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Dear Dogwood Families,
Every Tuesday, students from local middle and high schools who are classically trained artists, come to Dogwood and teach piano, strings and mixed media art in our cafeteria. Ella and Emma Kim, along with their mother, first came to Dogwood to perform for our students last year. They fell in love with Dogwood and decided to come back and to teach their craft. This group of young volunteers have created ITZART 4 You. Our students are engaged in semi private lessons and have developed beautiful relationships with their mentors. Fox 5 news came to Dogwood and did a short segment on our students and the ITZART 4 You mentors. The story should air tomorrow, Friday, February 3rd, during the evening news. Please watch and see one of the many wonderful things happening at Dogwood.
On February 7th, we will host Pastries with Parents. This is a time that you will learn how to help your students access math while enjoying a morning pastry. It will begin at 8:10 AM. Please see your child’s Thursday folder for the flier and the RSVP which is required.
Kate Beckner, Principal
Kim Seck, Assistant Principal
Daphne Holliday, Assistant Principal
I Love to Read Day
Come celebrate Valentine’s Day and a LOVE of Reading with your children! Tuesday, February 14, 2023 we will host families to come visit their children’s classroom. Please see below for Grade Level and Times. When arriving please come to Door 1 and check-in with the main office.
1:10-1:302023 Parent Presentations: Preparing Families for Difficult Conversations About Alcohol & Drugs
Adults only - South Lakes Pyramid Tuesday 3/7 6-8 PM @ South Lakes HS Lecture Hall 333A / 333B
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. 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
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.
Start the third quarter off with improved attendance. Daily attendance routines, created at home or in school, can reduce stress for students and families and create a sense of safety and security, especially after chaotic transitions.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.Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season
Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.
The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees, specifically at Dogwood.Stay in Touch
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February 6 Second Quarter Progress Reports Available in SIS Parent Vue
February 7- Pastries with Parents 8:10 AM Dogwood Cafeteria
February 14- I Love to Read Day
February 20- Holiday | No School | President's Day
February 21- Learning Under the Stars: For Preschool, Head Start, Kindergarten & First Grade Families 5:00-6:30 PM
March 2 Early Release | Dismissal at 1:35 pm
April 3-7 Spring Break | No School| Main Office Closed
8:35 am - 3:35 pm