Beech Tree Principal.Message.11.23.2021

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Dear Beech Tree Families:

This week, we will celebrate one of my favorite holidays: Thanksgiving! What I love most about Thanksgiving, besides all the carbs, is that it’s not about presents. It’s about presence. The presence of family and friends and the presence of gratitude. My mother taught me to always count my blessings, so I try to begin and end each day by acknowledging the blessings in my life. It’s so hard to rest our minds, bodies, and souls when gratitude is absent from our day. Today, I am grateful for the following:

 

  • A son who is the greatest blessing I’ve ever known.
  • Parents who have dedicated themselves to my three brothers, my son, and me.
  • Working in the field of education, where children keep you humble, reminding you daily of your own flawed humanity and that tomorrow is a new day.
  • Working alongside educators at Beech Tree, who practice what they preach on a daily basis: Kids First, Today, Tomorrow, and Always.
  • Working with a community that honors and respects educators and partners with us to keep Kids First.

 

I hope you each have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. As you know, I love to see what fun opportunities exist in our area. Here is a link for Northern Virginia events. November isn’t over, so we still have some fun to find, here: https://www.funinfairfaxva.com/november-events-northern-virginia/

 

I’ve created a Flipgrid link for us all to record ourselves singing a favorite holiday or winter-themed song. We will view all of our recordings together through a Zoom link, virtually, on Thursday, December 9th at 6:30pm for our annual “Beech Tree PTA Sing Along.” I’ve gotten it started with a little sample from yours truly. Keep in mind, I cannot carry a tune, so if I can do it, so can you😊 Here’s the link:

https://flipgrid.com/b05c75b0

 

As a reminder, here are some upcoming dates:

 

11/24 – 11/26 = Thanksgiving Break

 

12/1 = PTA Restaurant Night: Anthony’s Restaurant: https://anthonysrestaurantva.com/ 4pm to 6pm

          Be sure to say you’re from Beech Tree ES

 

12/9 = Virtual PTA Meeting & Winter Sing Along

          Flipgrid link to record your family singing:

https://flipgrid.com/b05c75b0 Zoom link for the meeting at 6:30pm, will be shared that evening.

 

12/20 – 12/31 = School Closed for Winter Break

 

4/1 = Deadline for Yearbook orders: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14478822

          Orders are ONLY available online. There will be NO CASH collection.

 

As always, I thank you for your trust and support! Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns. Please continue to recognize our staff through FCPS Cares: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

 

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

PTA Information

PTA Officers:

President: Megan Laboy, meganlaboy@gmail.com

Vice-President: Sonali Khadilkar, sonali@khadilkarlaw.com

Secretary: Penny Yiannarakis, pennyzoutis@gmail.com

Treasurer: Elizabeth Allison, elizabethmallison@hotmail.com

 

For Memberships, t-shirts, race sign-ups, etc: https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

 

Fundraising:

Smile.amazon- Beech Tree Elementary School Falls Church VA

Harris Teeter VIC card: Must be renewed every year – our number is 4085

Boxtops- Download the app and choose Beech Tree Elementary School, Falls Church, VA

 

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

 

Health & Safety Procedures:

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 

Daily Health Screening

  • The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.
  • Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.
  • All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

 

Care Rooms

    • The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.
    • A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.
  • *At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

 

Student Return to School After Illness

  • In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM
    • This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.
    • This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.

*FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

HVAC System

 

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

 

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

3401 Beechtree Lane, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Phone: 703.531.2600
Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

Beech Tree Principal.Message.11.19.2021

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Dear Beech Tree Families:

This week, I invited Mike Erwin, co-founder of the Positivity Project to speak to the Student Health Advisory Committee. He is a dynamic speaker I met the summer of 2017. Since that summer, Beech Tree Elementary has been part of the nationwide movement of implementing The Positivity Project.

The Positivity Project’s (P2) lessons and concepts align with state-specific mental health and social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies and academic standards. P2 also interfaces with multi-tiered interventions, PBIS, Restorative Practices, and more. P2 resources are differentiated Pre-K–12 and centered on positive psychology’s 24 character strengths: https://posproject.org/character-strengths/  and the five Other People Mindset elements: https://posproject.org/other-people-mindset/

 

I am proud of the work our staff does every day with the implementation of The Positivity Project within a Responsive Classroom school environment. Responsive Classroom is a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline. It is comprised of a set of research, and evidence-based practices designed to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and school communities for both students and teachers. More information can be found here: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/

 

Last week I shared with you that Fairfax County Public Schools kicked off the national rollout of COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5-11. I also shared some links to help you schedule an appointment:

https://www.inova.org/COVID19/vaccine-scheduling

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine/registration

This week, I would like to inform you that Bailey’s Community Center will have a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic by appointment ONLY on Saturday, November 20th , for the 1st dose, and on Saturday, December 11th for the 2nd dose. Bailey’s Community Center is located at 5920 Summeis Lane, Falls Church, VA 22041. Their phone number, to schedule an appointment is: (703) 931-7027 . You may also schedule your visit at: https://kordinator.mhealthcoach.net/vcl/1636599030487 

 

I would also like to remind you that the Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals will Close on December 15, 2021

 

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to pasettel@fcps.edu  no later than December 15

 

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they are submitted to the central selection committee by emailing Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu. Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Beech Tree Elementary School.

 

Thomas Jefferson High School would also like to invite our families to their annual FREE interactive STEM activity fair for students of ALL AGES on Saturday, May 14th, 2022 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This will be an in-person event. Please register to attend at: https://tinyurl.com/techstrav2022tix

 

As a reminder, “THANK YOU” goes a long way for our amazing staff. Thank YOU for taking a moment to recognize them through our FCPS Cares Program: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

 

11/24 - 1/26 = School Closed for Thanksgiving Break

 

12/1 = PTA Restaurant Night 4:00pm to 8:00pm (Say you are from Beech Tree)

          Anthony’s Restaurant in Falls Church: WWW.anthonysrestaurantva.com

3000 Annandale Road Falls Church (703) 532-0100

 

12/1 – 12/7 = Updated Fall Testing Dates for those who received a letter from the testing team

 

12/9 = Virtual PTA Meeting & Winter Sing Along

          Flipgrid link to record your family singing will be shared in December. Zoom link will be shared that evening.

 

12/15 = Window Closes for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals

 

12/20 – 12/31 = School Closed for Winter Break

 

4/1 = Deadline for Yearbook orders: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14478822

          Orders are ONLY available online. There will be NO CASH collection.

 

As always, I thank you for your trust and support! Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns.

 

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

PTA Information

PTA Officers:

President: Megan Laboy, meganlaboy@gmail.com

Vice-President: Sonali Khadilkar, sonali@khadilkarlaw.com

Secretary: Penny Yiannarakis, pennyzoutis@gmail.com

Treasurer: Elizabeth Allison, elizabethmallison@hotmail.com

For Memberships & t-shirts: https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

 

Fundraising:

Smile.amazon- Beech Tree Elementary School Falls Church VA

Harris Teeter VIC card: Must be renewed every year – our number is 4085

Boxtops- Download the app and choose Beech Tree Elementary School, Falls Church, VA

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

 

Health & Safety Procedures:

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 
  • Daily Health Screening
  • The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.
  • Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.
  • All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

 

  • Care Rooms
    • The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.
    • A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.
  • *At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

 

  • Student Return to School After Illness
  • In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM
    • This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.
    • This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.

*FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

HVAC System

 

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems

are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

 

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

3401 Beechtree Lane, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Phone: 703.531.2600
Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

Beech.Tree.ES.Parent.Invitation.to.SEPTA.11.16.21

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Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) General Membership Meeting

Dear Beech Tree Families,

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 16th, parents are invited to the Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) General Membership Meeting via Zoom:

Registration is free via our website:  

www.fairfaxcountysepta.org

They will have a presentation from Dr. Jonathon Dalton on "Children with Anxiety: What to Know and How to Help" 

Dr. Dalton is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change (CABC)

 Children with Anxiety: What to Know and how to Help. 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jonathon Dalton, licensed clinical psychologist, founder and director of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change (CABC). 

SEPTA General Membership Meeting

November 16, 2021 - 7pm-9pm

Join us via Zoom. 

Registration is free via our website:  

www.fairfaxcountysepta.org

 

 

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

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Dear Beech Tree Families:

This week, Fairfax County Public Schools kicked off the national rollout of COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5-11, when the school division welcomed First Lady Dr. Jill Biden to a clinic at the school where the first Polio vaccine was administered in 1954. “Widespread vaccination is key to keeping students learning in-person and preventing school or division closures and keeping our school staff and students safe. We are proud to be leading the way in the vaccination rollout for children ages 5-11, just as we did with the Polio vaccine in 1954,” said Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand.

More than 85% of Fairfax County students aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. FCPS has successfully implemented layered prevention strategies since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, and continues to have both an extremely low positivity rate (0.35%) and transmission rate (0.02%) in its schools .

In collaboration with its partners, FCPS will soon host school-based vaccination clinics evenings, weekends, and during the school day. The school division has partnered with a private vendor to establish in-school clinics where students can be vaccinated with parent or guardian permission and with or without parent or guardian present. 

FCPS’ partner, the Fairfax County Health Department, is hosting multiple mass vaccination clinics, pop-up clinics at school sites in the evening and/or weekends as well as supporting school-based clinics during the school day. Inova Children’s is holding weekend pediatric vaccination clinics at the Inova Center for Personalized Health and Inova Cares Clinic for underserved communities, while Members of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics will be delivering more than 3,900 vaccines per week through its pediatricians.

Here are some links to help you schedule an appointment:

https://www.inova.org/COVID19/vaccine-scheduling

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine/registration

This Thursday morning, Ms. Patty Settel, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, held an information session on the Advanced Academics Program (AAP) student referral process. This link has reminders of upcoming dates: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students/testing-and. Please reach out to Ms. Settel with any questions about the identification and AAP referral process at pasettel@fcps.edu.

 

This weekend Beech Tree Elementary will be opening its doors to a Saturday PTA Book Fair. Our hope is that this will allow more families to visit and shop to support our PTA and fill our children’s bookshelves at home with a few more enjoyable books. The book fair will be accessible through the Cafeteria Door by the side parking lot from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Our PTA Board will be volunteering their time to the running of the book fair. Thanks so much to those who have reached out to our PTA President, Megan Laboy, to offer to help. This Thursday and Friday, students were given some time to check out the books they would like to buy and those who had money put on the e wallet or brought cash were able to buy some, as well.

 

Next week, on Wednesday, November 17th, please be sure the kids dress for their Fall Picture Day. The order forms will be sent home on Monday. Remember that the yearbook will need to be preordered at this link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14478822.

 

The next evening, we will hold our PTA Meeting virtually at 6:30pm via Zoom. The private link will be sent to you through eNotify that evening. The following week, we will have school on Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd, but will be closed Wednesday through Friday to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. This year, I will give thanks for our health and that of our families.

 

As a reminder, “THANK YOU” goes a long way for our amazing staff. Thank YOU for taking a moment to recognize them through our FCPS Cares Program: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

 

Ms. Maya Good, Kgt teacher, has been recognized by you as an employee who shows that FCPS Cares.

“I would like to recognize Ms. Good's effort to teach kindergarten students remotely. She did an amazing job teaching them to read, count, and be ready for the transition to in-person teaching.” This information is posted on the October 2021 FCPS CARES webpage, accessible at: https://www.fcps.edu/blog/fcps-cares-november-2021 .

 

Important Dates:

11/17 = Fall Picture Day

          Order forms will be sent home on Monday, November 15th.

 

11/18 = Virtual PTA Meeting

          Zoom link will be sent the evening of the meeting.

 

11/24 - 11/26 = School Closed for Thanksgiving Break

 

12/1 – 12/7 = Updated Fall Testing Dates for those who received a letter from the testing team

 

12/9 = Virtual PTA Meeting & Winter Sing Along

          Flipgrid link to record your family singing will be shared in December. Zoom link will be shared that evening.

 

12/20 – 12/31 = School Closed for Winter Break

 

4/1 = Deadline for Yearbook orders: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14478822

          Orders are ONLY available online. There will be NO CASH collection.

 

As always, I thank you for your trust and support! Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns.

 

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

PTA Information

PTA Officers:

President: Megan Laboy, meganlaboy@gmail.com

Vice-President: Sonali Khadilkar, sonali@khadilkarlaw.com

Secretary: Penny Yiannarakis, pennyzoutis@gmail.com

Treasurer: Elizabeth Allison, elizabethmallison@hotmail.com

For Memberships, t-shirts, race sign-ups, etc: https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

 

Fundraising:

Smile.amazon- Beech Tree Elementary School Falls Church VA

Harris Teeter VIC card: Must be renewed every year – our number is 4085

Boxtops- Download the app and choose Beech Tree Elementary School, Falls Church, VA

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

 

Health & Safety Procedures:

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 
  • Daily Health Screening
  • The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.
  • Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.
  • All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

 

  • Care Rooms
    • The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.
    • A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.
  • *At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

 

  • Student Return to School After Illness
  • In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM
    • This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.
    • This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.

*FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

HVAC System

 

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

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Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

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PTA Book Fair Tomorrow

Dear Beech Tree Families:

 

This is to remind you that our PTA Book Fair starts tomorrow! You can shop online or set up an e wallet for your student through this link! Your student will be able to shop during school on Thursday or Friday. Don’t forget to come in person on Saturday from 10am to 2pm in the Beech Tree Cafeteria! Also teachers are making their “Wish List” of books for their classrooms. Please get them a book if you can.

 

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/my-fairs/ataglance.html#:~:text=https%3A//www.scholastic.com/bf/beechtreeelemschool

 

Additionally, we have decided to hold our PTA Meeting virtually, on Thursday, November 18th, at 6:30pm. The Zoom link will be sent by eNotify on the evening of the meeting.

 

Thank you,

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

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Dear Beech Tree Families:

This is the week we usually celebrate our Veterans and Thanksgiving as a community. Due to not having visitors in the building and social distancing, we will not be able to have assemblies on Thursday or invite you to come in and enjoy a yummy school cafeteria Thanksgiving Luncheon. However, one thing we were able to hold on to is our PTA Book Fair. We will be open the doors to our families and community members this Saturday, November 13th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, in the cafeteria. If nice and warm, we might even be able to hold it at our Kiss & Ride Loop. Students will be able to visit our library during the school day on Thursday and Friday to shop for about 20 minutes, as a class, if you are unable to visit on Saturday.

 

Since we will not be able to hold our Veterans Day assemblies this year, I invite you to post messages, videos, and posters to Twitter or share them with me to post and share for you. We remain the Land of the Free because of the Brave. This Thursday, please thank a veteran for their service.

 

Important Dates:

11/11 = Veterans Day & 2 hour early dismissal

 

11/17 = Fall Picture Day

          Order forms will be sent home on Monday, November 15th.

 

11/18 = PTA Meeting

          Cafeteria at 6:30pm

 

11/24th -11/26th = Thanksgiving Break

 

4/1 = Deadline for Yearbook orders: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14478822

          Orders are ONLY available online. There will be NO CASH collection.

 

If you received a letter from our testing team here are the UPDATED Fall testing dates for the NNATDecember 1-7, 2021.

 

As a reminder, “THANK YOU” goes a long way for our amazing staff. Please and thank you for taking a moment to recognize them through our FCPS Cares Program: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program Thank you for taking the time to do so.

 

I’d like to put in an additional plug in for our PTA:

 

Virtual 5K Race

*Sign up by 11/11 at https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

*Wear your shirt to school on 12/14.

 

As always, I thank you for your trust and support! Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns.

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

PTA Information

PTA Officers:

President:

Megan Laboy, meganlaboy@gmail.com

Vice-President: Sonali Khadilkar, sonali@khadilkarlaw.com

Secretary: Penny Yiannarakis, pennyzoutis@gmail.com

Treasurer: Elizabeth Allison, elizabethmallison@hotmail.com

For Memberships, shirts, race sign-ups, etc: https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

 

Fundraising:

Smile.amazon- Beech Tree Elementary School Falls Church VA

Harris Teeter VIC card: Must be renewed every year – our number is 4085

Boxtops- Download the app and choose Beech Tree Elementary School, Falls Church, VA

Virtual 5K Race

*Sign up by 11/11 at https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

*Wear your shirt to school on 12/14.

Book Fair

*November 11-13

*Kids shop on Thursday & Friday.

*Family Day is Saturday

*Info on Virtual Wallet coming (or send cash with kids)

*Sign up coming for shifts

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

November 11          2-hour Early Release (Veterans Day)

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

 

Health & Safety Procedures:

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 
  • Daily Health Screening
  • The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.
  • Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.
  • All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

 

  • Care Rooms
    • The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.
    • A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.
  • *At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

 

  • Student Return to School After Illness
  • In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM
    • This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.
    • This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.

*FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

HVAC System

 

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.  

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

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Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

Beech Tree PTA Restaurant Night 11/3/21

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DC Steakholders Resturant Night Fundraiser Wed. November 3rd

Bring your family and friends to DC Steakholders in Falls Church to help support Beech Tree Elementary.

Mention this flyer when you order by phone or order on-line at www.dcsteakholders.com and write BeechTree PTA when you check out.

 

DC Steakholders will give 20% of the proceeds to BeechTree

 

Craft Burgers, Cheesesteaks, Fries, home-made frozen custard and much more!

Limited Dine-In or Take-Out.

Order online at dcsteakholders.com or call 703-534-4200

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

12:00PM- 8:00PM

6641 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church

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Dear Beech Tree Families:

Today, we were able to have our first Book Character Parade in two years! The decision to have the parade “rain or shine” was to allow our students to experience a fun, school-wide childhood activity that has been so sorely missed. Childhood goes by much too quickly, as it is. I hope the text message I sent to you last night allowed you to send in a change of clothes, rain coat, umbrella, rain boots, or anything else you thought appropriate. Seeing our students’ happy faces makes it all worth it! I hope you feel the same.

 

I’d like to remind you that SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED MONDAY, 11/1 & TUESDAY, 11/2. The office will close at noon on Monday and will open again on Wednesday, November 3rd at 8am.

 

Please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F45A9AC22A7FF2-beech5 to assist, our Chairperson for the PTA Election Bake Sale Fundraiser.

 

  • Donations of baked goods to support the PTA Bake Sale can be dropped off at school on Monday, November 1st at the office from 8am to Noon.

 

  • A table will be placed at the front doors at the main entrance from Noon to 4pm, where you may drop off baked goods and our Building Maintenance Team will bring them in to the lobby for the next day.

 

  • Donations may also be brought on Tuesday, November 2nd directly to Ms. Scherer at the Bake Sale Station.

 

Thank you for supporting our PTA!

 

Additional Reminders:

 

Tonight: 10/29- Justice High School’s Head Varsity Football Coach, Greg Weisbecker is personally inviting Beech Tree Families to - “Youth Night” for our Justice Pyramid at our Home Varsity Football Game on Friday October 29th @ 7:00 PM. All staff, families, and students are invited from our feeder schools! We are looking forward to an awesome night with our community.

Next Saturday:  11/6 - Glasgow Middle School is hosting a Reading Invasion. We are invited to join them for a community Reading Invasion at Glasgow Middle School (4101 Fairfax Pkwy. Alexandria, VA 22312) on November 6 from 1:00-3:00 PM. To celebrate our school community’s love of reading, we are invited to bring something to read and “invade” the Glasgow field. This is a time to come together and enjoy the act of reading. Glasgow will be providing free book giveaways, a story time for our youngest readers, and Kona Ice (https://www.kona-ice.com/flavorwave/) will be available for purchase. So, let’s bring a blanket, our families, and enjoy the weather during this communal reading experience!

11/17 = Fall Picture Day

          Order forms will be sent home on Monday, November 15th.

 

4/1 = Deadline for Yearbook orders: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14478822

          Orders are ONLY available online. There will be NO CASH collection.

 

As a reminder, “THANK YOU” goes a long way for our amazing staff. Please and thank you for taking a moment to recognize them through our FCPS Cares Program: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program Thank you for taking the time to do so.

Last weekend, I found that the Fairfax County Parkway had more colorful foliage than areas in Leesburg, Virginia! Here’s a link to help you find the best Fall Foliage in Virginia this weekend: https://blog.virginia.org/2018/10/top-spots-colorful-foliage/?_ga=2.230963161.777325230.1635533407-1994865807.1635533407

 

As always, I thank you for your trust and support! Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns.

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

PTA Information

PTA Officers:

President: Megan Laboy, meganlaboy@gmail.com

Vice-President: Sonali Khadilkar, sonali@khadilkarlaw.com

Secretary: Penny Yiannarakis, pennyzoutis@gmail.com

Treasurer: Elizabeth Allison, elizabethmallison@hotmail.com

 

For Memberships, t-shirts, race sign-ups, etc: https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

 

Fundraising:

Smile.amazon- Beech Tree Elementary School Falls Church VA

Harris Teeter VIC card: Must be renewed every year – our number is 4085

Boxtops- Download the app and choose Beech Tree Elementary School, Falls Church, VA

Virtual 5K Race

*Sign up by 11/11 at https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

*Wear your shirt to school on 12/14.

Book Fair

*November 11-13

*Kids shop on Thursday & Friday.

*Family Day is Saturday

*Info on Virtual Wallet coming (or send cash with kids)

*Sign up coming for shifts

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

October 29   End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release 

November 1 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 2 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 11          2-hour Early Release (Veterans Day)

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

 

Health & Safety Procedures:

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 

Daily Health Screening

  • The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.
  • Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.
  • All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

 

Care Rooms

    • The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.
    • A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.
  • *At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

 

Student Return to School After Illness

  • In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM
    • This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.
    • This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.

*FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

HVAC System

 

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

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Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

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Dear Beech Tree Families:

 

Today, I’d like to share three important invitations with you:

 

1) 10/25 to 11/2: Amanda Scherer, our Chairperson for the PTA Election Day Bake Sale invites you to sign up to donate at this link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F45A9AC22A7FF2-beech5

 

2) 10/29- Justice High School’s Head Varsity Football Coach, Greg Weisbecker is personally inviting Beech Tree Families to -  “Youth Night” for our Justice Pyramid at our Home Varsity Football Game on Friday October 29th @ 7:00 PM. All staff, families, and students are invited from our feeder schools! We are looking forward to an awesome night with our community.

 

3) 11/6 - Glasgow Middle School is hosting a Reading Invasion. We are invited to join them for a community Reading Invasion at Glasgow Middle School (4101 Fairfax Pkwy. Alexandria, VA 22312) on November 6 from 1:00-3:00 PM. To celebrate our school community’s love of reading, we are invited to bring something to read and “invade” the Glasgow field. This is a time to come together and enjoy the act of reading. Glasgow will be providing free book giveaways, a story time for our youngest readers, and Kona Ice (https://www.kona-ice.com/flavorwave/) will be available for purchase. So, let’s bring a blanket, our families, and enjoy the weather during this communal reading experience!

 

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

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Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

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Dear Beech Tree Families:

I am excited to share that we have so many families joining us for our Saturday Morning Family Field Trip, that I had to order an additional bus! Please do be sure to bring your TICKETS that were sent home, proving you did RSVP for the trip. We will meet at the front of the school, board the buses, and leave at 9:30am. We will leave the park at noon so that we can all be back by 12:30pm to have lunch at home. However, please feel free to bring snacks or a small lunch for your family, if you know they’ll get hungry. If you do bring a stroller, our bus drivers prefer you take an easy to fold umbrella stroller since the bulkier models are difficult to store on the school bus. We look forward to enjoying the outdoors with you!

 

Our students have been taking a lot of assessments, lately. Please know that while we are required to give these many assessments, we try to maintain a calm spirit around them and remind our students that the purpose of the exams are to inform us as educators to plan for instruction.

 

Thursday evening we held our Advanced Academics Program Information Night. The Cognitive Abilities Test and Naglieri are not tests one can or should study for. Please do not fret if you ever feel your child doesn’t show what they’re really capable of on a test. If it’s an academic test, we will reteach and reassess. If it’s an abilities test and they were having a bad day, you, as a parent, may request a retake of one of the abilities test in the spring. As a Local Level IV School, the first in FCPS, we have the opportunity to have a student be a Principal Designee in the Advanced Academic Program beginning in the 3rd grade. We then use the additional examples or work to submit a referral packet again, as we see they are demonstrating critical and creative thinking. We take much more into account than one test.

 

Now, let’s look ahead!

Upcoming Events & Deadlines:

10/23 = Beech Tree Saturday Morning Family Field Trip

          Rain or Shine, we will Leave Beech Tree at 9:30am.
Bring your TICKETS to show that you did RSVP; we are taking three buses.
Must wear a MASK on bus; they may be removed when we’re outdoors at the park.

 

10/23 – 10/29 = RED RIBBON WEEK

  • 10/25 = Team up Against Drugs
    (Wear sports T-shirts/ Jerseys)
  • 10/26 =  Put A Cap on Drugs
    (Wear your favorite hat)

  • 10/27 =  I Dream of a Drug Free World
    (Wear your Pajamas)

  • 10/28 =  To Affirm Commitment to Live Drug Free
    (Wear Red)

  • 10/29 = Sign Pledge Cards

10/29 = Beech Tree Character Day Parade

9:30am at the Bus Loop and Kiss & Ride Loop – Parents may watch from the side walk located across the street from the school. Students and staff not participating in the costume parade will be using the sidewalks at the Bus Loop and Kiss & Ride.

 

11/5 = Impact Aid Deadline: Original forms must be signed and returned to Ms. Do

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return each Impact Aid Form. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3.   To ensure complete accuracy, please use the pre-filled survey form provided to you in your child’s Wednesday folder. 

 

11/17 = Fall Picture Day

          Order forms will be sent home on Monday, November 15th.

 

4/1 = Deadline for Yearbook orders: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14478822

          Orders are ONLY available online. There will be NO CASH collection.

 

As a reminder, “THANK YOU” goes a long way for our amazing staff. Please and thank you for taking a moment to recognize them through our FCPS Cares Program: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program Thank you for taking the time to do so.

 

Glasgow Middle School is hosting a Reading Invasion. We are invited to join them for a community Reading Invasion at Glasgow Middle School (4101 Fairfax Pkwy. Alexandria, VA 22312) on November 6 from 1:00-3:00 PM. To celebrate our school community’s love of reading, we are invited to bring something to read and “invade” the Glasgow field. This is a time to come together and enjoy the act of reading. Glasgow will be providing free book giveaways, a story time for our youngest readers, and Kona Ice (https://www.kona-ice.com/flavorwave/) will be available for purchase. So, let’s bring a blanket, our families, and enjoy the weather during this communal reading experience!

 

As always, I thank you for your trust. Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns.

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem 

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/ 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

PTA Information

PTA Officers:

President: Megan Laboy, meganlaboy@gmail.com

Vice-President: Sonali Khadilkar, sonali@khadilkarlaw.com

Secretary: Penny Yiannarakis, pennyzoutis@gmail.com

Treasurer: Elizabeth Allison, elizabethmallison@hotmail.com

 

For Memberships, t-shirts, race sign-ups, etc: https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

 

Fundraising:

Smile.amazon- Beech Tree Elementary School Falls Church VA

Harris Teeter VIC card: Must be renewed every year – our number is 4085

Boxtops- Download the app and choose Beech Tree Elementary School, Falls Church, VA

 

Election Day Bake Sale

*Donate individually wrapped homemade or store bought desserts and snacks on Monday to school office or drop off on Tuesday at the sale.

 *Sign ups coming! Sign up to donate or work a shift. Shifts run from 6am - 7pm

 

Virtual 5K Race

*Sign up by 11/11 at https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

*Wear your shirt to school on 12/14.

 

Book Fair

*November 11-13

*Kids shop on Thursday & Friday.

*Family Day is Saturday

*Info on Virtual Wallet coming (or send cash with kids)

*Sign up coming for shifts

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

October 29   End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release 

November 1 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 2 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 11          2-hour Early Release (Veterans Day)

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

 

Health & Safety Procedures:

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 

Daily Health Screening

The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.

Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.

Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.

All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 

Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

 

Care Rooms

The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.

A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.

*At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

 

Student Return to School After Illness

In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM

This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.

This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.

Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.

The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.

*FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

 

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

HVAC System

 

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

 

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

Thursday evening, our PTA held a virtual meeting where upcoming events were shared:

Election Day Bake Sale

*Donate individually wrapped homemade or store bought desserts and snacks on Monday to school office or drop off on Tuesday at the sale.

 *Sign ups coming! Sign up to donate or work a shift. Shifts run from 6:00am – 7:000pm

Virtual 5K Race

*Sign up by 11/11 at https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

*Wear your shirt to school on 12/14.

Book Fair

*November 11-13

*Kids shop on Thursday & Friday.

*Family Day is Saturday

*Info on Virtual Wallet coming (or send cash with kids)

*Sign up coming for shifts

At Thursday night’s PTA meeting, I shared some information about our Care Room and students who are identified as close contacts to someone who tested positive for Covid. While our Covid numbers have remained low, the impact of pausing is still a harsh reality for our students and families. It is often 14 days of pause from face to face instruction, during which time the teacher provides live streamed or recorded Math and Language Arts focus lessons and asynchronous assignments, along with quick check-ins every other day. Students who go to the clinic with symptoms that fall under the possible Covid symptoms are send to the Care Room, which is the principal’s conference room, where Ms. Lopez or I put on a paper mask and plastic gown and supervise the child until the parent comes to pick them up. Please continue to come quickly to pick up your child if they are in the Care Room. One child in the Care Room could just have a cold, but another could have Covid. Should your child have a diagnosed illness by a doctor, please send the note in to the clinic. That note could keep your child from being sent to the Care Room and then home.

 

This week, Beech Tree will host a virtual AAP Info Night and our first Saturday Morning Family Field Trip of the year! We will have two buses available and will have the windows down, so please dress accordingly. At the end of the month we will celebrate “Red Ribbon Week!” More information can be found here:  https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov/get-involved/red-ribbon-week  Additionally, we plan to carry on with our annual tradition of a Character Day Parade. This year, we will hold our parade outside. For the safety of our students, they will walk through the bus loop at the front of the school and the Kiss & Ride loop at the side of the school. Our students and staff who will be members of the audience will use the sidewalks on school property. For any parents or community members who wish to see the parade, we ask that you remain on the sidewalk across from the school building by the front parking lot. I’ll try to take good pictures to share with you via Twitter, too! Students and staff enjoy dressing up as a character from one of their favorite books. Ms. Lopez and I are still trying to decide what our costumes should be. I really do hope we will be able to hold on to some of our traditions this year. I appreciate everything you’re doing to help us make this year special for our students!

 

Fall Picture Day has to be post-poned, but we are working with Life Touch to reschedule. Additionally, this year, yearbooks will need to be pre-ordered for $10.00 each at this link:

https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14478822

 

Upcoming Events:

 10/21 = AAP Info Night

A private Zoom link will be shared the day of via eNotify. Ms. Settel would also like to invite you to consider the following opportunity: Student Enrichment Opportunities - Registration is now open: Virtual Fall Enrichment Opportunities – William & Mary

 

10/23 = Beech Tree Saturday Morning Family Field Trip

          Rain or Shine, we will Leave Beech Tree at 9:30am

          Must wear a MASK on bus.

 

10/23 – 10/29 = RED RIBBON WEEK

  • 10/25 = Team up Against Drugs
    (Wear sports T-shirts/ Jerseys)

 

  • 10/26 =  Put A Cap on Drugs
    (Wear your favorite hat)

 

  • 10/27 =  I Dream of a Drug Free World
    (Wear your Pajamas)

 

  • 10/28 =  To Affirm Commitment to Live Drug Free
    (Wear Red)

 

  • 10/29 = Sign Pledge Cards

 

10/29 – Beech Tree Character Day Parade

Bus Loop and Kiss & Ride Loop – Parents may watch from the side walk located across the street from the school. Students and staff not participating in the costume parade will be using the sidewalks at the Bus Loop and Kiss & Ride.

 

As a reminder, “Thank you” goes a long way for our amazing staff. Please and thank you for taking a moment to recognize them through our FCPS Cares Program: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program Thank you for taking the time to do so.

 

As we keep making memories with our families, here’s link for some Virginia Fun with Kids: https://www.virginia.org/things-to-do/things-to-do-with-kids/

 

As always, I thank you for your trust. Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns.

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem 

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/ 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

PTA Information

PTA Officers:

President: Megan Laboy, meganlaboy@gmail.com

Vice-President: Sonali Khadilkar, sonali@khadilkarlaw.com

Secretary: Penny Yiannarakis, pennyzoutis@gmail.com

Treasurer: Elizabeth Allison, elizabethmallison@hotmail.com

For Memberships, t-shirts, race sign-ups, etc: https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

 

Fundraising:

Smile.amazon- Beech Tree Elementary School Falls Church VA

Harris Teeter VIC card: Must be renewed every year – our number is 4085

Boxtops- Download the app and choose Beech Tree Elementary School, Falls Church, VA

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

October 29   End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release 

November 1 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 2 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 11          2-hour Early Release (Veterans Day)

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

 

Health & Safety Procedures:

 

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

 

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 

 

Daily Health Screening

The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.

Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.

Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.

All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 

Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

 

Care Rooms

The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.

A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.

*At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

 

Student Return to School After Illness

In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM

This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.

This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.

Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.

The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.

*FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

 

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

 

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

 

HVAC System

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

3401 Beechtree Lane, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Phone: 703.531.2600
Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

This week we have had a lot of student testing, so I hope you’ve been able to have an enjoyable family weekend! I’d like to remind you of our October events. Please note that I have included a link to become a member of our PTA and a link to RSVP for the Saturday Family Field Trip The reason for the quick turn-around for the bus is that transportation needs to be notified sooner than usual if we need an additional bus or if we need to cancel a bus. For example, if we do not have enough people come on the field trip, the school still has to pay for the bus.

 

Upcoming Events:

10/11 = NO SCHOOL: School Planning Day

 

10/14 = Impact Aide Completion: Please use this link to assist you: https://hub.fcps.edu/system/files/2021-10/Impact%20Aid%20Social%20Media%20-%202021-2022.pdf

          Impact Aide Forms will be placed in student’s Wednesday Folders. Original forms must be signed and returned to Ms. Do by November 5th.

 

10/14 = Beech Tree PTA Meeting: Please go this link to become a member - https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store

          A private Zoom link will be shared the day of via eNotify.

 

10/15 = Beech Tree PTA Pajama BINGO Night

          Cafeteria – please remember all must wear a mask.

 

10/19 = Picture Day
  Forms will be placed in student’s Wednesday Folders.

 

10/21 = AAP Info Night

A private Zoom link will be shared the day of via eNotify. Ms. Settel would also like to invite you to consider the following opportunity: Student Enrichment Opportunities - Registration is now open:Virtual Fall Enrichment Opportunities – William & Mary

 

10/23 = Beech Tree Saturday Morning Family Field Trip

          Leave Beech Tree at 9:30am: Must RSVP, using this form: https://forms.gle/PMCoiZVPxNVZAMvy8 by 10/15 at 9:00am so we can confirm number of buses with transportation

          Must wear a MASK on bus.

 

10/29 – Beech Tree Character Day Parade

Bus Loop and Kiss & Ride Loop – Parents may watch from the sidewalk located across the street from the school. Students and staff not participating in the costume parade will be using the sidewalks at the Bus Loop and Kiss & Ride.

 

As a reminder, “Thank you” goes a long way for our amazing staff. Please and thank you for taking a moment to recognize them through our FCPS Cares Program: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program Thank you for taking the time to do so.

 

I am always looking for outdoor fun in our area. Here’s a link with some outdoor family friendly adventures in Virginia: https://www.localpassportfamily.com/2020/10/21-outdoor-activities-in-virginia-with-kids.html

 

As always, I thank you for your trust. Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns.

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem 

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/ 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

October 11   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day)

October 29   End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release 

November 1 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 2 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 11          2-hour Early Release (Veterans Day)

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

 

Health & Safety Procedures:

 

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 

Daily Health Screening

  • The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.
  • Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.
  • All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

Care Rooms

    • The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.
    • A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.
  • *At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

Student Return to School After Illness

  • In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM
    • This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.
    • This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.
    • *FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

HVAC System

 

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

3401 Beechtree Lane, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Phone: 703.531.2600
Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

Beech Tree Principal.Message.10.3.2021

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

This week we held our Back To School Night, virtually. Thank you taking the time to review staff presentations at: https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/node/5164 and then visiting our virtual classrooms for any questions or comments. I hope the experience still felt warm, inviting and informative for you.

This month we have one virtual and two face-to-face events. I will continue to monitor Covid numbers in Fairfax County to determine whether we should hold our face-to-face events. Our PTA Board, staff, and I are trying to find a balance of events so that we can still take time to celebrate our community as a #BeechTreeFamily. Our students deserve to enjoy their childhood! Thank you for your support and collaboration.

Upcoming Events:

10/14 = Beech Tree PTA Meeting

          A private Zoom link will be shared the day of via eNotify.

10/15 = Beech Tree PTA Pajama BINGO Night

          Cafeteria – please remember all must wear a mask.

 

10/23 = Beech Tree Saturday Morning Family Field Trip

          Leave Beech Tree at 9:30am: The RSVP form with the location information will be sent home in October-all must wear a mask

 

I am so grateful to you for the emails, phone calls, arrival and dismissal conversations and your virtual visits during Back To School Night. Your appreciation and respect for our staff is what keeps us all going! I have asked our staff to share their fun weekend pictures as we celebrate the start of October, one of my favorite months in my home state of Virginia! As my shirt said this Friday: “Pumpkins! Hayrides! Apple Cider! And Falling Leaves!” These are just a few of my favorite things! Did you sing the little song from “The Sound of Music” in your head just now? I did!

 

Here’s a link for some fun Fall experiences in our state: https://www.virginia.org/plan-your-trip/seasons-and-climate/fall/

I invite you to email me pictures of your Fall Fun, so I can tweet them as part of our #BeechTreeFamily scrapbook. My email, again, is kddaugherty@fcps.edu. Write the comment you would like me to share on the social media post so that we might visit the same place you did or enjoy the same experience. Let’s make this October a memorable one for our children! Goodness knows we all need positive memories made this year.

 

As you continue to support our staff, I would be most grateful if you could take a moment to recognize them through our FCPS Cares Program: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program Thank you for taking the time to do so. Recently we had two special staff members recognized:

 

Nadya AbuRish, Beech Tree ES

"Ms. Abu-Rish was just really fantastic in engaging her classroom last year during the school year. From virtual baking lessons with her class to parents being welcomed to read virtually, she found fun ways to connect with her students. She went above and beyond every week. I’m just so impressed by her actions. Beech Tree is so lucky to have her!"

- a Beech Tree ES parent

 

Mike Jenkins, Beech Tree ES

"Mike Jenkins has been the Physical Education Teacher at Beech Tree Elementary School for as long as I can remember--at least 15 years! He is always available to talk with/mentor students and follows them from Kindergarten all the way through 5th grade. Mike Jenkins is the epitome of an elementary school teacher! I cannot sing his praises loud enough!"

- Gregory Skrtic, Beech Tree ES

 

As always, I thank you for your trust. Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns.

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem 

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/ 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

August 23, 2021     School Begins

September 3-6        Student Holiday (Labor Day Break)

October 11   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day)

October 29   End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release 

November 1 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 2 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 11          2-hour Early Release (Veterans Day)

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

 

Health & Safety Procedures:

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 

Daily Health Screening

  • The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.
  • Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.
  • All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

Care Rooms

  • The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.
  • A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.
  • *At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

Student Return to School After Illness

  • In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM
    • This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.
    • This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.
    • *FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

 

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

 

HVAC System

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

 

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

3401 Beechtree Lane, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Phone: 703.531.2600
Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

Beech Tree Principal.Message.9.26.2021

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

This week we experienced positive Covid cases and the pausing of instruction for a few of our students. I share in your frustration. Please know that we will continue to implement safety measures and communicate with you with as much transparency as is allowable, while respecting the privacy of students and staff. FCPS is seeing an increase in the number of students being paused, quarantined, or isolated due to the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the strength of the Delta variant.

On August 18, the Virginia Department of Education updated its guidance to state: “In cases of quarantine, a student who is not ill and is able to participate in remote instruction should be offered meaningful opportunities to do so.”

While the contact tracing period has been shortened for students aged 15 and up who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, other students - especially elementary students - may still need to be out of school for a considerable time.

Livestreaming, or StreamIN, is the key element--a process where students have live access to watch and hear what’s happening in the classroom via Zoom or Google Meet.  Teachers may choose to record and post lessons instead of livestreaming. FCPS has a number of tools to support recording of lessons. These tools include Zoom, Google Meet, WeVideo, and VoiceThread

StreamIN is NOT concurrent or hybrid learning. StreamIN is one-way only. There is no two-way component. The remote student’s camera and audio will be off, but they will be able to watch and listen.

In addition to livestreams or recordings, students will have asynchronous access to class assignments and check-ins for academic and social-emotional support. These supports will begin no later than Day 3 of a student’s COVID-related absence.

Please feel free to reach out to our mental health team for socio-emotional support, as needed, at:

Yolanda Adams,School Counselor, yeadams@fcps.edu

Stephanie Barnes, School Psychologist, sabarnes@fcps.edu

Akiko Ueda-Zecca, School Social Worker, auedazecca@fcps.edu

 

This week, we will host our Back To School Night virtually. Please take a moment to access presentations at: https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/node/5164

Teachers will be available on Thursday, September 30th for questions from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at their Zoom link, which I will send to you by 6:00pm that evening. We hope that this method will allow for more meaningful dialogue, safely, from the comfort of your home.

 

Please note that this year, I am not requiring teachers to hold parent conferences with all parents by November teacher work days, as I usually do. I want to be respectful of the additional demands on your time that have been placed on both you and our teachers. Therefore, if you would like to request a meeting with your child’s teacher, please send them an email and they will set a date and time in the future for you to meet virtually. Of course, we will all continue to communicate with you regularly, as we have already done so. If you know of a parent who has not received communication, please have them call the front office to verify that we have their correct email and phone numbers on file.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

9/30 = B2School Night – Virtual at 6:30pm

          A private Zoom link will be shared the day of via eNotify.

 

10/14 = Beech Tree PTA Meeting

          A private Zoom link will be shared the day of via eNotify.

 

10/15 = Beech Tree PTA Pajama BINGO Night

          Cafeteria – please remember all must wear a mask.

 

10/23 = Beech Tree Saturday Morning Family Field Trip

          Leave Beech Tree at 9:30am: The RSVP form with the location information will be sent home in October

 

Ms. Lopez, our assistant principal and test coordinator, has asked me to remind parents of early childhood students of the following assessment:

The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) assessments provide actionable information that will assist teachers, school leaders, and parents/guardians in supporting student success in school and to better understand school readiness skills across the state of Virginia. This fall, your student will participate in the three assessment components of the VKRP, which measure literacy, mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program Parent Notification webpage.

 

As always, I thank you for your trust. Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns.

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem 

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/ 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

August 23, 2021     School Begins

September 3-6        Student Holiday (Labor Day Break)

October 11   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day)

October 29   End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release 

November 1 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 2 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 11          2-hour Early Release (Veterans Day)

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

 

Health & Safety Procedures:

 

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 

 

Daily Health Screening

The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.

Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.

Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.

All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 

Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

 

Care Rooms

The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.

A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.

*At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

 

Student Return to School After Illness

In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM

This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.

This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.

Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.

The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.

*FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

 

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

HVAC System

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

 

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

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Dear Beech Tree Families:

I have to share how much I continue to be impressed with our students and staff. They are each adapting to situations and expectations that neither our education nor experiences have prepared us for. My hope is that when we are able to remove our masks and get a little bit closer again, we are all stronger, more resilient, and physically and emotionally healthy enough to enjoy it all the more. As we go forward, we know that we will make it through because of your trust and support. Please keep it coming. You’re keeping us going!

If I could ask another favor of you, could you please visit the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program. 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.


I would also like to thank you for all your assistance in keeping our arrival and dismissal procedures running as smoothly as we can. We will continue to have walkers dismissed first, for their safety. Parents of walkers should be the only ones at our sidewalks to avoid crowding and help us keep our students in our line of vision as they reach older siblings and parents. All car riders will continue to be dismissed through the cafeteria, as parents drive up with the pink Kiss & Ride signs. We thank you for your patience. We do know the line is quite long this year.

 

Preschool students who do not receive bus transportation, must continue to follow Early Childhood expectations of person to person drop off and pick up. At this time, we will continue to receive our preschool students at Door 1 in the morning and dismiss at Door 9 in the afternoon. Please keep the drop off quick, so as not to crowd around the entrance of the school, as our other students are dropped off by their buses in the morning at our lobby doors.

 

As a reminder, for the safety of our students, who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated against COVID, I am not allowing visitors non-FCPS employees into the school building. We remain available to help you, but please remain outside, ring the doorbell, and one of our office staff members will assist you. Thank you for understanding and adhering to this procedure for the sake of all our students.

 

This month, students in grades 3rd through 5th will be taking the Virginia Growth Assessment. The VGA will focus on identifying potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Most FCPS students in grades 3-8 will take VGAs in the subject areas of reading and mathematics. Students enrolled in a high school level math course will not be assessed in mathematics. VGA are computer-adaptive tests consisting of SOL-type items. Questions cover content that would have been taught in the previous grade level. Virginia Growth Assessment Testing Dates are as follows:

5th Grade:          Reading  September 28th

                              Math  October 5th

 

4th Grade:          Reading September 29th

                              Math October 6th

 

3rd Grade:           Reading September 30th

                               Math October 7th

 

I would also like to remind you of the following event dates:

 

9/30 = Back To School Night – Virtual at 6:30pm

          A private Zoom link will be shared the day of via eNotify.

 

10/14 = Beech Tree PTA Meeting

          A private Zoom link will be shared the day of via eNotify.

 

10/15 = Beech Tree PTA Pajama BINGO Night

          Cafeteria – please remember all must wear a mask.

 

10/23 = Beech Tree Saturday Morning Family Field Trip

Leave Beech Tree at 9:30am: The RSVP form with the location information will be sent home in October

 

I invite you to visit the FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC), which offers free parent webinars. In October, they are:

  • Family Digital Wellness: When is the Internet a Problem?: A Webinar for Families, Friday, October 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Dyslexia Virtual Open House, Friday, October 8, 10 to 11 a.m.

More information on each session and how to register is available online.

Note: Previous webinars have been recorded and can be viewed on the PRC YouTube channel.

 

As we continue to enjoy our weekends with family, remember to check out outdoor opportunities in our beautiful state: https://www.virginia.org/things-to-do/outdoors/.

 

As always, I thank you for your trust. Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem 

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/ 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” –Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

August 23, 2021     School Begins

September 3-6        Student Holiday (Labor Day Break)

October 11   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day)

October 29   End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release 

November 1 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 2 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 11          2-hour Early Release (Veterans Day)

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

Health & Safety Procedures:

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 

Daily Health Screening

The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.

Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.

Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.

All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 

Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

Care Rooms

The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.

A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.

*At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty. 

 

Student Return to School After Illness

 

In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM

This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.

This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.

Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.

The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.

*FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

 

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

 

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

HVAC System

 

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

 

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

3401 Beechtree Lane, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Phone: 703.531.2600
Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

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PTA Restaurant Night Tonight

Dear Beech Tree Families:

Please join us at the Chipotle in Seven Corners Center(6299 Seven Corners Center Falls Church, VA 22044) tonight for our first PTA Restaurant Night of the year! If you are ordering online for pick up the code is QXXNQX4. Be sure to let them know you are there to support our Beech Tree PTA. The event is from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

 

See you soon!

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

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Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

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Dear Beech Tree Families:

Last night we had our September PTA Meeting via Zoom. Our PTA President, Megan Laboy, at meganlaboy@gmail.com, shared a few reminders. First, everyone is encouraged to participate in our first PTA Restaurant Night of the year, this Tuesday, September 14th at the Chipotle of Seven Corners Center. Please be sure to say you are there for Beech Tree Elementary’s PTA. She also reminded us to link our Harris Teeter purchases to the Beech Tree PTA account #4085 and to use smile.amazon for our Amazon purchases to connect to Beech Tree Elementary PTA, Falls Church, VA. Additionally, to download the Box Top App on your phone to scan receipts as a way to get points for purchases that participate in Box Tops for Schools. These are easy ways to support our Beech Tree PTA. Our PTA President also reminded us that on Friday, October 15th, we will host our Pajama BINGO at school at 6:30pm. While food will not be sold at this event, so that all may keep their masks on at all times, pajamas are welcome. Our students enjoy this evening and it makes for a quick and easy way to put our kiddos to bed at the end of the night! More information will be shared soon. Please remember to join our PTA using: https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store .

 

Upcoming Events:

9/14 = PTA Restaurant Night

Chipotle at: 6299 Seven Corners Ctr in Falls Church, V.A

 

9/30 = B2School Night – Virtual at 6:30pm

          A private Zoom link will be shared the day of via eNotify.

 

10/14 = Beech Tree PTA Meeting

          A private Zoom link will be shared the day of via eNotify.

 

10/15 = Beech Tree PTA Pajama BINGO Night

          Cafeteria – please remember all must wear a mask.

 

10/23 = Beech Tree Saturday Morning Family Field Trip

          Leave Beech Tree at 9:30am: The RSVP form with the location information will be sent home in October

 

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all as we continue to work together for the safety and well being of our students, staff, and families. As you know, Ms. Lopez and I are the ones to manage the CARE rooms, where students are supervised when they show any possible COVID symptoms. As we are seeing cases rise across the country, I am happy to share that Beech Tree has ZERO COVID cases to share at this point. Thank you for your understanding and quick response when we call you to pick up your students when they’re in the CARE room and thank you for keeping students home when they have symptoms. I am grateful for the notifications that you’ve had your child tested for COVID and notify us with the results. It is our trusting partnership that keeps Beech Tree moving forward in all that we do! Thank you for both your trust and your partnership.

Should we ever have a positive COVID case, the school will send general notification when a student, staff member, or visitor reports they are COVID-19 positive, and the individual has been onsite during the infectious period. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines the infectious period as starting two days before illness onset or, for individuals with no symptoms, two days prior to a positive COVID test result. This notification will let you know that the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will follow-up with case investigation and contact tracing.

The FCPS COVID-19 dashboard documents positive cases reported at schools and is updated daily for those who want to review case reporting throughout the week.  

 

As always, I thank you for your trust. Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem 

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/ 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

August 23, 2021     School Begins

September 3-6        Student Holiday (Labor Day Break)

October 11   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day)

October 29   End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release 

November 1 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 2 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 11          2-hour Early Release (Veterans Day)

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

 

Health & Safety Procedures:

 

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 
  • Daily Health Screening
  • The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.
  • Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.
  • All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

    Care Rooms

 

    • The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.
    • A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.
  • *At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

    Student Return to School After Illness

 

  • In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM
    • This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.
    • This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.
    • *FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

HVAC System

 

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

 

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic

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Beech Tree Principal.Message.9.2.2021

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Dear Beech Tree Families:

This week, we welcomed our youngest Beech Tree Beavers, our Preschoolers. We had some tears from some of our little ones, as they adjusted to their new experience. However, today, when I visited both preschool classrooms, all I saw was genuine curiosity and engagement. I also noticed Mr. Hopkins’ Spanish has greatly improved! Muy, bien, Sr. Hopkins!

September has arrived and with it, Labor Day Weekend! Please remember that school is closed Friday, September 3rd and Monday, September 6th. We will welcome all our students back on Tuesday, September 7th. On Friday, September 10th, we will recognize the 20th anniversary of the national tragedy of September 11th, by stopping for a Moment of Silence across Fairfax County Public Schools.

 

This month we have the following dates to come together:

9/9 = PTA Mtg - Virtual at 6:30pm

          A private Zoom link will be shared the day of via eNotify.

 

9/14 = PTA Restaurant Night

Chipotle at: 6299 Seven Corners Ctr in Falls Church, V.A

 

9/30 = B2School Night – Virtual at 6:30pm

          A private Zoom link will be shared the day of via eNotify.

 

As we continue to work together for the good of all our students, I’d like to invite you to join our Parent Teacher Association, or PTA at the following link: https://beechtreepta.memberhub.com/store .

 

I’d like to share that as we continue to reinforce existing layered prevention strategies and the division’s commitment to safety, by late October, all FCPS employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to routine negative COVID-19 tests.

 

Why is FCPS taking this step?

  • To keep our commitment to provide students with five days a week of in-person instruction this year. Vaccination is the most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and prevent severe illness. We must take every measure possible to keep our schools safe.
  • To give employees the peace of mind that comes with knowing their workplace is a safe place. Knowing coworkers are either vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 provides confidence and comfort so we can focus on our mission- educating kids.
  • To reassure FCPS students and families they are learning in the safest environment possible. We can assure everyone who enters our building that our workforce is either vaccinated or is reporting to work with a negative COVID-19 test. 
  • To lead by example. FCPS continues to promote vaccination for everyone, including our students, as soon as they are eligible. Our goal is for every eligible employee to be vaccinated. The sooner our community reaches a high vaccination rate, the sooner we begin to put the pandemic behind us. 

As we continue to establish routines, I’d like to remind you that we are a school-wide Responsive Classroom School. The Responsive Classroom approach to teaching is comprised of a set of well-designed practices intended to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and school communities. The emphasis is on helping students develop their academic, social, and emotional skills in a learning environment that is developmentally responsive to their strengths and needs.

 

In order to be successful in and out of school, students need to learn a set of social and emotional competencies—cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control—and a set of academic competencies—academic mindset, perseverance, learning strategies, and academic behaviors.

 

The Responsive Classroom approach is informed by the work of educational theorists and the experiences of exemplary classroom teachers. Six principles guide this approach:

  • Teaching social and emotional skills is as important as teaching academic content.
  • How we teach is as important as what we teach.
  • Great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
  • How we work together as adults to cre­ate a safe, joyful, and inclusive school environment is as important as our individual contribution or competence.
  • What we know and believe about our students—individually, culturally, developmentally—informs our expec­tations, reactions, and attitudes about those students.
  • Partnering with families—knowing them and valuing their contributions—is as important as knowing the children we teach.

Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching based on the belief that integrating academic and social-emotional skills creates an environment where students can do their best learning. The Responsive Classroom approach consists of a set of practices and strategies that build academic and social-emotional competencies. This approach works well with many other programs and can be introduced gradually into a teacher’s practice.

 

These core classroom practices are the heart of the Responsive Classroom approach:

  • Interactive Modeling—An explicit practice for teaching procedures and routines (such as those for entering and exiting the room) as well as academic and social skills (such as engaging with the text or giving and accepting feedback).
  • Teacher Language—The intentional use of language to enable students to engage in their learning and develop the academic, social, and emotional skills they need to be successful in and out of school.
  • Logical Consequences—A non-punitive response to misbehavior that allows teachers to set clear limits and students to fix and learn from their mistakes while maintaining their dignity.
  • Interactive Learning Structures—Purposeful activities that give students opportunities to engage with content in active (hands-on) and interactive (social) ways.

 

Elementary Practices consist of:

  • Morning Meeting—Everyone in the classroom gathers in a circle for twenty to thirty minutes at the beginning of each school day and proceeds through four sequential components: greeting, sharing, group activity, and morning message.
  • Establishing Rules—Teacher and students work together to name individual goals for the year and establish rules that will help everyone reach those goals.
  • Energizers—Short, playful, whole-group activities that are used as breaks in lessons.
  • Quiet Time—A brief, purposeful and relaxed time of transition that takes place after lunch and recess, before the rest of the school day continues.
  • Closing Circle—A five- to ten-minute gathering at the end of the day that promotes reflection and celebration through participation in a brief activity or two.

Beech Tree ES is also a Positivity Project School, based on the work of Dr. Chris Peterson. Dr. Peterson led a 40-person team, over a three-year period, to better understand character and its manifestations. Alongside Dr. Martin Seligman, Dr. Peterson then wrote an 800-page book on the research called Character Strengths and Virtues. This book explains that:

  • 24 character strengths that are evident in the most widely influential traditions of thought in human history.
  • Robust evidence of all 24 strengths existing throughout time and in all cultures of the world.
  • All 24 character strengths exist in every individual.
  • Ranging from bravery and forgiveness to integrity and gratitude, these character strengths are the foundation of The Positivity Project’s model.

Making children aware that every one of them has all 24 character strengths, provides the foundation for genuine self-confidence grounded in self-awareness. At the same time, it helps children better understand why everyone is different and how to appreciate those differences. Unlike our height, weight, or skin color, character is something that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Therefore, understanding and valuing it — especially in other people — requires a framework of consistent reflection and discussion.

 

Character strengths aren’t about ignoring the negative. Instead, they help us overcome life’s inevitable adversities. For example, you can’t be brave without first feeling fear; you can’t show perseverance without first wanting to quit; you can’t show self-control without first being tempted to do something you know you shouldn’t. Here are the character strengths our students and staff reflect on throughout the year, helping us each to recognize and honor them in each other:

  • Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

You notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. You don’t take things for granted.

  • Bravery

You act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.

  • Creativity

You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

  • Curiosity

You like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything.

  • Enthusiasm

You approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you.

  • Fairness

You believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.

  • Forgiveness

You forgive those who have done wrong. You accept that people make mistakes.

  • Gratitude

You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

  • Humility

You do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves.

  • Humor

You like to laugh and bring smiles to other people.

  • Integrity

You are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.

  • Kindness

You are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.

  • Leadership

You value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best.

  • Love

You value close relationships with others and being close to people.

  • Love of Learning

You master new skills and topics on your own or in school.

  • Open-Mindedness

You like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.

  • Optimism

You expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

  • Perseverance

You complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up.

  • Perspective

You appreciate that people see things in different

ways. You have the ability to understand the world

from multiple points of view.

  • Prudence

You plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices.

  • Purpose

You have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

  • Self-Control

You have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.

  • Social Intelligence

You are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things.

  • Teamwork

You work well as a member of a group or team. You are loyal and sacrifice your individual desires for the greater good.

 

I hope you each enjoy the four-day Labor Day Weekend with your families and friends, safely, in good health, and with great joy.

 

As always, I thank you for your trust. Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem 

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/ 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

August 23, 2021     School Begins

September 3-6        Student Holiday (Labor Day Break)

October 11   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day)

October 29   End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release 

November 1 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 2 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 11          2-hour Early Release (Veterans Day)

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

 

Health & Safety Procedures:

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 

Daily Health Screening

The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.

Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.

Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.

All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 

Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

Care Rooms

The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.

A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.

*At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

 

Student Return to School After Illness

In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM

This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.

This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.

Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.

The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.

*FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

HVAC System

 

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

 

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

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Principal.Message.8.22.2021

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

It was so exciting to have our Open House on Friday. Having you all here filled us with so much energy and joy. Seeing you was just what we needed to celebrate the end of a very productive week! Our PTA President, Megan Laboy was busy welcoming families, inviting them to join the PTA and get their Spirit Wear. Our friend, FCPD Officer Eddy, gave away new books to our students, encouraging everyone to read, and reminding us all with his presence that Fairfax County may be large, but we are all one community, focused on keeping our children safe and happy. I hope you felt the positive energy and welcome, too.

I also want to thank you for remembering to wear your mask and have each of our students wear a mask. Masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those unable to be vaccinated. Research shows proper masking is the most effective mitigation strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools where social distancing may not be possible and vaccination may not be available for all. Masking is adequate to prevent transmission in situations with less than three feet of social distance and on full-capacity buses.

Therefore, MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS buildings and on buses.

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will wear masks indoors, unless alone in an office or room. Outdoor masking is recommended for those who are unvaccinated in crowded settings. There are some situations in school when students and staff are permitted to remove their masks, including:

  • When actively eating or drinking (if eating indoors, individuals are required to put their masks back on when not actually eating or drinking)
  • When outside (e.g. outdoor recess, outdoor physical education, outdoor instructional groups; anyone not fully vaccinated is recommended, but not required, to wear a mask in crowded settings)
  • Schools will use outdoor eating and instructional areas to increase opportunities for physical distancing as permitted by space, weather, and supervision. While FCPS is unable to implement full physical distancing in our schools with the return of 99.5% of our students, we will implement it to the best of our ability when space permits.

As I shared with you as I visited classrooms during Open House, I have no intention of being sent home. Our doors are open. Our staff have planned for face-to-face instruction. Our building is impeccable, even after the downpour during Open House. We are HERE TO STAY! Please help us have a wonderful, safe, fun-filled year of learning. When we each wear a mask, wash our hands, and keep our school clean, we are agreeing to keep each other safe so we can stay in our beautiful building together EVERY school day of 2021-2022. Let’s do this!

We are looking forward to our FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL on Monday, August 23rd.

As a reminder, our school day begins promptly at 9:15am and ends at 4:00pm. Students are allowed to enter the building and wait in the cafeteria at 8:50am, but NO EARLIER. Please understand that no staff are available to supervise students until 8:50am.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures:

Kiss & Ride:

    • In order to move our Kiss & Ride line swiftly and expeditiously, please plan on having your child exit the car from the right side of your vehicle.
    • You received a laminated pink “Kiss & Ride” card for each of your students at Open House. If you did not, you will receive it in your child’s Take Home Folder. Please keep these cards in your car and place on your window, so we can read them when you come pick up your students at Kiss & Ride and for doctor’s appointments or illness.
  • Should you need to pick up your child for an appointment, please remember we are limiting visitors into the building. Please pull up to the front of the building at Door #1, exit your car and ring the doorbell, and be ready to show your Driver’s License, Passport, or another form of official identification. Your identification will be matched with the parent/guardian name(s) on file. Your student will then be brought to you. Please plan for this process, as you decide on the time you will be arriving to pick up your student. We will not rush this process and risk the safety of our students.

Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students safe.

Please review, “Family Life Education Instructional Program Information” below:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

 

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) . FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

 

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

 

I’d like to remind you of this week’s “Title I Parent Information Night.” It will be virtual and I will send you the Zoom link right before the event.

Thursday, August 26th, 6:30pm = Title I Parent Information Night

*The private link for this virtual event will be sent on the 26th

Also, if you have not had an opportunity to complete the permission slip for the use of digital resources for instruction, please access the link here: https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

 

As always, I thank you for your trust. Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem 

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/ 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

August 23, 2021     School Begins

September 3-6        Student Holiday (Labor Day Break)

October 11   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day)

October 29   End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release 

November 1 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 2 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 11          2-hour Early Release (Veterans Day)

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

Health & Safety Procedures:

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 

Daily Health Screening

 

  • The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.
  • Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.
  • All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

Care Rooms

    • The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.
    • A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.

*At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

 

Student Return to School After Illness
In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM

  • This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.
  • This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
  • Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
  • The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.

*FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

 

 

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments


INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.


SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.


DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

 

HVAC System

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

 

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

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Beech Tree Principal.Message.8.15.2021

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

Thank you for joining us Thursday evening for our PTA & Principal Information Night. I have tried to share a written response within this message to the questions asked regarding health and safety for the 2021-2022 school year. Megan Laboy, PTA President, and I, will soon be sharing with you a calendar of planned events for this school year. While some events are planned by school staff and some events are planned by our PTA, at Beech Tree, we provide joint support for all of them. I hope that if you are new to our #BeechTreeFamily, you will soon feel that sense of partnership.

Tomorrow, our staff return to school for our Beech Tree Kick Off, which is a full day of community building and professional development. Tuesday, they will be setting up their learning environments and planning for instruction. Wednesday is our county-wide professional development day. Staff have over thirty hours of professional development and training to complete at the start of each school year to meet national, state, and local requirements. Thursday is another school-based day of professional development.

We will host our Open House on Friday, August 20th from 9:30am to 11:00am in person. This will be an opportunity provided to ALL parents’ to walk their child to their classroom, drop off school supplies, meet the teacher, and reassure students that they will be able to walk to class on their own on the First Day of School on Monday, August 23rd.

As I shared, Thursday, evening, I was trying to find a way to be able to allow parents of Kindergarten and 1st graders to walk their children to class on the First Day of School, but I was struggling with the pros and cons of doing so, especially during this time of COVID.

I’d like to share why I decided NOT to allow visitors into the building on August 23rd. Parental rights are important to me, as a parent myself. My responsibility to your rights is actually why I chose NOT to allow parents to walk their children to class on the First Day of School. Elementary age students have not yet been given the opportunity to receive a COVID vaccine. I am responsible for doing all I can to keep your children safe when they are at Beech Tree. On Friday, August 20th, during our Open House, parents are able to choose whether or not they want to have their child be in the building when there are multiple visitors in the school. On Monday, August 23rd, if I were to allow visitors into the building, I would be taking away parental rights to limit their child’s exposure to crowds. I cannot, in good conscience, take that right away from you. As we hold in-person events in the evenings and weekends, parents will continue to have the right to choose whether or not they wish to have their child participate. I hope you understand why this is my final decision for the First Day of School procedures on Monday, August 23rd.

 

Here are reminders for upcoming events:

Friday, August 20th, 9:30am to 11:00am = Beech Tree Open House

*All our students and families are invited to come meet their teachers and bring their school supplies, which can be found on our website at: https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/academics/supply-lists

Thursday, August 26th, 6:30pm = Title I Parent Information Night

            *The private link for this virtual event will be sent on the 26th

If you have not already done so, please be sure you are signed up to receive “News You Choose” so that you will receive all future Principal Newsletters from me, as well as from any others you wish to receive. This message is being shared through eNotify, however I am required to send newsletters through “News You Choose” and not eNotify. Sign up for “News You Choose” using this link, please:

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As we welcome our teachers back this month and plan for instruction, it is important to note that we use a variety of digital resources to support instruction. Please complete the following consent form so our teachers may continue to provide engaging instruction in a variety of ways:

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

 

RESPONSES to Health & Safety Questions from Thursday evening’s PTA & Principal Info Night:

Visitors in the Building

Beech Tree visitors may enter by appointment only, with limited access to the building. All must have an ID, such a driver’s license or passport, and will be asked to respond to a Health Screening Questionnaire. Parents may drop off and pick up materials, as needed, by ringing the doorbell and communicating with office staff. Office staff will then bring the materials to you at the door or receive the materials from you at the door.

 

Water Fountain Use

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. School staff will supervise the refilling of  water bottles, as necessary. Water fountains should not be used as usual. Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles when practical, but students and staff should not drink directly from any water fountains or faucets, which could contribute to illness transmission; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

 

Lunch Time

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the offering of no-cost breakfast and lunch to all students through school year 2021-2022.  Visit the FNS website

CDC Requirements for Playground Areas

  • Face masks are not required on the playground
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Students are to wash hands before going to playground areas and immediately following with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is to be made easily accessible in playground areas for students and staff. 

    Daily Health Screening
  • The CDC recommends that parents, caregivers or guardians, should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction.
  • Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending the student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  In order to reduce the spread of communicable disease to student and staff, it is critical that parents/guardians accurately complete this screening daily and keep their student home from school when exhibiting any symptoms. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Parents/guardians will receive frequent reminders from FCPS via multiple modes of communication, reminding them to complete their daily health screening questionnaire and to keep sick students at home. These communications will be developed in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Community Relations (OCCR), Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement (OPLFE) and Language Services.
  • All staff and visitors must complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school. 
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness should stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.

    Care Rooms
    • The predetermined care room is a designated location and must be separate from the health room. It may be necessary for schools to identify a second care room due to the requirement for physical distancing and room capacity.
    • A designated staff member must be assigned to supervise students while in the predetermined care room should the need arise. The staff member will be provided with a gown or lab coat, gloves, and a face shield as appropriate. Staff will need to be available at various times throughout the day to supervise any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while awaiting pick up by the parent or guardian.

      *At Beech Tree, the designated Care Rooms, so as not to impact student instruction, are the principal’s conference room and the principal’s office. The designated staff, so as not to impact student instruction, are the assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and the principal, Karim Daugherty.

      Student Return to School After Illness
  • In order to return to school, the parent/guardian must provide to the school, a completed SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM
    • This form will be completed by the child’s healthcare provider and returned to the school.
    • This form is to be filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • Copies of FCHD clearance letters (SARA alert forms) provided by the FCHD or a healthcare provider note will also be accepted. These documents should be stapled to the Return to School Form and filed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    • The Sick Student Notification and Return to School Form is available in EnglishArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu and Vietnamese.*FCPS will no longer require the SICK STUDENT NOTIFICATION and RETURN to SCHOOL FORM for students who are called in absent with COVID-like symptoms/illness.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since my child first had symptoms AND
  • My child has had no fever off anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours AND
  • My child’s symptoms are getting better

*If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member. 

 

Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

  • VA public schools required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction.
  • FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.
  • FCPS has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

 

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If student is directed by healthcare provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause that student’s in-person learning as a matter of public health, but school and class remain open. 

Support: Asynchronous assignments

INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: If teacher is directed by health provider or FCHD to quarantine or isolate, or FCPS is directed by FCHD to pause teacher’s in-person teaching, but the teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Support: Schools will secure a substitute/alternate coverage.

 

CLASS

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students/staff in the impacted class will transition to virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen. Students would access asynchronous assignments.

SCHOOL

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD to temporarily close the entire class as a matter of public health.

Support: All students and staff at the school will transition to virtual learning.

DIVISION

Threshold to Initiate Closure: FCPS is directed by FCHD or VDH, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health. 

Support: All students and staff  will transition to virtual learning until in-person instruction can resume.

HVAC System

FCPS designs and operates many different types of equipment to maintain an acceptable indoor air temperature and indoor air quality in buildings.

- FCPS operates 220 facilities every day of the year

- At 27 million square feet of covered space, FCPS is larger than 4 Pentagons

- There are nearly 37,000 pieces of HVAC equipment in FCPS

- Including over 5,000 different types and models of HVAC equipment

- There are more than 45,000 active air filters in FCPS

- Including nearly 800 different sizes and types

- Air filters are changed every 90 days

- FCPS replaces over 180,000 filters each year

 

All HVAC systems are maintained and operated efficiently and effectively using the latest procedures and technology. FCPS performs scheduled preventive maintenance to all HVAC systems. OFM uses a maintenance management system that documents HVAC maintenance requests and actions.

 

Portable air filters (based on HEPA or UV technology) have been considered and purchased. I purchased county approved, portable air filters for the two classrooms that do not have windows and the division purchased them for our two CARE rooms which Ms. Lopez and I have to monitor when we have students exhibiting COVID symptoms, since those students may not remain in the clinic.

 

As always, I thank you for your trust. Let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem 

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/ 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

REMINDERS:

Beech Tree Office Contacts

Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison: Stella O’Brien at msobrien@fcps.edu

School-Based Technology Specialist (logging on/using programs): Mike Meyer at mkmeyer@fcps.edu

Technology Specialist (laptop issues): Tom Kindregan at tpkindregan@fcps.edu

Registrar: Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu

Attendance Secretary: Sheila Hudson at skhudson@fcps.edu

Principal’s Secretary: Esther Baca at ebaca@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal: Maureen Lopez at mmlopez1@fcps.edu

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher: Patty Settel at pasettel@fcps.edu

 

FCPS Calendar

The following link provides you with the 2021-2022 Calendar: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/2021-22-standard-school-calendar.pdf

August 23, 2021     School Begins

September 3-6        Student Holiday (Labor Day Break)

October 11   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day)

October 29   End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release 

November 1 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 2 Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

November 11          2-hour Early Release (Veterans Day)

November 24-26    Holiday (Thanksgiving)

December 20 - 31  Holiday (Winter Break) - Classes Resume on January 3, 2022

January 17   Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)

January 20   End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21   Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

February 21 Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day)

March 3        2-hour Early Release

March 4        Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31      End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1            Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

April 4-8        Holiday (Spring Break)

May 30          Holiday (Memorial Day)

June 10         Last Day of School (Early Release)

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