if you have not already shared you need a laptop or MiFi device. 

Please see important notes below that will help you prepare for the online school year! Individual grade level schedules are being emailed to parents this week. Please be on the lookout for this important information.

Questions? Please reach out! We are here to help and excited about the school year to begin!

Lauren Badini

Principal

Tuesday - Friday Schedule

Students will receive a link to join their classroom in their FCPS Gmail account. They will need to log on one time and they will stay in this virtual classroom all day long. Teachers will log in and out for different parts of the day. Students have scheduled screen breaks throughout the day but there will be no need for students to log in to different places except in special circumstances and teachers will communicate those directly with families. For student directions on how to access FCPS Gmail, please visit G Suite Information for Students and Parents.

Monday Schedule

Students will receive a link to join their grade level in their FCPS Gmail account. They will join all students in their grade level from 9:00 - 12:00 for enrichment and intervention. Our specialists will be providing hour long enrichment sessions while teachers pull students into breakout rooms to provide targeted instruction based on individual needs. We hope students have fun and get what they need!

Attendance

Attendance will be taken every day. However, all direct instruction will be recorded and posted on grade level Google sites so in extenuating circumstances parents can work with their children to participate asynchronously later if needed. More information will be shared in the coming weeks directly from FCPS on how parents can indicate if children participated asynchronously if they are marked absent. While attending synchronous, teacher-led instruction will provide the greatest educational experience for students online, our goal is to provide maximum flexibility and opportunities for participation to all families.

School Supplies

We are busy purchasing and organizing supply bags for each student at Graham Road to include necessary materials for online learning. These items will include headphones, basic school supplies, math manipulatives, books, etc. We will have these supply bags available at school for pick up and will likely be delivering to bus stops in the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience as we prepare these supplies for distribution and we will communicate plans as they are developed.

Family Feedback Needed

We need your feedback as we consider what family engagement efforts might best strengthen our partnership with you! If you’re available to provide feedback to staff on some action items we’re developing, please join us on Thursday, September 3 at 12:30 PM by clicking this link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/97ebbc56e79645e58727e45175b99108. We want to hear from you!

Virtual Open House, Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30PM

Please join your child’s teacher on Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 PM in his/her virtual classroom for virtual open house! Links will be sent to your child’s FCPS Gmail account so you can join with your child just as he/she would do for school. Teachers will share information you need to know so your family is ready for the first day of online school. If you are unable to attend live, sessions will be recorded and posted to grade level Google sites. 

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHN) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs. Both these forms are required for all students for SY 20-21 and are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school (weCare) module. We will also be sending home forms next week that can be filled out and sent back to school.

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Back to School Updates from Principal Badini

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Dear Parents,

We have been very busy planning and preparing for the virtual start to the school year. Please see some important notes below. More detailed information will be coming prior to the first day of school.  

  • All students will begin school on Tuesday, September 8th virtually/online. 
  • Detailed schedules will be shared with grade level family groups, but for planning purposes, all families should expect:

On Mondays: 

    • Students will log on from 9:00 - 12:00 for a mix of enrichment and intervention activities based on needs.
    • There will be something for students to do the entire time. They will log into one place and adults will rotate to provide access to different learning opportunities.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 

    • The school day will begin at our normal time, and students should log on to their classrooms by 9:20 AM.
    • The whole school will have a common lunch time beginning around 11:45 AM and will allow for ample time to visit our closest Grab n Go meal site.
    • The schedule will allow for breaks throughout the day and official teacher-led instruction will conclude no later than 3:30 PM.
    • Each grade level will have a Google site to organize and share asynchronous learning activities. 
  • We are working to finalize class placements and will share your child’s teacher with you through ParentVue. If you have not signed up for ParentVue, please watch these videos to learn how:
  • Teachers will be completing Virtual Home Visits beginning August 17. While we cannot continue our Welcome Walks throughout the community, teachers still want to introduce themselves and connect with you through an online platform. If you receive a call from a blocked or number you don’t recognize, please answer! It may be your child’s teacher trying to schedule a virtual visit with you. 
  • All students are required to have their physical and immunizations up to date before the first day of school to participate in the online classes.  If you have updated physical or immunization paperwork to submit, please email Mr. Newlon (trnewlon@fcps.edu) to coordinate getting the paperwork to school.

More information will be shared as it's developed. Please email me with questions, lebadini@fcps.edu.

Lauren Badini

Principal

Laptops and MiFi Devices

If you received a Graham Road laptop for your child in May/June your child can keep that computer for the upcoming school year.  We will also provide MiFi internet devices for families without home internet access. 

If your child did not receive a Graham Road laptop or you need a MiFi device, please complete the Graham Road Technology Needs Form. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment for the first week in September. 

Laptop Return for Rising Seventh Graders

Luther Jackson Middle School will be collecting student devices that were checked out in the spring the week of August 10-14.  If you are a rising 7th grader who borrowed a device from Graham Road, you may return the device to Graham Road on August 10th from 10AM-2PM. 

If August 10th doesn't fit your schedule, or Luther Jackson Middle School is more convenient, you may return your FCPS laptop to Luther Jackson Middle School any day that week between 8AM-2PM. Students are highly encouraged to drop off their borrowed devices BEFORE coming to the FCPSOn device pick-up where they will receive their new laptop. This will speed up the process of getting your new device and all students MUST return any previous devices they borrowed before they are issued a new device.  Please bring your borrowed FCPS computer and the charger that came with the device to Luther Jackson.

  • Drop off will be done at the rear of the school using Gatehouse Road and loop around towards Door 4 near the rear of the cafeteria
  • Building access will not be permitted
  • Students and parents, please remain in your car and a staff member will approach your car when they are ready to take your device
  • Parents will tell the staff member the name of their student
  • Please allow us time to check in the device and verify the process for you.
  • While it is preferred that parents and students drive to the school, walk-ups will be handled as well. If you do walk up to the school, please ensure you adhere to social distancing and please wear a mask.
Important Upcoming Events

Virtual Home Visits - teachers will reach out to schedule at convenient times between August 17 - September 2

Virtual Welcome Back Evening - teachers will share links to virtual classrooms so parents and students can join on Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 PM

First Day of VIRTUAL School - Tuesday, September 8

Virginia Walkability Institute Survey

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Summer Learning and Return to School Input Needed

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Dear Graham Road Families,

As we close out the 2019-2020 school year, I want to say a special thank you to each and every one of you for your partnership this year. Although things ended in an unexpected way, it was a wonderful school year and I am still honored to be your principal! 

I hope you will all stay informed and engaged as the discussions about how we will resume school in the fall continue. You will receive opportunities through surveys to share your ideas and opinions. The voices of Graham Road parents need to be heard. The School Board will be deliberating on proposed plans throughout June and hope to have a plan to communicate to staff and families by the end of the month. Currently, there are three approaches being considered, you can read a little about each one here: FCPS Return to School: Fall 2020. As you can imagine, whatever approach is chosen will set in motion even more strategic planning at the school level to guarantee your children are safe and getting the instruction and challenges they deserve from Graham Road. 

Also by the end of the month, students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year. 

As students access these activities from July 6 to July 31, they will also have the opportunity to join Graham Road teachers for summer learning. In collaboration with teachers from Pine Spring Elementary and Timber Lane Elementary, our teachers will use the summer workbooks as guides to plan additional live learning opportunities and hold office hours where students can ask questions and interact with teachers and other students their age. Our schools are working collaboratively this summer to provide all of our students an opportunity to learn and grow together. Any student interested in attending is welcome, we ask parents to fill out this form: Graham Road Summer Learning, so we can get students schedules and links to online sessions. 

Have a wonderful summer and we cannot wait to see you all again!

Lauren Badini

Principal

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Curbside personal item pick up, celebrating 6th graders, summer learning

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Student Personal Item Pick Up

Last week, we distributed laptops to students in grades K-2 as well as MiFi home internet devices to students in grades K-6. At these individually scheduled appointments, students also received any personal items they left at school prior to the building closure. Teachers gathered all personal items from classrooms and organized in individual paper bags for each student. Please note that personal belongings include jackets, backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles, medications, headphones or any items purchased for your child and left at school prior to the building closure. Personal items do not include student work or school supplies.

If you did not pick up student personal items last week by appointment, you will have the opportunity to drive through the Kiss and Ride lane on Monday, June 8th any time between 12:00 and 3:00 PM. You will be handed a bag of your student’s personal items. If your child did not leave personal items at school or you do not feel comfortable attending the curbside pick up, you do not have to come. 

Please make every effort to drive but if you cannot, you will see cones lining the sidewalks to ensure a safe, 6 foot distance between everyone. We also recommend wearing a face mask and children do not have to be with parents to pick up personal items. It will be a quick, grab and go process to support the safety of everyone. 

If you have instruments to return to school, please bring them to the curbside pick up. You can return library books but this is not required. We will check those items back in once school resumes in buildings. Medication will also be returned to you as well.  If your child had medication at school, you will be asked to sign a document stating that the medication was returned to you.

Virtual Promotion Celebration Video

We are so very sad that we will not be able to celebrate our current 6th graders in person. However, Mr. Youngberg and Ms. Sim have been busy working on a virtual celebration to be shared with all students and families. This celebration will include messages from staff members and video tributes to the special time students have spent at Graham Road Elementary.

Summer Learning

Graham Road will host virtual summer learning in the month of July. FCPS will be sending summer workbooks to students and we will have a Graham Road teacher available four days a week for one hour to support students in each grade level through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra links. If your child is interested in participating, please fill out this form and the teacher responsible for your child’s grade level this summer will reach out with times and secure links so he/she can join!

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A message from Principal Badini and the Falls Church Pyramid

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Dear Falls Church Pyramid Families,

We are writing to you as your Pyramid Principals to share our sadness and outrage about the instances of racism and hate that have occurred in our country during the last few weeks, and over the course of time. These awful events are especially painful for our Black and African American community members.  We acknowledge this and want you to know that we see you and stand with you.  Racism and hate have no place in the world and no place in the Falls Church Pyramid.  The Falls Church Pyramid is a diverse community that we are proud to lead. 

As principals and school staff, we will not sit silently, as these events cannot be ignored.  Rather, in these last few days of school, we have asked our teachers to talk with students about racism and why we have to stand up to racism and hate.  

We will also work together to identify ways to continue these important conversations with our staff and students next school year.  Our schools will also continue to receive professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices.  We are committed to furthering our learning in order to challenge racism and injustice while promoting inclusive school communities where diversity is valued. 

Here are a few resources for families on these topics:

 

We wish you peace as we wrap up this school year, and we look forward to connecting with you soon.

Respectfully,

Ben Nowak, Falls Church High School

Mike Magliola, Luther Jackson Middle School

Aileen Flaherty, Camelot Elementary

Candace Hunstad, Fairhill Elementary

Lauren Badini, Graham Road Elementary

Nikki Yacubovich, Pine Spring Elementary

Linda Ferguson, Westlawn Elementary

Dwayne Young, Woodburn Elementary

#WeAreFC

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