Terra Centre Family Newsletter 5-17-24

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Congratulations to all our SEPTA Award nominees and winners!

TC Families,

We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Winkowski, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Mrs. Paula Williams, 2nd grade General Education teacher, won Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) awards last Saturday at the annual FCPS SEPTA Awards. We are so honored to have staff recognized for all they do for students with special education services. A huge shout out to all Terra Centre staff that were nominated for a SEPTA award. 

Outstanding Special Education Teacher - Preschool

  • Ms. Laure Grove

Outstanding Special Education Teacher - Elementary (Mark Stewart Memorial Award)

  • Mrs. Amy Kris
  • Ms. Maggie Lowe
  • Mrs. Tara Worth

Outstanding General Education Teacher - Elementary

  • Ms. Brooke Allan
  • Ms. Kim Hozman
  • Mrs. Julia Saltz
  • Mrs. Paula Williams

Outstanding Related Services

  • Mrs. Terry Winkowski

Outstanding Instructional Support Staff

  • Mrs. Mariam Gorgas
  • Mrs. Bethany Lowery

Enjoy your weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

Important Information Optional Parent Input - 2024-2025 Class Placements

As we begin planning for the upcoming school year, our staff collaborates regarding student placements.  A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic abilities are considered as we create our new classes.  Other factors impacting the decision-making process of student class assignments are new student enrollments and teachers moving to a new assignment.     

Terra Centre families may assist in this process by sharing insights. Please note the following when providing information. We do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement.  This includes hints that reference specific teachers.  We cannot guarantee friend requests nor exceptions for other students whereby there may be a conflict. We do our best to create a positive learning year for your child.

Please provide your input by submitting this form as it will ensure we have your request.  Please do not email us additional information.  Completion of the form is optional. However, the deadline for any correspondence is May 31st at 4:00 PM. Thank you for your input.

Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. View details and a feedback form

SCA Spirit Day EDUKIT School Supplies

Terra Centre's PTA is partnering with EduKit to offer a convenient way for our families to order School Supply Kits for next school year. These kits are custom made for our school and contain only teacher-requested, school-approved items, by grade. Save time on back-to-school shopping!

To order, go to www.edukitinc.com by 11:59pm June 21st. Your order will ship directly to the school, and our volunteers will make them available at our Meet the Teacher event later this summer.

If you have any questions, feel free to email [email protected].

Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, May 23rd - 5:30 PM - Band Concert & 6:15 Strings Concert

Friday, May 24th - Red, White, and Blue SCA Spirit Day

Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

Friday, June 7th - 9:00 AM - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (1:25 Dismissal)

Resources

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Quick Links

6000 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke VA 22015  |  Phone: 703.249.1400
Attendance: 703.249.1414 or  [email protected]
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Volunteer Appreciation, PTA Meeting, Book Donations

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  Volunteer Appreciation & PTA Meeting Tonight

Have you volunteered to chaperone, work in the library, support a classroom, prepare materials, help with school and PTA events? 

Come celebrate with us on Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30 PM in the cafeteria! We will be providing treats to all of our volunteers.

Our final PTA meeting of the year will follow at 6:00 PM.

We are accepting book donations through Thursday, May 16th

6000 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke VA 22015  |  Phone: 703.249.1400
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Terra Centre Family Newsletter 5-10-24

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Celebrating staff appreciation with Kona Ice this week!

TC Families,

Thank you to all of our families and our PTA for making Staff Appreciation Week so amazing!  We truly appreciated the delicious luncheon from our kindergarten families, all of the snacks and treats from the PTA, and the flowers, cards, and tokens of appreciation from our students.

Next week, we will be celebrating our school volunteers on Tuesday, May 14th at 5:30 in the cafeteria.  Our final PTA meeting of the year will follow at 6:00.  Please join us to vote on our 2024-2025 PTA Board.

Have a magnificent weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

Important Information Terra Centre SOL Testing Schedule

Wednesday, May 1 - Reading (Grades 3-6)

Wednesday, May 8 - Science (Grade 5)

Wednesday, May 15 - Math (Grades 3-6)

Retakes-Week of May 20th

  Volunteer Appreciation

Have you volunteered to chaperone, work in the library, support a classroom, help with school and PTA events? 

Come celebrate with us on Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30 PM in the cafeteria! We will be providing treats to all of our volunteers before our PTA meeting at 6:00 PM.

 

  Optional Parent Input - 2024-2025 Class Placements

As we begin planning for the upcoming school year, our staff collaborates regarding student placements.  A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic abilities are considered as we create our new classes.  Other factors impacting the decision-making process of student class assignments are new student enrollments and teachers moving to a new assignment.     

Terra Centre families may assist in this process by sharing insights. Please note the following when providing information. We do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement.  This includes hints that reference specific teachers.  We cannot guarantee friend requests nor exceptions for other students whereby there may be a conflict. We do our best to create a positive learning year for your child.

Please provide your input by submitting this form as it will ensure we have your request.  Please do not email us additional information.  Completion of the form is optional. However, the deadline for any correspondence is May 31st at 4 PM. Thank you for your input.

 

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students

 

☀️ Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! Families are invited to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. In addition to learning activities, enjoy tips and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, May 14th -  5:30 PM - School Volunteer Appreciation - Cafeteria

                                    6:00 PM - PTA Meeting - Cafeteria

Thursday, May 23rd - 5:30 PM - Band Concert & 6:15 Strings Concert

Friday, May 24th - Red, White, and Blue SCA Spirit Day

Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

Friday, June 7th - 9:00 AM - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (1:25 Dismissal)

Resources

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Quick Links

6000 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke VA 22015  |  Phone: 703.249.1400
Attendance: 703.249.1414 or  [email protected]
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Terra Centre Family Newsletter 5-3-24

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Our PTA Variety Show was a huge hit! We have so many talented students and staff!

TC Families,

As we begin planning for the upcoming school year, our staff collaborates regarding student placements.  A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic abilities are considered as we create our new classes.  Other factors impacting the decision-making process of student class assignments are new student enrollments and teachers moving to a new assignment.     

Terra Centre families may assist in this process by sharing insights. Please note the following when providing information. We do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement.  This includes hints that reference specific teachers.  We cannot guarantee friend requests nor exceptions for other students whereby there may be a conflict. We do our best to create a positive learning year for your child.

Please provide your input by submitting this form as it will ensure we have your request.  Please do not email us additional information.  Completion of the form is optional. However, the deadline for any correspondence is May 31st at 4 PM. Thank you for your input.

Have a great weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

Important Information Terra Centre SOL Testing Schedule

Wednesday, May 1 - Reading (Grades 3-6)

Wednesday, May 8 - Science (Grade 5)

Wednesday, May 15 - Math (Grades 3-6)

Retakes-Week of May 20th

A message from the TC PTA:

 

For staff appreciation ideas, visit TC Staff Favorites on the PTA Website.

💪 Let's Finish the School Year Strong! Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources

  Burke Lake 5K

TC Running Club will be taking part in the Burke Lake 5k/10k/Half race put on by Bishop Events (we are doing the 5k). We wanted to invite TC staff and families and the TC community to join us!

To register, here is the link: https://bishopsevents.com/event/2024-spring-burke-lake-5k-10k-half/

Use the code: TerraCentre for 20% off your registration. We hope to see you there! Let me know if you have any questions!

SCA Spirit Day

Mark Your Calendar

May 3rd - School Lunch Hero Day

May 6th-10th - Staff Appreciation Week

May 8th - National School Nurse Day

Tuesday, May 14th -  5:30 PM - School Volunteer Appreciation - Cafeteria

                                    6:00 PM - PTA Meeting - Cafeteria

Thursday, May 23rd - 5:30 PM - Band Concert & 6:15 Strings Concert

Friday, May 24th - Red, White, and Blue SCA Spirit Day

Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

Friday, June 7th - 9:00 AM - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (1:25 Dismissal)

Resources

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Quick Links

6000 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke VA 22015  |  Phone: 703.249.1400
Attendance: 703.249.1414 or  [email protected]
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Today is the Last Chance to Order a Yearbook

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Barksdale has opened the yearbook ordering website for one final day.  This is your very last chance to order a yearbook and orders must be placed by midnight tonight (April 30).

  • Yearbooks are $15 for softcover
  • April 30 at midnight is the deadline
  • Online ordering only at https://www.barksdalephoto.com/
    • Go to "What are you looking for?" and select "Order Your Yearbook."
    • Enter Access Code:  0038625YB

6000 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke VA 22015  |  Phone: 703.249.1400
Attendance: 703.249.1414 or  [email protected]
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Terra Centre Family Newsletter 4-26-24

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5th graders in Mrs. Fairchild's class created nature assemblages inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy to celebrate Earth Day!

TC Families,

This week, we celebrated Earth Week, and each day there was a different focus on environmental stewardship. Special thanks to Ms. Grove, our Get2Green lead. The Eco-Club students and the entire school have worked hard all year on various initiatives to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Ms. Grove is also facilitating the 4-H Embryology Project at Terra Centre. Very soon we will have eggs hatching all over the school! 

We have several things happening next week:

  • SOL testing begins Wednesday, May 1, for students in grades 3-6. Students should get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and be on time to school. Please see below for the complete SOL testing schedule.
  • The PTA Variety Show is Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 in the Terra Centre cafeteria. 
  • Friday, May 3, is a teacher workday and there is no school for students.

Please scroll down for important information and upcoming events.

Have a great weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

Important Information Terra Centre SOL Testing Schedule

Wednesday, May 1 - Reading (Grades 3-6)

Wednesday, May 8 - Science (Grade 5)

Wednesday, May 15 - Math (Grades 3-6)

A message from the TC PTA:

 

For staff appreciation ideas, visit TC Staff Favorites on the PTA Website.

🙋 Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Visit our website for attendance resources.

Burke Lake 5K

TC Running Club will be taking part in the Burke Lake 5k/10k/Half race put on by Bishop Events (we are doing the 5k). We wanted to invite TC staff and families and the TC community to join us!

To register, here is the link: https://bishopsevents.com/event/2024-spring-burke-lake-5k-10k-half/

Use the code: TerraCentre for 20% off your registration. We hope to see you there! Let me know if you have any questions!

Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, May 2nd - 6:30 PM - TC PTA Variety Show

Friday, May 3rd - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

Tuesday, May 14th -  5:30 PM - School Volunteer Appreciation - Cafeteria

                                    6:00 PM - PTA Meeting - Cafeteria

Thursday, May 23rd - 5:30 PM - Band Concert & 6:15 Strings Concert

Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

Friday, June 7th - 9:00 AM - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (1:25 Dismissal)

Resources

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Quick Links

6000 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke VA 22015  |  Phone: 703.249.1400
Attendance: 703.249.1414 or  [email protected]
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Terra Centre Family Newsletter 4-19-24

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Congratulations to all of our TC artists who had artwork displayed at the Robinson Pyramid Art Show yesterday!  It was great opportunity to showcase our young artists across the pyramid. Special thanks to Ms. Bauersfeld, TC's art teacher!

TC Families,

Thank you to our 1st grade families for the taco bar luncheon this week!  Everything was delicious and very much appreciated!

On Wednesday, April 24th, we are celebrating our Administrative Professionals Day to thank our front office staff who work hard every day to support Terra Centre students, staff, and families.  Please join us in thanking Sandra Ammar, Dee Cunningham, Julie Hart, and Valerie Sollers!

Welcome our new Family Liaison, Michelle Sehwoerer, who started at Terra Centre this week. She sent out a message via Talking Points earlier this week and is available to support families in a variety of ways with information, communication, and resources. Her email is [email protected].

As a reminder, today (April 19) is the last day to order a yearbook. Yearbooks are $15 for softcover and they can be ordered online only at https://www.barksdalephoto.com/. Go to "What are you looking for?" and select "Order Your Yearbook" and enter Access Code:  0038625YB.

Please scroll down for important information and upcoming events, including Earth Week starting on Monday.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

Important Information Earth Week: April 22-26

Next week is Earth Week! While we all work hard to protect our planet each day, Earth Week gives us a chance to learn about new opportunities and make commitments to do even more. We will be doing activities at school and families can complete the BINGO board below. Visit FCPS Get2Green for more information.

Each day next week has a theme and we will be having spirit days to match:

  • Monday- Earth Day- wear green
  • Tuesday- Watershed Day- wear blue
  • Wednesday- Zero Waste Day- wear white
  • Thursday- Climate Change Day- wear red
  • Friday- Wildlife Day- wear a nature print

Continue the learning and have fun with our Fairfax County Partners. Fairfax County Park Authority's Earth Day Festival will be held Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Sully Historic Site. The festival will include earth and nature-focused programs, scavenger hunts, and more.

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit

Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which 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 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 theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Burke Lake 5K

TC Running Club will be taking part in the Burke Lake 5k/10k/Half race put on by Bishop Events (we are doing the 5k). We wanted to invite TC staff and families and the TC community to join us!

To register, here is the link: https://bishopsevents.com/event/2024-spring-burke-lake-5k-10k-half/

Use the code: TerraCentre for 20% off your registration. We hope to see you there! Let me know if you have any questions!

✅ 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.

🗳️ Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s [teacher or counselor].

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! At Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), students take art, music, theater, and dance classes daily. E-IFTA is for current second through fifth grade students. Learn more on the E-IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, April 22nd - Earth Day- Wear Green

Tuesday, April 23rd - Watershed Day- Wear Blue

Wednesday, April 24th - Zero Waste Day- Wear White

                                         Administrative Professionals Day    

Thursday, April 25th - Climate Change Day- Wear Red

Friday, April 26th - Wildlife Day- Wear a Nature Print

Thursday, May 2nd - 7:00 PM - TC PTA Variety Show

Friday, May 3rd - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

Tuesday, May 14th -  5:30 PM - School Volunteer Appreciation - Cafeteria

                                    6:00 PM - PTA Meeting - Cafeteria

Thursday, May 23rd - 5:30 PM - Band Concert & 6:15 Strings Concert

Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

Friday, June 7th - 9:00 AM - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (1:25 Dismissal)

 

Terra Centre SOL Testing Schedule

Wednesday, May 1 - Reading (Grades 3-6)

Wednesday, May 8 - Science (Grade 5)

Wednesday, May 15 - Math (Grades 3-6)

Resources

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Quick Links

6000 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke VA 22015  |  Phone: 703.249.1400
Attendance: 703.249.1414 or  [email protected]
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Terra Centre Family Newsletter 4-12-24

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This week, we were thrilled to have a surprise military family reunion at Terra Centre! 

Check out the video:  TC Military Family Surprise Reunion

 

TC Families,

We are looking forward to our PTA Fun Fair tomorrow from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Join us for:

  • Games and Activities
  • Food and Drinks
  • Petting Farm
  • Raffle Baskets

Please scroll down for pictures from recent events and important information.

Enjoy the weather this weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Kindergarten Signing Day!

 

Welcoming our newest TC Tigers starting in 24-25!

Thank you to our families that attended Math Night last week!  It was a great success - special thanks to Karen Olweiler and our staff for planning and facilitating the event!

Thank you to the National Science Foundation for providing safe eyewear for eclipse viewing!  Our students and staff enjoyed viewing the phenomenon on Monday afternoon.

Important Information Purple Up! Day

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. 

Burke Lake 5K

TC Running Club will be taking part in the Burke Lake 5k/10k/Half race put on by Bishop Events (we are doing the 5k). We wanted to invite TC staff and families and the TC community to join us!

To register, here is the link: https://bishopsevents.com/event/2024-spring-burke-lake-5k-10k-half/

Use the code: TerraCentre for 20% off your registration. We hope to see you there! Let me know if you have any questions!

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.

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit

Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which 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 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 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.

🗳️ Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

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 their child's teacher regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Religious Accommodations in Schools for Students webpage for more information.

  • Yearbooks are $15 for softcover
  • Ordering deadline is April 19, 2024
  • Online ordering only at https://www.barksdalephoto.com/
    • Go to "What are you looking for?" and select "Order Your Yearbook."
    • Enter Access Code:  0038625YB
Mark Your Calendar

Saturday, April 13th - 1:00-4:00 PM - PTA Fun Fair

Monday, April 15th (UPDATED DATE) - 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

Wednesday, April 17th - Purple Up! Day - Wear Purple to show your support for military-connected youth!

Thursday, April 18th - 6:00-8:00 PM - Robinson Pyramid Art Show - Robinson Secondary School - Field House

Friday, April 19th - Yearbook Order Deadline

Thursday, May 2nd - 7:00 PM - TC PTA Variety Show

Friday, May 3rd - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

Tuesday, May 14th - 6:00 PM - PTA Meeting - Cafeteria

Thursday, May 23rd - 5:30 PM - Band Concert & 6:15 Strings Concert

Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

Friday, June 7th - 9:00 AM - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (1:25 Dismissal)

 

Terra Centre SOL Testing Schedule

Wednesday, May 1 - Reading (Grades 3-6)

Wednesday, May 8 - Science (Grade 5)

Wednesday, May 15 - Math (Grades 3-6)

Resources

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Quick Links

6000 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke VA 22015  |  Phone: 703.249.1400
Attendance: 703.249.1414 or  [email protected]
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PTA Fun Fair is this Saturday!

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PTA Fun Fair is this Saturday!

Just a reminder that the PTA Fun Fair is on Saturday, April 13 from 1-4 pm.

Raffle Baskets

The deadline for bringing donations for the raffle baskets has been extended to Thursday, April 11th. Please send in items with your student to their homeroom. Scroll down for a list of basket themes by homeroom teacher

Volunteer Opportunities

Each class is also assigned a station to run at the Fun Fair. We rely on our wonderful volunteers to make this event successful. Adult volunteers and 7th-12th grade students looking for service hours are all welcome. Some stations do require that volunteers are 18 years or older.

Please find your student(s) class on the following link to signup

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E44A8AC28A5F85-48138256-funfair#/

Tickets - pre-sale closes Wednesday, April 10th

Advance-sale activity/game tickets ($10 for 20 tickets)

Terra Center Swag Bags (1 in 50 will have a "Golden Ticket" for unlimited rides!!!)

Basket Raffle Tickets ($10 for 12) PTA Members who purchase raffle tickets get an additional 5 raffle tickets for being a PTA member!!​​​​​​​

https://tcpta.ptboard.com/formvw?store=4123&form=22

Raffle Basket Themes Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Mathnasium

Dr. Amy Adair

Pure Barre Burke

My Gym Burke

iCode Burke

Join Next Year's PTA Board!

The Nominating Committee is NOW accepting applications for the elected positions for the 2024-2025 school year. If you are looking for a way to contribute to Terra Centre, this is a great opportunity.  Elected positions include President, Vice Presidents, Treasurer, and Secretary! If you are interested in serving, email Maggie Lowe, our Nominating Committee Chair at [email protected] 

Registration is Open for Spring Clubs!

There are still spots available for Spring Clubs! To register please visit the PTA website at https://tcpta.ptboard.com/home

In order to make our clubs happen, we need parent volunteers for these clubs! We are still looking for a volunteer on Wednesday and Thursday. If you are interested in registering your child for a club and getting a discount, please email Sharon at [email protected] for more information.

Spring Clubs

  • iCook Cooking Club
  • Messy Science Club
  • Chess Club
  • Hip Hop Club
  • Eco Club
  • Book Club
  • iCode Tech Club

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Terra Centre Family Newsletter 4-5-24

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Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 52115 for the delicious Girl Scout cookies that they delivered to our teachers and staff! The troop collected cookie donations during their cookie drives to support the staff at Terra Centre!

 

TC Families,

This week was National Assistant Principals Week! Assistant Principals play a crucial role, and we want to recognize Melanie Jewell and Teresa Lewis for their hard work and commitment to our school, students, and the profession. These dedicated leaders work tirelessly to bolster teachers, motivate students, create a positive learning community, and face the many unpredictable challenges that land on their desk. Please join me in thanking them for their service to Terra Centre and FCPS!

April 4 was National School Librarian Day and April is School Library Month. It's a great time to celebrate the essential role that school librarians play in the lives of students. School librarians ensure students have access to a wide variety of high-quality books and resources that connect them to the world and build a culture of literacy. Librarians develop lessons that are meaningful and help develop critical thinking, inquiry, and information literacy skills. They support learning across all subject areas by teaching students the skills to be independent problem-solvers and creative thinkers. By creating a safe environment for all students to be engaged and curious learners, FCPS libraries are places where everyone belongs. Thank you to our school librarian, Allison Petruzzellis, for her dedication to our students, school, and community!

Please scroll down for important information and upcoming events.

Have a great weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Important Information

Path of totality courtesy of nationaleclipse.com.

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A solar eclipse is happening on Monday, April 8, 2024, and (weather permitting) will be visible in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m. with the maximum eclipse around 3:20 p.m. This will be the last total solar eclipse visible from the United States until 2044. 

This is 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. At Terra Centre, we have acquired ISO 12312-2 approved eyewear so that students can safely view the eclipse. If you would prefer for your child to stay inside or not receive glasses, please notify your child’s homeroom teacher by 8:00 a.m. on Monday.

Here are some important reminders:

  • Do not look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce it at home. 
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. We will be providing eyewear that has been approved for viewing.
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with Terra Centre’s dismissal), and ends around 4:32 p.m. Please remind your children to NOT look up at the sun unless they have the approved eyewear. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

For more details and family resources, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

📖 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.

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.

Congratulations to Terra Centre's SEPTA Nominees!

The following staff members and student have been nominated for a 2023-2024 Fairfax County Special Education PTA Award recognizing outstanding achievement in supporting students with disabilities and learning differences in Fairfax County Public Schools. 

Outstanding Special Education Teacher - Preschool

  • Laure Grove

Outstanding Special Education Teacher - Elementary (Mark Stewart Memorial Award)

  • Amy Kris
  • Maggie Lowe
  • Tara Worth

Outstanding General Education Teacher - Elementary

  • Brooke Allan
  • Kim Hozman
  • Julia Saltz
  • Paula Williams

Outstanding Related Services

  • Terry Winkowski

Outstanding Instructional Support Staff

  • Mariam Gorgas
  • Bethany Lowery

Abbie Bachmore Memorial Award (Student Who Most Supports Inclusion)

  • William Benjamin Lowe
April is the Month of the Military Child! 

Thank you to our military-connected families for attending our PTA-sponsored pizza and bingo family night celebrating the Month of the Military Child!

Terra Centre recognizes the resilience of our military-connected children during April, the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take this opportunity to celebrate our military-connected children and thank them for their service as part of a military family.  

Join Next Year's PTA Board!

The Nominating Committee is NOW accepting applications for the elected positions for the 2024-2025 school year. If you are looking for a way to contribute to Terra Centre, this is a great opportunity.  Elected positions include President, Vice Presidents, Treasurer, and Secretary! If you are interested in serving, email Maggie Lowe, our Nominating Committee Chair at [email protected] 

Registration is Open for Spring Clubs!

There are still spots available for Spring Clubs! To register please visit the PTA website at https://tcpta.ptboard.com/home

In order to make our clubs happen, we need parent volunteers for these clubs! We are still looking for a volunteer on Wednesday and Thursday. If you are interested in registering your child for a club and getting a discount, please email Sharon at [email protected] for more information.

Spring Clubs

  • iCook Cooking Club
  • Messy Science Club
  • Chess Club
  • Hip Hop Club
  • Eco Club
  • Book Club
  • iCode Tech Club
Fun Fair Tickets are on Sale Now!

Our PTA Fun Fair will be Saturday, April 13th from 1-4pm! This is our biggest event of the year; we'll have carnival games, inflatable obstacle courses, a petting zoo, and more! Get your tickets early at a big discount!

Be sure to check for an email from your room parent about the basket theme assigned to your class and the sign-up genius for the game/station assigned to your class. We need volunteers to make Fun Fair a success for our students!

  • Yearbooks are $15 for softcover
  • Ordering deadline is April 19, 2024
  • Online ordering only at https://www.barksdalephoto.com/
    • Go to "What are you looking for?" and select "Order Your Yearbook."
    • Enter Access Code:  0038625YB
Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, April 10th - Eid al-Fitr Holiday (No School)

Saturday, April 13th - 1:00-4:00 PM - PTA Fun Fair 

Tuesday, April 16th - 6th Grade Panoramic Picture

Wednesday, April 17th - Purple Up! Day - Wear Purple to show your support for military-connected youth!

Thursday, April 18th - 6:00-8:00 PM - Robinson Pyramid Art Show - Robinson Secondary School - Field House

Friday, April 19th - Yearbook Order Deadline

Thursday, May 2nd - 7:00 PM - TC PTA Variety Show

Friday, May 3rd - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

 

Terra Centre SOL Testing Schedule

Wednesday, May 1 - Reading (Grades 3-6)

Wednesday, May 8 - Science (Grade 5)

Wednesday, May 15 - Math (Grades 3-6)

Resources

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Quick Links

6000 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke VA 22015  |  Phone: 703.249.1400
Attendance: 703.249.1414 or  [email protected]
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Math Night this Thursday and Military Night Tonight

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Math Night this Thursday

Math Night is Thursday, April 4th from 5:30-7:00 PM.  This is an open house style event and details are below.  This is an opportunity for families and students to play and learn together.  All students must be accompanied by an adult as this is not a drop-off event.

Military Family Reminder

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Terra Centre Family Newsletter 3-22-24

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TC Families,

As a reminder, next week is spring break and the main office will be closed March 25-29.  April 1 is a teacher workday and April 2 is a staff development day, which are both student holidays.  Students return to school on Wednesday, April 3.

Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m.  We look forward to meeting our newest TC Tigers!  Please scroll down for other important information and upcoming events, including military family night and math night the week we return from break.

Enjoy your spring break!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Melanie Jewell, Acting Assistant Principal

Important Information

Thank you so much for supporting our Spring 2024 Scholastic Book Fair at Terra Centre Elementary!  We wanted to express our appreciation for every Book Fair volunteer who gave of their time and energy as well as every TC student, staff member, and family who came out to our family shopping event or supported our fair during the school day.   Because of your faithful support, we can buy hundreds more books for our Terra Centre Elementary School Library!  While this was our final Fair of the school year, please stay tuned in the fall for our Fall 2024 Scholastic Book Fair! Thanks again for your support!

Neurodiversity Affirmation Week

This week, and for the first time, FCPS is celebrating Neurodiversity Affirmation Week. It's a time to recognize, appreciate, and honor the diverse neurological differences that exist among us, including those with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other neurological variations. Our goal is to foster an inclusive environment that values all student’s unique learning styles and strengths, understanding that diversity is not just about the ways in which we differ, but also about embracing these differences to make our community stronger and more vibrant.

A Message from the PTA - PTA Board Nominations

The PTA Nominating Committee is NOW accepting applications for the elected positions for the 2024-2025 school year. If you are looking for a way to contribute to Terra Centre, this is a great opportunity! Elected positions include President, Vice Presidents, Treasurer, and Secretary!

We have one of the best PTAs around, supported by a wonderful community of volunteers. Our current board consists of 7 people; and most everyone has a full-time job--which is to say, the workload is manageable, and generally predictable. We also have years of documentation, former board members, and a supportive school administration. Positions run from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. We'll vote on nominations at our May board meeting.

If you're interested in serving, email Maggie Lowe, our Nominating Committee chair at [email protected] or fill out the PTA Board Nomination form.

Do You Have A Rising Kindergartner for the 2024 - 2025 School Year?

Kindergarten registration information is available on the Terra Centre website and the FCPS website. FCPS online registration for the 24-25 school year should be available in March. If you would like to register in person, please contact our registrar, Dee Cunningham at [email protected] or 703-249-1400.

Mark your calendar for our Kindergarten Orientation scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd -  2:00-4:00p.m.

Military Connected Students

Military Connected Family Night is Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria.  Please see below to RSVP.

Please RSVP for Math Night

TCES Math Night is on Thursday, April 4th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Families will get to learn, play, and take Math Games home with them that focus on Fact Fluency for your Child's Grade Level.

To ensure we have enough games at each grade level, we are asking if you could please click on the link below and let us know if your family is planning to attend and what grade level your child is currently in.

Thank you so much for your feedback in helping us plan a great night for all!

We are looking forward to seeing you then!

Math Night Family Attendance Survey

☀️ 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.

 

Our PTA Fun Fair will be Saturday, April 13th from 1-4pm! This is our biggest event of the year; we'll have carnival games, inflatable obstacle courses, a petting zoo, and more! Get your tickets early at a big discount!

 

  • Yearbooks are $15 for softcover
  • Ordering deadline is April 19, 2024
  • Online ordering only at https://www.barksdalephoto.com/
    • Go to "What are you looking for?" and select "Order Your Yearbook."
    • Enter Access Code:  0038625YB
Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Mark Your Calendar

March 25th-29th - Spring Break (No School - Office Closed)

Monday, April 1st - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

Tuesday, April 2nd - Staff Development Day (No School for Students)

                                   2:00-4:00 Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, April 3rd - 7:00 Military Connected Family Night (Cafeteria)

Thursday, April 4th - TC Math Night

Wednesday, April 10th - Eid al-Fitr Holiday (No School)

Saturday, April 13th - 1:00-4:00 PTA Fun Fair 

 

Terra Centre SOL Testing Schedule

Thursday, April 4 - IRW (Grade 5)

Wednesday, May 1 - Reading (Grades 3-6)

Wednesday, May 8 - Science (Grade 5)

Wednesday, May 15 - Math (Grades 3-6)

Resources

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Quick Links

6000 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke VA 22015  |  Phone: 703.249.1400
Attendance: 703.249.1414 or  [email protected]
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Book Fair Family Night is Tomorrow!

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Lost & Found

Is your child missing something? Check out the Lost & Found at Family Night!

Lost and Found is temporarily located in the front lobby for student and parent access.  Please stop by and/or encourage your child to stop by and see if anything looks familiar.  Unclaimed items will be donated after March 22.

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Terra Centre Family Newsletter 3-15-24

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Our kindergarteners shared their creative ideas and inventions at the Inventors Expo today!  Students have been learning all about different community helpers and the tools they use for their jobs. Each student designed and built an invention for a community helper of their choice.

 

TC Families,

Please check your child's backpack for the “Student’s Intention For The Next School Year” form that was sent home today. We are asking families to fill out and return the form to school ASAP. This information is critical to help us plan our staffing needs for the 2024-2025 school year based on enrollment.  Additionally, state regulations require that we determine the educational intentions of students leaving FCPS.

Please see below for important information about award nominations, book fair, military family night, math night, the solar eclipse, fun fair, and more!

Enjoy your weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Melanie Jewell, Acting Assistant Principal

Important Information   SEPTA Award Nominations - Due March 17

Calling all families! Last call for SEPTA award nominations. Please consider nominating that special someone at TC who has made a memorable impact on your child. This could be a bus driver, teacher, support staff member, cafe worker, anyone! We strive for inclusion and collaboration at TC, thank a staff member by nominating them for their dedication.

https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/awards/

  Nominations Open for First Class Award for Inclusion 

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the First Class Awards. The awards are presented annually to educators, administrators, and students who support, design, and/or implement inclusion activities that result in positive outcomes for students. The ACSD will recognize award winners at the Family Summit on Saturday, April 20

Nominate an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to inclusive practices in Fairfax County Public Schools by Friday, March 22. Email [email protected] with questions.

Spring Book Fair is Here! Military Connected Students

Terra Centre is excited to honor our military connected students during the month of April, Month of the Military Child. We are inviting all our military connected students to complete the form to be showcased on a school bulletin board. Please complete and return the form by April 3, 2024.

Please RSVP for Math Night

TCES Math Night is on Thursday, April 4th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Families will get to learn, play, and take Math Games home with them that focus on Fact Fluency for your Child's Grade Level.

To ensure we have enough games at each grade level, we are asking if you could please click on the link below and let us know if your family is planning to attend and what grade level your child is currently in.

Thank you so much for your feedback in helping us plan a great night for all!

We are looking forward to seeing you then!

Math Night Family Attendance Survey

☀️ 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.

 

Our PTA Fun Fair will be Saturday, April 13th from 1-4pm! This is our biggest event of the year; we'll have carnival games, inflatable obstacle courses, a petting zoo, and more! Get your tickets early at a big discount!

 

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is overflowing! Please take a moment to stop by and check it out before Spring Break. Items will be donated after March 22.

Do You Have A Rising Kindergartner for the 2024 - 2025 School Year?

Kindergarten registration information is available on the Terra Centre website and the FCPS website. FCPS online registration for the 24-25 school year should be available in March. If you would like to register in person, please contact our registrar, Dee Cunningham at [email protected] or 703-249-1400.

Mark your calendar for our Kindergarten Orientation scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd -  2:00-4:00p.m.

  • Yearbooks are $15 for softcover
  • Ordering deadline is April 19, 2024
  • Online ordering only at https://www.barksdalephoto.com/
    • Go to "What are you looking for?" and select "Order Your Yearbook."
    • Enter Access Code:  0038625YB
Take the Family Engagement Survey Today! 

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy 
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Mark Your Calendar

March 18th-22nd - Spring Book Fair

March 25th-29th - Spring Break (No School - Office is Closed)

Monday, April 1st - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

Tuesday, April 2nd - Staff Development Day (No School for Students)

                                   2:00-4:00 Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, April 3rd - 7:00 Military Connected Family Night (Cafeteria)

Thursday, April 4th - TC Math Night

Wednesday, April 10th - Eid al-Fitr Holiday (No School)

Saturday, April 13th - 1:00-4:00 PTA Fun Fair 

 

Terra Centre SOL Testing Schedule

Wednesday, May 1 - Reading (Grades 3-6)

Wednesday, May 8 - Science (Grades 3-6)

Wednesday, May 15 - Math (Grades 3-6)

Resources

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Quick Links

6000 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke VA 22015  |  Phone: 703.249.1400
Attendance: 703.249.1414 or  [email protected]
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Terra Centre Family Newsletter 3-8-24

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TC Families,

Thank you to all the families who attended and participated in Arts & Culture Night and the Spring Choral Concert this week. Sincere thanks to our TC specialists and staff for all of their hard work planning and facilitating the event. We enjoyed art from every TC Tiger along with literature, dance, cultural displays, and music. If you would still like to order a book from our author visit with Ada Ari, please check out the flier below.

As a reminder, daylight saving time begins this Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour!  Terra Centre's Spring Picture Day is Tuesday, March 12, and there is a Family Coffee and PTA meeting on Wednesday, March 13.  Please scroll down for details.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Melanie Jewell, Acting Assistant Principal

Important Information Kiss & Ride Reminder

When entering Kiss & Ride, please follow Marshall Pond Road to Pond Spice Lane to Burke Centre Parkway and follow the entire loop to exit on to Burke Centre Parkway.  Please avoid U-turns at the intersection of Pond Spice Lane and Burke Centre Parkway. We have had several near-miss incidents.

Family Coffee - Wednesday, March 13 at 5:00 

Please join us for Tiger Talk with Admin on Wednesday, March 13 at 5:00 in the cafeteria.  We will be discussing MTSS - Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and how our school uses data to support student academics, behavior, and wellness.

The PTA meeting will follow at 6:00 in the cafeteria.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is overflowing! Please take a moment to stop by and check it out before Spring Break. Items will be donated after March 22.

Last Chance to Order an Autographed Ada Ari Book

Please scan the QR code or click the link below to order:

https://www.ada-ari.com/african-folktales

Spring Book Fair is Coming!

Save the date!  Our Spring 2024 Scholastic Book Fair is almost here!  We will be setting up the fair on March 13 and doing previews and wish list creation with all classes between March 14-15.  Sales will run the week of March 18-22.   Family Night will be Thursday, March 21 from 5:30-7:30pm.  Book Fair tear down and clean up will be the afternoon of Friday, March 22. 

We are looking for parents and guardians to help with all these activities. To volunteer, pease click on the following Sign-Up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B48AEAB2AAB9-48148517-spring#/. Stay tuned for more information about the Fair!   We are looking forward to this exciting time! -Ms. Petruzzellis, Librarian, Terra Centre Elementary School

To add funds to eWallet, visit: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/terracentre

To learn more about eWallet, click here: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/content/fairs/videos/intro-to-ewallet-fair-files.html

Do You Have A Rising Kindergartner for the 2024 - 2025 School Year?

Kindergarten registration information is available on the Terra Centre website and the FCPS website. FCPS online registration for the 24-25 school year should be available in March. If you would like to register in person, please contact our registrar, Dee Cunningham at [email protected] or 703-249-1400.

Mark your calendar for our Kindergarten Orientation scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd -  2:00-4:00p.m.

  • Yearbooks are $15 for softcover
  • Ordering deadline is April 19, 2024
  • Online ordering only at https://www.barksdalephoto.com/
    • Go to "What are you looking for?" and select "Order Your Yearbook."
    • Enter Access Code:  0038625YB
FCPS Family Engagement Survey

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open through March 22. 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. All responses are confidential. 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.

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, March 12th - Spring Picture Day

                                       5th & 6th Grade Strings picture

                                       Robinson Area Band & Strings Group picture

Wednesday, March 13th - 5:00 Family Coffee (Cafeteria)

                                           Topic: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Students

                                           6:00 PTA Meeting (Cafeteria)

March 18th-22nd - Spring Book Fair

March 25th-29th - Spring Break (No School - Office is Closed)

Monday, April 1st - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

Tuesday, April 2nd - Staff Development Day (No School for Students)

                                   2:00-4:00 Kindergarten Orientation

Thursday, April 4th - TC Math Night

Wednesday, April 10th - Eid al-Fitr Holiday (No School)

Resources

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Quick Links

6000 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke VA 22015  |  Phone: 703.249.1400
Attendance: 703.249.1414 or  [email protected]
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Last Day to Order Terra Centre Purple Up Shirts

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Last Day to Order Terra Centre's Purple Up Shirt

 

Terra Centre Purple Up Shirts!

Terra Centre's PTA created a custom Purple Up shirt to celebrate the Month of the Military Child in April. Help support our Military Families by purchasing a Purple Up shirt. All funds raised will go toward our Military Family events.

Cost: $20

Order Deadline: March 7

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Arts & Culture Night and Author Visit Tomorrow

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Arts & Culture Night is Tomorrow!

We are excited about Ada Ari's author visit tomorrow and Arts & Culture Night!  Please see the fliers below for event details.  If you would still like to order a book for the author visit, please do so by 5:00 p.m. today.

Please scan the QR code or click the link below to order:

https://www.ada-ari.com/african-folktales

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Terra Centre Family Newsletter 3-1-24

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We finished off our Read Across America spirit week today with cozy pajamas and read-in!  Thanks to everyone who celebrated reading this week with favorite colors, silly socks, and animal prints! Read Across America Day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids excited about reading. 

TC Families,

We are excited about Arts & Culture Night next week on Wednesday, March 6th!  We are still looking for families to sign up and host a table to share their cultural heritage. We also welcome our military families who have been stationed in other countries to host a table. Families who have lived abroad and would like to share elements of the culture they experienced can contact Ms. Dailey at [email protected] to learn more about how to volunteer.

During the school day on March 6th, we will have an author visit with Ada Ari.  Visit her website at https://www.ada-ari.com/. If you would like to pre-order an autographed book, please visit https://www.ada-ari.com/african-folktales and order by Monday, March 4th.    

Have a great weekend!

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Melanie Jewell, Acting Assistant Principal

Important Information

Due to the presidential primary election, March 5 is a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day for staff. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional work days. 

 

Terra Centre Purple Up Shirts!

Terra Centre's PTA created a custom Purple Up shirt to celebrate the Month of the Military Child in April. Help support our Military Families by purchasing a Purple Up shirt. All funds raised will go toward our Military Family events.

Cost: $20

Order Deadline: March 7

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/terracentreptapurpleupfundraiser

Spring Book Fair is Coming!

Save the date!  Our Spring 2024 Scholastic Book Fair is almost here!  We will be setting up the fair on March 13 and doing previews and wish list creation with all classes between March 14-15.  Sales will run the week of March 18-22.   Family Night will be Thursday, March 21 from 5:30-7:30pm.  Book Fair tear down and clean up will be the afternoon of Friday, March 22. 

We are looking for parents and guardians to help with all these activities. To volunteer, pease click on the following Sign-Up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B48AEAB2AAB9-48148517-spring#/. Stay tuned for more information about the Fair!   We are looking forward to this exciting time! -Ms. Petruzzellis, Librarian, Terra Centre Elementary School

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!

We Are Hiring Classroom Monitors!

Terra Centre is looking for additional classroom monitors! Our monitors work hourly and support a variety of essential school-based operations. Monitor duties include supervision of students in the classroom, at recess, and in the cafeteria as well as materials preparation.  

If you are interested, please email Melanie Jewell at [email protected]. The monitor position is paid at an hourly rate of $16.36 per hour and while there are more crucial times of day, flexible schedules are possible. Thank you for considering joining our Terra Centre team!

Do You Have A Rising Kindergartner for the 2024 - 2025 School Year?

Kindergarten registration information is available on the Terra Centre website and the FCPS website. FCPS online registration for the 24-25 school year should be available in March. If you would like to register in person, please contact our registrar, Dee Cunningham at [email protected] or 703-249-1400.

If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2024, please complete the Survey of Preschool Children and return it to the office or your child’s teacher. Paper copies of the form will be sent home with students next week. 

If you have a neighbor or friend for whom this applies, please share this information with them or ask them to call Terra Centre at 703-249-1400. Your assistance with identifying our incoming Kindergarten class is greatly appreciated.

Mark your calendar for our Kindergarten Orientation scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd -  2:00-4:00p.m.

  • Yearbooks are $15 for softcover
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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

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, March 5th - Election Day (No School for Students)

Wednesday, March 6th - 6:00-7:15 TC Arts & Culture Night

                                          7:30-8:00 Chorus Concert 

Tuesday, March 12th - Spring Picture Day

                                       5th & 6th Grade Strings picture

                                       Robinson Area Band & Strings Group picture

Wednesday, March 13th - 5:00 Tiger Talk with Admin Family Coffee (Library)

                                           Topic: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Students

                                           6:00 PTA Meeting (Library)

March 18th-22nd - Spring Book Fair

March 25th-29th - Spring Break (No School)

Monday, April 1st - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

Tuesday, April 2nd - Staff Development Day (No School for Students)

                                   2:00-4:00 Kindergarten Orientation

Thursday, April 4th - TC Math Night

Resources

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

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