Floris Friday Message 4/12/24

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In this Friday Message you will find:

  • Principals' Message  
  • AAP Spring Updates 
  • Westfield Pyramid Art Show
  • Girls Scout Service Project 
  • PTA Open Positions for the 24-25 School Year
  • Breakfast and Lunch Menus
  • Spring 2024 SOL Schedules
  • Upcoming Dates 

Floris Families,

It was another fabulous week at Floris and some improved spring weather. 

On Tuesday, the students had lots of fun participating in the PTA sponsored assemblies. Thank you Floris PTA for your continued support and bringing these enriching opportunities to our students. 

Next week is another fun filled week at Floris.   

  • We have several Spirit Days that celebrate Autism Acceptance, our Beauty and the Beast Themed Book Fair, the month of the Military Child, and Earth Day. Please see above for daily details.
  • Book Fair browsing has started, and the Book Fair remains open until next Thursday.
  • Our 5th and 6th graders will be performing in the Spring Chorus Concert on Tuesday evening at 7:00pm in the cafe. Please enter via Door 6. 
  • Next Wednesday, is a busy evening. We have Book Fair buying 5:00-8:00pm, PTA Meeting 6:00-6:30, and International Night 6:30-8:00pm. We hope to see you there. Please enter via Door 6 for all the events. 

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Holly Walker, Principal, [email protected]

Rob Gibbs, Assistant Principal, [email protected]

#EveryEagleEveryDay

Thank you Floris PTA for the fabulous "Protect the Planet" Assembly on Tuesday. Lots of fun!

AAP Spring Updates 

Any families interested in referring their child for school-based AAP services for the 24-25 school year should submit a AAP School-Based Services (levels 2 and 3) Form to Amy Albanese (Grades K, 2, 4, 6) [email protected] and/or Katie Pickett (Grades K, 1, 3, 5) [email protected] by May 1, 2024.

School-based services include Subject-Specific Differentiation (Level 2) and Part-Time AAP services (Level 3).  Please read the attached document for more details on the levels of service. 

https://florises.fcps.edu/announcements/aap-spring-updates-and-newsletter

Girl Scout Service Project 

Girl Scout Troop 51065 has partnered with Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to raise awareness about the newly opened Woodlands Stewardship Education Center. During the open house on April 28, the troop will have a table where they will showcase crafts made from recyclable materials. The girls will demonstrate how to create bird feeders and wind chimes using toilet paper rolls and tin cans.

To support our Girl Scouts, please consider donating kitchen/toilet paper rolls and tin/soda cans.

Donation boxes have been placed in the Floris lobby (near Door 1) and will be available until Friday, April 26.

Our Floris PTA will have Three Open PTA Board positions for the 24/25 school year

Even if you haven't been involved with the PTA prior or are completely new to Floris, please consider joining our wonderful team.  We are a fun group of volunteers who will help you learn all you need to know to be successful in whatever role you choose.  

Please reach out to Kerin Hamel at [email protected] if you'd like to learn more about any of the positions or have any questions about being involved with the PTA.

President:

  • The role of President is to be a supportive position for the PTA board and act as a Liaison to the faculty and staff. The President oversees monthly board and general body meetings, and aids the rest of the board as needed.

VP of Community Affairs:

  • This position oversees the coordination of the Fall and Spring after school programs at Floris.

Financial Secretary or Treasurer: 

  • We are looking for someone to fill the role of either the Financial Secretary OR Treasurer
    • The Treasurer manages the PTA budget, maintains records of members and funds, and handles all financial matters, including reimbursement tracking and management. 
    • The Financial Secretary assists the Treasurer with administrative duties throughout the year.
In addition, there is an Open Non-Board position for the 24/25 school year

School Services Assistant:

  • This position supports the VP of School Services.  Throughout the year, our VP of School Services coordinates programs like Math Counts, Lego League, Science Olympiad, The Spelling Bee and much more.  This role would assist with the planning and execution of these programs, at the direction of the VP.

Please remember you can find the breakfast and lunch menus and nutritional facts at FCPS Nutrislice- Floris 

April 12-18: Book Fair

April 16: Chorus Performance, 7:00pm cafe/stage 

April 17: 

  • Book Fair Parent Buying, 5:00-8:00pm, library 
  • PTA Meeting, 6:00-6:30pm, café 
  • PTA International Night, 6:30-8:00pm, café and gym 

April 18: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery
  • Westfield Pyramid Art Show 

April 19: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery 
  • 2nd grade In-House Field Trip 

April 24: 

  • Administrative Professionals' Day 
  • Observance Day- Theravada New Year 

April 26: Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

April 29: Rain date for Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

May 2: 

  • 4th grade concert, 6:15pm, cafe, please enter via Door 6 
  • 5th-6th grade concert, 7:30pm, cafe, please enter via Door 6  

May 3: 

  • Observance Day- Orthodox Good Friday 

  • Teacher Workday 

  • No School for Students 

May 6-10:

  • Staff Appreciation Week

May 7:

  • Band Concert, 6:30pm, cafe, enter via Door 6 

 

Find the 2023-2024 School Year Calendar

 

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📕Last Call to Order a Yearbook!📕

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LAST CALL!  Yearbook ordering is closed today at 5:00pm! 

We will not have extras ordered, so please plan accordingly!

  • Cost: $18
  • Order Deadline: TODAY, April 12, 2024
  • In order to ensure everything is tracked appropriately and efficiently, we will only be conducting online orders.  

👉👉You can order the Floris Yearbook from 🔗this direct link 🔗👈👈

  • You will need to enter your student's first name, last name, grade level, and provide online payment.
  • If you are ordering more than one yearbook, you'll need to complete the above process for each student (separate transactions).

We can expect our yearbooks to arrive from Lifetouch at the end of May and they will be distributed to students in June!  Thank you!

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Virginia Lottery's Thanks a Teacher Virginia

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It's your chance to Thank a Teacher, now through May 10!

Each year, the Virginia Lottery and its partners encourage students, parents, and the general public to send thank-you notes to Virginia’s deserving public school teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers who receive these thank-you notes can then enter a drawing to win one of four $2,500 top prizes and supplies for their school! This year, three student artists won the contest to have their artwork featured on thousands of thank-you notes that will be distributed across Virginia.

https://thankateacherva.com/

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📕Reminder: Deadline to order 2023-2024 Floris Yearbook is This Friday📕

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Don't forget!  The deadline for ordering a yearbook is Friday at 5:00pm!

We won't have extras, so please plan accordingly!

  • Cost: $18
  • Order Deadline: April 12, 2024
  • In order to ensure everything is tracked appropriately and efficiently, we will only be conducting online orders.  

👉👉You can order the Floris Yearbook from 🔗this direct link 🔗👈👈

  • You will need to enter your student's first name, last name, grade level, and provide online payment.
  • If you are ordering more than one yearbook, you'll need to complete the above process for each student (separate transactions).

We can expect our yearbooks to arrive from Lifetouch at the end of May and they will be distributed to students in June!  Thank you!

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Floris Kindergarten Orientation and Registration Materials

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  We were thrilled to meet our newest eagles at Last Week's Kindergarten Orientation!

If you weren't able to attend or would like copies of the presentation materials, please find them here, on our webpage!

You can also check out the Floris webpage: https://florises.fcps.edu/ to explore helpful resources, such as:

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Optional Parent Input for 2024-2025 Class Placement

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Parents,

We are into the last quarter of the school year and are beginning our planning for summer programming and next year. 

One of the important things we do to get ready for the next school year is class placements. Multiple staff members (including current teachers, counselors, specialists and the administration) collaborate as a team to place students in an optimal learning situation each year. Creating balanced classrooms is a challenging task. We must take many considerations into account such as heterogeneous groupings, balancing academic abilities, and maximizing the support of our resource staff for students. 

One piece of this process is providing parents the opportunity to provide input. We ask that you do not request specific teachers as this does not take into account the many variables to be considered including staffing changes. It is far more valuable to share social/emotional or academic strengths and concerns. Be assured that, with or without a parent input form, each child’s strengths and needs are considered in this lengthy and complex process.

If you would like to share information that you believe would help us as we are making these placement decisions, please click on this link. Completion of this form is optional.

**Current 6th grade families, please do not complete this form. This is information for Floris planning. It is not information for Rachel Carson MS.**

Please note that the deadline for submitting this information is Friday, May 3, 2024. 

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Reminder the Floris PTA International Night is Coming- Sign-Up Now

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Floris PTA International Night  April 17, 6:30-8:00pm 

The Floris PTA is thrilled to invite our students and families to participate in International Night, which will take place in the Floris Cafeteria on Wednesday, April 17. International Night is a celebration of the diversity of our students and families from different parts of the world. It's an event that will showcase many different countries and allow all of our families the opportunity to learn about new cultures and traditions.

We are currently looking for a few more parents to volunteer to host a country of their choice at International Night. 

Each country will be able to decorate their table and can offer things like traditional cultural items, food, etc. This is a great opportunity to work with your children on a project celebrating diversity.  Please help us make this year's event a wonderful experience for our Floris community!

If you would like to volunteer to host a country, sign-up now by contacting [email protected].

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Floris Friday Message 4/5/24

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In this Friday Message you will find:

  • Principals' Message  
  • Eid-al-Fitr 
  • AAP Spring Updates 
  • Upcoming Spirit Days
  • PTA Open Positions for next school year 
  • Breakfast and Lunch Menus
  • Spring 2024 SOL Schedules
  • Upcoming Dates 

Floris Families,

It is hard to believe that we are already in the 4th quarter. 

It was so exciting to see our rising Kindergarten students and families on Tuesday morning. We will expect great things from the class of 2037. 

Please continue to share with friends and neighbors that if they have children turning 5 by September 30, 2024, they can be registering for Kindergarten now. Please contact our main office at 703-561-2900 for information. 

Next week will be another busy week.

  • Reminder that Floris will not have students outside on Monday between 2:00pm-4:00pm due to solar eclipse (see News You Choose from 4/2/24). Recess times have been adjusted to allow all grade levels the opportunity for outdoor recess prior to the start of the eclipse. Parents/Guardians are welcome to check their children out to experience the eclipse as a family if they would like to do that. Please send in the change of dismissal email and plan to pick your children up before 2:00pm. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.
  • Our PTA has assemblies planned for all students next Tuesday (4/9).
  • Tuesday, April 9, has also been designated as a half-O day. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days.
  • Wednesday, April 10, is an FCPS holiday and all schools and offices will be closed for Eid-al-Fitr. 
  • Thursday (4/11) is Spring Book Fair set up and the Book Fair begins on Friday (4/12). 

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Holly Walker, Principal, [email protected]

Rob Gibbs, Assistant Principal, [email protected]

#EveryEagleEveryDay

Eid al-Fitr 

Eid al-Fitr, also known as small Eid, marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims congregate that morning for Eid prayers. It is a time of official receptions and private visits, when friends greet one another, presents are given, new clothes are worn, and the graves of relatives are visited. The most common way to wish someone a Happy Eid al-Fitr is Eid Mubarak, which means “blessed feast” (or festival). 

Read more at Britannica.com.

AAP Spring Updates 

Any families interested in referring their child for school-based AAP services for the 24-25 school year should submit a AAP School-Based Services (levels 2 and 3) Form to Amy Albanese (Grades K, 2, 4, 6) [email protected] and/or Katie Pickett (Grades K, 1, 3, 5) [email protected] by May 1, 2024.

School-based services include Subject-Specific Differentiation (Level 2) and Part-Time AAP services (Level 3).  Please read the attached document for more details on the levels of service. 

https://florises.fcps.edu/announcements/aap-spring-updates-and-newsletter

Our Floris PTA will have Three Open PTA Board positions for the 24/25 school year

Even if you haven't been involved with the PTA prior or are completely new to Floris, please consider joining our wonderful team.  We are a fun group of volunteers who will help you learn all you need to know to be successful in whatever role you choose.  

Please reach out to Kerin Hamel at [email protected] if you'd like to learn more about any of the positions or have any questions about being involved with the PTA.

President:

  • The role of President is to be a supportive position for the PTA board and act as a Liaison to the faculty and staff. The President oversees monthly board and general body meetings, and aids the rest of the board as needed.

VP of Community Affairs:

  • This position oversees the coordination of the Fall and Spring after school programs at Floris.

Financial Secretary or Treasurer: 

  • We are looking for someone to fill the role of either the Financial Secretary OR Treasurer
    • The Treasurer manages the PTA budget, maintains records of members and funds, and handles all financial matters, including reimbursement tracking and management. 
    • The Financial Secretary assists the Treasurer with administrative duties throughout the year.
In addition there is an Open Non-Board position for the 24/25 school year

School Services Assistant:

  • This position supports the VP of School Services.  Throughout the year, our VP of School Services coordinates programs like Math Counts, Lego League, Science Olympiad, The Spelling Bee and much more.  This role would assist with the planning and execution of these programs, at the direction of the VP.

Please remember you can find the breakfast and lunch menus and nutritional facts at FCPS Nutrislice- Floris 

April 9: PTA Assemblies in the gym 

April 10: 

  • Holiday- Eid al Fitr
  • All FCPS schools and offices closed 

April 11: Book Fair Set-Up 

April 12-18: Book Fair

April 15: 5th grade IRW Assessment 

April 16: Chorus Performance, cafe/stage 

April 17: 

  • Book Fair Parent Buying, 5:00-8:00pm, library 
  • PTA Meeting, 6:00-6:30pm, café 
  • PTA International Night, 6:30-8:00pm, café and gym 

April 18: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery
  • Westfield Pyramid Art Show 

April 19: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery 
  • 2nd grade In-House Field Trip 

April 24: 

  • Administrative Professionals' Day 
  • Observance Day- Theravada New Year 

April 26: Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

April 29: Rain date for Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

May 2: 

  • 4th grade Strings Concert (details to follow)

  • 5th-6th grade Strings Concert (details to follow) 

May 3: 

  • Observance Day- Orthodox Good Friday 

  • Teacher Workday 

  • No School for Students 

May 7: Band Concert, 6:30pm, cafe, enter via Door 6 

 

 

Find the 2023-2024 School Year Calendar

 

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Spring Book Fair Coming Soon

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 Spring Book Fair Coming Soon The Book Fair is almost here!
  • April 11 is set-up.
  • April 12 and 15 are preview days. 
  • April 16-19 are days that the students can purchase books. 
  • Family Night is Wednesday, April 17 from 5:00- 8:00 PM.  

We need plenty of parent volunteers to help with set-up, wish lists, running cash registers, and cleaning up. Family Night is the same night as our International Night hosted by the PTA. Please enter through the cafeteria doors.

Use the following links to see our Book Fair Website, set up your child’s eWallet account, and even volunteer to help at our Fair.  We accept cash, checks written to Floris Elementary School, eWallets and credit cards.  There is NO sales tax! You can also share a link with your child’s eWallet account with grandparents or other family and friends and they can add money to your child’s account. 

Please email our librarian, Miss Dowling, at [email protected] with any questions. Books hold all the magic!

Volunteer

Book Fair Website

Set up an eWallet

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Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8

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☀️ 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 2:04PM and end around 4:32PM, with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20PM.

Maintaining our priority on safety, Floris will not be sending students outside to view the eclipse. Students and staff will be provided with the NASA livestream link as an option to safely observe the eclipse.

There will be some overlap of the expected window and Floris dismissal. Students will be reminded to not stare at the sun, and we ask that parents remind their children that it is not safe to look directly at the sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. 

FCPS has a page that shares information about Solar Eclipses at https://www.fcps.edu/solar-eclipse

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Special Monday Edition of the Floris Friday Message 4/1/24- one date correction

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In this "Friday" Message you will find:

  • Principals' Message 
  • Month of the Military Child 
  • National Arab American Heritage Month
  • School Library Month 
  • Autism Acceptance Month 
  • Lunch and Learn with Floris Clinical Team, 4/5, 12-1pm - corrected date 
  • Upcoming April Spirit Week
  • Upcoming Dates 

Floris Families, 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break. April is a busy month, and we wanted to get out these calendar reminders today. 

Also remember that there is no school for students today or tomorrow. Classes resume on Wednesday at 9:15am. 

Floris Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for tomorrow, April 2, 9:00-9:45am. If you have a child who lives within the Floris boundaries and will be 5 years old by September 30, 2024, please contact the main office for details on the orientation and how to register for Kindergarten. 

Have a great week, 

Holly Walker, Principal, [email protected]

Rob Gibbs, Assistant Principal, [email protected]

#EveryEagleEveryDay

💜 Month of the Military Child 💜

April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families.

To show our support for all our military-connected families, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” on April 17  for military children. Why purple? 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. 

Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families

National Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the remarkable history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

School Library Month 

In FCPS libraries, students develop knowledge and skills, experience a sense of belonging, find inspiration and support, and have the ability to freely pursue their personal interests and academic growth. Watch this video to learn how FCPS librarians make a difference.

April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

Autism Acceptance Month Resource List

Calendar of Self-Paced Learning Opportunities (from the Applied Behavior Analysis Team)

Parent Lunch and Learn sessions with the Clinical team

We are offering a three part series highlighting ways to help your child be successful and resilient based on the book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson.*

Session 3: April 5th “Technology solutions”

All sessions will be from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 165

April 1:

  • No School for Students
  • Teacher Workday 

April 2: 

  • No School for Students
  • Staff Development Day 
  • Kindergarten Orientation, 9:00-9:45am, cafe (enter via Door 6)

April 4: National School Librarian Day 

April 9: PTA Assemblies in the gym 

April 10: 

  • Holiday- Eid al Fitr
  • All FCPS schools and offices closed 

April 11: Book Fair Set-Up 

April 12-18: Book Fair

April 15: 5th grade IRW Assessment 

April 16: Chorus Performance, cafe/stage 

April 17: 

  • Book Fair Parent Buying, 5:00-8:00pm, library 
  • PTA Meeting, 6:00-6:30pm, café 
  • PTA International Night, 6:30-8:00pm, café and gym 

April 18: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery
  • Westfield Pyramid Art Show 

April 19: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery 
  • 2nd grade In-House Field Trip 

April 24: 

  • Administrative Professionals' Day 
  • Observance Day- Theravada New Year 

April 26: Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

April 29: Rain date for Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

May 2: 

  • 4th grade Strings Concert (details to follow)

  • 5th-6th grade Strings Concert (details to follow) 

May 3: 

  • Observance Day- Orthodox Good Friday 

  • Teacher Workday 

  • No School for Students 

May 7: Band Concert, 6:30pm, cafe, enter via Door 6 

 

Find the 2023-2024 School Year Calendar

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Attendance: 703-561-2929 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Special Monday Edition of the Floris Friday Message 4/1/24

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In this "Friday" Message you will find:

  • Principals' Message 
  • Month of the Military Child 
  • National Arab American Heritage Month
  • School Library Month 
  • Autism Acceptance Month 
  • Lunch and Learn with Floris Counseling Team, 4/17, 12-1pm 
  • Upcoming April Spirit Week
  • Upcoming Dates 

Floris Families, 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break. April is a busy month, and we wanted to get out these calendar reminders today. 

Also remember that there is no school for students today or tomorrow. Classes resume on Wednesday at 9:15am. 

Floris Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for tomorrow, April 2, 9:00-9:45am. If you have a child who lives within the Floris boundaries and will be 5 years old by September 30, 2024, please contact the main office for details on the orientation and how to register for Kindergarten. 

Have a great week, 

Holly Walker, Principal, [email protected]

Rob Gibbs, Assistant Principal, [email protected]

#EveryEagleEveryDay

💜 Month of the Military Child 💜

April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families.

To show our support for all our military-connected families, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” on April 17  for military children. Why purple? 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. 

Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families

National Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the remarkable history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

School Library Month 

In FCPS libraries, students develop knowledge and skills, experience a sense of belonging, find inspiration and support, and have the ability to freely pursue their personal interests and academic growth. Watch this video to learn how FCPS librarians make a difference.

April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

Autism Acceptance Month Resource List

Calendar of Self-Paced Learning Opportunities (from the Applied Behavior Analysis Team)

April 1:

  • No School for Students
  • Teacher Workday 

April 2: 

  • No School for Students
  • Staff Development Day 
  • Kindergarten Orientation, 9:00-9:45am, cafe (enter via Door 6)

April 4: National School Librarian Day 

April 9: PTA Assemblies in the gym 

April 10: 

  • Holiday- Eid al Fitr
  • All FCPS schools and offices closed 

April 11: Book Fair Set-Up 

April 12-18: Book Fair

April 15: 5th grade IRW Assessment 

April 16: Chorus Performance, cafe/stage 

April 17: 

  • Book Fair Parent Buying, 5:00-8:00pm, library 
  • PTA Meeting, 6:00-6:30pm, café 
  • PTA International Night, 6:30-8:00pm, café and gym 

April 18: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery
  • Westfield Pyramid Art Show 

April 19: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery 
  • 2nd grade In-House Field Trip 

April 24: 

  • Administrative Professionals' Day 
  • Observance Day- Theravada New Year 

April 26: Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

April 29: Rain date for Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

May 2: 

  • 4th grade Strings Concert (details to follow)

  • 5th-6th grade Strings Concert (details to follow) 

May 3: 

  • Observance Day- Orthodox Good Friday 

  • Teacher Workday 

  • No School for Students 

May 7: Band Concert, 6:30pm, cafe, enter via Door 6 

 

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Reminder Floris Kindergarten Orientation tomorrow, April 2!

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Our rising Kindergarten students will have time in a classroom with our Kindergarten Staff, and parents will have an informational presentation in the cafe. See you tomorrow! 

Please plan to enter via Door 6 (the cafeteria doors near the blacktop).  We can't wait to meet our newest Eagles!

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🎉Floris is Now a Certified Common Sense School!🎉

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Floris Has Been Awarded Common Sense Certification!

Great news!  Floris has just been approved as a Common Sense School, an honor that recognizes our efforts in teaching digital citizenship. The recognition acknowledges our school's commitment to helping students build skills that are essential for their well-being today—and for the opportunities they'll have tomorrow. 

For the past several years, we have seen a rapid increase in technology use across the globe, out of necessity and for innovation.  With this access, we are afforded fantastic opportunities to enhance the ways in which students are accessing and taking ownership of their learning.  At the same time, it is imperative that we recognize the importance of responsible technology use.  

Floris has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with researchers from Project Zero, led by Howard Gardner at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and are grounded in the real issues students and teachers face. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, media balance, managing online relationships, and media literacy.

What does this look like at Floris?

Teacher Training

We hit the ground running this year, with specific plans to embed digital citizenship expectations schoolwide with students and staff members.  We formed a school-wide digital citizenship committee to keep staff training, messaging, and plans on track.  At the beginning of the year, teachers engaged in school-led training on digital citizenship procedures and how to embed them into their classes.

Student Instruction

Additionally, each grade level began the school year with targeted lessons to establish technology expectations.  For the first time, we wrote and distributed technology contracts for every student.  These specifically align with our schoolwide expectations.  Teachers self-selected relevant Common Sense lessons and themes and have periodically conducted digital citizenship check ins.  Teachers have collaborated with our technology coach to make broader connections between digital citizenship and our FCPS Portrait of a Graduate (POG) skills for a streamlined and more comprehensive approach.  Schoolwide, students are also exposed to digital citizenship themes periodically through our daily morning news show.

Family Involvement

It has been our goal to increase communication involving technology use and digital citizenship.  Through creation of our contract, we established a tangible home-school connection of digital expectations at Floris.  In October, we sent many family-facing digital citizenship resources for you to utilize at home, including family contracts, activities, and tip sheets to encourage social-emotional wellbeing and self regulation while using technology.  We encourage continued partnership with ensuring our students maintain positive digital learning environments and experiences, at Floris and beyond.  It takes a village!

We hope to continue on this trajectory moving forward to help our students be the best that they can be, now and in the future.  Thank you!

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Floris Friday Message 3/22/24

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In this Friday Message you will find:

  • Principals' Message  
  • Floris Soaring Eagles 
  • Spring Break is next week 
  • Good Friday and Easter 
  • AAP Spring Updates 
  • Breakfast and Lunch Menus
  • Spring 2024 SOL Schedules
  • Upcoming Dates 

Floris Families,

What a fabulous week leading up to Spring Break. 

Kudos go out to our counselors, Sarah de Kramer and James Duffield, for the extra hours of planning and hard work that went into having a great Career Week. Thank you to all of the speakers who came to share with our students. We appreciate you!

It was fabulous to see so many young scientists at the Annual PTA Science Fair Wednesday evening. Thank you to the Floris PTA for their hard work on this event. Great job to everyone involved!

We look forward to seeing the class of 2037 at the Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, April 2, 9:00-9:45am in the cafe. Please enter through door 6. 

As a reminder, next week, March 25-29, is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. There is also no school for students on April 1-2, for the teacher workdays. Students will return to school on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. 

We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing break. See you on April 3rd!

Holly Walker, Principal, [email protected]

Rob Gibbs, Assistant Principal, [email protected]

#EveryEagleEveryDay

🌷Spring Break🌷

March 25-29 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break! 

Next Friday, we recognize those in our community observing Good Friday.

Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, is the day on which Christians annually observe the commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Good Friday is a day of mourning. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus's suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith. Read more at Britannica.com

This year's Good Friday artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Summer S. On this day, Christians observe the commemoration of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for those who believe. #OurFCPS Summer’s artwork was designed as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students. Learn more about the challenge: https://bit.ly/47oHw2j

A joyful Easter to all in our community who celebrate! The springtime celebration of Easter is the most important Christian holiday. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus, who sacrificed so that Christians may have life with God after death. Learn more about Easter in NatGeo Kids.

AAP Spring Updates 

Any families interested in referring their child for school-based AAP services for the 24-25 school year should submit a AAP School-Based Services (levels 2 and 3) Form to Amy Albanese (Grades K, 2, 4, 6) [email protected] and/or Katie Pickett (Grades K, 1, 3, 5) [email protected] by May 1, 2024.

School-based services include Subject-Specific Differentiation (Level 2) and Part-Time AAP services (Level 3).  Please read the attached document for more details on the levels of service. 

https://florises.fcps.edu/announcements/aap-spring-updates-and-newsletter

Floris Soaring Eagles

We have brought back our online tradition here at Floris that gives the community the opportunity to say thank you and/or show appreciation for all our staff do each day to make Floris amazing!

Floris Soaring Eagles are compliments, kudos, etc. that we will share with the staff. Just click HERE to access the Floris Soaring Eagle Google Form and share your appreciation. 

You can also recognize staff with the FCPS Cares.  The FCPS CARES Program 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.

Please remember you can find the breakfast and lunch menus and nutritional facts at FCPS Nutrislice- Floris 

March 25-29:

  • Spring Break 
  • All FCPS Schools Closed 
  • Floris Main Office Closed 

April 1:

  • No School for Students
  • Teacher Workday 

April 2: 

  • No School for Students
  • Staff Development Day 
  • Kindergarten Orientation, 9:00-9:45am, cafe (enter via Door 6)

April 4: National School Librarian Day 

April 9: PTA Assemblies in the gym 

April 10: 

  • Holiday- Eid al Fitr
  • All FCPS schools and offices closed 

April 11: Book Fair Set-Up 

April 12-18: Book Fair

April 15: 5th grade IRW assessment 

April 16: Chorus Performance, cafe/stage 

April 17: 

  • Book Fair Parent Buying, 5:00-8:00pm, library 
  • PTA Meeting, 6:00-6:30pm, café 
  • PTA International Night, 6:30-8:00pm, café and gym 

April 18: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery 
  • Westfield Pyramid Art Show 

April 19: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery 
  • 2nd grade In-House Field Trip 

April 24: 

  • Administrative Professionals' Day 
  • Observance Day- Theravada New Year 

April 26: Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

April 29: Rain date for Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

May 2: 

  • 4th grade Strings Concert (details to follow)

  • 5th-6th grade Strings Concert (details to follow) 

May 3: 

  • Observance Day- Orthodox Good Friday 

  • Teacher Workday 

  • No School for Students 

May 7: Band Concert, 6:30pm, cafe, enter via Door 6 

 

 

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🗓️ SOL Testing Dates 💻

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  🗓️ SOL Testing Dates 🗓 Our Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are coming up in April & May.

These assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The content tested varies by grade level. See below for the scheduled dates this Spring.

We have been advertising the dates in the Friday Message and this is just another avenue to share for families to be prepared. 

Grade 3:
  • 📖 Reading: Tuesday, May 14 
  • 🧮 Math: Friday, May 17
  Grade 4:
  • 📖 Reading: Tuesday, May 14 
  • 🧮Math: Friday, May 17
  Grade 5:
  • ⌨️Integrated Reading & Writing: Thursday, April 15
    • New this year: Students taking the grade 5 or grade 8 SOL Reading test will complete an integrated reading and writing (IRW) component. The IRW component has with one non-fiction reading passage followed by 4-6 of multiple-choice/technology-enhanced items and an “invitation to write” based on the passage.
  • 📖 Reading: Monday, May 13
  • 🔬 Science: Friday, May 10
  • 🧮 Math: Thursday, May 16
  Grade 6:
  • 📖 Reading: Monday, May 13
  • 🧮 Math: Thursday, May 16

If you have any questions about SOL tests, please reach out to our School Testing Coordinators, Rob Gibbs ([email protected]) or Shannon Daly ([email protected]). 

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📷Reminder: Spring Picture Day is TOMORROW March 19! 📷

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  Spring Picture Day is Tomorrow, March 19!

Come picture ready for individual and class photos!

Paper copies of the order forms came home in Friday Folders (3/1). You can also order online at My Lifetouch and use the Picture Day ID: EVTBHB6R2. 

 

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Floris Friday Message 3/15/24

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In this Friday Message you will find:

  • Principals' Message  
  • Spring Break coming soon  
  • AAP Spring Updates 
  • PTA Events- Science Fair and International Night 
  • Floris Soaring Eagles 
  • Family Engagement Survey
  • Breakfast and Lunch Menus
  • Spring 2024 SOL Schedules
  • Upcoming Dates 

Floris Families,

Daylight Saving Time has begun, and the official start of spring is next Tuesday. We have had some beautiful spring weather this week. 

Thank you Floris PTA for the goodies on Pi Day (3.14). All of the pies (including the pizza pies) were appreciated. 

Next week is the last week of school before spring break and a busy one here at Floris.

  • Spring Photos (class and individual) are next Tuesday. You can order online at My Lifetouch using the Picture Day ID: EVTBHB6R2. 
  • Our amazing counselors, Sarah de Kramer and James Duffield, have created Career Day activities and speakers for our students. 
  • The March PTA meeting and Science Fair are next Wednesday evening starting at 6:00pm for PTA and 6:30pm for the Science Fair.
  •  Friday is the end of the 3rd quarter. 

Please continue to remind your neighbors living in the Floris boundaries, who have children turning 5 by September 30, 2024, to register for Kindergarten. We receive our staffing based on the number of registered students. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Holly Walker, Principal, [email protected]

Rob Gibbs, Assistant Principal, [email protected]

#EveryEagleEveryDay

🌷Spring Break🌷

March 25-29 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break! 

AAP Spring Updates 

Any families interested in referring their child for school-based AAP services for the 24-25 school year should submit a AAP School-Based Services (levels 2 and 3) Form to Amy Albanese (Grades K, 2, 4, 6) [email protected] and/or Katie Pickett (Grades K, 1, 3, 5) [email protected] by May 1, 2024.

School-based services include Subject-Specific Differentiation (Level 2) and Part-Time AAP services (Level 3).  Please read the attached document for more details on the levels of service. 

https://florises.fcps.edu/announcements/aap-spring-updates-and-newsletter

PTA International Night 

The Floris PTA is thrilled to invite all of our students and families to participate once again in International Night which will take place in the Floris Cafeteria the evening of Wednesday, April 17.  More details will be forthcoming!

International Night is a celebration of the diversity of our students and families from different parts of the world. It's an event that will showcase many different countries and allow all of our families the opportunity to learn about new cultures and traditions.

Last year we had 13 different countries represented and we are currently looking for parents to volunteer to host a country of their choice this year!  Each country will be able to bring items to decorate their table and can offer things like traditional cultural items, food, etc.  We are able to accommodate 2 families hosting each table/country.

If you would like to volunteer to host a country, please contact 

[email protected] by March 15.  Thank you!

✅ 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

Floris Soaring Eagles

We have brought back our online tradition here at Floris that gives the community the opportunity to say thank you and/or show appreciation for all our staff do each day to make Floris amazing!

Floris Soaring Eagles are compliments, kudos, etc. that we will share with the staff. Just click HERE to access the Floris Soaring Eagle Google Form and share your appreciation. 

You can also recognize staff with the FCPS Cares.  The FCPS CARES Program 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.

Please remember you can find the breakfast and lunch menus and nutritional facts at FCPS Nutrislice- Floris 

March 18-22: College and Career Week, details to follow 

March 20: PTA Meeting and Science Fair, starting at 6:00pm, please enter via Door 6 

March 22: End of 3rd Quarter 

March 25-29:

  • Spring Break 
  • All FCPS Schools Closed 
  • Floris Main Office Closed 

April 1:

  • No School for Students
  • Teacher Workday 

April 2: 

  • No School for Students
  • Staff Development Day 
  • Kindergarten Orientation, 9:00-9:45am, cafe (enter via Door 6)

April 4: National School Librarian Day 

April 9: PTA Assemblies in the gym 

April 10: 

  • Holiday- Eid al Fitr
  • All FCPS schools and offices closed 

April 11: Book Fair Set-Up 

April 12-18: Book Fair

April 16: Chorus Performance, cafe/stage 

April 17: 

  • Book Fair Parent Buying, 5:00-8:00pm, library 
  • PTA Meeting, 6:00-6:30pm, café 
  • PTA International Night, 6:30-8:00pm, café and gym 

April 18: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery 
  • Westfield Pyramid Art Show 

April 19: 

  • 6th grade Field Trip- National Art Gallery 
  • 2nd grade In-House Field Trip 

April 24: 

  • Administrative Professionals' Day 
  • Observance Day- Theravada New Year 

April 26: Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

April 29: Rain date for Field Day for K-2nd- field and blacktop, 10:00am -12:00pm 

May 2: 

  • 4th grade Strings Concert (details to follow)

  • 5th-6th grade Strings Concert (details to follow) 

May 3: 

  • Observance Day- Orthodox Good Friday 

  • Teacher Workday 

  • No School for Students 

May 7: Band Concert, 6:30pm, cafe, enter via Door 6 

 

 

Find the 2023-2024 School Year Calendar

 

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