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Upcoming Important Dates

April 17, 2024: Purple Up! 

April 22-26, 2024: Earth Week Spirit Week

May 3, 2024: Student Holiday & Teacher Workday

May 6-24,2024: SOL Testing. Testing Calendar is coming soon. 

May 28- 31, 2024:SOL Retake Assessments.

Wednesday April 17: Purple Up!

April is the Month of the Military Child. Groveton has about 30 students who are military-connected, as well as a number of staff members raising “military kids.” To recognize and celebrate the resilience and service of our military-connected families, Groveton invites you to “Purple Up!” next Wednesday, April 17. Wear your purple shirt, purple shorts, purple socks, purple shoes, purple hat, purple hair or whatever else you have to thank our military youth for their strength and sacrifice.

Earth Week Spirit Week

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
Mr. Swoger's Attendance Challenge

Due to the rainy weather, we will be moving the Mr. Swoger’s attendance challenge rewards to next Friday April 19th, 2024. We will be hosting both the extra recess and movie option on the same day to allow for limited classroom disruptions.

We will have our April challenge starting on April 15th through April 26th. 

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.

School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

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 [family liaison’s name and email] or Sussy Tomer at [email protected]

FCPS News

In 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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Important Upcoming Dates

April 10, 2024: Eid al Fitr Holiday – School and Office closed. 

May 3, 2024: Student Holiday & Teacher Workday

May 6-24,2024: SOL Testing. Testing Calendar is coming soon. 

May 28- 31, 2024:SOL Retake Assessments.

Solar Eclipse Update

A solar eclipse is happening on April 8, 2024. It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon and one that requires important safety reminders. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. 

Here's what you need to know:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce this at home.
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. The NASA website has more information about eye safety.  
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with dismissal for some students), and ends around 4:32 p.m. Please remind your child to be especially vigilant about eye safety during dismissal. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

Out of an abundance of caution, Groveton ES will not be hosting any viewing parties.

If parents/guardians would like their student to experience the event, please complete the checkout process in the main office by 1:00 p.m.

How Can You Help Your Child Have Good Attendance for 4th Quarter?
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick with a fever or vomiting. This is allergy season and kids may have sniffles or sneezing periodically, they are still able to come to school on those days!
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, reach out to our counselors and administrators for strategies and solutions.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up. Look out for letters or phone calls from the school about attendance. If you would like to know how many days out your student has please contact the office.
Mr. Swoger's Attendance Challenge

Congratulations to the students that completed Mr. Swoger's attendance challenge in March! We will have our April challenge starting on April 15th through April 26th. 

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 Groveton ES main office 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

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 News

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

  • Month of the Military Child
  • Register for the FCPS Family Summit
  • 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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Important Upcoming Dates

March 25- March 29, 2024: Spring Break. School and Office will be open from 9am-12pm daily. 

April 1 and April 2, 2024: Teacher Workdays. No school for students. 

April 2, 2024: Kindergarten Orientation 

April 10, 2024: Eid al Fitr Holiday – School and Office closed. 

Spring Break

Spring Break will be from March 25th through March 29th. The Groveton Main office will be open from 9am-12pm daily. April 1st & 2nd are Teacher Workdays and there is no school for students. 

We will see students back on April 3rd! 

Kindergarten Orientation & Registration

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. 

Groveton Kindergarten Orientation for student enrolling for the 2024-2025 school year will be on Tuesday April 2, 2024. Doors will open at 1pm and the presentation will begin promptly at 1:30pm.  We will move to classroom visits at 2:00pm. 

Groveton Kindergarten Registration will begin on Monday March 4, 2024. Registration will be by appointment only with our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Evelyn Merino. Appointments can be made by calling our main office at 703-718-8000 or email Ms. Merino at [email protected]

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage

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.

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, 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 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

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Important Upcoming Dates

March 18, 2024: Spring Picture Day 

March 22, 2024: End of Third Quarter 

March 25- March 29, 2024: Spring Break. School and Office will be open from 9am-12pm daily. 

April 1 and April 2, 2024: Teacher Workdays. No school for students. 

April 2, 2024: Kindergarten Orientation 

April 10, 2024: Eid al Fitr Holiday – School and Office closed. 

Spring Picture Day  

Our spring picture day will be on Monday March 18, 2024. Please send in the order form, with payment, if you wish to purchase pictures. 

Mr. Swoger's Attendance Challenge

We have finished our second week of Mr. Swoger's March attendance challenge! Currently, 624 students who have had perfect attendance. That’s 83% of our whole school. Way to go tiger and keep coming to school! 

Third Quarter Popcorn Parties

We are thrilled to announce that our school will be hosting a special attendance celebration event to acknowledge and honor the commitment and dedication of our students toward their education. Our popcorn party will be on 

Date: March 22, 2024

Time: 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 

Location: Groveton ES Lobby

As valued members of our school community, we would like to extend a warm invitation to you to join us in making this event a memorable one. Please sign up to volunteer for this event by visiting the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D49A8A92CAB9-48548615-groveton

We look forward to celebrating with you and your child at our attendance celebration event. Together, let's encourage and celebrate the value of being present and engaged in school!

Kindergarten Orientation & Registration

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. 

Groveton Kindergarten Orientation for student enrolling for the 2024-2025 school year will be on Tuesday April 2, 2024. Doors will open at 1pm and the presentation will begin promptly at 1:30pm.  We will move to classroom visits at 2:00pm. 

Groveton Kindergarten Registration will begin on Monday March 4, 2024. Registration will be by appointment only with our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Evelyn Merino. Appointments can be made by calling our main office at 703-718-8000 or email Ms. Merino at [email protected]

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage

Spring Enrichment Club Opportunities

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! We are excited to be partnering with Baroody Clubs again to offer three Spring Enrichment (Club) opportunities!  Registration is now live!  A Family Volunteer is needed for each class and financial assistance is available as well. Sign up at https://bc-ffx-groveton.jumbula.com/.

Family Volunteers Needed:  We will need a family volunteer for each class, so if you are interested and able to attend every class to facilitate registration, your student can attend for free - please email me at [email protected] to express interest. 

Club Offerings: 

Snapology Superheroes: To the Batcave, superhero fans! Design your own superhero, create your own adventure, and build epic battle scenes using LEGO® bricks. Have a blast as you create your own fantasy world of superheroes and supervillains, straight out of the pages of DC and Marvel comic books. You might even unleash some of your own superpowers! 

Grades: Kindergarten - 2nd

Class dates: Tuesdays 3:50 PM - 4:50 PM starting on 4/9/24 through 5/28/24

Fee: $165/Financial Assistance available

What students will learn:

  • Character and story development: Students bring their superhero characters to life through their imagination and creativity
  • Presentation skills: Students will present their ideas and creations to all other students and listen as others present to them
  • Teamwork / partner skills: All good superheroes work together and in the Snapology classroom it's no different!

Kids on Canvas: Grab a paintbrush and jump right in for a colorful Kids on Canvas adventure! Use acrylic paint to explore painting subjects such as the figure, landscape and still life - with a fresh Abrakadoodle twist! We use our imaginations and inspiration from a different artist each week to create with paint in a variety of ways!

Grades: Kindergarten – 6th

Class dates: Wednesdays 3:50 PM - 4:50 PM starting on 4/17/24 through 5/29/24

Fee: $133/Financial Assistance available

STEM Adventures: Embark on an exhilarating journey into the diverse world of STEM with our STEM Adventures program! In each course, students will delve into various aspects of STEM, exploring topics such as robotics, chemistry, coding, and even game design!  Our hands-on approach includes interactive experiments such as creating potions and crafting slime, as well as problem-solving activities like developing robotic contraptions! With an immersive and entertaining curriculum, your child will develop essential skills, nurture their curiosity, and uncover the endless possibilities that STEM has to offer. Don't miss out on this exciting adventure!

Grades: 3rd-6th

Class dates: Thursdays 3:50 PM - 4:50 PM, starting on 4/11/24 through 5/30/24

Fee: $180/Financial Assistance available

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

FCPS SR&R Cell Phone

We have noticed a lot of student cell phones now in the building. As a reminder, according to FCPS SR&R:

Students in grades K-6 (including 6th grade students at Poe MS, Holmes MS, and Glasgow MS): Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. Smart watches that serve a dual purpose may be worn, but the phone features (texting, Internet viewing, and calls) are to be off when phone use is prohibited. Students are prohibited from using phones, tablets, and other mobile devices in restrooms and locker rooms, unless there is a medical necessity or emergency. Cell phones may be used on campus before and after school only.

With this, please refrain from texting your student during the school day. If you need to contact them with an urgent message please call the main office at 703-718-8000. 

Arrival Procedure Update

In efforts to support student safety, the hallway bathrooms will be closed during arrival from 8:45am-9:00am. We have noticed an increase number of students congregating in the bathroom and not using them for their intended purposes. If a student needs to use the bathroom during arrival they can go to the main office. We believe that this is a necessary step to keep our students safe and to promote quick transitions from arrival to the classrooms. 

Groveton Spotlight: Virginia History Day

Congratulations to our 4th graders (not pictured: Oliver Tuckley) who represented the Groveton Tigers at the Regional Virginia History Day competition at West Springfield High School on March 2. A few of our students will be showcasing their projects at the Virginia State History Day competition in Richmond on April 27!

Special thank you to Ms. Matthews for bringing this opportunity to Groveton and working with the PTA to make this happen!

FCPS News

FCPS NewsIn 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

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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Groveton ES: Book Fair

 

The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming to Groveton on March 11-15, 2024!

  • Students can preview and purchase books during school hours during book fair week. 
  • Evening hours for the Book Fair will be on Thursday, March 14th, from 4:30pm- 6:00pm. 
  • Check out the Scholastic Website 
  • Volunteers are needed for the Book Fair.  Please email our librarian, Ms. Findley at [email protected] if you are able to support! 

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Groveton ES: Newsletter Special Edition

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In this issue
  • Spelling Bee Winners
  • Spring Enrichment Club Opportunities 
Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to our top three spellers of the Groveton Spelling Bee! 

  • Spelling Bee Champion: Nolan Spencer (6th grade- Ms. Quispe)
  • First Runner Up: Daniel Edgeworth (5th grade - Ms. Obeng)
  • Second Runner Up: Addy McWilliams (2nd grade- Ms. Ortiz)

Special shout out to all of our spellers that participated. Everyone did a fantastic job supporting each other and showing good sportsmanship during the competition. Our champion, Nolan Spencer, will move on and represent the Groveton ES at the Fairfax County Spelling Bee. 

All of the Groveton Spelling Bee participants

Spring Enrichment Club Opportunities

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! We are excited to be partnering with Baroody Clubs again to offer three Spring Enrichment (Club) opportunities!  Registration is now live!  A Family Volunteer is needed for each class and financial assistance is available as well. Sign up at https://bc-ffx-groveton.jumbula.com/.

Family Volunteers Needed:  We will need a family volunteer for each class, so if you are interested and able to attend every class to facilitate registration, your student can attend for free - please email me at [email protected] to express interest. 

Club Offerings: 

Snapology Superheroes: To the Batcave, superhero fans! Design your own superhero, create your own adventure, and build epic battle scenes using LEGO® bricks. Have a blast as you create your own fantasy world of superheroes and supervillains, straight out of the pages of DC and Marvel comic books. You might even unleash some of your own superpowers! 

Grades: Kindergarten - 2nd

Class dates: Tuesdays 3:50 PM - 4:50 PM starting on 4/9/24 through 5/28/24

Fee: $165/Financial Assistance available

What students will learn:

  • Character and story development: Students bring their superhero characters to life through their imagination and creativity
  • Presentation skills: Students will present their ideas and creations to all other students and listen as others present to them
  • Teamwork / partner skills: All good superheroes work together and in the Snapology classroom it's no different!

Kids on Canvas: Grab a paintbrush and jump right in for a colorful Kids on Canvas adventure! Use acrylic paint to explore painting subjects such as the figure, landscape and still life - with a fresh Abrakadoodle twist! We use our imaginations and inspiration from a different artist each week to create with paint in a variety of ways!

Grades: Kindergarten – 6th

Class dates: Wednesdays 3:50 PM - 4:50 PM starting on 4/17/24 through 5/29/24

Fee: $133/Financial Assistance available

STEM Adventures: Embark on an exhilarating journey into the diverse world of STEM with our STEM Adventures program! In each course, students will delve into various aspects of STEM, exploring topics such as robotics, chemistry, coding, and even game design!  Our hands-on approach includes interactive experiments such as creating potions and crafting slime, as well as problem-solving activities like developing robotic contraptions! With an immersive and entertaining curriculum, your child will develop essential skills, nurture their curiosity, and uncover the endless possibilities that STEM has to offer. Don't miss out on this exciting adventure!

Grades: 3rd-6th

Class dates: Thursdays 3:50 PM - 4:50 PM, starting on 4/11/24 through 5/30/24

Fee: $180/Financial Assistance available

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

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Upcoming Important Dates

March 8, 2024: Groveton Spelling Bee 

March 10, 2024: Daily Light Savings Begins (Spring Forward)

March 11-15, 2024: Groveton Book Fair

March 13, 2024: Groveton PTA Meeting 

March 18, 2024: Spring Picture Day 

March 25- March 29, 2024: Spring Break. School and Office will be closed. 

April 1 and April 2, 2024: Teacher Workdays. No school for students. 

April 2, 2024: Kindergarten Orientation 

April 10, 2024: Eid al Fitr Holiday – School and Office closed. 

Spring Picture Day

Our spring picture day will be on Monday March 18, 2024. Please send in the order form, with payment, if you wish to purchase pictures. 

Mr. Swoger's Attendance Challenge

We have finished our first week of Mr. Swoger's March attendance challenge!  Students who complete the challenge and attend all 13 days will receive a special reward! 

West Potomac Pyramid Art Show

It's time for the West Potomac Pyramid Art Show again!  This year we have a total of 76 students selected for this show. 

If you would like to see the student artwork on display, the exhibition will be open from March 6- 14, at West Potomac High School's  Springbank Arts Centre, with a reception on Thursday March 14th from  5pm - 6:30 pm.  All are welcome.

 

Spotlight: Groveton Strings

Our Groveton String's teacher, Ms. Chapdelaine-Walker recently won a grant for our students from Wolf Trap Foundation. Click here for more information. 

Groveton ES: Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming to Groveton on March 11-15, 2024!

  • Students can preview and purchase books during school hours during book fair week. 
  • Evening hours for the Book Fair will be on Thursday, March 14th, from 5:00-7:00 pm. 
  • Check out the Scholastic Website 
  • Volunteers are needed for the Book Fair.  Please email our librarian, Ms. Findley at [email protected] if you are able to support! 
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.

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! 
  • 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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Groveton ES: Spelling Bee  

 

Third Annual Groveton Spelling Bee! 

Will be on Friday March 8th in the Groveton Cafeteria. All students in grades Kindergarten through 6th can participate. To register a participant access the link: http://tinyurl.com/2p8ybff7

Thank you to the Groveton PTA for sponsoring this event! 

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Upcoming Important Dates

March 5, 2024: Student Holiday/ School Planning Day. No school for students. 

March 8, 2024: Groveton Spelling Bee 

March 10, 2024: Daily Light Savings Begins (Spring Forward)

March 11-15, 2024: Groveton Book Fair

March 13, 2024: Groveton PTA Meeting 

March 25- March 29, 2024: Spring Break. School and Office will be closed. 

April 1 and April 2, 2024: Teacher Workdays. No school for students. 

April 2, 2024: Kindergarten Orientation 

March 5, 2024: Presidential Primary

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. School will reopen on Wednesday March 6, 2024.  

Groveton ES: Spelling Bee

Third Annual Groveton Spelling Bee! 

Will be on Friday March 8th in the Groveton Cafeteria. All students in grades Kindergarten through 6th can participate. To register a participant access the link: http://tinyurl.com/2p8ybff7

Thank you to the Groveton PTA for sponsoring this event! 

Groveton ES: Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming to Groveton on March 11-15, 2024!

  • Students can preview and purchase books during school hours during book fair week. 
  • Evening hours for the Book Fair will be on Thursday, March 14th, from 5:00-7:00 pm. 
  • Check out the Scholastic Website 
  • Volunteers are needed for the Book Fair.  Please email our librarian, Ms. Findley at [email protected] if you are able to support! 
Kindergarten Orientation and Registration

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. 

Groveton Kindergarten Orientation for student enrolling for the 2024-2025 school year will be on Tuesday April 2, 2024. More information to come. 

Groveton Kindergarten Registration will begin on Monday March 4, 2024. Registration will be by appointment only with our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Evelyn Merino. Appointments can be made by calling our main office at 703-718-8000 or email Ms. Merino at [email protected]

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage

Parent Academy

We hope to see you this week at our last Parent Academy!  Our session topic will be Conversation and Language Games for Families. All Groveton families are welcome to attend! 

  • Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024
  • Location: Groveton ES Library 
    • 5:30-6:00pm:  Pizza Dinner
    • 6:00-7:00pm:  Session
Daylight Saving Begins (Spring Forward)

Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour! As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark. Help your child stay safe by having them wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run into the street or cross between parked cars.

Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?

The majority of FCPS funding is requested from the Fairfax County government, which generates its revenue from real estate and personal property taxes. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides the next largest source of revenue to FCPS through state aid and sales tax. The rest of the funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal aid and tuition for non-county residents. (The numbers above represent the FY 2025 proposed school operating fund in millions.)

FCPS does not have the authority to impose taxes and may only charge fees where the Commonwealth of Virginia has granted specific authority. Learn more about FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget.

Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

Parents/caregivers will receive the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students. Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

Join a Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please enter through Door #14. 

All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available 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 is suitable for students in grades 6-12. Together as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and too-often fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are 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.

Ramadan

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

Purple Up! on April 17 to Support Military Families

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.

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Upcoming Important Dates  

February 26- March 1, 2024: Black History Month Spirit Week 

March 5, 2024: Student Holiday/ School Planning Day. No school for students. 

March 25- March 29, 2024: Spring Break. School and Office will be closed. 

April 1 and April 2, 2024: Teacher Workdays. No school for Students. 

April 2, 2024: Kindergarten Orientation 

Black History Month Spirit Week: February 26- March 1 Staff Updates

Welcome Mrs. Jennifer Amato, our Dean of Students long-term sub! While Ms. Kobylski is out on maternity leave, Ms. Amato will be filling in for her around the building. 

Welcome back Mr. Chris Latham! We are excited to announce that Mr. Latham will be returning to Groveton ES on Monday February 26th, after supporting Belle View ES for the last few weeks. 

Groveton ES Kindergarten Orientation and Registration

Kindergarten Orientation for student enrolling for the 2024-2025 school year will be on Tuesday April 2, 2024. More information to come. 

Kindergarten Registration will begin on Monday March 4, 2024. Registration will be by appointment only with our Student Information Assistant, Ms. Evelyn Merino. Appointments can be made by calling our main office at 703-718-8000 or email Ms. Merino at [email protected]

Parent Academy

We hope to see you this week at Parent Academy! This special edition of the Groveton Parent Academy will meet at the Murraygate Boys and Girls Club. Our session topic will be a review of our las two sessions covering  Assessments and Special Education Services. All Groveton families are welcome to attend! 

  • Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
  • Location: Murraygate Boys and Girls Club 
    • 5:30-6:00pm:  Pizza Dinner
    • 6:00-7:00pm:  Session
Student Spotlight: 4th grade Virginia History Day

We had multiple fourth grade classes participate in the Virginia History Day last week and five of our students will be moving on to Regionals on March 2, 2024. 

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. 

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Groveton ES: Upcoming PTA Meeting on 2/21/2024

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Upcoming PTA Meeting: Parent & Educator Workshop

Join us for our March PTA meeting on Wednesday February 21, 2024 at 6:00pm in the Groveton ES Cafeteria.  

The Groveton ES PTA will be hosting a Parent & Educator Workshop on child behavior. Parents and educators will be given tools to understand the "why" behind a child's challenging behavior and different approaches to proactively support positive behavioral outcomes. 

For additional information check out:  http://FTCBehavior.com

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Upcoming Important Dates

February 19, 2024: President's Day Holiday. No School 

February 21, 2024: PTA Meeting  

March 5, 2024: Student Holiday/ School Planning Day. No school for students. 

March 25- March 29, 2024: Spring Break. School and Office will be closed. 

April 1 and April 2, 2024: Teacher Workdays. No school for S\students. 

Monday February 19, 2024

The Groveton Elementary main office will be closed on Monday, February 19th, for the Presidents Day holiday. There is no school for students. 

We will reopen at 8am on Tuesday, February 20,2024.  

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

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

Online Student Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in. 

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.

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 Groveton ES staff members.

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Upcoming Important Dates

February 9, 2024: PTA Blizzard Bingo

February, 2024: Parent Academy  

February 19, 2024: President's Day Holiday. No School 

February 21, 2024: PTA Meeting 

Groveton ES: Annual Blizzard Bingo Night

Come join the Groveton ES PTA for the annual Blizzard Bingo event! 

Date: Friday February 9, 2024

Time: 6:30 p.m. 

Location: Groveton ES Cafeteria 

The event will have food, beverages and Groveton ES t-shirts available for purchase. Bingo cards are $10 for adults and $8 for kids. 

Prizes include: gift cards and baskets. Grand prize is a Nintendo Switch! 

Groveton Parent Academy

We hope to see you next wee at Parent Academy! Our session topic will be on Reading Strategies for Home. All Groveton families are welcome to attend. 

Date: Wednesday February 14, 2024 

Location: Groveton Library 

  • 5:50-6:00pm: Pizza Dinner
  • 6:00-7:00pm: Session 
Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

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.

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. 

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.

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Groveton ES Anncoucements

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    Upcoming Important Dates

    January 24, 2024: Parent Academy and Band & Strings Winter Concert 

    January 25, 2024: End of Second Quarter & Early Release Day. Dismissal will begin at 1:30pm. 

    January 26, 2024: No School: Teacher Workday 

     

    Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the 2nd quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Dismissal will begin at 1:30pm.

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

     

    Upcoming Attendance Activities

    We are halfway through the school year and doing well with our attendance goals. Help us keep our foot on the gas for the second half of the year! Here are some upcoming events at school for your information. A huge thank you to our parent volunteers and our PTA for helping us make sure that we see Every Tiger Every Day! Please join us this Thursday, January 25 to help with the popcorn parties if you can!

    Thursday, Jan. 25 - Popcorn Party! 

    Sign up to volunteer: 

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0844A4AE2FAAFDCF8-47140005-popcorn#/

    Our next Mr. Swoger’s Attendance Challenge  will begin on Monday, January 29, 2024 and run through February 9, 2024.

    Groveton ES Parent Academy

    We hope to see you this coming Wednesday, January 24 at Parent Academy!

    We will learn about assessments in FCPS and how you can help your child at home. All Groveton families are welcome to attend!

    • Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024 
    • Location: Groveton Library
    • 5:30-6:00:  Pizza Dinner 
    • 6:00-7:00: Session: Assessments in FCPS
    Groveton AAP Support Group

    Join the AAP Parent Support Group on January 25th at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. The topic for discussion will be Stress Management for Students.

    If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Rhinehart Van Tassell, Groveton AAP Support Group at  [email protected].

    Opioid Awareness

    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 FCPS’ website for more information.

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