WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 4/12/2024

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Friday, April 12-Saturday April 13- Solo & Ensemble Festival

Tuesday, April 16- Kindergarten Registration Night, 4:30-7:30PM, Main Office

Wednesday, April 17-  4th Grade Strings Extravaganza, South County Middle School

FCPS Purple Up! Day – wear purple!

Monday, April 22- 4th Grade Earth Day Concert

Friday, April 26- Grade 3-6 SOL Pep Rally

Friday, April 26-Saturday, April 27-  All County Choral Festival, Hayfield Secondary School

Tuesday, April 30-  PTA Meeting, 7PM, Cafeteria

Well done to our third-grade students! Their recorder concert was an outstanding success.

Exciting news from our nesting boxes! This is our fourth year with the boxes, and we have a great start to the season. In Box 1, a bluebird nest is underway, and in Box 2, we're thrilled to see chickadees returning for the first time since 2021. It's wonderful to have both of these beautiful birds gracing our boxes with their presence again this year!

Final Evening Kindergarten Registration Event 

To accommodate the busy lives of our Newington Forest families, we welcome you to bring your registration documents to our final evening registration event on Tuesday, April 16, 4:30pm-7:30pm. Please spread the word that registration is underway as we are excited to meet our newest Knights. Please consider registering ASAP as our staffing allocation reflects the number of registered students. Registration information for kindergarten and new students can be found on our website. Appointment slots for the evening event and other dates can be found here. You may also contact our student registrar, Patty Helms, at (703)923-2600 or [email protected] if you have additional questions.

Boosterthon kicks off on Tuesday, April 16.

It’s that time! Our families can start sharing about and donating to our NFE Knights Color Run - starting TODAY! Our goal is to raise $10,000 for fencing around our outdoor playground. Are you ready to help our school?

Here are 3 things we can do to help support our school through this fundraiser:

  1. Register on mybooster.com tonight. It’s so easy!
  2. Share about our fundraiser with your family and friends using the SHARE BUTTON on mybooster.com.
  3. Give a donation if you are able to (all students will fully participate regardless of financial participation).

⭐️Click Here to log on TODAY! ⭐️

Thanks again for your support!

In 2011, the University of New Hampshire 4-H started the “Purple Up! For Military Kids” initiative and is now celebrated nation-wide. Purple was chosen to symbolize all branches of the military, it is a combination of Army green, Marine Corps crimson, and Coast Guard, Air Force, Space Force and Navy blue.

 

Let’s show our support of Newington Forest military students by wearing purple on Wednesday, April 17th! #PurpleUpFCPS

Our lost and found is overflowing with student items. Are your children missing a coat, lunch kit, or water bottle? If your child is missing an item, please have them take a look at the lost and found. All items not claimed by Friday, April 26 will be donated to our B'thrifty bin.

Get2Green Earth Week 2024

 

Students and Staff are invited to wear the color matching each day’s theme to show your Earth Week spirit!

  • Monday, April 22 – Earth Day - wear green
  • Tuesday, April 23 – Watershed Day - wear blue
  • Wednesday, April 24 – Zero Waste Day - wear white
  • Thursday, April 25 – Climate Change Day - wear red
  • Friday, April 26- Wildlife Day - wear nature print
Mental Health in Childhood

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with children’s physical and mental health. Mental health disorders such as ADHD and anxiety are the most commonly diagnosed in children, which commonly occurs together. Anxiety are feelings of worry, apprehension or dread that something bad is going to happen. Children diagnosed with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or be overly active. Early diagnosis and appropriate services for children and their families can make a difference in the lives of children with mental health disorders.

Anxiety related triggers are lonely and frightening emotional responses related to situations, persons, places or objects. Today’s sources of stress for our students include: increased coursework and graduation requirements, extracurricular activities, household responsibilities, and social media. Social media has been a great way to increase connection and communication, but for our young people it contributes to shorter attention spans and information overload. Signs of anxiety include appearing worried, irritable or nervous, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, along with physical symptoms such as sleeping problems, headaches, and stomach aches. It is understandable for a parent to be worried because figuring out what to do is hard. Here are five simple ways to respond to teens with anxiety:

  1. Recognize warning signs.
  2. Guide your child to take a few deep breaths to slow things down.
  3. Make sure your child understands you are available if they need to talk.
  4. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and avoid downplaying situations or issues.
  5. Help them come up with ways to deal with the situation next time.

 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: 571.423.4270.

 

Sources & Resources

The Anxiety Toolkit for Teens

Talk, They Hear You

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

 

 

For Further Information & Support:

Catric W. Marshall, MS., LPC., CCC

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

  Kids Fitness

Research shows children copy the behavior of adults in their life. If parents are physically active, the children will be active too. Exercise burns calories, which assist in maintaining ideal weight.

Fit adults and children exercise 60 minutes
per day.


KEEP MOVING TO STAY IN SHAPE TIPS

  • Plan daily family activities and make exercise fun.
  • Limit screen time to 1 to 2 hours per day.
  • Encourage play outside with other children.
  • Assign chores that involve activity such as cleaning or walking the dog.
  • Help your children find physical activities they enjoy.

Remember, making a healthy change takes time and don’t expect perfection.

Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, April 16, through Thursday, April 18: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors conducts public hearings on the county budget. Sign up to speak.  
  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, and Inclusion

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families such as raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. Participants may also join online sessions, which will provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Visit the Family Summit webpage to learn about the guest speakers and to register for the event. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan

 Immigrant Family Reunification Class

A class will be held online in Spanish for immigrant families looking to reunite during challenging transitions. Saturday classes will be available April 13, 20, or 27, from 9-11:30 a.m. Register online. For more information, please contact Andrea Howard at [email protected] or Sussy Tomer at [email protected]

Postsecondary Education and Employment Options

FCPS’ Career and Transition Services will host Flash Forward, to provide students with disabilities seeking a standard or advanced diploma and their families an introduction to options available after high school. 

Flash Forward will be held Thursday, April 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Annandale High School, in the cafeteria. Register online. Representatives from adult education, employment, and community programs (college, military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment) will be on site to share information about their services. 

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

FCPS NewsIn case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • School Health Services Satisfaction Survey
  • Webinars and Events for Families
  • FCPS Is One of the Best Communities for Music Education

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 4/5/2024

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Wednesday, April 10- Eid al-Fitr Holiday- No School

Thursday, April 11- 3rd Grade Recorder Concert, 7PM, Cafeteria

Friday, April 12-Saturday April 13- Solo & Ensemble Festival

Tuesday, April 16-Boosterthon Kick Off Day 

Kindergarten Registration Night, 4:30-7:30PM, Main Office

Wednesday, April 17- Purple Up Day

4th Grade Strings Extravaganza, South County Middle School

NFES Chorus Concert, 7pm, Cafeteria

Thursday, April 25- Boosterthon Color Run 

Friday, April 26- Grade 3-6 SOL Pep Rally

Friday, April 26-Saturday, April 27-  All County Choral Festival, Hayfield Secondary School

Monday, April 29- 4th Grade Earth Day Concert, 7PM, Cafeteria

Tuesday, April 30-  PTA Meeting, 7PM, Cafeteria

Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

To show our support for all our military-connected families, we invite students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” for military children. Wear purple on Wednesday, April 17.

Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green; Marine Corps red; and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force blue.

Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD.

Parents/guardians are asked to provide feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to our school community. The window  to complete this survey is April 15 - April 26, 2024.


Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

 Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

Get2Green Earth Week 2024

 

Students and Staff are invited to wear the color matching each day’s theme to show your Earth Week spirit!

  • Monday, April 22 – Earth Day - wear green
  • Tuesday, April 23 – Watershed Day - wear blue
  • Wednesday, April 24 – Zero Waste Day - wear white
  • Thursday, April 25 – Climate Change Day - wear red
  • Friday, April 26- Wildlife Day - wear nature print
Advertised Budget Focuses on Schools and Instruction

Investing in excellence means putting our dollars where it matters most — schools and instruction. Nearly 93% of FCPS full-time staff work directly in our schools. And nearly 86% of FCPS’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Advertised Budget is dedicated to instructional programs across all grade levels, including special education. 

Only 5% of the advertised budget is for general support and central administration. Central office administrators represent only 0.8% of total full-time positions.

For more details on FCPS’ advertised budget, view budget documents, including the FY 2025 Budget Book. 

Check out the Budget Calendar for important dates in the budget process as well as opportunities for the community to provide feedback.  

New Regulation on Meditation and Silent Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact [the principal/family liaison/their child’s teacher] regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Religious Accommodations in Schools for Students webpage for more information.

Register Today for the Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet School Lottery

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools — Hunters Woods, Bailey’s Primary, and Bailey’s Upper — provide enhanced learning programs in science, technology, and performing arts. Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open through Friday, April 12. Learn more about the schools, their programs, and locations

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit

Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

Attend a virtual information night to learn about Lexia on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will discover how FCPS is integrating this program into the classroom to support student literacy growth. Tips for supporting students at home will also be shared. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Month of the Military Child
  • Teaching Real-World Math Skills

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 4/1/2024

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Monday, April 1- Teacher Workday, No School 

Tuesday, April 2- Staff Development Day, No School

 Kindergarten Orientation 8:30am-10am

Wednesday, April 10- Eid al-Fitr Holiday- No School

Thursday, April 11- 3rd Grade Recorder Concert, 7PM, Cafeteria

Friday, April 12-Saturday April 13- Solo & Ensemble Festival

Tuesday, April 16- Kindergarten Registration Night, 4:30-7:30PM, Main Office

Wednesday, April 17-  4th Grade Strings Extravaganza, South County Middle School

Monday, April 22- 4th Grade Earth Day Concert

Friday, April 26- Grade 3-6 SOL Pep Rally

Friday, April 26-Saturday, April 27-  All County Choral Festival, Hayfield Secondary School

Tuesday, April 30-  PTA Meeting, 7PM, Cafeteria

Kindergarten Orientation is Tomorrow

If you have a child that will turn 5 by September 30, 2024, we look forward to seeing them next school year. Our  Kindergarten Orientation will be Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 8:30am. Parents are encouraged to bring our future Knight to the orientation.

If you have not enrolled your kindergartener at Newington Forest, please click here to schedule an appointment with our Student Information Assistant, Mrs. Helms. Please plan to bring all paperwork with you to your appointment. 

The NFE Knights Color Run | Save the Dates!

Our NFE Knights Color Run fundraiser is kicking off soon! Lookout for more information in the coming weeks. For now, mark your calendars with these key dates!

  • REGISTRATION OPENS - 04/02/2024

      Register on MYBOOSTER.COM

  • NFE Knights Color Run Kickoff - 04/16/2024
  • Event Day - 04/25/2024

 

Thanks for your support, Newington Forest Elementary families!

SOL TESTING SCHEDULE

To ensure that your child has every opportunity to excel, please make every effort to:

  1. Ensure your child arrives at school promptly each day, especially on testing days.
  2. Avoid scheduling medical appointments that may require your child to miss school on testing days.
Get2Green Earth Week 2024

 

Students and Staff are invited to wear the color matching each day’s theme to show your Earth Week spirit!

  • Monday, April 22 – Earth Day - wear green
  • Tuesday, April 23 – Watershed Day - wear blue
  • Wednesday, April 24 – Zero Waste Day - wear white
  • Thursday, April 25 – Climate Change Day - wear red
  • Friday, April 26- Wildlife Day - wear nature print

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 3/22/2024

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March 25-29–  Spring Break, No School

Monday, April 1- Teacher Workday, No School 

Tuesday, April 2- Staff Development Day, No School

 Kindergarten Orientation 8:30am-10am

Wednesday, April 10- Eid al-Fitr Holiday- No School

Thursday, April 11- 3rd Grade Recorder Concert, 7PM, Cafeteria

Friday, April 12-Saturday April 13- Solo & Ensemble Festival

Tuesday, April 16- Kindergarten Registration Night, 4:30-7:30PM, Main Office

Wednesday, April 17-  4th Grade Strings Extravaganza, South County Middle School

Monday, April 22- 4th Grade Earth Day Concert

Friday, April 26- Grade 3-6 SOL Pep Rally

Friday, April 26-Saturday, April 27-  All County Choral Festival, Hayfield Secondary School

Tuesday, April 30-  PTA Meeting, 7PM, Cafeteria

 

  DRESS LIKE A FRIEND DAY    The PTA had such an amazing turn out for their Donuts with Grownups event.  Thank you PTA for the yummy treat this morning! 

Newington Forest Elementary will be closed for Spring Break beginning Monday, March 25-Friday, March 29. We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break!

Schools will also be closed April 1 and 2 for students for School Planning/Teacher Workdays.

We will reopen at 8am on Wednesday, April 3. 

Advanced Academics News!

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development efforts and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.  

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach recognizes unique student needs and focuses on matching services, not labeling students. Through the continuum, students have: 

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.  
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to continue growing in their learning.  

At Newington Forest, we conduct school-based screening for advanced academic services (Levels II-III and Young Scholars) in May. Parents do not need to submit a Level II-III referral form in order to initiate screening because we screen all students. Please find additional information regarding the levels of AAP services offered in FCPS and the screening and identification timeline by clicking on the links below. Please email our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Cathy Trope, at [email protected] with any questions.

 

AAP Spring Newsletter English

AAP Spring Newsletter Spanish 

AAP Spring Newsletter Arabic

AAP Spring Newsletter Chinese

AAP Spring Newsletter Korean

AAP Spring Newsletter Urdu

AAP Spring Newsletter Vietnamese

The NFE Knights Color Run | Save the Dates!

Newington Forest Elementary families!

Our NFE Knights Color Run fundraiser is kicking off soon! Lookout for more information in the coming weeks. For now, mark your calendars with these key dates!

●  REGISTRATION OPENS - 04/02/2024

      Register on MYBOOSTER.COM

●  NFE Knights Color Run Kickoff - 04/16/2024

●  Event Day - 04/25/2024

 

Thanks for your support, Newington Forest Elementary families!

Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program!

 Updated COVID Recommendations

In accordance with the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) respiratory virus guidance, FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have updated school COVID-19 recommendations.

The COVID-19 isolation period of five days is no longer recommended

New respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Students who have symptoms of, test positive for, or have been diagnosed with a respiratory virus may return to school when the student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; AND the student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. 

Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities. 

Should I Send My Child to School?

Please refer to the chart on this attendance webpage if your child is experiencing symptoms or illnesses, and you are unsure if they should go to school. 

Thank you for helping keep our students and staff healthy.

Family Engagement Survey

Take a look at our Family Engagement Survey Toolkit for flyers in multiple languages, social media posts, animations, and other resources. Also, please ask your front office staff to mention the survey to parents/caregivers who stop by. Have flyers handy, too!

New Athletic Opportunities for Students

The FCPS advertised budget for next school year expands high school athletics with boys volleyball and girls wrestling, giving students more ways to nurture their passion and enhance their well-being. FCPS is now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback. See the Budget Calendar for details. Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget.

New Regulation on Meditation and Silent Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact [the principal/family liaison/their child’s teacher] regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Guidelines for Religious Activities webpage for more information.

Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend a virtual information night on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m., to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom to support student growth. Participants will also get tips for supporting their students at home. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Updated COVID Recommendations
  • Last Chance to Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • April Webinars and Events for Families

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

8001 Newington Forest Ave. Springfield, VA 22153  |  Phone: 703.923.2600

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Newington Forest ES: College Funding Day

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On March 20th @ 6 PM, the College Funding Coach® will present their Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College workshop at Silverbrook Elementary School. 

With the cost of college so high, parents can simply no longer wait until their student is in high school to start efficiently planning for the cost of college. As most parents are realizing, if they wait until their child is in high school to start saving for college, it’s the equivalent of waiting three years before retirement to start putting money aside for their golden years.

The College Funding Coach® is here to help families figure out HOW to pay for it and still retire one day. You'll discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships, and strategies for maximizing your wealth and minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education.

Please join Silverbrook Elementary on March 20th @ 6 PM. This is information you can't afford to miss! To reserve your seat, please Register Here

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 3/15//2024

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Tuesday, March 19- PTA Meeting, 7PM, Cafeteria

Friday, March 22- PTA Donuts with Grown Ups, 7:45-8:30AM, Cafeteria 

March 25-29–  Spring Break, No School

Monday, April 1- Teacher Workday, No School 

Tuesday, April 2- Kindergarten Orientation 8:30am-10am

Staff Development Day, No School 

Our 1st grade students experienced all things science on their field trip to the Children's Science Center in Fair Oaks on Tuesday. 

Our 3rd grade students were able to explore, investigate, and discover the soil secrets at Green Springs Gardens on Wednesday. 

Our 5th grade students spent the entire day at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond on Thursday. 

Thank you to everyone who attended our evening kindergarten registration event. If you missed it, we still have plenty of open appointment slots for the upcoming weeks. Please contact our Student Information Assistant, Mrs. Patricia Helms if you have any questions. 

SOL TESTING SCHEDULE

 

To ensure that your child has every opportunity to excel, please make every effort to:

  1. Ensure your child arrives at school promptly each day, especially on testing days.
  2. Avoid scheduling medical appointments that may require your child to miss school on testing days.
Fairfax County’s Funding of the FCPS Budget

The average amount of funds transferred from Fairfax County to FCPS was 52.6% of county disbursements from fiscal years (FY) 2019-2023. It dipped to 51.6% in FY 2024. The County’s budget proposal for next year would transfer 51.4% of total disbursements. 

If the county were to return to transferring 52.6% to FCPS for the upcoming year, that would equate to $63 million more to invest in excellence.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget. Give your feedback on the County budget

Join a Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation on the opioid crisis in Northern Virginia will be held Monday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. (Please enter through Door #14). Attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed will be suitable for students in grade 6 and higher. Language interpretation will be available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. 

Learn more about the event and register online.

 Measles Is Preventable

Measles is making headlines as the number of cases nationwide has topped 40, with three confirmed cases in people living in or traveling through the National Capital Region. 

The good news is that measles is preventable through vaccination! Vaccines help teach the immune system how to defend against germs, helping to build up natural defenses. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website to find out more about measles.

Extended Hours at Immunization Clinics

To help parents/caregivers obtain vaccinations for their children, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will offer immunization clinics with extended hours:

 

Parents/caregivers should make an appointment but a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Please call 703-246-7100 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about vaccinating your child and find community resources to support their health and well-being. 

Nominations Open for First Class Award for Inclusion 

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the First Class Awards. The awards are presented annually to educators, administrators, and students who support, design, and/or implement inclusion activities that result in positive outcomes for students. The ACSD will recognize award winners at the Family Summit on Saturday, April 20

Nominate an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to inclusive practices in Fairfax County Public Schools by Friday, March 22. Email [email protected] with questions.

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • Fairfax County’s Funding of the FCPS Budget
  • Literacy Development for Multilingual Learners

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 3/07//2024

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Tuesday, March 12- Evening Kindergarten Registration Night, 4:30-7:30PM

Wednesday, March 13- 3rd Grade Recorder Concert, 7PM, Cafeteria

Monday, March 18- SCHS Performance for 5th & 6th Grade

Tuesday, March 19- PTA Meeting, 7PM, Cafeteria

Friday, March 22- PTA Donuts with Grown Ups, 7:45-8:30AM, Cafeteria 

March 25-29–  Spring Break, No School

Congratulations to our SCA officers for raising $245 for their bake sale on Tuesday, March 5!  Our students had so much fun painting cherry blossoms with Mr. Drake!  Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources

Take the Family Engagement Survey!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open. Survey partner K12 Insight emailed a link to families on March 3 and again on March 6. Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.

The survey is available in 10 languages. Parents/caregivers may stop by the front office to fill out a paper survey or complete the survey online. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Lightspeed Classroom Management

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for our students, our school is using a classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. We are continuing to expand our use over the coming weeks. This tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features:

  • Easily view student screens in real time from the teacher console to see which students may need guidance or support.
  • Focus student attention on a particular website on their device to minimize distractions.
  • Pause student access to the internet to focus on other classroom tasks.

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. Please note that student devices will not be monitored outside of school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

The School Board recently adopted FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget. Meeting budget needs becomes more of a challenge with underfunding by the state, using staffing formulas that continue to result in school districts not receiving the actual support needed for excellent public education. A staffing formula is the method for calculating the number of positions that need to be assigned to meet program needs. 

Did You Know?

In July 2023, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) released a study of Virginia’s K-12 funding formulas. The report found that Virginia school divisions receive less funding per student than the 50-state average, the regional average, and many of Virginia’s neighboring states including West Virginia, Maryland, and Kentucky. Learn more about the JLARC study. View FCPS’ budget development timeline

Contact your state officials to provide feedback on funding for K-12 education.

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces
  • Solar Eclipse Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  .

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 3/01//2024

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Tuesday, March 5-  Primary Election Day– No School

Wednesday, March 6-  Painting with Mr. Drake Fundraiser

Tuesday, March 12- Evening Kindergarten Registration Night, 4:30-7:30PM

Wednesday, March 13- 3rd Grade Recorder Concert, 7PM, Cafeteria

Tuesday, March 19- PTA Meeting, 7PM, Cafeteria

Friday, March 22- PTA Donuts with Grown Ups, 7:45-8:30AM, Cafeteria 

March 25-29–  Spring Break, No School

As Black History Month comes to an end, we would like to spotlight one of our Newington Forest staff members.

Meet Mrs. Tonja Walden, an incredible member of our Newington Forest team and a direct descendant of the legendary Frederick Douglass! 🌟

In this special video, Mrs. Walden shares their personal journey, weaving together the rich tapestry of their family history with their passion for reading. Their connection to Frederick Douglass adds a profound depth to our team, reminding us of the enduring legacy of resilience and leadership.

👏 Let's celebrate Mrs. Walden's remarkable heritage and the valuable perspectives they bring to our community! 

The Fairfax County Board of Elections requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

March 5th will be a holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day for teachers. 

There are still a few tickets left for this event. If you are interested in participating, please return all order forms and money by Monday, March 4th. 

It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. To get the process started, please complete our New Student Intake Form

💜 Purple Up! on April 17 to Support Military Families

April is Month of the Military Child. Join our community and turn FCPS purple on Purple Up! Day, Wednesday, April 17. Wear purple in recognition of FCPS’ 14,000 enrolled military-connected students. 

Purple Up! T-shirts are available for purchase through Friday, March 8. 

Ramadan

Throughout the year, as we celebrate and recognize various cultural holidays and observances, families are encouraged to contact their schools principal regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction.

Miss Angela Thompson has created a Google form for parents to communicate accommodation requests for Ramadan. Please find the form at https://forms.gle/mpzsz5GSFo2ebETj7.

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Where FCPS Funding Comes From
  • Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs
  • FCPS Family Engagement Survey Opens 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 2/23/2024

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February:

Tuesday, Feb. 27- Spring Photos

 

March:

Tuesday, March 5-  Primary Election Day– No School

Wednesday, March 6-  Painting with Mr. Drake Fundraiser

Tuesday, March 12- Evening Kindergarten Registration Night, 4:30-7:30PM

Wednesday, March 13- 3rd Grade Recorder Concert, 7PM, Cafeteria

Tuesday, March 19- PTA Meeting, 7PM, Cafeteria

Friday, March 22- PTA Donuts with Grown Ups, 7:45-8:30AM, Cafeteria 

March 25-29–  Spring Break, No School

Thank you to all of the Newington Forest Bus drivers!

Ticket sales for our Painting with Mr. Drake fundraiser have already begun. If you are interested in participating in this after school event, please return your order form with payment, before seats sell out. Seating for this event is limited to the first 70 NFES students and we have already sold a quarter of the available tickets. 

Spring Picture Day Reminder

 

 

Our spring picture day will be on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Both individual and class pictures will be taken.

If you would like to pre-purchase class pictures, please use the information below.

The Fairfax Board of Elections requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

March 5 will be a holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day for teachers. 

Stress, Trauma & Coping

The experience of traumatic events shapes us, no matter if they happened during childhood or as an adult. Trauma is an event or series of circumstances that have lasting effects on mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual well-being. Stress occurs from our minds and bodies identifying an event as physically or emotionally life-threatening. The situation triggers our survival instincts and our natural fight-flight-freeze response. But our minds and bodies cannot sustain being in survival mode for extended periods of time. Sometimes, those who experience high amounts of stress and traumatic situations are unable to process or move past what has happened and are stuck in a loop. 

Childhood trauma manifests in many ways and when carried into adulthood, it can create a cycle of adverse experiences that affect future generations. The effects of traumatic events place a heavy burden on the individual, connected families, and communities. Responses to stress and traumatic experiences are personal. There is an intersection between trauma, coping, and substance misuse. Studies show that about 61% of adults have had at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE) according to the CDC. Historical trauma is critical to understanding the progress and plight of African American mental health and wellbeing. During February the contributions into the culture and history of the United States of America from African Americans are highlighted and celebrated. 

Trauma prevention and intervention strategies are important. Creating a strategy of helpful coping skills to pull from prepares us to face difficult moments while increasing levels of resilience and feelings of wellbeing. Here are a few tips to add to your coping strategies:

  1. Seek mental health and/or substance use treatment.
  2. Identify one or more people you feel safe with who can help to hold you accountable.
  3. Develop, repair, or maintain healthy relationships for internal and external support.
  4. Learn and practice self-regulation skills. 
  5. Encourage yourself and others.
  6. Find ways to increase your self-esteem.
  7. Focus on your strengths.
  8. Model healthy behavior when dealing with difficult situations.
  9. Identify your triggers and practice ways to work through them. 

 

Resources:

Why Historical Trauma is Critical to Understanding Black Mental Health

Addressing Childhood Trauma Starts with Family Support

Violence Prevention

ACEs and Minorities

 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: 571.423.4270.

For Further Information & Support:

Catric W. Marshall, MS., LPC., CCC 

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

💭 Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions. 

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families
  • How Students Benefit from CTE Courses
  • Supreme Court Decision Regarding TJHSST

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 2/16/2024

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February:

Monday, Feb. 19- George Washington's Birthday, No School

Tuesday, Feb. 27- Spring Photos

 

March:

Tuesday, March 5-  Primary Election Day– No School

Wednesday, March 6-  Painting with Mr. Drake Fundraiser

Tuesday, March 12- Evening Kindergarten Registration Night, 4:30-7:30PM

Wednesday, March 13- 3rd Grade Recorder Concert, 7PM, Cafeteria

Monday, March 19- PTA Meeting, 7PM, Cafeteria

March 25-29–  Spring Break, No School

 

Newington Forest Elementary will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. We will reopen at 8am on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. 

Thank you to everyone who donated to the SCA Souper Bowl canned food drive. After our SCA officers tallied up the donations, the winner for this year's Souper Bowl was the Kansas City Chiefs.  Thank you to all of our families and staff who showed up for our Flight Adventure Park fundraiser. Ms. Thompson even joined in the fun! Our 3rd-6th graders had a great time exploring all things science during the PTA Mad Science assembly yesterday. 

We had a great turn out for our 3rd grade SOL night. Parents were able to leave with resources to help their child prepare for this upcoming exam. 

As we approach Ramadan, observed from March 11 - April 10, 2024, we want to ensure that we accommodate students participating in prayer and fasting during the school day. If you wish to request that your child spend lunch outside the cafeteria and/or have a designated prayer time during Ramadan, kindly complete the form using the link below. Your cooperation is essential in providing a supportive environment for all our students.

https://forms.gle/mpzsz5GSFo2ebETj7

 

If you have a child that will turn 5 by September 30, 2024, we are ready to register them for kindergarten! Please click here to start the registration process with Mrs. Helms, Student Information Assistant.

Mark your calendar! Kindergarten Orientation will be on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. Parents are encouraged to bring our future Knights to this in-person orientation

Upcoming Fundraisers and Restaurant Nights Student Transfer Renewal Applications Opened on February 15

FCPS accepts online student transfer applications for the upcoming school year from February 15 through June 1. 

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/student-transfer-information

A student transfer is valid for one year only.  FCPS notifies the enrolling parent by email in February if the student is eligible for student transfer renewal.  

After notification is received, if the student continues to meet the same student transfer criteria as indicated on the original student transfer application, the enrolling parent may submit an online student transfer renewal application, required documentation, and non-refundable application processing fee.

For students no longer meeting the same student transfer criteria, a new transfer request may be submitted beginning March 1.

Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair Open House

Members of the general public are invited to attend the science fair open house at Robinson Secondary School on Sunday, March 17, 1-3 p.m.

 Help Students Achieve Their Dreams. Teach for FCPS!

Save the date! Attend FCPS’ instructional job fair on Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.-noon, at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Network and take advantage of interview opportunities with representatives from various FCPS schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair. Register today

Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget Focused on Educational Excellence and Competitive Compensation

 

At the last School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 that focuses on excellence and providing students an equitable education in an inclusive and respectful environment, where access, opportunity, and achievement are available to all. 

The budget also prioritizes competitive compensation to attract and retain a world-class workforce. 

 

The FY 2025 Proposed Budget totals $3.8 billion, an increase of $301.8 million, or 8.6%, over the FY 2024 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is focused on instruction. Key highlights include:

 

  • Supporting students academically by maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students. 
  • Retaining and attracting world-class educators with a 6% market scale adjustment.
  • Strengthening student well-being outside of the classroom with expanded athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.
  • Continuing initiatives including expansion of inclusive preschool, adoption of green initiatives, and funding assistant director of student activities positions previously funded with ESSER III.

 

Special education daily contract extensions, funding for the safety and security screening program, and late buses to support academics and activities at middle schools are several of the priorities to be addressed at the end of FY 2024. 

 

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the Advertised Budget on Thursday, February 22. Read more about the proposed budget. Keep up with FCPS’ budget development process

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge 

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. The event features a public tasting of student dishes and demonstrations from two local celebrated chefs. 

The student challenge at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and culturally diverse school menu items that meet USDA guidelines. Entries will be judged by a panel including celebrity chefs, school food professionals, and local food producers. The public is invited to vote for their favorite dish. 

Chefs Najmieh Batmanglij and Chris Morgan of Joon will offer a demonstration at 11:15 a.m. Public tasting of student dishes will get underway at noon. 

Student-created dishes from this annual event have been featured on school menus throughout the Greater Washington Region. It is free to attend, but registration is required.

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

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FCPS NewsIn case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget
  • Register for Superintendent Community Conversations

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  

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Our Flight Fundraiser is Tonight!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Join us for a fun filled night at Flight Trampoline Park

Where: 7200 Fullerton Road, Springfield, VA 22150

Time: 4pm-8pm

Remember to mention that you are with the Newington Forest fundraiser when you arrive.

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 2/09/2024

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Wednesday, Feb. 14- Flight Trampoline Park Fundraiser

Thursday, Feb. 15- Mad Science Assembly for Grades 3-6

Monday, Feb. 19- George Washington's Birthday, No School

Tuesday, Feb. 27- Spring Photos

Author Ada Ari came to visit us on February 5th. Students were able to participate in hands on activities and hear all about Ghana and their traditions.

If you missed the pre-sale of her books, Mrs. Ari has offered to personalize and mail all final orders submitted to us by  Wednesday, February 14. Please make sure to return the order form and money by this date. 

Autographed Book Order Form.pdf

A huge thank you to the PTA, staff volunteers, parent volunteers, and families who donated items to the silent auction. Everyone had such a great time at bingo night! 

   Spring Picture Day Reminder

Our spring picture day will be on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Both individual and class pictures will be taken.

If you would like to pre-purchase class pictures, please use the information below.

We hope to see everyone at our Valentine's Day fundraiser at Flight Trampoline Park. Funds from this event will go towards future student assemblies and events. 

Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through Tutor.com.

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

Caregivers can guide students to access expert tutoring, homework help, and writing support by clicking on the Tutor.com icon in their Schoology portal—anytime, anywhere.

Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the Tutor.com homepage.

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Summer Camp and Learning Opportunities
  • Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 2/02/2024

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Monday. Feb. 5- Ada Ari Author Visit

Thursday, Feb. 8- PTA Valentine's Day Bingo

Wednesday, Feb. 14- Flight Trampoline Park Fundraiser

Thursday, February 15- Mad Science Assembly for Grades 3-6

Monday, Feb. 19- George Washington's Birthday, No School

Tuesday, Feb. 27- Spring Photos

Congratulations to our Attendance Matters poster winners! 

 

 

On Saturday, January 27th, we hosted our first Pancakes with Parents fundraiser. Families were able to eat, color, play games, and spend quality time with each other. There was even a photo opportunity with Principal Thompson dressed as butter. 

 

Thank you to all of the families that volunteered to represent where they are from for International Night. We had a great turn out! 

Our spring picture day will be on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Both individual and class pictures will be taken.

If you would like to pre-purchase class pictures, please use the information below.

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Superintendent to Present Fiscal Year 2024-25 Budget
  • Here Comes the Bus App
  • Career Exploration Event for High School Students

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 1/26/2024

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Wednesday, Jan. 31- International Night, 6:30PM-8:00PM 

Thursday, Feb. 1- PTA Meeting, 7pm

Monday. Feb. 5- Ada Ari Author Visit

Thursday, Feb. 8- PTA Valentine's Day Bingo

Wednesday, Feb. 14- Flight Trampoline Park Fundraiser

Thursday, February 15- Mad Science Assembly for Grades 3-6

Monday, Feb. 19- George Washington's Birthday, No School

 

Our 3rd grade students showed mathematical thinking during their number sense routine and worked hard on their social studies assignments.

Today is the last day to order your tickets for our Pancakes with Parents fundraiser. Payment can be made through the Myschoolbucks website. 

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2024

Time: 9am-11am

Where: Newington Forest Elementary Cafeteria 

Join us for a trip around the world right at Newington Forest to celebrate our school’s multicultural community! The evening will include:

  • International displays by country including food sampling
  • Student activities at various stations to learn about different cultures and traditions
  • Live performances and a fashion show

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2024
6:30 - 8:00 PM

Supporting Children with Anxiety Virtual Parent Workshop Recording 

If you were not able to attend the parent workshop on Supporting children with anxiety on Thursday, January 18th, a recording can be found here

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

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Newington Forest ES: Mid Week Reminders

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Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the 2nd quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Dismissal will begin at 1:35pm.

Also, schools will be closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher workday. Classes will resume on Monday, January 29.

Have you purchased your tickets yet?  Ticket sales for our Pancakes with Parents event is now available in our MySchoolBucks store. If you would like to participate, sales will continue through Friday, January 26th. Author Ada Ari is Coming to Visit

 

Award-winning children’s author Ada Ari will visit our school for an interactive reading and cultural program on Monday, February 5. If you would like to preorder an autographed copy of her books, please return the book order form sent home with your child in their Wednesday folder. All orders must be in by Monday, January 29th.

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 1/19/2024

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Tuesday, Jan. 23- Winter Strings Concert

Thursday, Jan. 25- 2 Hour Early Release Day 

Dismissal will begin at 1:35pm

Friday, Jan. 26- Teacher Workday, No School 

Saturday, Jan. 27- Pancakes with Parents Fundraiser, 9am-11am- NEW DATE

Wednesday, Jan. 31- International Night 

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the 2nd quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Dismissal will begin at 1:35pm.

Also, schools will be closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher workday. Classes will resume on Monday, January 29.

Pancakes with Parents Event Postponed 

Due to the school closure, our Pancakes with Parents fundraiser event scheduled for Saturday, January 20, has been postponed to Saturday, January 27. Ticket sales will continue through Friday, January 26 and can now be purchased through the MySchoolBucks website. 

Student Transfer Renewal Applications Open February 15

FCPS accepts online student transfer applications for the upcoming school year from February 15 through June 1. 

A student transfer is valid for one year only.  FCPS notifies the enrolling parent by email in February if the student is eligible for student transfer renewal.  

After notification is received, if the student continues to meet the same student transfer criteria as indicated on the original student transfer application, the enrolling parent may submit an online student transfer renewal application, required documentation, and non-refundable application processing fee.

For students no longer meeting the same student transfer criteria, a new transfer request may be submitted beginning March 1.

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information


The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024. No late applications are accepted.


To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:


• Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
• Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
o Snow date: February 26, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
• Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
o Snow date: February 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”

Visit the FCPS website for more information

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • FCPS Receives $16 Million to Buy More Electric Buses
  • Science Fair Judges Needed

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  

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Newington Forest ES: Event Reminders

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Parent Workshop Reminder Thursday, January 18th at 6:30pm

Please join us for a free 90 minute parent workshop on Thursday, January 18, beginning at 6:30pm. We have invited back Clinical Psychologist, Mrs. Rachel Bailey to discuss ways to support our children with anxiety. 

 

Join Zoom Meeting

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956 1790 0906

Pancakes with Parents Fundraiser Reminder  Saturday, January 20th, 9am-11am

We still have plenty of tickets available for our Pancakes with Parents fundraiser. 

Come enjoy quality time and fun with each other while eating yummy pancakes and drinking coffee/hot cocoa.

 

In the event of a school closure on Friday, January 19th due to snow, this event will be moved to Saturday, January 27th. 

8001 Newington Forest Ave. Springfield, VA 22153  |  Phone: 703.923.2600

Attendance: 703.923.2626  |  Web  |  Twitter

WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 1/12/2024

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Monday, Jan. 15- MLK Day, No School 

Wednesday, Jan. 17- Candid's and Club Photos

Thursday, Jan. 18- Rachel Bailey Parent Workshop, Virtual 6:30pm-8:00pm

Saturday, Jan. 20- Pancakes with Parents Fundraiser, 9am-11am

Tuesday, Jan. 23- Winter Strings Concert

Thursday, Jan. 25- 2 Hour Early Release Day 

Dismissal will begin at 1:35pm

Friday, Jan. 26- Teacher Workday, No School 

Wednesday, Jan. 31- International Night 

Our 5th & 6th grade band students did a wonderful job for their winter concert last night. 

The Newington Forest Elementary main office will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. We will reopen at 8am on Tuesday, January 16. 

We still have plenty of tickets available for our Pancakes with Parents fundraiser. 

Come enjoy quality time and fun with each other while eating yummy pancakes and drinking coffee/hot cocoa.

Please join us for a free 90 minute parent workshop on Thursday, January 18, beginning at 6:30pm. We have invited back Clinical Psychologist, Mrs. Rachel Bailey to discuss ways to support our children with anxiety. 

Parents are encouraged to preregister for this event using the link below. 

https://forms.gle/k3D1Fjy8yHscrUcc7

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Tutor.com Helps with More Than Homework
  • Gap Year Fair
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

8001 Newington Forest Ave. Springfield, VA 22153  |  Phone: 703.923.2600

Attendance: 703.923.2626  |  Web  |  Twitter

WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE FOREST- 1/5/2024

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Thursday, Jan. 11- Winter Band Concert, 7pm & PTA Meeting 

Monday, Jan. 15- MLK Day, No School 

Wednesday, Jan. 17- Candid's and Club Photos

Thursday, Jan. 18- Rachel Bailey Parent Workshop, Virtual 6:30pm-8:00pm

Saturday, Jan. 20- Pancakes with Parents Fundraiser, 9am-11am

Tuesday, Jan. 23- Winter Strings Concert

Thursday, Jan. 25- 2 Hour Early Release Day 

Dismissal will begin at 1:35pm

Friday, Jan. 26- Teacher Workday, No School 

Wednesday, Jan. 31- International Night 

Our Newington Forest kindergartners are super excited to be back in school after a long winter break. 

Please join us for a free 90 minute parent workshop on Thursday, January 18, beginning at 6:30pm. We have invited back Clinical Psychologist, Mrs. Rachel Bailey to discuss ways to support our children with anxiety. 

Parents are encouraged to preregister for this event using the link below. 

https://forms.gle/k3D1Fjy8yHscrUcc7

Pancakes with Parents Fundraiser Event 

Tickets for our "Pancakes with Parents" fundraiser are now being sold in the main office. Come enjoy quality time and fun with each other while eating yummy pancakes and drinking coffee/hot cocoa.

  • Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024
  • Time: 9am-11am
  • Location: Newington Forest Cafeteria
  • Cost: $5 Per Person
Volunteers needed

We have two areas of need for International Night. One area is our International Buffet. If you have a recipe that represents your family’s culture, you would provide the cooked food for the buffet.

The second area of need is to represent a country in a presentation/activity. Here are three examples of presentations:

Country: Japan

This family presented a chopstick game that represented the Japanese culture. They reserved a whole classroom for the night and taught International Night visitors how to play the game.

Country: China

This family completed a presentation on how to write your name in Chinese. They reserved a whole classroom for the night to teach this fun activity!

Country: Algeria

This family presented examples of traditional dress from their culture in Algeria.

 

Please click here if you would like to help with this event. 

Help FCPS Reach 1 Million Minutes of Math

FCPS Family Math Week starts on Monday, January 8! Participate in games and stories online. FCPS is working toward a total of 1 million minutes logged by families. The event is free, with activities from ST Math geared toward students in grades K-6 and their families. 

Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a fun and positive way. All content will be available for families in English and Spanish beginning Monday, January 8. Visit the Math Week website.

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs

In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

 

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

 

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse. 

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and         Other Drugs
  • School Safety and Security

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today

FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Newington Forest staff members.

8001 Newington Forest Ave. Springfield, VA 22153  |  Phone: 703.923.2600

Attendance: 703.923.2626  |  Web  |  Twitter

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