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Dear Dogwood Families,
It has been another wonderful week of concurrent and in-person instruction at Dogwood for our Early Head Start, Head Start, Kindergarten, ECCB, and select small groups of students. We are eager to welcome our in-person students in Groups 6 and 7 in the next couple of weeks. Please join us for our Group 6 Return to School Town Hall tonight, March 4 at 5:30 pm. During this time we will review important information about our Return to School plans including our new schedules, arrival/dismissal plans, meals at school, illness at school and more. Please use THIS LINK to join our meeting. If you are unable to join the meeting live, we will share the recording afterward.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions, celebrations, or concerns. Thank you for all your continued support and partnership.
Your Dogwood Administrative Team,
Rachel Charlton Katie Aldridge Kim Seck
Acting Principal Assistant Principal Assistant Principal
Return to School Reminders
Return to School Guides
Dogwood Family Partnership Handbook
FCPS Return to School Family Guide
Return to School Dates
Grade Level(s)/Programs Included
Preschool Class-based Students
Elementary Comprehensive Service Sites (CSS)
Adaptive Curriculum Programs:
- Enhanced Autism Class (EAC)
- Intellectual Disabilities (ID) Classes
- Intellectual Disabilities Severe (IDS) Classes
- Non-Categorical Elementary (NCE) accessing curriculum in a special education setting
Key Center and Kilmer Center
Burke School (Elementary)
Early Head Start (infants and toddlers)
PreK (three and four year olds)
Intensive Support Needs (students instructed w/ modified curriculum for at least 50% of their core courses and instructed in special education settings 50% or more of their instructional day)
Specialized Center-based Programs- Special Education:
- Vision Program at Robinson SS
- Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Programs at Canterbury Woods ES, Frost MS and Woodson HS
- Students with 50% or more of core content areas in special education settings
Secondary Public Day Programs - Special Education:
- Burke Middle School
- Davis & Pulley Centers - all other students that have not previously returned to in-person instruction and Davis STEP
Return to School Town Hall
Mark Your Calendars! Group 7 Return to School Dogwood Family Town Hall
Group 7 (Grades 3-6): March 11th at 5:30pm
Join us to hear about our Return to School plans and important information including our new schedules, arrival/dismissal plans, meals at school, illness at school and more. A link for this virtual meeting will be shared prior to the 11th. Hope to “see” you there!
Miss a previous Town Hall Session? View the recordings here:
Groups 1-5 (EHS/HS/Kindergarten) Town Hall Recording
Whole School Return to School Town Hall Recording
Return to School Forms
Health Screening Commitment Form
This is required for all students returning in-person and now available in ParentVUE for 45 days prior to the student’s first day of in-person instruction.
The student’s start date will be entered in the SIS Return to School tab on the Student view will trigger the acknowledgement form to appear in their parent(s)/guardian(s) ParentVUE account. The ParentVUE acknowledgments will be automatically updated in SIS every 15 minutes. At least one parent/guardian must acknowledge the commitment once prior to their child coming In-Person. If a student has been In-Person and returned to virtual, their parent/guardian will not have to submit the Health Screening Commitment acknowledgment.
Return to School Mitigation Strategies
All students will be required to wear a mask, properly over their mouth and nose all day, except when eating. Students who are unable or unwilling to comply with this mitigation factor will be required to attend school virtually until they have learned to tolerate mask wearing. This will ensure a safe environment.
To promote stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus, FCPS has begun the Stop the Spread campaign. This highlights the importance of consistently implementing the CDC mitigation strategies. The Stop the Spread Campaign focuses on teaching and reinforcing the what, why, and how of each mitigation strategy. A community video has been created, and all staff will participate in a required professional development that highlights their role and responsibility as an employee to ensure the mitigation measures are being used across the division with fidelity. We need to work together to ensure a successful return back to school. This benefits ALL of us. Please watch the community video with your family and check out the community FCPS site: Stop the Spread.
Read Across The World Week
Dogwood is celebrating children’s literature from around the world this week. We invite you to read a book from every continent and from places all over the world this week. Happy Reading!
Join Us For Chick-fil-a Spirit Night!
Please join us for a Chick-fil-a Spirit Night Fundraiser on Tuesday, March 23rd from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Village Commons location:
12160 Sunset Hills Road, Reston
25% of all product sales will support Dogwood! Take a night off from cooking and come on out. Hope to see you there, Dragons!
Reminder- For 6th Grade Families
In the week of March 8 to March 12, sixth-grade students at Dogwood Elementary School will receive two lessons on the topic of sexual harassment. These lessons seek to provide students with the necessary information, resources, and strategies to help prevent occurrences of sexual harassment as well as outline the steps to take if they feel they or their peers are targets of these behaviors. In addition, the lessons share how schools support targeted students so that they are able to continue to focus on learning in an environment that feels comfortable and secure. Parents/guardians may review the lessons through their ParentVue accounts, which may be activated at www.fcps.edu/it/MyParentAccount.
Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of the two sixth-grade lessons on the topic of sexual harassment. Letters and the opt-out form will be emailed to families February 5th, 2021 that provide more information on how to opt your sixth-grade child out of the lessons about sexual harassment. If you do not receive the letter or opt-out form or have any additional questions, please contact Dogwood Elementary School at 703-262-3100.
Dogwood Technology Solution Station
The Solution Station remains available from 9:00 am - 11:00 am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and no appointment is necessary.
Tech Support for Families
Help for troubleshooting issues you may experience can be found on FCPS’s website: Tech Support for Families. It may be very helpful for students to bookmark this site, as it will help solve most common problems.
Stay in Touch
Social Media: Follow @DogwoodFairfax on Twitter or @Dogwood.Fairfax on Facebook
Email Updates: Sign up for Dogwood News You Choose to receive weekly updates
On the web: Check out the Dogwood website and FCPS website for updates.
Monday, March 1st - Friday, March 5th - Read Across the World Week.
Friday, March 5th - 2 Hour Early Release (students dismissed at 1:30 pm).
Monday, March 8th - Student Holiday
Tuesday, March 9th - Grades 1 & 2 in-person students return.
Thursday, March 11th - Family Town Hall for Group 7 (Grades 3-6) at 5:30 pm.
Tuesday, March 16th - Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6 in-person students return.
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