Clubs & Candid Photo Day Tomorrow!

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REMINDER:  Clubs & Candid Photo Day is Tomorrow

Tomorrow, our yearbook photographer will be at Terra Centre to take pictures of our clubs as well as candid photos throughout the building.  The following clubs will be featured in group photos: 

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Patrols
  • SCA Leadership Team
  • Strings
  • TCTV
Band, Chorus, and Strings students are invited to wear their TC Music T-Shirts.

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TC Updates 2/3/23

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Terra Centre Families, 

Groundhog Day was a big topic at Terra Centre this week.  Apparently, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and we need to brace ourselves for six more weeks of winter!  

Next Tuesday, our yearbook photographer will be here to take pictures of our clubs and candid pictures throughout the building.  The following clubs will be featured in group photos:  SCA, Patrols, Band, Strings, Chorus, and TCTV.

We look forward to celebrating our counselors, Mrs. Toth, Ms. Mastroianni, and counselor intern Mrs. Hoffman next week during National School Counseling Week. They do so many great things to support our students, families, and school. We encourage families to write a thank you note or have your child draw a picture to show your thanks!

As a reminder, 2nd quarter progress reports were sent home in backpacks with students today.  

Please see below for reminders, updates, and special events. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

 

February: Black History Month

February 3: 2nd quarter progress reports sent home

February 7: Clubs and Candid Yearbook Photos

February 6-10: National School Counseling Week

February 14: Valentine's Day

February 14: SCA Spirit Day (see below)

February 20: Presidents Day (Holiday)

February 22: School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

February 27-March 3: Public Schools Week

March 2: Kindergarten Orientation, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

Monthly Folder Content

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February Updates

  • NEW!: Robinson Pyramid Parent Presentation-Alcohol and Drugs
  • Food and Nutrition Services recruitment flier
  • Alcohol Safety Tips flier
  • Summer Enrichment Programs & Opportunities
  • PTA fliers
    • Winter After School Club fliers
Kindergarten Orientation

SAVE THE DATE: Terra Centre's Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March  2, 2023, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM(snow date Thursday, April 13)

Please let us know if you have a rising Kindergarten student – a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2023.  A GREEN form - Survey of Preschool Children - will be sent home on Friday, February 3rd to collect this information.  Please complete it if it applies to you and return it to the office or your child’s teacher by Friday, February 17th.  If you have a neighbor or friend for whom this applies within our Terra Centre boundaries, please share this information with them or ask them to call Terra Centre at 703-249-1400.

Registration forms and information about Kindergarten Orientation will be provided to those who complete the survey or contact the school.

We look forward to welcoming our newest "Tigers" to Terra Centre!

SCA Spirit Day-February 14 Scholastic Art Awards Names 337 FCPS Regional Winners

The 2023 Regional Scholastic Art Awards program has awarded 533 awards to 337 Fairfax County Public Schools students for outstanding artwork. This includes 174 Gold Key awards, 171 Silver Key awards, and 188 Honorable Mention awards. Four works by FCPS students were nominated for the best-in-show American Visions Award. Artworks were submitted and judged in categories including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, digital art, design, architecture, jewelry, fashion, film and animation, mixed media, and art portfolios.The Gold Key and Silver Key artworks will be displayed at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale from Friday, February 9, to Thursday, March 23, with an award ceremony on Wednesday, March 1. See the full list of winners.

Strategic Plan: Share Your Thoughts With Us!

What keeps you optimistic about FCPS? What are your concerns? Answer these and two other questions on our Strategic Plan Feedback Form, and help shape our school division’s future. 

Have a Say on Our Future! Remaining Strategic Planning Community Forums will take place:

Thursday, February 2, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Mason Crest Elementary School.

Saturday, February 4, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Spring Hill Elementary School.

Monday, February 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Edison High School.

Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at South County High School.

Wednesday, February 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Spanish, virtual.

Thursday, February 9, 12 to 1:30 p.m., virtual.

Saturday, February 11, 9 to 10:30 a.m., virtual.

Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at West Springfield High School.

Thursday, February 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Hunters Woods Elementary School.

Click the date above to register for that forum, or check out the full schedule of Community Forums and register for one that is convenient for you. Childcare will be provided at in-person forums. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, at all events. Please register today.

Find Free COVID-19 Testing in Your Community

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a COVID-19 Testing Locator website, which allows consumers to search for free testing sites near them. Testing is available at pharmacies, commercial laboratory sites, community sites, and retail locations. Results are typically provided within 24-48 hours.

Office of the Ombuds: At Your Service! 

Do you have questions or concerns about Fairfax County Public Schools? The Office of the Ombuds is an independent, impartial, informal, and confidential resource for employees, parents/caregivers, students, and/or community members. Staff in the office are eager to listen and assist with navigating the school division. They will also offer options and/or resources to help resolve challenges.

Contact the Office of the Ombuds at 571-423-4014, [email protected], or via the “Submit a Question” button at www.fcps.edu/ombuds. The team looks forward to serving you!

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

    • Draft Calendar Updates
    • Regional Science Fair
    • Scholastic Art Award Winners

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

FCPS in the News.  

Fairfax Co. teen is newest US figure skating champion (Marshall HS, WTOP, January 30. Also covered by NBC Sports and Washington Post)

Middle-school engineering students use empathy to solve problems (Carson MS, Washington Post, January 31)

Follow us on Twitter @TerraCentreES-we have lots to share!

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Dinner Plans for Tuesday and Wednesday!

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Join our Spirit Days at Spartan's on Tuesday & Wednesday!

Our friends at Spartan's Family Restaurant in Burke have graciously offered to host not one, but TWO SPIRIT DAYS for us this week! Order any time on Tuesday or Wednesday, mention that you are supporting Terra Centre, and we'll get a portion of the proceeds!

You get yummy food, our PTA gets funds to support our kids--it's a win-win!!

  • If you are ordering online, be sure to write in the notes that you are supporting Terra Centre Elementary's PTA
  • If you pay in-person, be sure to show them this email or the below image. 

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TC Updates 1/27/23

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Terra Centre Families, 

This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. But it’s important to get your children to school every day possible. Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves for outdoor recess. 

We are gearing up for the 2023-2024 school year and one of the first events that gets us started is our Kindergarten Orientation. This year, our kindergarten orientation will be held on Thursday, March 2nd from 2:30 PM-3:30 PM. We will be sending home a preschool survey next week with progress reports and ask all families to review and send the form end if you have a rising kindergartener. 

As a reminder, 2nd quarter progress reports will be sent home with students on Friday, February, 3rd. 

Please see below for reminders, updates, and special events. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

 

January 31: PTA Fundraiser-Spartans restaurant

January 31: SCA Spirit Day-Lumberjack Day-see below

February: Black History Month

February 3: 2nd quarter progress reports sent home

February 6-10: National School Counseling Week

February 14: Valentine's Day

February 20: Presidents Day (Holiday)

February 22: School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

February 27-March 3: Public Schools Week

March 2: Kindergarten Orientation, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

Monthly Folder Content

Terra Centre uses Schoology for all monthly folder content. All fliers are posted to Schoology Course: Terra Centre All Parents

January Updates

  • NEW!: Robinson Pyramid Parent Presentation-Alcohol and Drugs
  • Food and Nutrition Services recruitment flier
  • Alcohol Safety Tips flier
  • Summer Enrichment Programs & Opportunities
  • PTA fliers
    • Winter After School Club fliers
Kindergarten Orientation

SAVE THE DATE: Terra Centre's Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March  2, 2023, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM(snow date Thursday, April 13)

Please let us know if you have a rising Kindergarten student – a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2023.  A GREEN form - Survey of Preschool Children - will be sent home on Friday, February 3rd to collect this information.  Please complete it if it applies to you and return it to the office or your child’s teacher by Friday, February 17th.  If you have a neighbor or friend for whom this applies within our Terra Centre boundaries, please share this information with them or ask them to call Terra Centre at 703-249-1400.

Registration forms and information about Kindergarten Orientation will be provided to those who complete the survey or contact the school.

We look forward to welcoming our newest "Tigers" to Terra Centre!

SCA Spirit Day-January 31st Text-to-Speech Available on FCPS Websites

FCPS is introducing an innovative way to address the diverse needs of the community. A new text-to-speech feature, available on the FCPS website and each school website, will read the words aloud from webpages.  

The feature will help those with accessibility needs, such as visual impairments, dyslexia, or other difficulty reading large amounts of online text. The text-to-speech feature is available for English, Spanish, and Korean. Learn more and try out the new feature.

 

Summer Learning Programs Registration: Opening Soon!

FCPS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps will open for registration on Wednesday, February 1.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) 

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC) is a week-long exploratory camp designed to give current K-6 students an opportunity to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. Visit the TAC webpage for more information. 

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA website for more information and registration.

Institute for the Arts Camps (IFTA)

IFTA is a two- or four-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, self-directed economics and personal finance, and theater. Visit the IFTA website for more information and registration. 

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for students in grades 2-5 who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging. Visit the E-IFTA website for more information and registration.

Strategic Plan: Have Your Say in Our Future!

Strategic planning Community Forums kick off on Monday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m., at Stone Middle School. Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for one that is convenient for you. There will be one in-person event in each magisterial district and several virtual events. 

Participating in a strategic planning Community Forum will give employees, parents/caregivers, students, and community members a chance to help shape the school division’s future. At each event, participants will review student achievement, access, and perception data, and identify both strengths and challenges within the data. Input from the forums will be analyzed by our consultant, Performance Fact, Inc., and shared with the Core Planning Team for potential inclusion in FCPS’ new Strategic Plan. 

Childcare will be provided at in-person forums. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, at all events. Please register today.

February Webinars and Events for Parents

FCPS’ Parent Resource Center (PRC) is dedicated to helping adults support the success of all students. The PRC will present the following webinars in February: 

Click on the title for more information and to register.

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

    • Community Feedback on Calendars
    • Text-to-Speech Function on Websites
    • Summer Camps Information

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

FCPS in the News.  

‘Never Too Early': Virginia Students Learn About Empathy in Engineering Class (NBC Washington, January 24. Also covered by WJLA)

Fairfax County elementary school students celebrate Lunar New Year (WJLA, January 20)

Follow us on Twitter @TerraCentreES-we have lots to share!

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TC Updates 1/20/23

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Terra Centre Families, 

It’s hard to believe that we are quickly approaching the end of January and the end of the 2nd quarter. While it is evident that student learning, engagement, and safety continue to be our main priorities, we make sure to have fun along the way!

We want to send a huge shout out to our fourth grade families for stocking our staff lounge with goodies and drinks. We appreciate your kindness and continued support for our staff!

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students, with dismissal at 1:25 PM. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, Jan. 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Please see below for reminders, updates, and special events. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

January 22: Lunar New Year

January 25: 2nd quarter ends

January 25: 2 hour early release, 1:25 PM dismissal

January 26: Student holiday (Staff Development Day)

January 27: Student holiday (Teacher Work Day) 

January 31: SCA Spirit Day-Lumberjack Day-see below

February: Black History Month

February 6-10: National School Counseling Week

February 14: Valentine's Day

February 20: Presidents Day (Holiday)

February 22: School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

February 27-March 3: Public Schools Week

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

Does Your Child Refuse to Go to School?

Each year, nearly 5% of youth experience school refusal. This refers to a child refusing to go to school on a regular basis or remain in school throughout the day due to significant emotional distress. School refusal includes kindergarten students with relatively mild separation anxiety and more severe cases where a student misses weeks or months of school because of debilitating anxiety or depression. Read how to get your child back to school in the Healthy Minds Blog or learn more about attendance policies.

School Board Reviews Draft School Year Calendar Options

At their January 17 work session, the School Board discussed draft calendars that were created for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Draft calendars were developed using the following criteria as a framework:

  • Federal, state, and Virginia Department of Education guidance.
  • Superintendent’s priorities.
  • School Board input.
  • Student absentee data.
  • Staff absentee data.
  • Surrounding jurisdictions’ calendars.
  • Survey results.
  • Calendar Feedback Committee input.

You may view the draft calendars and other related documents in Boarddocs. The calendars will be presented as new business during the School Board meeting on Thursday, January 26. The Board is scheduled to vote on the calendars during their meeting on Thursday, February 9. 

Watch a recording of today’s Work Session. Get information on FCPS' calendar development process

FY 2023-24 Proposed Budget Highlights

At the January 12 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for FY 2024 that focuses on attracting and retaining teachers and staff, initiatives aimed at closing the achievement gap for all students, and gives our youngest learners a strong start, including investments for special education students impacted during the pandemic.

The FY 2024 Proposed Budget totals $3.5 billion—a net increase of $249.6 million or 7.6% over the FY 2023 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is targeted at instruction. The Proposed Budget focuses on several key areas:

  • Innovative investments that close the achievement gap for all students:
    • Equitable access to literacy.
    • Increased access to PreK programming.
    • Supports for students with special education needs. 
    • Funding for students in Advanced Academic Programs.
    • Changing student enrollment needs.
    • Increase in student and family supports, including access to middle school athletic opportunities that support student well-being. 
  • Continuation of green investments.
  • Increased security measures.
  • Proposed increases in employee compensation.

Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation to the board. Access the presentation slides on Boarddocs. 

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

Substance Use Presentations

FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis. There will be an adults only presentation on Thursday, February 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Robinson SS in the Recital Hall.  Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioid.
  • List what you can do as a caregiver.
  • How to identify and connect with community resources.
Dual Language Immersion Program Registration  

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. Current pre-k students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Wednesday March 1, through Wednesday, April 12, 2023.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Informational Nights:

  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 13, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In-person
    • Snow date: February 21, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Upper, February 15, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - Virtual only
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 16, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In person
    • Snow date: February 23, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/elementary-magnet-school-lottery.

Strategic Plan: Make Your Students’ Voice Count!

Strategic Planning is in process and will incorporate feedback from school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. Please encourage your students to participate in this unique opportunity to share their voices.

FCPS is currently seeking secondary students in grades 7-12 who are interested in participating in a Strategic Plan focus group. This focus group provides an opportunity to share feedback in a small group with other FCPS students and a trained facilitator. FCPS is hosting four virtual focus groups for secondary students in February and March:

  • February 9, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.
  • March 16, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

Interested students should check their email for a form to sign up for the focus groups. Students will be asked to provide their student ID, so their parents/caregivers can be identified and contacted to ask for consent to participate.

If you have any questions about the student focus groups or you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact [email protected]  

Register Now to Attend a Community Forum! 

Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for the one that is most convenient for you. Community Forums will provide every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of FCPS’ Strategic Plan, prior to its completion and formal adoption by the School Board. Learn more about our strategic planning process.

Welcome Mrs. Hoffman!

Hi Terra Centre families! My name is Kelly Hoffman and I will be serving you as a school counselor in training under the fabulous Mrs. Toth this January-April. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have three daughters whom are in 5th, 7th, and 10th grades. Fun fact- Mrs. Toth was my eldest daughter’s kindergarten teacher during the 2012-2013 school year, so grateful for this full circle moment under Mrs. Toth’s expertise. I am currently finishing up a 60-credit Counseling & Human Development with a concentration in School Counseling Master’s Degree program at George Mason University. Previously, I spent 20 years in Finance, Risk, and Data Science recruiting. I am educating myself to spend the next 20 years supporting children in building positive self-identities to empower them in “reaching for the stars” academically and tie learning to post-secondary ventures. I look forward to working with your children!

SCA Spirit Day-January 31st Monthly Folder Content

Terra Centre uses Schoology for all monthly folder content. All fliers are posted to Schoology Course: Terra Centre All Parents

January Updates

  • Food and Nutrition Services recruitment flier
  • Alcohol Safety Tips flier
  • Summer Enrichment Programs & Opportunities
  • PTA fliers
    • Winter After School Club fliers

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

    • FY 2024 Budget Highlights
    • Draft School Year Calendar Options
    • FAFSA Help

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

FCPS in the News.  

Follow us on Twitter @TerraCentreES-we have lots to share!

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TC Updates 1/13/23

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Terra Centre Families, 

As a reminder, there is no school this upcoming Monday, January 16, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.  

Please see below for reminders, updates, and special events. 

Have a great three-day weekend! 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

 

January 16: MLK Day-School and Office Closed

January 17: Parent Presentation on Bullying, 5:30 PM (In-Person & Online)

January 19: Orthodox Epiphany (O-Day)

January 25: 2nd quarter ends

January 25: 2 hour early release, 1:25 PM dismissal

January 26: Student holiday (Staff Development Day)

January 27: Student holiday (Teacher Work Day) 

January 31: SCA Spirit Day-Lumberjack Day-see below

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

Bullying Prevention Parent Info Session RSVP for January 17

FCPS is deeply committed to creating a safe and positive school environment where all students can learn. Through schoolwide positive behavior approaches and participation in K-12 health and guidance lessons, students are taught to behave respectfully and to resolve conflicts in positive ways.

The Bullying Prevention Presentation seeks to educate listeners on the following:

  • FCPS definition of bullying
  • Types of bullying
  • Differences between bullying and other forms of inappropriate behavior
  • How FCPS responds to allegations of bullying
  • How parents and schools can work together to prevent bullying

Join us in-person at the Terra Centre ES Cafeteria or online (link to follow) on Tuesday, January 17 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.  To attend, please complete the Robinson Pyramid Bullying Presentation RSVP so we can prepare for the estimated number of attendees and send links to families who plan to attend online.

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 and celebrates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi. This observance commemorates Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan, beginning of Christ's ministry on earth and revealing the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to mankind. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

Substance Use Presentations

FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis. There will be an adults only presentation on Thursday, February 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Robinson SS in the Recital Hall.  Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioid.
  • List what you can do as a caregiver.
  • How to identify and connect with community resources.
 
  • This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. But it’s important to get your children to school every day possible.
  • If you are unsure whether to send your children to school, consult your doctor or this website for guidance. Our school nurse is also a terrific resource for chronic health conditions.
  • Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer.
  • Help your child learn to persevere. Today, he learns to overcome a snowdrift. In the future, he will have the grit to triumph over even greater obstacles to his dreams.
Dual Language Immersion Program Registration  

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. Current pre-k students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

SEPTA, the Fairfax County Special Education Parent Teacher Association, was created to empower and connect families, students, and educators to ensure students with disabilities develop their full potential as individuals and community members. Learn more or become a member on the SEPTA website

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is a state mandated Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and others interested in special education at FCPS are welcome and encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and/or public comment related to the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

FCPS’ Office of Special Education Procedural Support provides guidance to staff, families, and students in areas related to the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 

Families of students in special education programs can find more resources in the Special Education Handbook for Parents. (Translations are available from the Parent Resource Center (PRC).) 

The PRC offers free webinars, consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Their YouTube channel includes videos of workshops and webinars for families and educators to support student success. Sign up for their newsletter to receive information on upcoming webinars and other resources. Please contact the PRC with any questions at [email protected] or call 703-204-2941.

Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to parents/caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Staff in the Office of the Ombuds believe that by being transparent and connecting families with available supports and services, children with special needs can equitably access public education.

Contact the ombuds by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected] 

Why Do We Need a Strategic Plan? 

The Strategic Planning process is well underway, with the Community Forums beginning in less than three weeks. But, why do we need a new strategic plan? 

Similar to a roadmap, a strategic plan clearly defines the best route for us to take in the years ahead to reach our goals. Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. 

Register Now for Community Forums!

Visit our Strategic Planning webpage for the schedule of Community Forums. Register for the one that is most convenient for you and get more information on our exciting Strategic Planning process!

Technology Reminders
  • Per FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities, “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. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities when appropriate. Cell phones may be used on campus before and after school only” (FCPS, 2022).

Please know that during state testing (SOLs), Smart watches should be stored in student backpacks to avoid testing irregularities. 

  • After a few weeks off of our network, it's likely that student laptops will need some updates. Restart to start the day-- this does not mean shut down and turn back on! Make sure that it's connected to the Fairfax network. Wait a few minutes, and restart again. As you're able without disrupting your instruction, restart a few more times during the day. You may get updates, you might not. You will want to try and do this for the next few days to make sure the computer is up to date.
  • Technology, as a tool, is an important part of our students’ futures. We are also aware that tools can create unintended challenges if not used properly. Students will be reminded of safe use for their computers, including resources like Google Education Fundamentals (Google tools like Drive, Docs, Forms, etc.), and how to avoid compromising scenarios. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to review at home:

DO

  • Respect yourself and be yourself.
  • Use privacy settings, strong passwords, and turn off location services unless needed.
  • Pay attention to red flag feelings. If something makes you feel uneasy or uncomfortable, stop and consult with a trusted adult.
  • Block unfriendly connections and treat people the way you would want to be treated and consider different perspectives.
  • Slow down and reflect before posting. Posts are permanent and shareable.
  • Consider the consequences. Imagine what could happen before you decide to post.
  • Immediately tell your parents, teacher, or principal if you see cyberbullying, know of a student in crisis, or if someone threatens to harm themselves or others.

DON'T

  • Don’t post obscene, harassing, discriminatory, violent, vulgar, or hateful content. 
  • Don’t add people you don’t know to your social media accounts.
  • Don’t overshare (including your password- Keep It SECURE!!!).
  • Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say in person.
  • Don’t engage in shared documents that talk poorly of others.

Here are some additional Digital Citizenship resources, compiled by FCPS: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/technology-literacy/digital-citizenship

As always, feel free to reach out to us at Terra Centre for any additional support!

FCPS CARES

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, 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 FCPS employees at Terra Centre.  We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

SCA Spirit Day-January 31st Monthly Folder Content

Terra Centre uses Schoology for all monthly folder content. All fliers are posted to Schoology Course: Terra Centre All Parents

January Updates

  • Robinson Pyramid Parent Presentation on Bullying flier
  • Substance Use Education: New Year's Resolutions flier
  • Summer Enrichment Programs & Opportunities
  • PTA fliers
    • Winter After School Club fliers

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

  • Salad Bars Returning to Elementary Schools
  • COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities
  • Tutor.com for Free College Prep

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

Follow us on Twitter @TerraCentreES-we have lots to share!

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Bullying Prevention Parent Session - Next Tuesday at 5:30

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TIME CORRECTION:  This session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17th.  This is different than the time listed on our last TC Updates.  Please RSVP with the link below to attend in-person or online.

 

RSVP for January 17, 5:50-6:30

Please complete the Robinson Pyramid Bullying Presentation RSVP so we can prepare for the estimated number of attendees and send links to families who plan to attend online.

Mark Your Calendar!

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Winter Club Registration Opened Today!

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The PTA is excited to announce that Winter Clubs are coming soon! Registration for all clubs opened today on the PTA Website.

In order to make our clubs happen, we need parent volunteers for these clubs! If you are interested in registering your child for an after-school club, and getting a discount, please email Katie at [email protected] for more information. We need one parent volunteer per day (Tuesday-Thursday). Your child gets a guaranteed spot in the club of their choice! 

Descriptions of club offerings are below; please note that days of the week, duration, and grade levels vary from club to club, so be sure to check out the details of each. 

To view individual fliers, visit our Schoology Course: Terra Centre All Parents

To register, visit the PTA Website

For general questions, email [email protected]

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TC Updates 1/6/23

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Terra Centre Families, 

It is SO nice to have our classrooms filled with students again! We hope everyone had a relaxing winter break and that your children are excited to be back, as we are excited to have them!  Our students are settling back into routines and setting resolutions for a strong finish to the second quarter. 

The New Year may mean new technology at home, and as a reminder, at school, technology has a time, place, and purpose. We have provided some reminders below to support families with technology. 

Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16th for the Martin Luther King holiday. 

Please see below for reminders, updates, and special events. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

 

January 06: Three Kings Day/Epiphany (O-Day)

January 16: MLK Day-School and Office Closed

January 17: Parent Presentation on Bullying, 7:00 PM

January 19: Orthodox Epiphany (O-Day)

January 25: 2nd quarter ends

January 25: 2 hour early release, 1:25 PM dismissal

January 26: Student holiday (Staff Development Day)

January 27: Student holiday (Teacher Work Day) 

January 31: SCA Spirit Day-Lumberjack Day-see below

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

 
  • This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. But it’s important to get your children to school every day possible.
  • If you are unsure whether to send your children to school, consult your doctor or this website for guidance. Our school nurse is also a terrific resource for chronic health conditions.
  • Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer.
  • Help your child learn to persevere. Today, he learns to overcome a snowdrift. In the future, he will have the grit to triumph over even greater obstacles to his dreams.
Dual Language Immersion Program Registration  

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. Current pre-k students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Substance Use Presentations

FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis. There will be an adults only presentation on Thursday, February 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Robinson SS in the Recital Hall.  Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioid.
  • List what you can do as a caregiver.
  • How to identify and connect with community resources.

 

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

SEPTA, the Fairfax County Special Education Parent Teacher Association, was created to empower and connect families, students, and educators to ensure students with disabilities develop their full potential as individuals and community members. Learn more or become a member on the SEPTA website

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is a state mandated Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and others interested in special education at FCPS are welcome and encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and/or public comment related to the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

FCPS’ Office of Special Education Procedural Support provides guidance to staff, families, and students in areas related to the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 

Families of students in special education programs can find more resources in the Special Education Handbook for Parents. (Translations are available from the Parent Resource Center (PRC).) 

The PRC offers free webinars, consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Their YouTube channel includes videos of workshops and webinars for families and educators to support student success. Sign up for their newsletter to receive information on upcoming webinars and other resources. Please contact the PRC with any questions at [email protected] or call 703-204-2941.

Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to parents/caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Staff in the Office of the Ombuds believe that by being transparent and connecting families with available supports and services, children with special needs can equitably access public education.

Contact the ombuds by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected] 

Strategic Planning Community Forums Scheduled

Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The completed schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage

Planning teams, which include a diverse range of voices from the FCPS community, are continuing to review student achievement, access, and survey data;and crafting a collective vision for the school division. Key communicators will soon receive strategic planning materials to share with their groups and networks. Preparations for divisionwide student focus groups are underway, and there will be opportunities for employees to engage in a survey and “reality check” sessions in the upcoming months. For the latest information, please visit the Strategic Planning web page and check it often.  

Technology Reminders
  • Per FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities, “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. Teachers may allow usage of cell phones for instructional activities when appropriate. Cell phones may be used on campus before and after school only” (FCPS, 2022).

Please know that during state testing (SOLs), Smart watches should be stored in student backpacks to avoid testing irregularities. 

  • After a few weeks off of our network, it's likely that student laptops will need some updates. Restart to start the day-- this does not mean shut down and turn back on! Make sure that it's connected to the Fairfax network. Wait a few minutes, and restart again. As you're able without disrupting your instruction, restart a few more times during the day. You may get updates, you might not. You will want to try and do this for the next few days to make sure the computer is up to date.
  • Technology, as a tool, is an important part of our students’ futures. We are also aware that tools can create unintended challenges if not used properly. Students will be reminded of safe use for their computers, including resources like Google Education Fundamentals (Google tools like Drive, Docs, Forms, etc.), and how to avoid compromising scenarios. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to review at home:

DO

  • Respect yourself and be yourself.
  • Use privacy settings, strong passwords, and turn off location services unless needed.
  • Pay attention to red flag feelings. If something makes you feel uneasy or uncomfortable, stop and consult with a trusted adult.
  • Block unfriendly connections and treat people the way you would want to be treated and consider different perspectives.
  • Slow down and reflect before posting. Posts are permanent and shareable.
  • Consider the consequences. Imagine what could happen before you decide to post.
  • Immediately tell your parents, teacher, or principal if you see cyberbullying, know of a student in crisis, or if someone threatens to harm themselves or others.

DON'T

  • Don’t post obscene, harassing, discriminatory, violent, vulgar, or hateful content. 
  • Don’t add people you don’t know to your social media accounts.
  • Don’t overshare (including your password- Keep It SECURE!!!).
  • Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say in person.
  • Don’t engage in shared documents that talk poorly of others.

Here are some additional Digital Citizenship resources, compiled by FCPS: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/technology-literacy/digital-citizenship

As always, feel free to reach out to us at Terra Centre for any additional support!

FCPS CARES

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, 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 FCPS employees at Terra Centre.  We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

SCA Spirit Day-January 31st Monthly Folder Content

Terra Centre uses Schoology for all monthly folder content. All fliers are posted to Schoology Course: Terra Centre All Parents

January Updates

  • Robinson Pyramid Parent Presentation on Bullying flier
  • Substance Use Education: New Year's Resolutions flier
  • PTA fliers
    • Winter After School Club fliers
  • In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:
    • FCPS Building and Renovation Plans
    • Upcoming Webinars for Parents/Caregivers
    • Dual Language Immersion Program Registration
    • Academy Open Houses
    • Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Follow us on Twitter @TerraCentreES-we have lots to share!

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TC Updates 12/16/22

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Terra Centre Families, 

It's hard to believe that the winter break is here. Our students have had a festive week of activities. Our preschoolers and kinders were on a school-wide search for the gingerbread man, we celebrated the season with our 5th and 6th grade Band and Strings winter concert, and our staff even had some fun with a winter door decorating contest. 

As we wind down 2022 and get ready to ring in 2023, we wish everyone peace, joy, and happiness during this holiday season and throughout the New Year. Stay safe and stay well and we look forward to seeing our students back at school on January 3rd. 

Please see below for reminders, updates, and special events. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

 

December 19-January 2: Holiday - Winter Break - School & Office Closed

January 3: Classes Resume 

January 6: Three Kings Day/Epiphany (O-Day)

January 16: MLK Day-School and Office Closed

January 17: Parent Presentation on Bullying, 7:00 PM

January 19: Orthodox Epiphany (O-Day)

January 25: 2nd quarter ends

January 25: 2 hour early release, 1:25 PM dismissal

January 26: Student holiday (Staff Development Day)

January 27: Student holiday (Teacher Work Day) 

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

Give Your Student the Gift of Education
  • We recognize that holidays are an important time to reconnect with family and expose children to their heritage and culture, whether they grew up in another part of the United States or a different country. If your family’s holiday plans include extended travel, please remember the impact to your children’s education if they miss too much school. Visit our website for more attendance resources

Attend today, achieve tomorrow!

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Speed Cameras Target School Zone Safety

On December 6, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to launch a pilot program that will have 10 speed monitoring devices (speed cameras) installed throughout the county. These cameras will be in nine school zones and one construction zone. Thanks to our county partners for helping to improve the safety of our students and staff.

Studies show that speed camera enforcement is effective in improving safety by reducing speeding, accidents, and injuries. Read more about the school zone speed camera pilot program.

Strategic Planning Community Forums Scheduled

Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The completed schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage

  Tutor.com

Are you wondering what experience other FCPS families have had with Tutor.com? Read some comments below:

  • “As a parent, I logged in for the first time to see what my student could expect here. The tutor I chatted with was very helpful with my questions and gave me some great tips to try with my child. Next time, I will log in with my child and hopefully match with a tutor that will help him realize learning can be done in different ways.” -Elementary school parent
  • “My child used tutor.com last night and said her math tutor was EXCELLENT. She was happy and so now I'm happy, too, as she's been grinding it out solo in the hardest math.” -High school parent

Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers.

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

Dining Room Assistant Needed

Terra Centre has a current opening for a dining room assistant.  Below is more information about the position and how to apply.

Description: Assists students during lunchtime. Supervises student clean-up, keeps order and dismisses students to their teachers.

Qualifications: Friendly, energetic, and assertive in maintaining expectations of cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Rate: $12.03 per Hour (no benefits)

Hours: 10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday

To Apply: Interested applicants should send their resumes to Julie Hart at [email protected]

Monthly Folder Content

Terra Centre uses Schoology for all monthly folder content. All flyers are posted to Schoology Course: Terra Centre All Parents

December Updates

  • Substance Abuse flyer-Mental Health and Coping
  • Science Fair judges flyer
  • Level IV AAP referral information
  • Food Assistance in Burke
  • Alcohol and the Holidays
  • Community flyers
    • Community Table Dinners
    • Girls Lacrosse Clinic (Robinson Secondary School)
    • Breakfast with Santa (West Springfield High School)
  • PTA flyers
    • Winter After School Club flyers-2 new clubs added!

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

    • Speed Cameras Target School Zone Safety
    • High School Academy Open Houses
    • Congratulations to VHSL State Champions

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

FCPS in the News

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TC Updates 12/9/22

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Terra Centre Families, 

It was great to see so many families come out to support our STEAM night this past week. Our students enjoyed the many different activities and learned so much! 

Thank you to Ms. Jewell for planning this incredible event, as well as the many staff, family, and community volunteers who made this event possible.

We are excited to announce many Terra Centre staff members were nominated for this year's FCPS Outstanding Employee awards-see below for our nominees. 

Please see below for reminders, updates, and special events. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

 

December 11: Virtual PTA meeting, 8:00 PM, https://meet.google.com/gxe-ocng-qyh

December 13: Winter Band/Strings concert, 7:00 PM

December 15: Referrals for AAP Level IV services due 

December 19-January 2: Holiday - Winter Break - School & Office Closed

January 3: Classes Resume 

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

 

Free, On-Demand, Online Tutoring

FCPS students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback:

    • “This tutor was very helpful! She didn't tell me the answers. When needed, she helped me solve them! She was very kind and she really helped me!” –Elementary Math Student
    • “This was an awesome tutor! She explained why I needed to do specific steps, and she gave me practice problems! Best tutor I have had!” –IB Chemistry Student

Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers.

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

Dining Room Assistant Needed

Terra Centre has a current opening for a dining room assistant.  Below is more information about the position and how to apply.

Description: Assists students during lunchtime. Supervises student clean-up, keeps order and dismisses students to their teachers.

Qualifications: Friendly, energetic, and assertive in maintaining expectations of cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Rate: $12.03 per Hour (no benefits)

Hours: 10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday

To Apply: Interested applicants should send their resumes to Julie Hart at [email protected]

Thank you so much for your support during the Fall Scholastic Book Fair! Our Author Visit and Family Night was well attended, and we set a new record for books sold! Due to the community's generosity, we will use the proceeds to buy many new books and other items for the library! I also wanted to extend a special heartfelt thanks to all of the wonderful parent volunteers who devoted countless hours to make the Fair run smoothly; I couldn't have done it without you! The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will take place March 27-31, 2023, which is the week BEFORE Spring Break! Please save the date!

Thank you!

Ms. Petruzzellis, librarian

ESSER III Community Conversation on December 13

Thanks to everyone who provided input in October on ESSER III funding–federal funding which was allocated to FCPS to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and student learning. Community feedback indicated that there is a general unawareness of the impact of ESSER funding and a perceived lack of communication around how the funds are being used. 

To help address this, Superintendent Reid and Sloan Presidio, chief academic officer, will host a Community Conversation on ESSER on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the Gatehouse Administration Building in the Café. Please stay tuned for more details. Visit BoardDocs for a detailed update on ESSER.

Terra Centre has used ESSER III funds to purchase math manipulatives, reading materials, and provide math training to staff. 

Referrals for the Full-Time Advanced Academic (Level IV)

Referrals for current 2nd-7th graders are accepted through December 15, 2022. More information about the referral process can be found on the FCPS.edu website, search AAP Level IV. FCPS AAP information The Level IV Referral and Screening presentation is also available on the Schoology Terra Centre Parent Course in the Advanced Academic Presentation folder. Please submit referrals to Melanie Jewell, AART, [email protected]

Monthly Folder Content

Terra Centre uses Schoology for all monthly folder content. All flyers are posted to Schoology Course: Terra Centre All Parents

December Updates

  • Substance Abuse flyer-Mental Health and Coping
  • Science Fair judges flyer
  • Level IV AAP referral information
  • Food Assistance in Burke
  • Alcohol and the Holidays
  • Community flyers
    • Community Table Dinners
    • Girls Lacrosse Clinic (Robinson Secondary School)
    • Breakfast with Santa (West Springfield High School)
  • PTA flyers
    • Winter After School Club flyers-2 new clubs added!

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

    • Outdoor Learning Spaces
    • Job Opportunities for Bus Drivers and Food Services Workers
    • Strategic Planning Community Forums

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

FCPS in the News

Building Future Engineers (FCPS, December 6, Whitman MS)

Half a Century of Inspiring Kids (FCPS, December 7, Lake Braddock SS/South Lakes HS)

Follow us on Twitter @TerraCentreES-we have lots to share!

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Lost & Found - 2 weeks until items are donated

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Lost and Found

Is your child missing something? Pictures of all items as of 12-2-22 are below. 

Lost and Found is being temporarily relocated to 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 on Dec. 16.

 

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TC Updates 12/2/22

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Terra Centre Families, 

We hope you had a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving break filled with fun family time. We have two weeks left before our winter break and our classes are busy with lots of excitement and learning!

We want to thank all of our volunteers for supporting our Fall Book Fair. It was a huge success and our staff are appreciative of the many book donations to classroom libraries.

Our student lost and found is overflowing and we will be sending out a message with pictures, so if you recognize anything, please stop by to pick up items. All remaining items will be donated over winter break.

The holidays are upon us, and we are here to help you!  If your family is in need this holiday season, please reach out to our family liaison, Michelle Anderson, at 703.249.1400.  

Please see below for reminders, updates, and special events. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

 

December 5-9: Inclusive Schools Week

December 5: VGA Math, Grades 3-6, 9:00 AM

December 6: STEAM Night, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

December 8: Bodhi Day

December 13: Winter Band/Strings concert, 7:00 PM

December 15: Referrals for AAP Level IV services due 

December 19-January 2: Holiday - Winter Break

January 3: Classes Resume 

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

Bodhi Day, Thursday, Dec. 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum.

Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. The week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme is “Unity Within Our Community.”

The Office of Special Education Instruction provides schools with ideas regarding ways that they can celebrate Inclusive Schools Week by sharing ideas and resources provided by the Inclusive Schools Network which include ideas for students and staff. While the celebratory ideas from the Inclusive Schools Network are provided to schools, schools are certainly able to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week in other innovative ways.

Dining Room Assistant Needed

Terra Centre has a current opening for a dining room assistant.  Below is more information about the position and how to apply.

Description: Assists students during lunchtime. Supervises student clean-up, keeps order and dismisses students to their teachers.

Qualifications: Friendly, energetic, and assertive in maintaining expectations of cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Rate: $12.03 per Hour (no benefits)

Hours: 10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday

To Apply: Interested applicants should send their resumes to Julie Hart at [email protected]

ESSER III Community Conversation on December 13

Please consider supplementing this update with any specific ESSER-funded projects that have supported students at your school.

Thanks to everyone who provided input in October on ESSER III funding–federal funding which was allocated to FCPS to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and student learning. Community feedback indicated that there is a general unawareness of the impact of ESSER funding and a perceived lack of communication around how the funds are being used. 

To help address this, Superintendent Reid and Sloan Presidio, chief academic officer, will host a Community Conversation on ESSER on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the Gatehouse Administration Building in the Café. Please stay tuned for more details. Visit BoardDocs for a detailed update on ESSER.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources. 

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Administration will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

 

We are excited to have your family come to our Terra Centre Family STEAM Night on Tuesday, 12/6 from 6-8 pm. We have 35 stations planned for interactive and demonstration of different STEAM resources, including 19 stations from career and community organizations! Families stay together and work together to participate at each station. There will be many careers represented as well as robotics, engineering challenges, art projects, and a variety of others. The 6th Grade will be hosting a food table for purchase, including drinks, snacks, popcorn, cotton candy! The PTA will have a Spirit Wear table. A STEAM Selfie Station will be ready for capturing your memories as well.
Entrance is at Door 1 for a quick check in and then your STEAM family adventure will begin!

Referrals for the Full-Time Advanced Academic (Level IV)

Referrals for current 2nd-7th graders are accepted through December 15, 2022. More information about the referral process can be found on the FCPS.edu website, search AAP Level IV. FCPS AAP information The Level IV Referral and Screening presentation is also available on the Schoology Terra Centre Parent Course in the Advanced Academic Presentation folder. Please submit referrals to Melanie Jewell, AART, [email protected]

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December Updates

  • Level IV AAP referral information
  • Food Assistance in Burke
  • Alcohol and the Holidays
  • Community flyers
    • Community Table Dinners
    • Girls Lacrosse Clinic (Robinson Secondary School)
    • Breakfast with Santa (West Springfield High School)
  • PTA flyers
    • Winter After School Club flyers-2 new clubs added!

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

    • Preparing for Winter Weather
    • Keeping Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities
    • Proposed Process for Special Education Enhancement Plan
    • Provide Feedback on Secondary World Languages Basal Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

FCPS in the News

‘In dire need’: How a former World Bank staffer became a Fairfax Co. substitute teacher (WTOP, November 23)

Thomas Jefferson High School project getting a ride into space (WTOP, November 22; also ran on WJLA and Fox 5)

Get in the holiday spirit at the Langley High School Renaissance Feaste (WJLA, November 22)

Play is crucial for middle schoolers, too (Hechinger Report, November 17)

Follow us on Twitter @TerraCentreES-we have lots to share!

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PTA Spirit Wear SWAG!

Based on popular demand, we are now offering (for a limited time) TC Tiger hoodies and hats! Order soon--the ordering period closes Friday, December 2nd at 10am.

Hoodies come in youth and adult sizes and cost $30/each; beanies come in a few different styles and cost $20.

Order through our form, here: PTBoard. Delivery will be by December 15th (before winter break). All funds raised go to our PTA!

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Terra Centre Families, 

At this time of year we are thankful for many things. Please let us share a few them with you:

We are thankful for our students who come to Terra Centre every day ready to learn. They provide us all a daily reminder of why we are here and what is essential.

We are grateful for the support of our families in building an excellent community for our students. We are also thankful that our families have kept the trust and confidence in us. We are also grateful for our volunteers who enthusiastically provide so much to our school.

We are grateful for our Terra Centre staff who care about student success. We see dedicated and hard-working individuals going above and beyond to make sure that great things happen in our school. They do make a difference, and we all benefit from those efforts.

We would like to wish all of you and your families a healthy, relaxing and happy Thanksgiving break and will see students on Monday, November 28th. 

Please read below for important updates, reminders, and upcoming events. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

 

November 23-25: Holiday - Thanksgiving

November 28-December 2: Scholastic Book Fair

November 30: VGA Reading, Grades 3-6, 9:00 AM

December 1: Book Fair Family Night, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

December 5: VGA Math, Grades 3-6, 9:00 AM

December 6: STEAM Night, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

December 8: Bohdi Day

December 15: Referrals for AAP Level IV services due 

December 19-January 2: Holiday - Winter Break

January 3: Classes Resume 

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

Happy Retirement Ms. Klieber!

We wanted to share that our Reading Teacher extraordinaire, Dorothy Klieber,  will be retiring on November 30th, after serving 26 years in Fairfax County Public Schools. Ms. Klieber has been an instrumental member of our Terra Centre family for years, promoting and supporting the love of reading to all students. We wish her continued success as she begins her new adventure in  Prince William County Public Schools. We will miss you, Ms. Klieber, and thank you for all that you have done for our students and families at Terra Centre!

For the Love of Erick

Thank you all for your support For the Love of Erick.  We achieved our goal and each student will receive a $50. Target gift card and a $50. Walmart gift card so their parents can purchase gifts for their child.   Each family will receive a $100. Giant gift card. Thank you for honoring my son and helping our students. I appreciate your support.

Thanks,

Dorothy Klieber

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. https://www.fcps.edu/return-school-covid-19-testing

Virginia Growth Assessments Grades 3-6

Terra Centre will continue to participate in VGA assessments in Reading and Math in Grades 3-6.  Students will participate in their classrooms, using their devices. It will be important that all devices are charged the night prior.

VGA Reading 3-6: November 30th, 9:00 AM

VGA Math 3-6: December 5th, 9:00 AM

More information is available on the VGA webpage: VGA

Cold Weather Safety

During this time of year and typical winter days, we often have to consider a number of factors related to student activities held outdoors.  We need to look beyond a specific temperature and consider factors such as wind chill, whether the ground is frozen or the sun is shining, how well the children are prepared to play outdoors (jackets, gloves, and hats), what activity the children are participating in, and the length of time to be spent outside.

It is our intention as a school to hold recess during cold spells and our students should come prepared to play outdoors (jackets, gloves, and hats).  However, we will limit outdoor activities during National Weather Service (NWS) issued Wind Chill Advisories and Wind Chill Warnings.  If we are unable to go outside, classes will hold indoor recess.

Outdoor activity includes: general and physical education classes, recess, and scheduled fire drills. This does not include students walking to and from school, students waiting at bus stops, student patrols or staff related outdoor duties before, during, or after the school day.

Academic Matters

During the Academic Matters portion of Monday’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Reid discussed the innovative assessment practices happening in FCPS as part of our School Division of Innovation designation from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). 

This recognition means that VDOE has approved a plan to improve student learning, educational performance, and college, career, and citizenship readiness skills. It positions FCPS as a state leader in innovative practices with the opportunity to impact statewide policy decisions. Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation. 

 

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming, and we need volunteers to help make it a success!  On Monday and Tuesday 11/21-11/22, we will be setting up the fair.  The week of 11/28-12/2 we will open the Fair for purchases during the school day.  There will even be a fun Family Night event on Thursday, 12/1 from 5:30-7:30pm where families can shop the fair together. This is definitely something that we could not do if we didn’t have a dedicated team of volunteers. 

Volunteers for the fair do many tasks including: helping students locate books and other items, running the cash register, straightening displays, rearranging and stocking additional merchandise, as well as setting up and tearing down the fair. If you are a parent or guardian of a current TC student and are able to help, please click on the Sign Up Genius located at this link: Book Fair Sign Up For more general information about the Fair, you can also go to our Book Fair website: TC Book Fair

Please reach out to our librarian, Allison Petruzzellis at [email protected]. with any questions.

Book Fair Family Night

The Fall Scholastic Book Fair will take place the week of Nov. 28 through Dec. 2, 2022. Book Fair Family Night will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 5:30-7:30pm and will feature special guest Maleeha Siddiqui, Virginia Reads 22-23 nominee for her book Barakah Beats, which is featured on the 4th to 6th Grade TC Library Reading Challenge! She will be meeting kids as well as selling and signing copies of her books, both Barakah Beats, as well as her new one, Bhai for Now. Proceeds from buying either of Mrs. Siddiqui's books for signing as well as any of our wonderful Book Fair offerings will benefit the Terra Centre Elementary School Library! This time last year we sold 2,294 books! Let's see if we can raise that this year to sell 2,500 books! This is a great way to help out your school, as well as get our kids excited about books and reading! Our book fair website is:TC Book Fair if you'd like more information!

Referrals for the Full-Time Advanced Academic (Level IV)

Referrals for current 2nd-7th graders are accepted through December 15, 2022. More information about the referral process can be found on the FCPS.edu website, search AAP Level IV. FCPS AAP information The Level IV Referral and Screening presentation is also available on the Schoology Terra Centre Parent Course in the Advanced Academic Presentation folder. Please submit referrals to Melanie Jewell, AART, [email protected]

 

STEAM Night at Terra Centre

We are excited to be holding a Terra Centre Family STEAM Night on December 6 from 6pm-8pm. We hope you are able to join us! Please complete this form so we can prepare for your attendance. Please note: This is not a drop off event- students must remain with their grown ups.

STEAM Night RSVP 

If you would like to volunteer some time at the event you can sign up here:
STEAM Night Volunteer 

Monthly Folder Content

Terra Centre uses Schoology for all monthly folder content. All flyers are posted to Schoology Course: Terra Centre All Parents

November Updates

  • Level IV AAP referral information
  • Food Assistance in Burke
  • Alcohol and the Holidays
  • Community flyers
    • Community Table Dinners
  • PTA flyers
    • Winter After School Club flyers

You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology: http://bit.ly/FCPSSIS

Use your SIS/ParentVUE login information to login to Schoology: https://lms.fcps.edu. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the right login page.

Learn more about Schoology: https://www.fcps.edu/schoology

Schoology Snippets (short videos on how to navigate Schoology): https://www.fcps.edu/schoology/support/videos

The Schoology Parent Resource Kit: https://www.fcps.edu/schoology/parents/welcome

More information for families, including resetting passwords and to request technical support: https://www.fcps.edu/schoology/parents

Students use their regular FCPS login information to login. Student resources for Schoology: https://www.fcps.edu/schoology/students

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

    • FCPS Calendar Survey
    • How to be involved in the Strategic Plan
    • Post-Thanksgiving COVID Testing
    • Recommended Changes to Family Life Education Curriculum 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

FCPS in the News

Play Pays Off as Impact of Middle School Recess is Felt Across Fairfax County (Whitman MS, FCPS, November 14)

Coates Family Academy Has Parents Learning Tips to Support Kids in FCPS (FCPS, November 14)

Seniors Make a SUBstantial Difference in FCPS Schools (Bull Run ES, FCPS, November 7)

Follow us on Twitter @TerraCentreES-we have lots to share!

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Terra Centre Families, 

We want to thank our 3rd grade families for stocking our staff lounge this week. Our staff truly appreciates all the drinks and snacks that were provided. We ended the week with bagels and cream cheese from a generous parent donation, and we are so thankful!

Our choral concert was a huge success and our students represented our school theme "Word Collectors". We look forward to the band/strings concert in December to hear more music from our students. 

As a reminder, we are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday November 23-November 25. We look forward to seeing students on Monday, November 28

Please read below for important updates, reminders, and upcoming events. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

 

November 22: Acts of Kindness Spirit day-Pajama Day

November 23-25: Holiday - Thanksgiving

November 28-December 2: Scholastic Book Fair

December 1: Book Fair Family Night, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

December 6: STEAM Night, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

December 19-January 2: Holiday - Winter Break

January 3: Classes Resume 

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

How Can You Help Your Child Have Good Attendance?

Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school.  This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation. 
  • Help your child maintain routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe at school. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. https://www.fcps.edu/return-school-covid-19-testing

Academic Matters

During the Academic Matters portion of Monday’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Reid discussed the innovative assessment practices happening in FCPS as part of our School Division of Innovation designation from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). 

This recognition means that VDOE has approved a plan to improve student learning, educational performance, and college, career, and citizenship readiness skills. It positions FCPS as a state leader in innovative practices with the opportunity to impact statewide policy decisions. Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation. 

 

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming, and we need volunteers to help make it a success!  On Monday and Tuesday 11/21-11/22, we will be setting up the fair.  The week of 11/28-12/2 we will open the Fair for purchases during the school day.  There will even be a fun Family Night event on Thursday, 12/1 from 5:30-7:30pm where families can shop the fair together. This is definitely something that we could not do if we didn’t have a dedicated team of volunteers. 

Volunteers for the fair do many tasks including: helping students locate books and other items, running the cash register, straightening displays, rearranging and stocking additional merchandise, as well as setting up and tearing down the fair. If you are a parent or guardian of a current TC student and are able to help, please click on the Sign Up Genius located at this link: Book Fair Sign Up For more general information about the Fair, you can also go to our Book Fair website: TC Book Fair

Please reach out to our librarian, Allison Petruzzellis at [email protected]. with any questions.

Book Fair Family Night

The Fall Scholastic Book Fair will take place the week of Nov. 28 through Dec. 2, 2022. Book Fair Family Night will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 5:30-7:30pm and will feature special guest Maleeha Siddiqui, Virginia Reads 22-23 nominee for her book Barakah Beats, which is featured on the 4th to 6th Grade TC Library Reading Challenge! She will be meeting kids as well as selling and signing copies of her books, both Barakah Beats, as well as her new one, Bhai for Now. Proceeds from buying either of Mrs. Siddiqui's books for signing as well as any of our wonderful Book Fair offerings will benefit the Terra Centre Elementary School Library! This time last year we sold 2,294 books! Let's see if we can raise that this year to sell 2,500 books! This is a great way to help out your school, as well as get our kids excited about books and reading! Our book fair website is:TC Book Fair if you'd like more information!

Referrals for the Full-Time Advanced Academic (Level IV)

Referrals for current 2nd-7th graders are accepted through December 15, 2022. More information about the referral process can be found on the FCPS.edu website, search AAP Level IV. FCPS AAP information The Level IV Referral and Screening presentation is also available on the Schoology Terra Centre Parent Course in the Advanced Academic Presentation folder. Please submit referrals to Melanie Jewell, AART, [email protected]

 

STEAM Night at Terra Centre

We are excited to be holding a Terra Centre Family STEAM Night on December 6 from 6pm-8pm. We hope you are able to join us! Please complete this form so we can prepare for your attendance. Please note: This is not a drop off event- students must remain with their grown ups.

STEAM Night RSVP 

If you would like to volunteer some time at the event you can sign up here:
STEAM Night Volunteer 

Monthly Folder Content

Terra Centre uses Schoology for all monthly folder content. All flyers are posted to Schoology Course: Terra Centre All Parents

November Updates

  • Level IV AAP referral information
  • Community flyers
    • Community Table Dinners
  • PTA flyers
    • Winter After School Club flyers

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

    • FCPS Calendar Survey
    • How to be involved in the Strategic Plan
    • Post-Thanksgiving COVID Testing
    • Recommended Changes to Family Life Education Curriculum 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

FCPS in the News

Play Pays Off as Impact of Middle School Recess is Felt Across Fairfax County (Whitman MS, FCPS, November 14)

Coates Family Academy Has Parents Learning Tips to Support Kids in FCPS (FCPS, November 14)

Seniors Make a SUBstantial Difference in FCPS Schools (Bull Run ES, FCPS, November 7)

Follow us on Twitter @TerraCentreES-we have lots to share!

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TCES PTA - Holiday Donation Opportunity

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Holiday Donations

A note from Ms. Klieber:

Erick was my 27-year-old son who passed away suddenly 8 years ago.   He had such a giving nature and love for helping others that I wanted to find a way to honor him and support others.   When Erick was 25, he went into a Kmart during the holiday season and paid several families’ lay-aways, which is why I started For the Love of ErickThanks for honoring my son and helping our students!

For the 7th year, Ms. Klieber will be collecting money to purchase gift cards for students in need at Terra Centre.  Please support this worthy cause by donating.  All donations are tax deductible and will be collected through November 18, 2022.

Pilar Afanador, Terra Centre parent, will be collecting the money through her Venmo account Pili [email protected] or you can drop off checks or cash at her house 5906 Wood Sorrels Ct Burke, VA 22015.  Please make all checks payable to Ma.Del Pilar Afanado Ruiz. Pilar’s email address is [email protected] and her telephone number is: 703 439 8162.

Please mark your donation For the Love of Erick

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TC Updates 11/11/22

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Terra Centre Families, 

Thank you to everyone for helping promote Raise Craze this year. We SMASHED our fundraising and acts of kindness goals! With 37% of the student body participating, we raised more than $22,600 and performed 616 acts of kindness! Our goal was $15k, and so this will be a huge boost to programs this year. 

As promised, we will be holding a school wide morning meeting to kiss a pig (yes, a real one) since we exceeded our Acts of Kindness. 

Congratulations to the following students/classes:

  • Top AOK student: Alyssa N. - 19 (Ms. Hardy) - Principal for the (half) Day
  • Top Fundraising Class: Kindergarten - Ms. Nevin - $3,391 (Bonus STEAM session with Ms. Jewell)
  • Top AOK students per grade (lunch with the Principal/AP)
    •  Pre-K - Benjamin H.S. - 6 (Ms. Grove) 
    •  Kindergarten - Alyssa W.- 14 (Ms. Allan) 
    •  1st Grade - Jack B. - 11 (Ms. Lias) 
    •  2nd Grade - Lily B. - 13 (Ms. Olweiler) 
    •  3rd Grade - Alyssa N.- 19 (Ms. Hardy) 
    •  4th Grade - Abigail E. - 17 (Ms. Fairchild) 
    •  5th Grade - Logan E. - 13 (Ms. Clarke) 
    •  6th Grade - Alice S. - 13 (Ms. Seidel)   

Please read below for important updates, reminders, and upcoming events. 

Rebecca Gidoni, Principal

Teresa Lewis, Assistant Principal

 

November 14-18: American Education Week

November 15: Picture retake day

November 17: Chorus concert, 7:00 PM

November 22: Acts of Kindness Spirit day-Pajama Day

November 23-25: Holiday - Thanksgiving

November 28-December 2: Scholastic Book Fair

December 1: Book Fair Family Night, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

December 6: STEAM Night, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

December 19-January 2: Holiday - Winter Break

January 3: Classes Resume 

FCPS 2022-2023 Calendar

FCPS School Year 2022-2023

For American Education Week we celebrate ALL who work in our Terra Centre community: our bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, support staff, teachers, leadership and more! Learn more from the National Education Association. Want to recognize someone from our school who goes above and beyond? Submit a nomination to FCPS Cares.

Academic Matters

At the last School Board meeting, a new feature was introduced called Academic Matters. During this portion of the Board meeting, updates will be provided on important academic topics. At the November 3 meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid shared some common misconceptions concerning the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment. Watch the presentation on YouTube.

 

Our community is invited to attend our Fall Chorus Concert titled "Word Collectors," taking place in the Terra Centre Gym on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 7:00-7:30 p.m. Terra Centre Tigers are collecting words and sharing them through music.

 

STEAM Night at Terra Centre

We are excited to be holding a Terra Centre Family STEAM Night on December 6 from 6pm-8pm. We hope you are able to join us! Please complete this form so we can prepare for your attendance. Please note: This is not a drop off event- students must remain with their grown ups.

STEAM Night RSVP 

If you would like to volunteer some time at the event you can sign up here:
STEAM Night Volunteer 

Picture Retake Day-November 15th

 

Monthly Folder Content

Terra Centre uses Schoology for all monthly folder content. All flyers are posted to Schoology Course: Terra Centre All Parents

November Updates

  • Community flyers
    • Community Table Dinners
  • PTA flyers
    • Winter After School Club flyers

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

  • Calendar Survey Coming Soon!
  • Student Performance in Language Arts (Grades 1-6)
  • Family Engagement Resources
  • School Board Presentation: Academic Matters

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Seniors Make a SUBstantial Difference in FCPS Schools (FCPS, November 7)

40 Fairfax County Schools Recognized for Supporting Military-Connected Families (FCPS, November 2)

Fairfax County Public Schools: 40 Fairfax County Schools Recognized For Supporting Military-Connected Families (Virginia Patch, November 2)

FCPS Receives $2 Million Grant from DoDEA Supporting STEAM (FCPS, November 1)

Fairfax County Public Schools: FCPS Receives $2 Million Grant From DoDEA Supporting STEAM (Virginia Patch, November 1)

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TCES PTA - Holiday Donation Opportunity

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Holiday Donations

A note from Ms. Klieber:

Erick was my 27-year-old son who passed away suddenly 8 years ago.   He had such a giving nature and love for helping others that I wanted to find a way to honor him and support others.   When Erick was 25, he went into a Kmart during the holiday season and paid several families’ lay-aways, which is why I started For the Love of ErickThanks for honoring my son and helping our students!

For the 7th year, Ms. Klieber will be collecting money to purchase gift cards for students in need at Terra Centre.  Please support this worthy cause by donating.  All donations are tax deductible and will be collected through November 18, 2022.

Pilar Afanador, Terra Centre parent, will be collecting the money through her Venmo account Pili [email protected] or you can drop off checks or cash at her house 5906 Wood Sorrels Ct Burke, VA 22015.  Please make all checks payable to Ma.Del Pilar Afanado Ruiz. Pilar’s email address is [email protected] and her telephone number is: 703 439 8162

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