Graham Road ES Updates

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Dear Families, 

The last couple of weeks have brought some highs and lows for our Graham Road community. After reshuffling classes and working tirelessly to prepare, we were excited to welcome our kindergarteners back into the school building for the first time! However, due to rising Covid-19 cases, our plans were placed on hold. This was disappointing for us all but we take comfort that our school district is prioritizing the health and safety of so many. 

Plans to resume bringing more students back in the building are dependent upon the improvement of health conditions. All FCPS staff are watching the numbers of positive cases in our area closely. We will be communicating with kindergarten families as soon as we know more about when their return will be rescheduled. Students in grades 1 and 2 were scheduled to return to school on December 8th. Information with updates will be communicated directly to those families as well. At this time, we don’t have any additional information about how this pause will affect the proposed January return to school for grades three through six

There is no school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. My celebrations will be limited to my immediate family this year as the Badinis plan to adhere to the CDC guidelines for safe family gatherings. I am feeling incredibly grateful for this opportunity. Although it is hard at times, I encourage everyone to continue with the steps experts say can keep us all safe and save lives: wearing a mask, frequent hand washing and maintaining at least a six foot distance from those who do not live in your household. Taking these steps with vigilance gives us the best chance to get back to normal as soon as possible. 

Please stay connected so you are informed as our operating plans and information changes rapidly. Please make sure your ParentVue accounts are activated and updated with accurate and current contact information, including email and phone numbers. 

Take care and be safe. We continue to look forward to the day when we are all back together again!

Lauren Badini

Principal

7-Day Meal Kits Available TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 at Door 5 (not Wednesday due to Student/Staff holiday)

Due to the student and staff holiday on Wednesday, meal kits can be picked up on Tuesday of this week instead of Wednesday. Meal kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or until they run out. Meal kits will be available to ALL FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost. Each meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one person for a week. Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child. Adults may purchase meal kits for $28. Instructions on how to store the food and prepare it will be provided.

Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their students is screened for AAP in the coming screening cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1.

Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

Thanksgiving Week Food Resources Week of November 23rd - November 30th

Food Distribution

Graham Road Community Building 2:00 PM

11/23 – Will work normally.

 

Grab & Go Sites

Graham Road Community Building Falls Church High School

Luther Jackson Middle School Pine Spring Elementary School 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

11/23 – Will work normally.

11/24- Will serve 7-Day Meal Kits 11/25-11/30 – WILL BE CLOSED

12/1 - Will go back to normal.

 

Meal  Kit Sites

Graham Road Elementary School

Timber Lane Elementary School

Westlawn Elementary  School 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Will be OPEN on Tuesday 11/24 Will be CLOSED on Wednesday 11/25

Will go back to normal on 12/2

 

ALL Food Bus Routes Our Stop is at 10:30 AM

Graham Road Community Building

11/23 – Will  work  normally 11/24 - Will be serving 3 days of food.

11/30 - Will go back to normal on.

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Family Life Education Parent Preview Night

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Family Life Education Parent Preview Night

All students in grades K-6 have a Family Life Education Curriculum that includes Social and Emotional Growth lessons.  In addition, grades 4-6 have Human Growth and Development lessons.  Before grade levels begin teaching these lessons, we have a Parent Preview Night that allows parents to access the curriculum and ask any questions they might have. 

 

Graham Road’s Family Life Education Parent Preview Night will be on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, from 6:00-7:00.  It is a drop-in session, so feel free to join at any time. 

 

The link to the session is here: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/39b34887d443495f9c550f02c4d9008d

 

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Return to School and Food Resources

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Dear Families,

Thank you to those of you who joined me on Wednesday evening for our information session on the return to school. To recap, the dates for return are: 

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten: November 16
  • 1st and 2nd Grades: November 30 
  • 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grades: January 4

Prior to the return to school for each grade level, students will have independent learning days. This will allow teachers to plan and prepare for in-person learning.

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten Independent Learning Days
    • Monday, November 9 and all following Mondays
    • Wednesday, November 12 - Thursday, November 13
  • 1st and 2nd Grades Independent Learning Days
    • Monday, November 26 and all following Mondays
    • Friday, November 20, Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24

The dates for grades 3 - 6 will be shared later. 

If you selected in-person learning for your child, please continue doing the following in preparation for the return to school: 

  • Talk to your children about what school will be like when they return.
  • Ask if they have questions and let them know we are all going to work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.
  • Practice wearing a mask or face covering during the day. 
  • Discuss the importance of social distancing. 
  • Talk about washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes.

Thank you again to those parents who joined us for the informational session on Wednesday, October 28. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the recording here: Graham Road Return to School Parent Info Session.

We will be communicating any class changes and schedules to families prior to their return to in-person learning. We appreciate your patience as we carefully review all choices and create a plan that is safe and what’s best for all students and staff. 

Lauren Badini

Principal

FCPS Meals Updates

FCPS will not be serving Grab and Go meals on Tuesday, November 3 at the Graham Road Community Center. Instead, meals for both Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 can be picked up on Monday, November 2 at the Graham Road Community Center. We will continue offering seven day meal kits at Graham Road Elementary outside of Door 3 on Wednesday, November 4 between the hours of 8:00 am and 12:30 pm.

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Return to School Message from Principal Badini

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Return to School Message from Principal Badini

Dear Parent, 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is planning to bring additional student groups back to school for in-person instruction in the near future. We will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff, including: 

  • All staff and students, regardless of grade level, will be required to wear face coverings on FCPS school buses and for the duration of the school day
  • Social distancing on buses in accordance with health and safety protocols
  • Desks will be separated by up to a six feet distance, facing same direction
  • Daily health screening questions for parents
  • Daily temperature checks 
  • Establishment of an isolation room for Covid-like symptoms
  • Health referral forms to be completed by physicians before returning to school if students present Covid-like symptoms

You can read more about all of the health and safety protocols here.

The following groups of students will be returning to in-person instruction (start dates below are tentative and subject to change):    

Group 5: November 16 – tentative date

FECEP and Kindergarten 

Group 6: November 30 - tentative date

Grades 1-2

Group 7: January 4 – tentative date

Grades 3-6

We will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction. If you selected in-person instruction, we will assume your student(s) will return to in-person instruction in accordance with the schedule above. If you chose all-virtual instruction we will assume you will continue in that format. If your circumstances have changed, please go to this enrollment link and update your choice by 11:00 p.m. on October 30, and we will try to accommodate your request based on the availability of staff and space. 

Students who selected in-person instruction will receive two days of teacher-led instruction in the school building and two days of teacher-led instruction at home, this is called concurrent instruction. Students who elect all-virtual learning will continue to receive four days of teacher-led instruction at home. I will be sharing more about what this will look like on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 PM. You can join me by clicking this link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/771832a889564f41a8f2102b2faa7e96 

In either format, Mondays will be a full day of independent learning for students to give our teachers more time to prepare and plan the week’s lessons. This will begin on Monday, November 9, 2020 for FECEP and Kindergarten and on November 16, 2020 for 1st and 2nd grades.  November 12 and 13 will be teacher workdays and independent learning days for FECEP and Kindergarten students to give our teachers time to prepare and plan for in-person instruction.  November 20, 23, and 24 will be teacher workdays and independent learning days for 1st and 2nd grade students.

Some schools are already piloting concurrent instruction. The Superintendent will report his findings on the pilot program at the November 12 School Board work session. You can see Dr. Brabrand, explaining the work of the pilot schools in this video.  

If you would like to learn more and have questions before you update your intent for the school year, please join me on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 PM by clicking this link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/771832a889564f41a8f2102b2faa7e96 

FECEP and Kindergarten parents will be receiving calls from their teachers to discuss school choice this week!

If you have questions, please reach out to me at lebadini@fcps.edu or join me on Wednesday night!

Lauren Badini

Principal

Calendar Reminders Early Release Days, No School and Independent Learning Days

Please mark your calendars for the following dates! On independent learning days, students will not need to log onto their BBCU sessions. They can work independently from home on work not completed, read or engage in healthy activities that don’t involve screens. 

Friday, October 30 - early release day, school ends at 2:05 PM

Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 - Teacher work days, no school for students

Monday, November 9 - Mondays become independent learning days for FECEP (Pre-K) and Kindergarten

Monday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 13 - Independent learning days for FECEP (Pre-K) and Kindergarten students

Monday, November 16 - Mondays become independent learning days for grades 1 and 2

Friday, November 20, Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24 - Independent learning days for grades 1 and 2

Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday, no school 

UPDATE: Free 7 Day Meal Kits - every Wednesday at Graham Road Elementary, NEAR DOOR 3

Please note that the meal kits will be distributed outside the Graham Road kitchen, near door 3. This is in the opposite parking lot from Door 1, the previous location for meal kit distribution. 

Meal kits will still be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or until they run out. Meal kits will be available to ALL FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost. Each meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one person for a week. Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child. Adults may purchase meal kits for $28. Instructions on how to store the food and prepare it will be provided.

You can still get daily meals and weekend meals on Fridays at the Graham Road Community Center!

Playground and grounds at Graham Road is CLOSED during school hours

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the Graham Road playground to play during school hours. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they sometimes utilize the outdoor spaces.

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Announcements from Graham Road ES

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Family Engagement Feedback Session, Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 PM

Graham Road teachers have been working hard to develop practices and strategies to engage our most powerful partners: families! Please join us to learn more and share your feedback on what we can do to best partner with you. 

Click this link to join: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/086fc26a194b4aa7b7f17165d62b776e

Online Dictionary

Fairfax County Public Schools has an online dictionary that is approved for student use.  This dictionary will be available for students to use during instruction during the school day as well as asynchronous activities at home.  In order for students to use the online dictionary, FCPS requires parent permission.  If you DO NOT want your child to have access to the online dictionary, please email Mrs. Hibner at pjhibner@fcps.edu. 

Library Book Deliveries at Bus Stops

Our first Bus Stop pick up was a huge success with more than 70 students who were able to get books from the Graham Road library.  If you are interested in borrowing books from the school library, please log into Destiny Discover with your child’s log in credentials to place books on hold.  Additional directions are located in the Graham Road Library Site which can also be accessed with your child’s log in credentials.  Our next bus stop pick up will be Monday, October 26!  If you are interested in borrowing books, please place them on hold by Thursday, October 22.  Contact Ms. Patel with questions or help, spatel@fcps.edu

Free 7 Day Meal Kits - every Wednesday at Graham Road Elementary, Door 1 Free 7 Day Meal Kits - every Wednesday at Graham Road Elementary, Door 1

Meal kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or until they run out. Meal kits will be available to ALL FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost. Each meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one person for a week. Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child. Adults may purchase meal kits for $28. Instructions on how to store the food and prepare it will be provided.

You can still get daily meals and weekend meals on Fridays at the Graham Road Community Center!

Meal kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or until they run out. Meal kits will be available to ALL FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost. Each meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one person for a week. Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child. Adults may purchase meal kits for $28. Instructions on how to store the food and prepare it will be provided.

You can still get daily meals and weekend meals on Fridays at the Graham Road Community Center!

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Free Meal Kits at Graham Road, virtual Girls on the Run and AAP info

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Greetings families! 

We are so excited to see you all at Back to School Night on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 PM. Links to grade level sessions, enrichment team sessions, mental health team sessions and the Advanced Academics session have been sent to parents email inboxes and texted to phones. If you are unable to join, teachers will record grade level sessions and post on grade level Google sites. We thank you for your continued support of students' online learning success!

Monday, October 12 is a student holiday. Your child does not need to log on for Monday sessions. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, October 13 at 9:20 for virtual morning meetings!

Lauren Badini

Principal

Free 7 Day Meal Kits at Graham Road Elementary, every Wednesday

We are excited to announce that we will begin distributing FREE Fairfax Meal Kits containing seven days of breakfast and lunches at Graham Road Elementary School on Wednesday, October 14. Daily meals will continue to be served at the Graham Road Community Center but we are happy to announce this additional, new offering for access to healthy breakfast and lunch!

The kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or until they run out. Meal kits will be available to ALL FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost. Each meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one person for a week. Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child. Adults may purchase meal kits for $28. Instructions on how to store the food and prepare it will be provided.

Don’t miss out! Stop by and pick up your no-cost Fairfax Meal Kit on Wednesday, October 14 from 8:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m at Door 1 (Kiss and Ride lane) at Graham Road Elementary, 2831 Graham Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042. 

Initially, meal kits will be distributed every Wednesday.

Lunch Bunces with Ms. Kessler, Ms. Amurrio and Ms. Hrabrick

Our counselor, social worker and school psychologist will be hosting lunch bunches with groups of students between 11:45 - 12:30 each day. They will connect with students directly to invite them to join. It will be a fun time to connect, talk and socialize online with adults and peers. If you DO NOT want your child to participate in these lunch bunches, please email Ms. Kessler, adkessler@fcps.edu

Is your FCPS laptop slowing down?

Consider driving to any FCPS school parking lot, powering computer on and allowing the laptop to connect to the FCPS network. This will allow any necessary updates to install on your computer while connected to the network. This may resolve any speed or quality issues students are experiencing on their FCPS device. You don’t have to come into the building or schedule an appointment. Just be close enough to the building so that the laptop can connect to the network.

Want to learn more about Advanced Academics at Graham Road?

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 and 7:30

Our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Ms. Keninitz, will be sharing about the levels of service available to all FCPS students during Virtual Back to School Night. Join her using this link: Advanced Academics with Ms. Keninitz, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher  

Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 PM

For parents of students in grades 2 - 6, please join Ms. Keninitz for a session about level IV screening at 6:30 PM. You can preview information here: Level IV 2020 Screening Updates and Information Slides. Then please bring your questions and join Ms. Keninitz here:  https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/df60038339fe4afeb49ec5a12175e579

Family Engagement Feedback Session, Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 PM

Graham Road teachers have been working hard to develop practices and strategies to engage our most powerful partners: families! Please join us to learn more and share your feedback on what we can do to best partner with you. 

Click this link to join: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/086fc26a194b4aa7b7f17165d62b776e

Girls on the Run - virtual opportunity

Girls on the Run will be offering virtual opportunities for participation to girls in grades 3 - 6. Please use the QR code below to learn more or visit https://gotrnova.org/ for more information. If you live in Kingsley Commons, paper registration forms in English and Spanish are available at the Kingsley Family Resource Center outside in a red box on the stairs by the front entrance door.

Virtual Tutoring Opportunity

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Graham Road Library Book Deliveries, Virtual BTSN and more!

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Virtual Back to School Night - Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 PM

We are excited to have our very first virtual Back to School Night on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 PM. Parents will receive an email and text message with links to sessions prior to the event. We hope you join us for the following sessions: 

  • Grade level presentations from classroom teachers
  • Presentations and the opportunity to ask questions of our Enrichment Team and Mental Health Team
  • Advanced Academics Levels of Service presentation from Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Lauren Keninitz
Bus Stop Library Book Deliveries

On Monday, October 5, the school bus will be out in our community again delivering library books to students. Students will need to place books on hold through our electronic library system. Please see the process for library book checkout and bus stop delivery below:

  • Students (and families) can browse the Graham Road Library’s Destiny Discover catalog to place books on hold.  Board books and professional books will not be included in this delivery so please avoid choosing these books.
  • After placing books on hold, the books will be checked out and organized in student labeled bags and sealed. 
  • Parents and students will be sent a confirmation email from our librarian, Ms. Patel, that books will be delivered on October 5. 
  • After parents and students receive the confirmation email, plan on going to any of the following bus stops at the estimated times on Monday, October 5: 
    • Linda Lane and Monticello Drive (1:30 – 1:45)
    • Monticello Drive and Monticello Drive at the Shopping Center (1:45 – 1:55)
    • Monticello Drive and Robert Lane (1:55 – 2:05)
    • Monticello Drive and Computer Lab (2:05 – 2:15)
    • Rosemary Lane and Terry Lane (2:20 – 2:30)

Students can also return any library books they may have at home at these stops as well! 

Please contact Ms. Patel, spatel@fcps.edu with questions or click the image below with step by step directions for students (must be logged into FCPS G Suite account). 

Family Engagement Feedback Session - Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 PM

Graham Road teachers have been working hard to develop practices and strategies to engage our most powerful partners: families! Please join us to learn more and share your feedback on what we can do to best partner with you. 

Click this link to join: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/086fc26a194b4aa7b7f17165d62b776e 

Advanced Academics Information

Interested in learning more about advanced academics at Graham Road? Visit the Advanced Academic Program (AAP) page on the Graham Road website. There you will find important updates for the 2020-21 school year, monthly newsletters with any news from the Advanced Academics office, and other important information about advanced academics at Graham Road. If you have any questions, please reach out to Lauren Keninitz, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher. You can also visit her session at our virtual Back to School Night.

iREADY Assessment for Students

The online iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) provides an initial view of all students’ foundational skills to help teachers identify students who may have challenges in reading or mathematics. Students in grades K-6 will take the iReady reading assessment. Students in grades 1-6 will take the iReady mathematics assessment. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage.

This fall, students will take iReady on Mondays.  It is important to have your child log into their Monday room at 9:00. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, September 28:  2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade Reading

Monday, October 5:  1st, 5th, and 6th Grade Reading

Monday, October 19:  2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade Math

Monday, October 26:  1st, 56h, and 6th Grade Math

Monday, November 9:  Kindergarten Reading

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher or our School Testing Coordinators, Patty Hibner at pjhibner@fcps.edu, or Matt Stewart at mdstewart@fcps.edu.

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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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