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In this Friday Message you will find:
- Principals' Message
- Virtual Parent Information Session - Monday at 6:00pm
- Positivity Project
- Virginia Growth Assessment, grades 3-6
- Breakfast and Lunch Menu Link
- Upcoming Dates
It is hard to believe that we are finishing the fifth week of school and heading into October next week. There are not enough words to share our gratitude for how hard the Floris staff are working to provide meaningful learning opportunities while maintaining the many safety protocols. The smiles on the faces of our students say it best!
It was so great to see everyone picture ready on Thursday, and to see so many classes outside throughout the week (when the weather cooperated with us).
We are very excited to kick off the Positivity Project next week and look forward to seeing lots of green on Monday!
Have an amazing weekend!
Holly Walker, Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Dorr, Assistant Principal, email@example.com
Just a reminder that Ms. Albanese will be holding a virtual information session about Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) for all Floris families on Monday, September 27 at 6:00pm.
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Meeting ID: 972 0954 4131
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Meeting ID: 972 0954 4131Positivity Project
Floris teachers and staff are excited to kick off The Positivity Project here at Floris! The mission of The Positivity Project, also referred to as P2, is to empower students to build strong relationships by understanding, appreciating, and living out the 24 core character strengths in us all. Ultimately, we want our students to develop PositivityInAction and OtherPeopleMindset! In order to do that, students will be focusing on one of the 24 traits each week. We will be spotlighting that trait in the Floris Friday Message so you can chat about that trait with your child!
Starting next week, students will be engaging in discussions during their morning meetings and throughout their day about our Positivity Project weekly focus and traits. Our focus for next week will be on our Other People Matter mindset.
This will kick off our Positivity Project for the 2021-2022 school year and help us continue to grow our Other People Mindset
Please have your child wear green on Monday to help us kick off this awesome initiative!
You can also find more information at:
Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics.
For fall 2021, VGA will address content that was taught in the previous school year. The purpose of this fall’s VGA is to identify potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no “passing” or “failing” outcome for the VGA. Results will provide a starting point to measure growth and will offer information about areas of strength and areas for growth in reading and mathematics.
The following points may help you and your student better understand this assessment.
- VGA must be taken in-person at school.
- This online, computer-adaptive test is about half as long as the spring SOL test.
- Questions use Standards of Learning (SOL)-like items to measure current knowledge and skills in the content area.
- Student results will be used to help school staff plan for instruction and supports.
Students at Floris will take the VGA the week of September 27. Students only need to get a good night's sleep, have a good breakfast, and bring their fully charged laptops to school on their testing day. If you have questions about this state assessment for your student, please contact our School Test Coordinators, Shannon Daly and Amanda Dorr.
Please remember you can find the breakfast and lunch menus and nutritional facts at FCPS Nutrislice- Floris
September 27: Advanced Academics Information Session, 6:00pm, details to follow
October 7: Fall Screening Full-time (Level IV) Referral Forms due to Amy Albanese (Grades 3-6 only for families new to FCPS)
October 11: No School for students- Staff Professional Development Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day
October 12: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener
October 13-15: CogAT for students in 2nd-3rd grade
October 20: PTA Meeting, 6:00pm, Zoom link
October 25-29: Fall Book Fair- details to follow
- Student Two Hour Early Release, 2:00pm dismissal
- End of the 1st quarter
**Harvest Parade- outside only; date, rain date, and details to follow
November 1: No School: Teacher Workday
November 2: No School: Teacher Workday and Election Day