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Fairhill Forum September 3, 2019
Please visit the Fairhill website for a full list of Announcements and All Upcoming Events
Dates to Know
September 6th: Principal Coffee Talk, 9:30
September 6th: McDonald's (on Gallows Rd) Fundraiser for Fairhill
September 12th: PTA Popsicles on the Playground and PTA meeting, 6:30
September 17th: PTA Family Night Out- Chipotle Mosaic (more info coming)
September 20th: Fall Picture Day
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News from Fairhill
Dear Fairhill Tigers,
What an amazing start to school we've had! We would like to thank our community business partner, Fairfax County Fire Department Station 30, for coming to greet all of our tigers on their first day of school. It made for an awesome start to the day. We look forward to continuing this partnership throughout the year.
Walking around the building, students are already immensely engaged in classroom learning and are continuing to build their classroom communities.
We have a few community events coming up that we would love you to join us for including our first Principals Coffee on September 6 and our first PTA meeting to be held on September 12 (see below for more information on both events).
We look forward to another outstanding year for our entire community.
As always, we are a team! Have a question or a concern? Email or call using the contact info below!
Mrs. Hunstad and Mrs. Korb
Principal Coffee Talk
Please join us for our first Principal Coffee Talk of the 19-20 school year. This will take place on Friday, September 6 from 9:30-10:30 in the Fairhill Library.
We will be having a meet and greet and general question/answer forum. All are welcomed to join us for an informal conversation with our school leaders.
This is a running club for Fairhill students, boys and girls grades 3-6. We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, 4:05-5pm in the gym. Our first practice will be Sept. 17th. We are preparing our students to participate in the Pumpkin Pie Run in November. More information to follow. Practice is not mandatory. We understand our Tigers are busy. Just come when you can. It’s a great way to exercise and have fun. Please see flyer here to sign up and return to Mr. Peevy. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mr. Peevy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairhill Fitness Fanatics
Fairhill Fitness Fanatics is a before-school fitness program which stresses fun, exercise, and good sportsmanship. Students in grades 3 and 4 meet each Thursday morning while students in grades 5 and 6 meet each Wednesday morning beginning September 25th and 26th. On these days, students come to school at 8:00 and enjoy fun games and activities in the gymnasium or outside if weather is permitting. This program runs from the end of September through the end of May. We stress fun for students of all athletic abilities. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Mitchell, School Counselor (703-208-8130).
We will hold fire drills once a week for the first four weeks of school. We will then have one per month. We are required to have four lockdown drills each year, with two drills during the month of September. The first one will be September 5th and the second will be September 16th. We will then hold a lockdown drill in January and February. We will have a bus evacuation drill in September and February. We will have a tornado drill in March.
Family Life Education (FLE)
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community. Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, non-punitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.
If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s Tuesday folder today and are also available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education . If applicable, please fill in the opt-out form and return it to school prior to Family Life Education instruction.
Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at https://fcps.blackboard.com/http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review in our school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online. Program questions may be addressed at school, or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at email@example.com.
Kiss and Ride Safety Reminders
Now that the school year is underway, we recognize that many families will utilize Kiss and Ride in the mornings rather than take the bus. FCPS encourages ALL students to take the bus, if they are eligible. In order to ensure a safe environment for our students, we ask that you carefully read the Kiss and Ride procedures below:
ONLY drop off your child at Kiss and Ride from the designated area
We cannot have parents/students crossing the parking lot in the middle of arrival. The Kiss and Ride line moves quickly and we don’t want anyone to get hurt.
Please DO NOT block buses trying to enter the bus loop or try to pass buses.
There are times when there can be a bit of a hold up because buses and cars are entering at the same entrance. We ask that you please be patient as everyone gets through.
Children must unload from the passenger side of the car ONLY.
Drivers must remain in the car. School staff will assist students getting in and out.
Cars must stay in a single file line as they move to and from Kiss and Ride.
Please, no passing other cars while in line and no premature drop-offs. Please do not pass buses either. They are trying to drop students off safely as well.
Please stay as close to the curb as possible when pulling into the school so cars may enter and exit safely.
Kiss and Ride is only available until 9:20 a.m.
After 9:20, you must park and escort your student to the main office. Students will be marked late at this time. As long as you are in line (inside the parking lot) at 9:20 we will continue to let students use Kiss and Ride, but they will be marked late. If you are not in line inside the lot by 9:20 you will need to park and escort your student inside to the main office.
There is no Kiss and Ride in the afternoons
All adults must park in a parking space or on the blacktop and pick up their student in the cafeteria. Each student must be signed out on the clipboard by the adult picking them up. If you are late picking up your student (after 4:05) you must go to the main office and sign out your student there.
It has been shared with us that many families were not notified by transportation about changes to some bus pick ups and walkers. We have addressed this with transportation directly and apologize that they did not communicate this directly to you. This decision was not a school decision. If you should have any questions, please feel free to call Area 2 transportation at 703-446-2050.
New Crosswalk/Crossing Guard
New to Fairhill this year, there is a crossing guard posted right on Chichester Lane to help students cross the street safely to school. We are asking all parents help us keep students safe by using this Fairfax County provided resource in the correct manner.
After students are crossed by the crossing guard, they should follow the sidewalk to school in the morning. We have posted teachers in the morning to help students cross over the crosswalks near Kiss and Ride. The same route should be followed in the afternoon.
Parents Appreciating Wonderful Staff
Have you seen a staff member going above and beyond for your student or family? Take a moment to thank them by filling out this form.
News from the PTA
Popsicle's on the Playground
Join us on the playground next Thursday for some socializing with popsicles ahead of our first PTA meeting.
Join us at 6:30 on September 12th.
Family Night out
Join the Fairhill community on Friday, September 6th at McDonald's on Gallows Road (next to the carwash) for a fundraiser where will we receive 5% of the days total sales. Tell your friends and go for dinner with your family to the newly renovated McDonald's. See you there! Look in next weeks Tuesday folder for flyer or click here.
Fairhill PTA Before/After School Clubs
Coming home in Tuesday folders today will be all the information for the before and after school clubs and how to sign up for each clubs.
The informational two sided sheet has all the information needed for sign up.
If you have any questions please email Christy Jefferson @firstname.lastname@example.org
News from the Community
Virginia Stingray are hosting a softball clinic this Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 3:00-5:00 at Robinson Secondary School.
See flyer for more information.
News from FCPS
Cafeteria Meal Accounts
Please remember to add money to your child’s school nutrition account.
Payments can be made through MySchoolBucks
We will continue to be a Positivty Project Partner School. Learn more about it here. #otherpeoplematter
This year we will continue to use the Responsive Classroom approach as part of our school wide positive behavior approach. All Fairhill staff members will be trained in August. Read more about it here or watch this video.
Fairhill Elementary fosters academic excellence in a respectful environment which instills strength of character and embraces community involvement.
The staff of Fairhill Elementary prepares children for a productive future by providing for successes in a positive, enriching and academically stimulating environment. We celebrate diversity, foster mutual respect and embrace collaboration as we unite to achieve common purposes and clear goals.
Important Contact Information
Fairhill Phone Numbers:
• Health Room 703-208-8110
• Cafeteria 703-208-8121
Administration e-mail addresses:
• Candace Hunstad: email@example.com
• Courtney Korb: firstname.lastname@example.org
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