Updates from Graham Road

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Dismissal Changes

Parents, please communicate any changes to dismissal to the front office as soon as you know they will happen. Do not communicate dismissal changes directly to teachers. Teachers do not always have Talking Points or emails accessible throughout the day and may miss your messages before dismissal. Please call 571-226-2700 and speak with one of our office staff members to share how your child will go home if it is different from normal routines. Thanks!

PTA Meeting - Thursday, September 23 at 6:30 PM

Please join us for our first PTA meeting of the year! This meeting will be outdoors on the blacktop near the playground or under our outdoor tent if there is inclement weather. Our new family liaison, Marita Collins will be in attendance interpreting for our families who speak Spanish. After the meeting, PTA will provide ice cream for families to enjoy outside as well.

Back to School Night Recordings

Couldn’t join us for virtual Back to School Night? Check out recordings on our website here: https://grahamroades.fcps.edu/back-to-school-night

Student Rights & Responsibilities

The Students Rights & Responsibilities handbook will be transitioning to a digital format. All students will have the handbook on their laptop and parents can access the SR&R here

Starting this school year, parents/guardians with a ParentVUE account can download and digitally sign the SR&R in ParentVUE. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account, regardless of relationship to the student, will see the SR&R upon login to PVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed. 

The SR&R Parent / Guardian Signature Sheet is due October 29, 2021.

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

A message from Principal Badini, PTA Meeting and more

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A message from Principal Badini

Greetings, Graham Road Families!

It’s been an exciting start to the school year. We are beyond thrilled to have all of our students back for five days of instruction after the disruptions and divisions of last year. The planning and preparation of teachers has definitely paid off. Students are building relationships, learning and having fun in ways we’ve all missed over the last year and a half. 

In addition to learning, we’re also very proud of our health and safety measures at Graham Road. We understand as the number of COVID-19 cases increases in Fairfax County and the entire nation, parents may have questions about how we’re keeping kids safe at school. Please see below!

Universal Masking and Handwashing

All students and staff are required to wear double-layer face masks in school buildings and on FCPS school buses. Students and staff are also required to wash hands frequently and especially before/after eating, before/after using the restroom, before/after using shared materials or playground equipment and any time anyone touches their face. 

Lunch

Students eat lunch in the cafeteria in assigned desk seats. Each student desk and seat is spaced 6 feet from others so students can eat and drink safely. You can watch my Back to School Night video for a sneak peek into our cafeteria. 

Classrooms

Teachers are dedicated to keeping 3 feet of distance between students throughout the day. When students temporarily remove masks to eat or drink, they will move to six feet of distance. Students will also be distanced at six feet in the gym for PE class. 

Health Monitoring

All staff and students should monitor health every single day. If students or staff have any of the Covid-like symptoms, they should stay home and contact a physician. If a student comes to school and has any of the Covid-like symptoms, he/she will be sent to the care room, parents will be called for immediate pick up and will not be permitted to return to school until cleared by a doctor. 

Have additional questions? Please contact the school to set up a call or meeting with me. Thank you for all of your patience, flexibility and partnership!

Lauren Badini

Principal

PTA Meeting - Thursday, September 23 at 6:30 PM

Please join us for our first PTA meeting of the year! This meeting will be outdoors on the blacktop near the playground or under our outdoor tent if there is inclement weather. Our new family liaison, Marita Collins will be in attendance interpreting for our families who speak Spanish. After the meeting, PTA will provide ice cream for families to enjoy outside as well.

Back to School Night Recordings

Couldn’t join us for virtual Back to School Night? Check out recordings on our website here: https://grahamroades.fcps.edu/back-to-school-night

Student Rights & Responsibilities

The Students Rights & Responsibilities handbook will be transitioning to a digital format. All students will have the handbook on their laptop and parents can access the SR&R here

Starting this school year, parents/guardians with a ParentVUE account can download and digitally sign the SR&R in ParentVUE. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account, regardless of relationship to the student, will see the SR&R upon login to PVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed. 

The SR&R Parent / Guardian Signature Sheet is due October 29, 2021.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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

Parent Representative Needed

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Parent Representative Needed!

Graham Road is in need of a parent representative on the Title I Parent Advisory Council (TPAC). The commitment would be to attend monthly virtual meetings in the evening (7:00-8:30 PM) where you are given the opportunity to provide feedback, pose questions, and express ideas to advance partnerships and strengthen services within FCPS Title I school communities. You can learn more about the council here: https://www.fcps.edu/node/33395

If you’re interested, please email lebadini@fcps.edu. Thank you for considering this important representation opportunity!

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

Welcome our new family liaison, Marita Collins!

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Welcome our new Family Liaison, Marita Collins!

Dear Graham Road Families, 

Marita Collins is a bilingual professional with over 20 years of experience working as a key liaison and coordination in multicultural environments with people of diverse backgrounds in the United States and other countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Marita initially relocated to the United States from Peru in 1991 and lived in California for 4 years where she was granted a scholarship from Sonoma State University in the Special International Student Program.  She continued her studies at Hartnell College. She also worked for Salinas Union High School District, as the Bilingual Assistant for the Bilingual Special Projects Program supporting also teachers, parents working with an array of educational needs and activities.

Marita’s has always been interested in mission-driven organizations where her efforts can contribute to society so in 1994 after relocating to the DC area Marita joined the workforce of three main global organizations dedicated to the protection of our planet biodiversity and the environment (The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, and World Wildlife Fund).  She developed a fulfilling career growth in administration, human resources, and operations as a Bilingual Assistant, Program Coordinator, Executive Assistant, HR Coordinator, Human Resources and Operations Manager, and Coordinator for the VP office for Latin America and the Caribbean.  During her HR and Ops tenure, she obtained a license as a Professional in Human Resources from HR Institute and the Society of Human Resources Management.  Marita also obtained Certificate studies in HR & Management of Organizations from the University of Virginia and George Mason University.

Besides her experience as a language translator and interpretations, Marita also participated in organizational change and restructuring process, and decentralization of international operations.

Marita has a son who will be soon attending 11th grade in our FCPS.  Marita likes the outdoors and besides aerobics and dance she has been practicing yoga, mindfulness meditation, and enjoys art and music.   

If you would like to connect with Marita, her hours will be 9:00 - 4:00, Monday - Friday. She can be reached at 571-226-2715 or by email at mhcollins@fcps.edu. Please join me in warmly welcoming her to our community!

Lauren Badini

Principal

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

Back to School Important Dates - corrected

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Greetings, Graham Road Families and Community! 

It’s been a wonderful summer of learning, play and welcoming more students and staff into our building. We are thrilled to resume FIVE DAYS OF IN-PERSON instruction for all students for the upcoming school year. As we prepare for school to begin again, please review some important dates and information so that each of you stay informed and we have a strong start to what we hope to be a more normal school year!

Lauren Badini Principal Save the Date(s): Open House Thursday, August 19, 6:00 - 7:00

We want families and students to have the opportunity to see classrooms and teachers before the first day of school. 

  • This will be a ‘walk through’ event. Families will have an hour to enter the building to see classrooms and briefly say hello to teachers. There will be no formal presentations. 
  • Masks are required for all indoors.
  • Only one parent/guardian per GRES student is allowed in the building. 
  • Students should enter/exit through doors as they would on the first day of school, Door 1 for Kiss and Ride or walkers or Door 5 for bus riders.  
  • There will be popsicles outside on the blacktop starting at 6:30 for families to connect with specialists and other staff.
First Day of School Monday, August 23 
  • School Hours for students: 9:20 - 4:05
  • Students can come to/from school by bus (must complete Ridership Survey to guarantee bus spot), by car in Kiss and Ride, by bike or walking.
Back to School Night Thursday, September 2, 6:00 - 7:00
  • This event is VIRTUAL via Zoom
  • All students will have FCPS laptops to take home so parents can join virtually
  • Sessions will be recorded and posted on our school website after the event
Labor Day Break Friday, September 3 - Monday, September 6
  • No school for students or staff
First Day of School Packets

During the first weeks of August, packets will be mailed to students’ home addresses. The contents of these packets are listed below. It is essential that your address is updated and accurate in Parent Vue. If you have questions or need help updating your address, please call the school at 571-226-2700. 

To include: 

  • Welcome Letter with teacher assignment
  • Forms to be completed and returned on the first day of school if applicable, which include: 
    • Homeless student referral
    • Identification of Military Connected Students
    • Health Information Form
  • Title I Notification Letter
  • Free/reduced lunch application - while all students at our school receive free breakfast and lunch, completing this form is necessary and can provide access to additional resources

We hope to also include bus stop and time information in this packet but this might come in a separate mailing as we are waiting for transportation to complete routing. 

Transportation Survey

On July 29, 2021, the Office of Transportation Services (OTS) will conduct a student ridership survey for all eligible riders. It is important that parents respond to the survey by August 4, 2021.

A separate survey must be submitted for each child enrolled in FCPS. If the survey is not completed and returned, the student will not be added to a bus route at the beginning of the school year. Call the Graham Road Elementary Main Office (571-226-2700) if you need assistance.

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

Back to School Important Dates!

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Greetings, Graham Road Families and Community! 

It’s been a wonderful summer of learning, play and welcoming more students and staff into our building. We are thrilled to resume FIVE DAYS OF IN-PERSON instruction for all students for the upcoming school year. As we prepare for school to begin again, please review some important dates and information so that each of you stay informed and we have a strong start to what we hope to be a more normal school year!

Lauren Badini Principal Save the Date(s): Open House Thursday, August 19, 6:00 - 7:00

We want families and students to have the opportunity to see classrooms and teachers before the first day of school. 

  • This will be a ‘walk through’ event. Families will have an hour to enter the building to see classrooms and briefly say hello to teachers. There will be no formal presentations. 
  • Masks are required for all indoors.
  • Only one parent/guardian per GRES student is allowed in the building. 
  • Students should enter/exit through doors as they would on the first day of school, Door 1 for Kiss and Ride or walkers or Door 5 for bus riders.  
  • There will be popsicles outside on the blacktop starting at 6:30 for families to connect with specialists and other staff.
First Day of School Monday, August 24
  • School Hours for students: 9:20 - 4:05
  • Students can come to/from school by bus (must complete Ridership Survey to guarantee bus spot), by car in Kiss and Ride, by bike or walking.
Back to School Night Thursday, September 2, 6:00 - 7:00
  • This event is VIRTUAL via Zoom
  • All students will have FCPS laptops to take home so parents can join virtually
  • Sessions will be recorded and posted on our school website after the event
Labor Day Break Friday, September 3 - Monday, September 6
  • No school for students or staff
First Day of School Packets

During the first weeks of August, packets will be mailed to students’ home addresses. The contents of these packets are listed below. It is essential that your address is updated and accurate in Parent Vue. If you have questions or need help updating your address, please call the school at 571-226-2700. 

To include: 

  • Welcome Letter with teacher assignment
  • Forms to be completed and returned on the first day of school if applicable, which include: 
    • Homeless student referral
    • Identification of Military Connected Students
    • Health Information Form
  • Title I Notification Letter
  • Free/reduced lunch application - while all students at our school receive free breakfast and lunch, completing this form is necessary and can provide access to additional resources

We hope to also include bus stop and time information in this packet but this might come in a separate mailing as we are waiting for transportation to complete routing. 

Transportation Survey

On July 29, 2021, the Office of Transportation Services (OTS) will conduct a student ridership survey for all eligible riders. It is important that parents respond to the survey by August 4, 2021.

A separate survey must be submitted for each child enrolled in FCPS. If the survey is not completed and returned, the student will not be added to a bus route at the beginning of the school year. Call the Graham Road Elementary Main Office (571-226-2700) if you need assistance.

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

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