Dogwood Digest 05/15/2024

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Dear Dragon families, 

We are so grateful for all the love shared with our staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. It was a beautiful time and we appreciate you, for ensuring our teachers felt the love. 

We are in the midst of SOL testing. Although these tests are only one measurement of your students’ knowledge, it is the test used to ensure all of our students are accessing grade level material. The test schedule is below. Please ensure your children get a good night’s rest and are on time to school on the day of testing. Your support in encouraging your child to do their best and show what they know would be greatly appreciated. 

We are down to just a few short weeks left until the end of the year. It is hard to believe how fast this year has flown by! 

With much appreciation, 

Kate Beckner, Proud Principal

Some of our first graders at the Lego Discovery Field Trip 

Stuff the Bus

Check out the flier below for Stuff the Bus, there are only a few more days to donate. We appreciate all of the support.

SOL - Standards of Learning 2024  (Grades 3-6th)

 

Our Standards of Learning (SOL) are on their way, and our Dogwood Dragons are working so hard! Please do all that you can to avoid any non-emergency time off during the SOL testing dates. Please help support our Dragons in getting a good night's rest and being on time to school in order to do their best! 

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Learn about the history of Memorial Day. See the complete school year calendar.

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

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

FCPS 2025 Budget — What’s Happening Next

The next steps in FCPS’ budget process are:

  • Tuesday, May 14: School Board holds a public hearing on the budget. Register to speak by 6:30 p.m., on Monday, May 13.
  • Wednesday, May 15: Second day of School Board public hearings, if needed.
  • Tuesday, May 21: School Board budget work session.
  • Thursday, May 23: School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

For more details on our budget, view FCPS budget documents.

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

 

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

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

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

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

  • Celebrating Students, Teachers, and Nurses
  • Help Raise Awareness of Fentanyl
  • 2025 FCPS Budget

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

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On the web: Check out the Dogwood website and FCPS website for updates.

 

May 16: 4th & 5th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 19: Dogwood Color Run 

May 21: 3rd Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 22: 5th Grade Science SOL Assessment 

May 23: Multicultural Night 5:30 

May 27: Memorial Day, Holiday (FCPS Schools Closed)

May 30: Dogwood Staff vs. Student Basketball Game 

June 3: Field Day at Dogwood! 

June 12: 6th Grade Promotion Celebration

June 12: Last Day of School for Students (2 Hour Early Dismissal) 

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Dogwood Digest 05/08/2024

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Dear Dragons, 

During Teacher Appreciation Week, we wanted to take a moment to give a huge shoutout to our amazing teachers. Seriously, they're absolute rockstars! They're the ones who make learning fun, inspire our kids, and help them grow in so many ways. We couldn't do it without them. And hey, big thanks to all of you for partnering with us on this journey. Your support means the world. Oh, and let's not forget those delicious treats you've been spoiling our staff with—they're a hit! Your kindness doesn't go unnoticed. Here's to celebrating our awesome teachers and the incredible job they do every day. Cheers!

We've had such a blast lately. Our teachers were rocking those Kentucky Derby-style big hats like pros as we celebrated the races over the weekend.  Yep, we totally brought the Derby vibe right to our school. But that's not all—our admin staff turned jockeys for some seriously hilarious horse races. We had Black Stallion, Yellow Jacket, and Buttercup racing their hearts out, and let me tell you, it was a close call! Black Stallion just nosed ahead for the win, but honestly, they were all winners with the amount of laughter and fun we had. It's moments like these that make our school community so special. Here's to more good times ahead!

On another note, SOLs are full swing and our students are working hard to show their knowledge. Please review the calendar below and ensure your student is present and rested for school on the day of their tests. 

With much appreciation, 

Kate Beckner, Proud Principal

Ways for Our Dragons to Celebrate Our Wonderful Dogwood Teachers & Staff! Class Input 2024-25

As we move into the last months of school, it is time to begin preparing to plan for the 2024-25 school year. If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 10th. Please remember that we do not take requests for specific teachers as we base our decisions on individual student strengths and instructional needs. This valuable information will also be shared with next year’s teacher.

SOL - Standards of Learning 2024  (Grades 3-6th)

Our Standards of Learning (SOL) have begun! Please do all that you can to avoid any non-emergency time off during the SOL testing dates. Please help support our Dragons in getting a good night's rest and being on time to school in order to do their best! 

💪 Let's Finish the School Year Strong!

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

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

Learn more about attendance resources.

Resources for Newly Registered Families

Being connected to your school community helps you stay informed and support your child’s success. Take some time to get familiar with the many resources and tools available to FCPS families, including:

  • School Age Child Care (SACC) – This Fairfax County government program provides a safe and fun environment before and after school for elementary school-age children.
  • FCPS Communications for Families – FCPS shares news and information to support student learning and promote family involvement.
  • Family Engagement Resources – FCPS works to connect, strengthen, and support our families, schools, and communities. 
  • Do You Know About Family Liaisons? – Family liaisons serve as a link between families and schools. You may contact [family liaison’s name], our family liaison, at [email and phone number].  

There’s an easy to follow five-step process outlined for parents registering their children for kindergarten. Be sure to register your child as soon as possible! 

Register Your Children Online

Online registration is available for new and returning (re-enrolling) FCPS families! Apply today to help us plan for the 2024-25 school year.

☀️ Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

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

Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through Tutor.com.

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

Caregivers can guide students to access expert tutoring, homework help, and writing support by clicking on the Tutor.com icon in their Schoology portal—anytime, anywhere.

Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the Tutor.com homepage.

📞 FCPS Ombuds Provides Confidential Guidance

The Office of the Ombuds engages with families, students, and staff to offer resources and improve the experience of each and every member of the FCPS community. They work as an independent confidential resource to help get answers to questions, offer options to resolve concerns, and hear complaints regarding FCPS matters.  

Anyone seeking assistance from the Office of the Ombuds may call 571-423-4014, email [email protected], visit their webpage, or submit a question. Ombuds staff do not change or make decisions, policies, or regulations; take sides; or provide legal advice.

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

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

  • FCPS Summer Extravaganza
  • Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders
  • No-Cost Virtual Therapy for High School Students

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

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On the web: Check out the Dogwood website and FCPS website for updates.

May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week 

May 7: 5th & 6th Grade Reading SOL Assessment 

May 9: 3rd & 4th Grade Reading SOL Assessment 

May 10: Class Placement Input Form Due Date 

May 14: 6th & 7th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 16: 4th & 5th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 19: Dogwood Color Run (More information to follow)

May 21: 3rd Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 22: 5th Grade Science SOL Assessment 

May 23: Multicultural Night 5:30 

May 27: Memorial Day, Holiday (FCPS Schools Closed)

May 30: Dogwood Staff vs. Student Basketball Game (More information to follow)

June 3: Field Day at Dogwood! 

June 12: 6th Grade Promotion Celebration

June 12: Last Day of School for Students (2 Hour Early Dismissal) 

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Dogwood Digest 05/01/2024

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Dear Dragons,

As we approach the end of the school year, we're thrilled to extend an invitation to our Kindergarten Orientation event, designed especially for some of our youngest Dragons. Tomorrow, we welcome families and rising kindergarten students to join us for an informative and fun-filled evening.

During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about kindergarten, experience a ride on a school bus, and engage in various activities tailored for our incoming students. We encourage all students who will be entering Kindergarten for the 2024-25 school year to attend.

The event will take place tomorrow, May 2nd, at 4:30 PM in our library. Doors will open at 4:00 PM for families to enter.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

Warm regards,

Kate Beckner Proud Principal

Some of our Dogwood Dragons performed this last weekend at the All County Choral Festival. Students are selected by audition. Once selected, they participate in many months of extra choral rehearsals with their elementary general music teachers. Students come together for two days of intensive rehearsals with a conductor who specializes in working with children’s choirs. The choral festival culminates with a spectacular concert by the students.

May 3rd is a Student Holiday

This is a friendly reminder that this Friday, May 3rd is a student holiday/ teacher workday. School is closed for student. We look forward to welcoming our Dragons back to school on Monday, May 6th.

Multicultural Night ~ Fashion Show

We are looking for students who attend Dogwood to be a part of this year’s Fashion Show during  our 3rd annual Multicultural Night! We have so many cultures represented at our school (USA included!) and we love showing off the amazing diversity our school has.

If you are interested in having your child walk in our fashion show showing off clothing from their culture, please fill out the form sent home or email Ms Armstrong at [email protected] stating your child’s name, grade, teacher, and country or origin, by Monday, May 6. A confirmation will be sent either by email or in your child’s Thursday folder on Tuesday, May 7. Students must have their own attire and bring, or wear, during the event. 

SOLs.. Coming Soon!

Students in grades 3rd- 6th will soon be taking their Virginia State Assessments- the SOLs- in reading, math, and 5th grade has an additional test in Science. Notification letters went home last month and now need to be returned to school as soon as possible. If you have a child taking the SOL on the letter you received, please indicate if he or she has permission to retake the test or if you would NOT like your child to retake the test. Students are able to retake the test based on their score. Any student that scores within the retake range, if parent permission was given, will be able to retake the test and families will be notified. Please return this letter to school no later than May 6. You can contact our Student Testing Coordinator, Kara Armstrong, at [email protected] should you have any questions.

Ways for Our Dragons to Celebrate Our Wonderful Dogwood Teachers & Staff! Class Input 2024-25

As we move into the last months of school, it is time to begin preparing to plan for the 2024-25 school year. If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 10th. Please remember that we do not take requests for specific teachers as we base our decisions on individual student strengths and instructional needs. This valuable information will also be shared with next year’s teacher.

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

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

🙋 Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

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

  • Starting in Kindergarten, missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read. That is just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of the three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • Students who are frequently absent in Kindergarten do less well in first grade
  • Absences add up in elementary school. Research shows that missing 18 days in a school year or 2 days every month can result in lower test scores and
District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

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

  • Community Forums on Middle School Start Times
  • Weigh in on School Health Services
  • FCPS Shines Bright With Continued ENERGY STAR® Recognition

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

Social Media: Follow @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.

May 2: Kindergarten Orientation Library 4:30-6:00 PM

May 2: Chorus Concert Dogwood Gym 6:00 PM

May 3: Teacher Workday (no school for students) 

May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week 

May 7: 5th & 6th Grade Reading SOL Assessment 

May 9: 3rd & 4th Grade Reading SOL Assessment 

May 10: Class Placement Input Form Due Date 

May 14: 6th & 7th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 16: 4th & 5th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 19: Dogwood Color Run (More information to follow)

May 21: 3rd Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 22: 5th Grade Science SOL Assessment 

May 23: Multicultural Night 5:30 

May 27: Memorial Day, Holiday (FCPS Schools Closed)

May 30: Dogwood Staff vs. Student Basketball Game (More information to follow)

June 3: Field Day at Dogwood! 

June 12: 6th Grade Promotion Celebration

June 12: Last Day of School for Students (2 Hour Early Dismissal) 

12300 Glade Drive Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-262-3100
Attendance: 703-262-3131 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Dogwood Digest 04/25/2024

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Dear Dragons, 

As we journey towards the end of the year, we are entering Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. You can significantly contribute to their child's success on SOL tests by ensuring they get a good night's sleep before each test day. Encouraging students to do their best and show their work during test preparation can also make a big difference. Remember, the schedule is provided below, so planning ahead is key. While these tests are important, they're just one data point. They help teachers tailor their programs to suit your child's needs better. So, let's work together to support our students and help them shine!

We continue our uphill battle with social media. Tic Toc, YouTube and other streaming apps can be dangerous pastimes for young people. There are many inappropriate and even dangerous messages that become viral and reach our children. Please be vigilant, talk to your children often about what they are watching, invest in software and apps that restrict inappropriate content and limit the amount of access your child has. Please let us know what support you need. 

As always, thank you for partnering with us. 

Kate Beckner

Proud principal

Reston Rising is an empowering event designed for our pyramid school students. This event promotes engagement through collaborative activities. Twenty-five of our 5th and 6th grade students were inclusively invited for a day of growth, empowerment, and leadership exploration. We’re so proud of our Dogwood Dragons for being rising leaders.

Ways for Our Dragons to Celebrate Our Wonderful Dogwood Teachers & Staff! Class Input 2024-25

As we move into the last months of school, it is time to begin preparing to plan for the 2024-25 school year. If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 10th. Please remember that we do not take requests for specific teachers as we base our decisions on individual student strengths and instructional needs. This valuable information will also be shared with next year’s teacher.

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Our school typically conducts kindergarten registration events, including orientation, next Thursday,  May 2nd 4:30-6:00 pm. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Action April 

At the heart of being an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School is agency and empowering our students to take action.  Throughout the month of April, we will engage in Action April in which our students will be presented with different ways to take action every day.  Our students will also reflect and share ways that they took action and how it made them feel. 

Please ask your child, “How did you take action today?  How did it make you feel?” 

SOL  - Standards of Learning 2024 -Grades 3-6th

As we approach the month of May, we want families to have the tentative dates for our Standards of Learning Assessments that pertain to grade 3rd-6th. If any changes are made to the date this information will be communicated to families as soon as possible. Please do all that you can to avoid any non-emergency time off during the SOL testing dates. We are publishing the dates early so we can all plan accordingly! 

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

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

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

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

☀️🎨🎶 FCPS SUMMER ARTS CAMP

Sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create at the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) summer camp! Program is open to any student enrolled in grades 2-5 during the 2023-24 school year. Check out the class options, dates, and details: https://bit.ly/3JjeBm6

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates: 

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

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

  • Spring Assessments
  • Family Conference
  • Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

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

Social Media: Follow @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.

April- Kindergarten Registration Month- Please register all students who will be age 5 

May 1: Class Photos & 6th Grade Panoramic 

May 2: Kindergarten Orientation Library 4:30-6:00 PM

May 2: Chorus Concert Dogwood Gym 6:00 PM

May 3: Teacher Workday (no school for students) 

May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week 

May 7: 5th & 6th Grade Reading SOL Assessment 

May 9: 3rd & 4th Grade Reading SOL Assessment 

May 10: Class Placement Input Form Due Date 

May 14: 6th & 7th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 16: 4th & 5th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 19: Dogwood Color Run (More information to follow)

May 21: 3rd Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 22: 5th Grade Science SOL Assessment 

May 27: Memorial Day, Holiday (FCPS Schools Closed)

May 30: Dogwood Staff vs. Student Basketball Game (More information to follow)

12300 Glade Drive Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-262-3100
Attendance: 703-262-3131 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Dogwood Digest 04/18/2024

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Ms. Ariel's class with Present the Dragon Parents, students and staff participating in our after school parent project Teacher Appreciation Week  

Teacher appreciation week is coming on May 6th-10th. Do you want to help show the amazing Dogwood teachers some appreciation? We will hold a parent planning meeting today, Thursday, April 18th at 4pm in the library. Please come if you would like to help plan this week of appreciation for teachers. We hope to see you there!

Dogwood Town Hall Presentation 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recently released the schools that have been identified as being in need of support, based on Virginia’s federal accountability system under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Dogwood Elementary School is on this list. Last week we held a Town Hall to go over the information. Attached you will find the presentation to refer too. 

If you have any questions, please connect with the Dogwood Administration Team. 

Working together, we can ensure that each and every student at Dogwood Elementary School is prepared for a future yet to be imagined.

Dogwood Town Hall.pdf

Yearbook Orders

The deadline for yearbook orders is Monday, April 29th! You can pay online by following the instructions below or you can send in the exact amount of $15.00 to our main office. Don’t miss out on capturing the memories of this 2023-2024 school year and order a yearbook today!

Teacher Appreciation Week  

Teacher appreciation week is coming on May 6th-10th. Do you want to help show the amazing Dogwood teachers some appreciation? We will hold a parent planning meeting next Thursday, April 18th at 4pm in the library. Please come if you would like to help plan this week of appreciation for teachers. We hope to see you there! 

Class Input 2024-25

As we move into the last months of school, it is time to begin preparing to plan for the 2024-25 school year. If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 10th. Please remember that we do not take requests for specific teachers as we base our decisions on individual student strengths and instructional needs. This valuable information will also be shared with next year’s teacher.

Action April 

At the heart of being an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School is agency and empowering our students to take action.  Throughout the month of April, we will engage in Action April in which our students will be presented with different ways to take action every day.  Our students will also reflect and share ways that they took action and how it made them feel. 

Please ask your child, “How did you take action today?  How did it make you feel?” 

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Our school typically conducts kindergarten registration events, including orientation, in the spring on May 2nd 4:30-6:00 pm. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

SOL  - Standards of Learning 2024 -Grades 3-6th

As we approach the month of May, we want families to have the tentative dates for our Standards of Learning Assessments that pertain to grade 3rd-6th. If any changes are made to the date this information will be communicated to families as soon as possible. Please do all that you can to avoid any non-emergency time off during the SOL testing dates. We are publishing the dates early so we can all plan accordingly! 

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Immigrant Family Reunification Class

A class will be held online in Spanish for immigrant families looking to reunite during challenging transitions. Saturday classes will be available April 13, 20, or 27, from 9-11:30 a.m. Register online. For more information, please contact Carmen Fonseca [email protected]

Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, and Inclusion

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families such as raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. Participants may also join online sessions, which will provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

New Regulation on Meditation and Silent Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Religious Accommodations in Schools for Students webpage for more information or contact Dogwood Main Office for more information as needed.

🗳️ Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

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

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

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

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

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

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

  • School Health Services Satisfaction Survey
  • Webinars and Events for Families
  • FCPS Is One of the Best Communities for Music Education

Social Media: Follow @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.

April- Kindergarten Registration Month- Please register all students who will be age 5 

April 18: Teacher Appreciation Parent Planning 4:00 PM Dogwood Library 

April 18: Dogwood Chuck E. Cheese Night- Herndon Location 3-9:00pm

May 1: Class Photos & 6th Grade Panoramic (Forms in Thursday Folders) 

May 2: Kindergarten Orientation 4:30-6:00 PM

May 7: 5th & 6th Grade Reading SOL Assessment 

May 9: 3rd & 4th Grade Reading SOL Assessment 

May 10: Class Placement Input Form Due Date 

May 14: 6th & 7th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 16: 4th & 5th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 19: Dogwood Color Run (More information to follow)

May 21: 3rd Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 22: 5th Grade Science SOL Assessment 

May 27: Memorial Day, Holiday (FCPS Schools Closed)

May 30: Dogwood Staff vs. Student Basketball Game (More information to follow)

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Dogwood Town Hall

Dogwood TSI Town Hall April 11, 2024 at 6 pm

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recently released the schools that have been identified as being in need of support, based on Virginia’s federal accountability system under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Dogwood Elementary School is on this list.

These designations are based on a complex set of factors. Our school was identified as being in need of support in Reading for Students with Disabilities and chronic absenteeism. I would like to invite you to a community meeting to explain more about what this designation means, how we have been addressing these gaps, and what additional efforts will be put into place to support students.

Please join us on April 11, 2024  from 6 pm. - 7 pm. in the school’s cafeteria. 

FCPS has a strong strategic plan that focuses resources and support to ensure that each and every student develops foundational academic skills, curiosity, and a joy for learning necessary for success in pre-K through 12th grade. 

Working together, we can ensure that each and every student at Dogwood Elementary School is prepared for a future yet to be imagined. I hope to see you on April 11.

Teacher Appreciation Week  

Teacher appreciation week is coming on May 6th-10th. Do you want to help show the amazing Dogwood teachers some appreciation? We will hold a parent planning meeting next Thursday, April 18th at 4pm in the library. Please come if you would like to help plan this week of appreciation for teachers. We hope to see you there! 

Class Input 2024-25

As we move into the last months of school, it is time to begin preparing to plan for the 2024-25 school year. If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 10th. Please remember that we do not take requests for specific teachers as we base our decisions on individual student strengths and instructional needs. This valuable information will also be shared with next year’s teacher.

Dogwood Class Placement Input Form (English) 

Dogwood Class Placement Input Form (Spanish)

  🙋 How Schools Are Prioritizing Student Attendance

Watch this video to learn about the collaborative efforts between schools, families, and the community to support every student’s success. Discover how our schools are connecting families with essential resources such as childcare, medical services, and transportation. 

Through personalized communication, we’re prioritizing student attendance. Making sure every student feels safe, supported, included, and empowered is Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Action April 

At the heart of being an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School is agency and empowering our students to take action.  Throughout the month of April, we will engage in Action April in which our students will be presented with different ways to take action every day.  Our students will also reflect and share ways that they took action and how it made them feel. 

Please ask your child, “How did you take action today?  How did it make you feel?” 

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Our school typically conducts kindergarten registration events, including orientation, in the spring on May 2nd 4:30-6:00 pm. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

SOL  - Standards of Learning 2024 -Grades 3-6th

As we approach the month of May, we want families to have the tentative dates for our Standards of Learning Assessments that pertain to grade 3rd-6th. If any changes are made to the date this information will be communicated to families as soon as possible. Please do all that you can to avoid any non-emergency time off during the SOL testing dates. We are publishing the dates early so we can all plan accordingly! 

Register Today for the Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet School Lottery

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools — Hunters Woods, Bailey’s Primary, and Bailey’s Upper — provide enhanced learning programs in science, technology, and performing arts. Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open through Friday, April 12. Learn more about the schools, their programs, and locations

Mental Health in Childhood

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with children’s physical and mental health. Mental health disorders such as ADHD and anxiety are the most diagnosed in children, which commonly occurs together. Anxiety is feelings of worry, apprehension or dread that something bad is going to happen. Children diagnosed with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or be overly active. Early diagnosis and appropriate services for children and their families can make a difference in the lives of children with mental health disorders.

 Anxiety related triggers are lonely and frightening emotional responses related to situations, persons, places, or objects. Today’s sources of stress for our students include increased coursework and graduation requirements, extracurricular activities, household responsibilities, and social media. Social media has been a great way to increase connection and communication, but for our young people it contributes to shorter attention spans and information overload. Signs of anxiety include appearing worried, irritable or nervous, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, along with physical symptoms such as sleeping problems, headaches, and stomach aches. It is understandable for a parent to be worried because figuring out what to do is hard. Here are five simple ways to respond to teens with anxiety:

  1. Recognize warning signs.
  2. Guide your child to take a few deep breaths to slow things down.
  3. Make sure your child understands you are available if they need to talk.
  4. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and avoid downplaying situations or issues.
  5. Help them come up with ways to deal with the situation next time.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: 571.423.4270.

Sources & Resources

The Anxiety Toolkit for Teens

Talk, They Hear You

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

For Further Information & Support: Monica Rogers (Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist)

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

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

  • Month of the Military Child
  • Register for the FCPS Family Summit
  • Teaching Real-World Math Skills

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

Social Media: Follow @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.

April- Kindergarten Registration Month- Please register all students who will be age 5 

April 11: Dogwood Town Hall 6:00pm- library

April 13: Dogwoods Bike Rodeo/ Bike Swap 10:00 am-12:00 pm

April 18: Teacher Appreciation Parent Planning 4:00 PM Dogwood Library 

April 18: Dogwood Chuck E. Cheese Night- Herndon Location 3-9:00pm

May 1: Class Photos & 6th Grade Panoramic (Forms in Thursday Folders) 

May 2: Kindergarten Orientation 4:30-6:00 PM

May 7: 5th & 6th Grade Reading SOL Assessment 

May 9: 3rd & 4th Grade Reading SOL Assessment 

May 10: Class Placement Input Form Due Date 

May 14: 6th & 7th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 16: 4th & 5th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 21: 3rd Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 22: 5th Grade Science SOL Assessment 

May 19: Dogwood Color Run (More information to follow)

May 27: Memorial Day, Holiday (FCPS Schools Closed)

May 30: Dogwood Staff vs. Student Basketball Game (More information to follow)

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Dogwood Digest 04/03/2024

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Dear Parents,

Bienvenido de nuevo! I hope you all had a wonderful spring break filled with relaxation and quality time with your loved ones. As we transition back into our school routine, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your cooperation and support in my absence.

During the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in intensive Spanish classes in Guatemala. Your understanding and collaboration with our assistant principals and office staff made this experience possible. Thank you for your patience and assistance. If you are fluent in Spanish, I encourage you to greet me with a "hi" and allow me the chance to practice. However, necesitas hablar muy despacio!

At Dogwood ES, we take pride in being a community school that fosters a warm and welcoming environment for all. Effective communication is key to building lasting relationships with our community members. Our partnership with parents is invaluable, and together, we can ensure our students thrive academically and socially.

As we embark on the fourth quarter of the school year, I am amazed at how quickly time has flown by. We will soon begin SOL testing, an important assessment tool that helps us gauge student progress and identify areas for improvement. When the time comes, it will be crucial to convey to our children the importance of doing their best. Adequate rest and preparation are essential for success, so please ensure your child gets plenty of sleep and is ready to tackle the tests with confidence.

More information regarding SOL testing schedules and preparation will be provided in the coming days. Thank you for your continued support and partnership in your child's education.

Warm regards,

Kate Beckner

Principal, Dogwood ES

Dogwood Town Hall

Dogwood TSI Town Hall April 11, 2024 at 6 pm

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recently released the schools that have been identified as being in need of support, based on Virginia’s federal accountability system under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Dogwood Elementary School is on this list.

These designations are based on a complex set of factors. Our school was identified as being in need of support in Reading for Students with Disabilities and chronic absenteeism. I would like to invite you to a community meeting to explain more about what this designation means, how we have been addressing these gaps, and what additional efforts will be put into place to support students.

Please join us on April 11, 2024  from 6 pm. - 7 pm. in the school’s cafeteria. 

FCPS has a strong strategic plan that focuses resources and support to ensure that each and every student develops foundational academic skills, curiosity, and a joy for learning necessary for success in pre-K through 12th grade. 

Working together, we can ensure that each and every student at Dogwood Elementary School is prepared for a future yet to be imagined. I hope to see you on April 11.

We are so happy to have our Dogwood Dragons back in the school building. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Our school typically conducts kindergarten registration events, including orientation, in the spring on May 2nd 4:30-6:00 pm. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Action April 

At the heart of being an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School is agency and empowering our students to take action.  Throughout the month of April, we will engage in Action April in which our students will be presented with different ways to take action every day.  Our students will also reflect and share ways that they took action and how it made them feel. 

Please ask your child, “How did you take action today?  How did it make you feel?” 

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

SOL  - Standards of Learning 2024 -Grades 3-6th

As we approach the month of May we want families to have the tentative dates for our Standards of Learning Assessments that pertain to grade 3rd-6th. If any changes are made to the date this information will be communicated to families as soon as possible. Please do all that you can to avoid any non-emergency time off during the SOL testing dates. We are publishing the dates early so we can all plan accordingly!

Apply for PreK & Early Head Start

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start programs provide a quality preschool experience with comprehensive services at no cost to qualifying families who reside in Fairfax County. Your family may qualify for PreK or Early Head Start if you:

  • have a child who will be age 3 or 4 by September 30,
  • receive free or reduced-price school meals, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Social Security Income, and/or homeless per definition of the McKinney Vento Act, or
  • receive resources such as from a shelter and/or the FCPS homeless liaison office.

Though families may qualify, spaces are limited and selection is based on need, not “first come, first serve”, with PreK priority given to 4 year olds. The application process begins January 1st for the upcoming school year. However it is important for all families to apply as soon as possible.

Early Head Start is for children 0-2 years of age and pregnant women who live in the Reston, Herndon and Springfield areas.

Note: The application eligibility, selection and enrollment process is managed centrally at the Office of Early Childhood Curriculum and Grant Management located in Falls Church; not at schools. If you a have question about the application process or status please call the main English Line: 703-208-7900 or Spanish Line: 703-208-7901.

All form and additional documentation can be found using this link- Apply for PreK and Early Head Start | Fairfax County Public Schools (fcps.edu)

Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024.Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

Survey results will provide a basis for quality improvement of School Health services. The data-driven process is in alignment with the FCPS Strategic planning process, and the survey results will contribute positively to the FCPS Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholders.

🤧 Updated COVID Recommendations

In accordance with the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) respiratory virus guidance, FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have updated school COVID-19 recommendations.

The COVID-19 isolation period of five days is no longer recommended

New respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Students who have symptoms of, test positive for, or have been diagnosed with a respiratory virus may return to school when the student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; AND the student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. 

Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities. 

Should I Send My Child to School?

Please refer to the chart on this attendance webpage if your child is experiencing symptoms or illnesses, and you are unsure if they should go to school. 

Thank you for helping keep our students and staff healthy.

Eid al-Fitr (Half-O Day, Holiday)

In Islam, Eid-al-Fitr is a three day festival to mark the end of Ramadan. Muslims dress in new clothes, give charity, and pray in congregation. Eid is celebrated with the exchange of presents and delicious food with family and friends. Read more at Britannica.com.

Tuesday, April 9, has been designated as a half-O day. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. Wednesday, April 10, is an FCPS holiday and all schools and offices will be closed. See the complete School Year Calendar.

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

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

  • Updated COVID Recommendations
  • Last Chance to Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • April Webinars and Events for Families

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

Social Media: Follow @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.

 

April- Kindergarten Registration Month- Please register all students who will be age 5 

April 1-2nd: Teacher Workday/Staff Development Day, No School For Students

April 10: Eid al Fitr, Holiday (FCPS Schools Closed)

April 11: Dogwood Town Hall 6:00pm- Cafeteria

April 13: Dogwoods Bike Rodeo/ Bike Swap 10:00 am-12:00 pm

May 2: Kindergarten Orientation 4:30-6:00 PM

May 7: 5th & 6th Grade Reading SOL Assessment 

May 9: 3rd & Grade Reading SOL Assessment 

May 14: 6th & 7th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 16: 4th & 5th Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 21: 3rd Grade Math SOL Assessment 

May 22: 5th Grade Science SOL Assessment 

May 19: Dogwood Color Run (More information to follow)

May 27: Memorial Day, Holiday (FCPS Schools Closed)

May 30: Dogwood Staff vs. Student Basketball Game (More information to follow)

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Attendance: 703-262-3131 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Dogwood Digest 03/21/2024

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🌷 March 25-29 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break! See the complete school year calendar. There will not be a Dogwood Digest the week of Spring Break. Our school office will reopen on Monday, April 1st. We will welcome back our students on Wednesday, April 3rd.

🗓️ Quarter End/Teacher Workday

Friday, March 22, is the end of the third quarter. Monday, April 1, and Tuesday, April 2, are school planning and teacher workdays, respectively. There will be no school for students on these days. See the school year calendar.

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Our school typically conducts kindergarten registration events, including orientation, in the spring on May 2nd 4:30-6:00 pm. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

SOL  - Standards of Learning 2024 -Grades 3-6th

As we approach the month of May we want families to have the tentative dates for our Standards of Learning Assessments that pertain to grade 3rd-6th. If any changes are made to the date this information will be communicated to families as soon as possible. Please do all that you can to avoid any non-emergency time off during the SOL testing dates. We are publishing the dates early so we can all plan accordingly!

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today!

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

Survey topics include:

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

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

📚 Literacy Development for Multilingual Learners

In the Academic Matters segment of last week’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid shared information on literacy development of multilingual learners (students who are learning the English language). Of the more than 180,000 FCPS students, over 48% have a home language other than English, and 20% are multilingual learners (as of January 2024). 

Dr. Reid emphasized that the school division’s Equitable Access to Literacy Plan applies to ALL students, including multilingual learners. She shared some of the supports that exist for these students, including new elementary language arts basal resources. View Dr. Reid’s presentation slides

Submit an FCPS CARES Nomination

Do you know an employee who deserves to be recognized for going above and beyond? Submit their story. Submissions are now made through the StaffConnect portal. Choose FCPS CARES from the first drop-down menu to access the appropriate form.

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

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

  • Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces
  • Solar Eclipse Resources

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

Social Media: Follow @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.

 

March 22nd: End of Quarter 3

March 25-29th: Spring Break (FCPS Schools & Offices Closed)

April- Kindergarten Registration Month- Please register all students who will be age 5 

April 1-2nd: Teacher Workday/Staff Development Day, No School For Students

April 10th: Eid al Fitr, Holiday (FCPS Schools Closed)

April 13th: Dogwoods Bike Rodeo/ Bike Swap 10:00 am-12:00 pm

May 2: Kindergarten Orientation 4:30-6:00 PM

12300 Glade Drive Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-262-3100
Attendance: 703-262-3131 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Dogwood Digest 03/13/2024

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Dear Dragons,

Ensuring the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, and we kindly seek your support in making dismissal a safer experience for all. Starting immediately, we kindly ask for your assistance with students that walk home. If your child is met by an adult to walk home, please have the child remain with the adult until you leave the school property. Additionally, we'd appreciate your assistance in reminding students not to use bikes, skateboards, or scooters until they are safely off school property. We also request that children avoid playing soccer or engaging in other running activities around families with small children, particularly in crowded areas during pick up. This adjustment aims to streamline dismissal, eliminate confusion and ensure that everyone gets home safely. Your cooperation in these matters will contribute greatly to creating a secure environment for everyone. Thank you for your understanding and commitment to the safety of our school community.

Thank you for always partnering with us. 

Kate Beckner, Proud Principal

✅ Take the Family Engagement Survey!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open. Survey partner K12 Insight emailed a link to families on March 3 and again on March 6. Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.

The survey is available in 10 languages. All responses are confidential. Parents/caregivers may stop by the front office to fill out a paper survey or complete the survey online. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

The month of April is designated for Kindergarten Registration at Dogwood ES. Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Our school typically conducts kindergarten registration events, including orientation, in the spring on May 2nd 4:30-6:00 pm. Save the date! Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

SOL  - Standards of Learning 2024 -Grades 3-6th

As we approach the month of May we want families to have the tentative dates for our Standards of Learning Assessments that pertain to grade 3rd-6th. If any changes are made to the date this information will be communicated to families as soon as possible. Please do all that you can to avoid any non-emergency time off during the SOL testing dates. We are publishing the dates early so we can all plan accordingly!

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

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

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

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

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

  • Take the Family Engagement Survey! 
  • New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces
  • Solar Eclipse Resources

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

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.

Social Media: Follow @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.

 

March 21st: College Fair 5:30-7:00 Langston Hughes

March 22nd: End of Quarter 3

March 25-29th: Spring Break (FCPS Schools Closed)

Month of April- Kindergarten Registration Month- Please register all students who will be age 5 

April 1-2nd: Teacher Workday/Staff Development Day, No School For Students

April 10th: Eid al Fitr, Holiday (FCPS Schools Closed)

May 2: Kindergarten Orientation 4:30-6:00 PM

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Dogwood Digest 03/06/2024

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Dear Dogwood Dragons, 

This week is Read Around the World Week. Frederick Douglass said “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” It is important that schools and parents partner together to teach our children how important it is to read. As we celebrate Read Around the World Week, we invite you to share a book or two with your child at school on Friday. It is a wonderful opportunity to partner with Dogwood in educating your child. The schedules are posted below. 

I will be away from the office from March 18th, until April 1st. I will be traveling to Guatemala to take intensive Spanish classes, so that I can communicate more effectively with Dogwood’s students and families. If you need assistance during this time, please reach out to the office and speak with one of the assistant principals, Kim Seck, Daphne Holliday or Sanaz Hosseini. I look forward to practicing my Spanish with you upon my return! 

With much appreciation for all of your partnership, 

Kate Beckner, Proud Principal

National School Social Work Week

March 3-9 is National School Social Work Week. Social workers in FCPS help to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral factors from affecting a student's ability to perform at their best. Their primary goal is to remove barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling their academic potential. Social workers are assigned to every school and center in the school system. Most social workers serve one to two sites. Learn more about the role of social workers in FCPS.

Our AMAZING school social worker is Ms. Alicia Pitarque Heishman! She supports students and families at Dogwood. Her impact on our school community is immeasurable, and we want to express our deepest gratitude for her incredible dedication to the well-being and success of all of her students. 

 

Help us celebrate… Read Around the World Week!

You’re invited to come read with your child in their classroom on Friday, March 8. See the chart above to check the time to join your child in their classroom. Feel free to bring in one of your favorite children’s books or have your child choose one from the classroom library.

Leading up to that day we will also have a spirit week! Check out our flyer above. Reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions.

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Our school typically conducts kindergarten registration events, including orientation, in the spring on May 2nd 4:30-6:00 pm. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Standards of Learning 2024 - Grades 3-6th

As we approach the month of May we want families to have the tentative dates for our Standards of Learning Assessments that pertain to grade 3rd-6th. If any changes are made to the date this information will be communicated to families as soon as possible. Please do all that you can to avoid any non-emergency time off during the SOL testing dates. We are publishing the dates early so we can all plan accordingly! 

Ramadan Begins on March 11

This year, the first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During this month Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.

Throughout the year, as we celebrate and recognize various cultural holidays and observances, families are encouraged to connect Principal Kate Beckner regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction.

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

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

  • Where FCPS Funding Comes From
  • Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs
  • FCPS Family Engagement Survey Opens March 3

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

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.

Social Media: Follow @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.

 

March 10th: Spring Forward- Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour!

March 21st: College Fair 5:30-7:00 Langston Hughes

March 22nd: End of Quarter 3

March 25-29th: Spring Break (FCPS Schools Closed)

April- Kindergarten Registration Month- Please register all students who will be age 5 

April 1-2nd: Teacher Workday/Staff Development Day, No School For Students

April 10th: Eid al Fitr, Holiday (FCPS Schools Closed)

May 2: Kindergarten Orientation 4:30-6:00 PM

12300 Glade Drive Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-262-3100
Attendance: 703-262-3131 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Dogwood Digest 02/29/2024

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Dear Dragons, 

As we approach the end of Black History Month, let's celebrate the rich tapestry of our shared history and acknowledge that Black history is an integral part of the broader narrative we all contribute to. The stories of resilience, achievement, and cultural contributions are not confined to a single month but are interwoven into the fabric of our collective past, present, and future. Embracing diversity is crucial for fostering tolerance and understanding among our children. By recognizing the importance of Black history year-round, we strengthen our commitment to a more inclusive and harmonious community. Let's continue to teach our children that every race and ethnicity contributes to the beautiful mosaic of our shared human experience.

This past weekend I had the honor to observe one of our students, Hannah Smith, in Mrs. Walter’s 3rd grade class, who performed in her Black history celebration at Abundant Life Christian Ministries in Glen Dale, Md. She read a poem by Maya Angelou. She read it with grace and passion. I will leave you with that poem now. 

Still I Rise

By Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history

With you bitter, twisted lies, 

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise. 

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room. 

Just like moons and suns, 

With the certainly of tides, 

Just like hopes springing high, 

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

 Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops, 

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my hautiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words, 

You may cut me with your eyes, 

You may kill me with your hatefulness, 

But still, like air, I’ll rise. 

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear the tide. 

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, 

I am the dream and the hope of the slave. 

I rise

I rise

I rise.

Thank you for the continued partnership. 

Kate Beckner, Proud Principal

March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

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

🙋Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Parents/guardians have a huge influence on students when it comes to attendance.  Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help students do well in high school, college, and at work.

School Year Routines

  • Maintain regular bedtime and morning routines to help your child develop a habit of on-time attendance.  
  • Talk to your child about why going to school everyday is important unless they are sick.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick.
  • If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him feel comfortable and excited about learning. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Reach out to your child’s teacher or school counselor if you are experiencing tough times such as unstable housing, transportation or health problems. 

Help us celebrate… Read Around the World Week!

You’re invited to come read with your child in their classroom on Friday, March 8. See the chart above to check the time to join your child in their classroom. Feel free to bring in one of your favorite children’s books or have your child choose one from the classroom library.

Leading up to that day we will also have a spirit week! Check out our flyer above. Reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3rd

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

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

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

🧸 Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in.

Dogwood will be hosting a Kindergarten Orientation Event for all families that will have a kindergarten for the 2024-25 school year. Please plan to attend to learn more about Kindergarten on May 2nd from 4:30-6:00 pm. 

FCPS News

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

  • Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families
  • How Students Benefit from CTE Courses
  • Supreme Court Decision Regarding TJHSST

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

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.

Social Media: Follow @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.

 

March 5: School Planning Day, No School For Students

March 21: College Fair 5:30-7:00 Langston Hughes

March 22: End of Quarter 3

March 25-29: Spring Break (FCPS Schools Closed)

April 1-2: Teacher Workday/Staff Development Day, No School For Students

12300 Glade Drive Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-262-3100
Attendance: 703-262-3131 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Updated Dogwood Digest 02/22/2024

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Dear Dragon Families, 

At Dogwood Elementary, we strive to provide an educational environment where all feel welcomed, safe, and supported to learn. Part of our commitment is to provide our students with meaningful learning opportunities that allow them to continue to grow as ethical and global citizens. 

 

Over the next 2 weeks we will be delivering a lesson from The Power of Our Words to all students in 1st through 6th grade students. During the lesson, we will review the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) rules and talk with students about knowing the power of words and how they can impact others.

 

As always, we welcome your ideas and input on our work with students, the presentation, and how to make Dogwood Elementary a more welcoming and culturally responsive environment for all.  

 

The lessons provided will be available for families to review. Please reach out to our front office and an admin will provide you the lesson for your review.  If you have any questions or would like support at home, please feel free to contact the administrative team directly.

 

Sincerely, 

Kate Beckner

Proud Principal, Dogwood Elementary School

🧸 Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in.

Help us celebrate… Read Around the World Week!

You’re invited to come read with your child in their classroom on Friday, March 8. See the chart below to check the time to join your child in their classroom. Feel free to bring in one of your favorite children’s books or have your child choose one from the classroom library.

Leading up to that day we will also have a spirit week! Check out our flyer below. Reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions.

When students miss too many days of school, they fall behind and struggle to keep up with their classmates. Whether the days missed are due to illness, truancy or for any other reason, the end result for the student is the same — learning time is lost. Children and adolescents will get sick at times and may need to stay at home, but we want to work with you to help minimize the number of days your student is absent from school.

Missed Days Add Up Quickly!

  • Just a few missed days a month adds up to several school weeks missed in a year.

  • Both excused and unexcused absences can make it more difficult for your child to keep up with other students, especially in math and reading.

  • Kindergarten and first grade are critical for your child. Missing school during these early years makes it more difficult for children to learn in later years and they often have trouble reading by the end of third grade.

👩‍🏫 Help Students Achieve Their Dreams. Teach for FCPS!

Save the date! Attend FCPS’ instructional job fair on Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.-noon, at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Network and take advantage of interview opportunities with representatives from various FCPS schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair. Register today.

Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget Focused on Educational Excellence and Competitive Compensation

At the last School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 that focuses on excellence and providing students an equitable education in an inclusive and respectful environment, where access, opportunity, and achievement are available to all. 

The budget also prioritizes competitive compensation to attract and retain a world-class workforce. 

The FY 2025 Proposed Budget totals $3.8 billion, an increase of $301.8 million, or 8.6%, over the FY 2024 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is focused on instruction. Key highlights include:

  • Supporting students academically by maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students. 
  • Retaining and attracting world-class educators with a 6% market scale adjustment.
  • Strengthening student well-being outside of the classroom with expanded athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.
  • Continuing initiatives including expansion of inclusive preschool, adoption of green initiatives, and funding assistant director of student activities positions previously funded with ESSER III.

Special education daily contract extensions, funding for the safety and security screening program, and late buses to support academics and activities at middle schools are several of the priorities to be addressed at the end of FY 2024.  

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the Advertised Budget on Thursday, February 22. Read more about the proposed budget. Keep up with FCPS’ budget development process

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

FCPS News

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

  • Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget
  • Register for Superintendent Community Conversations
  • Kindergarten Registration

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

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.

Social Media: Follow @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.

 

March 5: School Planning Day, No School For Students

March 21: College Fair 5:30-7:00 Langston Hughes

March 22: End of Quarter 3

March 25-29: Spring Break (FCPS Schools Closed)

April 1-2: Teacher Workday/Staff Development Day, No School For Students

12300 Glade Drive Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-262-3100
Attendance: 703-262-3131 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Dogwood Digest 02/23/2024

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🧸 Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in.

When students miss too many days of school, they fall behind and struggle to keep up with their classmates. Whether the days missed are due to illness, truancy or for any other reason, the end result for the student is the same — learning time is lost. Children and adolescents will get sick at times and may need to stay at home, but we want to work with you to help minimize the number of days your student is absent from school.

Missed Days Add Up Quickly!

  • Just a few missed days a month adds up to several school weeks missed in a year.

  • Both excused and unexcused absences can make it more difficult for your child to keep up with other students, especially in math and reading.

  • Kindergarten and first grade are critical for your child. Missing school during these early years makes it more difficult for children to learn in later years and they often have trouble reading by the end of third grade.

👩‍🏫 Help Students Achieve Their Dreams. Teach for FCPS!

Save the date! Attend FCPS’ instructional job fair on Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.-noon, at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Network and take advantage of interview opportunities with representatives from various FCPS schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair. Register today.

Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget Focused on Educational Excellence and Competitive Compensation

At the last School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 that focuses on excellence and providing students an equitable education in an inclusive and respectful environment, where access, opportunity, and achievement are available to all. 

The budget also prioritizes competitive compensation to attract and retain a world-class workforce. 

The FY 2025 Proposed Budget totals $3.8 billion, an increase of $301.8 million, or 8.6%, over the FY 2024 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is focused on instruction. Key highlights include:

  • Supporting students academically by maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students. 
  • Retaining and attracting world-class educators with a 6% market scale adjustment.
  • Strengthening student well-being outside of the classroom with expanded athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.
  • Continuing initiatives including expansion of inclusive preschool, adoption of green initiatives, and funding assistant director of student activities positions previously funded with ESSER III.

Special education daily contract extensions, funding for the safety and security screening program, and late buses to support academics and activities at middle schools are several of the priorities to be addressed at the end of FY 2024.  

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the Advertised Budget on Thursday, February 22. Read more about the proposed budget. Keep up with FCPS’ budget development process.

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

FCPS News

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

  • Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget
  • Register for Superintendent Community Conversations
  • Kindergarten Registration

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

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.

Social Media: Follow @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.

 

March 5: School Planning Day, No School For Students

March 21: College Fair 5:30-7:00 Langston Hughes

March 22: End of Quarter 3

March 25-29: Spring Break (FCPS Schools Closed)

April 1-2: Teacher Workday/Staff Development Day, No School For Students

12300 Glade Drive Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-262-3100
Attendance: 703-262-3131 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Dogwood Digest 02/15/2024

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🥁 Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

  • Starting in preschool and kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10%, or about 2 days each month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences and tardiness can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Eventually good attendance will be a skill that will help them succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

Please visit https://www.fcps.edu/attendance for more information about the importance of student attendance.

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

 

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

FCPS News

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

  • Summer Camp and Learning Opportunities
  • Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools
  • Check Schoology for Teacher-Referred Tutoring

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

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.

Social Media: Follow @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.

 

February 19th: President's Day - School’s Closed

March 5: School Planning Day, No School For Students

March 22: End of Quarter 3

March 25th-29th: Spring Break, School's Closed

12300 Glade Drive Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-262-3100
Attendance: 703-262-3131 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Dogwood Digest 02/07/2024

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🙋Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Parents/Guardians have a huge influence on students when it comes to attendance.  Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help students do well in high school, college, and at work.

During the school year...

  • Maintain regular bed time and morning routines to help your child develop a habit of on-time attendance.  
  • Talk to your child about why going to school everyday is important unless they are sick.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick.
  • If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him feel comfortable and excited about learning. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Reach out to your child’s teacher or school counselor if you are experiencing tough times such as unstable housing, transportation or health problems.  
National School Counseling Week

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Our AMAZING school counselors at Dogwood are Angel Evins, Jen Franconeri, and Chrissy Mackoul. Their impact on our school community is immeasurable, and we want to express our deepest gratitude for their incredible dedication to the well-being and success of all of our students.

Please take a moment to share your appreciation with them this week by having your child write them a letter or draw them a picture.  Your kind words and encouragement will undoubtedly mean a lot!!

Superintendent to Present FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will present the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reid’s presentation, as well as other budget documents, will be available after she presents to the board. 

View the meeting on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, or the FCPS website. To watch School Board meetings dubbed in Spanish, please visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you would like language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected]

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

FCPS News

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

  • Superintendent to Present Fiscal Year 2025 Budget
  • Here Comes the Bus App
  • Career Exploration Event for High School Students

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

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.

Social Media: Follow @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.

Upcoming Dates

February 8th- Report Cards Coming Home 

February 19th - President's Day - School’s Closed

March 5: School Planning Day, No School For                                                    Students

                                                  March 22: End of Quarter 3

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Dear Dogwood Dragons, 

Thank you for coming out to learn how to engage your prek-2nd grade students during our evening family event, Learning Under the Stars. You are their first teacher and the bridge between school and home is one of the largest predictors of student success. Parents who engage their child about school, help the child understand the importance of attending and learning. It was a wonderful event with many teachers volunteering their time and talents to model how you can support both reading and math. 

I want to give a special thank you to Kids R First and Stohlman Subaru for donating 500 winter coats for our students. During our event we gave away over 375 jackets. Please let the school office, counselor, family liaison or teacher know if your child is in need of a winter coat. Winter weather has not yet passed us by. 

Our school is a big part of our community. We want to be partners. We love seeing you. 

Sincerely, 

Kate Beckner, proud principal 

3rd Quarter

As we enter the 3rd quarter, we are hopeful that you will continue to check-in with your child and hear about all of the wonderful learning opportunities that they are participating in while at school!  A great way to have richer conversations with your child is to check-in with him/her by asking some of the questions listed below. This will support you learning a little bit more about your child's day while they are at school.

  • What is something creative you did today?
  • Who did you sit with at lunch today?
  • Tell me something you learned today.
  • What did you eat first at lunch?
  • If you could change one thing about the day, what would it be?
  • What made your teacher(s) smile today?
  • What is your favorite thing to do at recess?
  • What is the best thing that happened today?
  • Did you help anyone today?
  • What was your thorn, and what was your rose today?
  • What are you looking forward to for tomorrow?
  • Teach me something you learned. 
  • What kinds of things did you see people eating for snack?
  • Did you learn any new words today?

 

SEL Screener Coming Soon

Students in grades 3-6 will take the SEL Screener for the second and last time this year between March 4 - 9. This screener allows students to share their perspectives on how well their school and community are at making them feel valued, included, and supported as well as helping them develop skills they need to succeed. To learn more about this screener visit the FCPS Screener Public Homepage.

Parent Notification & Opt-out forms were sent home in Thursday folders. If you choose to opt your child out of this screener, please fill out and return the form by February 22.

🙋Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

The beginning of a quarter is a great time to continue to review strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Watch this video with tips from Fairfax Pyramid principals and visit FCPS’ Attendance webpage for tips and strategies.

FCPS News

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

  • FCPS Receives $16 Million to Buy More Electric Buses
  • Science Fair Judges Needed
  • How Families Can Help Fight Opioid Misuse

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

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.

Social Media: Follow @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.

Upcoming Dates

February 8th- Report Cards Coming Home 

February 19th - President's Day - School’s Closed

12300 Glade Drive Reston, VA 20191 | Main Office: 703-262-3100
Attendance: 703-262-3131 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

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