Beech Tree PTA-Talent Show Tomorrow

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The PTA invites you to join us tomorrow evening

Grab dinner at 5:45pm in the cafeteria and watch our students shine as they share their talents in the gym beginning at 6:30pm!

  • $4 for 5 Chick-fil-A nuggets, a small side and a mini water
  • $5 for 7 Chick-fil-A nuggets, a small side and a mini water

We can't wait to see you there!

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Beech Tree PTA-Talent Show - Videos Due Today!

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Talent Show - Videos Due Today!

Beech Tree families - 

Don't forget to upload your Talent Show audition videos or virtual performances on Flip today! 

Audition video link, click here: https://bit.ly/BTES2024Auditions

 

Virtual performance video link, click here: https://bit.lyBTES2024VirtualTalent

 

Join us to view all of the talented students' performances at the Talent Show this Thursday, February 22 at 6:30pm in the GYM.

 

For added convenience, grab dinner before the show at 5:45pm in the cafeteria.

  • $4 for 5 Chick-fil-A nuggets, a small side and a mini water
  • $5 for 7 Chick-fil-A nuggets, a small side and a mini water

We are looking for volunteers to help for dinner before the Talent Show or during the Talent Show. Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/FOrzdaB

 

We can't wait to see you there!

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We would like to take a moment to express our gratitude for the wonderful Valentine's Day celebration that took place at our school. The students and staff members came together to spread love and kindness by exchanging cards and tokens of appreciation.

Our school counselor was particularly touched by the outpouring of affection and received many extra hugs from grateful students. It was heartening to see so many people coming together to share their feelings of appreciation and gratitude.

As a friendly reminder, please note that our school will be closed on Monday, February 19th, in observance of the President's Day holiday. We will resume classes on Tuesday, February 20th, and we look forward to continuing our journey of learning and growth with all of our students and staff members.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Beech Days Lunch Visitation Schedule

Ms. Keier and Ms. Ileqmane students learned about Mardi Gras and what a Second Line is – a parade with jazz music, dancing and celebrating that people join in as they go through the streets. Second Lines often pop up in predominantly African American neighborhoods in New Orleans and originated from West African circle or ring dances. They were brought to New Orleans by enslaved Africans. I connected this with Black History month by learning about famous jazz musicians like Trombone Shorty, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Louis Armstrong and Jazzy Ash. We celebrated with our own parade with masks, beads and jazz music!

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024 for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

Important Dates:
  • Thursday, February 22nd PTA Talent Show 6:30pm

See the complete school year calendar.

*To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we kindly request that parents or guardians accompany their children to school events*

Recognize Teachers For The Great Work They Are Doing!

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Beech Tree Elementary School. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

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

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

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

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

 

💻 Try Online Registration

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. The event features a public tasting of student dishes and demonstrations from two local celebrated chefs. 

The student challenge at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and culturally diverse school menu items that meet USDA guidelines. Entries will be judged by a panel including celebrity chefs, school food professionals, and local food producers. The public is invited to vote for their favorite dish. 

Chefs Najmieh Batmanglij and Chris Morgan of Joon will offer a demonstration at 11:15 a.m. Public tasting of student dishes will get underway at noon. 

Student-created dishes from this annual event have been featured on school menus throughout the Greater Washington Region. It is free to attend, but registration is required.

 

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

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

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

  Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair Open House

Members of the general public are invited to attend the science fair open house at Robinson Secondary School on Sunday, March 17, 1-3 p.m.

  Eating Disorders Parent Information, Gr. 5-12

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

 

Crisis Resources

If you or someone you care about is in crisis, please call 911 or access one of the mental health resources below:

  • Reach out to a trusted adult (parent, counselor, teacher, coach, etc.)
  • Try these tips for supporting a friend or family member
  • Text NEEDHELP to 85511 for the Crisis Link Hotline at or call them at 703-527-4077
  • Chat online with a specialist at CrisisChat.org or ImAlive.org
  • Call an emergency mental health center at 703 573-5679 (Merrifield Center), 703-536-2000 (Dominion Hospital), or 703-289-7560 (INOVA emergency services)
  • CR2 – 844-627-4747
  • Go to the nearest emergency room at your local hospital
  • Call 911

 

💻 Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The following events are currently scheduled for February:

For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the linked titles above.

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and ready for some exciting events at our school. Here are the main highlights for this week:

1. Talent Show Extravaganza:
  • Join us for a spectacular evening as our talented Beech Tree students showcase their skills! The Talent Show is set to begin at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendars and save the date.
  • Submission Deadline: Students have until Monday, February 19, to submit their audition videos or virtual performance clips. Check out the  flyer for more details.
2. Dinner Delights before the Show:
  • For added convenience, why not grab dinner at the school before the Talent Show? Starting at 5:45 pm, head to the cafeteria for a delicious meal:
    • $4 for 5 Chick-fil-A nuggets, a small side, and a mini water.
    • $5 for 7 Chick-fil-A nuggets, a small side, and a mini water.
3. Volunteer Call:
  • We're seeking volunteers to make these events even more special! Whether you can help with dinner before the Talent Show or during the event itself, your support is invaluable.
  • Sign up to volunteer here: Volunteer Sign-Up
4. Fun Fair Extravaganza - Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Looking for more chances to get involved? Check out the attached flyer for volunteer opportunities at our upcoming Fun Fair (3/16, 10am-2pm). Your help is greatly appreciated! Sign up to work a shift or donate items for the grade-level raffle baskets or for the cake walk. High school students are welcome to volunteer. More information and sign-up links to follow. If you know of any business willing to donate to the fun fair raffle please email us at [email protected].
Important Dates:
  • Talent Show: 2/22 at 6:30 pm
  • Dinner in the Cafeteria: 2/22 at 5:45 pm
  • Talent Show Audition Deadline: Monday, February 19
Get Involved, Beech Tree!

Your participation and support make our school events truly special. Let's come together, celebrate our talented students, and create lasting memories.

Thank you for being a vital part of our Beech Tree community!

Justice High School

3301 Peace Valley Ln
Falls Church, VA 22044 

Beech Tree School Information

Hours:  9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:05 a.m. for arrival)

Attendance Line 703-531-2626

Attendance Email[email protected]

School Registrar: Sandra Merino (703) 531-2620

FCPS News

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

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

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

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Beech Tree ES Family Message-February 9, 2024

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A Message From Principal Clarke Beech Days Lunch Visitation Schedule

Dear Parents/Families,

We are thrilled to extend a warm invitation for you to join us during our Beech Days to share a wholesome lunch experience with your child at school. Beech Days are special weeks designated each month where we welcome you to partake in a nutritious school meal alongside your student(s). We encourage family members to enjoy the same lunch as their child, whether it's a packed lunch or from the school cafeteria. To maintain the integrity of our meal program, we kindly request refraining from bringing fast food options.

On the day of your child's scheduled lunch, please arrive 5 minutes early to sign in at the office. Our staff will direct you to the cafeteria. As you depart, please remember to check out at the office. For those opting to purchase lunch from the cafeteria, adult pricing is $4.75, payable in cash. For more details on lunch options, please click here.

To ensure a comfortable dining environment, we kindly request limiting visitors to 2 family members per student due to space constraints. Additionally, we ask that family members refrain from accompanying their child's class back to the classroom or joining them outside during recess. Please give a warm hug or kiss and exit the cafeteria.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and enthusiasm in making Beech Days a memorable experience for our students and families alike.

Please refer and adhere to the schedule below for the designated lunch dates and times by grade levels. You are welcome to come on your child's scheduled grade level Beech Day. Please let your child's teacher know in advance, so the cafeteria can plan accordingly for the additional number of lunches. We will see you at the Beech!

Additionally, we are excited to kick off Kindness Week on Monday, February 12th, with an assembly for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students on building positive relationships and using kind words. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will receive the same assembly message during their class counseling lessons with Ms. Torres.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Important Dates:
  • Monday, February 19th President's Day - NO SCHOOL 
  • Thursday, February 22nd PTA Talent Show 6:30pm

See the complete school year calendar.

*To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we kindly request that parents or guardians accompany their children to school events*

Rising Kindergarten Information

We are excited to begin thinking about 2024-2025!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th?  Please start your registration now by filling out this intake form HERE

 

🥁 Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps

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

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

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

 

Tutor.com Dashboard

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

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

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

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

 

📚 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

 

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

 

💻 Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The following events are currently scheduled for February:

For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the linked titles above.

An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs! 

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

March 2, 2024, 9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

View the individual event page if you would like to Add to Your Calendar.

Register for: SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs! 

Rising 6th Grade Important Dates

Friday, Feb. 16th

N/A

Online

AVID Application Deadline

Tuesday, Feb. 20th

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Beech Tree Cafeteria

Glasgow Visit to Beech Tree (Course selection with students only)

Hello PTA Community,

1. Thank You for a Fantastic Restaurant Night!

o   A big shoutout to everyone who joined our restaurant night this Tuesday. Your participation made it a great success!

2.    2. Beech Tree Talent Show - Get Ready to Showcase Your Skills!

o   Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 22nd, at 6:30 pm in the GYM!

How to Participate:

Virtual Performances: 

1. Decide what you want to do and practice

2. Record and upload your video on Flip by Monday, February 19.

3. Click here to upload your virtual performance!

Live Performances:

1. Decide what you want to do and practice

Record and upload your audition video on Flip by Monday, February 1        

 

Everyone: Come to the Talent Show on February 22nd to watch your pre-recorded virtual performance and enjoy the rest of the show! Please see the Talent Show flyer

3. Fun Fair Save the Date - Saturday, March 16

When: Saturday, March 16, 10 am - 2 pm

What to Expect: Games, prizes, raffle, moon bounce, food trucks, and more!

Volunteer Call: We'll need volunteers to make this event successful. Sign-up information will be sent out soon. Stay tuned!

 

Beech Tree Elementary PTA

Justice High School

3301 Peace Valley Ln
Falls Church, VA 22044 

Beech Tree School Information

Hours:  9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:05 a.m. for arrival)

Attendance Line 703-531-2626

Attendance Email[email protected]

School Registrar: Sandra Merino (703) 531-2620

FCPS News

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

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

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

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

Beech Tree PTA Anthony's Restaurant Night 2/6/24

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Anthony's Restaurant Night Fundraiser Tuesday, February 6th

Help support the Beech Tree PTA by joining us for a spirit night fundraiser at Anthony's Restaurant TOMORROW, February 6! Dine in or carry out orders can be placed between 11:30am - 8:30pm for fundraiser. Be sure to mention Beech Tree or present this flyer when ordering.

 

Anthony's Restaurant

3000 Annandale Road

Falls Church, VA 22042

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

As we navigate the winter months, our students have been enthusiastically immersing themselves in the wonders of hibernation and the incredible adaptations animals undergo to survive this season. Through a myriad of hands-on activities and engaging lessons, they have embarked on a journey of discovery that has ignited their curiosity and appreciation for the natural world.

In a vibrant display of unity, our school recently participated in National Wear Red Day to champion heart health awareness. Both students and staff joined forces, dressed in bold red attire to raise awareness and show solidarity for this crucial cause. Witnessing our school community unite in support of such an important health initiative was truly heartwarming.

This past week marked the kickoff of Black History Month at Beech Tree. Throughout the month, we will take the opportunity to celebrate and honor the achievements, milestones, and contributions of African Americans to our nation's rich history. Our dedicated educators have prepared engaging activities and lessons to ensure our students learn about the inspiring individuals who have helped shape our world.

Next week February 5th to 9th, we will be celebrating National School Counselor Appreciation Week. This is a special time to express our gratitude to the wonderful Ms. Diamond Torres, our school counselor. Ms. Torres plays a pivotal role in supporting our students' academic, social, and emotional well-being. Her dedication, empathy, and tireless efforts are truly commendable. Please join me in extending a heartfelt thank you to Ms. Torres for all that she does to make a positive impact on our school community.

Upcoming Events and Important Dates:

  • School Counselor Spirit Week will be February 5th -9th. Please review the themes for each day.
  • Wednesday folders will contain information regarding the upcoming Science Olympiad. This is a before-school club for 3rd and 4th grade students that will begin February 29th. The club will only allow 16 participants. Additional information will be sent home in the Wednesday folders.

Reminders and Announcements:

  • School will be closed on Monday, February 19th as we honor President’s Day.

We value the partnership between our school and families. If you have any suggestions, concerns, or if there's anything you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to reach out. Your support is crucial to the success of our students and our school community. Together, we can create an environment that fosters learning, growth, and success for every student at Beech Tree Elementary School.

Wishing you a wonderful month ahead!

 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Important Dates:
  • Tuesday, February 6th Restaurant Spirit Night at Anthony’s
    3000 Annandale Rd, Falls Church, 22042
    11:30am-8:30pm 
  • Thursday, February 8th 100th Day of School

    Rising 6th Grade Parent Q&A
    9:30am-10:15am Cafeteria
    5:30pm-6:15pm Cafeteria

  • Monday, February 19th President's Day - NO SCHOOL 

  • Thursday, February 22nd PTA Talent Show 6:30pm

See the complete school year calendar.

*To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we kindly request that parents or guardians accompany their children to school events*

Monday, February 5th 

  • Wear your PJS to relieve stress and lower your cortisol levels!
  • Start the day with the five-finger breathing method

Tuesday, February 6th

  • Wear taco-themed clothes or colors
  • As a class, "taco" bout who you can talk to about your feelings!

Wednesday, February 7th  

  • As a class, let's think of something we did over the past few weeks that we feel very happy about!

Thursday, February 8th

  • Let's spread kindness like confetti and make our class the happiest place ever!
  • What thoughtful act will you do today?

Friday, February 9th 

  • What are your future plans?
  • Wear something that shows where you would like to go to college or the type of job you would like to have in the future!
  • Adults, represent your college!
Rising Kindergarten Information

We are excited to begin thinking about 2024-2025!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th?  Please start your registration now by filling out this intake form HERE

 

Superintendent to Present FY 2025 Proposed Budget

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

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

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

 

🚍 Here Comes the Bus

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

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

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

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

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

 

💻 Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The following events are currently scheduled for February:

For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the linked titles above.

Rising 6th Grade Parent Q&A

In preparation for our rising 6th graders, below is a recap of upcoming 6th Grade Transition dates. Students have received a presentation on AVID, a college readiness course being offered at Glasgow by Ms. Torres during counseling lessons. 5th grade teachers have posted all AVID materials and application form online for student and parent access. For questions, please email Ms. Torres at [email protected].

Thursday, Feb. 8th

9:30 AM–10:15 AM 5:30 PM– 6:15 PM

Beech Tree Cafeteria

Parent Q&A for Rising 6th Graders Transition by Glasgow MS

Friday, Feb. 16th

N/A

Online

AVID Application Deadline

Tuesday, Feb. 20th

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Beech Tree Cafeteria

Glasgow Visit to Beech Tree (Course selection with students only)

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined our virtual PTA meeting on Thursday night. Your active participation and valuable insights contribute significantly to the success of our school community.

Restaurant Spirit Night at Anthony’s

Mark your calendars for a delightful evening at Anthony’s (3000 Annandale Rd, Falls Church, 22042) Tuesday, February 6, from 11:30 am until 8:30 pm. Don't forget to mention "Beech Tree PTA" when placing your order to support our fundraiser. Your delicious meal will contribute to enhancing our school experience.

Save the Date: Beech Tree Talent Show

Get ready for an evening of entertainment! Save the date for the Beech Tree Talent Show on February 22 at 6:30 pm in the gym. Audition instructions will be sent home next week, providing a wonderful opportunity for our talented students to showcase their skills.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to creating more memorable moments together at Beech Tree Elementary!

Warm regards,

Beech Tree Elementary PTA

Beech Tree School Information

Hours:  9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:05 a.m. for arrival)

Attendance Line 703-531-2626

Attendance Email[email protected]

School Registrar: Sandra Merino (703) 531-2620

FCPS News

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

  • Superintendent to Present Fiscal Year 2024-25 Budget
  • Here Comes the Bus App
  • Career Exploration Event for High School Students

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

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Virtual PTA meeting Thursday 6:30pm

Hello Beech Tree families!

We invite you to join us at our next virtual PTA meeting THIS Thursday at 6:30 pm. A Zoom link will be sent out at 6:00 pm before the meeting. We will brainstorm and discuss Fun Fair planning, as well as other upcoming events.

 

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PTA SPIRIT WEAR LAST DAY: 2/2/24

Don't miss out on these amazing offers for Beech Tree Spirit Wear! Orders due by THIS Friday, February 2nd. Please return the attached form with cash or check payable to Beech Tree Elementary PTA. 

A color flyer went home last week and another copy will come home in this week's Wednesday folder, be on the lookout for the yellow flyer.

*Please note that tie-dye youth sizes available are: Small, Medium or Large and tie-dye adult sizes available are: S, M, L, XL, XXL, or XXXL

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We hope you are enjoying this Friday with unseasonably warm spring-like temperatures! It's hard to believe that schools were closed last week, and children were outside playing in the snow.

As a friendly reminder, please remember that the third quarter is set to begin on Monday, January 29th. Our teachers are finalizing grades. Second-quarter grades will be available on Monday, February 5th, through SIS ParentVue. This is a great opportunity to remind students about the importance of attending school and working their best while being respectful and responsible citizens.

February promises to bring us more great opportunities to learn and have fun together as the 100th day of school is approaching. We look forward to celebrating this milestone on February 8th. We are proud of the progress our students have made in their learning and growth and we cannot wait to see what the next 100 days will bring! Our virtual PTA meeting is scheduled for February 1st and the PTA Talent Show will be held on February 22nd. We have plenty of reasons to celebrate and come together as a community. Enjoy your weekend. We will see you on Monday!

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

📅 Calendar Reminder: Quarter End, Early Release, and Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher workday. 

See the complete school year calendar.

Important Dates:
  • Friday, January 26th Teacher Workday-NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, February 1st PTA Meeting Virtual 
    Zoom link will be sent by 6:00pm
  • Thursday, February 8th 100th Day of School

    Rising 6th Grade Parent Q&A
    9:30am-10:15am Cafeteria
    5:30pm-6:15pm Cafeteria

  • Monday, February 19th President's Day - NO SCHOOL 

  • Thursday, February 22nd PTA Talent Show 6:30pm

*To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we kindly request that parents or guardians accompany their children to school events*

Rising Kindergarten Information

We are excited to begin thinking about 2024-2025!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th?  Please start your registration now by filling out this intake form HERE

 

Save the Date: Rising 6th Grade Parent Q&A

Attention Beech Tree Families of current 5th grade students. Please save the date for Thursday, February 8, 2024. Beech Tree Elementary will be hosting a Rising 6th Grade Parent Q&A to help families better understand the upcoming course selection for Glasgow Middle School. We will be offering two different 45-minute sessions to help meet the availability of our families. The first session will be offered at 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM at Beech Tree Elementary.
The second session will be offered at 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM at Beech Tree Elementary.

We will be sharing the process of the course selection, reviewing student elective courses, and answering questions during this upcoming Beech Tree Parent Q&A for rising 6th grade students. Glasgow Middle School Counselors will be meeting with our 5th grade students on February 20th at Beech Tree Elementary to help them make their course selections.

 

Ms. Torres

Diamond Torres, M Ed.

School Counselor, Beech Tree Elementary

[email protected] 

Dear families,

Summer Camp registrations are now open with limited spaces. Please see the Tech Adventure Camp and Arts Summer Program.

Please remember that to get scholarships for these programs, you must fill out the Free and Reduce Meal form. You can do this in two ways:

  1. During the Online Application process, a Miscellaneous section asks to share the benefits, and you should check yes to that question.
  2. Fill out and submit a Consent to Share form. These forms can be found on the FRM webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/frm

I’ll be happy to assist you in filling out this form; please do not hesitate to contact me!!

Where can you find me? School office Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM or Willston Multicultural Center the first Wednesday of every month from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

How can you contact me? Office Direct 703-531-2692, mobile 571-587-1567, TalkingPoints or email at [email protected]

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We hope this message finds you well! Here are some exciting updates and opportunities from your Beech Tree PTA:

  1. 1. Exclusive Spirit Wear Sale: Thanks to the generosity of a wonderful Beech Tree family, we're thrilled to offer a limited-time Spirit Wear sale at exclusive pricing! Check out the order form and secure your Beech Tree gear. Please return the completed form with cash or a check made payable to Beech Tree Elementary PTA by February 2.
  2. 2. Virtual PTA Meeting: Join us for our virtual PTA meeting on Thursday, February 1st, at 6:30 pm. We look forward to discussing important updates and hearing your valuable input.
  3. 3. Save the Date: Fun Fair - Our Annual Spectacle! Mark your calendars for our annual Fun Fair on Saturday, March 16th! This event is more than just a celebration; it's our cornerstone fundraiser supporting various school projects and programs.

Volunteer Call to Action:

  • Join our dynamic planning committee.
  • Assist with event setup.
  • Manage activities on the big day.
  • Aid in breakdown and cleanup.

Every bit of support counts! Sign up for hour-long shifts and be a part of shaping unforgettable experiences for our kids.

Planning Committee Sign-Up: Ready to make a difference? Join our planning committee and be part of something remarkable! Sign Up Here

For inquiries or more information, please email us at [email protected].

Thank you for your continued support. We can't wait to create wonderful moments together at Beech Tree Elementary!

Beech Tree School Information

Hours:  9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:05 a.m. for arrival)

Attendance Line 703-531-2626

Attendance Email[email protected]

School Registrar: Sandra Merino (703) 531-2620

FCPS News

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

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

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

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Ms. Lopez's Field Trip Pictures

Mrs. Lopez’s Class field trip to the Sensory Room at Jim Scott Community Center, located at 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031, was a wonderful experience for both students and staff. The students had a blast exploring combinations of lights, sounds, and textures, and returned to the classroom with beaming smiles and an abundance of excitement. Witnessing the joy and enthusiasm of the students during this outing was truly magical!

PTA Pajama BINGO

Our annual PTA PJ Bingo Night this week.  We want to thank everyone for coming out and enjoying some fun-filled competition. Our students had a wonderful time playing many different types of Bingo. A big thank you to our PTA for organizing this fantastic event and to the staff that participated in the fun!

Important Dates:
  • Thursday, January 25th End of the 2nd Quarter 
    Beech Tree dismisses at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, January 26th Teacher Workday-NO SCHOOL

*To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we kindly request that parents or guardians accompany their children to school events*

Families of Rising 6th grade Glasgow Students

You are invited to attend our Rising 6th Grade Middle School Transition night on January 24thth from 6:00 – 8:30 pm (snow date January 31st from 6:00 – 8:30 pm).  This is an opportunity for families and students to learn more about Glasgow, the course selection process as well as the English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL), Special Education, Advanced Academics, and the AVID programs.  We will also have electives teachers available to talk about class options for students to choose from for 6th grade.  The evening will allow families to attend sessions during the following times:

Students are invited to attend and must be accompanied by an adult.

 Bus transportation is available for families who need it.  Busses will pick up and drop off at the following locations:

 

Baileys Elementary 6111 Knollwood Dr, Bailey's Crossroads, VA 22041

Skyline 5599 Seminary Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041

Willston Community Center 6131 Willston Dr, Falls Church, VA 22044

 

Busses will pick up for the even at 5:45 pm and will leave Glasgow at 8:30 pm.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

As always, please reach out to Victor or me if we can be of any support to you and/or your families in any way.

 

Thank you for your partnership.

 

Sincerely,

Jenn Pallotto

Director of Student Services

Glasgow Middle School

703-813-8757

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you in good spirits. Here are some exciting updates and announcements from your Beech Tree PTA:

1. Thank You for a Fantastic Pajama Bingo Night!

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us for Pajama Bingo last night! The energy and attendance were simply amazing. Your enthusiasm made the event truly special. We look forward to hosting more memorable evenings for our Beech Tree community. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

2. Beech Tree Sweatshirts - Now Available for All Ages!

Exciting news! Beech Tree sweatshirts are now available for both adults and kids. Show your school spirit by ordering your sweatshirt today. Check out the attached order form for details and instructions on how to place your order. Don't miss the chance to rock some cozy Beech Tree gear!

BT Sweatshirt Order Form.pdf

3. Save the Date for Fun Fair - Our Annual Spectacle!

Mark your calendars for a day of fun, games, and community spirit at our annual Fun Fair on Saturday, March 16th. This event is more than just a celebration; it's our cornerstone fundraiser supporting various school projects and programs.

Volunteer Call to Action:

  • Join our dynamic planning committee
  • Assist with event setup.
  • Manage activities on the big day.
  • Aid in breakdown and cleanup.

Every bit of support counts! Sign up for hour-long shifts and be a part of shaping unforgettable experiences for our kids.

 

Planning Committee Sign-Up: Ready to make a difference? Join our planning committee and be part of something remarkable! Sign Up Here

For inquiries or more information, please email us at [email protected].

 

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to creating wonderful moments together at Beech Tree Elementary!

Glasgow Rising 6th Grade Middle School Transition/Curriculum Night Beech Tree School Information

Hours:  9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:05 a.m. for arrival)

Attendance Line 703-531-2626

Attendance Email[email protected]

School Registrar: Sandra Merino (703) 531-2620

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PTA Pajama Bingo Today at 6:30pm

Join us in the school cafeteria for a fun night for the whole family!

* Please remember to bring cash small bills for purchasing your bingo cards, $1.00 each

 

*To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we kindly request that parents or guardians accompany their children to school/PTA events*

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PTA Pajama Bingo Night is Tomorrow at 6:30pm

Join us in the school cafeteria for a fun night for the whole family!

* Please remember to bring cash small bills for purchasing your bingo cards, $1.00 each

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable week. I want to extend my gratitude to all the families who were able to attend the Curriculum Night. It was an evening filled with valuable information and we appreciate your active participation. Families had the opportunity to visit classrooms and engage in activities that support learning. It was wonderful observing the engagement between students, families and our staff.

For those who could not attend, we understand and want to assure you that information shared during Curriculum Night will be made available. Please reach out to your child's teacher or the school office for any follow-up questions.

I am grateful to have such engaged and supportive families at Beech Tree Elementary School. Your involvement is key to the success of our students. Thank you once again for your participation.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Curriculum Night Pictures 🗓️ Calendar Reminder: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

FCPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The holiday marks the birthday of King, who was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. The movement protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer with Give Together FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. The school division is excited to collaborate with Volunteer Fairfax for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Students and families can volunteer on Monday, January 15, at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together event. It is designed to engage families with children ages 5-12 in service learning. 

Students ages 13-18 are welcome to serve as teen event volunteers. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Important Dates:
  • Monday, January 15th Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, January 18th PJ's & Bingo Night 6:30pm
  • Thursday, January 25th End of the 2nd Quarter 
    Beech Tree dismisses at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, January 26th Teacher Workday-NO SCHOOL

*To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we kindly request that parents or guardians accompany their children to school events*

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

  Family Resource Center

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Hello Beech Tree PTA, Beech Tree Sweatshirts: Order Yours Now!
  • Order Forms: Keep an eye on the Wednesday folders next week for Beech Tree sweatshirt order forms.
  • Pajama Bingo Night Pre-Order: Exciting news! You can also pre-order your sweatshirts during our upcoming Pajama Bingo Night.
Pajama Bingo Night - Mark Your Calendars!
  • Date: Thursday, January 18th
  • Location: Beech Tree Cafeteria
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Details: Prepare for an enchanting evening at our Pajama Bingo Night! Bring the family for a chance to snag incredible prizes. Grab your bingo cards at just $1 each. Let's make it a cozy pajama party filled with laughter and delightful moments. Be there!
Save the Date: Fun Fair - Our Annual Spectacle!
  • Date: Saturday, March 16th
  • Details: The excitement is mounting! Our grand event, the Fun Fair, is on the horizon. It's more than just fun and games—it's our cornerstone fundraiser that bolsters various school projects and programs.

 

Volunteer Call to Action:

    • Join our dynamic planning committee.
    • Assist with event setup.
    • Manage activities on the big day.
    • Aid in breakdown and cleanup.

Every bit of support counts! Sign-up or email us to contribute. Hour-long shifts are available, and your involvement will shape unforgettable experiences for our kids.

  • Planning Committee Sign-Up: Ready to make a difference? Join our planning committee and be part of something remarkable!
Glasgow Rising 6th Grade Middle School Transition/Curriculum Night Beech Tree School Information

Hours:  9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:05 a.m. for arrival)

Attendance Line 703-531-2626

Attendance Email[email protected]

School Registrar: Sandra Merino (703) 531-2620

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope this message finds you well and that each family had an enjoyable winter break.

The halls are once again bustling with the energy and excitement that only our students can bring. As your children returned to school, they were eager to share stories about their adventures during the break. It is amazing how two weeks away from the classroom can feel like an eternity in the life of a child. Many of them walked through our doors a little taller, a little older, and brimming with the enthusiasm that a holiday break brings.

This week, our dedicated Beavers (a.k.a. our hardworking students) have been diligently diving into the new year by revisiting and reinforcing core skills in their classrooms. It's inspiring to witness their commitment to learning and growth.

We look forward to another semester filled with exciting discoveries, achievements, and shared moments. We encourage you to engage with your child about their experiences at school and to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Here's to a fantastic year ahead, filled with learning, laughter, and the continued growth of our Beech Tree community!

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Important Dates:
  • Thursday, January 11th Curriculum Night 6:30pm
  • Monday, January 15th Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, January 18th PJ's & Bingo Night 6:30pm
  • Thursday, January 25th End of the 2nd Quarter 
    Beech Tree dismisses at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, January 26th Teacher Workday-NO SCHOOL

*To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we kindly request that parents or guardians accompany their children to school events*

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page. 

 

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information. 

 

🔢 Help FCPS Reach 1 Million Minutes of Math

FCPS Family Math Week starts on Monday, January 8! Participate in games and stories online. FCPS is working toward a total of 1 million minutes logged by families. The event is free, with activities from ST Math geared toward students in grades K-6 and their families. 

Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a fun and positive way. All content will be available for families in English and Spanish beginning Monday, January 8. Visit the Math Week website.

Welcome Back and Happy 2024!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope this message finds you refreshed and filled with enthusiasm as we step into the new year! We trust that the holiday break offered moments of joy, relaxation, and cherished memories with loved ones. As we embark on another exciting chapter, let's make 2024 a year to remember for our school community.

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars!

  1. Pajama Bingo Night
    1. Date: Thursday, January 18th
    2. Location: Beech Tree Cafeteria
    3. Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    4. Details: Get ready for a cozy and fun-filled evening at our Pajama Bingo Night! Bring your family along for a chance to win fantastic prizes. Bingo cards are available for just $1. We encourage everyone to come in their favorite pajamas and enjoy an evening of laughter and excitement. It's an event you won't want to miss!
  2. Fun Fair - Our Biggest Fundraiser of the Year!
    1. Date: Saturday, March 16th
    2. Details: The countdown has begun for our most awaited event of the year - the Fun Fair! This is not just a day of fun and games but also our primary fundraiser that supports various school initiatives. To make this event a grand success, we need YOUR help! We are looking for volunteers to join our planning committee, assist with set-up, manage activities on the day of the event, and help with breakdown afterward. Your involvement, no matter how big or small, will make a significant difference. Please be on the lookout for a sign up sheet coming your way or email us: hour-long shifts are available. Get Involved! We value the support and involvement of our PTA members, parents, and guardians. 
    3. If you're interested in volunteering for upcoming events or joining our planning committees, please reach out to us. Together, we can make a positive impact on our school community and create memorable experiences for our children.

Warm regards,

Beech Tree PTA [email protected]

 

Glasgow Rising 6th Grade Middle School Transition/Curriculum Night Beech Tree School Information

Hours:  9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:05 a.m. for arrival)

Attendance Line 703-531-2626

Attendance Email[email protected]

School Registrar: Sandra Merino (703) 531-2620

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A Message From Beech Tree PTA

Happy New Year, Beech Tree families!

The PTA invites you to join us for our virtual meeting this Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 6:30 pm. A Zoom link will be sent out 30 minutes before the meeting. We'll be discussing and making plans for our largest annual fundraiser, the Beech Tree Fun Fair!

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree families,

As we approach the end of 2023 and prepare to welcome 2024, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for your support throughout the year. The students at Beech Tree have been learning and growing. This would not be possible without the support of families and the dedication of our teachers and staff. Thank you for all you do to support the home and school connection. During the Winter Concert, we introduced our new Beech Tree song. Today we sang it during our school wide assembly. It represents what we believe and are working to embody. It goes as follows:

Beech Tree School Song

We are Beech Tree Beavers.

We have no fear.

For we work together all throughout the year.

We are Beech Tree believers standing for what’s right. Unity, diversity, for everyone we cheer!

Beavers build together a community so strong.

Accept everyone, lift all.

I would also like to extend a big thank you to all those who supported the Beech Tree Holiday Food Drive. Thanks to your generous donations, Food For Others received a total of 473 pounds of food. This will go a long way in helping families.

As a reminder, there will be no school Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024 for winter break.

We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

I wish you all a Happy Holiday and a healthy New Year!

Thank you for your partnership in education.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Students Learning Across Grade Levels ❄️ Calendar Reminder: Winter Break

As a reminder, there will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024 for winter break.

We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. See the complete school year calendar.

Important Dates:
  • Monday, December 18 through Monday, January 1, 2024
    Winter Break- No School
  • Thursday, January 4th PTA Meeting Virtual 6:30pm
    Zoom link will be sent by 6:00pm
  • Thursday, January 11th Curriculum Night 6:30pm
  • Thursday, January 18th PJ's & Bingo Night 6:30pm
  • Monday, January 15th Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, January 25th End of the 2nd Quarter 
    Beech Tree dismisses at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, January 26th Teacher Workday-NO SCHOOL

*To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we kindly request that parents or guardians accompany their children to school events*

Food Drive Success

 

Food For Others received a total of 473 pounds thanks to the generous donations from everyone who supported our annual food drive.

⛄Student and Family Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit our winter resources webpage for links to academic support; mental health support; and food, clothing, housing, and other county resources.

School’s Closed, Learning Can Continue! 

FCPS encourages students to take advantage of fun learning opportunities during winter break and snow days. Consider these winter activities to blend education and play for your students during winter break or weather-related school closures. 

Promoting Mental Wellness During Winter BreakAlthough mental health indicators have improved over the past year, Fairfax County Youth Survey (FCYS) data suggest that more than 25% of students in 8th to 12th grade feel sad or hopeless every day for two weeks or more in a row. The holidays can be a time to reduce stress, but they can also contribute to it. Here are some tips for making winter break a positive time for the young people in your life

 

Winter Testing Window

Below are the dates for the winter testing window. Thank you for ensuring your students are in attendance. 

Date Assessment Grade Week of January 8 Reading iReady Grades 1-5 Week of January 15 Math iReady Grades 1-5   SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Down Time

ParentVUE and StudentVUE will experience downtime from Friday, December 15, at 5 p.m. through Wednesday, December 20, at 6 a.m. 

Grade Book progress reports will not be emailed to parents/guardians during winter break. Emails will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

 

😷 Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25, you may place two orders now.

 

🔢 Virtual Math Week: Save the Date

Get ready for Virtual Math Week from Monday, January 8, through Friday, January 12. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, in English and Spanish, for families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

This is a free experience designed to make math fun for the whole family. Learn more about FCPS Math Week.

 

 

📝 Keep Learning Over Winter Break with Tutor.com

Does your child need help getting up to speed in high school math, science, or English? Tutor.com offers diagnostic quizzes to help students test their knowledge and find areas where they may need help. Quizzes can be taken anytime, and students can connect immediately to a tutor. 

Test prep is also available for students preparing for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. 

FCPS students have unlimited access, 24/7, to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need.

Dear PTA Community,

We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who joined us to purchase spirit wear on Monday. Your support is truly appreciated!

As we approach the end of the year, we want to wish you all a safe and joyous holiday season. May it be filled with warmth, happiness, and cherished moments with your loved ones.

Looking ahead, we're excited about the opportunities and adventures the New Year will bring. We can't wait to see everyone again in 2024!

Warm regards,

Beech Tree PTA [[email protected]]

Beech Tree School Information

Hours:  9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:05 a.m. for arrival)

Attendance Line 703-531-2626

Attendance Email[email protected]

School Registrar: Sandra Merino (703) 531-2620

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and filled with the same joy and excitement that echoed through our school this past week. I am happy to share some highlights with you.

Winter Chorus Performance: Our talented students took the stage in a wonderful chorus performance. The dedication put in by our 4th and 5th grade chorus students and Mr. Belloise shone brightly. The students did a great job of performing. They definitely made us proud.

International Night Celebration: Our school community came together for a vibrant International Night that celebrated the rich diversity within our student body. Families showcased their cultural heritage through delicious cuisines and traditional attire. It was a beautiful tapestry of traditions and customs from around the globe, fostering a sense of unity and appreciation for our wonderfully diverse community.

Gratitude: We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of these events - from the PTA to the dedicated teachers who guided our students to the parents who shared their cultural treasures during International Night. Your support and involvement make our school a truly special place.

Upcoming Events: Stay tuned for more exciting events in the upcoming months. We are eager to continue creating memorable experiences for our students and fostering a positive and engaging learning environment. To do this effectively, it is important that we work together to uphold protocols and norms that demonstrate safety and respect during school events. With that in mind, please take note of the following expectations while attending school events:

  • Parents it is important that your children are supervised by you during events. We love our Beavers and want them to remain safe at all times. Running around out of your eyesight can lead to accidents and harm. Please monitor your child’s whereabouts for safety.
  • During speaking engagements, please respectfully silence and/or limit conversations, so that those speaking can be heard by all attendants. They may be sharing information that you could find useful.

Thank you for being an essential part of the Beech Tree Elementary School community. Together, we make each week a celebration of learning, diversity, and shared accomplishments.

 

Thank you for your partnership in education.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

December 5th-Winter Chorus December 7th-International Night Important Dates:
  • December 11 - December 15: Schoolwide Spirit Week
  • Monday, December 18 through Monday, January 1, 2024
    Winter Break- No School
  • Thursday, January 11th Curriculum Night 6:30pm

*To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we kindly request that parents or guardians accompany their children to school events*

Holiday Food Drive

 

Our annual Holiday Food Drive will take place from November 29 - December 14. We are accepting non-perishable canned goods and boxes—no frozen foods, refrigerated items, or bread.  Food will be delivered to Food For Others, the same food bank that supplies our students with their weekend bags, on Thursday December 14. There is a box located in the lobby of the school.

🙋‍♂️ Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

We often notice more empty seats in our classrooms as winter break approaches. This year, let's work together to nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

  • 🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
  • 👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
  • 👨‍💼 Administrators providing a safe and engaging place to grow.
  • 👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers lending a helping hand to all our learners.

If you or your child need support, please reach out to our school social worker or family liaison. If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance. 

There will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources

 

Winter Testing Window

Below are the dates for the winter testing window. Thank you for ensuring your students are in attendance. 

Date Assessment Grade December 12  Math VGA  5th Grade December 13 Math VGA  4th Grade December 14 Math VGA  3rd Grade Week of January 8 Reading iReady Grades 1-5 Week of January 15 Math iReady Grades 1-5   Family Literacy

Spring Semester starts in February

What a fabulous fall semester it has been! We are currently serving two hundred seventy eight adults and sixty eight children between the ages of two and five years, across thirteen sites in the district. Although our classes will wrap up the week before FCPS’s winter break, our spring semester starts the first week in February. Family Literacy has ongoing enrollment, so please feel free to refer families to us any time. We will make sure that we contact them and invite them to a class that works with their schedule. 

Contact Micheline Lavalle (Family Literacy Specialist) at [email protected] and/or Natalia Sosa Molina at [email protected] (Family Literacy Program Assistant). 

 

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

 

Reminder:  Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-5 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Nadya Abu-Rish or email it to her at [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023, at 4:00pm.

 

📝 Keep Learning Over Winter Break with Tutor.com

Does your child need help getting up to speed in high school math, science, or English? Tutor.com offers diagnostic quizzes to help students test their knowledge and find areas where they may need help. Quizzes can be taken anytime, and students can connect immediately to a tutor. 

Test prep is also available for students preparing for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. 

FCPS students have unlimited access, 24/7, to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need.

 

🍲 Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

 

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful families and friends who joined us at International Night last night. Your enthusiastic participation made the event a tremendous success, showcasing the incredible diversity and richness of our Beech Tree community. We appreciate your efforts in making International Night a memorable and delightful evening for everyone.

Spirit Wear Sale: Beech Tree T-Shirts Available!

Get ready to show your school spirit! Our Spirit Wear sale is just around the corner. Join us on Monday, December 11, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the cafeteria to purchase your very own Beech Tree Elementary School t-shirt. These stylish shirts are available for just $10, and we accept cash or Venmo payments. Don't miss this opportunity to wear your school pride with flair!

Supporting Families in Need: Gift Card Donations

The spirit of giving continues at Beech Tree Elementary School. We invite you to participate in our effort to support families in need by donating $25 gift cards. Your generosity can make a significant impact on the lives of those in our community. Gift card donations will be accepted through December 14th, and you can drop them off at the school office.

Let's come together as a community to spread joy and warmth during this holiday season. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

As we approach the holiday season, we want to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a safe and joyous holiday. May this festive season be filled with warmth, laughter, and precious moments spent with loved ones. We are grateful for the sense of community that binds us together and look forward to creating more cherished memories in the upcoming year.

Beech Tree PTA [[email protected]]

Beech Tree School Information

Hours:  9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:05 a.m. for arrival)

Attendance Line 703-531-2626

Attendance Email[email protected]

School Registrar: Sandra Merino (703) 531-2620

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

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International Night this Thursday at 6:30pm

Join us for our annual International Night festivities this Thursday at 6:30pm in the gym! The canned food drive and winter clothing donations will also be collected during this event.

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

December is packed with many events that remind us why Beech Tree Elementary School is such a great community. Whether it’s our students performing in the band/strings/chorus concert, International Night or the student-council sponsored Spirit Week, there are many opportunities for our community to come together. What a pleasure it is to learn from each other and enjoy each other’s company. We look forward to seeing you next week. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you for your partnership in education.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Important Dates:
  • December 4 - December 8: Inclusive Schools Week
  • Tuesday, December 5-Beech Tree Winter Concert 6:30pm
  • Thursday, December 7- PTA Meeting and International Night 6:30pm
  • December 11 - December 15: Schoolwide Spirit Week
  • Monday, December 18 through Monday, January 1, 2024
    Winter Break- No School
Holiday Food Drive

 

Our annual Holiday Food Drive will take place from November 29 - December 14. We are accepting non-perishable canned goods and boxes—no frozen foods, refrigerated items, or bread.  Food will be delivered to Food For Others, the same food bank that supplies our students with their weekend bags, on Thursday December 14. There is a box located in the lobby of the school.

 

Winter Testing Window

Below are the dates for the winter testing window. Thank you for ensuring your students are in attendance. 

Date Assessment Grade December 5 Reading VGA 5th Grade December 6 Reading VGA 4th Grade December 7 Reading VGA 3rd Grade December 12  Math VGA  5th Grade December 13 Math VGA  4th Grade December 14 Math VGA  3rd Grade Week of January 8 Reading iReady Grades 1-5 Week of January 15 Math iReady Grades 1-5   Reminder:  Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-5 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Nadya Abu-Rish or email it to her at [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023, at 4:00pm.

  ❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

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

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

⛄ Staying Warm During Outdoor Activities

The colder weather has come upon us. We will monitor conditions to be aware of weather advisories that may prevent children from being outside. However, outside recess is a regular school day occurrence. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance getting cold weather clothing for your family, please call the school at 703-531-2600. Our Family Liaison, Mariangeles Quinto, is available to assist you. Additionally, Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880 has a multilingual staff that may assist with challenges regarding food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

 

🧼 Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

 

🙋 Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

  Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

  Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs. 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and students.

  📚 Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board.

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We hope this message finds you well and ready to embrace the spirit of giving and celebration as the holiday season approaches. Here are some important updates and opportunities to get involved:

1. International Night - Join Us on December 7th! International Night is just around the corner, and we invite you to join us on Thursday, December 7, 2023, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Beech Tree ES Gym. We're looking for enthusiastic performers to showcase their country and culture through singing, dancing, fashion, and more. Everyone is welcome to participate! Performances will begin at 6:30 PM.

How to Participate:

  • On Stage: Sign up to perform dances, musical acts, songs, or share fun facts about your culture. Use the sign-up link to reserve your performance slot.

Table Decoration: Reserve a table to decorate with items representing your cultural heritage, such as photos, food samples, folklore objects, or anything that makes you unique. Sign up here.

Potluck Contribution: Donate food items of your cultural heritage for our potluck buffet, opening at 7:00 PM. Drop off at 6:30 PM in the gym. Sign up to contribute.

2. Winter Clothing and Canned Food Drive: We'll be collecting winter clothing and canned food items at International Night. Your generous contributions will support those in need during the colder months.

3. Gift Card Donations: If your family is considering a donation this holiday season, our Family Liaison is collecting gift cards (e.g., $25 to grocery stores or Target, Ross, Burlington, etc.) for families in our community. Your support can make a significant difference.

Thank you for your continued support and generosity. We look forward to coming together as a community to celebrate our diverse cultures and make a positive impact on those in need.

 

Warm regards,

Beech Tree PTA

Warm regards,

Beech Tree Elementary PTA 

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Beech Tree School Information

Hours:  9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:05 a.m. for arrival)

Attendance Line 703-531-2626

Attendance Email[email protected]

School Registrar: Sandra Merino (703) 531-2620

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

Beech Tree Makeup and Retake Picture Day

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Picture Makeup and Retakes: November 30th

REMINDER! Makeup and Retake Picture Day is coming to Beech Tree Elementary on Thursday, November 30th.

We would like to be sure we photograph any student who would like a retake, as well as any new students and students who were not able to make the original session. We have included guidelines for a successful retake day below so that we can work together to photograph all students who both need and would like a retake picture.

 www.vosphoto.com/retakes

Students who have not previously ordered can still place a preorder for retake day using the link below:

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1001029000#login

Please contact our office: [email protected] should you have any questions about this upcoming picture day.

RECORDATORIO! El día jueves 30 Noviembre se volverán a tomar fotografías en Beech Tree Elementary

Queremos asegurarnos de que todos los estudiantes que desean tomar nuevamente su fotografía, así como los estudiantes nuevos o aquellos que no pudieron estar presentes en la primera sesión de fotos logren participar este día. Estamos incluyendo lineamientos para trabajar juntos y lograr una sesión exitosa de fotos para los alumnos que necesitan o quieren una nueva toma.

Lineamientos:   www.vosphoto.com/retakes

Si su hijo/a no ha sido fotografiado previamente, puede poner una orden online a través del siguiente enlace:

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1001029000#login

Ante cualquier duda por favor contáctese con nuestra oficina [email protected]

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Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

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