Principal's Message, November 2017

November 01, 2017

Dear Floris Families,

With conferences almost complete, it means that our first quarter has ended! Our teachers always look forward to meeting with parents to discuss your student’s progress. It is so important to maintain a positive home/school connection –we truly value your input and observations. Teachers have been carefully monitoring students’ progress – they continue to grow and learn each week. Please note that progress reports for grades 1-6 will be sent home with your child on Tuesday, November 14thIf you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher. Also, please look for the Student-Parent Survey/Impact Aid form, coming home on Wednesday, November 8th, to be completed and returned by Friday, November 10th.  The information on this survey supports FCPS’s request for federal funds under the Impact Aid Program. If no parent or guardian in your household lives or works on federal property, check box #5 at the bottom of the page, and sign and date the form.

While October was busy, with our annual Harvest Parade as its grand finale, November looks to surpass it with fun events:

Friday, November 3rdis the end of the first quarter. Students will be released two-hours early at 2 pm.

November 6thand 7th: Student Holidays; Teacher Workdays; ELECTION DAY!

Once again, our second grade classes will perform patriotic songs for Veterans’ Day Friday, November 10th beginning at 9:30 AM. We hope you will be able to join us. Be sure to check out our “Wall of Heroes” on your way to the cafeteria for the performance.

November 10th: PTA Spirit Ball, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

The week of November 13th – 17th is a very busy week.  We start with Stand Up to Bullying Week:

  • Monday, “Team Up Against Bullying” – wear a jersey or team shirt with a number on it
  • Tuesday, “Be a H.E.R.O” Help Encourage and Respect Others – wear superhero clothing or colors
  • Wednesday, “Put Bullying to Rest” – wear school appropriate PJs
  • Thursday, “United We Stand” – wear red, white and blue
  • Friday, “Stand Up 2 Bullying” - wear your Stand Up 2 Bullying t-shirt, or any pink or black shirt

November 14th: Picture Make-up, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

November 14th: PTA Membership Meeting, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

And finally, please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, Thursday, November 16th. Details will be sent home in your child’s weekly envelope on Wednesday, November 8th.  Submission deadlines for reservations and payment for family and friends to attend is Monday, November 13th.

With Thanksgiving approaching, we take a moment to appreciate the wonderful school and community of which we are a part. Our teachers work endlessly to prepare and provide wonderful instruction for students, children constantly strive to learn and show their best work with pride, parents always show support by being involved in a variety of ways. We are thankful to be a part of a strong community that shows caring and support for everyone.

We hope during the holiday break, you are able to spend time and reconnect with family and friends. Please note that we will release students at 2:00 p.m., two hours early, on Wednesday, November 22nd.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



Gail Porter, Principal

Dave Gerstner, Assistant Principal